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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,371 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,371
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 193 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
HERCULES DOUBLE IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. HERCULES delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile. 85 IBUs.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-31-2012 20:37:33 | More by mcsauter82
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Triples

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.1%

I've had two bottles of this and one was fantastic and the other was dumped without finishing. The former was purchased at Coasters in Indian Harbor Beach, FL. The latter was purchased at what I thought was a good beer and wine store, however the date on it indicated that it was bottled almost 1.5 years ago and I guess that makes all the difference.

05-08-2011 21:59:08 | More by Triples
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-06-2012 04:14:13 | More by tripledbrew
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-18-2012 01:45:15 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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mbixler

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-16-2012 17:44:27 | More by mbixler
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-09-2014 16:26:52 | More by BeerNoobNC
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paulgarrison

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-17-2013 17:31:28 | More by paulgarrison
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-03-2013 18:12:22 | More by schopenhauerale
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halo3one

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-11-2014 20:00:55 | More by halo3one
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jshusc

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-15-2014 18:22:47 | More by jshusc
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Big_V

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-30-2012 08:03:04 | More by Big_V
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-25-2013 22:13:14 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-27-2011 00:58:40 | More by barnzy78
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-08-2011 08:19:42 | More by kornkid8600
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-28-2013 02:16:20 | More by mpayne5
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Caleb

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-09-2013 05:21:02 | More by Caleb
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SGToliver

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-23-2013 06:55:28 | More by SGToliver
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sheikyerbouti

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

I had purchased this 22oz bottle after reading some favorable reviews here. The first thing I noticed when I cracked it, was the floral aroma. Very reminiscent of Anchor Liberty, but not as pronounced. The color was a reddish amber and was very translucent. After swirling the glass, I noticed how great this beer smelled. Citrusy, Cascade hops dominated the aroma. Mouth feel was very full, and overall, the beer reminded me of Dogfish 90 minute, but not as intense.

The best word to describe this beer is 'balanced'. Even with the high IBU rating, this beer was loaded with malt and was not overbearing in the least.

I would buy it again, even though it was an outrageous $7.50 for a 22 oz.

04-26-2007 21:35:46 | More by sheikyerbouti
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RickS95

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%

Out of the bottle comes an orangey copper pour. Not so much cloudy, but enough color that it's primarily opaque. The head is a slight off white color, though not as thick as I expected. It's lacks the meringue like peaks of other IPAs, as well as the retention. Still, the beer itself is a bit darker than others.

Not sure of the hop variety, but it's faint on citrus. Sure, it's there, but it's laid back. Pine is as well. The scents are nice, but you have to really get your nose in the snifter to get at them. For a DIPA, you get plenty of malt notes.

The ingredients are more aggressive on the taste buds than the olfactories. Very biscuity taste before the hops drop their pine notes. The bottles says it's got a peanuty taste, and it does as you approach the finish. Citric notes are there, but it's mostly the rind instead of the juice. A slightly different taste than other DIPAs.

Again, the feel is a bit different. It's got a savory buttery feel. Kind of oily from the hops, the buttery feel goes hand in hand with it. Unlike a PA or IPA which can scrape your palate clean, this kind of smothers it and doesn't let go. Full bodied. Very clean bitter finish. The strong alcohol finally makes a move in the swallow for lingering heat.

Pretty good double overall. I wish the nose was a bit stronger, but it made up for it with the taste. The alcohol is present, but never obliterates your palate or throat.

06-16-2014 02:25:35 | More by RickS95
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scvance

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear deep golden color with a hint of amber. Large off white head fills the rest of the glass and does not disappear. Smell is very strongly hopped, earth, pine, and slight citrus. There is also a nice background of caramel malt sweetness to it. Taste is malty up front, lots of caramel and nut notes to the flavor that fade to a long lasting bitterness. Finishes with a strong alcohol flavor as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. This obviously high residual sugar content, and this balances nicely with the hop bitterness. The beer is medium carbonation, very full bodied. Overall this is a very well done double IPA on Great Divide's part. I was turned on to this one because the Titan is one of my all time favorites in terms of IPAs. This one does not disappoint. I definitely recommend giving this one a try if you come across it.

08-18-2013 21:52:29 | More by scvance
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Apellonious

North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange with brown highlights. Smells barleywine-esque. You get citrus/grapefruit, but also malty bread like qualities, and a tinge of alcohol heat. The taste is rather subtle, focusing on light citrus, bread, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is dense. Carbonation is about average. Things get a tad sticky later on. Overall, a good dipa for those who like them to trend towards the barleywine side.

08-17-2014 20:49:45 | More by Apellonious
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a clear reddish orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever making this an impressive looking beer. The smell is citrus hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. The taste is very hoppy with citrus, grapefruit, flavors, a creamy sweet malt flavor, and alcohol. The alcohol flavor is very prominent and alittle harsh. The m/f is heavy and abit harsh making this a good beer, but it could be a great beer with some cellar aging.

10-07-2006 21:26:46 | More by jmz62565
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PSUBeerman

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

Pours a rich amber/mahogany color. Clear with some visible carbonation. Head is off white, slightly tan, creamy and moderate retention with sticky lacing.

Aroma was nice with pine hops, some citrus, and creamy. Might have picked up some vanilla.

Bold flavor of hops, but not overpowering. This had a nice bitterness, but did not kill the aftertaste. Well balanced with sweetness and some malts. Definitely picked up a nutty flavor, especially after a few sips. Alcohol incorporated nicely.

Decent mouthfeel, a little thick but nothing to complain about. Good carbonation. Another nice selection from Great Divide.

04-30-2009 02:01:25 | More by PSUBeerman
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A - A copper tinged light to medium gold color... No head, just a veil of splotchy lace and a thin color... Still with no noticeable carbonation... Rather pedestrian given the large nature of this brew...

S - Hops are first and foremost which should be no surprise... Mostly pungent citrus with a tinge of mild pine hops... Cracker and biscuit buried beneath the surface... Quite appealing...

T - Hops, hops, and more hops with a bit of crackery malt unertones... A potent DIPA that is a little bit of a one trick poney which isn't necessarily a bad thing... A subtle kiss of spice adds some much needed dimensionality to this offering...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Minimal carbonation... Consistent sip after sip... Hefty and sturdy... A minor touch of lushness... A bit of chalky finish...

D - An above average, but not steller DIPA that is unforgiven and packs quite the wallop... Would gladly drink again, but the 10% ABV makes this one a little rough around the edges...

11-13-2010 00:00:31 | More by philbe311
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BierFan

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottled on date of December 30th 2008, making this bottle a little over half a year old.

Appearance: A bit of floaties suspended in the hazy amber body. Tan head has decent lasting power.

Smell: Sweet barleywinish aroma with some slightly past their prime citric hops.

Taste: Taste is much like the smell. Like many imperial IPA's this begins to blur the line into barleywine territory, in my opinion. Or perhaps it's just the age on the bottle making me make the comparison.

07-07-2009 03:41:57 | More by BierFan
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,371 ratings.