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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

3,377 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,377
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 174
Gots: 197 | 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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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
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Hercules double IPA has a big 1 cm head that lasts and good lacing. It has an inviting, slightly cloudy orange colour. The smell is orange and hoppy. Yum. The taste is initially very fruity and yum. There is some slight bitterness, but it's not unpleasant at all. The alcohol is hidden very well. This beer has a nice creamy texture with a decent amount of carbonation. Very nice.

01-22-2011 02:08:07 | More by vandemonian
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cookin420

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to bort11 for this!

Bottle poured into a large tulip.

Pours a fiery amber/copper with alot of suspended sediment. Does not appear to be a hazy brew but it's tough to tell with the amount of yeast in suspension. Smaller head but the lace does cling nicely to my glass.

Grapefruit, muted florals, cracker in the yeast and slightly metallic tones dominate the smell. Only very muted alcohol or malt aromas make it through. Very nice.

Wow.Though very well hopped what hits me first are the things I could not smell as much, First the alcohol; a pleasant,warming spirit like alcoholic taste. Second the malt profile is huge relative to the faint malt aroma and while it isn't nearly the backbone that some doubles use it is absolutely appropriate here.
The hops are more prominent at the finish and are tart and the IBUs are very well appropriated. Pretty dry in the finish as well, I'm betting a Cali yeast strain.

Mouthfeel is on spot. This is how I want my doubles to feel.
slick but not oil slick and well carbed with viscosity a bit less than a scotch or robust porter.

Highly, highly quaffable. Every sip gets longer.

Very solid double, I might be in love. I got this in trade and realized several weeks later that it's available in Mass. so I'll be picking up a case of this next time I head south.

EDIT: Lord, save my soul. I just realized that I am the 666th reviewer of this Hellishly good shit.

04-10-2008 19:22:34 | More by cookin420
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bultrey

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Candied orange color, with relentless off-white head. Smells a little barleywine-esque, with fruity tropical notes, bubblegum, and pine. Very nice pine hop profile in the flavor, but not overpoweringly so, with strong malt presence. A little salty in the finish, probably from the copious amounts of malt in this puppy. Drinkability, as for most DIPAs, is just OK... very filling and boozy. As far as double IPAs go, though, this is a good one.

03-27-2006 03:37:24 | More by bultrey
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MattAtAmeriCraft

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Got it on tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA.

Appearance- Nice Amber Reddish hazy beer. Good foamy head that left lacing on the glass.

Smell- Fragrant hoppy with a tinge of citrus in the nose.

Taste- Awesome. Really satisfying complex DIPA. Good hop character with a really smooth finish. A little sweetness on the finish with a hint of citrusy orange.

Drinkability- Very fun beer to drink. A little warmth on the finish due to the high alcohol content but the presence of alcohol was not harsh at all. Great with a burger or other food or simply on it's own.

02-28-2011 18:42:53 | More by MattAtAmeriCraft
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gunnerman

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Hercules must of been pretty pissed bottled up, as soon as I cracked the cap off, he came busting out head and all down the bottle it was pretty suprising to me. Poured into a pint glass this is a nice orange amber color with a fluffy head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet nectar apricots and other exotic fruit come to mind like jack fruit. Taste is like the smell, very fruity and full bodied with a very hop bitter ending very balanced and simply awesome to enjoy, hercules is top notch in my book.

12-09-2006 21:00:52 | More by gunnerman
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Nice golden, almost reddish body with a chunky off-white head that settles down in rather short oreder but never completely disappears. Sticks to the sides, too.
Smell is what you’d expect from a big IPA, or APA. Where are we on that differentiation, anyway? Loads of piney, resinous hops with a sweet, malty background. I can’t really pick out any alcohol smell from this big hopmonster.
Upon tasting, the first thing you notice is all the sticky hoppyness that coats your tongue. Again, loads of piney hop bitterness, but after the swallow, the sweet malt balances things out and resets your tastebuds. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Thicker mouthfeel than what you might expect. Pretty mellow carbonation and drinkability is quite good for the potency and extremity of the brew.

08-21-2006 01:16:42 | More by DaveFL1976
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Danny1217

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a Cigar City snifter glass. Nice orange color. Small head with some soapy bubbles. Smells like citrus, hops, and a bit of alcohol coming through. A nice hop kick in the taste, with some citrus and pine. A little bit of alcohol on the finish, but mostly overshadowed by the hops. Good, smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a good aftertaste.

A good DIPA. One of the best I can get here year round.

08-16-2012 04:10:03 | More by Danny1217
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AlesRTasty

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A - deep brown/amber with small amounts of white head.
S - mmm, spicy hops goodness. this one smells delicious
T - slight maltiness up front but finishes with loads of hop flavor, hint of pine i think, not sure.
M - kind of light bodied I think compared others of this style, but still enjoyable. medium carbination.
D - tasty brew. I will probably buy this again sometime in the future, so if you haven't had this one give it a try.

11-01-2006 04:46:34 | More by AlesRTasty
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karst

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours hazy amber with dense ivory head that has Belgium persistance (in spite of the 9 ABV) and leaves substancial lace. Aroma from hops, citrus and pine-sap, sweet bubblegum emerges with some alcohol on warming.

Flavor of sweet caramel-toffee somewhat balanced by 85 IBU hop bitterness compining quinine and citrus pith. Interesting hop flavors but sweet caramel and maple syrup detracts from them IMHO. Medium body, with a pronounced dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and inspite of all those bitterness units! A good DIPA, but does not seem to pull off a strong clean malt base to display the hops as I have grown to expect from brewers like 3 Floyds-Dreadnaught, Dogfish Head- 90 minute, and AleSmith.

10-24-2005 16:40:35 | More by karst
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

06-07-2012 00:09:24 | More by rkarimi
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DavidST

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into tulip glass, bottled on date of Oct 17, 2011. This pours a nice copper color with a head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of caramel malts, pine hops and alcohol. The feel is medium, lots of mouth coating hop goodness. The taste is pretty good and heavy, lots of hop bitterness, plenty of balancing sweetness but an obvious amount of alcohol burn.

01-07-2012 04:11:36 | More by DavidST
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Terp96

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

22 oz. bomber picked up at the Central Market in Plano, TX for $3.89.

I heard so much about Great Divide that I bought every 22 oz. I could get my hands on at the Central Market. This is my first one.

Pours a nice orange, hazy hue with a very nice head. The one finger thick head had exceptional retention throughout the glass. Incredible lacing.

Smell was a little more subdued than expected. Very citrusy. I could tell this one would be a little sweeter than some of the other hop bomb DIPAs out there. More grapefruit and orange than floral overtones in the nose.

Tastes very nice. Definite malt sweetness with a hoppy dry backbone. Again, a nice departure from the typical DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well. A sour sweetness takes over after a few sips but this one lingers on the tongue long after the beer is gone. It leaves an imprint that you won't soon forget.

Drinkability is very nice for such a big beer. I couldn't find the alcohol anywhere. This one won't dry you out as much either. You can definitely go back for more. I will.

12-18-2005 14:29:09 | More by Terp96
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: Pours with a hazy copper color and a huge, rocky head that leaves copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Malty, caramel aroma, with a pungent, piney aroma

Taste: This beer is full of herbal bitterness from the get-go, although a caramel sweetness does appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal bitterness develops a piney tone that overwhelms everything; the finish includes a touch of residual caramel sweetness that pokes through the hops

Mouthfeel: Thick and resinous; prickly carbonation; warming alcohol after the swallow

Drinkability: This is a full-flavored beer that is enjoyable, but so full-flavored that it is hard to drink in any quantity

09-16-2006 01:08:50 | More by brentk56
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Amber/red color with a nice clarity. A good beige head with decent lacing.

S - Good hop aroma with some malt as well.

T - The hops really greet you as the glass nears your mouth. Slightly sweet with some grapefruit and malt as well. A bit smoky too. A nice tangy, grapefruit finish.

M - Maybe a bit thin but still very nice. Good, moderate carbonation level.

D - A fun and strong beer but easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one.

06-22-2008 01:02:43 | More by GJ40
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Lare453

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz poured into a goblet.

A deep bronze color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Crystal clear

S biscuits, light molasses, light hops

T I taste fresh baked biscuits, butter, molasses, in the beginning and middle which leads into a big hoppy ending with lots of sweet floral notes. The aftertaste is light with nice bitter pleasant endin.

M a little thick, slightly prickly, good crispness.

O a great beer. Would buy and drink it often. A great big beer.

10-03-2012 02:58:30 | More by Lare453
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Lerxst

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

22oz. bottle with no date at all. Hope its not old. Lets give it a try.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice two finger off white head that has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Nice and hoppy. This has to be fresh even though I can't find a bottled on date. Floral, citrus and slightly resinous. Semi sweet malt backbone is there as well but the hops are most prominent

T-Citrus and pine lead off with a slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the middle. Back end is a bitter hop bite again. As with the nose, the malt is clearly there but the hops win out.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite. Seems slightly oily upon swallowing, but afterwards is dry.

O-A very nice DIPA that I can see having a regular spot in my fridge.

04-12-2011 23:44:05 | More by Lerxst
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hophead247

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured a rich copper color; cascading with a medium tan head. Smelled of wonderful rich hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was strong citrus and hops initially, with a sweet rich malt backbone and then some hops again on the finish. Wonderfully complex on the palate, this beer is almost refreshing even with the high alcohol content.

02-15-2010 01:08:41 | More by hophead247
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gracebeliever

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Reviewed from notes within 10 minutes of drinking.
12oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Depending on light angle burnt orange/slightly reddish. Pours a one finger head yet quickly reduces to 1/4 inch or less till the finish. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops!

Taste: Holding on the tongue a bit brought a sharpness of hop flavors. The second tasting was smoother with a respectable hop flavoring to the end.

Mouthfeel: Has a slight creaminess and an appealing smoothness.

Drinkability: I need to make my fridge colder. The beer needed to be colder for certain but wasn't disagreeable. I expected a stronger hop intensity considering it is a "double IPA". Nevertheless I was not disappointed. But yes! I needed the beer to be colder.

07-11-2010 00:07:46 | More by gracebeliever
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WAP

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, sticky, off-white head. Initial smell is of citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is grapefruit, slight sweetness, and a sharp, bitter hop finish with perhaps a little pine flavor. Little alcohol burn in the taste but I can definitely feel the effects as I finish. Drinkability is good for the style, I could do a few of these in a row.

A solid DIPA - avoids the oversweetness that some in the style exhibit. This one will stay in the rotation for now.

09-19-2006 01:49:31 | More by WAP
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tdawgydog

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Had this on tap at a party last year, and I just finally got around to re-visiting it on my latest DIPA kick.

A - Pours a nice copper gold. You can see that it's carbonated properly from the very first pour. Doesn't generate too much foam and retains a nice head long after the initial pour.

S - More malt that I had expected from a DIPA. I much prefer the hoppy piney scent, but it's just not here. Doesn't make it a bad brew, just not what I had expected.

T - Again the malt is the base of the beer. A little more bitter than your typical DIPA.

D - Goes down smooth. I'm enjoying my 2nd glass as I type this review and I think the 10% is just now catching up to me. Someone is going to sleep well tonight :-)

M - Again you could see from the initial pour that it was well bodied. Smooth on the pallet, not something you'll be drinking copious amounts of.

All in all a well crafted beer.

03-04-2011 03:03:20 | More by tdawgydog
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budsboy

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours clear, orangey-amber, with lots of bubble trails and a nice white head that sticks.

Smell is full, warm carmel malt and piney hops that don't overwhelm. Hints of roasted malts in there also.

Taste is sweet, carmel malt chased on its heels by an aggressive piney hop that grows more bitter, then fades back to a coating of bitterness on the tounge. Very cool experience. That wallop of alcohol is well hidden in there.

Fairly soft and round in the mouth, creamy for a 2IPA. Only slightly oily.

Very drinkable 2IPA. Not a palate masher like Dreadnaught or Ruination, but still hoppiful. The mouthfeel of this is what impressed me the most. Its not the first Great Divide that has given me that sensation. I look forward to getting more of this guy. Try some.

08-18-2005 23:21:33 | More by budsboy
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tehchunk

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Big fan of this one. A very nice double IPA that goes down easy.

A: 22 oz. poured into a snifter with about a one finger, beige head. Light mohagany color that is very clear & clean looking with minimal lacing & very little retention, but overall a nice look.

S: Not overly hoppy like most double IPAs, but all in all a very pleasant aroma with hints of earthy hops, malt and a smoked tone to it.

T: Ahh, there are the hops I was hoping for. Minimal grapefruit/citrus taste, predominantly earthy like the smell. The taste is balanced nicely by a hint of caramel malt that has a somewhat bitter finish. Taste is capped off with a nice alcohol burn. Quite enjoyable.

M: Not a huge hop bite initially but after a second or two they come through. Like most IPAs, it becomes quite smooth & silky that rests well on the tongue.

D: This is a great beer for a 22 oz. bottle but not something I'd want to drink all night. Great for spicy food!

Overall this is a great double IPA. Wish the aroma was a bit hoppier but all in all this fits the bill nicely. Well done!

03-18-2010 03:45:10 | More by tehchunk
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: Deep amber, with millions of particles floating around and a nice head on top.

Smell: Initially smelled like a barleywine, kind of carmel and fruit but moved towards citrus after a while.

Taste: This is dominated by the hops. Piney and very bitter. Not a lot of sweetness behind the hops.

Mouthfeel: Lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: It's pretty strong but definitely hard to put down.

Finally saw the 12oz bottles for this so I picked up a few. It's a little different from most of the IPAs and DIPAs in that I tasted very little grapefruit from the hops. It's still hoppy and quite bitter and a very good beer.

08-13-2006 01:05:04 | More by Mdog
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,377 ratings.