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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

3,452 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,452
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 179
Gots: 213 | 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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Photo of sheikyerbouti
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

sheikyerbouti, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of RickS95
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RickS95, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of scvance
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

scvance, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Apellonious
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.

Apellonious, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

jmz62565, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of PSUBeerman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

PSUBeerman, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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...

philbe311, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

BierFan, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

vandemonian, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of cookin420
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cookin420, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of bultrey
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bultrey, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of MattAtAmeriCraft
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MattAtAmeriCraft, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

gunnerman, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DaveFL1976, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Danny1217, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

AlesRTasty, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of karst
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

karst, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of rkarimi
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

rkarimi, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DavidST, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Terp96
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Terp96, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

GJ40, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Lare453
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Lare453, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Lerxst, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of hophead247
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,452 ratings.