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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,363 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,363
Reviews: 1,486
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 190 | 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.

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Photo of claytong


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - decent long lasting head, amber brown in color

Smell - citrus, caramel, floral hops, minor pine

Taste - wow is this 10 percent? Citrus, sweet hops, caramel malts, delicious, not too hoppy as I expect from colorado breweries

Mouthfeel - medium to light body, chuggable from the citrus

06-17-2011 04:29:13 | More by claytong
Photo of Gobzilla


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured an amber brown color with yellow highlights that had a half finger og head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was a combination of grassy pine hops and caramel style malts along with bready and citrus notes. There was also some faint underlying booze notes to it. Upfront on the palate I did receive a little hop bite but the bitterness was helped out by some citrus grapefruit character and had grassy pine accents. The caramel malt was definitely there to help out on the balance and add a touch of sweetness. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piney,grassy hop, citric, and mild bitter finish. It drank quite well with the alcohol nicely hidden but I have to say the titan for me had a better hop punch and that's what I really look for in a DIPA.

10-05-2010 19:43:24 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of roadhouse


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Pours a beautiful red-orangish copper with very fine particulates visible. Produces a one finger off-white head that dissipates to spotty sheets on top.

Aroma is reminiscent of tropical fruits, pine sap, grapefruit, and some sweet malt and alcohol in the background.

Flavor profile first reveals an intense nutty taste in combination with piney hops. Upon swallow, some citrus makes an appearance with a touch of some sweet caramel malt. Bitterness then lingers on after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and oily, but not really thick. Carbonation level is appropriate.

Pretty good DIPA. The only thing that puts me off is the initial nutty taste or whatever it is. Think I'd rather just get Dreadnaught for $1.50 more.

07-10-2008 21:21:11 | More by roadhouse
Photo of manahansf


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a lacy off white head. Earthy hop aromas and slight alcohol aromas rise out of the glass. Big bold body with moderate carbonation and is flavored with strong vinous qualities and a slight taste of the earthy hops. Mildly bitter and well balanced but strong and filled with alcohol presence. Finishes very dry and vinous and fades into a gentle warming.

11-19-2009 19:43:17 | More by manahansf
Photo of steve8robin


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Got this brew on a whim at a local beer store. 12oz bottled on 03/24/10...

A: Penny copper color with a faint hint of ruby red. 1 and 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get a nice creamy maltiness upfront with some bitter hop quickly followed and blended well. I get very faint hints of alcohol and some caramel malt. Almost old ale like. Very good.

T: Super dry, bitter hop wall upfront followed by a boozy malty blend of flavor. I get a creamy sugar on the backend. This brew is good.

M: Full bodied with a nicely balanced carbonation feel. Very good.

D: This one is good once you get past the hop / booze character. Decent.

All in all, this is a very solid brew. I think I might make this one a regular staple of mine. Very unique and good for an IPA, not a standard DIPA. I definitely think you should give this one a try if you like a well balanced IPA.

10-02-2010 03:18:00 | More by steve8robin
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

A- A nice dark woody brown with amazing off-white head. Some of the best retention and lacing I've seen (think Duvel).

S- A little lacking here. This is an up and down beer for me. Some really good things, some things that aren't so good. This is the latter. Nothing too strong, just molasses-like malt and some citrusy/leafy hops.

T- Nothing too exceptional at first: the regular (but not bad) blend of caramel/molasses/sweet malt with some leafy bitter hops. What I really like about this one is the toasty, nutty malt finish that pushes its way through on the end. That's different and nice.

M- A little thin, dry finish. Coating.

D- Very enjoyable and interesting drink... definitely worth seeking out. Another great brew by Great Divide.

07-24-2009 04:00:54 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Tucquan


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Had this on 2011-03-14 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a short tan head and good lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some pine, citrus and yeast.

T - Big chalky and sweet malt, moderate caramel, pine, and citrus. The alcohol is well-disguised. More hop bitterness please.

M - Creamy with medium body and light to medium carbonation. Not prickly.

D - Very drinkable. Glad it was available at this pub tonight.

03-15-2011 22:59:59 | More by Tucquan
Photo of jmacdaddy2008


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

I had this on tap earlier for happy hour.
Poured an amber color, pretty clear with a white head with good retention

Smell of fresh floral hops and slight hottness from alcohol.

Tastes of fresh grass or hay and a bitter end pretty big beer and well balanced

Overall another good beer by great divide

05-07-2008 23:31:16 | More by jmacdaddy2008
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Hercules pours a rich and clear amber hue with a dense white head. Laces very nicely.

Nose is kind of subdued for a DIPA, but there's some spicy, floral hops and sweet, brown sugary malty notes.

This is a very well-balanced beer. It's very hoppy, but I can't get all of that because of the great amount of malt. Just a bit of pine and grapefruit shines through. If I had to chose one modifier to describe the flavor, it would be sweet. It has an almost barleywine appeal, with rich, seductive maltiness a la brown sugar, molasses and toffee. Basically this is beer candy, full of honeyed hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel was awesome: full-bodied and resinous with medium-low carbonation. Drinks incredibly easily for a 10 percent brew.

I enjoyed this brew, though it was a bit too sweet and malty for my ideal DIPA.

07-25-2010 00:50:53 | More by dasenebler
Photo of naterock


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

copper and clear, thin head that thins quickly

smells of a rich floral bouquet, a hint of alcohol is well hidden behind the mound of hops.

hops and more hops, but suprisingly well balanced. a blend of bittering hops. grapefruit and apricot, with a piney hint

well balanced, but for the massive hops it's suprisingly not oily. easily drinkable but I probably couldn't have more than one growler

11-01-2008 02:13:12 | More by naterock
Photo of Scotchboy


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Smith pint nonic.

A: Deep clear gold, beautiful with minimal haze; fluffy off white head.

S: Clear fresh hop notes of resiny pine and citrus, with hints of grapefruit; clean, with an almost leafy freshness to it. Caramel breadyness of the malt profile is detectable with just the slightest suggestion of toastyness.

T: Follows the nose. clear clean piney & resiny hops notes are tamed with a moderate malt body. Clean hop oil, light alcohol presence. Bright flavors, with moderate bitterness.

MF: Creamy medium body with some heft from the abv; bitterness and dryness are in check though.

O: Pretty decent and enjoyable brew, I can see why this ranks where it does on the BoF top 100.

01-11-2013 16:30:21 | More by Scotchboy
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours bright red with an uncontrolable head. It keeps growing and growing and it didn't die, not even when all the beer was gone. Wow.

Smells like dry hops and big, doughy yeast. Nothing amazing. The hops are a little overwhelming, actually, disproportionate to the malt. Still pretty nice.

Tastes very much like it smells. Big hops, a hint of dough, a little bit of a sweet and bitter aftertaste. Goes down pretty smooth.

Good brew, this, but it lacks that raw dough *bang* of others in its style.

09-18-2005 02:35:14 | More by mynie
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: cloudy, caramel orange/brown in color, low carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell:pineapple, pine, hops, and some sweet fruit

Taste:pineapple, pine, hops, caramel, and some sweet fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet start followed by a big bitter finish..medium body, medium carbonation

Drinkability: drinks almost like a barleywine with its complexity. I would only do one due to high abv. On the sweet end for the style, but very good. Hides the alcohol well.

06-07-2009 13:31:12 | More by tigg924
Photo of Forb


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy copper hue; common of a beer in this style. Artful lacing just carries down the glass.

Smell: Strong aromas here from the heavy hop bitterness to the sweet ending that carries behind the pine.

Taste: Piney, citrusy, oily, resiny; all around heavy hops as expected. Interestingly this one ends with a faint sweetness that grows on your very quickly.

Mouthfeel: A medium to heavy body packed with a punch of flavor at 10% ABV. Smooth nonetheless.

Overall: A great Imperial IPA. Will go back to this one.

06-26-2011 04:41:00 | More by Forb
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber beer with a 2-finger foamy off-white head that has mild but solid retention, as a fine stream of bubbles continuously replenishes the head to a fine ring across the surface of the beer. The lacing is downright impressive, as it leaves a thick trail of lace wherever the beer touches.

Smell: Plenty of great smelling hops that are typical of the American-style DIPA's: lots of citrusy aromas, especially grapefruit, along with plenty of floral notes and a nice grassy and resinous smell as well. Some caramel malts are also present on the nose, to balance out the aroma, making it very pleasing and appetizing.

Taste: The taste is actually quite malty--definitely one of the more malty DIPA's I've had. Sweet caramel malts up front along with some of those citrus hops, followed by resiny hops and a toasted malt finish with plenty of alcohol in the taste and a faint hint of an alcoholic afterburn is noticeable as well. A sweet, candied-toast aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, with medium-low carbonation, and a very smooth finish.

Overall: This beer has a great presence in the mouth, although I was surprised how malt-forward the beer was. There is a lot of alcohol in this beer and it packs a punch. I would highly recommend having a 12 oz serving, or if you have a bomber split it with a friend unless you want don't need to drive afterwards. This beer can certainly knock you on your ass and will if you're not careful. My only regret is that I don't have access to this beer at its freshest--I'm over the 2-month mark but I can't get it any fresher where I'm at right now. Would love to try it again fresh from the source some day.

10-06-2011 19:42:43 | More by pBRale
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark cloudy amber color with a big creamy white 3 finger head. The head settled into a thin cap but had a heavy ring that left a thick band of lacing all around the glass.
I swear the first whiff I got was of bubble gum. Maybe even the first two. After a swirl the bubble gum gave way to a peppery pine scent with hints of citrus.
I can feel the bitterness at first sip. Also in the front was sweet malts followed by a splash of lemon/citrus flavor. The end is moderately bittering, grassy and a touch sweet.
This DIPA feels a hair watery. Not in a bad way mind you but not as creamy as others. This could be either good or bad depending on my mood. Moderate carbonation and dry after taste rounds out a quality drink.
This beer is quite drinkable for the style. The lighter body and lack of alcohol presence makes it easy going. The alcohol will catch up eventually though so proceed with caution.

07-09-2009 02:01:02 | More by abar22
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

A: The beer is hazy copper orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that gradually died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose along with hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and is accompanied by hints of caramel and nutty malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has great drinkability and no traces of alcohol are present in the taste despite its strong strength.

05-28-2012 23:25:58 | More by metter98
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Got to admit,I'm a little bit confused by this one! Was expecting or maybe hoping for a more hop forward brew but that just is not the case. Now dont get me wrong this is an extremely good brew but just lacking somewhat in the hops dept.
Beautiful pour with a deep golden orangish hue, minimum headage but lots of lacing.
I smell mostly sweet malts touch of breadiness .
Taste is alot like smell with a good alchol bite.
Mouth is somewhat thickish but enjoyable, not much carbonation to speak of.
Old double herc went down pretty nicely with a pleasant warming effect as it happened, NICE!!!!
Have to note this bottle was slightly over 9 months old , could have been the reason for the hoplessness.

08-16-2010 00:24:19 | More by btorsdog
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

A: A clear copper color with a thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malt and pine and fruity hop aroma.

T: The toasted malt is apparent up front and then the pine hops and alcohol kick in. Finishes a little bitter and peppery from the alcohol.

M: Medium body and peppery, dry and warm from the alcohol.

O: A really good double IPA. Recommend picking up if you like bitter hop.

06-22-2012 18:50:51 | More by Kromes
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Wow, drinking this beer is basically no different than just eating a handful of hops. In all seriousness, this is a great beer. It pours a beautiful rich red amber with a slight haze. Lacing with a disappearing head. This beer hits you across the face with hops, and the sting stays with you throughout the whole experience. Great hop balance!

02-27-2006 23:24:00 | More by Hollister
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Big frothy bubbles and plenty of foamy head. Orangish beer.

Both hops and malts in the scent with a touch of citrus. Nothing amazing though.

Holy s*!t. That's the first thing you're gonna think when you take a sip. This thing is loaded with hops and spices. Extremely hoppy. A touch of pineyness, but not too much.

The alcohol is well-disguised. This is the highest rank I've ever given for an IPA It's not my favorite style, but this is very good.

The aftertaste is too piney, but less than with other IPAs.

A good beer. Great representative for its style.

02-03-2008 23:30:12 | More by jar2574
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Notch marks at June and the number 1 whatever that means. 12 oz.
Tasting next to a DFH 90 Min.

Super malty compared to the DFH 90. Slightly darker brown-orange color. Add some roasted coffee beans to a sweet DIPA like the DFH 90 and you have the Hercules. Thicker mouthfeel. Slightly less drinkable for me. "Viscous" my friend says.

App - 4.5, Smell - 3.5, Taste - 4.0, Mouth - 4.5, Drink - 4.0

02-19-2007 03:06:27 | More by nase
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Golden with a creamy white head and good retention and great lacing.

S: Strong citrus (a lot of grapefruit) and some pine.

T: Lots of malts up front, caramel and toffee, then you are hit with the pine, lemon, and grapefruit and finishes with a bit of butter at the end.

M: Creamy and bitter (more and more bitter after each sip) with a clean finish.

D: The bitterness grows a lot after each sip. This would be tough for me to do more than one or two. It is very well balanced though. You can't taste the alcohol but it does warm the face.

02-19-2008 02:39:29 | More by Biscuit033
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for the bottle.

A: Pours honey-amber with a billowing off-white head that took forever to recede into a bubbly, oily film that left very sticky chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of sweet tropical fruits, pine, and caramel malt.
T: Big notes of citrus and tropical fruits, grapefruit, nutty bread crust malt and a touch of caramel. Extremely balanced. Aftertaste is clean and bitter with a faint hint of tobacco.
M: No trace of alcohol. Very clean medium body without much stickiness or viscosity to the mouthfeel.
D: Extremely easy to drink DIPA. Clean and flavorful with a pretty good dose of bitterness to make things interesting. Another great beer from a great brewery. Another great trade from a great BA. Thanks again Jay.

11-20-2010 03:59:02 | More by scottfrie
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

A- A slightly hazy golden orange liquid with a thick bone white head that has some great retention. Looks just about right for the style.

S- Strong pine and swiss cheese with some flowers and caramel. This smells like the real deal.

T- Syrupy sweet hops and caramel. Seems a little old school, but it is enjoyable. The strong malt backing keeps this nice.

M- Creamy smooth with a decent hop bite to it. Pretty nice fore a DIPA.

D- This is a bit of a sipper. I have had better renditions of this style, but this isn't too bad.

01-31-2010 04:56:57 | More by david131
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,363 ratings.