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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,281
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 166
Gots: 169 | 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 drseamus

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color. The aroma has a bunch of citrus and piney hops. Not much malt in there. The flavor is much different. A good amount of malt with a nice bitterness. Hop flavor is mostly piney. The body is nice and heavy. Nice solid DIPA all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 04:10:59 | More by drseamus
Photo of thespaceman


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a deep amber in color, cloudy, with a three finger head, head dissapates to leave a small amount of lacing. Retention down the glass is perfect.

Smell: Huge dose of hops here, a good malt backbone kicks in to slow the pace. Piney, yet rich malt combine to make your nostrils tingle upon first whiff. The traditional DIPA malt to hop aroma is present with some spiciness and citrus aromas.

Taste: Hoppiness jumps off right off the bat, citrus, mango, eucalyptus, and pine are evident up front, malt comes through to slow it down a bit. The malt plays a big role here although it's slightly hidden. The finish consists of lots of malt spice, hop oil and a huge wallop of earthy citrus florals. Alcohol is here as well in the finish with such a big bodied DIPA. This brew is smooth and piney!

Moutfeel: Medium bodied, bitterness kicks your tounge to the curb with such a big amount of carbonation. Sits on the tongue nicely and the malt keeps it in check.

Drinkability: A wonderful DIPA to say the least, hops and a slight malt profile balance perfectly to produce a winner of a beer. This has the hop fix for anybody who enjoys a big bodied DIPA. Lightyears ahead of the Maharaja as far as quality, yet not enough to win the drinkable category as the DFH 90MIN. A solid offering from GD and one I will come back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 05:02:58 | More by thespaceman
Photo of NefariousR


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Orange-amber with a one-finger, offwhite, foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pretty malty for a DIPA, fresh, sweet fruits shining through with a decent helping of pine and citrus.

T - Big hop flavor upfront, rounded out by a pleasantly sweet malt backbone. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied, sticky but not unusually so for the style. Quite warming from the alcohol.

O - Damn good DIPA, especially considering its year-round availability. Great if you love your IPAs big but not necessarily at the ridiculous hop levels of, say, Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:12:02 | More by NefariousR
Photo of Fatduck


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clean looking copper with a cloudy pale head. Holy hops batman, this thing is loaded with aroma, and flavor, and a great bitter aftertaste. This is one viscus beer, it would have to be with that much hop. I don't know if I could taste anything after this, so the drinkability drops, but who buys a beer that they want to drink 5 of?

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:42:03 | More by Fatduck
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hercules Double IPA is a cloudy amber ale with big chunks of I-don't-know-what floating around in it. It has a thick, soft, off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge aroma that's sweet and hoppy. It smells spicy, with notes of orange peel, black pepper and grass. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It tastes sweet and hoppy. It tastes resiny, with notes of orange peel, black pepper and coriander. It remains well balanced all the way through the finish. It's a very solid double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 18:47:52 | More by yesyouam
Photo of adamette


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On in Mentor a few days ago for $3.50 into my gold rimmed Ommegang goblet. “Bottled on April 11 1011” stamped on the lower right side of the label. This is almost 5 months old. I am sure it is not the best of circumstances but let’s see what we have here.

A Very light brown head over a golden orange body that has visible sediment floating about after I poured it. The head dissapeared within 60 seconds for this one (as compared to the recently reviewed Titan IPA) but I would expect that with the elevated 10% ABV. Really a good look. I enjoy the inclusion of the visible sediment. 4.5

S Sweet malt with some bitter hops and a warmth of alcohol. This is a really good smell within the style and it is not repeated by all DIPAs. The smell leaves me very interested in tasting this beer! 4.5

T Oh yes….I love a good DIPA that has plenty of sweet malt as a part of it! As the smell suggested, there is plenty of syrupy sweetness along with a strong hop presence and a nice, appropriate burn of alcohol. It is not to the level of my most favored DIPAs which are Southern Tier’s 2XIPA and Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster. I really enjoy the taste of this one, none the less, and it has held up for the almost 5 months since it was bottled! 4.0

M This is one big beer with a big mouthfeel from the syrupy sweetness to the bold bitterness and even that burn of alcohol that I already mentioned. A big, huge feel which is what I look for in this style. 4.5

D/O This is not particularly drinkable with all of its bigness and elevated ABV but I did enjoy it none the less. Overall it is a very good DIPA. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:46:00 | More by adamette
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bomber with some guy holding up a Q-Tip in front of the mountains. Nice gold with white head, slightly cloudy. Aroma of sweet toasted malt with background citrus hops.

Ohh, this is tasty. Great balance right off the rip - sweetish malts with hints of toffee combine with a solid hop bitterness and grapefruity flavors throughout the first three quarters of the sip. Alcohols raise their head near the end, along with a not-unpleasant grapeseedy kind of bitterness in the finish which lingers. Round and smooth. I need more. The store is closed. Oh well.

I'm digging this brewery's efforts so far. A very tasty example.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 02:59:32 | More by sponberg
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden brown, with a copious amount of creamy, foamy white head, which leaves consistent webbed lace as it disappears. It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange citrus hop aromas, and some thin caramel malt. The taste is a dense caramel malt backbone, bitter orange liqueur, a bit of orange vodka, and some mixed citrus hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body heavy, oily, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, some fruity sweet malt lingering for a good while.

A pretty decent DIPA, all the components are jacked up to just the right smack-you-in-the-head levels.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 06:31:37 | More by biboergosum
Photo of ElGordo


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep golden-orange color with a ton of suspended solids, topped by a creamy bright white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of lightly sweet malt, strongly assertive hops (bitter yet fruity), a good bit of alcohol, and some fairly strong ale yeast. Palate is mostly hops of the fruity, noble variety, with a bit of a piney edge. There's enough malt here to balance things out to a degree, but the hugely bitter hop profile dominates throughout. Body is substantial and lacks the stickiness that is sometimes a bit cloying in beers of this caliber. Goes down fairly easy for a double IPA. Nice work, GD.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 08:26:23 | More by ElGordo
Photo of swamiswamu


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a small head; good amount of lacing. There is a balance of hops and malts in the aroma that isn't quite there in the flavor. The flavor begins with a hint of pine at the back of the tongue and moves up with a more citrusy bouquet. I don't think there is the complexity of Arrogant Bastard or Rogue's I2PA, but that said this is a pretty enjoyable brew. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in drinkability. This is a palate killer, but not jaw cringing bitter in a way that makes polishing up the bomber much easier.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 00:58:52 | More by swamiswamu
Photo of McNealc31


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A nice start with a hazy bronze color and big fluffy white head. Smells like piney hops and a bit of wood. Big round malt flavor followed by a hit of hops. Extremely well balanced. Long and intensely bitter finish. Very creamy texture and a lot of the hop hit comes in the finish rather than while you first drink it. Noticing quite a bit of orange in this brew.

I like it. Good balance not only between malt and hops, but among the different hops, too. Fantastic mouthfeel, as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:12:04 | More by McNealc31
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber.
Bottled on Jan 25, 2011.
Picked up at Premier.

Pours a deep clear golden amber with an inch of fluffy off white head. Nose is crisp pine and grapfruit hops, balanced by noticeable caramel malt. Taste is resiny hops that show bitterness in the finish and and predominant malt character. Earthy undertones linger on the pallate. Mouthfeel is well rounded and full bodied. Overall this is an easy drinking Imperial IPA. I have to wonder if this is due to the hops fading already, but there is a large caramel malt taste that I didnt expect. Could just be a well rounded DIPA rather than a hop-bomb. One of my favourite styles, this one was decent to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 21:31:38 | More by heebes
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep gold-amber with over a finger of sticky looking, dense light-yellow head that lasts a while and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose. Sweet caramel candy, some grass, pink grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt, grassy, citrus hops take over and turn into lasting bitter pine and mixed-citrus rind. Alcohol present, but not overwhealming.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body and medium carbonation.

Overall. Good DIPA that's fairly balanced and full in flavour and body. A "Hercules" indeed!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:35:25 | More by Rutager
Photo of CRJMellor


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and orangey amber with a thick but medium-sized bright, white head that leaves uneven rings of lace on the pint.
Aroma of oranges, caramel, pine trees, resins and perfumed hops.
Flavors of caramel, grain, hay, citrus orange, resins, hop cones and some toasted bread were noted.
Mouthfeel has syrupy sweet hit to start. Then progresses to a sharp, resiny bitter middle and finishes with a little bit of toasted or raosted feel with a floral or citrus hop twang.
Drinkability is very good. Solid combo of sweet and bitter. Nice transitions and layering of the bitterness. Very good effort by the folks at Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 00:23:20 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.0% ABV, Bottled on Jan 25 2011, Suggested food pairings listed.

A - The tan head deflates pretty quickly but leaves some nice patchy lace on the glass. The clear beer is a vibrant golden orange with a gorgeous shine.

S - Pine and citrus wafts out of this ballsy beer, complete with a mango fruitiness that's fantastic. Willamet-like earthy hops balance out the citrus and caramel with Munich malt that provide a great backbone. A hint of alcohol comes across the back.

T - Citrus hops seem to get pushed to the side by some earthier hops in the flavor. Sweet caramel malt fades to the back but continues to provide good balance. A splash of solvent rubbing alcohol pops in too.

M - Medium-full-bodied and smooth with a pretty bitter finish. A little harsh but the citrusy zest balances nicely.

O - A good double IPA but I wish the citrus profile of the aroma would carry over into the flavor a little more. The earthiness gets just a bit old.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 16:24:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of kylejohnson03


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. A burnt copper color, and an agressive pour yields a large, sticky off white head. Good lacing and retention. Aromas are of caramel malts. The first sip is super hoppy, but the malt kicks in and brings this back quite nicely. Citrus, vanilla, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a creamy texture. An incredibly drinkable beer, great flavors and texture and the alcohol is well hidden. It's not my favorite DIPA, but it's definately another winner from Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:47:04 | More by kylejohnson03
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a orangish color with a fair amount of head. There is also a bit of lacing in the glass. There are a ton of floaters suspended in the beer. Nice. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is very bittersweet. The hops used in this beer are perfect. No harsh bitterness. There is a stickiness in the mouthfeel as is usual with this style. The drinkability is good. Just be aware of the higher abv because there is no indication of it as you drink the beer. The alcohol is well masked. Good for the style. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 03:11:58 | More by Enola
Photo of Thorpe429


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is an amber-copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is tropical and citrus hops with a bit of caramel. A pretty good amount of bitterness comes through in the flavor. There's not too much of the hop notes from the nose coming through in the flavor, just a good dose of bitterness. Light caramel and malt backing. The feel is nice with some bitterness. Good drinkability and another nice hoppy brew from GD.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 16:52:13 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of JanM


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In Sweden alcohol is only sold in governemnt stores called Systembolaget. To help you imagine the taste of a product they use a kind of scale of the three dominating taste traits. Hercules DIPA would probably blow the top. It poured in a delicious amber color, not much foam. The smell was grassy and very hoppy (!), rich with fruit notes and a kind of candy sweetness. The taste was BITTER and fruity with a dry finish. Some licorice in there too. The alcohol lurks somewhere in the background. What can I say: Refreshing, rich and ravishing!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 16:56:35 | More by JanM
Photo of One2Remeber


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Off-white, creamy thick head that stays put. Light copper color with an amber/orange hue. Transparent body. Head covers throughout entire drinking experience while leaving thick, sticky legs.

S: Citrus, tropical fruits, sweet malts, clean and crisp. Not too explosive in aroma. Faint smell of toasted grain.

T: Grapefruit, tangy, citrus hops come strong to be undercut by a hefty caramel malt backbone. Big one two punch of hops than malts compared to a graceful slide all the way down. Not crazy in complexity.

M: One of the smoothest IPAs. On feel alone the beer flows without any boozy burn (esp for Imperial IPA) and only a subtle hop presence lingers leaving a secured, satisfied pallet.

O: Does not blow me away in flavor but for style not much compare. Reminds me a 90 minute IPA with a more pronounced hop presence. GD knocks every style out of the park.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 03:38:17 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-bronze, a little darker than some. Tons of fluffy, rocky white head, insane retention, Beautiful lace. The cream of the crop! If I could give this a 5.5, I would!

S: Clean hop smell, with a little bready malt.

T: Sweet, bready and caramel malt is detectable up front... then the hops take over! Very citrousy and piney Pacific Northwest hops. Good bittersweet balance, isn't as bitter as some.

M: Rather full, creamy and slightly syrupy body. Moderately high carbonation (keeps producing head!).

D: Big, bold and heavy... drinkability suffers, but the flavour is great, so I'll still put it above average.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 03:24:53 | More by Derek
Photo of BrewMaster


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown with an excellent creamy head. Great retention and lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich hop nose, spicy, meaty, earthy hop nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Toasty and roasty malt flavor. Not what I expected from a Colorado IPA but really good. Sweet and malty with some burnt sourness. Bitter sandy middle. This beer is not a hop monster of a beer that tears into the palate. I like that. Sweet with candy flavors and a piney, oily, resiny hop finish. The feel is smooth and clean, medium to nearly full bodied in texture.

Drinkability: For a DIPA it's not bitter but I appreciate the complexity and rich flavors. No single flavor is too strong or overpowering. Well balanced and tasty. In a lot of ways this reminds me of Alesmith IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2005 19:53:03 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Poured a orange/golden clear. My bottle said it was 10.1% and you couldn't taste any alc% at all. Very damn tasty, and easy to drink. Damn solid beer. Will definately look for this tasty brew again. Would love to find a even fresher one too, to compare.

Pours a clear orange, slight amber colour with a decent amount of head. Tastes very malty, almost with a hint of honey to it. Theres a little bit of hop bitterness here, but I'm really picking up the malt backbone a lot more. Thats not a bad thing either. I find this to drink down pretty smooth and I detect no heat in the beer at all with the higher abv%. Had this one over a year ago, but my palate has aged a lot since then. Decent imperial ipa overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:47:29 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of beernut7


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the last of the series of GD brews recently available to my little East Coast town. Easy pour of deep straw with a decent head. Huge inviting sprucey, citrus aroma. Aroma is clean and crisp. Like the aroma, the first impression is of spruce and light grapefruit citrus. The bitterness is strong and also crisp, not heavy. The malt character of the brew is in excellent balance, not at all cloying on the palate. The deep sweetness compliments the hop character very well and allows for a nice expericience of all flavors. IMO very drinkable for the style--can be sipped of swigged easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 11:42:27 | More by beernut7
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper. Nice head, very good retention and lace. Aroma is awsome. Citrus hops,mixed with spice, and a hint of pine.Body is medium to thick. Taste is sweet up front,with a nice piney hop burst,and a bitter finish.I would have liked a less bitter finish, but still excellent!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 00:16:31 | More by riversider76
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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