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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

3,273 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,273
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 165
Gots: 168 | 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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StoutIrish

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-23-2012 23:13:48 | More by StoutIrish
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alva7172

Utah

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-23-2012 21:00:07 | More by alva7172
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-23-2012 20:50:27 | More by jakea
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy medium orange color. Off white head. Fair retention. Great lacing.

Lately, all double IPAs smell the same to me. It has that strong, sweet, hoppy aroma. Gives you a little hint to what you're in for.

In the flavor: smooth bitterness. Quite balanced. Malty sweetness. Significant hop presence. An overall soft, yet aggressive flavor.

A heavy, thick chewy mouthfeel

Nicely done. The double IPA market is hit and miss for me, but I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 16:06:38 | More by UnderPressure
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-22-2012 05:41:23 | More by Zach136
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JBatman

Indiana

1/5  rDev -75.8%

09-21-2012 20:05:10 | More by JBatman
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Keith_R

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-21-2012 01:59:21 | More by Keith_R
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jaybags

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-20-2012 13:09:52 | More by jaybags
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SFC21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

09-20-2012 03:48:53 | More by SFC21
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CHickman

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper color with ridiculously big 3 finger foamy tan head with a ton of tight bubbles in it that faded very slowly and left very good foamy lacing with rings and trails sticking to the sides.

Smells of big citrus hops and piney hops up front, with grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, pine cone/piney hops, floral hops, grains, light brown sugar, caramel, biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like apple or pear, light spices and enough malt backbone to make it perfectly balanced for a DIPA. Not the strongest aroma for a DIPA, but a damn fine smelling beer.

Tastes sweet and hoppy, with piney hops/pine cone, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, citrus hops, maybe some mango or guava, floral hops, brown sugar, caramel, toasted grains, burnt biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like pear or apple, tea leaf, herbs and spices like coriander, pepper and light cinnamon, and a mild boozy finish; the hops are very sweet and juicy, but the ABV shows up pretty much throughout the brew. The warming effect lets the malt/grains level it out a bit and makes it quite drinkable for such a high alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, very mild carbonation and a bitter finish that is very sweet with an alcohol burn; the only knock on this beer might be the heat in the finish, but it was tolerable to me and not a major issue.

Overall a very good strong brew that I recommend trying; it had been 5 years since I first tried this and I will seek it out whenever I can find it. Expect to catch a buzz from one 12 oz bottle, this is potent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 03:11:13 | More by CHickman
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mttdls

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-19-2012 17:36:28 | More by mttdls
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-19-2012 02:24:06 | More by Jmick28
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jxc5

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-19-2012 01:11:43 | More by jxc5
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melissajtai

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

09-18-2012 19:22:33 | More by melissajtai
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jisom123

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-18-2012 00:00:57 | More by jisom123
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-17-2012 21:11:28 | More by NilocRellim
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

09-17-2012 10:10:16 | More by runner_conor
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hoptitsbrews

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9%

09-17-2012 05:22:01 | More by hoptitsbrews
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jivex5k

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

09-11-2012 14:02:21 | More by jivex5k
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Beercounter1


2/5  rDev -51.6%

09-10-2012 04:15:49 | More by Beercounter1
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ZachBurns


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-10-2012 03:42:54 | More by ZachBurns
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tuka

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-10-2012 03:05:28 | More by tuka
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simpleman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15%

09-10-2012 01:20:49 | More by simpleman
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KyleFredricks


4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-09-2012 01:58:03 | More by KyleFredricks
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Dhuckaby


4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-07-2012 23:29:34 | More by Dhuckaby
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,273 ratings.