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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

3,519 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,519
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 182
Gots: 237 | 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 bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimey orange/caramel color with plenty of haze. Short head that leaves a frothy ring that lasts throughout. Aroma is strong on grassy hops with a hint of citrus, lightly sweet malt and bit of alcohol. Hops initially in the taste, tangy and resiny, with a strong balance of caramel malt. Finish is moderately bitter is a bit of astringence. The mouthfeel is decent, but after it starts out with solid carbonation, it fades toward the finish some. Medium thick, smooth. Not bad for drinkablility, I just think there's a sweet and tangy flavor punch to the gut but no real subtleties to keep me interested...

bennetj17, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy copper color with a nice creamy head that left great lacing for the duration of the drink. Smell is crisp citrusy hops and a lovely sweet malt aroma in the background. Taste is incredibly smooth that starts out with a nice kick of hops. Then the malt comes in for a bit before being finished off again with the hops. This is another superbly crafted brew from Great Divide!

cjgator3, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: DEEP copper with mahagony highlights. Towering creamy head, light beige and oh so beautiful. Its clinging to every piece of glass it can get its bubbles on.

S: Over ripe oranges. Thats really it in a nutshell. Little hints of grapefruit and plum but thats it.

T: Quite a bit more foresty than the aroma lets on. Starts off with a nice syrupy hop profile with a considerable amount of red fruit malty sweetness. Not overwhelmingly bitter at any point in the process, the peak probably being ten seconds after the swallow. The alcohol esters are very prevelent on the tongue. Extremely balanced beer. With a malty backbone this thing is a barleywine.

M: Medium to full bodied with a quality smoothness with just a touch of bite from the carbonation.

D: Great beer. Not nearly as complex as some DIPA's but quality drinking none the less. I'll probably rate it lower than most drinkers for that reason (I like complexity above all else in a beer).

Westsidethreat, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is most definitely a West Coast IPA... heavy on the hops and BIG on the flavor. Color is amber like many IPA's. Smell is predominantly hops, with a tad of sweetness that finishes it off. The Taste is huge. Mostly like west coast hops, like willamette with a touch of cascade. But there is a happy touch of malt that ends the taste and it caps is off perfectly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both phenomenal.

Toddv29424, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bronze. A thick white head beckons me to investigate the flavors in this brew.
MAN! After my first whiff of this baby, I feel like someone punched me in the face with a hop plant! Excellent citrus hop scent, slight pine characteristics.
Sometimes the smell can be decieving, but not with this brew! Great bitter hop taste, intermingled with fruit flavors of citrus, grapefruit and malts. Great balance.
I did drink this for the majority of the evening, so it's safe to say I was surprised and I enjoyed it!

MeLikeBeer, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber. Huge creamy off white head, and some okay lace.
Faint citrussy and piny hop aroma.
Toasty and bitter flavor. Very bitter citrussy flavor.
Creamy and nice mouthfeel, but the bitterness detracts a bit.
Decent beer, but far from my favorite DIPA.

BeerRun13, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Gillard
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy Orange and copper color, with a medium body head.
Had frothy lacing through out the the duration of the beer(Was not long)
Taste of a sort of piney citrus with great hop balance definitely a overwhelming rush of bitterness to my taste buds a little too much if you ask me!

All and all a good beer but I will stick with DFH 90, or Stoudts Double IPA mmm Stoudts!!

Gillard, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a thick, fluffy head that lasts. The aroma is pine needles (fits well with the picture of a mountain on the label.) Taste is, obviously, dominated by hops but the malty sweeness gives the bitterness a run for its money. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me. There is a definite aftertaste of bitterness on the roof of my mouth. Very drinkable; went well with corn dogs and mustard.

Aroma 10; Appearance 2; Flavor 14; Mouthfeel 3; Overall 8 (37/50)

CH3CH2OH, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of JBStith
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA from a 22 oz bottle...

A: Beautiful deep amber with a slight haze. Huge pillowy white head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Hops are quite aromatic. Spice, floral, and citrus. Not much in the way of malt or sweetness.

T: Follows smell. Finishes very bitter, but in a good way. No real presence of malt or sweetness. Stronger malt is needed to balance out this bitter beast.

M&D: A wee bit thin in mouthful for a double IPA. Needs a bit more malt backbone to stand up to the bitterness. Overall, a good beer though I wouldn't take down more than one bomber in a sitting.

JBStith, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks ColoradoBobs!

This beer reminds me a lot of Double Crooked Tree, or, to a lesser extent, Ruination -- it has a lot of hops, but it also has a lot of alcohol hotness.

The beer looks wonderful, a nice creamy heady and a delicious brown body, The head collapses all too quickly, but a faint ring remains.

The smell is resinous hops and alcohol heat. The taste is essentially the same. The alcohol hotness fades as I drink (no surprise! This is hoppy enough to cause major tastebud fatigue).

A very good DIPA, but IMHO, it is a touch too dry. The heat makes an interesting (and quickly becoming traditional) partner to the hops, but I dunno.

A solid, good beer. Essentially everything their Titan IPA offers, just more, more more. Less gymsock then their Titan as well.

A good representation of the style.

shbobdb, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is divine sweet hop candy at it's glorious peek.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color; orange amber, beautiful; with a big off-white head and sheets of heavy lacing.

Smell: Thick malty aroma of orange, caramel, bread and grapefruit that is truly enticing.

Taste: The flavor is sweet and malty like a fruit juice character but the fruit that has been juiced in the magnificent HOP! Hop oils galore in the bold but balanced DIPA. I this genre Hercules is not the most bitter. It actually leans towards malty despite its big hop bitter. The hop character is more like lots of tiny hop bugs nibbling at your mouth than it is like a huge hop spike that is hammered straight through the roof of you mouth exiting your skull. The sweet hoppy flavor does not scramble your brain it only teases your sense to the point of elation and drops off just before wearing you out; making this an extremely drinkable DIPA. The finish is lip-smackingly dry; and the aftertaste is fantastic, leaving you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a medium body beer but the active nibbling hops create a sensational creaminess that makes the body feel more fluffy and yet exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability: WOW! What can I say! This one down with exceptional easy. The finish is a bit dry but I like it that way. And the ABV, well, you’d never know it; ‘till you had a few. Is it a session beer? Of course not at 9.1% but I’d easily put a few back; and I sure wouldn’t mind having a couple cases in the cellar to work on for the next several months.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber color with a heavy, fluffly off white foam. Tracing is perfect on my wine glass. Aromas are very juicy, citrusy and quite resinous. Sweet maltiness with a touch of alcohol is also picked up. Hop forward in flavor with bursts of Chinook and Centennial hops followed by a sweet honey like flavor and then again with a biting bitter close. This beer improves much more when it warms up a bit. It is quite similiar to Old Ruffian with a tad smaller body.

dreadnatty08, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of rdailey76
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a 22 oz. bomber and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Appearance: Pours with a really nice fluffy, white head and is dense to start and then fades into some very nice lacing on the glass. The color is a very nice orange/gold color.

Smell: Very hoppy in the nose. Pretty much what I would have expected. Chewy is what came to mind.

Taste: There was an assault of hops up front, but it mellowed out pretty quickly. Suprising more balanced that I would have expected. It finished very sweet and malty. I felt that alcohol was pretty well hidden for 9.1 abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating, but not really enjoyable.

Drinkability: I would enjoy again, but the mouthfeel and sweet aftertaste make 22 oz. more than enough.

rdailey76, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out with a thick two and a half finger off-white head over a clear copper beer. Some visible bubble trails throughout the glass. The head clings to the edges all the way down and has a great pillowy character to it.

Nose: A bit too light, but has some good notes: hops, of course, hints of vanilla, and the ever present pine and grapefruit combination of strong hoppy beers. Smells smooth and creamy, not too harsh.

Mouth: Sweet, smooth, creamy entrance and a long hop finish. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue but not as much diversity in flavors as I would have hoped. At room temperature the alcohol is very present, accentuating the pine flavors of the hops.

clickpush, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with an inch of tight white head adrift on top.

Aroma:

Nice pine/grapefruit aroma evident of this hop-bomb. Strong sweet-fruit aroma is present as well due to malt backbone.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Rich ripe grapefruit, sweet and gummy in the mouth. Bottle states 85 IBU's, and they are in perfect harmony with the sweet syrupy malt backbone. Perhaps the best Double IPA I've experienced. Exceptionally balanced and frighteningly drinkable with the 9.1% ABV nicely masked.

cbl2, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Partly clear orange-copper. The pleasant aromas of pine, citrus, alcohol, and MJ tantalize the nostrils. On the palate, Hercules offers big-time bitterness with resinous and full hops flavors, plus enough malt and alcohol to support, but not supplant, the hop presence. This one's a little better-integrated than some DIPAs that are just "going through the motions," if you will. Here's a round, smooth, bitter, flavorful, and satisfying DIPA if ever there was one. Drinks as easily as any other DIPA I've encountered, and then some.

Bravo Great Divide.

VoodooBrew, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of riversider76
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!

riversider76, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and hoppedup.

After the pour I am rewarded with a chill hazed copper colored ale with a good one-inch tan colored head. Quite good head formation for the strength of this beer.

Smell is strong spicy hops, very tasty smelling. Strong but clean citrus hop aroma, mostly of the grapefruit type. Strongly spicy and peppery to the nose, this gives the sensation of cinnamon, mint and oranges to the nose as well as black pepper. Hard to pick out the individual hop aromas here, the hops are very aromatic.

Taste is sweet and fairly woody with a strong grapefruit after taste at the beginning. Quite spicy on the tongue and almost HOT from the hop strength. Noticeable alcohol in the flavor but it is sensed as pepper by the tongue in combination with the VERY heavy hop load used here. The website says this is 85 IBUs but it seems stronger than that in the same class as Stone Ruination in Hops that kick your butt sensation. Hop flavors span the entire spectrum but are stronger in pineapple, grapefruit, lime and wood/tea flavors. Quite bitter but after the 3 sip you tongue is quite numbed by the hops and you don't notice it. A hop heads wet dream in a glass.

Mouthfeel is good for such a powerful brew.

Drinkability here is all about how much hops you can tolerate. At this point I have in fact evolved into something of a hophead and I love these hop bombs. For a hophead this is a 4.5 in drinkability. For a non-hop head, this is more like a 2 in drinkability; it will seriously kick your butt.

Great Divide should put that on the label in big letters "Warning! This beer will kick your Butt! Only meant for hopheads and the inmates of a Oregon Hophead insane asylum!"

Personally I REALLY liked this beer!

Zorro, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of stevecee2003
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is the one! Wow, what an India Pale Ale. If you desire that taste as I do, then this may well become your favorite beer. As many of us know this type of beer was shipped to British forces in the 1700's all the way to India. It had to survive so it was loaded with hops to make the trip. That "hoppy" taste became a favorite, what we now know as IPA. And Hercules has taken it to the extreme.

Presentation: Pours with a deep copper color. You know you are in for something special if you like IPA's. It pours with a good foam, but settles quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. The real aroma of an real IPA. Wow! This has possibilities. The burnt hops. The bite. It's all there. This is a serious beer. Surely you can't overlook this beer. It demands your attention.

Taste: It's the strong IPA taste we all search for. As an IPA lover I long for that bitter/flavor combination. It has resiney hops. Piney, yet citric and very clean. And strong. This is one IPA that will lay you on the floor, with that big punch you want and sip for, and more and more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to the tongue, but full of body. But all the bite is there. It's a great American IPA. And Mama, it will bite!

Drinkability: Only one of these. Two and truly this is one beer that will kick your A$$ ! But.. you will feel satisfied. Be glad.
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More review added on- three years later
(06-21-09)...
Its been three years since my initial review, and I must say this single beer is my one champion. Exhibiting all the things I love. Holy Sh$t I love it.

It has all the hops I love. It has just enough malt in there. And it is perfect to both exhibit to friends as "my fav beer", and yet to finish my day out, just fine.

This is the one.

stevecee2003, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber copper color with minimal head. Little lacing is left behind, and only a ring around the glass forms.

Definitely has a hoppy aroma, citrusy to be more specific. Tangerine and orange hop aromas dominate the nose, and a honey like sweetness fills in the gaps.

Hercules has a great flavor, that is more balanced than some of the other beers from Great Divide. There is a little malt sweetness up front, again tasting like honey. Then a huge wave of hop flavors hit you, this time both citrusy and piney hops. The finish is pretty solidly bitter, but does not have the same tooth-enamal stripping quality that Old Ruffian has. Very pleasant, and quite refreshing for such a big beer. Almost seems like it has more than 85 IBU's.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and drinkability is relatively high. Once again, another good beer from Great Divide. This is one of the better IIPA's that I've had recently, as it lacks the metallic hop flavor. Very nice all around, and highly recommended.

phisig137, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge white foamy head. Dark, burnt copper with ruby highlights.

Nice balanced aroma of citrussy hops and sweet malt. Fruity; pineapple, pears, grapefruit. Sweet; caramel, toffee.

Similar flavors as aromas. I'm impressed at the malty balance with such a hugely hoppy beer. Big flavors all around.

Medium bodied. Sticky, syrupy,resiny, oily. Sticks to the insides of your mouth. Excellent.

Quite drinkable.

BillyB, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge cream-colored head. Sat there looking at me for a while, but when it fell in big rocky clumps it went fast and laced the glass almost completely. Beer is orange-amber and clear. Smell is almost all hops, citrusy with some pretty inviting peppery notes. Just a touch of warm malt.

Complicated hops taste tips more toward the spicy end of the scale than the citrus that runs all over the smell. Good malt presence makes for a complete beer, but I expected to be knocked out by the hops. They are vying for my attention. It is bitter, but the hops are not as dominant as I thought they would be. I'd never guess the ABV comes in so high.

Heavy in the mouth. The carbonation appears to have hit the road with the initial booming head. Very interesting taste. I'll drink more of it.

maundythirsty, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Celt44
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one seems to be a regular at my local growler filling station.
Pours very clear copper with a nice, full frothy head - lacing lasts throughout.
Smell is great combo of a typical floral IPA with hints of malt and pine.
Taste is superior for a 2IPA. Hop bite is up front - the malt aroma explains itself here also - probably the maltiest(?) 2IPA I've experienced to date. Additional flavors that come to mind are pepper and another spice that I cannot name.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk.
Overall a superior and very drinkable 2IPA. Alcohol presence is much less than others I've tasted. American IPAs are my first choice and I tend to stay away from 2IPAs due to the alcohol content and taste. This one totally breaks the mold for 2IPAs in my book.

Celt44, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber and a shaker pint glass.

The head is so light and pillowy it just doesn't fall very fast leaving a beautiful beer behind with a strong lacing that sticks slightly as the head falls. The color is brown to copper and clear and enticing.

The smell is very hoppy and a bit flowery, reminds me of a certain flower that I can't put my name on. Lemon and a little lime are apparent in this smell.

Taste is very hoppy and flowery with great fruitiness of lemon and slight lime. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Overall I like it very much and would like a fresh bottle to give it higher ratings.

Erdinger2003, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I cant believe I have never had this baby before. served in a British Imperial Pint mug from a "bomber". Very very lovelly, attractive beer to look at, dark burnt orange in colur ,very attractive innthe sunlight. Attractive light tan head. Perfect presentation. A really gorgeous fresh "piney" aroma with hints of lemon grass ans pepper. Great bustin’ with fruitiness flavours ..piney, lemon, floral,creamy toffee and caramel malts.I also get some faint hints of liquorice and some traditional marmalade ( zesty) flavours. Very very good palate to this beer for something so packed with flavour, some of them conflicting, the mouthfeel is almost silky smooth. A great brewer has managed to meld these clashing profiles into cream like smoothness in the finish..excellent. Overall a terrific DIPA the best I have had of this genre. One to visit again and again and again.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,519 ratings.