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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,672 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,672
Reviews: 1,516
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 201
Gots: 310 | FT: 5
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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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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 ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish orange in appearance. I could smell it before I poured it. Somewhat thin off-white head that didn't want to stick around too long. I had just read about hop flecks in a random review earlier and to my surprise, here they are staring at me with all their ferocity. The smell is a little more toned down once it's been poured and won a staring competition. Hops abound and then more hops with some citrus. It must be an 85 IBU kind of stink. Piney hops and again some citrus come through when I take the first sip. This is followed by a nutty malt flavor but again the hops overcome, as it should be. This isn't just your average DIPA. Excellent carbonation levels and a medium to thick body but this is extremely smooth and silky. A little in your face at times (especially when you get to what I guess were hop flecks) but that's expected with this style. Not overly hopped or overly hyped by any means in my opinion. A well crafted brew from Great Divide. I guess I'll have to try the Titan, seems I took a step up without trying what I'm sure is a fine IPA.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery mid-brown into the pint glass. Lovely eggshell, 2-finger head swells, then recedes to a tenacious half-finger. Lovely looking.

Resinous, citric hops smack your nose awake and you go back for more. Further olfactory investigation reveals a myriad of dense malty goodness which when melded with the massive hop profile produce an almost single-malt whisky (no ‘e’) effect. Very nice. Caramely sweetness is there, and subtle fruity esters are all over the place suggesting peaches, apricots in a reduction of Marsala wine.

The tangy onslaught of hops is relentless and is heavy with its vapours and oils. Grapefruit, blood orange, lemon grass and pine needles have a resounding, fresh vibrancy. However, the malts will not be forgotten in this epic battle; weaving in and out of the thrusts of the hops are well-placed blows of caramel, roasted nuts, dry earthiness, and hints of smoke.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, helped along by a calvary of fine, silky conditioning. Heavy and leaning towards syrupy, but the alcohol dries out the finish. Not quaffable mind you, but easy-drinking for the style. Did I mention the sheets of foam left in the wake of this beauty?

Wowza, this is a bruiser! Incredible complexity, body and general presence. Had this with a peppered turkey and blue cheese Panini with avocado spread – a pairing made in heaven! An awesome liquor, I mean – ale. Must. Review. Old Ruffian.

Photo of EPICAC
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with dense but thin, off-white head that leaves sheets of lace.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops! Citric and resiny and strong. There's also some sweet maltiness, but mostly the hops dominate.

Taste: Again, lots of hops. Toasty and caramel malts make a brief appearance upfront, but are quickly met by resiny, citric and grassy hops. Not too sweet, which is a fault of many DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, a tad oily.

Drinkability: Great for a DIPA. I actually find the DIPAs that are hoppier to be more drinkable than the overly malty ones.

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours amber in color with a creamy light-tan head about two fingers tall. Has good retention and good lacing as you drink. The beer is very clear slow-moving carbonation.

Smell - Musty grain aromas with mild tropical hops as well. Moderate lemon/lime citrus as well. Slight alcohol on the nose.

Taste - More musty grain in flavor this time. A fairly equal mixture of resiny/bitter hops and tropical fruity hops with citrus all around. Alcohol comes through a bit more in the middle. Mild earthiness shows up and the beer takes on an overall caramel/grain character with a touch of the formerly mentioned hop flavors for the finish. More earthy flavors in the aftertaste with lingering hops and grain. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Well-structured carbonation, smooth and massaging in nature. The beer is medium/full-bodied and quite smooth and viscous.

Drinkability - Moderate hop levels and some musty flavors as well that some may find objectionable. Overall decent drinkability can be assigned to this beer.

I was overall a little let down with this beer. However, I did let this beer sit in my refrigerator for about six months, and I know I should drink and IPA or DIPA as fresh as possible. Oh well, just a warning to those reading my review. Overall it was a decent DIPA, but certainly not on the same level as other (most notably the Dreadnaught from Three Floyds.) Worth a shot, and probably recommended to must have if this beer truly is worlds better if it's more fresh.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this previously from the 22-ounce bomber. This time, Falling Rock Tap House had it ON CASK, and I couldn't resist.

Really, this is everything on cask that the bottled version is, only smoooother in every way. So sticky-thicky chunky-chewy, with a huge walnutty-malty-thick backbone, and the monstrous citrus-metallic-pine hops load. Aromatic to the max, this is like baklava in a glass for nutty-sweetness, with a boat load of hops bitterness for balance.

If you ever get a chance to have this on cask, don't miss it.

Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a thick, creamy two-finger head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Big time piney hops. Hops are extremely strong coming off of this one. It has a really nice citrusy smell (mostly grapefruit, orange, and maybe a bit of mango).

Taste: Initially, the citrus flavors hit the palate followed by a sweet taste that resembles brown sugar. It's not too sweet though, I think it's just right. It's definitely followed by a wealth of hop bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium-bodied with a bit of a syrupy feel. But, it's so good. I think I could take down a couple of bombers in a sitting. Overall, this is a great beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear amber-copper color with a modest white head. Nice lace. The brew has a grapefruit hop aroma, mixed with a bit of pine. The hops are backed with faint malt smell, slightly toasted. The foretaste has a mildly sweet touch, but the hops kick in, along with a notable tannin astringency. The brew hides its alcohol very well, and only a slight warming sensation is notable at the end of the glass. It’s a full bodied beer, with fairly low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. It’s a good brew, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of kernalklink
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper amber with one of the largest stay-puft billowing heads i have ever seen. Great hop aromas- huge on the piney resinous type with some earthiness thrown in. Candy sugar malts also come through. Not too sweet on the palate but very subtle. Hops are huge and dominant -oily pine- but not too overwhelming. Very smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Very clean flavors, almost tea-like herbal, though i would like some more malt characteristics and maybe some more hop variety. Overall a very easy going DIPA.

Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark gold/copper with a low beige head and nice slow light carbonation. Godd balanced malt-hop aroma and flavor. A touch of sweetness but nicely balanced by non-descript hops without being bitter. Full bodied and smooth with a nicely balanced but nicely light bitter finish.

Nice but a bit pricey for what you get ...

Per Label: "85 IBUs"

($6.99 / 22 oz.)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice amber color with a bit of cloudiness. The head was small and dissipated quickly. The smell was of fruity hops – and quite tempting. The taste is quite interesting. It is almost a hop assault on my mouth. There is enough malt to bring a nice undertone to the beer. The mouthfeel is full. This is a hop experience that you need to taste to believe! (I think this beer was named appropriately)

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pint glass at home. Lots of hype surrounding this one.

A: Color was orange to a deep, glowing amber. Good sized head, about a finger thick and lots of good lace that hung around for the duration. Steady stream of carbonation and lots of yeast sediment that just wouldn’t settle. I guess there’s so much malt it’ll take a while for the yeast to settle through the syrup.
S: Definitely picked up the piney scent of the hops, but the nutty malt sweetness was what most dominated the nose. I can already tell this is going to be a huge beer.
T: A quick touch of sweetness followed by an onrush of overwhelming hop bitterness. Lots of grapefruit flavors and mouth-puckering piney bite. The candy, toffee-like malt balances this pretty well. There’s a whole lot here competing for your attention. Finishes with a very strong alcohol warmth. Overall, the taste is very good.
M: Slick, oily, fully mouthcoating, with a large body and medium carbonation.
D: Very tasty. Way too much beer in here to be a real session beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’d like to line this up against DFH 90min see which one has an edge.

Photo of mortarit
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my point of view
IN this area I think this is the best buy for your wallet. I think it was $6.00 for a 22oz. But the new place I have been going to is $6.50.

I bought one of their t--shirts which was cheap cotton, very thin and it was the ipa verison. I was hoping for a Hercules's T.

This beer impressed me on the first time adventure.

Photo of Neehan
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour was a bright, light copper with a semi-thick head. Unfiltered appearance with floating particles. The head thins but remains solid and constant throughout, some clinging to glass. Very citrusy smell with the sweetness of honey combined with burning, bitter hops. Mmm mmm. The taste is also nice with a strong taste of grapefruit and other citruses with enough malts to prevent overwhelming. With so much going on with this beer, the mouthfeel is still light and smooth mixed with hop stings. Very drinkable for such a big-boy, with the grapefruit flavor being the only thing keeping you from pounding away. Great brew.

Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a glowing, crimson-amber with a tight, creamy, one-finger, off-white head that slowly faded to a stubborn film of lace.

Aroma was aromatic and intense. Citrusy, cascade hops blended with a rich, sweet, stiff malty backbone to make for a very well balanced nose.

The taste was punchy and flavorful yet not well balanced like the aroma. A touch of malty sweetness was barely detectable up front before the palate-shredding hops took over. Piney, grapefruit-like cascade hops and hop oils were biting and bitter. As the beer warmed, some ripe fruits were also noticeable. Nice alcohol warming in the back of the mouth. The finish was dry, puckering and lasting with bitter, biting, grapefruit notes detectable here as well.

Full-bodied for the style with a super creamy, rich and fluffy mouthfeel.

As for drinkability, this was a rather difficult to drink DIPA. While the beer was packed with flavor and the alcohol was well masked, the intense bitterness was quite difficult to handle.

Photo of khiasmus
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber with dense white head that takes a few minutes to settle to a lace.

S- Perfect. A hop monster being over taken quickly by malty goodness. Even a little alcohol and spice in the aroma party.

T- Amazingly hoppy and bitter, but still almost balanced by caramel malt that makes it delicious.

M- Highly carbonated and smooth, giving way to slightly dry and astringent.

D- Excellent for a double IPA. No more drinkable beer at this IBU level in the world.

Photo of guitarmage
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice pinky amber, almost like a white zin when held up to the light, chill haze, ring of white lacing.

Smell: Faint roasted maltiness, hops are citrus, crisp, and piney, beer smells balanced, juicy and inviting.

Taste: Sweetness is caramel, brown sugar, hops piney and are smoothed out with alcohol warmth, citrus comes through, a toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Luscious and full bodied, creamy, lightly carbonated, easily drinkable and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer packs a punch and is very drinkable, the hops aren't in your face, they're big, but balanced. Sweet and bitter, this beer is a good one.

Photo of sonofdon
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark copper in color. Decent head with some lacing.

S: Floral. Citrus, "C" hops. Malts and toasty. Alcohol.

T: Deep northwestern hops and pine hops. Citrus following by an odd chocolate roastiness. Alcohol presence with a touch of sweet.

M: Slick and oily. Pretty thick mouthfeel.

D: Drinkable, but a once and a while beer.

[ serving type: 22oz. bomber]

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, compared side by side with Boulder's Mojo Risin'

pours a pretty nearly clear copper color with an off-white frothy head. A ring of lacing left with nearly every sip.

Nose is pretty typical double IPA - heavenly hops...but a lot is there. Floral as well as pine, and sugary sweet fruits. Only a hint of alcohol, along with fairly faint bready smell. Mouth-watering.

Taste? - Delicious. Noticeably more hops flavors and bitterness than the Mojo Risin I tried a few days ago. Malt profile is strong and surprisingly complex. Whereas the Mojo Risin seemed to have a bit too much residual sweetness, this beer is damn near perfect in this regard. There is caramel sweetness, but it is far from cloying. Little alcohol bite, especially for the strength.
Where the Mojo Risin (a fine beer in it's own right) screamed ultra-fresh hop flavors and dangerous drinkability, this beer seems more carefully crafted to create flavors that meld beautifully.

Medium to full body and very creamy. Only slightly unbalanced with a pleasantly bitter finish.
Drinkability is limited only by your alcohol tolerance. I will say it was significantly more expensive than the Mojo Risin (which I found today for $2.89 for a 22 oz bomber!)

All the things I like about the style, and none of the potential flaws. Well done. I hope everyone can get this gem in their area.

Photo of nase
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at about 36F from a 12 oz amber bottle.

Poured thickly with a modest head leaving a very nice sheet of lacing on the sides. Looks dark amber and cloudy, can't see through it. Floaty bits there too.

Aroma is balanced with hops and malt.

First taste is a wallop of flavor, rich maltiness, strong bitterness, with a very sweet finish, followed by lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is interesting, very distinctly different flavors and feel on different parts of the tongue, variously sweet, creamy, bitter, astringent, effervescent.

The beer is drinkable, but this is a strong beer and it would be hard to go through bottle after bottle. Plus, as it warms it loses its balance, and flavor seems to get a bit vegetative. I won't bother buying it again.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark copper in color. The beer shows an off white two finger head that dissolves quickly. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Floral. Cirtus and pine residue. Malts and biscut. Alcohol.

T: Wet citrus and pine hops that slap your tongue with an herbal bitter bite. Citrus fruit is following by toffee or caramel malts that try to muscle up to the initial hop blast. Grass or earth is met by a warm spicy alcohol finish.

M: Slighty syrupy but smooth. Minimal carbination. Slick or oily mouthfeel and dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable but the high alcohol content limits the amount had in one session. A hop lover's brew for sure. Another solid beer from Great Divide Brewing Co.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a biggun' into a pint glass, shows a burnt golden copper color with thick off-white foam that leaves impressive, sticky lacing. Aroma is full of hoppy forests and spice. Sweet floral, citrus, and a sharp alcohol note also present.

Taste is exceptionally well balanced, alot like their Fresh Hop Pale. The alcohol note is strong in this one, as is the malty organic notes. Feels juicy and thick on the tongue, and leaves a bite on the aftertaste. I'll be having this one again for sure.

Photo of sstackho
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston (around $6 for 12oz). The original beer-importing plan for this trip was to bring home some Great Divide Titan IPA, but that plan was foiled by me realizing that I can't (legally) bring beer back home over the border to Canada duty free on this short trip... To drown my sorrows, I head to Bukowski's to discover that they have the Great Divide Hercules Double IPA on tap! And oh my, was it good. Hoppy, full, wonderful. Every sip went down gloriously and the taste stayed in the mouth until I replaced it with something else. Heaven in a glass.

Photo of ndekke39
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank a 22 oz bomber of this, almost all by myself.

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a tall, rocky head. Fantastic retention - couple fingers of thick, creamy head.

S: Smells begins with sweet caramel like a Scotch Ale, then turns to piny, citrus hops. Light malty balance in the finish.

T: Great balance of flavors - one of the most balanced IPAs (and a Double, at that!) I've ever had. Very bready taste at first, some yeast. Piny hops. Little bite of alcohol. Hop flavors linger nicely.

M: Very creamy, offsets the bitterness of the hops very well.

D: Excellent! Great Divide is becoming one of my favorite breweries. The Hercules sports balanced flavors that are bold but not overpowering. I would definitely, definitely reach for another one of these.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.