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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
93
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3,587 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,587
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 188
Gots: 257 | 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 SacoDeToro
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

The beer poured an amber golden with a minimal head that quickly faded. You could tell that this beer was so saturated with hop oils that it suppressed any chances of a big head.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent with a nose that was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a medium/light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated so it wasn't smackingly sweet like, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in IPAs and DIPAs. Many brewers out there bottle condition their DIPAs, but in my opinion, the yeast cake zaps much of the intended potency of the beer after a few months. When it comes to DIPAs, I'm in favor of enough time for flavors to meld, but not mellow.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer had a touch of vinous flavors, which helped give it its own character. Distinctive and rich, this beer is a classic. Now that it's available in 12oz. 4-packs, I'll try to grab it more often.

SacoDeToro, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack over the weekend and upon opening the bottle the heavy grapefruit hoppy aroma rushed out into my nose. I also got a whiff of yeast bread w/ a perfume hint of alcohol. Poured vigorously a 2 inch frothy head w/ a hazy rosy orange hue that left an excellent amount of lacing. The flavor and feel was an intense bitter beginning that ending dry and grapefruit bitter w/ a light syrup medium body, lively carbonated and a hint of alcohol. Overall, IMO this brew is solid. Love how Hercules brings the intense yet clean and crisp flavor and aroma it has to offer. My wife and I tried it with some Asigo cheese sundried tomato bread and it was outstanding.

GimpyCane, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a big head. There is some yeast floating around in there.

Smells piney and sweet a bit of a cola note in there too. Not quite what I expected from a DIPA.

Flavor... whoa! This is a big beer. The hops aren't quite as pronounced as I would have expected, this is just a well balanced brew. Bitter up front, a bit citrus like... some sweetness from the malts, then a bit of a kick from the alcohol on the finish. This is pretty complex with a lot of mouthfeel too.

This beer seems to be lacking a bit in the drinkability department. It is tasty, and interesting, but it's quite strong, and I am not sure I'd want to have more than a couple of these in one sitting.

Thanks again for the brew MuenchenerKindl,

flexabull, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try to drink a beer from Colorado when watching the Denver Broncos play. This Sunday was no exception. I pulled the 12 ounce bottle from the fridge and let it warm up prior to imbibing.

Orange-amber body sprinkled with particulates. Low foam stand.

Nose of candied tangerine peel, apricot preserves, and pine needles.

Fruity assault of citrusy hops on first sip lingers to sweet malty finish. Dank bitterness due to high alpha hop voltage.

Aggressive, full-bodied example of a Double IPA. It gets the Mile High salute!

HopasaurusRex, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy apricot color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy, citrusy.
Taste is also a hoppy experience, but the maly is completely overwhelmed.
Finish with strong hop notes and not much else.
Was difficult for me to finish. Not a favorite of mine.

tgbljb, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors a brilliant orange amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. Just great great beer. This was a wonderful brew and I will be getting as soon as I can. Really nothing bad to say about this at all.

mikesgroove, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottled the 2nd week of July.

A - Pours a copper with some suspended sediment that doesnt offset the clarity too bad, you can see through without a problem, head is about 1 1/2 fingers then down to a slightly patchy cap on top of the beer with sticky webs running down the sides of the glass.

S - Caramel, citrus, malty, slightly spicy, soft fruitiness, maybe strawberry in there also. Very enjoyable and inviting.

T - Hoppy bitterness along with an herbal tone, citrusy, malty sweetness, I think theres banana in there as well, caramel is in there but not too big, bitter finish, great.

M - Almost perfect, maybe could use a little more bitter in the finish but it hardly affects it.

D - 3 maybe 4 would be perfect, a very good beer.

rsyberg01, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of yeastpuppet
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My pint glass looks real good .A near whiskey color amber-red , top notch 3 finger head of creamy bubbles that slowly fades to a coarse lacing on the sides .
Resin , pine , slight citrus , with a hint of malt hovering in the background . A complex & pleasing aroma leads to the first sip...
Yum .hops , malt , hops and a most finely tuned bitterness that drops off fast, but leaves just enough aftertaste for another sip .Mouthfeel is med/full with an alcohol pucker on the gums, and a slight hint of oak in the finish . Warming , gentle rush ...
I'll buy it again .

yeastpuppet, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of AndoBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*I like it very much will buy again*

Thanks to my pal Chaingangguy who kindly traded this to me for a stone Dbl Bastard.


app: kindof an orage pumpkinish hue like brighter apple cider with a cute little light tan head.

smell: smells of nice fresh citrusy hops and clean clear booze. with a bit of dark fruit malt sweets and butterscotch in the nose.

taste: suprise.. very malt foward taste of sweet oranges and some muted chewy fruits with a nice soft but bright hop finish.. after taste is booze and colorful fruits. pause for the beer to warm up.. has a nice little zing on the tounge.. still pausing. Nice, remains balanced, the hops become more pronounced as you go. I keep trying to compare this to the stoudts dipa, While I think the stoudts has more flavor especially in the malts. I keep thinking this beer is a titch more refined.. dunno if that makes sense. breathing the nose in really deep while taking sips of this beer helps keep it malt balanced, this is a very nice dipa.

mf: makes my mouth water, its ok nothing special.

drinkable?: yep, she sure is. its a "big" beer so not a 5 but still, very drinkable.

AndoBrew, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of SudNut
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to golden orange amber with a great head and plenty of lacing. Smells sweet and hopy with a hint of pine and alcohol. The taste is sweet up front with a nice hop presence to balance it out and just a bit of alcohol to taste. MMM good beer! Mouthfeel was creamy and light with good carbonation. Drinkability was great! I want another one but everyone was leaving the bar. Guess I have to wait till next time.

SudNut, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide- Hercules Double IPA

Appearance- golden reddish brown with a big fluffy thick head. Sticky head laced the glass all the way down.
Smell- Huge hops. Pungent Grapefruit and orange rind. Big pine infused throughout.
Taste- Big sweet oily pine with a nice blend of grapefruit. Alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel- First few sips there is a big bitterness kick up front but eventually the beer settles into a nice sweet pine IPA. Mellows out considerablely throughout.

Overall- A nice big IPA. A big flavor beer that holds on til the end. Definitely buy this and drink up!!

NJpadreFan, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick-looking amber bronze brew with a thick two finger head that never goes away, and tons of lace.

Smells wonderfully thick and heady with floral hop oils. Like walking into a flowering hop jungle.

Tastes sweet, thickly malted, and very hoppy. The hops here are not grapefruity or grassy, but much more thick and oily. Tastes like hop buds rolled in sugar.

Very thick and creamy in my mouth, and slighty more drinkable than other DIPAs IMO. This is a great brew that will find it's way into my fridge often. Very similar to DFH 90 minute IPA, but slighty better IMO.

pmcadamis, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA poured a very hazed , translucent , deep auburn/ orange. The head was nice and creamy. Taken to the nose , loads of hop aromas dominate. Aromas of zesty citrus , raw hop , pine , and a hint of alcohol. The taste starts out with raw piney and green hop , then some citrus flavors move in , the middle has some balancing sweet maltiness ,a bit of nutty flavor , then it finishes with more bitter and lingering resiny hop flavor and a very well hidden warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is slick and a bit chewy. An excellent , hoppy treat. Great flavors and structure in this DIPA.

Byeast, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown/amber with small amounts of white head.
S - mmm, spicy hops goodness. this one smells delicious
T - slight maltiness up front but finishes with loads of hop flavor, hint of pine i think, not sure.
M - kind of light bodied I think compared others of this style, but still enjoyable. medium carbination.
D - tasty brew. I will probably buy this again sometime in the future, so if you haven't had this one give it a try.

AlesRTasty, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with little discernable head and a translucent body. Lacing looks to be pretty solid. Nose is flavorful hops, both spicy and piney, and pleasantly pungent.

Tasty and surprisingly well balanced despite the expected all out hop atttack. Somewhat fruity but sharp pine flavors are stilll the overriding character in the taste. Mouthfeel is reserved but excellent. This is one of the few beers I can remember drinking where the alcohol flavor was an advantage and not a hindrance. I can't explain why, but the alcohol enhances the middle of each sip but gives way to bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste.

I purchased this bomber at Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Especially for it's size, this is a drinkable and very flavorful DIPA for those who enjoy the style and can find it.

daliandragon, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slgihtly hazy copper/amber with a decent off-white head.
Left decent lacing about the goblet.
The aroma was what I had expected; extremely floral and piney, with grapefruit and mild caramel malts.
Extreme hoppiness in the taste; piney and floral, with tart and sour fruits and mild malt presence. Also, the alcohol was more pronounced than I expected; not overpowering but definitely observable.
The feel was semi-sweet up front and changed into a dry and almost tart feel, with a pretty moderate body. Decent ammoutn of carbonation.
This was pretty drinkable, but another case of the extreme hoppiness ruining your palate the more you drink. I'm not saying its not a great beer, it is and another great success from GD but the balance isn't what I call incredible. Drinkable, but due to this slight imbalance and high ABV, only a few of these in one sitting are more than enough.

sinistrsam, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a fairly dark orange and amber with a medium head. It left a fair amount of lace too.

The smell is fairly powerful and has plenty of citrus and pine. The taste has enough malt to provide a strong base but it has a bit of a caramel flavor that doesn't fit. Hop bitterness carries all the way through, fairly strong but the flavors are a little flat. The mouthfeel is medium while drinkability is good for the alcohol content.

watermelonman, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy copper colour with 3 fingers of rocky yellow head. after 5 minutes the head has dropped about half way and left a ton of lace all around the glass.

aroma is nice. pine and grapefruit hops dominate.

taste is great. resinous piney hops that cling and linger for a long time. slight grapefruit. moderate maltyness, but this one is all about hops. a little alcohol, but it's balanced well against the hops.

mouthfeel is good. moderate body is about right for style, with a good carbonation level.

drinkability is higher than i would have expected for a 9.1% dipa. the lingering piney hops detract from the drinkability a little, but it's well balanced.

grub, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA MRMOJORISING for the recommendation this afternoon. . . .

A: From a 22 oz bomber I gave it a moderately aggressive pour into a Piraat tulip glass. The result? A big, 3-finger khaki-colored head stays and stays and stays over an orangey-copper-slightly-red body with some haze, a decent amount of floatie sediment, and lacing that grabbed the side of the glass like a drowning man clinging to the rope tossed from a helicopter in the middle of a hurricane. A fluffy pillowy mound of cloud sat in the middle the entire time I drank my way down the glass, never giving up and never diminishing in strength. Very nice.

S: What you'd expect from a DIPA: piney, grassy, citrusy hops. And spicy alcohol, especially as it warms. Think orange rinds soaked in Southern Comfort in the middle of a pine forest and you've got the idea.

T: An initial taste of malty, toffee-like buttery sweetness is quickly destroyed by the onslaught of hops. Citrusy at first, but as it warms the hops flavors combine and meld into one big blend -- florally, citrusy and piney all at once (and I know that's tough to pull off). Hoppy bitterness lingers and the alcohol warmth steps in at the end, making its presence known at the back of the mouth and as it travels south.

M: Smooth and creamy with a dry finish early in the glass that becomes a tad bit sweeter the longer you drink it. Not much in the way of obvious, visible carbonation (other than that monster head at first pour). Good heft to the body -- you know you're drinking a heavy, almost cognac-like beer, and I'm good with that.

D: This is a slow-sippin' beer, not the kind you'd bring to a party or put back on a hot summer day. It took me a full hour to drink the bomber, and that's not a knock on its flavor at all. It's just a full-bodied beer. And I should mention the ABV does pack a bit of a wallop, so I can't imagine wanting to drink more than one bomber of this. I gave my wife a sip and she liked it but her immediate comment was "is this strong?" You can tell that this beer will kick your ass -- halfway through and I could feel the buzz pretty good -- and as a result, I think it's just instinctual to nurse it slowly.

Notes: highly recommended. I'm finding a lot of DIPAs that I like and this one didn't disappoint. Good balance between malty sweetness and the hops and a nice complicated blending of hoppy flavors, which I've come to expect from a good DIPA. Enjoy.

Kendo, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no freshness date. Pours a murky copper color with golden high-lights. Two finger white head is extremely creamy and stiff, stays around forever, eventually forming foamy pockets. Cobwebs of lace coat the inner glass.

The nose is dry, hoppy, slight traces of wood, simiar to bark or dry leaves, malt, and just a hint of lemon zest. The flavor consists of caramel malt, just a twinge of lemon citrus, a little pepper, and plenty of hops--yet they are not overly bitter or harsh.

The mouth is full and complex, very lively, dancing all over palate, oscialliting back and forth bewteen bright and creamy, to bitter and woddy. It's well-balanced and very drinkable. One of the best American IPAs around.

Osiris9588, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours into a fluffy white head that lasts only briefly before falling into a sticky, glass clinging ring of bubbles and light foam. Nice lace curtains hang from the glass as it the volume decreases and my mood spirits raise..

Smell is hops at the forefront with touches of sweetness and citrus as well.

First sip, I get the sweetness from the malt first and as the drink moves towards the back of my mouth the hops come forth, growing in intensity. Hop explosion? Not quite, but they're here and they're near and I'm going to like it! I also get a good deal of pine here too. Fruits as well, but they and the pine flavors come from the hops. Didn't I mention it was hoppy?

Mouthfeel is not quite creamy but thickish. Not syrupy, not sticky but in no way thin. I know I'm drinking a beer and a good one at that.

Not a lot of alcohol apparent yet, this is quite drinkable. I like that it doesn't have a palette destroying level of hoppiness, but they are still at the forefront of the beer, making this one I could drink a few of, were I lucky enough to have a few more.

Great offering from GD, next time I'm going for the bomber.

foureyedgeek, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, no date information, but this was purchased in late 2005.

Fogged burnt sienna core with iced tea highlights. Dense, but short, head of pillowy fine khaki colored bubbles which is slow to settle and leaves sheets of lace. Eventually flattening to a thick pasting of fine, creamy bubbles. There are no carbonation streams visible. Sweet aromas of orange rind, blossoms, and a touch of alcohol. Alcohol dipped orange rind flavors are first, followed by some resinous, sticky hop oil and warming alcohol in the finish. The firm, dense body adds a does of sweetness, and the alcohol warms the tongue and throat. The orange rind is compliments by some finely shaved pine needles. The hops remain big and flavorful, but have lost a touch of freshness. The malt body is large and almost chewy and the alcohol is a touch prickly in the back of the throat. With warmth, the orange flavors become more prominent, bordering on becoming hop-laden orange juice. There is some fine bubbled carbonation. With age, this one is still nice and big with hops. Certainly a drinkable beer and quite enjoyable.

hopsaplenty, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What more can you say about Great Divide this co. knows how to make IPA better than your grandmal baking cookies! There titan ipa is the best 6 pk. ipa available in Ga. The first sniff of the nose I was in hop heaven. The color was a brillant amber with a nice thick head that laced the glass the whole way down. and what a powerful display of hops. Some dbl ipa can be to malty trying to balance out the bitter sting. but this beer stings like a bubble bee!
with a mild malt backbone. And the finish last for days. If your a hop head like me this is a must have.

athensbeermaster, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of wvbelgique
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at brewery tap room during GABF, Sept. 2006. A crisp rusty autumn color with a fluffy head that clung to the glass. An incredible fresh, vegetal citrusy aroma that filled the large tasting room bowl glass. The taste left solid impressions from front to back with good balance between malt and hop without too much citrus. This was one good beer. Would like to have tasted it with some more age.

wvbelgique, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever making this an impressive looking beer. The smell is citrus hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. The taste is very hoppy with citrus, grapefruit, flavors, a creamy sweet malt flavor, and alcohol. The alcohol flavor is very prominent and alittle harsh. The m/f is heavy and abit harsh making this a good beer, but it could be a great beer with some cellar aging.

jmz62565, Oct 07, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.