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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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92
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3,738 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,738
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 357 | FT: 7
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:
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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Ratings: 3,738 | Reviews: 1,531
Photo of trekbiker3000
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good pour with a two finger foamy head. The head was maintained for quite a while after the pour. The amber color was offset by a bit of cloudiness. The aroma was a perfect blend of the malt and hops. The taste of the beer puts this over the top. You get a slow build up of bitterness that lingers well after the beer is gone. It comes off like a strong Belgian, but the bitterness definitley makes this Double IPA one of the great IPAs. The mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonation very mild. You can tell it is carbonated, but you do not get that sharp acidity like in some beers. The alcohol content can knock you on your butt, so you can't drink this beer all afetrnoon. It's a good beer to savor with a good meal. I would enjoy this with steak, BBQ, ribs, and pasta with red sauce.

Photo of wardough
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Awesome maple syrupy color. Very light head that leaves almost no lacing on top.

S: Pears and lemons dominate it for me.

T: Sweet, followed by mellow hops, then piney at the end. Wow.

M: Feels like nice full milk on the mouth. Very smooth

D: It goes down very smooth

Overall, a great beer that is very drinkable. I love this beer, as it is very well balanced.

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

I'm going back to the hop bombs again. This should be a good homecoming.

A: Super hazy, deep amber-copper, Creamy off-white head. Delicate lacing.

S: Hoppy. More pine than citrus. Also, sweet malts.

T&M: A hop assault on the back of the tongue.followed by a pine resin finish that I love about the style. Medium bodied. Reminiscent of a simpler Maharaja though quite carbonated in comparison. Supposed "big malty backbone" is a little overrated.

D: Gets better as it goes. The mark of a great beer. Easier to drink than a Maharaja.

A Fine American Hop Bomb.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro nitro at 45F into goblet.

The appearance is a crystal clear amber color. It is complimented by a thick tan head. The aroma is a complexity of multiple varieties of hops. The various hops blend well together to create a smooth double IPA. A medium body and refreshing bitterness make this a very drinkable brew. A subtle sweetness pairs it well with grilled Asian and American BBQ cuisine. A great IPA and another winner from Great Divide.

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

The Hercules Double comes in a mountain climbing label with a born on date. It pours a copper color with a real hazy snow storm in the glass with sediment blocking the light. The aroma is tough and hoppy. The taste is strong with resinous hops and alcohol coming to the forefront. It is spicy and citrusy on the finish and is quite the double IPA. Well worth the 2.79 price for a 12ozer.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's so hard to put numbers on these beers. At this level, they are all good. Pale amber, slight haze and fairly thin head with a little lacing. Impressive hop aroma greets the nose; on the palate, the alcohol is evident but there is a nice balancing citrus and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth and concentrated, it rewards sipping.

We thought it a bit like Dreadnaught but a lot cheaper at the price.

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

Notes from tasting 10/25/07

Appearance: Coppery orange colour with a medium creamy head. Leaves quite a bit of lace.

Aroma: Pretty sweet, lemons and other citrus.

Taste: Quite balanced for a DIPA. Not as bitter as some of this style. Citrus dominates but a nice malty spine. Bit of wood in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, decently bodied.

Final Statement: This one didn't stand out form the rest of the IPA's that evening, but that could be considered a good thing as there were a lot of exceptional beers and no bad ones.

Photo of BMoney575
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-26-07

Pours a relatively clear golden amber color, with an average head that leaves behind immense lacing.

Smell is all hop resin, very sweet and fruity. A generous malt backs it all up and adds a nice balance.

Taste is big grassy hops, sweet and earthy. The malt is there is the background, followed by a big-time bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super thick, all hops, all the time.

Drinkability is good, but this is an extreme beer.

Overall, one of the better double IPAs. Enough malt to keep the bitterness in check, and all the resiny hops and alcohol you could want.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tastes like beer. A nice amber colored beer with beautiful turbulent bubbles of carbonation. Quite mezmerizing to watch and even better to drink. One your lips get past the 1/2 inch of creamy head you get a nice floral hop flavor and scent. To me its like smelling your first bag of hop pellets while making your first home brew. The beer is fresh and tasty and has a great lasting hop sensation. Yum.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very deep amber brown body with a nice orange hue at the edges. Host a fat two finger head of light tan mixed bubbles. Leaves creamy lace as it fades. Nose has even creamy hops and spicey woodsy zest. Citrus feel is softly floral. Hops slap the tongue as you take your first sip but lengthen out nicely. Hints of dandilion and orange rind are present on the palate. The long bitterfeel is not overly blunt at any point and well balanced by a slight sweet hue on the edges. Mouthfeel is almost thick and glazing. Drinkability and balance highlights this beers strengths.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Smells of citrus and grapefruit - very earthy aroma.

Taste is quite hoppy but malts counter the hops so this beer isn't overly bitter. Very well balanced.

This is a very solid IPA. I have yet to be disappointed with Great Divide. One of my new favorites.

Photo of Floydster
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Liquid Solutions

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a dark reddish orange color and a 3/4 inch white soapy head that left some lace

Smell was full of citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon, also some floral and grassy aromas

Taste was nice with a lot olf hops especially evident as the beer warmed up, very well balanced with sweet citrus malt and hops, lots of grapefruit, very bitter at first and then turns into a malty smooth finish, very carbonated for an IPA, I want to say more so than any I have ever had, definitely a sipper becuase of the alcohol content

Only real complaint about this beer is that it was not as dry as I was hoping, meaning the bitterness was more sweet because the large amount of malt

Strong beer, making it hard to drink lots of it, but finishing a bomber was no problem and it is pretty light on the stomach unlike some DIPAs

I am glad I got to try this brew even though it was expensive and I had to wait two weeks along with others to get shipped to me, worth seeking out, 3 more Great Divide bottles left for me to try now, nice IPA from Colorado

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bomber at Market of Choice, Eugene, OR.

Pours a hazy deep amber/copper color. Thin head settles fairly quickly to leave a e collar and some well defined lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus, but not overly so. Some faint pine. Many DIPA go all out in the aroma department, but this one goes just far enough. Well done. Taste has some woodsy notes, hints of a pine flavor resin and just the right bit of alcohol bite. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, Goes down easy and finishes nicely. This is a very good, well balanced DIPA. I would certainly seek this out again. Well worth it!

Photo of MiScusi
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is marked as being bottled in April of 2007.

Pours a clear dark orange hued and semi viscous liquid. With a tight white frothy and bubbly head. The smell is very sweet, the hoppiness that comes out is some orange citrus and sweet flower. The taste packs a large up front and lingering bitterness. A quite resiny hoppiness is comes out during the sip while a bit of floral hops comes through in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel- Medium. Tastes pretty similar to a lot of other DIPA's that I can remember.... Ballast Point Dorado, Avery Maharaja (kind of), Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.... all these are syrupy sweet DIPA's but the Hercules packs a little more bitterness to it. Not my favorite type of DIPA. Based on style I cannot rate this too low. Based on what I prefer in a DIPA I have to grade it a little lower.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a a hazy orange with thick offwhite head
smells of orange, lemon, pine, intense hops but malt as well
tastes is a hop assult, but the malt balances it well, hints or orange, grapefruit, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol
mouthfell is carbonated with a boozey burn, drinkable for its abv, of the better dipas i have had.

Photo of Lothore
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish orange hue with a huge, thick, 2.5 finger head that seems to stay for quite a while leaving lacing galore.

S- Smells sweet, piney hops dominate followed by citrusy notes.

T- Thick earthy with hints of grapefruit and some pine. Bitter with the alcohol a bit to apparent.

M- Thick and clings a bit to the mouth. Very carbonated.

D- Not anywhere near the most drinkable dipa i've ever had. The alcohol is a bit too apparent and the bitterness is a bit intense in that it isnt balanced as well as i would have hoped. Aside from the criticism, I really enjoyed this brew.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got one of these puppies from my local beer palace. haven't had it yet so lets give it a whirl

pours a cloudy dark orange color with a big white head which has some lacing. smells great, bitter apples, pine, spicy hops. tastes amazing, the alcohol warms the tongue and the different flavors make my taste buds go crazy. hoppy but with the first sip you can still discern from malty yumminess. mouthfell is rich and thick. very impressive. drinkability is good, with this being over 9% abv, i think this one bomber will be enough for tonight.

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

Poured a deep amber, almost red, with a 2" off white, almost a light tan head that lasted forever. I let it sit for a while in an oversized snifter and the head slowly faded, leaving concentric rings for 2" down the glass. Just beautiful! The head all but disappeared, leaving a small "island" floating in the center of the glass.

Very floral, citrus hop profile right up front. A little grassy, with a hefty sweet malt background. A little bit of bread and spice as well.

As the bottle says, it starts off with a nutty, sweet malt flavor up front, but is then followed by a rush of hops. A lot of citrus and pine, but some bready malts come out as it warms up a bit. Finishes with a strong, long-lasting citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied without being especially thick or sticky. It coats the mouth a bit, but goes down smoothly.

Great drinkability! Although at 9.1 ABV, I would probably call it quits after one bomber.

Photo of 2wheeledpirate
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a decent head. The head dissolves slowly and leaves a bit of lacing. You could almost say the aroma is all hops but after searching I noticed what I believed to be a hint of grapefruit smell. The flavor is typical IPA, with a bit of a pop at the end. I'm still sticking with it being a citrusy note. Carbonation seemed appropriate for an IPA giving that medium body. All in all a great beer I hope to experience again.

Photo of RunawayJim
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack open my 22 oz. bomber of this tonight. This beer pours a nice amber color with a decent head (I probably would’ve had more head if it was a bit warmer when I poured it). It is also not cloudy like their Titan IPA. The smells are of mainly malty goodness, but there’s a bit of a piney citrusy hops scent as well.

The taste and drinkability are where it’s at. This beer is a perfectly balanced double IPA. The flavors up front are of the sweet malts, perhaps some caramel malt. Down in back, you get the tingle of the hops, piney and citrusy, like the scent. Though the alcohol content is high, you don’t know it in the flavor. It feels a bit thicker and heavier, but that’s to be expected. I have easily drunk most of this glass (and I still have about half the bottle left).

This beer is pure pleasure. If you like IPA’s and you want to move onto bigger beers, this is a great start and finish (though I would still recommend trying more and more). I have definitely found my favorite double IPA.

Photo of biggmike
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first double IPA. Pours a deep golden color with nice head that lasted a while. Aroma is citrus fruit and a bit malty as well. Flavor is fruity and hoppy and finishes bitter. Flavor is fairly complex and must be drank slowly to truly appreciate. Hides the alcohol well, so drinkability is good for the 9.1% abv.

Photo of mnstorm99
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was as good as it gets, nice hoppy citrus and pine. The flavor of this beer is sweet but so well balanced by the hops which again comes out piney and grapefruit citrus, the malty character of this beer is what I really liked about it. I am getting to be a huge fan of the DIPA's and this one is near the top of the list.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one good looking DIPA. Hercules pours with a large tanned head. Lots of lacing fills the inside of the glass, great retention and a hazy orange color.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruits, yeasty spice, dark fruits and a dash of malt.

Tastes of citrus, grapefruits the label says a nutty malt and I do agree the malt comes into play and blends everything well for a really nice treat.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, I think this might be slightly shelf-aged from the Party Source in Syracuse, making it come off more like Rogue's Old Crusty than I remember. The hops here sweet, reisiny citrus in the aroma, more black pepper tastes comes out with taste and lingers with big-league citrus rind. There's some sweet bready malts in the aroma, similar to DFH 120, but lighter of course.

Overall, this is a big and fairly aggressive DIPA (but not too aggressive). What's not to like?

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- There is a huge, sheberty head on this beautiful beer. Crystal-clear amber color, respectable lacing, even on my family's head-hostile glassware.

Nose- Extremely inviting cinnemon, deep beady malt, and grapefruit.

Taste- Ballanced, mellow. Begins with hop bitter, juicy crystal malt, and slight yeast bite all stacked. Big hop bitter slowly cascades over other flavors, but never quite suppresses the exceptional malt character of this beer. It is a great, robust, toffee/ bready malt flavor. I get slight spiciness as the beer warms. Aftertase is strongly resinous hop bitter, pehaps with a wisp of alcohol. Moutheel is perfect wieght and has a nice level of sticky.

If you are looking for a double IPA that blows your mind with a spectrum of hop characters, this is not your beer. However I can not think of a Double IPA I have had that brings, bigger, fuller, flavors, foregounds the bitter, achieves balance, and maintains drinkability better than this beer. While it is by no means the main character, the malt flavor here really makes this beer stand out among others in its style. The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 for taste is I would like at least one identifiable hop chaacter besides straight bitter.

This is an exceptionaly well-built beer.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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