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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,680 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,680
Reviews: 1,518
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 203
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 ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules was a clear, golden amber color when poured into my snifter. There was a short off white head. It smells like crispy hops and sweet syrup. There is definitely some hop bitterness but not straight "hoppy". I really prefer citrus and pine in my DIPA's.There was some malty caramel balance and not a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was sticky and chewy. This is good stuff; too bad Great Divide raised their growler prices :( .

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark brown brew that pours a beautiful milk shake of a head, and it holds nicely right through the pint. The aroma is solidly hops, the green side of hoppy to be sure. Very inviting! The first taste is smooth, a grainy sweetness (brown rice?) and more hops. I do take some note of the alcohol content which makes it a little less drinkable in my book. It's pretty heavy for my tastes, but it is still quite enjoyable, obviously a quality brew. I will have to try more from this brewer!

Photo of Absumaster
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown, amber beer, slightly murky with a very thin, bubbly head.

Smell is citric with lemon and grapefruit, which is a little sharp. A good hoppiness of raw hops. The malt give the beer a dextrinous and sweet malty smell.

Taste is very bitter and I get goose bumbs on my arms when I swallow the first sip. For me this is over the top bitterness. The hops are also aromatic and raw with grapefruit and lemon zest. The malt is dextrinous and sweet, given the beer a sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Body is medium and carbonation is good. Drinkability is not great, the bitterness is not something I get used to, it remains very bitter and a little too sharp for my liking.
Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer.

Photo of Atron67
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a nice golden color, a little dark for an IPA but nothing negative about it, a good head poured out, but it didnt last long, even thou it left good lacing
S- has a really nice hoppy smell, with a medium malt backing it up
T-Has a great crisp hop flavor, tastes really good
M- Has a medium/light body which works great
D- great, i could drink a ton of these, cant really notice the 9% alcohol

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

Pours an orange amber color, slightly lighter than some products in this style. Full finger light tan head that faded before i could type this out. A good amount of lacing observed.

The smell is really good. Floral hoppy, pine and and significant sweetness.

Full bodied, the mouth feel has a good complexity that starts out with the hop bitterness up front and is balanced well with a solid sweet malty characteristic. The fresh hopped flavor is strong enough to linger slightly in the finish.

Quite drinkable - The 9.1% is present but not distracting. The Great Divide Crew's people presence takes their efforts to the next level. May they continue to enjoy the current level of karma into the future.

Photo of Reed415
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber color with a finger of head that holds

S - Hops, citrus, and alcohol in the nose

T - Very hoppy up front and lessens to end with a bittersweetness

M - Full body, some alcohol warmth, nice carbonation

D - Very good brew, the only thing I cons of this beer is I think it is too sweet, but overall an enjoyable experience.

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

Pours a dark amber with a persistant thick off-white head. Aroma is very nice citrusy hops with a certain sweetness in the background. Taste is all about hops throughout. Citrusy and herbal. Sweet malt backbone just makes its presence barely felt to help balance things a bit near the end. Hops provide bitterness throughout and a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit. Mouthfeel is very nice. Heavy, creamy almost. Really good DIPA.

Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite Double IPA's (besides my homebrews) It pours out with a billowy off white head and deep orange color. The head remains till the end condensing slightly and leaving condierable lacing on the pint glass. It has a pronounced piney hop aroma. It seems to lack a fresh hop aroma which is my only criticism.

The flavor is outstanding. Balanced, malty, good hop bitterness, and lots of citrus and pine hop flavors.

Very strong beer but very drinkable if you are used to drinking this style.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle of this brew and pouring into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear chestnut color with large fluffy orange/cream colored head of 3 cm foaming up easily. The head fades gradually leaving windowpane lattice and large pockmarked surface.
Aroma is hints of toffee that are overshadowed by large juicy citrus and pine sap notes. This is a hop dominant beer for sure.
the first sip reveals an average body with very fine and spacious carbonation that is almost non existent. Silky smoth texture.
The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee for a bit and then rolls to pine needles and rindy grapefruit. The bitterness lingers on my palate long after each swallow. I dont get much alcohol boozyness which is nice for a 9.1% brew.
Glad I have another of these.

Photo of mdm46410
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip. Pours a deep amber with a nice foamy tan head that stays around for a while. Heavy lacing is left around the glass. Aroma is hops, caramel, pine, and grapefruit. The caramel aroma is very strong. The flavor is definately toffee, with notes of pine and light citrus/grapefruit at the finish. Bitterness is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, and full-bodied. The alcohol is very well hidden, only noticable by a slight warmth on the tounge. An excellent double IPA by Great Divide!

Photo of Nipitato
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my wife picked up at Bauer's Liquors in Boston.

A: Clean and clear amber hue with a thin long lasting buff head. Sticky lacing as beer is consumed.

S: Good grapefruity hoppy aroma. Bready doughy malt aroma. Grapefruit scent is not particularly biting - kind of mellow. I suspect that is partially thanks to the strong malt background.

T: As in the nose, sweet malty back up adds pretty good balance to the grapefruit hop flavor. Long and lingering bitterness is present but not harsh. Boozy alcohol flavors as well.

MF: Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Not nearly as syrupy as many double IPAs. Alcohol warming present.

D: Very good sipping double IPA from the always good Great Divide Brewing Company. Well balance, complex, and smooth.

Photo of ryanismean
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep coppery amber with a fluffy, quarter-inch head that shows no signs of dissipation. When it does finally recede a bit it leaves thick, sticky lacing on the sides of my glass. Looks gorgeous. A good sign, I figure.

The nose is primarily pine hops and spicy alcohol up front, with faint golden raisins and star anise lurking in the background. The flavor couples the aroma with a pleasantly sweet malt bill. Oily hop bitterness lingers on the palate in a manner which I find enjoyable, but which makes this beer more suitable for pairing with a meal than sessioning. This would go really well with spicy Cajun dishes, like a spicy etouffee or czarina, or even just some really funky cheese. For a nice contrast pairing, I might try pears and apples.

This beer is a little chewy, and I like that. It's thick and substantial. Unfortunately, I'm not going to want any more after this bomber is empty. Twenty-two ounces with a meal is plenty.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky, deep amber with floaties. off-white head. bright and glowing in the glass. powerful aromas of resiny citrus (grapefruit?), caramel, candied fruit, and prominent toffee. taste is a big malt sweetness followed by a rush of hop bitterness. long, smooth, big bitter finish with a bit of alcohol warmth at the end. full-bodied, creamy, and viscous mouthfeel. drinkability would be higher were it not for the abv.

update: had a really fresh bottle and the appearance was clear with no sediment/floaties. thick, creamy head with persistent lacing. it was much fresher in aroma and taste. flowery, fruity, and resiny with great mouthfeel. some spruce and mint on the finish. alcohol well-integrated and almost undetectable. will keep buying this one.

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

Great Divide is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I haven't tried many of their brews yet - just the Hercules, Yeti and Oak Age Yeti - but, damn, all of those have been awesome beers. I really enjoy DIPAs and this is a pretty good one.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - Deep translucent orange copper with a 2+ finger head (I love my Duvel glass) that lasted for several minutes before becoming a foam halo around the glass.

Smell - Like a pine forest littered with sliced grapefruit that was coated in honey. Bittersweet.

Taste - Sweet malt and pine front that quickly submits to a resinous, bitter hop middle, ending and aftertaste. I feel that the bitterness is not as balanced in this beer as in other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel - Slick but aggressive. Makes its presence known, but in a good way.

Drinkability - I downed this one pretty quickly - and reached for another even quicker.

This is a pretty decent DIPA. It is always available where I live and never dissappoints when you want a hoppy bitter kick in the mouth. Another tasty brew from Great Divide. Try it if you haven't already.

Photo of wspscott
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber in pint glass

I got a gusher when I opened the bottle so I am not sure this beer is at its best, take this for what its worth

A: Dark copper color with a creamy white head. Lots of lace.
S: Virtually non-existent nose, even as it warms up, there is not a lot going on. The malts are almost more obvious than the hops.
T: Very one dimensional, it is mostly bitter without much flavor. The hops are very present and there is a nice malt backbone. There are hints of sweetness before the hops dominate.
M: The best part of the beer, a nice creamy mouthfeel. I hate beers that come across as watery, this beer is rich but not thick.
D: This is a good but not great beer. I like their Titan IPA better. Worth trying but that is about it.

Photo of logansboat15
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, this is Great Divide's definitive beer. Big, Bold, and Assertive. Not for the timid. Always a crowd favorite at Wisconsin beer festivals, Hercules Double IPA pours a dense orangey hue with a medium foamy head with a nice trace of laciness on the glass. Smells strongly of pine and resins, with that unmistakeable double IPA bitter/sweetness. Taste is so assertive that it goes beyond the bitter over to a subltle sweetness. Intense hop/alcohol heat finish. Very dense, syrupy, chewy mouthfeel is unlike most of this style. Highly drinkable, but be warned - the 9.1 ABV can not be taken lightly. It's the bomb!

Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color, with a thick fluffy tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer has a citrusy aroma. It smells slightly of lemon. It also smells floral. It has a piney hop aroma. I detect a slight earthy aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Citrusy up front with a nice floral flavor. A good piney flavor is also present. This beer is not very hoppy for a double IPA. That is kind of a disapointment. I was hoping for a hop bomb, and was let down. It still tastes good though.

This beer is crtisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste. The alcohol warms very slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer since it is high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks go out to mattd017 for helping me finally get this beer. It was not as good as I expected, but I am still happy to have tried it.

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

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Clean, faint caramel/full, thick copper coloration. Dense, rocky white foam that melds to the snifter's sides and is slow to settle. Walls of condensed lacing with great strength.

Liquid hop oil and resin with bright citric aromatics: grapefruit, lemon, lime, and green apple. Pine-infused without the earthen quality.

A creamy, caramel malt beginning with shades of light pine prior to a rough, resiny citrus hop presence. The resiny, hop presence is rough, intense, and swarming giving flavors of melon, grapefruit, and bubblegum. The big hop bite is aided by a slick, warming alcohol.

Full bodied; gritty, aggressive, and slick. Coud use some time to age and become more rounded on the palate.

A young, intense Double IPA. Very flavorful but could use a year to allow its flavor and body to mellow.

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

Clear and brilliantly orange. Head is foamy...laces and sheets down the sides of a pint glass.
The smell is surprizingly faint...floral and piney hops.
Super sweet, heavy caramel candy malt gives a backdrop for the punch of the sprucey hops. There's also a lot of mint and menthol flavors from the hops.Super bitter too. There's a whack of sharp metal..that doesn't work so well. An almost hot spicy acidic aftertaste and I notice the alcohol mostly when exhaling...weird. A little harsh.
Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit cloying. A minty hop aftertaste.
Not a real standout IMHO, but definitely an interesting brew.

Photo of BeerZack
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark amber-brown color with yummy looking tan froth head.

Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, wood and alcohol.

Malty taste that gets a little too sweet when it warms but is also toasty and caramely. The other tastes are piney hops and alcohol (gets wayy stronger as it warms).

Basically its the mouthfeel I don't like about this beer, feels too soft. The alcohol is too dominant.

Photo of kajerm
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, with a crumpled-ass label and no freshness date. Pours deep reddish amber and unusually cloudy. There is an enormous white head that resides, lacing up the whole glass and leaving a thin film of soap bubbles and hop oil.

Smells pretty cascadish, citric with maybe just a little pineapple. The only suggestion of malts is the richness of the aroma; there's not a crumb of biscuit in this beer.

The flavor profile is a little weird-- almost no flavor hops to be found here, but the bittering seems to have two peaks. I'm used to it showing up at the end and hanging on (and it does that), but there's also a strong mid-palate snap of intense bitterness that has a slightly different quality from what I'm used to. Maybe this is what cohumulone tastes like?

Mouthfeel is terrific, and is pretty much the only proof that this beer contains any malts at all. It's rich and creamy, a perfect contrast to the crazy bitterness.

Initially, I thought this would be one of the tougher DIPAs to finish, but this beer is a grower and actually goes pretty fast once you get used to the weird flavor profile and unbalanced bittering.

Interesting as this is, though, I look to a DIPA for more than just bitterness and aroma. I need to taste hops.

NOTE: After I tasted this, I paired it with some spicy curry. It held its own pretty nicely. This is one beer that can definitely stand up to hot food.

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

Pours a beautiful clear orange copper with a nice head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap and generous lacing.

Hops and grapefruit to the nose.

Taste is well balanced for this style. Of course the hops predominate to some extent; wouldn't match the style if it didn't.

Smooth and medium bodied, just a bit more carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability is quite good, for a DIPA it ranks as one of the best.

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

Poured out an amber/orange with a good head.
Aromas of pine/citrus.
Lots of hop in the flavor, not extremely balanced, the hops predominate from beginning to end. A little malt tries to sneak through somewhere in the middle, but the hop finish beats it down. A serious hop bomb.
Drinkability would be limited because of the alcohol content.
This would be mecca for the pure hop head. A little more malt to balance things out would be my preference.

Photo of ChazMania
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big ass bomber.

A) clear, not cloudy dark amberburst color. Not much of a head.

S) Big, floral, hops, mango, pineapple.

T) Good, big hops and alot of citrus. It's on the thin side of other DIPA I have had.

M) Again, a tad thin, not thick and chewy like the recent Avery Maharaja.

D) I love DIPA, so I would never turn this down, but certainly there are others I'd rate a little more complex.

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

Incredibly cloudy dark orange with tons of carbonation. Deent finger of head; frosty lace. Appears to have sediment but probably not.

Deep, woody Imperial IPA hop smell. Hops sweeten up a bit as it warms; citrus comes out. Fruit + wood smell.

Hard core hop blast. Serious wood. Very strong. High alcohol taste. Might be considered a classic over-hop; bitter aftertaste.

Thick and foarmy. Quite creamy. Substantial. Leaves a thick film in its wake. This baby is a doozy. Massive hops, but so strong. It's very good, but only one thank you.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,680 ratings.