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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
outstanding

3,629 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,629
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 197
Gots: 279 | 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 udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -1.2%
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 -26.6%
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 -5.6%
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 +8.2%
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 +7.3%
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 +16.9%
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.

Photo of westweasel
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

Appearance - The beer is very cloudy, with a dirty copper and apricot hue.

Aroma - I was expecting a stronger hop nose with this beer. I could detect a bit of an orange scent, but was also picking up a strong alcohol smell. In the background there was a fresh-baked bread smell.

Taste - There is a definite strong bitterness which is of course part of this style. However I found it to be somewhat unpleasant compared to other double IPAs. I could not detect any pine or citrus. I got more of a strong grassy bitter flavor. There is also a bready, biscuit taste mixed in, and I thought I might have even detected some caramel - but it was quickly overpowered by the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full with a dry finish. I did not find this beer that drinkable. It was ok, but I found the bitterness in this one harsh. This is my favorite style of beer and I was really looking forward to this tasting. I was a bit disappointed by the result.

Photo of Torchiest
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottles poured into pint glass.

Poured a nice amber/copper color, no major head formed with an average pour. What little there was faded to a lingering ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Pretty great smell, hoppy, citrusy, also with some sweet maltiness in the nose.

Taste is solid, nice bitterness on the leading edge, some grapefruit in the middle, morphs into a good malt finish with a good hoppy aftertaste.

Good carbonation brings out the bitterness, somewhat creamy in the mouth before swallowing. Clean.

Pretty easy drinking, doesn't seem too bitter for the 85 IBUs it claims to have. It could be that I'm just a bigger hophead than I once was. One bomber is enough for a session, and I may buy it again.

Photo of meadhead
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Big beer
Recently tried the 22 oz serving;
they say its not for the faint of heart
Yet
the wonderfully pungent hopping
is certainly....
wonderful.

anyway,
it is very well balanced
with the malty backbone lending a sweet, rich and slightly (just slightly) sugary
balance
to the enormous hop whop
sensation of pine, grass, citrus, and floral
drinkability is exceptional
and pleasently too easy
given the high ABV

one could almost get drunk
without knowing it!

enjoy

Photo of BeerSox
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into snifter glass.

Deep crystal clear ruby amber color. A light tan, smooth, and frothy head develops nicely, and slowly settles to a razor thin cap. Stringy and spotty lacing coats the glass.

Sharp piney hops are the main characteristic of the aroma. They are joined by sweet fruit-flavored hard candy like smell. For the high amount of alcohol, it is well hidden.

Toasty malts set up the brew, giving way to a spicy and bitter hop kick to the back of the tongue. The malts develop into a smooth creamy taste, while a sweet sugary candy like flavor dances in the middle of the tongue. Once again, the high amount of alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly hop bitterness, with the bitterness lingering on the tongue for a while after each sip.

I knew this beer had a high rating before I reviewed it, so I went in with the mentality that I'm not going to let that influence me to write a favorable review just because everybody else did. After the first snifter-sized sample, I realized why everybody gives this one the thumbs up. It's a wonderfully complex and flavorful beer. The hops are there, but they don't overwhelm. The alcohol doesn't dominate either, even at 9.1% ABV. Try it, it's rated high for a reason.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees...let warm up for awhile.

A - Beautiful burnt orange with copper tones. Off-white, foamy head that took several minutes to simmer down to a small ring. Ample carbonation that held throughout the long life of the beer.

S - Juicy hops dominate the aroma on citrus/floral tone.

T - Strong hops, but met with caramelized malt. Background notes of tart grapefruit and piney/floral earth tones. Altogether, the hops still overpower the rest of the flavors, leaving a smooth bitterness. Excellent balance.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish that leaves a bitter taste.

D - Excellent DIPA. I had been saving it for several months, and it was worth the wait. Very good balance.

Photo of billybob
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours orange copper color, cloudy with small bits floating in it. three finger light tan head that holds fairly well and a nice sticky lace. smell is fruity, citrus, and pine. taste is sweet caramel with a fruity flavor and a tart grapefruit and hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. drinkability, all i can say is i wish i had more.

Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear reddish amber. 2 fingers of white suds and very good lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is grapefuit and caramel with yeasty bread notes followed by the hops. Not a strong smelling beer such as the yulesmith.
Taste is malty sweet and when you think the hops are going to overtake matters, they just come up a little short. Still a great tasteing beer. The alcohol is evident but very subtle.
Mouthfeel is oily and sweet. Not the bitterness I hopped for.
Drinkability is medium here, first of all I can't get the product around where I live. I have to order it over the internet and that sucks. Then there is the 9.1%abv thing.

Photo of granite
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured a brilliant copper color with a large fluffy white head.

S--- Caramel malt, pine and grapefruit from the aromatic hops make up the aroma. It was very pleasant smelling.

T--- It started off cloying with an herbal astringency and harsh bitterness. Warming alcohol and a salty aftertaste soon followed. It was not very pleasant tasting.

M--- Medium to full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

D--- It looked so promising and polished. The aroma was the perfect balance of malt and hops. Not all hop forward like a lot of DIPAs. Unfortunately it was to cloying and salty. Better attenuation and water chemistry would make it a lot more drinkable.

Photo of cracgor
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit underwhelmed with this one. It is a normal appearing IPA, amber with a thin offwhite head on top. It smells pretty good with a nice aromatic blend of hops. The taste is not nearly as strong as I expected. It tastes good in that it is well balanced, clean, and refreshing, just not that special.

Photo of umustdrink
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Burnt orange color. Fluffy offwhite head, holds at a quarter inch. Excellent lacing.

S - Fragrant hops. Lots of citrus.

T - Very nice hop taste, not too intense. Starts off a slightly bitter hoppiness and ends with a nice fruitiness. Damn this is good!

M - Mouthfeel is crisp but not too dry. Nice and refreshing.

D - This is a really great beer. Alcohol is not detectable at all. I'm going to get another bottle very soon.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper and hazy in color with a nice size cream head that slowly recedes. Smell is not overly hoppy, but there is some fresh herbaceous aromas, a little 'smoky' hoppiness, as well as a very light orange and berry sweetness. Taste shows only the smallest amount of citrusy hops, there is a nice peppery bite of bitterness mid taste that blends into a spicy alcohol and piney hop finish that is fairly drying. Nice and creamy malt body balances the good sized bite of hops well. Not a bad beer at all but I definitely wasn't blown away flavor or aroma wise, not too much happening. Mouthfeel is quite nice though and if you are in need of a hop bite it can definitely suffice there.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium golden orange with a half finger of off white bubbles which leave a sticky lace in their wake.
Aromas are the expected sweet amber malt and pink grapefruit hops.
Taste is unexpectd. Sweet amber malts give way quickly to huge amounts of a mixture of hops. Pine, floral, citrus peel. Wonderful balance between the sweet and the bitter even more noticable as the brew warms.
Comfortable mouthfeel and sharp carbonation leave the mouth crisply dry.
Yummy DIPA from Great Divide.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served into pint glass from brown long neck bottle with crimped on cap

Mirky reddish/orange color, I" thick head,thick creamy off-white with decent retention. and bits of lacing down the glass. Lots of large chunky particles floating throughout the beer.

Good, clean, very citrusy aroma,grapefruitty,good and strong,but not overpowering,notes of carmell come through the hoppiness.

Big citrus rind bite,grassy,sweet and syrupy,hot alcohol.Very carmelly midway through also a bit nutty,finishes with a lingering very sharp.very bitter lemony zest with a rind bite.

Cloying, thick mouthfeel,rough on the palate. Wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time of these. I like the Titan a lot better,kinda like the Two-Hearted as compaired to the Hopslam for me.
I've had a lot of DIPA's that I enjoyed more that this one. Would like to give this one another try sometime.

Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown-orange color, hazy with numerous small bubbles. Solid, two-finger thick light tan head that fades away slowly leaving generous lacing. Attractive looking beer. Nose evinces strong hops, a citrus bite, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is strong but balanced hops up front, a bit spicy and crisply bitter. Mild malt underpinning, a bit of alcohol toward the end. Bitter dry finish that lingers. Quite tasty. Mouth is viscous, solid, very smooth and slick. Drinkability is excellent: great flavor balance between bitter hops and moderately sweet malt, and a smooth, creamy mouth make this an easily enjoyable brew.

Overall: A damn fine example of the American IPA. Well hopped and delicious. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped this one open on New Years Eve. Not as exciting as some of their other brews of even Avery's Maharaja that I enjoyed a week before. Lots of citrus grapefruit smell and taste. Tart but not too hoppy for a Double IPA. Friend with me had a better impression of it than me.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid amber, looks like an IPA. Clear. Moderate head/carbonation.

American hops. Floral/citric. Sour/acidic. Little-no malt.

Malt backbone. Not too sweet, understated and necessarily present. Nice balance. Nectar-like with tart hops. Floral and mildly citric. Not too bitter.

Nice oral foamation. Moderate carbonation.

Bottle promises 85 IBU and one hell-of-a-brew. This is indeed what was inside. Hercules tastes like what a strong American IPAs should.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a decent head and nice lacing. The smell starts with a little graininess and progresses to clean hops. The taste starts with bitter fruity hops with a late grapefruit hit. There is also a solid malt background that is nicely balanced with the hops. The mouthfeel is a little grainy that makes the beer slightly heavier than I'd like, but nice balance of creaminess and crispness.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, good head, small amount of lacing.

Smell is florally hops, slight sweetness noticable. Taste is a bit complex. Hops are obviously what you notice right off the bat, strong and flavorful, and great. But there is a good malty sweetness in there that is still darn noticable. Good medium carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is not overwhelming, especially for a 9% beer.

An awsome, hoppy and downright good beer, very much recommended.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,629 ratings.