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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,741
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 215
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: 3,741 | Reviews: 1,532
Photo of OKCNittany
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle - tumbler

A: 1" foamy cream colored head, fell to a thin cover that staye to the finish. Left lacing all over the glass. Impressive copper to orange body.

S: The hops punch you in the nose. This beer is clearly not for the kiddies. Citrus & pine scents with - aw, never mind - this beer just threw down a challenge. I'm not going to spend one more second sniffing.

T: It's a good thing I braced myself. There's no fooling around with this one. Spectacularly bitter, but yet there's a sweet malt backing that gives it tremendous balance. YUM!

M: Shockingly smooth - medium body - dry, sweet finish - but my tongue may be permanently altered.

D: From the smell and taste, even a dead man would know it's very strong, but the alcohol is hidden very well. Thank God (or maybe I should say Zeus in this case) the abv is printed on the bottle or I might not know when to stop.

I wanted to raise the bar tonight because I head to PA (and Victory) tomorrow. Consider the bar raised. Excellent beer!

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with reddish-gold color and a nice amount of creamy off white head. Solid amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral/pine hop aroma followed by a lovely maltiness.

T: Hop flavors abound up front, both piney and floral, giving way to a creamy caramel flavor.

M: Creamy finish, leaves a dry mouth, but it is a good dry.

D: Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. The 9% is noticeable, but manageable and easy to put down.

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

This is one MONSTER of a beer. Pours a craggy, rich, pillowy head with citrusy scents. Smells of oily grains and top notch hop aroma. Nice smelling beer with a deep golden color, almost amber. Very full bodied with initial malts on front followed with big, big hoppy taste, balancing this beer nicely. A great find!

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark reddish-gold with a creamy beige head. Lacing is nicely defined but not too heavy.

The aroma is full and sweet. Floral hops with a nice malty balance.

Deep, rich and strong. A strong malt backbone with some citrus from the hops is noted. The alcohol also lets you know of it's presence.

Medium bodied and smooth, with little carbonation.

I like this beer. Nicely balanced and a carrying bit of attitude. Another nice offering form Great Divide.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Transparent amber body with thick foamy pale rust colored head. Great head retention and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Balanced aromas of citrus, caramel malt, toffee, and hops. Smell is rather welcoming.

T- Citrusy hops are first with a caramel malt and toffee back bone. Seems prety balanced. This is followed by a very agressive crass hop finish that lingers and lingers in the back of the palate. Nothing is at the end to balance out the hops.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth creamy body. Well done.

D- The crass hop aftertaste was over the top for me and I found it hard to enjoy. I tend to enjoy fuller more balanced DIPAs rather than agressive ones. This one just wasn't for me.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lovely deep tangerine color with a huge frothy off white head that leaves very nice lacing.

Smells amazing! Fantastic sweet piney hops galore! Very inticing.

Taste is just as good! Starts out with an intense hop bitterness, closely followed by lovely creamy piney hops that linger in the back of the mouth.

Very full and creamy, but not at all syrupy.

Highly drinkable at 9%. One of the best DIPA's I've had. Maybe one of the best beers I've had period!

Photo of cnybrewblog
2.87/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This was poured out of a 22oz bottle.

Out of the bottle I was very impressed. There was an off white cream head that stuck around for a while. The color was a dark amber to copper tone.

The aroma was great! It had a complex malt-hop mix that was different than most DIPA's that are all hops aroma.

The taste was heavy and unimpressive. I most of the flavors melded together into an indistinguishable burn. I think there were some hints of pine, but they were all quickly erased by the harsh alcohol burn. Too much.

Mouth feel was thick and heavy. This drank like a stout and overstayed it's welcome on my tongue.

IMHO Great Divide pushes towards some great big beers, but needs to learn when to say when. I had a Saranac High Peaks side by side with this, both DIPA's and there was no comparing the two. One was thick heavy and a struggle to get down, the other smooth and full of character. I recommend the Saranac HP for anyone looking for a good DIPA.

*I need to disclose that I live in Syracuse (not far from Utica where Saranac is brewed) so I am always a little bias towards the home town brew.

Photo of JayQue
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great DIPA. Tastes like Celebration Ale on steroids. Highly recommended for hop-heads. Pours a hazy orange with an average size head. The head fades down to a covering of the glass. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Excellent aroma. You know you have a great hoppy experience waiting for you on first sniff. Really great taste. Hops bitterness and citrus (grapefruit predominant). As I sipped the beer (drank all marvelous 22 oz myself) I noticed some maltiness in the finish. Wouldn't call this balanced in any shape or form, but I can detect the malt as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. Coats the tongue and palate with resiny goodness. I wouldn't want to rate another beer after this one. Drinkability is good for a 9.1 abv beer. 22 oz is enough, but I enjoyed the last oz as much as the first. A really impressive beer.

Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good! all the characteristics that make an IPA are there. this is a top 10 beer for me. i prefer dry bitter beers so the IPA is my choice. this is an excellent choice.

now i could review it beyond the above ratings like everyone usually does. but when i review a brew i just put what i like and dont like. i am certainly not trained in this area so i leave it to my vast experience. IPA's are not for everyone so if you like a sweet easy drinking beer look elsewhere. if you like IPA's you will be very pleased with this one!

suckem up and movem out!!!

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Photo of Contra
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's obvious why they went with the Hercules moniker. Big, robust hops, with a thick, creamy feeling. Bitter? Yes, but the type of bitterness you look for. Monstrous head which settles down in a fairly normal lacy foam. Very piney, fairly citric, and all around great.

Very similar to the amazing Simcoe Double IPA by Weyerbacher. I'm not sure which I'd favor, but they're fairly close.

Photo of bosco7
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a rather thick creamy head. Foamy lacing galore.

Smells sooo good. Pine resin, grapefruit, orange, and caramel malt.

Mildly sweet. Loads of caramel, toffee, biscuit malt flavors upfront. This is back upped with lots of Northwest hop flavors; grapefruit rind , orange pulp and pine needle. I have tasted hoppier beers but this DIPA has a certain balance that is pleasurable. Noticable alcohol. Bitterness is high and on-spot.

This is a very nice DIPA that is worth trying. Hop foward yet balanced nicely with tasty malt flavors. Will try again.

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.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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