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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

3,587 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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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.

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Photo of hanco005
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, indicates it was bottled during the 4th week of May, poured into a pint glass

A—slightly hazy deep amber with a 1 inch pillow like foamy tan head, lasts for about 10 minutes and thick layers of lace are produced as I drink

S—strong citrus and pine, mild floral notes, very fragrant and inviting

T—whoa! Sharp, bitter, floral and citrus hit you right away and stay until the dry finish. I can really taste anything else…

M—sharp, a bit chalky and dry, medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—this one make you pucker for sure. As a hop head, I would have this again and again, but watch out for the 9% ABV...it's hidden very well.

hanco005, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden, almost reddish body with a chunky off-white head that settles down in rather short oreder but never completely disappears. Sticks to the sides, too.
Smell is what you’d expect from a big IPA, or APA. Where are we on that differentiation, anyway? Loads of piney, resinous hops with a sweet, malty background. I can’t really pick out any alcohol smell from this big hopmonster.
Upon tasting, the first thing you notice is all the sticky hoppyness that coats your tongue. Again, loads of piney hop bitterness, but after the swallow, the sweet malt balances things out and resets your tastebuds. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Thicker mouthfeel than what you might expect. Pretty mellow carbonation and drinkability is quite good for the potency and extremity of the brew.

DaveFL1976, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of crwills
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a fantastic IPA.

Poured from a bomber at perfect temperature into a pint glass from a local brewery (I forget which one). A clear amber gold, with slight reddish notes, and a beautiful foamy head with lots of lacing.

Aroma, prevalent right out of the bottle, is clear and refreshing hops with a big malt backbone. Prominent alcohol. Dry citrus and light bread.

Taste is hugely bitter and dry. Piney and woody hops, with slight grapefruit notes (although citrus elements are muted in general). Some definite oaky flavours in there. As it warms further toward room temperature, some lemon rind and nutty flavours appear. Alcohol level is just barely noticeable in the flavour, but warms the ears. Aftertaste is earthy or planty, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth.

A great beer, as everything I've had from Great Divide has been. More!

crwills, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber. Poured a deep amber in color, primarily clear but a slight haze, with a light tan, medium sized head. The aroma, to me, was pretty simple, honey and pine resin. Taste was well balanced for a DIPA, lots of hops (mainly pine with some citrus), and a strong malt presence coming through to balance it. I was a little surprised that it was not more aggressive in the hop department, but I did not see this as a flaw. The brew was medium in body, and seemed low to medium in carbonation. An excellent experience, and one I will drink more of.

, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for this brew.

Appearance
Deep coppery amber beer, with an attractive finger-thick creamy off white head. Was impressed with the moderate lacings. Finely carbonated.

Aroma
Sweet, decadent ripe fruity esters, caramel covered nuts, citrus, and alcohol made its presence known as the beer warmed.

Taste
A rich and creamy nuttiness and caramel was followed by citrusy notes, orange, grapefruit, and pine. The alcohol became more evident in the taste as well as this ale warmed.

Mouthfeel
The big, bitter, and resinous hops are very nicely offset by the sweet, creamy, caramelly nuttiness of the malts. This beer has alot of substance and mouth presence. Its thick and almost cloying, but this is also balanced by the hop bitterness, the alcohol warmth, and the fine carbonation.

Drinkability
This is a big and substantial beer. Its rich and decadent nature of course makes it a poor choice for a session beer, but in my opinion thats not the purpose of a DIPA so i wont hold it against this treat. This beer is also big and hoppy enough that its definately not something to serve as a crossover beer. But this is a wonderful treat for any hophead. Ill be enjoying this one again.

demcorhip, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty stoked to find this in a smaller, 12oz bottle. Now I can actually drink one without getting bombed.
Hazed golden amber, topped with a creamy white froth. The haze is probably from the incredible amount of hop in this bad-boy. I don't mind it, I actually prefer hazy IPAs. Sheeting lace coats the inside of the glass. Smells of grapefruit rind and piney hops dripping with greasy oils. Slight pale malt, but otherwise it's completely a one stop, over the top hop shop. Drink 'til you plop. The flavor explodes with hops right from the get-go. An incredible bitterness in the finish. This stuff is declaring war on my tastebuds, without the UN's approval. Wimpy pale malt sweetness, a bit grainy and walnutty in that distinct, Great Divide way, with a bit of aleish fruit and noticable booze in the finish. Very slick and oily feeling. Just punishing. Big, big body, almost syrupy. I think i need a knife and fork.
This one's a champ. One of my favorite imperial IPAs. Oh, to be back in Denver. I wish I had some of Wahoo's fish tacos to eat with this. Buy a pack now.

UnionMade, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - burnt orange/copper color, slightly hazy, half-inch white head with decent retention, good lacing

s - smells if of citrusy hops, grapefruit evident, very sweet and hoppy, alcohol present as well

t - sweetness and bitterness hits straight off, not much nuttyness or maltiness present as the label suggests, bitterness lingers for a long time, finish is of bitterness and citrus fruitiness, while alcohol is present in the nose, not very detectible in the taste

m - ample carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, definite warming effect

d - abv is a little too high to be very drinkable, but the taste is interesting and makes me want to keep on drinking

Great beer all around. I'm a huge fan of DIPAs, and this is a great example of the style. Not on the level of the almightly Dreadnaught, but solid in its own respect. Would have liked to see a little more balance in the taste.

WeisGuy, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Double IPA's and this one is a really good one. Nice dark gold color, lots of American hop character. My only major complaint is that the beer isn't really balanced. It is definently skewed towards the hop side. Would benefit by having more malt character. Still, a very good drinkable Double IPA.

bigbelcher, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber, with millions of particles floating around and a nice head on top.

Smell: Initially smelled like a barleywine, kind of carmel and fruit but moved towards citrus after a while.

Taste: This is dominated by the hops. Piney and very bitter. Not a lot of sweetness behind the hops.

Mouthfeel: Lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: It's pretty strong but definitely hard to put down.

Finally saw the 12oz bottles for this so I picked up a few. It's a little different from most of the IPAs and DIPAs in that I tasted very little grapefruit from the hops. It's still hoppy and quite bitter and a very good beer.

Mdog, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a golden orange with some suspended particles. Off-white head lingers through entire glass, and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is very much hops and grapefruit citrus, and flavor is much the same. At mid-glass, as beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes much more noticeable, and it overall leads to a very long, smooth and warming finish. This is a really good beer.

kimcgolf, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review, decided to go with the massive Hercules.

A - Deep orange with brown and golden hues. Poured a nice head, with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Candied malt with a surge of citrusy hops.

T - This beer had a suprisingly bigger malt backbone than I had expected. Full to mid bodied. Upfront has a nice quick malty rush, which doesn't stay around for long. Halfway through a huge hop rush breaks through, piney and juicy. The hops meet the palate, and linger for quite a while. Bitterness is perfect and lasts and lasts and lasts. I would also like to point out, that the first glass I poured out of the 22oz bomber had no sediment. Where as the 2nd glass was full of sediment making it far more bitter than the first glass. Mouthfeel was oily. Drinkability is excellent for such a big beer. Not incredibly complex, but still a damn good IPA. Honored that I could try this for my 100th review.

Cheers!

HoustonTX, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a small head.
Big fruity and floral hop aromas dominate the nose. Big sweet pineapple, orange peel, and piney characteristics throughout. Sweet maltiness is perceivable in the nose as well with a very faint hint of alcohol.
Sweet sturdy malt backbone followed by a big presence of fresh pungent hops. Slight citrus quality with some hop spice that lingers with a warm finish.
Nice big and smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.
This is a very drinkable double IPA, it smells so damn good and goes down so easy that you find yourself putting another one away.

Matthew, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber in color. A small but lasting head. Some lace.

I like the floral bouquet of hops that blends well with the dry malt. I can detect a strong presence of alcohol.

The flavor starts with a crystal malt which quickly dissipates to a strong hop bitterness. Full body and slightly oily. Good carbonation to balance. Noticably high in alcohol.

A great entry into the world of Double IPA's. Too much of a good thing?

smcolw, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hercules IPA
22oz bottle
3 month recent bottling of review date 07/06
Slow pour in a tulip glass

Poured copper with a thick fluffy, slightly gunky, yellowish long-lasting head

Smelt of floral and citrus, a hint of pine and alcohol

Taste was a deceptively fast accent to hops with a lingering hoppy finish. A subtle sweet maltiness in the background, but the hops soon take over, until the floweriness shows through, then the bitterness meekly strikes back again in a lingering tango with its short-lived initial maltiness. Mouthfeel was coating and alcoholic, making it fairly thick and agressive to drink.


This is a fresh bottling. Hopefully, cellaring will improve, flattening the hopiness and alcohol, and conjoinging nicely with the maltiness.

Overall, very satisfied with this beer as it delivers on all aspects, and shows promise for a year's hold.

xav33, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of xtacyturbo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful orange/deep amber color with an off-white head that just lasts and lasts. Clingy lacing coated the glass from top to bottom.

Smells of citrus and hops, bready, with a hint of oily pine. Enticing.

A bold flavor of hops firmly hits the palate at first, not overwhelmingly bitter, yet strong. The beer retains a hint of its citrus flavor throughout, though hops dominate. Citrus flavor is strongest at the tip of the tongue. This beer's flavor is rather complex and difficult to put into words- but very tasty!

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. Very very smooth, with a slight dry finish.

A very drinkable beer, this one's strength is deceptive. It's a sipping beer for sure, but it's smooth, balanced flavor makes one want to drink more.

xtacyturbo, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark golden amber color with 1 finger head and decent lacing
Smell- is of citrus and floral hops a small amount of malt and alcohol
Taste- is very similar to the smell, well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a bit too creamy but good.
Drinkability gets better through the beer.

supercolter, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big hop aroma with citrus, grass and spice notes. I tried, but I can't get any malt through all that hop smell.

Deep amber and clear. with medium head that lingers as a thin layer throughout. Just a little bit of rising carbonation.

Assertively bitter but there's also a solid sweet malt backbone. Some good crystal malt flavor and a little melanoidin which is a welcome surprise. Then there's good hoppy oily flavor with more citrus notes and just a little bit grassy. Finish is a nice combo of brown sugary sweet and bitter.

Full bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. It doesn't look it, but the carbonic bite is solid.

Nice drinking beer. Big and assertive but not overbearing or so big that you need to sip it. Pretty much right where this style of beer should be.

czechsaaz, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A: Decent lacing a very cloudy amber/copper color with lots of sediment floating around.

S: Wow, a great hard hitting pine forest of hops. Hits hard and strong with a little alcohol in the background. A superb smell.

T: Nice and harshly hopped the way I like. A good malt backbone balances out the hop attack. Lots of piney hops again, chewy with hop resin. A little syrupy but feels like a liquid hop which I have nooo problem with.

M: A bit overcarbonated for my taste, but only bc I can feel the bubbles. Heavy mouthfeel with a good hoppy dry finish. Very nice.

D: Man, its 9.1%? Bullshit. Wow this beer may catch up with me. A superb job of balance between hops and malt makes me drink this fairly fast. I really think I can drink this all night long. But really dont want to try. Great job.

KyleVick4, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimey orange/caramel color with plenty of haze. Short head that leaves a frothy ring that lasts throughout. Aroma is strong on grassy hops with a hint of citrus, lightly sweet malt and bit of alcohol. Hops initially in the taste, tangy and resiny, with a strong balance of caramel malt. Finish is moderately bitter is a bit of astringence. The mouthfeel is decent, but after it starts out with solid carbonation, it fades toward the finish some. Medium thick, smooth. Not bad for drinkablility, I just think there's a sweet and tangy flavor punch to the gut but no real subtleties to keep me interested...

bennetj17, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy copper color with a nice creamy head that left great lacing for the duration of the drink. Smell is crisp citrusy hops and a lovely sweet malt aroma in the background. Taste is incredibly smooth that starts out with a nice kick of hops. Then the malt comes in for a bit before being finished off again with the hops. This is another superbly crafted brew from Great Divide!

cjgator3, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: DEEP copper with mahagony highlights. Towering creamy head, light beige and oh so beautiful. Its clinging to every piece of glass it can get its bubbles on.

S: Over ripe oranges. Thats really it in a nutshell. Little hints of grapefruit and plum but thats it.

T: Quite a bit more foresty than the aroma lets on. Starts off with a nice syrupy hop profile with a considerable amount of red fruit malty sweetness. Not overwhelmingly bitter at any point in the process, the peak probably being ten seconds after the swallow. The alcohol esters are very prevelent on the tongue. Extremely balanced beer. With a malty backbone this thing is a barleywine.

M: Medium to full bodied with a quality smoothness with just a touch of bite from the carbonation.

D: Great beer. Not nearly as complex as some DIPA's but quality drinking none the less. I'll probably rate it lower than most drinkers for that reason (I like complexity above all else in a beer).

Westsidethreat, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is most definitely a West Coast IPA... heavy on the hops and BIG on the flavor. Color is amber like many IPA's. Smell is predominantly hops, with a tad of sweetness that finishes it off. The Taste is huge. Mostly like west coast hops, like willamette with a touch of cascade. But there is a happy touch of malt that ends the taste and it caps is off perfectly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both phenomenal.

Toddv29424, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bronze. A thick white head beckons me to investigate the flavors in this brew.
MAN! After my first whiff of this baby, I feel like someone punched me in the face with a hop plant! Excellent citrus hop scent, slight pine characteristics.
Sometimes the smell can be decieving, but not with this brew! Great bitter hop taste, intermingled with fruit flavors of citrus, grapefruit and malts. Great balance.
I did drink this for the majority of the evening, so it's safe to say I was surprised and I enjoyed it!

MeLikeBeer, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber. Huge creamy off white head, and some okay lace.
Faint citrussy and piny hop aroma.
Toasty and bitter flavor. Very bitter citrussy flavor.
Creamy and nice mouthfeel, but the bitterness detracts a bit.
Decent beer, but far from my favorite DIPA.

BeerRun13, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Gillard
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy Orange and copper color, with a medium body head.
Had frothy lacing through out the the duration of the beer(Was not long)
Taste of a sort of piney citrus with great hop balance definitely a overwhelming rush of bitterness to my taste buds a little too much if you ask me!

All and all a good beer but I will stick with DFH 90, or Stoudts Double IPA mmm Stoudts!!

Gillard, Jul 13, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.