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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,724
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 340 | FT: 7
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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 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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with crystal clarity and brilliant amber highlights. Fluffy off-white head that sticks to the glass and the liquid. Aromas of pine needles, baked bread, English crystal malts and solvent alcohol. Excellent aroma for the style. On the palate, brash metal-and-acidic-citrus attack first off, then some huge, somewhat cloying sweet malt notes come out. It's a familiar problem with DIPAs -- that barleywine-esque, sticky-sweet malt character that really ought to be aged out a bit. Mouthfeel is quite thick and tongue-scrapingly acidic with hops, with little carbonation to lighten things up. Overall, this beer is excellent for the style, but not to my personal taste.

Photo of sheikyerbouti
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had purchased this 22oz bottle after reading some favorable reviews here. The first thing I noticed when I cracked it, was the floral aroma. Very reminiscent of Anchor Liberty, but not as pronounced. The color was a reddish amber and was very translucent. After swirling the glass, I noticed how great this beer smelled. Citrusy, Cascade hops dominated the aroma. Mouth feel was very full, and overall, the beer reminded me of Dogfish 90 minute, but not as intense.

The best word to describe this beer is 'balanced'. Even with the high IBU rating, this beer was loaded with malt and was not overbearing in the least.

I would buy it again, even though it was an outrageous $7.50 for a 22 oz.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a tumbler. it left nice sticky sides and really good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a slightly hazy amber color.
s - piney and resiny.
t - piney and earthy with a nice malt backbone. each sip the malt hits you on the front of the tongue and the hops hit the back.
m - incredibly creamy.
d - easy to take deep quaffs of this and it is so well-balanced. wish this had been larger than the 12 ounce bottle i had. another great beer from great divide. they are very underrated and should be talked about in the same breath as stone and DFH, et al.

Photo of Patrick999
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

End of the work week, and a bomber of Hercules all to myself. This will be my first tasting of this renowned brew.

Poured it into a tall glass and watched the billowing head cascade over the amber beer - I've not met a poor-looking double IPA, and this doesn't disappoint.

Smelled like grapefruity hops on top of a cake-y underpinning, which comes as no surprise.

I'm really getting a lot of hop bitterness here, like grapefruit juice with the natural fruit sugars somehow extracted. If I was being snooty, I'd call it slightly unbalanced in favor of the hops, as the malts aren't really fighting their way through much as they do in a DFH 90 Min. A fleeting touch of malty sweetness to begin with, then a pure hop explosion, then a slight return of the sweetness in the aftertaste....almost becoming a little chocolatey, if that makes any sense, like a hop coated in thin chocolate. This is a hophead's DIPA, and there's nothing wrong with that. Alcohol? I really can't taste that 9+%, but I definitely feel it. I'm not even halfway through, and already feeling loopy.

Since I'm using 90 Min as my DIPA benchmark, I have to say that this feels a little thin and astringent/dry by comparison - I'm not feeling the same oily chewiness. However, this is a minor complaint that isn't detracting from my enjoyment of the beer.

Drinkability? Well, if you can take on more than one bomber of this, my hat's off to you. Drinkable, in an Imperial IPA sense. This is definitely one I'll turn to again to get my hop fix. I'm really impressed by Great Divide in general - looking forward to trying more of their beers.

Photo of onehomesickalien
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very impressive overall.

Strong ABV, but hidden well by the high hops. Good bit of yeast floats at the bottom of this one. (not a bad thing.) Appearance and mouthfeel are as good as any out there!

Special Note: My wife tried to annoy me by attempting to chug this one down before I could try it. I HAD THE LAST LAUGH, as she shuddered for 10 minutes afterward! This is definitely an intensely flavored sipping beer... enjoy at your leisure.

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

22ox bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottle courtesy of a trade with grub, thanks buddy!

Aggressive pour leaves 1 1/2 inches of head with heavy lacing, very appealing. Orange in colour with tons of unfiltered chunky bits floating about. Fairly vigorous carbonation that dosen't let the head die easily. Aroma is heady and extremely appealing. Well balanced is how I would describe it. Lots of floral hops with a touch of citrus...orange and lemon peel mostly. The malt is very bready and warm, a bit like a cake baked with oranges. Caramel, vanilla and even a little mango in there....well balanced and delicious smelling.

Taste is very hop-forward, as expected. The floral character is delicate and melds well with the citric sourness. Medicinal, herbal, anise like flavours come out as well. The malt presence is huge and has to be to try to balance this beer out. Yeasty breadiness in the back with the caramel, vanilla and fruit flavours making this a very baking-like experience. The mouthfeel is thick with all that malty goodness, and the carbonation is medium, about right I'd say. I have a bomber to myself, and I know it'll knock me on my ass but I don't care, it's very good!

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,724 ratings.