Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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92
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Reviews: 1,531
Hads: 3,864
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 241
Gots: 446 | FT: 8
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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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear amber, thick two finger head with big craters and quick to stick lace all over the glass. smell is citrusey but not overwhelming, sweet with malt and alcohol notes. deep inhalations actually made me salivate profusely. mouthfeel is insanely light and bubbly, taste is bright hops, honey, licorice and finishes with a bitter and rather chalky hop resin punch. hides the alcohol for sure, but a little rough for me. the more i sip, the more that mellows and develops into an overall hop cocoon and belly-warming pleasant alcohol effect. aftertaste, once the 'ipa' is gone, is sweet and flowery. not my favorite 2x ipa, but worthwhile if you dont have to bust your ass acquiring it. (693 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW!! For a beer with this ABV it sure goes down smooth. Smoothness is the main characteristic i noted with this beer. I hadd a 22 oz. bottle and drank it way faster than i should have simply because it went down so easy and tasted so delicious. The only reason i rated the drinkability 4 rather than 5 is because of the high ABV, one is enough.

beautiful appearance, great taste, a hop-lover's dream come true! great beer! (427 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I honestly can't remember where I got this bottle. I want to say Downtown Wine and Spirits but it's really hard to say. It's a 1 PT. 6 FL . OZ bottle.

Ummm... almost what I would expect from a double IPA, but not quite there. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a syrupy body, but still somehow just a tad below my expectations.

The head spilled all over my homework. That sucked, but it is of no fault of the brewers.

Quite smooth bit the only way I can articulate it is that it "fakes it". It tastes fine but at the same time doesnt impress me. I couldn't find it in myself to lower my review numbers though.

If you see it, pick it up, it's worth a try. I just can't guarantee you'll pick it up for a second time. (723 characters)

Photo of PatYoda
2.87/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great appearance, tons of velvety lacing the whole way. That's about all I was impressed with with this beer though. Both smell and taste were pure hops. Boatloads of citrusy and piney hops. I tasted hardly any malt whatsoever, and very little alcohol. Mouthfeel was very harsh as well, not at all creamy like I look for in a double IPA. I could barely finish my pint. (368 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Great Divide offering pours a really interesting orangish color with a darker shade in the middle. Big volumnous head holds up well. Just tons and tons of sticky ass lacing. Aroma is a bit weak. What, no dry hoppping? Citrus, syrup, yeast that about it in the nose of this beer. Taste really surprised me. It's a gigantic hop hit right from the get go. Huge citric hops upfront. Really reminiscent of pineapple. In fact, that's all I'm really noticing in this beer, pineapple. Lots of piney bitterness. Malts don't really hold up. There's a sweet residual sugar around my mouth but I get almost no flavor from the malts. Finish is sharp and lingers with piney bitterness. Thick mouthfeel holds the hops together but it's almost too thick. A nice, intense, in your face double IPA but not one of the best I have had. (820 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Tawny amber hue, chill hazed. Huge, creamy looking cap of off white foam.

Big aromas of citrus & pine! Very pleasant and inviting.

Some nutty malt flavours up front. Some well rounded fruitiness, and toms of American hops. Wonderful layers of citrus & pine drip from this. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Quite tasty. (378 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with a tall head os off white that is supported by lively carbonation. Good retention and a nice lace sticks to the glass.

Smells of piney hops and grapefruit. Sharp and very bitter. Hard time finding the malts or anything else.

The malts are slightly sweet and more noticable when tasted, but the hops take over and dominate the palate. Long lingering dry finish that's almost oily. Not bad, but not great. If you really crave lots of hops, this one is for you.

Slightly oily mouthfeel, not much of a session beer due to high abv and hop overkill. (570 characters)

Photo of mgdeth
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orangish amber, and quite clear. Beautiful creamy off white - and long-lasting to boot. Good lacing.

Smell - Floral hops galore, with malt as background. I also pick up pungent hop smell - it sort of forms the base for the whole aroma experience.

Taste - I happen to enjoy hop overkill, and this beer fits the ticket perfectly. I have a hard time concentrating on the malt, but some sweet flavors develop as the beer warms. The hops are so rough that a small burn develops at the back of teh throat. Stylistically, this beer is almost perfect.

Mouthfeel - Almost resiny. This is super thick beer. Offer a macro brew drinker a sip of this for a serious checkle.

Drinkability - How drinkable is a beer that gives you instant cotton mouth? It can be pretty darn drinkable, if it's Hercules. It will probably improve if aged for a while.

Comments - Not for the faint of heart. Drink this if you ever need to restore your faith in anything. (963 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the last of the series of GD brews recently available to my little East Coast town. Easy pour of deep straw with a decent head. Huge inviting sprucey, citrus aroma. Aroma is clean and crisp. Like the aroma, the first impression is of spruce and light grapefruit citrus. The bitterness is strong and also crisp, not heavy. The malt character of the brew is in excellent balance, not at all cloying on the palate. The deep sweetness compliments the hop character very well and allows for a nice expericience of all flavors. IMO very drinkable for the style--can be sipped of swigged easily. (603 characters)

Photo of ddarden
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz bad boy looks very promising from the moment I pour it. Cloudy copper color, with a beautiful rocky head, which slowly recedes. The smell of this beer is wonderful. Very piney with hints of citrus. I can’t wait to taste due to the great smell.

The first taste is very hoppy and bitter. Almost overwhelming and I do not taste much except hops. The second sip has much better balance after my taste buds are dope slapped from the first sip (in a good way). This hop monster has a very good malt backbone that makes it balance the onslaught of hops. I really like this beer after the first couple of sips. The mouthfeel is excellent: thick, sticky, and refreshing. By the bottom of the bottle, I realize that this is a 9% abv beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, so the drinkability is also excellent.

This is my first Hercules and is definitely one of my favorite DIPA’s. I will have to keep this one in DBF. (923 characters)

Photo of fizzyfred
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 22oz bomber poured a deep, hazy copper color. The smell pours out of the bottle. The scent is dominated with a citrusy and piney aroma from the massive amount of hops in this one. There is definitely a strong malt background, but is dominated by the flavors from the hops and alcohol. Its amazing how hoppy yet how balanced the flavor is. It is very intense yet clean. I'm thinking this is what is meant by "Double" IPA. (424 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pellucid, resplendent, polished, hearty orangish copper. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap is large and creamythick with a bubblicious, magma-like surface. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to be laid down and display the same honeycomb-like pattern as the upper surface of the head. I like my IPAs/DIPAs to look dirty (that is, unfiltered), but crystal clear isn't so bad when it's topped by a world class crown like this one is.

There's a left jab-right cross combination of hoppiness in the nose that stops just short of a knockout blow. Classic DIPA aroma: melted caramel-toffee candy mixed with a huge citrus zestiness. If you want subtle, you've come to the wrong place. I'd love to sit and smell for a spell, but I'm too eager to take a drink.

Hercules is a gentle giant. It's hard to fathom how a beer packed with this much malt, this many hops and a 9.1% ABV can be so smooth and so easy to drink. The malt backbone is massive and tastes like sticky toffee pudding to which candied pine needles and sugar syrup soaked grapefruit, kumquat and lemon chunks have been added. It's a little too balanced (I like hops to outdistance malt by a wide margin), but it's oh so delicious.

The hops are asserting themselves more and more with warming, so hopheads will be rewarded for their patience (or for starting the bottle out at closer to 60 degrees than 50). The bitterness is likely to kill the uninitiated, but I can't contain my glee as my tongue begins its death throes. As long as the beer continues to send those flavor signals to my brain, all will be well.

The finish is incredibly long, increasingly bitter and increasingly piney. I love the mouthfeel. It's unapologetically full, slick and heavily silky. An appropriately low amount of carbonation only contributes to the frightening ease of consumability. The considerable amount of alcohol, while not completely masked, isn't even close to bothersome.

Hercules Double IPA is another great beer from Great Divide (who have a habit of brewing great beer). It's the quintessential balanced DIPA in that it respects its malt side as much as its hop side. Even though my preference runs to the insanely hop-dominant, this one is a keeper and is a beer that I'll buy in quantity whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thanks to prAna for the bombers. (2,334 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet and rich, malty scent with a wonderful hop aroma that is floral. The taste is great also. It has a very bitter hop flavor laid over a rich malty base. It goes down smooth and finishes slightly warm with a bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great tasting beer; a good drinker. (487 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing Gabe!

Hercules presents itself a deep, dirty blonde color with a dense head of wheat colored foam. Retention is excellent for a beer of this strength and lacing is nothing short of spectacular. When all is said and done, an iceberg of thick foam is still swimming in my goblet.

Massive hop aromas rise from my chalice to greet my senses. Grapefruit slices and tangerine peel with gobs of sticky pine notes and oily hop resin. It possesses an underlying caramel malt sweetness that provides excellent balance on the nose.

The flavor explodes with honey-dipped grapefruit peel and sweet citrus hop oils, sprucey pine, toffee and luscious caramel malts. It's insanely hoppy, but has a decadent amount of malt to carry it through to a long grapefruit and chewy honey caramel soaked finish. As it warms, each sips gets better, mmm, mmm, mmm.

The body on this one is huge with a lushly dense and exquisite creamy mouthfeel. Hands down, one of the best double IPA's, ever. This is another superbly crafted ale from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. (1,094 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PH Brookline.
It pours a deep, rich orangey teak color with a thick, but fast fading beige head on top.
A very dry and earthy smell at first, begins revealing fragrant pine, phenol floral hop esters and a light underlying malty grain smell.
The first flavor out of gate, like a rocket, is a nearly overwhelming grapefruity citrusy hop wallop. A bone dry and somewhat cuttingly harsh citrus zest and a bit of a metallic bite is soon tempered, if ever so slightly, by a lightly sweet caramel maltiness.
This brew, as the name implies, is strongly tilted in favor of extreme hop enthusiasts. But at the same time, it is quite drinkable and becomes even more so as it sits for a few moments.
It also packs quite an alcoholic punch. So be careful of that. Unless you're planning on staying with this beer for the evening, save it for your last one, because your taste buds will be spent, rendering them useless to taste anything else. (945 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-red with a foamy white head. Leaves filmy lace on the glass long after the beer is gone. Smells quite hoppy, with a bit of grainy malt firmly in the background. Flavor is strongly hoppy. Plenty of north-american hops and *very* little else going on here. Just hops from start to finish. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated in the mouth.

Kind of boring and simplistic in my opinion. Tons of hops. That's all folks. (429 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors in with forever lasting foam and nice but hazy goldcupper beercolor. Nose is of the best: lots of fresh hops with US C-hops noticable. Next to that though nice ambermaltarome. taste is very fruity with plumbs next to the citrussytaste. further some maltyness and litle sweet before hoge but clean bitterness comes in. This full and strong taste makes mouthfeel bombastic but good and the freshness and citrussy makes you already want to take another sip. Great brew IMO. (476 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearances: Richly orange and nebulous with a sugary white head. Not a highly motivated head, as it takes the rest of the night off without any consideration of how it is making the beer look overall. Selfish bastard. Anyway, the ring forms and spittle is left atop the pond. Sticky lace results just like when fancy panties get pilfered and end up in the hands of a pervert. Like me. Very subdued carbonation fizzles through what appears to be a dense glass of matter.

Smell: This smells like heaven. The freshest, most vibrant hop smack in the kisser I have had in a long while. Maybe ever. Nice malty undertones give a thick sweet aroma off, but the hops. Wow, this smells fabulous. No deterioration of hop character here. This nose is fresh and citrusy with herbal and grainy notes popping off left and right. Super delightful scent.

Taste: Very well balanced betwixt malt and hop. I wouldn't have expected such synergy judging by the nose. The hops bolster the grain to an excellent degree. Slightly dry finish, but enough juicy and mouthwatering sweet character to ward off the cotton chop effect. Caramel tones abound. The hop flavour is equally as amazing as the nose. Fruity and resinous and sappy. This is really a great specimen. A double dose of awe inspiring magnitude. So fresh. Earth...

Mouthfeel: The texture is very pleasing. Not much carbonation which makes this baby feel juicy and heavy, yet it remains light on the wings of the flavour.

Drinkability: A dangerously delicious drink without question. The sweetness could conceivably cause a premature cease in consumption, but I am so satisfied with this bomber.

Primo. I was expecting another rediculously hopped up novelty, but this boy sure made me eat crow. Recommendations must be dispersed at this time. Superb. (1,805 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious reddish amber / burnt orange color, with a frothy khaki head. The head dissipates, but never vanishes altogether. Rings of very sticky lacing are left behind. Pungent hops dominate the nose. Clean citrous with lots of grapefruit melds with sappy pine scents. Some zesty spice is present, along with sweet caramel. Notes of alcohol in the aroma as well. This is damn near a 5 on smell. Violent hops mob the palate like terrace hooligans rooting for a losing team. The flavor of the hops are spicier than I would have expected, bordering on salty. Some sharp piney and very bitter orange peel and grapefuit get through as well. Not to be outdone, the malts lay down a fat backbone like John Paul Jones on bass. Some sweet caramel and a very subtle breadiness lets you know the malts are still alive and kicking. The bitter citrous hops dry out the finish, but some sweetness lingers. The spicy flavor mingles with warming alcohol, leaving you with a zesty aftertaste. Hell yeah, I'm really glad I picked this bomber up. I think my overall score would be 4.75 straight down the list, but its not quite 5s. Pick it up if you see it! (1,145 characters)

Photo of Truh
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Held the weight of the world on my shoulders with this one on 5/2/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Brain-like coating of ¾ inch head that settles into the same, thinner pattern with a patina of stick. Very full, glowing orange hue with some haze and weighed down bubble action. Cranky hop and green juice on nose is fragrant and fresh with some lemon, oranges, and hop oil all mixed up and thrown in. Juicy fruit gun sweetness on mouth explodes immediately, followed by a plentiful amount of hop bitterness; touches of cane sugar, candy corn, macadamia nuts and grapefruit all wash around.

Very nice double IPA and one I would gladly pick up when in need of a pour from this style. (716 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - slightly dark orange beer. Thick creamy head like lather is very sticky, leaving a thin blanket of lace behind.

Aroma - frangrant - orangey, piny, some malt aroma fighting through the intense hop nose as well.

Taste - good malt presence. Sharp bitter hops, combined with a high alcohol level, make a hot and harsh impact on the palate. Feels raw and boozy, needs more taste and less hootch. Too medicinal, but getting in some of the bottom sediment from the bomber gives it a needed boost of sweetness. Completely stands up to some spicy tamales as expected. Letting it warm up helps balance-wise. The ups and downs kind of cancel each other out on this one, leaving me with an impression more of the downs.

Mouthfeel - nicely smooth and creamy, leaves a pleasant residual to help fight off that alcohol burn.

Drinkability - too mixed up for me to get into and enjoy. (892 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the bottle an intimidating, deep hazy orange with some brown influences. The liquid is thick, thick, thick. The color showed a lot of depth and was very inviting. The head was modest but well-tanned and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell - This is a big, heavy, monster nose. There is just tons and tons of caramel and toffee in here. The hops are complex and huge as well. I can pick up some good pine sap along with some big citrus and a few other notes that give a lot of depth to this gigantic bouquet. All in all, this is one of the biggest, most-balanced ADIPA noses that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The taste follows the nose except the malts are noticeably dominant. For all the hops here, they take a back seat to the huge, luscious, gooey caramel and toffee malt presence.

Mouthfeel - This is big and full-bodied. I'm talking Pliny the Younger big. They should serve this at Ruth Chris' with a side of mashed potatoes. Forget the knife and fork; give me the classic 1970's-style electric turkey carving knife.

As big and chewy as this is, it's not overly dry. The finish has some dryness, but this one finishes with a super-sugary caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Eatability - Don't try to drink Hercules with a meal like I did. This is your dinner.

Comments - What a great treat! I'll offer a big thumbs up to BuckeyeNation for sending this out my way.

Update - They finally got this in SoCal in the fall of 2010. This is an amazing beer to say the least. The head was much improved from my initial review, which leads me to believe that the beer suffered a bit from the trip from Ohio. That said, the balance of this ale is amazing and the flavors are beyond reproach. There's really nothing else like it out there in the beer world. It makes the case for a huge DIPA but with grass and flowers instead of the triple C's and gooey malts. It is like no other double that I've ever had and is in a class all by itself. Especially unique is the nose that is very herbal and spicy yet also has a classic DIPA aroma. The aftertaste BTW will entertain you for hours. (2,139 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a bone head.
Hazy and full.
Pungent, unapologetic hop assault wafts up with a surprising malt backbone.
Wincing hop profile builds as the beer warms.
Beyond the lupulin assault there lies the stiff malt character,a hint of leather,candied flowers,barn boards, and vanilla.
Stinging on the pallet,nectar-like and piney.
Massive grapefruit flavors,pith and all.
Aggresive hop attack,bitter and extremely lingering.
Drying and minerally, almost tongue curling personality.
Medium to full mouthfeel, with alcohols thinning the body.
Huge hop and malt character hides alcohol well.
Large-ish malt character for style, leaning into Barleywine territory.
Reminiscent of Bigfoot. (700 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber @ Sunset Grill, thanks liefman for sharing this with me.

Deep copper, slightly hazed with a lace that would not stop leaving trails down the glass.

Smelled of resiny hops, piney and citric yet very clean. Hints of malt and subtle alcohol under the hops. Almost silky smooth with a strong medium body, big punch of clean bitter hop ... clean hop oil permeates citric and pine. Faint alcohol on the palate, its very hidden ... deceiving.

Wow, damn straight this Double IPA came at me like a bat out of hell. I am very impress by this brew. (559 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When does a Double IPA become a Barley Wine? Right here. Great appearance, with a foamy head, cloudy amber hue. Lots of thick lacing. Hop aromas jump out of the bottle. Crisp, hoppy taste, followed by malty backbone. Not dissimiliar to a Bigfoot (one of my absolute faves). This is terrific stuff. 9.10% well hidden, goes down relatively easy. Barley Wine fans, seek it out. (374 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.