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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
92
outstanding

1,534 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 1,534
Hads: 3,897
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 250
Gots: 466 | 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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Reviews: 1,534 | Hads: 3,897
Photo of jwhancher
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the variety Big Show case. Bottled on date of Jan 16, 2015. Poured into large tulip for review.

Appears dark copper to light Amber with large persistent head. Noticeable lacing clings to the glass sides. Noticeable hop or yeast particles suspended in the beer. Has that Great Divide house beer smell. Noticeable aromas of pine, citrus hops with supportive malt backbone. Some orange rind aromas. Sweet malts definitely come through in the nose, most likely crystal malts.

Quick hit of 85 IBUs then orange & citrus hop flavors. Sweet crystal malts then lend a generous balance to counter any off kilter bitterness. Noticeable alcohol warmth but doesn't drink like a 10% ABV beer. I really dig how the flavors meld together reminding me of melon, pineapple, and some tropical fruit.

Drinks about medium to medium full as the malts definitely give this beer more residual sweetness than a West Coast Double IPA would give you.

Overall, an extremely balanced and drinkable beer. Great Divide nails it again with this one. Easily one of my Top 5 breweries. (1,067 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear deep amber color.

The beer smell has very malty nose. The smell is a nice combination of hops and a sweet malt backbone. The hops are a bitter and, yet, not completely overwhelming. The smell overall pretty balanced.

The beer taste is very balanced as well. The taste has a sweet malt backbone with a very prevalent and strong hop taste. The hop profile is fairly bitter and a little bit earthy.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The beer is heavy bodied with a surprisingly light feel and a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too thick. The feel is pretty smooth as it goes down.

Overall, this is fantastic beer and one that should be on everyone's list. The beer is both hoppy and balanced, which is not very common. I definitely recommend getting this one. (869 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from last night's notes. Beautiful orange-gold color with great head and lacing. This beer does what a lot of DIPA's cannot do, it balances an amazing amount of hops and a nice malt backbone quite nicely!!! (215 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very exceptional IIPA.

L - Nearly completely opaque, dark almost ruby golden with trickles of carbonation flowing up from the sides and base of the glass. Microscopic bits of yeast floating throughout. Poured vigorously with a one finger head that dissipated quickly.

S - The scent of the beer was nothing to write home about. Bits of malt, alcohol, fruity and piney. Was not overpowering and towards the end did not smell overly pleasant to me.

T - The taste is what makes this beer great. Rushes of bread and malt with traces of the fruit that was from the scent following suit. The malt was also present which was tasty and a good balance. The alcohol was certainly apparent, but not overpowering in any way. The warmer it got the more you could taste for sure.

F - Much 'thicker' than most DIPAs I've tried, but still delicious.

O - This was a good beer, a bit expensive for the 4, but good. I will probably purchase again but with all of the other options I would probably go for something a little lighter, more crisp and a bit more refreshing in this style. (1,096 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark amber, thick head, sediment at the bottom of bottle.
S: Sweet amber malt. Bread.
T: Sweet followed by some bitterness and a sweet finish.
M: Full body like a barleywine.
O: Too sweet and too much body. (209 characters)

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark amber. Head stays for a long time. Thick Head!

S: Citrusy smell(if that makes sense) Sorta fruity.

T: Citrus Grapefruit Bitterness. Hops linger for a while.

F: Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Almost syrupy. It works well with the flavor! (244 characters)

Photo of Jonny41
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottles about 6 months old and may be passing?
Was not blown away by this one at all being so highly rated, now granted I've had some great ipa's lately that I am comparing this to. I got more malt than hop and not a clean fresh finish that I like.
Think this one was purely preference on my part bringing down the score, and I did drink all four bottles over four nights as a reference.
Would love to ,
retry fresh or draught. (427 characters)

Photo of bierluvre
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just Wow. I am really not the biggest IPA guy but this beer was just mind blowing. I hate an overly bitter beer. This beer has a biiter hop bite but the malt and floral balance that follow in the second mouthful makes one of the best beer experiences ever. Buy it, all of it. (279 characters)

Photo of danvanmat
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Pour - Great thick body. Solid layer of foam at top.
Color - Darker than usual Amber.
Smell - Very strong hops, blended with a fruity aroma.
Mouth - Good thick maltiness - coats mouth well.
Taste - This is what you'd expect a very high-gravity double IPA (10% alcohol per the bottle) - extremely sharp hoppy bite, blended well with the fruit finish, but the bite really sticks out.
Overall - This is not a beer for a "casual, light IPA drinker" - this is for the IPA drinker that LOVES the hoppy, bitter bite of a double IPA. If Great Divide Brewing sought to make the hoppiest Double on the Market, then in this beer drinkers opinion - they very much have. Overall - 96. (672 characters)

Photo of awayne56
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: From 12 oz bottle, dark hazy orangem minimum head that dissipates quickly, slight lacing.
Smell: Very citrusy aroma.
Taste: Malt forward, hoppy finish. The taste left on the palate is pine. Some alcohol burn, in a good way. Thi sbeer is very hoopy but the malt presence balances the hops for a very positive overall taste experience.The malts keep this from being a puckerfest but it does not overpower the hoppines. Excellent balance. Long hop finish.
Feel: Decent mouth coating, it does not leave the mouth dry. Refreshing.

when I first saw this in the store I snickered at the name and label, but so glad I tried it. Excellent offering from Great Divide. This is a very balanced beer, a little something for everyone! (735 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Cloudy brownish orange color with a decent head that leaves good lacing. Smells fruity and hoppy. Taste like a tropical fruit possibly a heavy citrus expolsuon but with a grea malt backbone. Medium carbonation and full balanced. Great double ipa! Very different. (267 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

APPEARANCE - Mostly opaque orange with a 1-finger head that lasts. A bit of lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, malty, fruity

TASTE - Hoppy, bitter, herbaceous, not sweet at all. Bitterness lasts. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A bit of carbonation

VALUE - The bar told beer menus it's 16 oz. Not true. It's 12 oz.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very quaffable, maybe chuggable. (385 characters)

Photo of corywalston
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A. Easy poor ¼ inch yellow/white/tan head. Good carbonation. Color is a very hazy golden orange. Almost looks like the glow you see in the movies when they open the brief case.
S. Fruity, monster hops, orange, little pine.
T. Hops, alcohol, orange, pine, pear, oak, nutty, honey. The hops are very over powering, this is awesome.
M. Thick, gritty, dry, delicious.
O. One of the top 5 Double IPA’s I’ve ever had. The alcohol is in your chest, but in a good way. Good ass buzz for only 10% ABV. (498 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Beautiful Light Carmel Orange Color with a Picture Perfect White Foamy Head that Remained Almost Through-Out...

SMELL: Hoppy Aroma that is Strong but Not Over-Powering....Subtle Nutty Scents are Evident also.

TASTE: A Refreshing yet Bold Malty Flavor that leaves no doubt that you are consuming a Higher ABV (10.0%) IPA yet ISN'T Harsh.

FEEL: Moderate Carbonation, Crisp Refreshing,

OVERALL: A Truly GREAT IPA that delivers in BOTH Taste and Kick. It is Obviously NOT a "Session" Beer but If you want to Relax and Casually ENJOY a Snifter or Two...I would HIGHLY Recommend this Gem! (594 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

I've heard quite a bit about this beer from the West coast but had never seen it in Indiana until just a couple of weeks ago and was excited to try it even though it was $5 a 12 oz bottle.

A - Deep orange color. Hazy from the dry hops with a bountiful white head and light lacing.

S - Pungent and strong hop fragrance with lots of citrus fruit, pine, and dank hops. Could smell it before I picked it up. Almost perfume like from the magnitude of aromatics. Some slight alcohol presence while at 45 degrees.

T - Awesome flavor with the strong citrus hop character. The alcohol and strong hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. I think there is a ton of hops in order to keep this 10% ABV beer as delicious and hop forwards as some 6% ABV IPAs. There are also light malt and caramel character in the middle but is in no way balanced.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very good DIPA. I'm very glad I finally got to try this one and it definitely holds up to the hype. Not all the way at the top but I really enjoy the hop explosion that is present in this bitter and alcoholic brew. This beer is great if you like Imperial IPAs.

Glass- Tulip (1,209 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a single finger head with a copper body into a Spiegalau IPA glass. Presents a wave of super caramelized hops, boozy, with a viscous mouthfeel. Obviously heavier than a regular IPA, this DIPA is definitely not for sessioning. But its richness is sinful, like a nectar of the gods. (287 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Aroma (3.5): Good enough aroma. Not a huge crazy aroma, but makes you want to drink it.
Appearance (4): Good color. Not as dark as I was expecting, but a nice dark red/amber color.
Taste (4): I was not impressed with my first sip. But the more I got into it, the more I got the sweet, caramel taste, along with the hops. Definitely has a bit of a boozy taste. Not sure if that's a compliment or not . . .
Palate (4): Has a good mouthfeel. Smooth, doesn't have a real lingering aftertaste. (498 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 6/25/14. Clear amber pour with a dark ruby cast. Normal head with excellent lacing and retention. Nice nose of blended hops (pine, citrus and a bit of dank) over a caramel background with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Below average carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The taste profile is complex, but a bit out of balance. The alcohol is quite prevalent. It begins with a caramel rush that flows into the hop flavor, but never totally recedes. The middle is a mild dank bitterness. The finish lingers with alcohol and a slight phenolic note. (591 characters)

Photo of Lan_sanity
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

4.8/5.0
Left very nice lacing on my glass. Head was thick and frothy. Taste was very crisp, slightly sweet and citrusy, exceptionally smooth, not too heavy. It was not as carbonated a I expected but it was balanced very well to give a nice mouthfeel. Hoppy taste lingers on the tongue for a satisfying aftertaste. Overall my favorite DIPA to date, I'd put it over six point resin (mainly due to the drinkability of Hercules) (428 characters)

Photo of blinky1717
5/5  rDev +20.8%

My favorite DIPA by a country mile. Superb mouthfeel, dark/amber color. Hoppy but not overpowering as evidenced by the 85 IBU rating. 10% IBV has a nice kick.

Near perfection. (181 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This brew pours a copper color with a frothy white head, some of which lasts until the end; thick lacing.

The smell is citrus, orange, melon and pine with a few roasted malts in the background; the hops dominate as they should in this style.

The taste follows the nose with orange, mint, lemon pine and a little bit of tobacco with a substantial roasted malt background. There is some alcohol leaking through but that does not detract from this brew or this style.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a very good Double IPA. A good representative of the style and another winner from "Great Divide" (667 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange with brown highlights. Smells barleywine-esque. You get citrus/grapefruit, but also malty bread like qualities, and a tinge of alcohol heat. The taste is rather subtle, focusing on light citrus, bread, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is dense. Carbonation is about average. Things get a tad sticky later on. Overall, a good dipa for those who like them to trend towards the barleywine side. (470 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Beautiful orange color with a two finger head. Sediment in the beer. Very cloudy.

s. Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, pine, honey

t. Bizar taste. Sweet and hoppy on the front, but the finish and aftertaste reminded me of rare steak. later the back side of the taste changed to dry hopped honey flavor.

m. Very good, but dry on the back end.

o. Very good beer. (360 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a large light brown foam head, with good retention. Kind of cloudy. Leaves a ton of lacing. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is bursting with citrus. Very strong scent of grapefruit, with a little bit of grassiness and floral notes. Pleasant notes of pine. A little bit of maltiness. After reading the reviews, this one is definitely reminiscent of a barleywine.

Earthy hops up front followed by pine and some very pleasantly sweet, bready malts. The citrus and grapefruit is more absent than I expected. It's definitely there, but not as present as in the aroma. Very bitter, but it works. Despite the mention of nuts in the description, they're not very noticeable until the back end, and even still barely noticeable. Even still, a nice touch. Amazingly balanced. Alcohol is masked masterfully.

Medium bodied. A little sticky but still goes down pretty smooth. Easy going for a 10%er.

Overall, a fantastic brew. This is my first from Great Divide and boy, what a first. This one will definitely vault to the top of my list. (1,060 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an overcast orange with a meaty head that dwindles to an off-white swirl of melted ice milk. The glass is held together by pretty white lace that clings in all the right places.

Aroma is dirty C-hops rich with malt. You've definitely got your grapefruit citrus in the house, but the piney hops are more cone than needles.

Lots of slick acidic Lupulin. More malt presence than most American DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is cream-filled. Full and feathery soft fades to a slow acidic Humulene chemical burn.

This brew takes an interesting approach to the DIPA style shooting for a very active nutty maltiness in the forefront to bring equilibrium to the loaded hops. The result however I think emphasizes the somewhat unpleasant oil-like burn brought by DIPA level hop rate. By choosing to not showcase the hop aroma and flavor as prominently as others this beer has taken away from itself an important component that makes heavy-hitting IPAs so enjoyable.

Generally I'm a huge fan of their big brews but this was just an average Double IPA, not my favorite. (1,060 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.