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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

3,624 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,624
Reviews: 1,504
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 197
Gots: 275 | 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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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Photo of sstackho
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston (around $6 for 12oz). The original beer-importing plan for this trip was to bring home some Great Divide Titan IPA, but that plan was foiled by me realizing that I can't (legally) bring beer back home over the border to Canada duty free on this short trip... To drown my sorrows, I head to Bukowski's to discover that they have the Great Divide Hercules Double IPA on tap! And oh my, was it good. Hoppy, full, wonderful. Every sip went down gloriously and the taste stayed in the mouth until I replaced it with something else. Heaven in a glass.

Photo of ndekke39
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank a 22 oz bomber of this, almost all by myself.

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a tall, rocky head. Fantastic retention - couple fingers of thick, creamy head.

S: Smells begins with sweet caramel like a Scotch Ale, then turns to piny, citrus hops. Light malty balance in the finish.

T: Great balance of flavors - one of the most balanced IPAs (and a Double, at that!) I've ever had. Very bready taste at first, some yeast. Piny hops. Little bite of alcohol. Hop flavors linger nicely.

M: Very creamy, offsets the bitterness of the hops very well.

D: Excellent! Great Divide is becoming one of my favorite breweries. The Hercules sports balanced flavors that are bold but not overpowering. I would definitely, definitely reach for another one of these.

Photo of westweasel
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

Appearance - The beer is very cloudy, with a dirty copper and apricot hue.

Aroma - I was expecting a stronger hop nose with this beer. I could detect a bit of an orange scent, but was also picking up a strong alcohol smell. In the background there was a fresh-baked bread smell.

Taste - There is a definite strong bitterness which is of course part of this style. However I found it to be somewhat unpleasant compared to other double IPAs. I could not detect any pine or citrus. I got more of a strong grassy bitter flavor. There is also a bready, biscuit taste mixed in, and I thought I might have even detected some caramel - but it was quickly overpowered by the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full with a dry finish. I did not find this beer that drinkable. It was ok, but I found the bitterness in this one harsh. This is my favorite style of beer and I was really looking forward to this tasting. I was a bit disappointed by the result.

Photo of Torchiest
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottles poured into pint glass.

Poured a nice amber/copper color, no major head formed with an average pour. What little there was faded to a lingering ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Pretty great smell, hoppy, citrusy, also with some sweet maltiness in the nose.

Taste is solid, nice bitterness on the leading edge, some grapefruit in the middle, morphs into a good malt finish with a good hoppy aftertaste.

Good carbonation brings out the bitterness, somewhat creamy in the mouth before swallowing. Clean.

Pretty easy drinking, doesn't seem too bitter for the 85 IBUs it claims to have. It could be that I'm just a bigger hophead than I once was. One bomber is enough for a session, and I may buy it again.

Photo of meadhead
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Big beer
Recently tried the 22 oz serving;
they say its not for the faint of heart
Yet
the wonderfully pungent hopping
is certainly....
wonderful.

anyway,
it is very well balanced
with the malty backbone lending a sweet, rich and slightly (just slightly) sugary
balance
to the enormous hop whop
sensation of pine, grass, citrus, and floral
drinkability is exceptional
and pleasently too easy
given the high ABV

one could almost get drunk
without knowing it!

enjoy

Photo of BeerSox
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into snifter glass.

Deep crystal clear ruby amber color. A light tan, smooth, and frothy head develops nicely, and slowly settles to a razor thin cap. Stringy and spotty lacing coats the glass.

Sharp piney hops are the main characteristic of the aroma. They are joined by sweet fruit-flavored hard candy like smell. For the high amount of alcohol, it is well hidden.

Toasty malts set up the brew, giving way to a spicy and bitter hop kick to the back of the tongue. The malts develop into a smooth creamy taste, while a sweet sugary candy like flavor dances in the middle of the tongue. Once again, the high amount of alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly hop bitterness, with the bitterness lingering on the tongue for a while after each sip.

I knew this beer had a high rating before I reviewed it, so I went in with the mentality that I'm not going to let that influence me to write a favorable review just because everybody else did. After the first snifter-sized sample, I realized why everybody gives this one the thumbs up. It's a wonderfully complex and flavorful beer. The hops are there, but they don't overwhelm. The alcohol doesn't dominate either, even at 9.1% ABV. Try it, it's rated high for a reason.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees...let warm up for awhile.

A - Beautiful burnt orange with copper tones. Off-white, foamy head that took several minutes to simmer down to a small ring. Ample carbonation that held throughout the long life of the beer.

S - Juicy hops dominate the aroma on citrus/floral tone.

T - Strong hops, but met with caramelized malt. Background notes of tart grapefruit and piney/floral earth tones. Altogether, the hops still overpower the rest of the flavors, leaving a smooth bitterness. Excellent balance.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish that leaves a bitter taste.

D - Excellent DIPA. I had been saving it for several months, and it was worth the wait. Very good balance.

Photo of billybob
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours orange copper color, cloudy with small bits floating in it. three finger light tan head that holds fairly well and a nice sticky lace. smell is fruity, citrus, and pine. taste is sweet caramel with a fruity flavor and a tart grapefruit and hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. drinkability, all i can say is i wish i had more.

Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear reddish amber. 2 fingers of white suds and very good lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is grapefuit and caramel with yeasty bread notes followed by the hops. Not a strong smelling beer such as the yulesmith.
Taste is malty sweet and when you think the hops are going to overtake matters, they just come up a little short. Still a great tasteing beer. The alcohol is evident but very subtle.
Mouthfeel is oily and sweet. Not the bitterness I hopped for.
Drinkability is medium here, first of all I can't get the product around where I live. I have to order it over the internet and that sucks. Then there is the 9.1%abv thing.

Photo of granite
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured a brilliant copper color with a large fluffy white head.

S--- Caramel malt, pine and grapefruit from the aromatic hops make up the aroma. It was very pleasant smelling.

T--- It started off cloying with an herbal astringency and harsh bitterness. Warming alcohol and a salty aftertaste soon followed. It was not very pleasant tasting.

M--- Medium to full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

D--- It looked so promising and polished. The aroma was the perfect balance of malt and hops. Not all hop forward like a lot of DIPAs. Unfortunately it was to cloying and salty. Better attenuation and water chemistry would make it a lot more drinkable.

Photo of cracgor
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit underwhelmed with this one. It is a normal appearing IPA, amber with a thin offwhite head on top. It smells pretty good with a nice aromatic blend of hops. The taste is not nearly as strong as I expected. It tastes good in that it is well balanced, clean, and refreshing, just not that special.

Photo of umustdrink
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Burnt orange color. Fluffy offwhite head, holds at a quarter inch. Excellent lacing.

S - Fragrant hops. Lots of citrus.

T - Very nice hop taste, not too intense. Starts off a slightly bitter hoppiness and ends with a nice fruitiness. Damn this is good!

M - Mouthfeel is crisp but not too dry. Nice and refreshing.

D - This is a really great beer. Alcohol is not detectable at all. I'm going to get another bottle very soon.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper and hazy in color with a nice size cream head that slowly recedes. Smell is not overly hoppy, but there is some fresh herbaceous aromas, a little 'smoky' hoppiness, as well as a very light orange and berry sweetness. Taste shows only the smallest amount of citrusy hops, there is a nice peppery bite of bitterness mid taste that blends into a spicy alcohol and piney hop finish that is fairly drying. Nice and creamy malt body balances the good sized bite of hops well. Not a bad beer at all but I definitely wasn't blown away flavor or aroma wise, not too much happening. Mouthfeel is quite nice though and if you are in need of a hop bite it can definitely suffice there.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium golden orange with a half finger of off white bubbles which leave a sticky lace in their wake.
Aromas are the expected sweet amber malt and pink grapefruit hops.
Taste is unexpectd. Sweet amber malts give way quickly to huge amounts of a mixture of hops. Pine, floral, citrus peel. Wonderful balance between the sweet and the bitter even more noticable as the brew warms.
Comfortable mouthfeel and sharp carbonation leave the mouth crisply dry.
Yummy DIPA from Great Divide.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served into pint glass from brown long neck bottle with crimped on cap

Mirky reddish/orange color, I" thick head,thick creamy off-white with decent retention. and bits of lacing down the glass. Lots of large chunky particles floating throughout the beer.

Good, clean, very citrusy aroma,grapefruitty,good and strong,but not overpowering,notes of carmell come through the hoppiness.

Big citrus rind bite,grassy,sweet and syrupy,hot alcohol.Very carmelly midway through also a bit nutty,finishes with a lingering very sharp.very bitter lemony zest with a rind bite.

Cloying, thick mouthfeel,rough on the palate. Wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time of these. I like the Titan a lot better,kinda like the Two-Hearted as compaired to the Hopslam for me.
I've had a lot of DIPA's that I enjoyed more that this one. Would like to give this one another try sometime.

Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown-orange color, hazy with numerous small bubbles. Solid, two-finger thick light tan head that fades away slowly leaving generous lacing. Attractive looking beer. Nose evinces strong hops, a citrus bite, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is strong but balanced hops up front, a bit spicy and crisply bitter. Mild malt underpinning, a bit of alcohol toward the end. Bitter dry finish that lingers. Quite tasty. Mouth is viscous, solid, very smooth and slick. Drinkability is excellent: great flavor balance between bitter hops and moderately sweet malt, and a smooth, creamy mouth make this an easily enjoyable brew.

Overall: A damn fine example of the American IPA. Well hopped and delicious. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped this one open on New Years Eve. Not as exciting as some of their other brews of even Avery's Maharaja that I enjoyed a week before. Lots of citrus grapefruit smell and taste. Tart but not too hoppy for a Double IPA. Friend with me had a better impression of it than me.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid amber, looks like an IPA. Clear. Moderate head/carbonation.

American hops. Floral/citric. Sour/acidic. Little-no malt.

Malt backbone. Not too sweet, understated and necessarily present. Nice balance. Nectar-like with tart hops. Floral and mildly citric. Not too bitter.

Nice oral foamation. Moderate carbonation.

Bottle promises 85 IBU and one hell-of-a-brew. This is indeed what was inside. Hercules tastes like what a strong American IPAs should.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a decent head and nice lacing. The smell starts with a little graininess and progresses to clean hops. The taste starts with bitter fruity hops with a late grapefruit hit. There is also a solid malt background that is nicely balanced with the hops. The mouthfeel is a little grainy that makes the beer slightly heavier than I'd like, but nice balance of creaminess and crispness.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, good head, small amount of lacing.

Smell is florally hops, slight sweetness noticable. Taste is a bit complex. Hops are obviously what you notice right off the bat, strong and flavorful, and great. But there is a good malty sweetness in there that is still darn noticable. Good medium carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is not overwhelming, especially for a 9% beer.

An awsome, hoppy and downright good beer, very much recommended.

Photo of roblowther
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks reddish-gold in the glass, with tiny bubbles everywhere rising to form a dense, off-white rocky head. Smell? Hops. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Not surprising for an IPA, I reckon (we do that in Texas). The taste is peppery and floral. Maybe a bit of pine in there somewhere. It is strongly hoppy but not overpowering. A maltiness comes on after the initial hop assault, then more hops but a more delicate, slightly astringent version. It has a warm, ale-like finish. Mouthfeel is dense and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a double IPA. I say that because hops really aren't my thing but this one manages to deliver a lot of hops without just beating you senseless with them.

Photo of pmatz2
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Pour'd a Hazy Copper/ orange color from a 22 oz. bomber. There was a 1 finger white head with thick sticky lacing that lasts the entire drink

Smell - A very pleasant aroma of Pine and Citrus. Pronounced Hops but not over powering.

Taste - Sweet malt tries sneak through but the hops are pretty strong

Mouthfeel : Prickly on tongue. Full bodied. Finishes bitter compared to start with noticeable but not overpowering alcohol warming. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms up.

Drinkability: This brew goes down quite easy. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of Daehpoh
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass from 22oz bottle

Reddish-brown, slightly hazy in appearance, excellent lacing
Floral hop aroma was subdued, not as bold as other DIPAs
Good, simple hop flavor, grapefruit, citrus, not too earthy
Butterscotch malts in the background
Balance is good for the style, leaning towards the bitter end
Bitterness does not overwhelm taste buds, actually seems to awaken them
Alcohol is well masked

Overall an honorable brew, but lack of complexity hold it back

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an entire sixtel of this on draft and failed to review it. I'm getting my chance now with this 22 ounce bottle.
Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Good amounts of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet biscuit, toasted nuts, honey, citrus, pine, and fruity apple blossoms.
Taste is of the aromas, along with a doughy, sweet caramel found in the background of the citrus & pine blasted hop profile.
Mouthfeel is well balanced of sweet malts, and hoppy, grapefruit that meld together for a hop lover's dream. The feel is medium-full bodied but creamy.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I'm reading the label correctly, this 12 oz'er was bottled in May '04(!). How it remained on the shelf til November '06 (if that's true) I have no idea. IBU's: 85.

A: Orange-copper, hazy with bits of suspended funk. A ruby tint in the haze gives a warm glow. Minimal off-white head with attractive lacing.

S: Intense hopping, citrus, resinous and spiced. Caramel and bread-dough maltiness with a notable burning tingle of alcohol.

T: Abundant bitterness in those big juicy citrus hops. Maltiness is somewhat sweet and smacks of toasted nuts. Nice balance, but skews toward hops. Finishes mostly dry and has a discernable herbalness in the aftertaste.

M: Generally smooth, a little viscous. Full mouthfeel, but without alot of carbonation. Has a good deal of alcohol warmth and that lingering hoppy bitterness that clings to the tongue for a while.

D: A very tasty beer from start to finish. Not one to have everyday, but a high quality DIPA, worthy of given a strong endorsement to.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,624 ratings.