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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

3,597 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 264 | 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 hckyfn9999
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy fiery orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready and carmely malt along with some spicy citrus and piney hops. There is also some alcohol present in the nose as the beer warms.

This is very well balanced for a double IPA. While the hops are definitely well represented for all hopheads the malt has a strong showing as well. There are notes of toffee, caramel, sweet bread, grapefruit and some pine. The more the beer warms, the more the hops come out.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasantly carbonated; pretty smooth and almost creamy.

Hard to believe there is 9% ABV here, making this pretty dangerously drinkable. A great Double IPA.

hckyfn9999, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tons of grapefruit aroma. as it warms I detect some Amarillos. Not a lot of malts here. Dark copper orange with a smallish beige head. As it warms, the head becomes very sticky. Nice. Bitterness overload. No too much balance. This thing grabs your tongue in a full nelson and has not intent of braking the hold. Medium body. Pretty puckering and astrigent. I’d take Hercules over most beer, but for IIPAs, very avarage.

tjthresh, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules must of been pretty pissed bottled up, as soon as I cracked the cap off, he came busting out head and all down the bottle it was pretty suprising to me. Poured into a pint glass this is a nice orange amber color with a fluffy head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet nectar apricots and other exotic fruit come to mind like jack fruit. Taste is like the smell, very fruity and full bodied with a very hop bitter ending very balanced and simply awesome to enjoy, hercules is top notch in my book.

gunnerman, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is orange brown very thick with yeast and carbonation. The head is a good 2 fingers & rocky, off white and leaves some good lace.

The smell is piney, woodsy, with alcohol. Big Hops, Big Malt & Big Alcohol, all coming my way

The taste is really good, The hops is really nice, Big hopy flavor, grape fruit, pine, But the malt makes this one great, with excellent balance.

The mouthfeel is thick and coating, great carbonation.

The drinkability is great, I could really just suck on this all day. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange with a big off-white head, great retention, and fantastic lacing. Beautiful!

S- Ahhh... sharp piney hops and mouthwatering citrus notes spring forth, along with a nice, sweet malt backing.

T- Definite sweet malt up front, but it doesn't stick around long before the hops beat the hell out of it. More pine and juicy oranges and grapefruits play on the tongue as the hops do their thing. Hefty bitterness on the finish, but certainly not overpowering. Not exactly what I'd call "supremely balanced" or anything, but that's not what I'm looking for here. If I wanted supreme balance I'd drink a damn barleywine.

M- Nice and thick, almost a bit chewy. Carbonation is at a good moderate to high level.

D- Probably a one and done beer for me due to its high alcohol, but oh, what a one!

Fantastic, simply fantastic. I really, really liked this beer. Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had period. Really nothing fancy, either. Just straight up, hops forward goodness, with just enough malt backing to keep from overwhelming. If you like DIPA's you simply must give this a try. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to label, bottled in fourth week of September (about 2 months before tasting).

Pours deep copper with a thin head that leaves trails of lacing.

The smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of nuts. There is an underlying mustiness.

The taste is of chewy, bitter hops upfront - orange and grapefruit, along with some breadiness. A sweet, nutty, slightly grains malt backbone is very subtle, but enough to give it a nice body and to tie the hops together. The assertive hop character stays well ahead of the malt. A slight alcohol kick along with the hops gives it a long, dry finish.

The feel is incredible - chewy, full, rich, creamy and smooth.

This is a very nice double IPA. I wasn't overly impressed by the smell, but the taste is delicious and the feel dream-like. At 85 IBU's, this one lets it hop presence known loud and clear. But, the slight malt is not forgotten and gives it some relative balance. Although there are traces of alcohol in the finish, the alcohol is well-hidden for the abv level. A very good "sip and enjoy" hoppy delight.

jwc215, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper to amber in color with a fluffy two finger white head, really good on the retent, god lacing as well

S- sweet, floral, citrus, hoppy

T- very strong on the bitterness (duh), sweet and sour grapefruit like citrus flavor in the beginning, earthy with some slighty nutty malt in the middle and finishes with pine (w/ a bit of a sour twang), warm alcohol & touch of spicy earthiness.

M- smooth medium bodied brew. leaves a film on the palate.

D- enjoyable, bitterness can be harsh, nice touch with the earthy/nutty malts as opposed to the usual caramel malts. hop profile doesnt do much to set it apart from other DIPA's.

tonistruth, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up three fingers of thick frothy head that lingers forever over a hazy copper brew with visible carbonation.

S - Pine hops, vanilla and caramel malt. Faint alcohol meshes with the pine.

T - Pine, caramel malt and alcohol. Aftertaste has a moderately potent pine bitterness to it. Abv is undetectable. It is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. All and all, it is a bit rough here. Maybe sitting for a year or two would mellow it out a bit.

M - Syrupy thick, smooth and only slightly refreshing. Gums in my throat a bit.

D - It is a pretty good double IPA, but it loses some points from being syrupy thick and too sweet. It is a great beer, no doubt in my mind. I think there are better examples in the style though.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Looks very much like apple cider. Amber/brown with a haze to it. Micro bubble thin head, slight lacing, blotchy and thin across the top.

S- Sweet, grape, citrus, piny hops. Almost a berry smell.

T- Wow. This is really interesting. Very bitter and piny to start with a kick of warming alcohol in the middle followed by a increasingly sugary fruitiness. This is quite a dynamic beer. There is no real alcohol taste present, impressive for 9.1%.

M- Very dry at the start, but it dissipates into a well balanced feel of an american strong ale or a strong red ale.

D- This is great in taste, quality, and everything but it is so damn strong. If you're gonna have 4-5 of these stay in for the night.

Rudgers73, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy eggshell head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Rich, layered piney and resinous hop aroma. Slightly sweet with a slight hint of malt.

Light taste of caramel malt upfront followed by a rich, layered piney hop flavor and a rather balanced bitterness. Finishes rather clean with a slight lingering hop flavor. Very balanced for a typically unbalanced style.

Full, creamy body. Mild carbonation.

Quite drinkable for such a big ABV. A very nice DIPA overall - and amazingly well balanced. Seek this one out.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

The beer poured an amber golden with a minimal head that quickly faded. You could tell that this beer was so saturated with hop oils that it suppressed any chances of a big head.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent with a nose that was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a medium/light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated so it wasn't smackingly sweet like, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in IPAs and DIPAs. Many brewers out there bottle condition their DIPAs, but in my opinion, the yeast cake zaps much of the intended potency of the beer after a few months. When it comes to DIPAs, I'm in favor of enough time for flavors to meld, but not mellow.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer had a touch of vinous flavors, which helped give it its own character. Distinctive and rich, this beer is a classic. Now that it's available in 12oz. 4-packs, I'll try to grab it more often.

SacoDeToro, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack over the weekend and upon opening the bottle the heavy grapefruit hoppy aroma rushed out into my nose. I also got a whiff of yeast bread w/ a perfume hint of alcohol. Poured vigorously a 2 inch frothy head w/ a hazy rosy orange hue that left an excellent amount of lacing. The flavor and feel was an intense bitter beginning that ending dry and grapefruit bitter w/ a light syrup medium body, lively carbonated and a hint of alcohol. Overall, IMO this brew is solid. Love how Hercules brings the intense yet clean and crisp flavor and aroma it has to offer. My wife and I tried it with some Asigo cheese sundried tomato bread and it was outstanding.

GimpyCane, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a big head. There is some yeast floating around in there.

Smells piney and sweet a bit of a cola note in there too. Not quite what I expected from a DIPA.

Flavor... whoa! This is a big beer. The hops aren't quite as pronounced as I would have expected, this is just a well balanced brew. Bitter up front, a bit citrus like... some sweetness from the malts, then a bit of a kick from the alcohol on the finish. This is pretty complex with a lot of mouthfeel too.

This beer seems to be lacking a bit in the drinkability department. It is tasty, and interesting, but it's quite strong, and I am not sure I'd want to have more than a couple of these in one sitting.

Thanks again for the brew MuenchenerKindl,

flexabull, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try to drink a beer from Colorado when watching the Denver Broncos play. This Sunday was no exception. I pulled the 12 ounce bottle from the fridge and let it warm up prior to imbibing.

Orange-amber body sprinkled with particulates. Low foam stand.

Nose of candied tangerine peel, apricot preserves, and pine needles.

Fruity assault of citrusy hops on first sip lingers to sweet malty finish. Dank bitterness due to high alpha hop voltage.

Aggressive, full-bodied example of a Double IPA. It gets the Mile High salute!

HopasaurusRex, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy apricot color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy, citrusy.
Taste is also a hoppy experience, but the maly is completely overwhelmed.
Finish with strong hop notes and not much else.
Was difficult for me to finish. Not a favorite of mine.

tgbljb, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors a brilliant orange amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. Just great great beer. This was a wonderful brew and I will be getting as soon as I can. Really nothing bad to say about this at all.

mikesgroove, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottled the 2nd week of July.

A - Pours a copper with some suspended sediment that doesnt offset the clarity too bad, you can see through without a problem, head is about 1 1/2 fingers then down to a slightly patchy cap on top of the beer with sticky webs running down the sides of the glass.

S - Caramel, citrus, malty, slightly spicy, soft fruitiness, maybe strawberry in there also. Very enjoyable and inviting.

T - Hoppy bitterness along with an herbal tone, citrusy, malty sweetness, I think theres banana in there as well, caramel is in there but not too big, bitter finish, great.

M - Almost perfect, maybe could use a little more bitter in the finish but it hardly affects it.

D - 3 maybe 4 would be perfect, a very good beer.

rsyberg01, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of yeastpuppet
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My pint glass looks real good .A near whiskey color amber-red , top notch 3 finger head of creamy bubbles that slowly fades to a coarse lacing on the sides .
Resin , pine , slight citrus , with a hint of malt hovering in the background . A complex & pleasing aroma leads to the first sip...
Yum .hops , malt , hops and a most finely tuned bitterness that drops off fast, but leaves just enough aftertaste for another sip .Mouthfeel is med/full with an alcohol pucker on the gums, and a slight hint of oak in the finish . Warming , gentle rush ...
I'll buy it again .

yeastpuppet, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of AndoBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*I like it very much will buy again*

Thanks to my pal Chaingangguy who kindly traded this to me for a stone Dbl Bastard.


app: kindof an orage pumpkinish hue like brighter apple cider with a cute little light tan head.

smell: smells of nice fresh citrusy hops and clean clear booze. with a bit of dark fruit malt sweets and butterscotch in the nose.

taste: suprise.. very malt foward taste of sweet oranges and some muted chewy fruits with a nice soft but bright hop finish.. after taste is booze and colorful fruits. pause for the beer to warm up.. has a nice little zing on the tounge.. still pausing. Nice, remains balanced, the hops become more pronounced as you go. I keep trying to compare this to the stoudts dipa, While I think the stoudts has more flavor especially in the malts. I keep thinking this beer is a titch more refined.. dunno if that makes sense. breathing the nose in really deep while taking sips of this beer helps keep it malt balanced, this is a very nice dipa.

mf: makes my mouth water, its ok nothing special.

drinkable?: yep, she sure is. its a "big" beer so not a 5 but still, very drinkable.

AndoBrew, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of SudNut
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to golden orange amber with a great head and plenty of lacing. Smells sweet and hopy with a hint of pine and alcohol. The taste is sweet up front with a nice hop presence to balance it out and just a bit of alcohol to taste. MMM good beer! Mouthfeel was creamy and light with good carbonation. Drinkability was great! I want another one but everyone was leaving the bar. Guess I have to wait till next time.

SudNut, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide- Hercules Double IPA

Appearance- golden reddish brown with a big fluffy thick head. Sticky head laced the glass all the way down.
Smell- Huge hops. Pungent Grapefruit and orange rind. Big pine infused throughout.
Taste- Big sweet oily pine with a nice blend of grapefruit. Alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel- First few sips there is a big bitterness kick up front but eventually the beer settles into a nice sweet pine IPA. Mellows out considerablely throughout.

Overall- A nice big IPA. A big flavor beer that holds on til the end. Definitely buy this and drink up!!

NJpadreFan, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick-looking amber bronze brew with a thick two finger head that never goes away, and tons of lace.

Smells wonderfully thick and heady with floral hop oils. Like walking into a flowering hop jungle.

Tastes sweet, thickly malted, and very hoppy. The hops here are not grapefruity or grassy, but much more thick and oily. Tastes like hop buds rolled in sugar.

Very thick and creamy in my mouth, and slighty more drinkable than other DIPAs IMO. This is a great brew that will find it's way into my fridge often. Very similar to DFH 90 minute IPA, but slighty better IMO.

pmcadamis, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA poured a very hazed , translucent , deep auburn/ orange. The head was nice and creamy. Taken to the nose , loads of hop aromas dominate. Aromas of zesty citrus , raw hop , pine , and a hint of alcohol. The taste starts out with raw piney and green hop , then some citrus flavors move in , the middle has some balancing sweet maltiness ,a bit of nutty flavor , then it finishes with more bitter and lingering resiny hop flavor and a very well hidden warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is slick and a bit chewy. An excellent , hoppy treat. Great flavors and structure in this DIPA.

Byeast, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown/amber with small amounts of white head.
S - mmm, spicy hops goodness. this one smells delicious
T - slight maltiness up front but finishes with loads of hop flavor, hint of pine i think, not sure.
M - kind of light bodied I think compared others of this style, but still enjoyable. medium carbination.
D - tasty brew. I will probably buy this again sometime in the future, so if you haven't had this one give it a try.

AlesRTasty, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with little discernable head and a translucent body. Lacing looks to be pretty solid. Nose is flavorful hops, both spicy and piney, and pleasantly pungent.

Tasty and surprisingly well balanced despite the expected all out hop atttack. Somewhat fruity but sharp pine flavors are stilll the overriding character in the taste. Mouthfeel is reserved but excellent. This is one of the few beers I can remember drinking where the alcohol flavor was an advantage and not a hindrance. I can't explain why, but the alcohol enhances the middle of each sip but gives way to bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste.

I purchased this bomber at Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Especially for it's size, this is a drinkable and very flavorful DIPA for those who enjoy the style and can find it.

daliandragon, Nov 01, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,597 ratings.