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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

3,740 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,740
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 215
Gots: 357 | 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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Ratings: 3,740 | Reviews: 1,532
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, I think this might be slightly shelf-aged from the Party Source in Syracuse, making it come off more like Rogue's Old Crusty than I remember. The hops here sweet, reisiny citrus in the aroma, more black pepper tastes comes out with taste and lingers with big-league citrus rind. There's some sweet bready malts in the aroma, similar to DFH 120, but lighter of course.

Overall, this is a big and fairly aggressive DIPA (but not too aggressive). What's not to like?

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- There is a huge, sheberty head on this beautiful beer. Crystal-clear amber color, respectable lacing, even on my family's head-hostile glassware.

Nose- Extremely inviting cinnemon, deep beady malt, and grapefruit.

Taste- Ballanced, mellow. Begins with hop bitter, juicy crystal malt, and slight yeast bite all stacked. Big hop bitter slowly cascades over other flavors, but never quite suppresses the exceptional malt character of this beer. It is a great, robust, toffee/ bready malt flavor. I get slight spiciness as the beer warms. Aftertase is strongly resinous hop bitter, pehaps with a wisp of alcohol. Moutheel is perfect wieght and has a nice level of sticky.

If you are looking for a double IPA that blows your mind with a spectrum of hop characters, this is not your beer. However I can not think of a Double IPA I have had that brings, bigger, fuller, flavors, foregounds the bitter, achieves balance, and maintains drinkability better than this beer. While it is by no means the main character, the malt flavor here really makes this beer stand out among others in its style. The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 for taste is I would like at least one identifiable hop chaacter besides straight bitter.

This is an exceptionaly well-built beer.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A delicate pour yields a massive, fluffy white head that retains its density quite well and leaves thick lacing on its painstakingly slow descent. After a while, cloud formations appear as if the glass had its own weather system. The beer is a see-through ambery-rust color that looks attractive.

S: Lots of citrusy hops in the nose, hints of grapefruit, but with a depth of character that entices the tastebuds. Other than that, not much else is noticeable, but this is definitely enough to get me going.

T: Big, bold, and balanced. Just as it should be. The array of hop flavors, predominantly citrusy, with floral and grassy notes as well, hit the palate toward the middle and finish, but the malty base up front is strong enough to ride out the wave of flavor and provide great balance. Seeing the darker, amber hue, I had hoped this would be the case, and I was not disappointed. Finish and aftertaste are refreshing and fade gently away.

M: Mealy and chewy, sticky, with an enjoyably thick aftertaste of hops that really stands out amongst the Double/Imperial IPA crowd. Still, even with a heavier texture, it glides off the tongue and throat smoothly and doesn't stick around too long or taste too harsh.

D: Incredibly drinkable, especially for a style known for being rather extreme. Balance is the key here, and I'm glad Great Divide picked up on that when they brewed this thing. The description on the label reading "its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile" is as accurate as one can get. Great job on an outstanding beer.

Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, a Great Divide beer!

Pours a wonderful dark amber with a 1 finger white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smells of lots of caramel malt with some piny and citrusy hops. Looking forward to the taste...

First sip is quite nice. Caramel malt. Piny hops. Some citrus follows. Nice balance, but with rich flavors. Nice and malty. Almost barleywine-like with respect to the malt/hop profile. A wonderful and tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel is rich but well carried by the carbonation. Excellent.

Drinkability is very high. I'd drink this all day.

Highly recommended. A skillfully crafted DIPA.

Photo of tronester
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with tiny clumps of yeast. Great white head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is incredible. Great hop character and malty backbone virtually hide the taste of the alcohol. One of the best Double IPA's. The only downside is its drinkability, drinking the entire 22oz bottle yourself is almost too much!

Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber with a three fingered head. Dissipates down to a nice frothy cap and lacing is everywhere.

S-Biscuity pine cones. Very fragrant.

T-Very strong on the hop character with a biscuity dry malt character. Hops are strong with the pine. Not exactly what I would call well balanced. The alcohol is very evident as well. You really taste the burn on the follow through.

M-Slightly thin and low on the carbonation

D-I am not digging this. Completely one sided with a strong alcohol flaw. It is harsh and I woudl say over rated

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

Thanks to upsjeff for sending this great extra.

Pours a dark, murky orange color with a finger of foam. Smells of pine and citrus hops with a heavy malt backbone. The taste has a pleasant bitterness with some orange and slightly spicy flavors and a big malt profile to hold the whole thing together. Mouthfeel and carbonation is near perfection. A really great thirst quencher for these warm days.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice hazy red amber. thick head, some lacing, esp. the first layer.

aroma is very malty with strong hop backbone, fruity and piney.

lots of sweetness upfront from both malt and fruity compounds (i guess from both hops and yeast-produced esters, etc). leads into resiny hops and then bitterness with malt lingering.

somewhat light but smooth, while also slightly creamy

great stuff

Photo of roller
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber a beautiful, clear golden amber color with a frothy, off-white head. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grassy hops with grapefruit and orange. Taste is grapefruit with a malty finish. Very hoppy but well-balanced. Well carbonated with a medium body. Another hit from Great Divide.

Photo of cueball52
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper with a small tight white head.
The aroma is nice mixture of malt and hops with a slight grassy note.
The taste starts with a bitter citrus hop punch that is quickly balanced by the malt. This is a very well balanced big beer. The alcohol at 9.1% isn't overpowering but you can tell it's there.
It has a very full mouth-feel, nicely carbonated, and is very drinkable. It would be easy to drink more of this than would be wise.
This is definitely one of the best Double IPA's I've tried.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice apperance with nice head and retention.

Smell is strong and hoppy. Slight malty notes as well.

Taste is malty, but not overly malty like other dipas. Nice hoppiness as well. Nice earthy hoppiness reminiscent of cascades and chinook.

This beer has a nice finish and is pretty drinkable for a DIPA. Defintely give this beer a try. Great divide has yet to let me down.

Photo of TheSarge
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I've been craving for the last three months. A great IPA, a double none the less. The Mighty Herc is richly full of the aromas that make a great IPA, well, great. Very piny and grassy, and a bit lemony too.

When poured this produces a beautiful tight head, about two fingers thick into my pint glass. The body is ultra hazy and is orangish amber in color. The head sticks very well to the glass all the way through.

The taste of this brew is awesome. It is one of the most perfect IPAs I've had. Of course it's been a while, but damn this has the perfect balance of pine and sweet molasses at the same time. Very warming to the palate.

Like I've said, it's been a while since I've had an IPA let alone a double, but you've got to give this a try.

Photo of boblog
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Clear brownish copper. Big head which leaves a big amount of lacing.
Smell: Like a good IPA the hop smell is strong and clean, with a slight lemon twang to it. Malt is smell very subtle.
Taste: In one work "big". The hops dominate the flavor but sweet malt flavors can be noticed it ends on a nice alcohol induced warmness. The hop taste sticks on the palate for a long time taking a sip.
Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, almost creamy. Light on carbonation. It has a good velvet like senesation to it.
Drinkability: Well the damn thing comes in a pint and is 9.10 ABV so your taste buds might scream for another but your liver will scream "enough!!!".
Overall: A fine brew. Huge flavor, great mouthfeel. I havent had many Double IPA's but I would say this a good one.

Photo of Onslow
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

..on the open,
thick cream like tan foam started oozing out of the bottle.

The head is quite good, but the lacing is exceptional! .

.Colour is of dark fresh honeycomb..

smell is rustic pine cones, fresh crushed hops, pine needles, and honey.

.Sits oh so kindly in the mouth, not overly heavy.

.The drink of Spies.

.Alcohol is very well hidden and it warms your belly up!..it beats the ole slave labor camp.

. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but it was almost to smooth, it just disappeared outta my glass, like that "___" ..

..Great Divide has just upped their reputation with me!!

"A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet" ...."not if you called them Stench Blossoms!" -Bart Simpson"

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange/ copper color with an off white head. Aromas are all about the grapefruity hop. Some more in the taste, hops, hops, hops. Dryer in the end, does not show alcohol that much either. A sticky hop aftertaste. It is a great double/ imperial IPA.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz Bomber

Appearance: Pours a lovely clear and bright amber with hues of ruby shining throughout. A thick foamy white head tops the beer as tiny bubbles of carbonation race to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the beer disappears.

Smell: Very fruity and sweet with a grapefruit like citrusyness woven into the aroma. A very slight hint of alcohol permeates through the fruity goodness.

Taste: Starts with a big malty sweetness, fruity, candi sugar, molasses, the middle transitions from the the malty and yeasty fruitness to a big citrusy finish with plenty of grapefruit rind giving the beer a lingering bitterness long after the swallow. Just a slight touch of alcohol makes its self known, otherwise its pretty well hidden of a 9% abv beer. Very well balanced between sweet and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bording on thick, creamy and slightly slick with good carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: Don't know why it took me so long to review this beer. I've had it numerous times and its one of my favorite DIPA. Very well balanced with plenty of fruity and sugary malts to offset the big citrusy hops that are present in the finish. Not a hop tea by any means. A big beer that is actually pretty easy to drink but the 9% abv will makes itself know in short order, definitely not a beer to make a session of, but one to savor. A damn good DIPA and another fine beer from the folks at Great Divide, a very underrated brewery in my opinion. Seek and Enjoy. Highly Recommended.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.

T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-

I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.

This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. A dark, opaque, tawny orange with a thick finger of head, which dissapates into a steady thin layer. Smell is of roasted malts, butter and caramel appear as it warms, but very little hop aroma. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the flavor to balance out heavy malt character but I expected more distinction from the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh up front, tangy towards the end. The 9.1% isn't hidden all that well, not that I really care. I'm 1/4 deep in the bomber and it's already sneaking up on me.

All in all, a glorious way to spend a Friday afternoon off from work. For what it is (an ass-kicker DIPA), it follows through pretty well, but I'd trade some ABV for hop character.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass,

A: Dark amber, with a tannish head, with quite a greenish-style hue, with excellent Belgian-style lacing.

S: A lot of hops, very hoppy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, very fragrant.

T: Big grapefruit and other citrus notes, balanced by a good caramel malt background, with a fair amount of warming alcohol.

M: Big and chewy, very resiny.

D: A good beer, a good Double IPA, in my opinion a little too malty for the style, but that is a minor complaint. A big beer, though, one bomber is more than enough for me.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Total Wine and More in Tampa, Fl and poured into 2 pint glasses.
Appearance: A beautiful body of orange, brown and amber tones, a tan head that was pretty large with lots of big bubbles and it stayed tight the entire way down.
Smell: A deep citrus hop with an imagined floral hint.
Taste: A strong citrus taste, grapefruits and oranges, with a strong malt backbone that hits you after a few sips.
Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp.
Drinkabiltiy: Great.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - orange/amber color with a nice foamy beige head that lasted the entire glass, leaving lots of fine sticky lace.

S - it's all about the hops, very strong citrusy hop aroma.

T - very good tasting DIPA, sour citrus hop flavor hits first, followed by a slight hint of malt, finishing with a crisp hop bite.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated brew.

D - very tasty, but drinkable only to a point (4) because of 9% abv.

I have a question: why doesn't anyone make a brew this tasty with an abv of 5% or less, so it can be sessionable?

Photo of Blupoet03
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is little to be improved in this beer, I think. I have only found one that exemplifies the style better.

It pours a golden honey color with a foamy pillowy head that lasts all the way down the glass.

Nose: fruity, hoppy, sour, subtle.

Taste: This beer sizzles as soon as it hits the tongue and then smooths out. There is a strong citrus flavor, but then it finishes clean. The taste lingers on the tip of the tongue, and the flavor is well-rounded hops and very robust. It finishes with a noticeable warming.

This beer starts sweet and summary and ends dry, warm, and wintery. Recommended for year-round enjoyment.

Photo of letsgopens
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA pours a light orange amber with gold highlights. The moderately thick pearl head recedes leaving a nice bit of lace.

In the aroma there is some malt and plenty of hops. Surprisingly some roastiness as well and a hint of citrus fruitiness.

The flavor has some strong hops and the slight roasty nuttiness adds to the complexity of this selection. Some roasty malt before a sweet caramel finish that curiously seems to mellows as the beer warms.

A nice initial bite with some natural carbonation that does not lighten up the texture of the finish much. Very good overall.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a rich copper hue with a huge two finger fluffy off-white head that stays around forever. Stickiness is amazing, how it should be for a DIPA. Smell is a nice floral hop explosion with a background with a bit of citrus as well. A bit of sweet malt is mixed in as well which makes it very enjoyable to the nose. Taste is a bit dull. Starts off with an earthy hop flavor that mixes with a bit of some floral tastes on the tongue. Lacking some malt balance. Mouthfeel is pretty sticky and full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability lacks a bit, but still is enjoyable. Not bad, but I've definitely had better DIPA's.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle - tumbler

A: 1" foamy cream colored head, fell to a thin cover that staye to the finish. Left lacing all over the glass. Impressive copper to orange body.

S: The hops punch you in the nose. This beer is clearly not for the kiddies. Citrus & pine scents with - aw, never mind - this beer just threw down a challenge. I'm not going to spend one more second sniffing.

T: It's a good thing I braced myself. There's no fooling around with this one. Spectacularly bitter, but yet there's a sweet malt backing that gives it tremendous balance. YUM!

M: Shockingly smooth - medium body - dry, sweet finish - but my tongue may be permanently altered.

D: From the smell and taste, even a dead man would know it's very strong, but the alcohol is hidden very well. Thank God (or maybe I should say Zeus in this case) the abv is printed on the bottle or I might not know when to stop.

I wanted to raise the bar tonight because I head to PA (and Victory) tomorrow. Consider the bar raised. Excellent beer!

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,740 ratings.