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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

3,587 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,587
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 188
Gots: 257 | 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 danielocean03
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive hazy peach-hued golden color with a finger of foamy head that clings to the glass and leaves a whitish ring of moderate lacing. Smell is no suprise, huge citrusy and floral hops wrestling for dominance against sweet nutty maltiness. Grapefruit and piney hop notes also mingle about. Taste is also grapefruit, citrus hops through the roof, caramel and toffee sweet malts, light hints of alcohol finish out the drying bitter hoppy aftertaste. Absolutely delicious, a hop-head's DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and viscous, very light on the carbonation, just a slight tingling in the back of the throat. Drinkability is superb given the high abv and the big hoppy bitterness that this style brings. Definitely will puchase again, highly recommend.

danielocean03, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of karengarys
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours quite hazy with a nice foamy ring and wonderful clumps floating around, especially since I swirled the bottom of the bottle and dumped it in.

Smell is quite floral sweet hoppy hoppy hoppy. A bit lemony too.

Taste is very rich. Lemon, pine, malt, sweetness and quite a bit of hop bitterness, pine hop and more. Mostly pine.

Mouthfeel is rather creamy. thick and syrupey.

Finish is quite bitter, but clean too, leaving no aftertaste.

this is quite a brew. I recommend looking it up and giving it a try. If you see a bottle, and like IPAs, you CANNOT pass this up, at least to experience it. If you are not an IPA fan, and looking for something interesting, this is a good choice.

karengarys, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately aggressive into my Duvel tulip glass. The color a nice deep reddish amber with high light around the edges. This one has a great pillowy head, like mashed potatoes, leaves great lacing all the way down. Smell is excellent, complex and compelling, wonderful aromatic hops, pine, yeast, some citrus, maybe some pineapple and a tinge of caramel. The taste is no less great, clean and fresh, but a little sticky at the same time. Toffee and some coffee like flavors that manifest in just the right way on the edges of the palate this is followed by an excellent textured bitterness, then some fruit followed by a superb after taste. This is an excellent IPA double, well made and masterfully brewed. I will definitly buy this again.

mmcave, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, didnt get the bomber. Color was a nice bright amber color with a small amount of head. Wonderfull smell of citrus and pine. Only problem I noticed was a small amount of metallic taste in the finish. I had a Stone 10th right before this so It might have messed up my taste buds. I want ot try this on its own to see how it is. Definetly a top notch double IPA though.

TrickKnee, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- comes out of the bottle with a bright amber color and an absolutely beautiful creamy head that sticks around for a while

S- that familiar citrus/pine smell that makes the hair on my neck stand on end, but not as much as I would have liked

T- complements smell, citric piney flavor with good hop bite

M- nice dry mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, sticks to mouth for a while

D- a little too drinkable for a a DIPA, goes down a little too easily, but still very good, would be more than happy to buy/drink again

gonzo138, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper coler with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet bready malt along with huge juicy grapefruit hops and a touch of pine.

T - Massive grapefruit and citrus hops with some pine throw in for good measure. Sweet malt that stand up to the hops and balances this one out nicely while still allowing the hops to shine.

M - Medium mouthfeel with an oliy hop resin and a good deal of carbonation that plays nicely with the hops.

D - A fabulous DIPA that is very nicely balanced. This might become my go to DIPA.

brewcrew76, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Beauregard
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent DIPA, and another good job from Great Divide. Pours a nice strong orange color, with good head and lacing. The aroma immediately hits you with hops; grassy, piney, citrus scents all come through. Flavor is surprisingly malty, and the mouthfeel is substantial thanks to the strong malt sweetness present in the beer. Hop flavor is sweet and resiney, not as citrusey as the aroma would lead you to expect. Overall, the strong malt and hop flavors are balanced by just the right amount of bitterness and make this one of the most drinkable 9% beers around. Well done.

Beauregard, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in OR, not available in CA (unfortunately). This one poured a deep rusty copper with lots of chunky sediment. Head is thin but dense and oily. Carbonation is active enough to keep the yeast from settling.

Sweet whiskey malts on the nose, along with the obvious hops: floral and resinous.

Pretty intense bitterness, mostly from the hops but probably from the malts as well. Fairly deep into carmel malt territory. A little bit sticky on my lips and tongue.

Aftertaste is more whiskey with those bitter malts and alcohol trying to hold their own against the bitterness of the hops. Dry finish with some tannins; this along with the bitterness remind me of oversteeped green tea. Oversteeped grains or hops maybe?

A fine 2xIPA but a few steps towards the barleywine domain, mostly because of the healty dose of heavy malts and the sugar they bring.

rayjay, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of WAP
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, sticky, off-white head. Initial smell is of citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is grapefruit, slight sweetness, and a sharp, bitter hop finish with perhaps a little pine flavor. Little alcohol burn in the taste but I can definitely feel the effects as I finish. Drinkability is good for the style, I could do a few of these in a row.

A solid DIPA - avoids the oversweetness that some in the style exhibit. This one will stay in the rotation for now.

WAP, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a hazy copper color and a huge, rocky head that leaves copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Malty, caramel aroma, with a pungent, piney aroma

Taste: This beer is full of herbal bitterness from the get-go, although a caramel sweetness does appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal bitterness develops a piney tone that overwhelms everything; the finish includes a touch of residual caramel sweetness that pokes through the hops

Mouthfeel: Thick and resinous; prickly carbonation; warming alcohol after the swallow

Drinkability: This is a full-flavored beer that is enjoyable, but so full-flavored that it is hard to drink in any quantity

brentk56, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a slight red hue and a creamy off white head that stays throughout the glass and leaves very nice lacing. Grapefruit and pineapple and a bit of lemon flow through my nose leaving me to wonder if anything could smell better. Taste is full of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and a little bit of caramel in there. A slight alcohol presence. Less than average carbonation and medium bodied, paired quite well. An exceptional brew and very fairly priced to boot. I'll be picking up more of this, try it if you can.

badbeer, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- This has a MASSIVE creamy wet head that is creme-tan colored. The head is similar to that of a root beer float. Quite beautiful. The hazy body is a deep orange. It produces awesome lace.

s- Woah bready! This reminds of Indicia Pale Ale by Lost Coast brewing. Malty and citric. Really hoppy but not overly.

T- MMMM. This is really bready and awesome. There is a pleasant nuttiness to it also. For a 9.1% alcohol brew the alcohol is barely detectable. Kinda bitey but nice.

mf/d: The feel is kinda creamy but dry. This is failry drinkable considering the hop potency. A brew that makes your WHOLE mouth feel happy and utilized.

kbnooshay, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper/orange color with a big white head, leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops assaulting the aroma, I like it.

Taste: I love the pineyness of the hop flavor in the taste, along with the massive amount of bitterness. There's a good malt backbone that makes sure your tongue doesnt fall off. The malts surprised me, they made a great effort but the hops still stomped them.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: Love it, I think the alcohol will keep many away from drinking too much of it but for those who enjoy a DIPA, this one is a must try.

tattooedtolley, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a orangish color with a fair amount of head. There is also a bit of lacing in the glass. There are a ton of floaters suspended in the beer. Nice. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is very bittersweet. The hops used in this beer are perfect. No harsh bitterness. There is a stickiness in the mouthfeel as is usual with this style. The drinkability is good. Just be aware of the higher abv because there is no indication of it as you drink the beer. The alcohol is well masked. Good for the style. I would drink this again.

Enola, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a nice frothy 2-finger off white head. Leaves nice sheets of lacing. On the second pour, the beer clouds up. I didn't know this was bottle conditioned.

When I poured this, I could smell a lot of hops. But now that the beer is in the glass, the hops aren't the main attraction to me. The main smell I get is a very sweet maltiness. I love this smell. This sweet smell reminds me of Thomas Hardy's. I wish I could explain this smell better. Also a piney hop smell. I can't make out the alcohol in the smell.

Sweet malty flavor ends with a nice hop bite. There is also some alcohol in the finish. This isn't just a hop bomb like some DIPAs. It's very well balanced.

Full-bodied and oily. Leaves my lips sticky sweet.

Highly drinkable and tasty DIPA. Officially one of my favorites. It's right up there with the Weyerbacher Simcoe and DFH 90 min. Another reviewer mentioned the tasty burps this beer produced. Agreed.

johnniemarg, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of jtw5877
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fine example of a style of beer that I absolutely love. This Hop juice filled concoction was a great treat for me this summer. Pours an orangish copper hue with resinous piney araoma taste and pinecone pineapple burps. I love this stuff, not overly alcoholic not one dimensional. One heck of a solid beer that i am sure to revisit on a regular basis.

jtw5877, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a clody, copper/orange color with a 2 finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, hops and more hops.

T - An amazing blend of hops, bitterness, malt and grassy flavors. The alcohol was also very present.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. I must get more. It is powerful and a great drink.

zeff80, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a mild white head that laces nicely.

S- Tons of hops, citrus, pine, and slight floral. Slight malt sweetness but way overpowered by the hops.

T- Smooth bitter hops, piney and sticky. Long aftertaste of bitter hops yet very creamy and smooth. I've sat well over 3 minutes and still can taste the hops.

M- Nicely carbonated, very mild bubbles. Bready in the mouth and very creamy.

D- Very nice on a hot summer day. And kinda nice on a cool summer night too. This is over the top hops and very well done too.

kirok1999, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber, almost glowing, color. Good one finger head that exuded hops aroma. Yes, hops, they're all over the place. Flowery and citrus hit the nose hard and dominate the palate. There are enough malts to bring the hops down to a good level of balance, but this is definitely a DIPA. A good bite that comes, goes, and then comes back in the finish. Served very cold at Falling Rocks (denver); perhaps better feel if warmer?
Could have drank plenty of these if not for the $$$.

Mebuzzard, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Stubbie in Gainesville.

Typical color for a DIPA, kind of a dark orange. Decent head, with good retention. Smell is massive hops, with a sweet malt base. Taste is juicy hops, straight up. Malt is present, but in the background. For a double IPA, I found this one to strike the right balance. A better balanced brew than DFH 90 min, I think. Mouthfeel is somewhat lighter than some DIPA's, but still medium bodied. Good carbonation. As far as drinkability, I drank it somewhat slow, but because I wanted to savor it and I was paying for it, not because it wasn't highly drinkable.

hunteraw, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of PartyHatjo
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber color with tints of orange/tan in a thick, head. Beautiful sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Impressive malt presence. Impressive in that it actually dominates a strong citrus/piney hop nose. Biscuit/caramel tones highlight the maltiness.

Taste: Sweet malt hits first, caramel/pear/biscuit flavors. The malt fades to a nice citrus hop flavor, and some other fruity esters come through, pear is prominent throughout. Alcohol is surprisingly absent in the flavor profile, which says a lot for a brew of over 9%

Mouthfeel: Malt does dominate the flavor profile, but there is a lot of bitterness to balance it out. Body is a bit on the heavy side for a DIPA (almost barleywine level).

Drinkability: Alcohol not in the taste, but you can feel it after a brew. Body tends to hurt drinkability as well

PartyHatjo, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness indication/vintage info. Allowed to warm quite a bit. Glowing auburn amber, with a creamy tan head, leaving lots of fine and whispy lacing. Nose is full of grapefruit rinds with malty undertones. This is an incredibly smooth DIPA, oozes hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pine, also smooth honey and layers of malt add to this one's luster. Goes down/finishes with a tiny hint of gin and warming alcohol. Great beer, Hop lovers and DIPA lovers will love this one.

Billolick, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of aaronh
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body topped by a thick, long-lasting cream head that hangs around for the duration. Thick lacing coats the glass. Aroma of malt, pine, and tangerines with a hint of grapefruit rind and mango. The flavor - WOW! - what flavor! Assertive bitterness, yet still very smooth. Deep resinous pine complemented by caramel, toffee and biscuit flavors. A lingering note of orange rind stays on the palate. Alcohol sweetness is also present and then you feel the warmth travel down the throat. The mouthfeel is thick and rich yet carbonated by enough fine bubbles to not get cloying. Assertive bitterness keeps this from being imminently drinkable, but I do want to make my own version. It’s that good. The "hype" is well deserved on this one. Definitely one strong, powerful, and impressive beer. Will make me look for more Great divide brews, for sure.

aaronh, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was surpised that this was served in full 16 oz. servings, due to alchohol. Either way, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Appearance was a deep clear amber with loads of bubbles floating to a white chunky head. Smell was slightly malt and very very grapefruit due to I suspect a whole lot of dry hopped cascade hops. Taste matched smell quite well. Loads of bitterness, but kept from being insane by malt that just did the job, but surely did not come close to balance the hop bitterness, taste, and smell. Mouthfeel was smooth decently carbonated. Drinkability was good as you can get for a beer that's around 9%. I will surely want this one again.

rtratzlaff, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a deep coppery amber, with big ol' whitish head and good stringy lacing. Massive pine, pungent, floral boquet of hop oils, a yeasty bunch of goodness in the aroma here. Tasty too, sweet but bitter, a whole ton of piney goodness, a dry finish, and very unshy alcohol content make this a wicked DIPA, and though not the most wicket, bastardly beer ever, its awefully good. WOO!

objectivemonkey, Aug 26, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.