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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,029 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3029
Reviews: 1464
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%


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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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange topped by a yellowish and frothy head. Very typical for this style in my experience. Foam dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Powerful hop aromas of grapefruit and spruce. Faint caramel malts. Obviously, this is Titan on steroids.

Taste: Ultra bitter and tangy hopes on the start. Peppery, brash, citrusy, and sprucy. Just enough caramel malt sweetness to keep this tolerably balanced, but maybe not exquisitely so. This is an IIPA after all. Not quite as complex as Dreadnaught.
Mouthfeel: Solid and burly medium bodied beer with long lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Like it's namesake, this is powerful and strong. A great IIPA. Dreadnaught, best be watchin' yer ass. Thankfully, finishing the bottle is not a Herculean feat.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 14:33:45 | More by ManekiNeko
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silenius

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ah Hercules! A contemporary of my avatar namesake! A name befitting this robust and strong beer. The gods must have had a hand in the creation of this brew! A balance of the mortal and immortal!

The paper label is actually pretty lame I think. At least they didn't put some guy on there in a loincloth wrestling a lion.

The beer pours a color that is definitely on the red side of orange. Hazed and uniform, but see-through. The head is thin and off-white. But the lacing! I'm not sure "lacing" does an adequate job to describe what is on the sides of my glass. More like "plastering" or "sheeting" or "painting" because the sides of my glass were absolutely coated with this beer's sticky goodness. Incredible.

Smell is definitely lighter than the taste. I get a light floral piney smell with some citrus in there and a little juniper. Good but not great.

Taste is huge and strong! Sweet malt citrus hops play back and forth in my mouth for a seriously long time. I can taste this beer minutes after drinking a sip. It starts out with a sweet mapley malt that quickly is coated in piney hops. Next is candied oranges and then a little ganja. Finally the beer comes to rest as a mellow candied pear lightly coated in bitter herbs. This is a serious beer here and deserves the 5.0 in taste I am giving it. The amount of time I can taste the beer in my mouth is staggering.

I'm gonna have to give this one a 5.0 in mouthfeel as well. This is a slick oily beer that slides down nicely with the carbonation adding a creamy feeling to it all. It is not thick, but slick. This is my perfect beer mouthfeel here.

The hugeness of this beer is a downfall, however. My palate tires of this after one bomber and I would be wasting the second if I had two in a row. After Hercules wrestles my tongue into states of taste ecstacy, it is worn and spent and needs rest before another round of this great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 01:30:00 | More by silenius
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toasted honey under a floating pillar of beige, which, over time, flattens and moves towards the edges of the glass then clings like a motherfucker.
Fragrant! A rusty cauldron boiling with ruby grapefruits, coniferous pitch, bathtub gin, lit joints, gooey caramel candies and seared watermelons. There seems to be a hollow spot in the nose- one that I can't quite describe- but it is otherwise entrancingly aromatic.
Begins malty. Of all things! Pears slathered in gratuitous caramel nougat. Toasted biscuits too. Generous with the burnt fruit tones. Like watermelon and muskmelon seared on a grill. Still sweet and juicy inside, but black and crispy on the outside.
Okay, so the malts have established that they are not mere throw-aways.
Accounted for and present.
Hops are called next.
They arrive in massive, coughing, bong-hit fashion. Resin-filled and smoky. Pungent and dank.
Deeper than that, though. Wintergreen and evergreen. Brightened with pink grapefruit and lemon rind.
Intense without sheering the enamel of the teeth or making the tongue bend over and take 9 and 1/2 inches of prison luvin'. But not gentle by any stretch either. More like 6 inches with generous KY.

Curiously, this ends sweet with a revisit from caramel and those blackened melons. The hops linger, but in a sedate resiny, ganjafied, pine-filled, citric mellowness. I use "mellow" in relative terms.

Alcohol really isn't a factor here, aside from a stray gin fume or two.

Medium-full in build. It tries to stick for a minute, but is immediately pulled downward. This has no business being as strong as it is.

What a great barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 05:46:21 | More by cokes
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marc77

California

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed bronze hue. Lofty, dogged, dense ivory white head yields Belgian lace. Pine sap and lemon juice dominate the aroma. Secondary are softer, candyish undertones of bubblegum and warm, minty ethanol. Quite appetizing aromawise. In flavor, the incipient impression is unexpectedly sweet, being of sugary medium caramel and brioche. Hop bitterness augments steadily, eventually reaching an assertive, barbed combination of quinine and citrus pith. Hop flavor is a creeper as well, with key lime and melon (including rind) arising after a deliberation. As the beer warms malt again runs parallel with the hop presence. Sweet, but singed grainy biscuit and maple syrup tones provide ample contrast to bitterness, perhaps even a touch too much. Moderate in body, with a dextrinous, but lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, with a browned butter and brown sugar combination marginally offset by hop bitters. Almost a great DIPA, but is a notch too sweet and underattenuated, which muddles what would otherwise be a vibrant hop profile. Everything else is spot on. Very tasty, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 22:33:13 | More by marc77
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

By far one of the best looking double IPA's I've laid my eyes on! Absolutely gorgeous glowing cloud of orange, deeper in color towards the top then at the bottom where it keeps some golden highlights. Massively stacked inch high head of dusty yellowed whipped froth that becomes crusty and lumpy as it muddles down to a thick haze remaining present. Lace in thick globby ink blot sheeting and strings.

Aroma is redolent with highly sweet citrus and soft dry pine, a bit juicy and oily thick with some resinous qualities, but set back some and moderately present on the nose. Lots of alcoholic vapors seep through like volcanic gases about to rupture the top of a fault-lined island of hops.

Taste is wowfully juicy with citrus flavors, fresh, clean, with a good load of skins and pulp of every kind play softly in the front but gain a huge acidic return at the finish. Nice bitterness of orange and grapefruit acids and hop oils coat the end for a good long while along with a finespun slow drying pulpy action. Slight sticky toffee-like malts way in the back. Floating pineyness vapors and alcoholic esters pass into the finish as well. Uff-da - yum! There's no doubt that this has a Herculian amount of hops. Quite complex and full of citrusy things including the flowers and blossoms too. Akin to Dreadnaught in its hop profile. A yummy puree of hops are to be enjoyed and awed upon while trekking up this mountain.

Feel is quite smooth for the seemingly end of hoppy citrus thats been given. Big full body with fluffy edges. Thick, fat, juicy, super fine citrusy bitterness. Oily but dry finish thats incredible to undertake. Yum!

The name "Hercules" fits this well. It grew on me, sip after sip, I kept entering that dreary bewildering state of hoppy glee and nirvana that hopheads search for. Much like the myth of Hercules itself, the myth of a hoppy dreamscape can be accomplished with the right amount of imagination and desire to make it come true. Thanks Great Divide, you've opened my eyes anew.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 02:02:42 | More by tavernjef
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, bright amber color, full, fresh head of froth, creamy as all-get-out, utterly delightful.
Aroma, smoooth, I meant to say, smooo-oo–ooth, and luscious, with touches of pine, and citrus, a forest floor at loose in the nose. Uplifting and well worth smelling!
Taste: full blast of hoppiness, and brash fruity flavor. A rewarding overload of juicy taste delivers on the palate again and again. Nice, and nice.
Not as punishing or as harsh as a Rogue or a Dreadnaught, but I imagine they weren't out to slay the uninitiated with this, but welcome some into the heavily hoppy fold. Despite that qualm, a big, brash IPA, well worth any ale-lover's tasting! Yum, I says, as the flavor still laps up and around the mouth and I keep thinking "yum, yum, and, again, yum."
Tastiness beerily personified!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 07:55:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to captaincougar for bringing this to saturday mondial gathering Very orange body, almost with red hints. Clear, foamy off-white film. Aroma is very piney, flowery. Mild alcohol hints appear in a vaporous form that gently complements the grass aspects. In mouth, the bitterness is intense from the beginning, while alcohol is always standing present, never too strong, never too weak. Very orangey hop profile, but also nicely flowery with fruity pineapple. Extremely dry, but yet has a great throat filling characteristic in the mouthfeel. Creamy texture with medium carbonation. Take it from someone who doesn’t like the style too much, this one is really well done and will relieve any hop desire without being over the top and serving no purpose.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 22:08:41 | More by Rastacouere
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber bottle. Hercules pours out a cloudy dark copper color with a good-sized light tan head. The lace forms a nice ring around the glass and the head stays along for the whole ride. It’s very hoppy in aroma with hints of citrus, spiciness and malts lingering about. The taste is amazing as you first get rushed with extreme hoppiness followed by a nice malty finish. The more this one warms the more is revealed in the complex taste with citrus and nice bitterness to it. It has a great full mouthfeel that complements the taste to create a great beer experience. The alcohol is well hidden but traces of it can be detected, an overall very drinkable beer. This is the beer that let double IPAs take over imperial stouts as my favorite style. I will defiantly hold a bottle to compare against dreadnaught, and keep a few in the fridge as often as possible.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 17:10:34 | More by meathookjones
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hercules Double IPA pours a slightly cloudy, copper color with a large, pillowy, light brownish-orange head that displays great retention and some nice lacing.

Its aroma is hops with citrus (apricot) and pine notes and some subtle malt in the background.

It has a nice, velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The flavor is very nicely balanced. Lot of big hops with some nice citrus notes and a good malt backbone to offset it, followed by a crisp finish. I didn't notice the 9.1% alcohol at all - it is surprisingly drinkable.

Wow, this is a very well made beer! An excellent IPA specimen...probably my favorite to date, IPA or any other style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 06:10:02 | More by Beaver13
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Gusler

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after evacuating the 22 ounce brown bottle set up residence in my glass a slightly hazy burnished copper color, the head is Brontosauric in size, semi-creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan color, the lace forms a tight seal around the glass to conceal its charms. Nose is blessed with a hop floral spiciness, sweet malt at the back, citrus like in its crispness, fresh an appetizing this noise, start is sweet, nice malt profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops wallops your palate to full attention and it stays that way to the very dry and sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 23:09:45 | More by Gusler
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Imperial IPA shows the craft behind this hedonistic subgenre of beer. With a rich caramel/peanut brittle malt profile that appreciably deepens as the brew warms and pure hop flavor in perfect -- yes, perfect -- balance, we've entered 90 Minute territory with this beer.

Forget the hop tea of Dreadnaught or the sheer intensity of Hop Wallop. Hercules is, indeed, a titan among IPAs. When cold, the nose reveal little and, as it warms, we get characteristic West coast hop fruitiness, but it's controlled. This isn't dry-hopped to infinity and it sees no fancy-pants "minute" hop additions. Hercules is an IPA made traditionally -- if a new style like this could ever lay claim to tradition.

The hop profile is strong, up front with an elemental licorice/grass flavor. This is what hops -- any hops -- taste like if you take a big bite out of them. And were this all, I'd be happy; the malts are thick, chewy even, but never cloying and the hops, for all their bitterness, are never intrusive.

Yet, Hercules manages what few beers can -- it develops with every sip. I don't mean it develops from cold to warm or that I can realize more of its inherent flavors as I go through the 22 oz bottle -- I mean the flavor changes in a single sip as the hop resins marinate on the tongue and the thick malt coats the roof of the mouth. They gain a fruitiness that isn't inherently West coast, one that even calls on British old ales, somehow.

By the time this beer hits 60 degrees, it goes the way of phenols, pure hop resin -- this brew really dies in the glass -- and what seems to me to be big fat fuggles hops (though the website says all four varieties in this beer are American). Honestly, the taste would get a 4.3 if it could, but I'll have to round down here. Never mind the ratings though; this beer proves the importance of a thorough review.

With perfect carbonation, so much malt character, a clean yeast, and mouthfeel and lacing that would make the Real Ale movement want to set-up shop in Denver (even if this is filtered), there's little to contend with in Hercules. Sure, the hops and alcohol become pressing after 18 ounces, but who's to blame for that? Me and only me; I'm young and need to work out more. Finally, I have someone to look up to.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 22:47:23 | More by ngandhi
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Crosling

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am sitting here sipping on this along with another bomber of Avery Eleven. I am comparing the two.

Hercules pours a dark reddish brown. The head is large, dense, diminishing but does leave a very solid lace.

Very spicy and enjoyable aroma. It's very spicy (cinnamon,salt), very citrusy (lemon, grapefruit, slightly sweet (cinnamon rolls and cherry pie). Still, it's very soft and mellow and begs you to take a sip.

Resinous start. Pine, floral and woody notes. Sharply acidic. Creamy and full mouthfeel. The finish is full of marijuana notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 06:12:47 | More by Crosling
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maxpower

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber pours hazy glowing amber-orange color with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Sharp hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors , has a full thick, sticky and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering bitterness, has a good malt balance, this really reminds me of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 20:13:24 | More by maxpower
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I went over to my buddies house this evening and he unveiled this fantastic gift from his fridge. Easter came early for this kid.

Pours a semi-clear copperish orange with a full off white head. Absolutely wonderful lace adheres to the glass with each sip.

There is a floral and citrus hop aroma that greets the nose with a hearty hello. A strong carmel malt sweetness is also present in the nose.

The blast of hops that assaults the mouth are balanced by an exceptionally sweet malty finish. The bitter citurs and floral hop flavor is complemented nicely by the rich carmel malts.

This is a full bodied beer that is rich and chewy in the mouth. The memory of the texture lingers long after the last sip of this wonderful elixir. There is a barleywine-like quality to this imperial ipa. This is a fantastic brew that would stand in for a quality hopped barleywine.

This is an infinitely drnkable beer that will make a regular appearance on my beer list. A great offering from the folks at great divide. What a beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 03:09:18 | More by filabrazilia
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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,029 ratings.