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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

3,524 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,524
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 183
Gots: 237 | 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 WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber caramel hued tone with a lofty off white head leaves even specks of lacing Aroma contains deep piney layers sweet malt and alcohol notes tree sap nice brew nice hop resin layer. Taste has deep alcohol piney and citrus hop layers very malty profile finishes with a yeasty bread finish. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body smooth carbonation resinous oils flow across the palate. Drinkability is very smooth but I prefer this beefy brew in 12oz offerings I will revisit when I find it in bottles.

WVbeergeek, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep amber in color with a foamy head that reduces to thick, meringue-like layer in my tulip glass.

It smells great: floral and citrus hop aromas mix with sweet malt notes.

The taste is also excellent. It's sweet with wonderful citrus flavors from the hops. The alcohol is well-hidden behind the bitterness, which is high. The aftertaste is similar to a barleywine's lingering bitterness. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. It glides over my tongue.

Another fantastic beer from Great Divide. They are batting 1.000 so far.

Shaw, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with nice head. Bubbles keep the head going for a while. Leaves nice lacing.
Woodsy smell. Piney hops with some grapefruit noticed in the background.
You actually taste some malts at the beginning giving way to the citrus from the hops. A balanced beer with a mild earthiness to it.
You will surely notice the prickly bite to it but doesn't burn from the bitterness as much as other DIPAs.
I enjoy this style so I find it to be pretty drinkable, though not my favorite IPA.

Imstillthegman, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of skillerified
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous burnt orange in color. Hazy with slow moving carbonation bubbles just barely visible. Small, but determined head. Solidly sticky lacing. Truly a nice looking beer.

A very fruity nose with just a touch of spice. Smells very sweet, in a good way. Smells like a strawberry-banana-pineapple juice, but not quite as fragrant. Actually the scent, although very nice, seems a touch on the weak side to me.

A fairly strong hop wallop up front that balances nicely with a layer of malt flavor around mid-taste. A little spicy backbone carries you through the whole process. There's just a hint of that fruit from the bouqet at the very beginning of the taste. Seems good, but not great to me.

A rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A good balance between bitter and sweet. Long finish. Not necessarily impressive though. It has a sort of slick bitter aftertaste that seems to grow as you drink it. I'm not generally a fan of that taste.

This is tasty, but at 9.1% ABV I can only have so much. Plus that slickness will wear on my tastebuds eventually.

skillerified, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of bkett01
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich amber color with a thick (1.5") frothy head peppered with good size foam bubbles. Foam died down slowly creating an interesting looking aerial view of amber canals through the bubbly white foam hills. The bitter pine/citrus smell didn't remind me as much of fresh hops as I have come to expect from west coast IPA's.

The taste hints at the immense amount of hops loaded into every sip. A sweet malt beginning is balanced out with a sour lime-like finish. Hops clearly overwhelm the flavor, and possibly it's the fact that a different variety are used, but this simply does not appeal to my taste as much as my favorite IPA's. Although it does mask the 9.1% ABV quite well, this is one of the more sour IPA's I've tried and I can't say that I'm a big fan.

bkett01, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours to a hazy amber color with a decent, off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus sweetness and malt hits you first, then some hops (I was expecting a stronger hops aroma.) with a hint of the alcohol. I'm also detecting some honey & vanilla.

T: The hops that I had been expecting in the smell are definitely in the taste. As the initial burst of hops fades, you get the sweetness. When the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness comes back for the after-taste, which I was expecting. A complex combo of tastes, but it doesn't seem as balanced as most to me.

M: Crisp with a medium-to-heavy body. Finishes dry for the most part, but leaves a bit of an oily residue, which is a bit different from and not as sticky as the syrupy feel that you can get from some sweeter beers.

D: It's not very filling, so it's something you can go with, especially since there isn't much hint of the alcohol other than a small amount in the smell. However, if I'm going to drink a lot of something, personally I'd rather drink something else, even within the style. I can appreciate the complexity. I can appreciate the hoppiness although this wasn't one of my favorite 2IPA’s.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of EPseja
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Ego for picking this one up for me. Can't remember whether or not I paid you for this bottle... Oh well. I have some Three Floyds that we can share to even things out...

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Hazy, burnished orange in color, with an inconsistently bubbled head that thickly rises to a full inch and hangs, setting up base for some sweet lacing. The last bit poured from the bottle dropped a tiny sediment bomb into the middle, which, when held up to a light, formed something that you might see from the Hubble telescope in some far off nebula. So cool.

S - Piny and candied fruity, with a touch of vanilla and perhaps maple syrup. Also a tiny note of alcohol, but not detrimental.

T - Starts off very mildly with toasted malts and honey sweetness. The middle shows the alcohol peeking through while the hops gather themselves together for a grand entrance... although the entrance isn't that grand. As a matter of fact, the hops are much less punchy than I would have expected from an ADIPA. The finish is bitter and hoppy, as to be expected. The aftertaste has a slight sesame seed taste. While this beer is certainly well rounded, it does lack any real memorable personality.

M - Very thick bodied. Nice tingle on the tongue. Expands in the mouth to become just a touch too filling. Swallow is good, but not as smooth as it could be.

D - Overall, this beer is good. Not excellent, but good -- especially considering many of the other beers in this category.

EPseja, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Your off white cloudy foam impresses very much. Burnt orangish red milky aspects browning just a touch. Hop out at me let me breath in your citrusy even warmth. But one taste it’s over with; now we’re to the point. Even hops articulated evenly over tongue. With a complex twist of nuttiness citrus and heat won’t come undone. What else can be told of a godly beer such as thee. I must admit I would like another two or three.

mcallister, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick 2+" head with several large bubbles that lasts quite a long time. Some moderate lacing develops. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface.

Smell: lots of pinecones and citrus are easily detected by the nose.

Taste: nice malt backbone, caramel, orange sweetness, grapefruit tartness, pine bitterness, grass, and hints of alcohol. Well balanced as the flavor tones are all easily discernable.

Mouhtfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness at the start, with a smooth, lightly crisp finish. Aftertaste is long on the pine bitterness and citrus tones.

Drinkability: the bomber bottle was quaffed rather quickly and I was looking for another, but I only bought one. Insanely good, just a great beer. A must buy.

Gavage, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber to orange with a white head, very good lacing & head retention

Smell: Nice earthy hops, malt and some alcohol

Taste: Hop smack, alcohol, pineyness. Extreme pineyness & dryness on the finish.

MF: Chewy but not overwhelming. More carbonation please

Good drinkabilty, but a lot of hopiness to fight through. Another classic from GD!!! Even better on tap...

russpowell, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of mcowgill
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! It pours a hazy amber with a significant creamy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for. Great wiffs of citrus and piney hops. Can't decide whether I like smelling or tasting this beer better. The hops knock you over the head but in such a good way. It has a smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. I find this an extremely drinkable beer for such a hop monster with high alcohol.

mcowgill, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Hollister
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, drinking this beer is basically no different than just eating a handful of hops. In all seriousness, this is a great beer. It pours a beautiful rich red amber with a slight haze. Lacing with a disappearing head. This beer hits you across the face with hops, and the sting stays with you throughout the whole experience. Great hop balance!

Hollister, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 22oz bomber.

Appearance- pours a doughy two finger into my pint glass. Has a nice slightly hazy, amber/copper mix with some dwindlimg lacing.

Smell- It makes me think of taking a bite of homemade Amish white bread into some lightly carbonated hop juice.

Taste- Tase makes me think of taking a big bite of a grapefruit, skin and all. The bitterness of the skin mixed with citrus and some malty sweetness.


Mouthfeel- Very bready, one thin I notice in good IPA's. Somewhat dry, but nice and bitter. Reminds me of a couple ex-girlfriends.

scruffwhor, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Riley's

appearance: pours a hazy orange-copper, foamy beige head with lots of lacing forms immediately...snifter is coated all around with the foamy remains

smell: big and bold aromas...pungent and juicy floral hops...loaded with bittersweet pink grapefruit, herbal/grassy nature, fresh huge pine cone aroma, no alcohol detected in the nose...lots of tropical fruit, apricot...medium malt presence

taste: super juicy floral hops...bittersweet freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, intense pine resin, orange-grapefruit citrus hops...medium sweet malt backbone. little alcohol detected in the nose but a big alcohol burn in the body. very nutty, strong caramel malt. very good but very bitter

mouthfeel: medium body, slick and oily, strong alcohol burn, super bitter-sweetness

drinkability: inhibited slightly by the bitterness

dirtylou, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy orange with a thick head from a brown bottle. Aroma is... hops, of course, really nice hop smell it is, too. Taste is very hoppy, in a very tasty kind of way. Some grapefruit aftertaste is present. This beer is excellent, definitely worth seeking out. Go get some today!

Drew966, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint. No date to be found on the bottle.

Just a stunning visual beer. Pours a hazy copper deep red, with a thick white bubbly head, which looks like the foam that collects behind rocks in white-water rapids. Non stop lace coated the entire inside of the glass like a net, even the side I was drinking from.

As expected the nose assaults with piney hops and citrus elements, but I picked up something I didn't expect, a hint of... chocolate. Very odd, but adds a complexity to the body of the aroma.

As with the nose the flavor delivers on the hop punch. Oily hop bitterness, but not overly so. Very smooth. I was halfway through the bottle when I looked at the ABV and was blown away. I never would have guessed this at a 9+%, as the alcohol is undetectable in the scent and not at all overpowering in the flavor.

A very impressive brew from Great Divide.

HugoGrim, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of etaggie09
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-honey color with a persistent cream colored head. Classic Imperial India Pale. Just great.

Aroma: some grassy, earthy fumes with grapefruit rind and hop resin. Wow! This is quite complex and woodsy. Complex and quite excellent.

Taste: Mmmm. Complex and hoppy. There is an underlying malt presence, but this beer is all about the hops, and oh are they tasty. Very grapefruity indeed. Very different. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Neither thick nor thin. It is nice; right on the mark. Moderate-low carbonation. good job Great Divide.

Drinkability: Kind of a different flavor, so I probably wouldn't have this all the time, but still, this is a very drinkable beer.

Notes: I love this brewery. A very memorable experience.

etaggie09, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice dark amber that seems to build very little head.... But when I turn back around from putting the bottle back into the fridge, a large 2+ finger head has formed, and is threatening to pour over the side of the glass. Thick, soild, rocky yellow-tan, it leaves behind delicate lacing and continues to cover the beer through the entire drinking process.

I always have a problem with reviewing the smells of IPAs, because the hops tend to scorch my nose! I can get one quick whiff and then nothing else. This is one of those beers! It's hoppy enough to overpower my sense of smell, but it does it with love. Resiny, floral love.

Now, again, I always try to review beers in the order of the categories, but I have to skip taste to talk about the mouthfeel - it's like an oil slick. It's a very odd sensation to drink this, because it's very low in carbonation, but so thick and oily with hops. There's no way to describe the way it glops into every crevice of your mouth except as oily. A bit of carbonation does manage to build up some swishiness as you swallow, and serves to wipe the palate reasonably clean, leaving behind a half-crisp, half-sticky maltiness. It's incredible, and tempts you for a nother sip, as does the flavor...

Now, the hops in this beer are quite nice. They're more overpowering in character than in flavor - they have flavor, but it isn't assaulting, it's smooth and suave. You KNOW the hops are there, and love 'em there. There's a serious malt backbone, too; Tasty, tasty.

This is an experience of a beer - a multisensory experience. It's really quite awesome served medium-cold at the end of a long workday.

Tupperwolf, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of joeyels
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Thick bubbly head with good retention, thin lacing around glass. Smell is definitely hops, very floral yet not too overpowering, very pleasing on the nose. Taste comes through with big hops at first, of course, but finishes with sweetened malt. A delicate balance that IMO is as close to perfect as one can imagine. 9.1% ABV, but there is too much flavor here to notice any trace of alcohol content. Very smooth, crisp finish, subtle aftertaste that diminishes rather quickly. Wonderful beer.

joeyels, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. with no freshness date, but the label informs me that Hercules weighs in at 85 IBUs. Pours into the balloon glass a red/copper wtih a half inch of tan head and little apparent carbonation, but it leaves a collar of bubbles and some lacing. It smells tropical at first (orange, grapefruit, mango, strawberry?), but there are also piney hops, a good malty background, and some burning alcohol, the latter of which makes it a 4.5 for aroma rather than 5. It is thick, heavy, and smooth from the start, with coating/lingering hop oils, leafy/citric/tropical hops, a boatload of sweetness and perhaps nutty malts to balance. Quite good. I wish I saw this around more often.

mmmbeer, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/31/06- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky amber in color. Nice fuller inch or so head with decent lacing left behind.

Smell- Wonderful scent of deep malt with a brown sugar whiff. Pine hops come through as well.

Taste- Toasted malt comes through hardcore with a roasted caramel flavor. Pine hops sear through the malt and make you take notice. Maybe a light touch of vanilla as well. Seems a tad more malty though. Still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- A touch creamy with a heavier mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Seems to taste more like a barleywine to me than an IPA. Maybe even and English style barleywine. Very tasty. Starts out mellow but grabs your attention soon thereafter. If you are a fan of the heavier malted IPA's, give this one a try. Recommended.

GClarkage, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle served in snifter.

Pours an overcast orange with a meaty head that dwindles to an off-white swirl of melted ice milk. The glass is held together by pretty white lace that clings in all the right places.

Aroma is dirty C-hops rich with malt. You've definitely got your grapefruit citrus in the house, but the piney hops are more cone than needles.

Lots of slick acidic Lupulin. More malt presence than most American DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is cream-filled. Full and feathery soft fades to a slow acidic Humulene chemical burn.

This brew takes an interesting approach to the DIPA style shooting for a very active nutty maltiness in the forefront to bring equilibrium to the loaded hops. The result however I think emphasizes the somewhat unpleasant oil-like burn brought by DIPA level hop rate. By choosing to not showcase the hop aroma and flavor as prominently as others this beer has taken away from itself an important component that makes heavy-hitting IPAs so enjoyable.

Overall an above average Double IPA, but not my favorite.

froggyfrog, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Trader Joes back in November for $5.99.

This is a orange colored brew that poured a very sturdy 3 finger head that is leaving nice "tree rings" in my glass. Nose is malty, hoppy, citrusy-very interesting. Taste starts off trying to be balanced with a nice malt intro that quickly give way to a blast of citrusy hops. Can't say I am dissapointed! Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it is very lively nicely carbonated beer. Drinkability is good as the brewer did a great job masking the high abv.

arizcards, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hercules, Herclules. Pours a cloudy amber color with orand and light red hues. Good head but limited retention. Or at least it retained around the edges. Good lacing though.

The smell is noticeable as should be. Not the biggest Double IPA but still good. A sweet citrus aroma with a grapefruit backing. A touch of pine to add. The malt has a noticeable caramel smell to it.

The taste is balanced well. A strong bittering up front that has a good bite of piney taste. The malt is somewhat limited but still does well to balance out the hops. More of a caramel taste and helps with the body. The aroma hops are rather limited as the bittering hops are more dominate, but are still detectable. A good citrus grapefruit flavor.

The body is more full then a medium feel. A good warm feeling but very smooth and easy to drink. Somewhat of a syrupy taste but still very good.

Oxymoron, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Riggo
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice caramel/amber color witht thick sea-foam head, good head retention and outstanding lacing. Smell is alluring: cedary and woody, some lime zest perhaps and burnt sugar. Initially a pleasing prickly hop bite on the tongue. The middle is juicy and fruity but rich--a bit too rich for my tastes. A mixture of cedary hops and nutty almost smoky malt. Hops dominate in floral bouquet and bitterness but the malty richness underneath is cloying. Perhaps some of this cloyingness is due to the 9.10% ABV. Naturally the above complaint takes points away from drinkability. Finish is medium-length, hoppy (cedar), and fruity.

A potentially outstanding double IPA marred by a cloying richness. For my money, see Stone IPA for a lesson is how to avoid this--i.e. huge hops, high alcohol, without being cloying. Having said that, this being a somewhat new/"experimental" style, perhaps a double IPA should exhibit this kind of richness compared to something a like a Stone IPA. In the end, still an exciting and great beer.

Riggo, Jan 26, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,524 ratings.