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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,713 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,713
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 211
Gots: 336 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of umustdrink
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Burnt orange color. Fluffy offwhite head, holds at a quarter inch. Excellent lacing.

S - Fragrant hops. Lots of citrus.

T - Very nice hop taste, not too intense. Starts off a slightly bitter hoppiness and ends with a nice fruitiness. Damn this is good!

M - Mouthfeel is crisp but not too dry. Nice and refreshing.

D - This is a really great beer. Alcohol is not detectable at all. I'm going to get another bottle very soon.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper and hazy in color with a nice size cream head that slowly recedes. Smell is not overly hoppy, but there is some fresh herbaceous aromas, a little 'smoky' hoppiness, as well as a very light orange and berry sweetness. Taste shows only the smallest amount of citrusy hops, there is a nice peppery bite of bitterness mid taste that blends into a spicy alcohol and piney hop finish that is fairly drying. Nice and creamy malt body balances the good sized bite of hops well. Not a bad beer at all but I definitely wasn't blown away flavor or aroma wise, not too much happening. Mouthfeel is quite nice though and if you are in need of a hop bite it can definitely suffice there.

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

Pours a clear medium golden orange with a half finger of off white bubbles which leave a sticky lace in their wake.
Aromas are the expected sweet amber malt and pink grapefruit hops.
Taste is unexpectd. Sweet amber malts give way quickly to huge amounts of a mixture of hops. Pine, floral, citrus peel. Wonderful balance between the sweet and the bitter even more noticable as the brew warms.
Comfortable mouthfeel and sharp carbonation leave the mouth crisply dry.
Yummy DIPA from Great Divide.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served into pint glass from brown long neck bottle with crimped on cap

Mirky reddish/orange color, I" thick head,thick creamy off-white with decent retention. and bits of lacing down the glass. Lots of large chunky particles floating throughout the beer.

Good, clean, very citrusy aroma,grapefruitty,good and strong,but not overpowering,notes of carmell come through the hoppiness.

Big citrus rind bite,grassy,sweet and syrupy,hot alcohol.Very carmelly midway through also a bit nutty,finishes with a lingering very sharp.very bitter lemony zest with a rind bite.

Cloying, thick mouthfeel,rough on the palate. Wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time of these. I like the Titan a lot better,kinda like the Two-Hearted as compaired to the Hopslam for me.
I've had a lot of DIPA's that I enjoyed more that this one. Would like to give this one another try sometime.

Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown-orange color, hazy with numerous small bubbles. Solid, two-finger thick light tan head that fades away slowly leaving generous lacing. Attractive looking beer. Nose evinces strong hops, a citrus bite, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is strong but balanced hops up front, a bit spicy and crisply bitter. Mild malt underpinning, a bit of alcohol toward the end. Bitter dry finish that lingers. Quite tasty. Mouth is viscous, solid, very smooth and slick. Drinkability is excellent: great flavor balance between bitter hops and moderately sweet malt, and a smooth, creamy mouth make this an easily enjoyable brew.

Overall: A damn fine example of the American IPA. Well hopped and delicious. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped this one open on New Years Eve. Not as exciting as some of their other brews of even Avery's Maharaja that I enjoyed a week before. Lots of citrus grapefruit smell and taste. Tart but not too hoppy for a Double IPA. Friend with me had a better impression of it than me.

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

Solid amber, looks like an IPA. Clear. Moderate head/carbonation.

American hops. Floral/citric. Sour/acidic. Little-no malt.

Malt backbone. Not too sweet, understated and necessarily present. Nice balance. Nectar-like with tart hops. Floral and mildly citric. Not too bitter.

Nice oral foamation. Moderate carbonation.

Bottle promises 85 IBU and one hell-of-a-brew. This is indeed what was inside. Hercules tastes like what a strong American IPAs should.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a decent head and nice lacing. The smell starts with a little graininess and progresses to clean hops. The taste starts with bitter fruity hops with a late grapefruit hit. There is also a solid malt background that is nicely balanced with the hops. The mouthfeel is a little grainy that makes the beer slightly heavier than I'd like, but nice balance of creaminess and crispness.

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

Pours a dark amber, good head, small amount of lacing.

Smell is florally hops, slight sweetness noticable. Taste is a bit complex. Hops are obviously what you notice right off the bat, strong and flavorful, and great. But there is a good malty sweetness in there that is still darn noticable. Good medium carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is not overwhelming, especially for a 9% beer.

An awsome, hoppy and downright good beer, very much recommended.

Photo of roblowther
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks reddish-gold in the glass, with tiny bubbles everywhere rising to form a dense, off-white rocky head. Smell? Hops. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Not surprising for an IPA, I reckon (we do that in Texas). The taste is peppery and floral. Maybe a bit of pine in there somewhere. It is strongly hoppy but not overpowering. A maltiness comes on after the initial hop assault, then more hops but a more delicate, slightly astringent version. It has a warm, ale-like finish. Mouthfeel is dense and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a double IPA. I say that because hops really aren't my thing but this one manages to deliver a lot of hops without just beating you senseless with them.

Photo of pmatz2
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Pour'd a Hazy Copper/ orange color from a 22 oz. bomber. There was a 1 finger white head with thick sticky lacing that lasts the entire drink

Smell - A very pleasant aroma of Pine and Citrus. Pronounced Hops but not over powering.

Taste - Sweet malt tries sneak through but the hops are pretty strong

Mouthfeel : Prickly on tongue. Full bodied. Finishes bitter compared to start with noticeable but not overpowering alcohol warming. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms up.

Drinkability: This brew goes down quite easy. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of Daehpoh
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass from 22oz bottle

Reddish-brown, slightly hazy in appearance, excellent lacing
Floral hop aroma was subdued, not as bold as other DIPAs
Good, simple hop flavor, grapefruit, citrus, not too earthy
Butterscotch malts in the background
Balance is good for the style, leaning towards the bitter end
Bitterness does not overwhelm taste buds, actually seems to awaken them
Alcohol is well masked

Overall an honorable brew, but lack of complexity hold it back

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an entire sixtel of this on draft and failed to review it. I'm getting my chance now with this 22 ounce bottle.
Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Good amounts of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet biscuit, toasted nuts, honey, citrus, pine, and fruity apple blossoms.
Taste is of the aromas, along with a doughy, sweet caramel found in the background of the citrus & pine blasted hop profile.
Mouthfeel is well balanced of sweet malts, and hoppy, grapefruit that meld together for a hop lover's dream. The feel is medium-full bodied but creamy.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I'm reading the label correctly, this 12 oz'er was bottled in May '04(!). How it remained on the shelf til November '06 (if that's true) I have no idea. IBU's: 85.

A: Orange-copper, hazy with bits of suspended funk. A ruby tint in the haze gives a warm glow. Minimal off-white head with attractive lacing.

S: Intense hopping, citrus, resinous and spiced. Caramel and bread-dough maltiness with a notable burning tingle of alcohol.

T: Abundant bitterness in those big juicy citrus hops. Maltiness is somewhat sweet and smacks of toasted nuts. Nice balance, but skews toward hops. Finishes mostly dry and has a discernable herbalness in the aftertaste.

M: Generally smooth, a little viscous. Full mouthfeel, but without alot of carbonation. Has a good deal of alcohol warmth and that lingering hoppy bitterness that clings to the tongue for a while.

D: A very tasty beer from start to finish. Not one to have everyday, but a high quality DIPA, worthy of given a strong endorsement to.

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

Appearance: Pours out a wonderfully clear orange-amber color with a pillowy, off-white head.

Smell: What a winning aroma! A fresh assortment of juicy citrus fruits served with bread dough and orange blossom honey.

Taste: Mild, smooth butterscotch sweetness provides a solid malt foundation that tapers off into a full salvo of orangy hop flavors that are a touch peppery. Renewed accents of toasted caramel lead into a dry, piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite creamy with a soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Plenty of intense hop flavors and bitterness offset by a rich, malty sweetness. That settles it, Great Divide's Hercules is a very well made Double IPA.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of tjthresh
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of vtfan77
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of tonistruth
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,713 ratings.