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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

3,438 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,438
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 209 | 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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Public House Brookline.

Deep coppery coloration and lots of fine carbonation crawling up the sides of the glass. Thick, dense off-white head that was present throughout, start to finish.
Nose just reeked of hops aromas; big-time pine sap and needles, grapefruit and tangerine rinds. Malt base is evident thanks to the light caramel and faintly earthy notes.
Taste had a solid sweetly malty platform that stood up well to the incoming onslaught of citrus and pine flavors. Hercules seems to pack in just about every kind of flavor there is in terms of describing hops. Sappy, resinous spruce, a torrent of juicy grapefruit pith; you name it, it's there. Let's not forget the alcohol, just barely registering against the 600lb gorilla hops load. It's there, just behind the veil.
Well-carbonated, Hercules has a full, lush and velvety feel.
Even wieghing in at 9.1%ABV, Hercules is dangerously drinkable, to the point where coordination may be compromised. Hercules is a stand-out double IPA. One of the best there is and worth seeking out.

Boilermaker88, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a copper colored brew, with a big tan head that results from a nice cascade. Sheets of lace stick to the glass. The scent is a great citrus hop scent, which evidences high hop levels. The taste has a sweet pale malt front, which is dominated by a huge hop presence. Sticky citrus/bitter hops, great taste. Smooth creamy mouth, some stickyness from the hop oils.

Tballz420, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber purchased from liquor store on corner of Devonshire and State St in Boston

Appearance = foggy, light golden brown, nothing getting through this glass. Decent head retention. Looks deliciously hoppy.

Smell = In your face hops like any good double IPA should smell. This one puts emphasis on the citrus flavors. Smells very similar to a Smuttynose.

Taste = Interesting. Definitely not as sweet as a Dogfish head 90 minute and a little lighter and less syrupy. The hop kick is intense. Great grapefruit aftertaste leaves your mouth refreshed and desperately wanting the next sip. Hides the alcohol extremely well. Great transition from hops to cirtus. Feels light on the mouth, almost soothing. Great mouthfeel.

Overall = a standout double IPA. Right up there with 90 minute as my favorite IPAs. This one is lighter and I could drink more of it. I think it would go better on a hot Summer day and is a much better compliment to certain foods. Highly recommended for all IPA fans.

LPorter33, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of axisjones
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and snifter. Perfect clarity of a ruby orange with a fat rocky head. Laces tremendousy all the way down, friggin gorgeous.

The aroma is a malt base soaked in piney hops. Citric and juicy. Very strong and pleasant, not overkill at all.

Hop juice, super clean bitterness with pine and citrus. Very well balanced with strong malt backbone. Not as intense as many an IIPA, but that could be because of how well balanced this is. Super clean, oily, juicy with a grapefruit lingering finish.

Very drinkable. This bad boy is 9 percent and that could lead to trouble. Supremely drinkable. This is an awesome IIPA, more subdued and well balanced than most. Killer.

axisjones, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hecules Double IPA is a monster!
The beer poured out an amber color with some orange highlights towards the bottom. A 1" foamy off-white head rests on top for a while then recedes to about a 1/4" and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The nose, man, the nose!!! HOPS!! Lemon peel, orange peel, hard candy, pine oil, a pungent liquid christmas tree!
The taste is dominated by the super hop bitterness from lips to throat. At first the citrus in the aroma is not apparent in the taste, after the beer warms a little the tangy citrus comes out. Sort of a medicinal or cough drop aftertaste. It has a nice finish and I could taste some malt balance in there.
The beer warms up nicely and seems to mellow a little after 30 or so minutes out of the bottle, or is that me mellowing?!!? I am wondering if this might age well and change in the bottle. Might be worth a try.
This Double IPA from Great Divide is a very enjoyable "on occassion" beer.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 22oz. bomber purchased at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. No date on the label, though I doubt it would matter that much with a beer this big.

Pours a hefe-weizen-like hazy, copper/orange with a 1" rocky, cream colored head. Fairly strong carbonation is evident. Head drops to @ 1/8" after a few minutes, and remains for the duration. Great lacing on the glass; count all the sips.

At first there is a strong fruity, floral, grapefruit and lemon aroma. Maybe slight resiny pine. After a few minutes, a sweet caramel/malt smell is detected. You can pick up alcohol as it warms.

The first flavor is a smooth, sweet maltiness immediately hammered away by a huge, pleasant blow of bitterness. Citrusy, floral hop flavor permeates throughout. There is a long, lingering hop flavor (grapefruit) and bitterness. This brew has hops out the wazoo!

Mouth-puckeringly bitter. Malt sweetness, sticky on your lips, confirms this to be a well balanced beer for its size. Carbonation feels surprisingly soft. Hop resins linger on the tongue for quite a spell.

I would drink this until I fell over, which probably wouldn't take too long! I don't know what Great Divide could do to improve this, except to give it away free! A very good representation of the style.
















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jakester, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My "Bro" Artied2 has been going on and on about this bier.... So when I finally saw one locally I just had to snag it....

Out of the bottle it comes, a clear, rich, deep, dark golden bronze hue. Head was slightly off-white and creamy, maintaining at about 1/4" for a while before fading to a thin layer. The fine, tight bubbles leave nice lacing in the glass.

Has a toasty malt nose along with a piney hop flourish, though less than expected. Still enticing.

Hitting the tongue, it has a medium body along with a creamy smooth, velvety feel in the mouth. Has a touch of bubbliness, but doesn't get prickly at all.

Flavor is a big, toasty malt hit at the outset, with an almost Fest-like sweetness and a sort of crystal malt flavor. Very hoppy shortly thereafter, but more of a resiny flavor than an out-and-out citrus lean. Hops are sharp, and almost spicy, to a point. Lovely combo with the caramel-like notes from the malt. Reminds me both of Smutty Big-A as well as the Bastard in some respects. Nice stuff!

Prosit!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

821

Bierman9, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear amber, thick two finger head with big craters and quick to stick lace all over the glass. smell is citrusey but not overwhelming, sweet with malt and alcohol notes. deep inhalations actually made me salivate profusely. mouthfeel is insanely light and bubbly, taste is bright hops, honey, licorice and finishes with a bitter and rather chalky hop resin punch. hides the alcohol for sure, but a little rough for me. the more i sip, the more that mellows and develops into an overall hop cocoon and belly-warming pleasant alcohol effect. aftertaste, once the 'ipa' is gone, is sweet and flowery. not my favorite 2x ipa, but worthwhile if you dont have to bust your ass acquiring it.

goodbyeohio, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of evanackerman
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW!! For a beer with this ABV it sure goes down smooth. Smoothness is the main characteristic i noted with this beer. I hadd a 22 oz. bottle and drank it way faster than i should have simply because it went down so easy and tasted so delicious. The only reason i rated the drinkability 4 rather than 5 is because of the high ABV, one is enough.

beautiful appearance, great taste, a hop-lover's dream come true! great beer!

evanackerman, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I honestly can't remember where I got this bottle. I want to say Downtown Wine and Spirits but it's really hard to say. It's a 1 PT. 6 FL . OZ bottle.

Ummm... almost what I would expect from a double IPA, but not quite there. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a syrupy body, but still somehow just a tad below my expectations.

The head spilled all over my homework. That sucked, but it is of no fault of the brewers.

Quite smooth bit the only way I can articulate it is that it "fakes it". It tastes fine but at the same time doesnt impress me. I couldn't find it in myself to lower my review numbers though.

If you see it, pick it up, it's worth a try. I just can't guarantee you'll pick it up for a second time.

fdrich29, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great appearance, tons of velvety lacing the whole way. That's about all I was impressed with with this beer though. Both smell and taste were pure hops. Boatloads of citrusy and piney hops. I tasted hardly any malt whatsoever, and very little alcohol. Mouthfeel was very harsh as well, not at all creamy like I look for in a double IPA. I could barely finish my pint.

PatYoda, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Great Divide offering pours a really interesting orangish color with a darker shade in the middle. Big volumnous head holds up well. Just tons and tons of sticky ass lacing. Aroma is a bit weak. What, no dry hoppping? Citrus, syrup, yeast that about it in the nose of this beer. Taste really surprised me. It's a gigantic hop hit right from the get go. Huge citric hops upfront. Really reminiscent of pineapple. In fact, that's all I'm really noticing in this beer, pineapple. Lots of piney bitterness. Malts don't really hold up. There's a sweet residual sugar around my mouth but I get almost no flavor from the malts. Finish is sharp and lingers with piney bitterness. Thick mouthfeel holds the hops together but it's almost too thick. A nice, intense, in your face double IPA but not one of the best I have had.

granger10, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of xgrigorix
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Tawny amber hue, chill hazed. Huge, creamy looking cap of off white foam.

Big aromas of citrus & pine! Very pleasant and inviting.

Some nutty malt flavours up front. Some well rounded fruitiness, and toms of American hops. Wonderful layers of citrus & pine drip from this. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Quite tasty.

xgrigorix, May 31, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with a tall head os off white that is supported by lively carbonation. Good retention and a nice lace sticks to the glass.

Smells of piney hops and grapefruit. Sharp and very bitter. Hard time finding the malts or anything else.

The malts are slightly sweet and more noticable when tasted, but the hops take over and dominate the palate. Long lingering dry finish that's almost oily. Not bad, but not great. If you really crave lots of hops, this one is for you.

Slightly oily mouthfeel, not much of a session beer due to high abv and hop overkill.

ypsifly, May 30, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orangish amber, and quite clear. Beautiful creamy off white - and long-lasting to boot. Good lacing.

Smell - Floral hops galore, with malt as background. I also pick up pungent hop smell - it sort of forms the base for the whole aroma experience.

Taste - I happen to enjoy hop overkill, and this beer fits the ticket perfectly. I have a hard time concentrating on the malt, but some sweet flavors develop as the beer warms. The hops are so rough that a small burn develops at the back of teh throat. Stylistically, this beer is almost perfect.

Mouthfeel - Almost resiny. This is super thick beer. Offer a macro brew drinker a sip of this for a serious checkle.

Drinkability - How drinkable is a beer that gives you instant cotton mouth? It can be pretty darn drinkable, if it's Hercules. It will probably improve if aged for a while.

Comments - Not for the faint of heart. Drink this if you ever need to restore your faith in anything.

mgdeth, May 28, 2005
Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the last of the series of GD brews recently available to my little East Coast town. Easy pour of deep straw with a decent head. Huge inviting sprucey, citrus aroma. Aroma is clean and crisp. Like the aroma, the first impression is of spruce and light grapefruit citrus. The bitterness is strong and also crisp, not heavy. The malt character of the brew is in excellent balance, not at all cloying on the palate. The deep sweetness compliments the hop character very well and allows for a nice expericience of all flavors. IMO very drinkable for the style--can be sipped of swigged easily.

beernut7, May 26, 2005
Photo of ddarden
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz bad boy looks very promising from the moment I pour it. Cloudy copper color, with a beautiful rocky head, which slowly recedes. The smell of this beer is wonderful. Very piney with hints of citrus. I can’t wait to taste due to the great smell.

The first taste is very hoppy and bitter. Almost overwhelming and I do not taste much except hops. The second sip has much better balance after my taste buds are dope slapped from the first sip (in a good way). This hop monster has a very good malt backbone that makes it balance the onslaught of hops. I really like this beer after the first couple of sips. The mouthfeel is excellent: thick, sticky, and refreshing. By the bottom of the bottle, I realize that this is a 9% abv beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, so the drinkability is also excellent.

This is my first Hercules and is definitely one of my favorite DIPA’s. I will have to keep this one in DBF.

ddarden, May 23, 2005
Photo of fizzyfred
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 22oz bomber poured a deep, hazy copper color. The smell pours out of the bottle. The scent is dominated with a citrusy and piney aroma from the massive amount of hops in this one. There is definitely a strong malt background, but is dominated by the flavors from the hops and alcohol. Its amazing how hoppy yet how balanced the flavor is. It is very intense yet clean. I'm thinking this is what is meant by "Double" IPA.

fizzyfred, May 18, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pellucid, resplendent, polished, hearty orangish copper. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap is large and creamythick with a bubblicious, magma-like surface. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to be laid down and display the same honeycomb-like pattern as the upper surface of the head. I like my IPAs/DIPAs to look dirty (that is, unfiltered), but crystal clear isn't so bad when it's topped by a world class crown like this one is.

There's a left jab-right cross combination of hoppiness in the nose that stops just short of a knockout blow. Classic DIPA aroma: melted caramel-toffee candy mixed with a huge citrus zestiness. If you want subtle, you've come to the wrong place. I'd love to sit and smell for a spell, but I'm too eager to take a drink.

Hercules is a gentle giant. It's hard to fathom how a beer packed with this much malt, this many hops and a 9.1% ABV can be so smooth and so easy to drink. The malt backbone is massive and tastes like sticky toffee pudding to which candied pine needles and sugar syrup soaked grapefruit, kumquat and lemon chunks have been added. It's a little too balanced (I like hops to outdistance malt by a wide margin), but it's oh so delicious.

The hops are asserting themselves more and more with warming, so hopheads will be rewarded for their patience (or for starting the bottle out at closer to 60 degrees than 50). The bitterness is likely to kill the uninitiated, but I can't contain my glee as my tongue begins its death throes. As long as the beer continues to send those flavor signals to my brain, all will be well.

The finish is incredibly long, increasingly bitter and increasingly piney. I love the mouthfeel. It's unapologetically full, slick and heavily silky. An appropriately low amount of carbonation only contributes to the frightening ease of consumability. The considerable amount of alcohol, while not completely masked, isn't even close to bothersome.

Hercules Double IPA is another great beer from Great Divide (who have a habit of brewing great beer). It's the quintessential balanced DIPA in that it respects its malt side as much as its hop side. Even though my preference runs to the insanely hop-dominant, this one is a keeper and is a beer that I'll buy in quantity whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thanks to prAna for the bombers.

BuckeyeNation, May 17, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet and rich, malty scent with a wonderful hop aroma that is floral. The taste is great also. It has a very bitter hop flavor laid over a rich malty base. It goes down smooth and finishes slightly warm with a bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great tasting beer; a good drinker.

WesWes, May 15, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing Gabe!

Hercules presents itself a deep, dirty blonde color with a dense head of wheat colored foam. Retention is excellent for a beer of this strength and lacing is nothing short of spectacular. When all is said and done, an iceberg of thick foam is still swimming in my goblet.

Massive hop aromas rise from my chalice to greet my senses. Grapefruit slices and tangerine peel with gobs of sticky pine notes and oily hop resin. It possesses an underlying caramel malt sweetness that provides excellent balance on the nose.

The flavor explodes with honey-dipped grapefruit peel and sweet citrus hop oils, sprucey pine, toffee and luscious caramel malts. It's insanely hoppy, but has a decadent amount of malt to carry it through to a long grapefruit and chewy honey caramel soaked finish. As it warms, each sips gets better, mmm, mmm, mmm.

The body on this one is huge with a lushly dense and exquisite creamy mouthfeel. Hands down, one of the best double IPA's, ever. This is another superbly crafted ale from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

AlexJ, May 15, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PH Brookline.
It pours a deep, rich orangey teak color with a thick, but fast fading beige head on top.
A very dry and earthy smell at first, begins revealing fragrant pine, phenol floral hop esters and a light underlying malty grain smell.
The first flavor out of gate, like a rocket, is a nearly overwhelming grapefruity citrusy hop wallop. A bone dry and somewhat cuttingly harsh citrus zest and a bit of a metallic bite is soon tempered, if ever so slightly, by a lightly sweet caramel maltiness.
This brew, as the name implies, is strongly tilted in favor of extreme hop enthusiasts. But at the same time, it is quite drinkable and becomes even more so as it sits for a few moments.
It also packs quite an alcoholic punch. So be careful of that. Unless you're planning on staying with this beer for the evening, save it for your last one, because your taste buds will be spent, rendering them useless to taste anything else.

BeerResearcher, May 15, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-red with a foamy white head. Leaves filmy lace on the glass long after the beer is gone. Smells quite hoppy, with a bit of grainy malt firmly in the background. Flavor is strongly hoppy. Plenty of north-american hops and *very* little else going on here. Just hops from start to finish. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated in the mouth.

Kind of boring and simplistic in my opinion. Tons of hops. That's all folks.

dgallina, May 14, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors in with forever lasting foam and nice but hazy goldcupper beercolor. Nose is of the best: lots of fresh hops with US C-hops noticable. Next to that though nice ambermaltarome. taste is very fruity with plumbs next to the citrussytaste. further some maltyness and litle sweet before hoge but clean bitterness comes in. This full and strong taste makes mouthfeel bombastic but good and the freshness and citrussy makes you already want to take another sip. Great brew IMO.

paterlodie, May 13, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearances: Richly orange and nebulous with a sugary white head. Not a highly motivated head, as it takes the rest of the night off without any consideration of how it is making the beer look overall. Selfish bastard. Anyway, the ring forms and spittle is left atop the pond. Sticky lace results just like when fancy panties get pilfered and end up in the hands of a pervert. Like me. Very subdued carbonation fizzles through what appears to be a dense glass of matter.

Smell: This smells like heaven. The freshest, most vibrant hop smack in the kisser I have had in a long while. Maybe ever. Nice malty undertones give a thick sweet aroma off, but the hops. Wow, this smells fabulous. No deterioration of hop character here. This nose is fresh and citrusy with herbal and grainy notes popping off left and right. Super delightful scent.

Taste: Very well balanced betwixt malt and hop. I wouldn't have expected such synergy judging by the nose. The hops bolster the grain to an excellent degree. Slightly dry finish, but enough juicy and mouthwatering sweet character to ward off the cotton chop effect. Caramel tones abound. The hop flavour is equally as amazing as the nose. Fruity and resinous and sappy. This is really a great specimen. A double dose of awe inspiring magnitude. So fresh. Earth...

Mouthfeel: The texture is very pleasing. Not much carbonation which makes this baby feel juicy and heavy, yet it remains light on the wings of the flavour.

Drinkability: A dangerously delicious drink without question. The sweetness could conceivably cause a premature cease in consumption, but I am so satisfied with this bomber.

Primo. I was expecting another rediculously hopped up novelty, but this boy sure made me eat crow. Recommendations must be dispersed at this time. Superb.

SupaCelt, May 12, 2005
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,438 ratings.