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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

3,627 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 1,505
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 198
Gots: 279 | 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 Matthew
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a small head.
Big fruity and floral hop aromas dominate the nose. Big sweet pineapple, orange peel, and piney characteristics throughout. Sweet maltiness is perceivable in the nose as well with a very faint hint of alcohol.
Sweet sturdy malt backbone followed by a big presence of fresh pungent hops. Slight citrus quality with some hop spice that lingers with a warm finish.
Nice big and smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.
This is a very drinkable double IPA, it smells so damn good and goes down so easy that you find yourself putting another one away.

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber in color. A small but lasting head. Some lace.

I like the floral bouquet of hops that blends well with the dry malt. I can detect a strong presence of alcohol.

The flavor starts with a crystal malt which quickly dissipates to a strong hop bitterness. Full body and slightly oily. Good carbonation to balance. Noticably high in alcohol.

A great entry into the world of Double IPA's. Too much of a good thing?

Photo of xav33
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hercules IPA
22oz bottle
3 month recent bottling of review date 07/06
Slow pour in a tulip glass

Poured copper with a thick fluffy, slightly gunky, yellowish long-lasting head

Smelt of floral and citrus, a hint of pine and alcohol

Taste was a deceptively fast accent to hops with a lingering hoppy finish. A subtle sweet maltiness in the background, but the hops soon take over, until the floweriness shows through, then the bitterness meekly strikes back again in a lingering tango with its short-lived initial maltiness. Mouthfeel was coating and alcoholic, making it fairly thick and agressive to drink.


This is a fresh bottling. Hopefully, cellaring will improve, flattening the hopiness and alcohol, and conjoinging nicely with the maltiness.

Overall, very satisfied with this beer as it delivers on all aspects, and shows promise for a year's hold.

Photo of xtacyturbo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful orange/deep amber color with an off-white head that just lasts and lasts. Clingy lacing coated the glass from top to bottom.

Smells of citrus and hops, bready, with a hint of oily pine. Enticing.

A bold flavor of hops firmly hits the palate at first, not overwhelmingly bitter, yet strong. The beer retains a hint of its citrus flavor throughout, though hops dominate. Citrus flavor is strongest at the tip of the tongue. This beer's flavor is rather complex and difficult to put into words- but very tasty!

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. Very very smooth, with a slight dry finish.

A very drinkable beer, this one's strength is deceptive. It's a sipping beer for sure, but it's smooth, balanced flavor makes one want to drink more.

Photo of supercolter
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark golden amber color with 1 finger head and decent lacing
Smell- is of citrus and floral hops a small amount of malt and alcohol
Taste- is very similar to the smell, well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a bit too creamy but good.
Drinkability gets better through the beer.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big hop aroma with citrus, grass and spice notes. I tried, but I can't get any malt through all that hop smell.

Deep amber and clear. with medium head that lingers as a thin layer throughout. Just a little bit of rising carbonation.

Assertively bitter but there's also a solid sweet malt backbone. Some good crystal malt flavor and a little melanoidin which is a welcome surprise. Then there's good hoppy oily flavor with more citrus notes and just a little bit grassy. Finish is a nice combo of brown sugary sweet and bitter.

Full bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. It doesn't look it, but the carbonic bite is solid.

Nice drinking beer. Big and assertive but not overbearing or so big that you need to sip it. Pretty much right where this style of beer should be.

Photo of KyleVick4
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A: Decent lacing a very cloudy amber/copper color with lots of sediment floating around.

S: Wow, a great hard hitting pine forest of hops. Hits hard and strong with a little alcohol in the background. A superb smell.

T: Nice and harshly hopped the way I like. A good malt backbone balances out the hop attack. Lots of piney hops again, chewy with hop resin. A little syrupy but feels like a liquid hop which I have nooo problem with.

M: A bit overcarbonated for my taste, but only bc I can feel the bubbles. Heavy mouthfeel with a good hoppy dry finish. Very nice.

D: Man, its 9.1%? Bullshit. Wow this beer may catch up with me. A superb job of balance between hops and malt makes me drink this fairly fast. I really think I can drink this all night long. But really dont want to try. Great job.

Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimey orange/caramel color with plenty of haze. Short head that leaves a frothy ring that lasts throughout. Aroma is strong on grassy hops with a hint of citrus, lightly sweet malt and bit of alcohol. Hops initially in the taste, tangy and resiny, with a strong balance of caramel malt. Finish is moderately bitter is a bit of astringence. The mouthfeel is decent, but after it starts out with solid carbonation, it fades toward the finish some. Medium thick, smooth. Not bad for drinkablility, I just think there's a sweet and tangy flavor punch to the gut but no real subtleties to keep me interested...

Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy copper color with a nice creamy head that left great lacing for the duration of the drink. Smell is crisp citrusy hops and a lovely sweet malt aroma in the background. Taste is incredibly smooth that starts out with a nice kick of hops. Then the malt comes in for a bit before being finished off again with the hops. This is another superbly crafted brew from Great Divide!

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: DEEP copper with mahagony highlights. Towering creamy head, light beige and oh so beautiful. Its clinging to every piece of glass it can get its bubbles on.

S: Over ripe oranges. Thats really it in a nutshell. Little hints of grapefruit and plum but thats it.

T: Quite a bit more foresty than the aroma lets on. Starts off with a nice syrupy hop profile with a considerable amount of red fruit malty sweetness. Not overwhelmingly bitter at any point in the process, the peak probably being ten seconds after the swallow. The alcohol esters are very prevelent on the tongue. Extremely balanced beer. With a malty backbone this thing is a barleywine.

M: Medium to full bodied with a quality smoothness with just a touch of bite from the carbonation.

D: Great beer. Not nearly as complex as some DIPA's but quality drinking none the less. I'll probably rate it lower than most drinkers for that reason (I like complexity above all else in a beer).

Photo of Toddv29424
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is most definitely a West Coast IPA... heavy on the hops and BIG on the flavor. Color is amber like many IPA's. Smell is predominantly hops, with a tad of sweetness that finishes it off. The Taste is huge. Mostly like west coast hops, like willamette with a touch of cascade. But there is a happy touch of malt that ends the taste and it caps is off perfectly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both phenomenal.

Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bronze. A thick white head beckons me to investigate the flavors in this brew.
MAN! After my first whiff of this baby, I feel like someone punched me in the face with a hop plant! Excellent citrus hop scent, slight pine characteristics.
Sometimes the smell can be decieving, but not with this brew! Great bitter hop taste, intermingled with fruit flavors of citrus, grapefruit and malts. Great balance.
I did drink this for the majority of the evening, so it's safe to say I was surprised and I enjoyed it!

Photo of BeerRun13
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber. Huge creamy off white head, and some okay lace.
Faint citrussy and piny hop aroma.
Toasty and bitter flavor. Very bitter citrussy flavor.
Creamy and nice mouthfeel, but the bitterness detracts a bit.
Decent beer, but far from my favorite DIPA.

Photo of Gillard
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy Orange and copper color, with a medium body head.
Had frothy lacing through out the the duration of the beer(Was not long)
Taste of a sort of piney citrus with great hop balance definitely a overwhelming rush of bitterness to my taste buds a little too much if you ask me!

All and all a good beer but I will stick with DFH 90, or Stoudts Double IPA mmm Stoudts!!

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a thick, fluffy head that lasts. The aroma is pine needles (fits well with the picture of a mountain on the label.) Taste is, obviously, dominated by hops but the malty sweeness gives the bitterness a run for its money. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me. There is a definite aftertaste of bitterness on the roof of my mouth. Very drinkable; went well with corn dogs and mustard.

Aroma 10; Appearance 2; Flavor 14; Mouthfeel 3; Overall 8 (37/50)

Photo of JBStith
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA from a 22 oz bottle...

A: Beautiful deep amber with a slight haze. Huge pillowy white head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Hops are quite aromatic. Spice, floral, and citrus. Not much in the way of malt or sweetness.

T: Follows smell. Finishes very bitter, but in a good way. No real presence of malt or sweetness. Stronger malt is needed to balance out this bitter beast.

M&D: A wee bit thin in mouthful for a double IPA. Needs a bit more malt backbone to stand up to the bitterness. Overall, a good beer though I wouldn't take down more than one bomber in a sitting.

Photo of shbobdb
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks ColoradoBobs!

This beer reminds me a lot of Double Crooked Tree, or, to a lesser extent, Ruination -- it has a lot of hops, but it also has a lot of alcohol hotness.

The beer looks wonderful, a nice creamy heady and a delicious brown body, The head collapses all too quickly, but a faint ring remains.

The smell is resinous hops and alcohol heat. The taste is essentially the same. The alcohol hotness fades as I drink (no surprise! This is hoppy enough to cause major tastebud fatigue).

A very good DIPA, but IMHO, it is a touch too dry. The heat makes an interesting (and quickly becoming traditional) partner to the hops, but I dunno.

A solid, good beer. Essentially everything their Titan IPA offers, just more, more more. Less gymsock then their Titan as well.

A good representation of the style.

Photo of Phatz
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is divine sweet hop candy at it's glorious peek.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color; orange amber, beautiful; with a big off-white head and sheets of heavy lacing.

Smell: Thick malty aroma of orange, caramel, bread and grapefruit that is truly enticing.

Taste: The flavor is sweet and malty like a fruit juice character but the fruit that has been juiced in the magnificent HOP! Hop oils galore in the bold but balanced DIPA. I this genre Hercules is not the most bitter. It actually leans towards malty despite its big hop bitter. The hop character is more like lots of tiny hop bugs nibbling at your mouth than it is like a huge hop spike that is hammered straight through the roof of you mouth exiting your skull. The sweet hoppy flavor does not scramble your brain it only teases your sense to the point of elation and drops off just before wearing you out; making this an extremely drinkable DIPA. The finish is lip-smackingly dry; and the aftertaste is fantastic, leaving you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a medium body beer but the active nibbling hops create a sensational creaminess that makes the body feel more fluffy and yet exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability: WOW! What can I say! This one down with exceptional easy. The finish is a bit dry but I like it that way. And the ABV, well, you’d never know it; ‘till you had a few. Is it a session beer? Of course not at 9.1% but I’d easily put a few back; and I sure wouldn’t mind having a couple cases in the cellar to work on for the next several months.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber color with a heavy, fluffly off white foam. Tracing is perfect on my wine glass. Aromas are very juicy, citrusy and quite resinous. Sweet maltiness with a touch of alcohol is also picked up. Hop forward in flavor with bursts of Chinook and Centennial hops followed by a sweet honey like flavor and then again with a biting bitter close. This beer improves much more when it warms up a bit. It is quite similiar to Old Ruffian with a tad smaller body.

Photo of rdailey76
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a 22 oz. bomber and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Appearance: Pours with a really nice fluffy, white head and is dense to start and then fades into some very nice lacing on the glass. The color is a very nice orange/gold color.

Smell: Very hoppy in the nose. Pretty much what I would have expected. Chewy is what came to mind.

Taste: There was an assault of hops up front, but it mellowed out pretty quickly. Suprising more balanced that I would have expected. It finished very sweet and malty. I felt that alcohol was pretty well hidden for 9.1 abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating, but not really enjoyable.

Drinkability: I would enjoy again, but the mouthfeel and sweet aftertaste make 22 oz. more than enough.

Photo of clickpush
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out with a thick two and a half finger off-white head over a clear copper beer. Some visible bubble trails throughout the glass. The head clings to the edges all the way down and has a great pillowy character to it.

Nose: A bit too light, but has some good notes: hops, of course, hints of vanilla, and the ever present pine and grapefruit combination of strong hoppy beers. Smells smooth and creamy, not too harsh.

Mouth: Sweet, smooth, creamy entrance and a long hop finish. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue but not as much diversity in flavors as I would have hoped. At room temperature the alcohol is very present, accentuating the pine flavors of the hops.

Photo of cbl2
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with an inch of tight white head adrift on top.

Aroma:

Nice pine/grapefruit aroma evident of this hop-bomb. Strong sweet-fruit aroma is present as well due to malt backbone.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Rich ripe grapefruit, sweet and gummy in the mouth. Bottle states 85 IBU's, and they are in perfect harmony with the sweet syrupy malt backbone. Perhaps the best Double IPA I've experienced. Exceptionally balanced and frighteningly drinkable with the 9.1% ABV nicely masked.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Partly clear orange-copper. The pleasant aromas of pine, citrus, alcohol, and MJ tantalize the nostrils. On the palate, Hercules offers big-time bitterness with resinous and full hops flavors, plus enough malt and alcohol to support, but not supplant, the hop presence. This one's a little better-integrated than some DIPAs that are just "going through the motions," if you will. Here's a round, smooth, bitter, flavorful, and satisfying DIPA if ever there was one. Drinks as easily as any other DIPA I've encountered, and then some.

Bravo Great Divide.

Photo of riversider76
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper. Nice head, very good retention and lace. Aroma is awsome. Citrus hops,mixed with spice, and a hint of pine.Body is medium to thick. Taste is sweet up front,with a nice piney hop burst,and a bitter finish.I would have liked a less bitter finish, but still excellent!

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and hoppedup.

After the pour I am rewarded with a chill hazed copper colored ale with a good one-inch tan colored head. Quite good head formation for the strength of this beer.

Smell is strong spicy hops, very tasty smelling. Strong but clean citrus hop aroma, mostly of the grapefruit type. Strongly spicy and peppery to the nose, this gives the sensation of cinnamon, mint and oranges to the nose as well as black pepper. Hard to pick out the individual hop aromas here, the hops are very aromatic.

Taste is sweet and fairly woody with a strong grapefruit after taste at the beginning. Quite spicy on the tongue and almost HOT from the hop strength. Noticeable alcohol in the flavor but it is sensed as pepper by the tongue in combination with the VERY heavy hop load used here. The website says this is 85 IBUs but it seems stronger than that in the same class as Stone Ruination in Hops that kick your butt sensation. Hop flavors span the entire spectrum but are stronger in pineapple, grapefruit, lime and wood/tea flavors. Quite bitter but after the 3 sip you tongue is quite numbed by the hops and you don't notice it. A hop heads wet dream in a glass.

Mouthfeel is good for such a powerful brew.

Drinkability here is all about how much hops you can tolerate. At this point I have in fact evolved into something of a hophead and I love these hop bombs. For a hophead this is a 4.5 in drinkability. For a non-hop head, this is more like a 2 in drinkability; it will seriously kick your butt.

Great Divide should put that on the label in big letters "Warning! This beer will kick your Butt! Only meant for hopheads and the inmates of a Oregon Hophead insane asylum!"

Personally I REALLY liked this beer!

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.