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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,431
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 207 | 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 coasterfreak75
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

The pour was a deep dark mahogany with a good two finger head that was fairly slow to dissapate and left a quite foamy lace on the top and side of the beer, this held on throughout the glass.

The smell was very heavy in hops, but not so heavy that it overpowered the nose. Hidden with the hops were sweet fruit notes along with some malt hidden in the rear of the nose.

The drink started with a sweet kick of apricots and an almost peach like tone. The middle was heavy in clean hops. The finish was a lingering hop oil.

This is one of the best of the double IPA's I've had. Don't let the double on the lable scare you away. This is one to be tried by all beer lovers.

coasterfreak75, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of carln26
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

This came from a bomber to a shaker pint glass a bright clear copper color. Thick white head along with a delicate sheet of lace. Bright flowery pine smell. More hop flower and pine in the flavor. More caramel malt than I expected from a double IPA. The hop bitterness really lingers becoming almost heat as you continue to drink. Mild mouth feel and a good drinkability. Good IPA. I don’t consider it a great one. The malt balance helps, but the heat sensation detracts.

carln26, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a hazy orange peach color with a big fluffy off white head that laces well.
Aroma is lots of citrus mixed with pine and hints of caramel malt underneath a big bed of hop goodness.
Taste is hops ligtly sweet almost floral mixed with some caramel moving to a more bitter grapefruit, orange peel mixture of citrus. Finishes with a nice lingering pine tree bitterness that coats the mouth and tounge and begs for another drink, to wash away the resin and start the experience all over again.
Mouthfeel is good maybe a touch light in the malt department but very nice in the hop department.
Drinkability is great, hope this is a regular brew for One Stop now, us poor folks in East Tennessee could use another good Double IPA, having just one is hard to live with.

mntlover, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

22 oz bottle pours a burnished orange body with a lasting, offwhite head that disperses obscene layers of sheet and patch lace all over my imperial pint glass.
Titanic notes of citrusrind and spruce pine are apparent during the initial pour and last through the finish. Some caramel maltiness tries to balance the truckload of hops, with very minimal success.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sticky hop resin feel. Moderate carbonation enhances a citric and peppery hops bite.
Taste is dominated by a ton of hops. Grapefruit and orangerind, with a strong note of spruce are predominant. Caramel maltiness makes a brief appearance in the middle and edges the citrusy hops toward some tangerine sweetness for a few moments. The finish evokes a fresh half of bitter grapefruit with a dollop of honey. Alcohol content is not apparent in the taste, but after finishing this one I'm a bit woozy. One of these at a sitting is all I can handle.
Very nice American double ipa. I see no reason to compare this to a barleywine, as a few other reviewers have.

merlin48, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

I agree with the observation that this beer is much like a barley wine, but there are some differences. Appearance is about the same as a BW, but maybe a little lighter. Smell is pure alcohol soaked hops. Very malty, just like a barley wine, but there is a hop profile contained herein that no barley wine i have ever had has. The beer is too sweet, IMO, and detracts from the overall appeal of the beer.. Still appeases my hops craving, but there are better DIPAS.

TastyTaste, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

First smell..I think Barley Wine...first taste I think Barley Wine...I'd call it a barley Wine personally...pours a semicloudy peach color...nice 1/4 head on top....Nose is big malts....strong chocolate...and some caramel as well...the chocolate is very evident...taste is big on the malt load too....caramel nougat...chocolate...and then the hops make an appearance...a nice acidic piney hop finish....very smooth drinking but on the finish you have a nice hit of bitterness....definitely more malty than bitter...if you're looking for a big hop fix I wouldn't suggest this one....it's not that it isn't hopped up nicely because it is...it's just the malt goodness outshines it and really keeps things balanced...

Again, this strikes me as more of a BW than double IPA...and a hell of a nice BW at that...I'd grab several DIPA's over this for the pure style but this is a damn nice beer whatever you want to call it..

ZAP, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

First of all I would like to comment that I LOVE DIPAs, and all other "big" beers that come in 22oz bottles I feel by the time I’m done drinking it I have a really good feel for what the beer is all about. I poured this one out into one of my trusty pint glasses. Near-Perfect appearance for the style, the body is a ruddy copper color topped off with a creamy and sticky eggshell colored head, lacing clings in huge sheets down the pint. The nose on this one is a real sinus-cleanser, the hop aromas lean heavily towards the piney side but there are citrus and citrus peel aromas all very floral, green and resinous. This is of course all binded together by a sticky caramel smelling malt, any alcohol aromas are practically non-existant, which is suprising. In the mouth the malt is nice and stickily sweet, it is quickly over-powered by a dense and practically vibrating bitterness, citrus peel and resinous pine complete the voyage. Again, for the high ABV on this beer, the flavor is very well masked. Hercules is not too sweet which I find in some DIPAs and can become a bit annoying, I do however prefer them a tiny bit drier than is the case here. The mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky, carbonation is ultra-soft. A great representation of a style that I love dearly.

FormatKid, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of oracle
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

22 oz bomber served in a chalice style glass.

This beer is full of suprises.

I had mixed reactions to the appearance of this beer upon pouring. I love the color, a very cloudy light brown/orange, similar to the color of a very good apple cider. I'm not sure I've every seen another beer quite this color. Simply beautiful. I was mildly disappointed with the head, which remained less than 1/2 inch despite vigourous pour. I think it was too cold.

Smell was pretty typical double IPA. Loads and Loads of fresh citrus hops, undertone of pine and sweet carmel.

After not expecting much based on the smell, I was completely suprised by the taste. Simply marvelous. Fresh, fruity, hoppily bitter and complex while being very refreshing. Small taste of plum and some other fruitness I cannot quite place. Just excellent. Had no idea it was a 9.1 %abv beer until I was finished. Very little alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Finish lingers but is pleasant.

I'm not sure I want to drink more than one bomber a night with this alcholol contents, but I definately want to buy this one again.

oracle, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

22 oz. bomber. Pours a dingy, orange-amber hue with a thick, persistent, foamy off-white head. Nose is filled with floral hops, citrus, and perhaps a touch of pine. At 85 IBU's, one taste and the tastebud assault is on.

Wonderfully bitter and hoppy, this brew finishes slickly on the tongue. The high ABV is almost undetectible, save for a warmth following the hops as they fade into the aftertaste. Pretty good presence of malt balance, too, though of course, the hops dominate.

I'm a sucker for this style, but even so, I really like this. Quite a gem.

RockyTopHeel, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Ah the aroma of this one has all the makings of a wonderfully delicious big IPA. A citrusy hop aroma flows forth from the copper brew, with its bubbly light tan head also showing off notes of clove spiciness, pepper and grapefruit in the nose.

Flavor is not a hop bomb, but well balanced with some very rich, sweet malts to balance the crisp hop bitterness. Floral, rich, hoppy, creamy, and spicy - it's all in there. One of the more well balanced double IPAs. It's nice to see an American brewer not go completely overboard with hops on this increasingly popular style.

IrishRedRock, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of shapudding
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%

Holy volcano of head shooting out of the bottle! I thought I was being careful, and this one has been sitting in my fridge for a bit, so it was not warm... Poured out to a beautiful apricot-amber color with a bubble bath of thick orangey head that sat nice and creamily on top. Smells sooo good. Major pine coming from my glass. Fresh juniper berries, walnuts, white grapefruit...
Wow this is good stuff! Creamy, almost thickish mouthfeel, but not heavy feeling, just a bit chewy. A decent amount of carbination, but it flows so well around your mouth that you don't notice it. It feels soooo smooth and lovely. Such good happy freakin hoppiness going on here! Burnt toast, grapefruit rind, peppery, bit of caramel sweetness. Leaves a ton of flavor in your mouth after each sip. Very drinkable for the hop heads, I'm lovin' this one!

shapudding, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orange-brown color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is nothing but citrusy and piney hops. A badass hop aroma that I never want to leave. It keeps drawing me in. The taste has just the slightest bit of sweet maltiness, but watch out cause it doesn't last long. Lots of juicy hops ready to own your palate like the bitch that it is. Great hop flavor, that's all there is to it. The body is very thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is awesome for a 9.1% brew. Flippin' awesome.

SheepNutz, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours out a hazy golden orange and sits a foggy amber brown in the glass with a small off-white head. Nice lacings leaving specklings of head all around the glass.

Aroma consits of a well balanced array of malts and hops. Malts present a caramel like sweetness and a nutty and toasty character. Hops display a good amount of citrus fruit, oranges, tangerines, and lemon, while maintaining a nice floral build.

Tastes sweet and malty up front and quickly makes room for the hops; an assortment of flavors ensues. Oranges, grapefruit rind and lemon make up the citrus portion of hop flavors while notes of tulips and roses float around. Nuttiness builds from within the hops and pairs well with the caramel-like sweetness. Finish is enjoyably bitter and leaves the mouth coated with hop oils.

Perhaps the highlight of this beer is it's luciously smooth and creamy body, floating on a bed of soft, fluffy and delicate carbonation. Medium-full in body overall and puts out every ounce of flavor this beer has to offer.

A delight to drink. For a Double IPA, it's easier to handle than most and far more enjoyable. This will continue to quech my thirst for hoppy beers for a long time. Alas, it's gone all too soon and I must reminisce. Have no fear, it's easy to obtain, and shall delight my pallate once more!

Skidz, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Orange-amber with a 1/2" bubbly head.

Aroma full of hops, some spicy blended with citrus with a bit of sweetness backing it up.

Full bodied and reasonably smooth. The spicy hops show up first along with a light piney flavor midway through. Finishes up with a potent bitterness along with a faint, pleasant sweetness. A fine Double IPA, the sweetness is good, but maybe a shade too much for me. The alcohol does a nice job of not standing out. Good drinking. Big thanks to Nickbagofdonuts for bringing this back for me.

Southernbrew, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Brown bomber with 85 IBU’s listed, no abv or date.
Aroma: What a surprise: hoppy. Ok, Strong Pine and Grapefruit hop smells with only the slightest hint of underlying sweet malt.
Appearance: Hazy orange with yellow edges. Moderate carbonation feeds a rather thin off white head that left a slight ring when it rapidly collapsed. For such a small head, it laced impressively leaving solid tide marks.
Flavor: Full on hop assault, strongly bitter with little restraint provided from the malt. There are some oak characteristics, a sweet middle and a lingering wisp of cotton candy but the hops burn it all away. The alcohol is noted in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, syrupy almost, had to draw a sample away from the glass with a strong pull. It left an oil layer in my mouth, throat, and esophagus.
Overall Impression: I’m not amused. Ok, it is a double IPA, it SHOULD be too hoppy, and it is, but it seems that is all there is. The malt base is just too shallow leaving this without much complexity. The alcohol is also rather hot.
Not surprisingly, as the beer warmed, so did I, and my opinion of this brute mellowed some. The malt started to come out a bit more, and I’m guessing my taste buds gave up screaming “it’s way to hoppy!!!” and decided to just enjoy the ride. The mouthfeel also seemed to lighten a bit, but I still find the alcohol too hot.
Looking for a subtle and complex palate soother? Keep moving; nothing to see here.
Need a 200cc hop injection, stat? This is your beer.

HardTarget, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy and orange/amber with a thin tan head.

Smell: A citrusy hop smell with wheat bread in the background.

Taste: Bitter and dry hop goodness up front with a lemon juicy dry finish. Hints of malt support throughout the sip with pine and orange creeping up throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick but crispy and refreshing.

Drinkability and overall: This was a highly drinkable double IPA. I really liked this one. It had a strong hop punch but it was rounded out nicely by the malt. If you are thinking about venturing in to the double IPA's, this would be a place to start. Good stuff.

mattcrill, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours and orangey amber with a thick but medium-sized bright, white head that leaves uneven rings of lace on the pint.
Aroma of oranges, caramel, pine trees, resins and perfumed hops.
Flavors of caramel, grain, hay, citrus orange, resins, hop cones and some toasted bread were noted.
Mouthfeel has syrupy sweet hit to start. Then progresses to a sharp, resiny bitter middle and finishes with a little bit of toasted or raosted feel with a floral or citrus hop twang.
Drinkability is very good. Solid combo of sweet and bitter. Nice transitions and layering of the bitterness. Very good effort by the folks at Great Divide.

CRJMellor, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.1%

The aroma was a hard act to follow. Perhaps the most jucy, grapefruity cascades hops aroma I've experienced - immeidately called Stone Ruination to mind. The flavor was just a bit of a letdown, only due to the anticipation brought on by the aroma. The grapefruit notes really did not carry through to the flavor, which was a bit blunt in the bitterness, rather than grapefruity-sharp. The malt was more than sufficient to carry the weight of the hops. The flavor profile threatened to go syrupy (i.e. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA), but stopped short. All-in-all, this was more along the lines of a super hoppy English IPA than a cascades-loaded APA. The high abv was well concealed in the flavor profile.

Brent, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a dark amber color with a small head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma, as expected - cascades most likely. Not much more registers with me than the strong hop aroma. The flavor was much of what I expected, but not as hoppy. It's well hopped for an I2PA, but still not as much as I thought it would be. Nice sweetness balances out the hops pretty well and it turns out to be a very smooth drink. Malts can be found once it starts to warm a little, but the hops prevail.

clvand0, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%

This beer pours an orange copper: Head is about2 fingers that falls quick. Nose is nice sweet grapefruit hops. This one has a very mellow flavor. The malts and hops dance together very well and intice me to drink more. For a double IPA, the hops are nicely subdued and rounded out well by the sweet malt. I like it a lot. The mouthfeel is nice and thick. Drinkability on this one is the best I have found in a double. I think I will be getting a few more of these to keep around for a rainy day.

kmpitz2, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of kosmoraios
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

An excellent DIPA. Pours a nice murky copper-red color with a beige colored head about an inch and a half high.

A citrussy-piney-hoppy aroma penetrates my olfactory senses as the aroma wafts into my nose. Apricot, nectarine. Flowers. For taste - very hoppy with a excellently-balanced amount of bitterness. Apricot and citrus are evident, as is black pepper and cardamom. Some clove, perhaps. There is still a note of floral hibiscus and hyacinth. An excellent expression of the style. The hops win out as the ale warms, resulting in a bitter sweet-citrus taste. The mouthfeel is spicy and carbonated, and the drinkability is good for a 9.10 % ABV ale. All in all, one of the better double IPAs I have tasted.

kosmoraios, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +9%

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head over the orangey amber brew. Head is dense and exhibits staying power, and the lacing is excellent. Aroma is of fruity, piney hops. Taste is hops upfront, at the end, and in the middle. They seem to grab into your tongue from the moment they enter your mouth, yet we're not ripping off the taste buds, just waking them up. Some malt for a backbone, but it is apparent this is not the focus of the brew. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style. Worth finding, for sure.

ppoitras, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Got the second half of the bottle, couldn't really get a good read on the appearance, but seems decent.

Really nice nose. I get some tea and strong sweet floral notes. Very nice hoppy aroma.

Very nice flavor...strong bitterness but not overwhelming. I get some nice tea notes...lots of hops here. Almost herbal. A bit astringent in the finish, but what is to be expected from all those hop?? Must not be low cohumulone. Some ruby red fruitiness in the finish as well...not sure how else to describe it. Very citrusy and pungent in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel. Very appropriate for the style.

Not sure how many I could drink, at least a bomber worth.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Beautiful beer. The color is rich and deep, somewhere in between ruby and copper. The slightly yellowish head builds easily into a dense, soupy foam. The hops dominate the aroma with dried peaches and grapefruit. The malt makes a stronger showing in the flavor with a nice caramel and biscuit sweetness that keeps the hoppiness from becoming overwhelming. The alcohol is well covered and sneaks up on you.

aracauna, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a light amber color. Surprisingly, there isn't much of a head, and very little lacing (although this could be my fault). The smell is incredible, all pine and apricots. Tastes very bitter, but it's not overwhelming at all (even at 85 IBUs), with piney, apricoty hops dominating, although there may be a little citrus there. I allowed myself to savor this one, and it became even better as it warmed.

Fabulous beer here, definitely recommended. I'm glad I got my hands on a bottle of this, which is truly the nectar of the Gods.

skybluewater, Sep 06, 2004
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,431 ratings.