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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

3,631 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,631
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 197
Gots: 283 | 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 Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Achieved a very impressive tan head. Sustained for a good while and then left a nice thick lacing. Clear amber body with tiny carbonation bubbles. The appearance was the best thing about this beer.

Wow, overhyped?

Aroma was a malty sweetness, light hoppiness, and a hint of nuts.

First tastes were of malt up front and grapefruit rinds toward the end. Alcohol (ETOH) veiled but not hidden. As the beer warmed for just a few minutes I began to taste ETOH and some bitterness, nothing else. No complexity, no subtleness, one gear.

Little carbonation, uninteresting mouthfeel.

I did not finish this beer. I kept waiting for a shift away from the ETOH flavor toward something more multidimensional but unfortunately I mostly tasted booze, not beer.

I recently enjoyed a Dreadnaught ( I do enjoy Double IPA's) and had no trouble finishing the bottle. Hercules was strong but not in a good way. Not what I expected.

Photo of Hibernator
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy orange with a cloudy dust quality. Big, fluffy head that you can control with just the pour. Very appealing beer.

Pleasant nose with strong floral whiffs and citrus fruit.

Sweet, juicy citrus punch with a massive hop bomb. Hop presence is fruity, spicy, piney and floral all mixed together. Sugary sweet with hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is interestingly creamy and grainy.

Drinkability level is really good for a beer of this level. Overall, this is an excellent beer that is crafted with the utmost quality. A double IPA that gives DFH a run for its money.

Recommened without a doubt.

Photo of trep
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty impressive looking IIPA. Chunky cream colored head that looks like the tops of the Rocky Mountains. Jagged and rough, though creamy like warm marshmallow fluff. Deep orange body, almost red. Looks like shark-bite bloody water. Flakey bits of yeast floating in the body.

Piney and sweet hops in the nose. Grapefruit and a nice aroma of malts to balance it out. Hardly any alcohol present.

Hoppy as hell, pine sap, bitter as can be. I can't imagine anything else being this bitter. A nice malty background to attempt to keep this hop-monster somewhat balanced. This one is almost too bitter for consumption, if there is such a thing. I like it, but the bitterness really detracts from what seemed to be a promising aroma.

Hardly any carbonation, this is a pretty thick IIPA but its suitable for the feel of this greek god. Medium-Full body that feels right for the style.

Although the alcohol isn't present at all, the bitterness of this one limits its drinkability. One bomber is enough for me.

Photo of troutmask96
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

All will bow fbefore the mighty Hercules Double IPA. This baby packs a mighty hop wallop and a smootheness unfound in other double IPA's.

Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a billowy, soapy head. Smell is hoppy, but with an esteemable fruitiness to balance it. Taste is just wonderful, with a pleasant hop bitterness than lingers long after the sip. I mark it down a bit for drinkability, as the high 9.10% ABV makes this one to enjoy in utopic moderation...

Photo of TheBungyo
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hercules, I crown thee king, king of double IPA's. At least, so far as my search for the best goes.
It looks like carbonated refreshing Iced Tea. With a nice 1 inch head capping it of course. Sparse lacing is left on the way down through the glass.
The nose is like being smacked in the face with a branch of a pine tree. I have never smelled a pine aroma this strong. After the pine I get sweet grapefruit and orange.
Taste is again, pine, followed by grapefruit, sweet caramel, lemon and orange. Finish is massively bitter.
Mouth is so damned balanced it could be a gymnast.
Of course the drinkability is excellent because it tastes so damned amazing. Stone calls it's double IPA ruination but this one delivers on that promise far more. A real gem.

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

Hazy orange with a huge off white fluffy two fingered head.
Pine, lemon and sweet cane sugar gives this a very bold aroma.
Strong citrus, and huge hops that finishes malty but never lets you forget this is a great DIPA. The alcohol is present but it's warming, not overbearing.

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

Poured from a undated bomber, into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden orange color, with a fantastic fluffy off white head. Minutes go by before the head fades, leaving tons of delicate lacing. This brew compares to Dreadnaught from Three Floyds in almost everyway. Very aromatic, lots of resiny hops, citrus fruits, peppery, with a strong malt smell in the finish. This is definitely a hop bomb, but does have a great sweet malty backbone. Very well balanced with a medium bodied feel. Good amount of carbonation and very easy too drink. The alcohol content isn't a factor, making this one of the best double ipa's, I had so far. An excellent offering from Great Divide!!! Hopheads will love this one!

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

Pours a gorgeous, thick, creamy head that took a while to settle down (and the pour wasn't even all that vigorous). A rich copper-brown color, leaning toward burgundy. A beautiful looking thing.

Wham-o! The hops aroma hits like a freight train, but luckily there's more to it, with an earthy, rich nuttiness coming through and a sweet honey/malt essence trying to make itself known. But clearly, this is hop-heaven.

As for the flavor: lots of pine, a caramel-y sweetness and a superbly creamy mouthfeel. Reminded me of Dogfish Head 90 Minute in a lot of ways. This delivers the hops with gusto, but offers good balance too. The finish leaves you with grapefruit, which is pleasant at first but probably outstays its welcome (as I squelch it with another sip).

Clearly a beer for hop-heads only, but certainly one of the cleanest, purest of its kind. It's got substance and big flavor, and when the hops mood strikes, this will surely quench and satisfy.

Photo of far333
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden apricot colored, a bit hazed, with a thick and frothy head that has dimples and craters and bubbles in varying sizes. Wavy rings of lace encircle the insides of the glass as I drain it. Aroma is thick and grainy and sugary, sweet and sultry, with honey and sweet tangerine and ripe fruits. A thick and full mouthfeel leads to a swirling array of flavors that weave in and out - sweet citrus and honey, followed by cotton candy sugar and pine. The hops are big in a combination of citrus and floral, with a strong malt base riding beneath. A delicate alcohol tingle warms the sides of the cheeks and creeps up the back of the nose. I find this very drinkable, though I'm sipping so as to savor every drop and not get knocked off the chair. Many thanks to Brent for sharing such an amazing beer.

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

This is a complete IPA. I wouldn't say it's cloudy, but definitely not clear, with a coppery color and a slight, thin head. Alot of these stronger IPAs are quite citrus like in smell, but I would say this one is more floral than citrusy, and I would say the same about the taste. Floral, fruity, with less powerful citrus undertones hop flavors, with a sweet malt. This is a very well rounded, heavy IPA.

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

Poured a hazy golden orange with a huge off white fluffy cloud into a tulip glass at Roman’s Pub in South Milwaukee. Beautiful bright orange hues. Head is luscious, thick, lasting, fragrant, and creamy. This looks great! Nose is wonderful too. Balanced citrus, floral, pine, juniper, and grassy hops. Taste is just as well balanced. A refreshing juicy fruit hop front matches the spicy pine and tangerine hop bitterness in the middle and finish. Body is full, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is nuts considering the IBV and ABV, almost as good as Dreadnaught. This is extremely tasty stuff and ever so creamy and luscious feeling. I love it.

Photo of ITK4ever
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never one to turn down a Big Beer, I was anxious to give this a test drive when I saw it at Stateline. "Great Minds Drink Alike" is on the cap which I found very amusing. So much so, that the cap is now hanging in my office.

Poured into my Mr. Boh pint as a deep hazy orange. Smell of grapefruit robust American hops grabs your nose right away. THIS IS A BIG BEER....for over the top hop heads. If you're not that, you won't appreciate this beer for what it is. Strong ABV, strong hops, strong mouthfeel. OMG....afterall the name is Hercules!!! This is not for the faint of heart or malt lovers whatsoever.

Photo of cameraman
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper/golden color with hints of orange. It has nice head, that laces down the glass slowly. Strong aromas of citrus, especially grapefruit, as well as floral and piney scents. The taste is surprising, it starts with a sweet taste of malt and little bit of honeyin there as well. The hops soon begin to dominate the taste, with prodominantly a citrus flavor. It is slightly heavy, as it comes across the palate at the beginning, then it gradually thins itself out. Drinkability, this is hop-head beer, though it was a tad disappointing I was expecting a stronger hoppiness in this beer.

Photo of Freshie
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden hue. Laces nicely

The smell is piney, with some citrus.

The tatse is hoppy, with a somewhat prominent honey sweey flavour, and hints of citrus fruit.

Very smooth, but not as clean and crisp as I like IPA' s. Still good though.

Cheers!

Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a nice medium amber color. Slight haze. Fluffy half-inch off-white head retains well, and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is suprisingly mild. Piney, citrus hop aromas are noticeable, but not to the extent I was expecting. Doesn't really step up and make you take notice.

Taste is about the same. Hoppy, but subdued. Not as much punch as I was hoping for. Orange and grapefruit flavors are there, but not as strong as other examples of this style. Hops dominate beginning to end, almost too much as I'm not getting much malt presence. The hops do leave you with a nice lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Seems subdued for a double IPA, I was expecting more punch. To me it doesn't seem much stronger than a regular IPA, so judging it based on it's style it seems weak for it's name. It's a good beer, and certainly one I could drink more than one of, but iI just don't see it as a "double".

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a chilled 650 mL capped bottle poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep orange color. There is a slight hazy in the glass, but not enough to make me consider sediment or yeast. There is a minimal ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a strong aroma of citrusy NW US hops. The concentration smells fairly strong.

Taste: The ale has a hoppy bitterness that grabs you from the get-go. The hops do not scald the mouth, but they come pretty close. The alcohol in this beer is evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The hops are a bit too strong and leave a bitter taste in the mouth that lingers for a while.

Drinkability: Decent beer for a hophead, although I find the alcohol and hop characters both to be overwhelming.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a murky gold amber with a thick creamy off white head. The head lasts very well and produces excellent lacing. Has a decent hoppy aroma of pine with subtle touches of malt. Has a good carbination with a solid thin texture. Has a real good duration and an excellent finish. Very solid all the way through. This one may not have complex aromas but the flavors and taste are awesome. Very smooth. Hopheads should definately check this one out.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Daalamar): Poured an hazy light amber color ale with a huge slight off-white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of deep citrusy and grapefruit hops. Taste is unsurprisingly bitter with some nice touch of citrus and grapefruit with a strong caramel malt presence. A bit too overpowered on hops for my own personal liking but I still appreciated the craftsmanship.

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

Poured from a 1pt, 6oz bottle into a Duvel stemed glass.

Colour was darker than i expected. Deep rust-like tones, warm hues. Nice think 1/2 inch head of frothy goodness also noted

The smell is good. Hopps, some citrus notes present. A very clean smell.

When it comes to IPAs, i tend to judge things around stone's Ruination. I'd say this is in the same ball park. Lot's of hopps, some blueberrry, and a bit of spice to the finish. A real lip smacker.

I could probably drink about 2. I think anything more would be overkill.

Good beer. Try one.

Photo of quasimoto
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this is a deep cloudy amber with a head that wont quit. Its big and frothy and has been in my glass since it was at the top. (it is now the bottom)

S - Strong piney hops with a citrus zest kick up the nose hairs on this one. The background of alcohol is there but not overpowering. It is pleasant and smooth.

T - The dominate hops are being swirled around by some sweet caramely malts that make for one hell of a balance.

M - Thick and creamy. very viscous. The full body equally matches the flavor characters.

D - If it wasnt for the high ABV% on this it is one of the best DIPAs out there.

Photo of Optimat0r
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good double IPA. basically just a better(and stronger) version of their titan ipa. pours a copper-gold color, minimal foaming, smell not quite as prominent as other strong ipa's, taste is good strong hoppy but good balance as well, good aftertaste no alcohol or penny-metallic taste, good drinkability but for the strength.

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

Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for hooking a brother up.

Appearance- A truly amazing burnished orange brew, cascading fervently towards the top of my glass with no signs of stopping. Yes, the paper towels were out in seconds, with a soggy coaster beneath. My glass is now sticky. Outstanding. Ridiculous lacing... it completely drapes the inside without letting up. Damn, hot damn.

Smell- So strong is the hop aroma, it almost offends. This walks away with the most belligerent hop award ever, beating DFH 90 hands down. I actually detect the strength here in the nose... it makes my stomach quiver with fear and delight.

Taste- A surprisingly bold malt presence briefly counters the hop assault, even lending a nutty character to the mix. Burps are random and uncontrollable now, as I find a silly grin on my face and my toes going numb. As the beer opens up more, the hops completely obliterate the tongue from front to back... hell, I thought Ruination would show me who's boss, right now I'm mopping floors at the welfare depot. This is painful, yet necessary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, viscous, and appropriately carbonated. So huge in the mouth and belly that a bomber should most definitely be split with a friend or maybe three. For maximum enjoyment, save a bottle for a hophead gathering where the love can be shared. Holy crap, this beer will destroy your weak ass.

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

This beer poured clear copper-orange with a persistent fluffy off white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. The citrus smell hits first, like red grapefruit, then some piney hops with a bit of malty sweetness to tame the hops. The taste is way better than the smell, right up there with Dreadnaught. Oily hops hit first, piney then citrus with a bready malt background and then a bitter aftertaste. Very slick, it just slides down my throat. The different tastes are all there and very distinct, there is no overwhelming taste, just great all around.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holy hot crap, this is making me salivate

A - this great divide offering pours a darker tan with a thick tan head, and is very light on the carbonation

S - holy moley, this smells hop-a-riffic, so much hops it could clear congestion better than NyQuil. there are also hints of citrus tat i can faintly detect

T - damn, tastes even stronger than it smells, the hops dont explode they go supernova, and are accompanied by a slight citrus tinge and a hint of sweetness

M - very bitter, of course, but man does this go down easy, i want more, MUST GET MORE (robot voice)

D - high, if you like IPA's, otherwise buy something else

Photo of JasonCoop
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy orange color with big offwhite foam.

smells like pungeant ripe grapefruit. subtle sweet malt, little pine, mainly citrus.

taste - strong and sweet up front with ripe grapefruit and powerful oily hops. delicious, and dangerously smooth for it's over 9% abv. it's great if you like a fruity/extremely hoppy type of IPA.

mouthfeel is pretty smooth. not as heavy as you'd expect for a 9%er. remarkably and dangerously drinkable. impressive brew. the great buzz is the only thing limiting its drinkability.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,631 ratings.