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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
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3,474 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,474
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 219 | 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 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 18, 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
Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious reddish amber / burnt orange color, with a frothy khaki head. The head dissipates, but never vanishes altogether. Rings of very sticky lacing are left behind. Pungent hops dominate the nose. Clean citrous with lots of grapefruit melds with sappy pine scents. Some zesty spice is present, along with sweet caramel. Notes of alcohol in the aroma as well. This is damn near a 5 on smell. Violent hops mob the palate like terrace hooligans rooting for a losing team. The flavor of the hops are spicier than I would have expected, bordering on salty. Some sharp piney and very bitter orange peel and grapefuit get through as well. Not to be outdone, the malts lay down a fat backbone like John Paul Jones on bass. Some sweet caramel and a very subtle breadiness lets you know the malts are still alive and kicking. The bitter citrous hops dry out the finish, but some sweetness lingers. The spicy flavor mingles with warming alcohol, leaving you with a zesty aftertaste. Hell yeah, I'm really glad I picked this bomber up. I think my overall score would be 4.75 straight down the list, but its not quite 5s. Pick it up if you see it!

BeerFink, May 11, 2005
Photo of Truh
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Held the weight of the world on my shoulders with this one on 5/2/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Brain-like coating of ¾ inch head that settles into the same, thinner pattern with a patina of stick. Very full, glowing orange hue with some haze and weighed down bubble action. Cranky hop and green juice on nose is fragrant and fresh with some lemon, oranges, and hop oil all mixed up and thrown in. Juicy fruit gun sweetness on mouth explodes immediately, followed by a plentiful amount of hop bitterness; touches of cane sugar, candy corn, macadamia nuts and grapefruit all wash around.

Very nice double IPA and one I would gladly pick up when in need of a pour from this style.

Truh, May 04, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - slightly dark orange beer. Thick creamy head like lather is very sticky, leaving a thin blanket of lace behind.

Aroma - frangrant - orangey, piny, some malt aroma fighting through the intense hop nose as well.

Taste - good malt presence. Sharp bitter hops, combined with a high alcohol level, make a hot and harsh impact on the palate. Feels raw and boozy, needs more taste and less hootch. Too medicinal, but getting in some of the bottom sediment from the bomber gives it a needed boost of sweetness. Completely stands up to some spicy tamales as expected. Letting it warm up helps balance-wise. The ups and downs kind of cancel each other out on this one, leaving me with an impression more of the downs.

Mouthfeel - nicely smooth and creamy, leaves a pleasant residual to help fight off that alcohol burn.

Drinkability - too mixed up for me to get into and enjoy.

brewdlyhooked13, May 04, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the bottle an intimidating, deep hazy orange with some brown influences. The liquid is thick, thick, thick. The color showed a lot of depth and was very inviting. The head was modest but well-tanned and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell - This is a big, heavy, monster nose. There is just tons and tons of caramel and toffee in here. The hops are complex and huge as well. I can pick up some good pine sap along with some big citrus and a few other notes that give a lot of depth to this gigantic bouquet. All in all, this is one of the biggest, most-balanced ADIPA noses that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The taste follows the nose except the malts are noticeably dominant. For all the hops here, they take a back seat to the huge, luscious, gooey caramel and toffee malt presence.

Mouthfeel - This is big and full-bodied. I'm talking Pliny the Younger big. They should serve this at Ruth Chris' with a side of mashed potatoes. Forget the knife and fork; give me the classic 1970's-style electric turkey carving knife.

As big and chewy as this is, it's not overly dry. The finish has some dryness, but this one finishes with a super-sugary caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Eatability - Don't try to drink Hercules with a meal like I did. This is your dinner.

Comments - What a great treat! I'll offer a big thumbs up to BuckeyeNation for sending this out my way.

Update - They finally got this in SoCal in the fall of 2010. This is an amazing beer to say the least. The head was much improved from my initial review, which leads me to believe that the beer suffered a bit from the trip from Ohio. That said, the balance of this ale is amazing and the flavors are beyond reproach. There's really nothing else like it out there in the beer world. It makes the case for a huge DIPA but with grass and flowers instead of the triple C's and gooey malts. It is like no other double that I've ever had and is in a class all by itself. Especially unique is the nose that is very herbal and spicy yet also has a classic DIPA aroma. The aftertaste BTW will entertain you for hours.

RoyalT, May 04, 2005
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a bone head.
Hazy and full.
Pungent, unapologetic hop assault wafts up with a surprising malt backbone.
Wincing hop profile builds as the beer warms.
Beyond the lupulin assault there lies the stiff malt character,a hint of leather,candied flowers,barn boards, and vanilla.
Stinging on the pallet,nectar-like and piney.
Massive grapefruit flavors,pith and all.
Aggresive hop attack,bitter and extremely lingering.
Drying and minerally, almost tongue curling personality.
Medium to full mouthfeel, with alcohols thinning the body.
Huge hop and malt character hides alcohol well.
Large-ish malt character for style, leaning into Barleywine territory.
Reminiscent of Bigfoot.

brewandbbq, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber @ Sunset Grill, thanks liefman for sharing this with me.

Deep copper, slightly hazed with a lace that would not stop leaving trails down the glass.

Smelled of resiny hops, piney and citric yet very clean. Hints of malt and subtle alcohol under the hops. Almost silky smooth with a strong medium body, big punch of clean bitter hop ... clean hop oil permeates citric and pine. Faint alcohol on the palate, its very hidden ... deceiving.

Wow, damn straight this Double IPA came at me like a bat out of hell. I am very impress by this brew.

Jason, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When does a Double IPA become a Barley Wine? Right here. Great appearance, with a foamy head, cloudy amber hue. Lots of thick lacing. Hop aromas jump out of the bottle. Crisp, hoppy taste, followed by malty backbone. Not dissimiliar to a Bigfoot (one of my absolute faves). This is terrific stuff. 9.10% well hidden, goes down relatively easy. Barley Wine fans, seek it out.

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hercules pours with a 1/4" white head which settles a bit but doesn't go away completely. It hangs on the inside of the glass. The color is somewhere between brown and ruby [dark copper?]. The nose smells immediately like a freshly peeled orange.. hops with malt in the background. The flavor is again citrusy. Some maltiness and a fair amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side. It's pleasant but more of a digestif . This puts limits on the drinkability, but if you know what you are drinking here it's all good.

MrSeth, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, lightly hazy orangey copper with a frithy 1/2 inch ivory head. Leaves sheets of lace. Smells strongly of grapefruit and tangerine. Some peach and mandarin orange. Not a bitter or biting hops aroma but very sweet citrus.

Tastes tangy and bitter. A sweet citrus offset and intermingles with a biting bitterness. Tangerine very evident as well as grapefruit, orange rind and light peach. Mouth is lightly sticky and has a long biter hoppy aftertaste. You can lick the alpha acids off your teeth. Very tasty...I Like it!!!

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the three C hops: Centennial, cascade, and chinok. The grapefruitiness. The malt.Nuttiness. I could stay on this all night and there is balance and flavour despite the bitterness. Brought by a generous Yank to Radekfest 05 Hop bubbles and bitterness followed by maltiness in full bottle enjoyed 7 months later.

Sammy, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper to amber color and makes a modest offwhite head that lingers for quite a while. Aromatics are nutty and sweet, yummy pine cones. Flavor opens up with a moderate bitterness, followed by a nutty character and lots of pine, grapefruit, caramel and sweet chewy finish. This is really good! This one is thick on the palate, leaves a lingering syrupy quality and warmth from the alcohol. I look forward to finding this one again... its very drinkable. Sadly, it is not available in my area.

kmcnair, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a deep, cloudy orange. Head is modest but leaves beautiful lacing all the way down. A surprising amount of yeast sediment is noted as well..

Smell: Hoppy aroma is much more subdued than I expected it to be. The faint floral hop smells I can pick up are a mixture of grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops. It does, however, smell delicious.

Taste: Very piney bitter hops from start to finish. This isn't all about hops, though folks. Much more malty than I expected it to be (barleywine-like?). Quite well balanced for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied...big, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation a little weak which makes it seem a bit syrupy & oily in the mouth.

Drinkability: Well, I won't lie...at over 9% ABV, this thing has some bite, but it is surprisingly drinkable for a double IPA. I wish they had some of this around my area. I would buy this all the time. Great to treat yourself to, as you'll probably only need a bomber or two and you'll be set. Definitely a Herculean effort by Great Divide...yeah, I went there.

hero27, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of bnuttz
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a thick and smooth creamy white head of foam. Smell is typical citric hoppy ipa smell. Smell is also very sweet and fruity. Taste is fully sweet, like it is doused with a bag of brown sugar. But this balances out the hop bitterness nicely. The hops are spicy, but yet citric and fruity. Very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. This is great stuff but a little too sweet to be highly drinkable. An ipa I will be back to.

bnuttz, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Hazy orange with a terrifically creamy looking head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops with some sweet malt and bread. Nice grapefruit smell. The taste is big and malty at first, then a burst of flavorful hops. Not bitter until the very end, almost after you swallow. The hop flavor is big, but not too aggresive. Great balance for a double ipa, without sacrificing the hops. Full mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking, considering the big flavor and high alcohol. This is a very good beer.

beveragecaptain, Mar 24, 2005
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,474 ratings.