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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

3,672 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,672
Reviews: 1,516
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 201
Gots: 310 | 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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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 dcisco44
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jeremiahoden
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of berley31
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DoctorDog
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks for Great Divide for sending me this in a generous quality control make-up.
*10.0% ABV listed on bottle (as opposed to 9.10% listed here).

A- Clear and copper colored. Pours with ~2 fingers of creamy light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving a veritable sheet of lacing. Definitely borderline 5.

S- Big pine hoppiness, with only feint hints of sweet, malty notes.

T-Solid piney/slightly grapefruit hop flavors supply the bitterness. Very solid, fairly sweet malt pressence balances things out nicely. Excellent bitter finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium full feel, and fairly creamy. Slight oily coating. Quite good.

D- Excellent. Fantastic flavor and feel, and very easy drinker for it's 10% ABV.

Future outlook: Got this sent to me as part of a mea culpa from GD for an infected product....and I definitely came out pleased. Very good DIPA that I will be happy to actually pay for next time.

Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of crwills
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a fantastic IPA.

Poured from a bomber at perfect temperature into a pint glass from a local brewery (I forget which one). A clear amber gold, with slight reddish notes, and a beautiful foamy head with lots of lacing.

Aroma, prevalent right out of the bottle, is clear and refreshing hops with a big malt backbone. Prominent alcohol. Dry citrus and light bread.

Taste is hugely bitter and dry. Piney and woody hops, with slight grapefruit notes (although citrus elements are muted in general). Some definite oaky flavours in there. As it warms further toward room temperature, some lemon rind and nutty flavours appear. Alcohol level is just barely noticeable in the flavour, but warms the ears. Aftertaste is earthy or planty, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth.

A great beer, as everything I've had from Great Divide has been. More!

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first double IPA. Pours a deep golden color with nice head that lasted a while. Aroma is citrus fruit and a bit malty as well. Flavor is fruity and hoppy and finishes bitter. Flavor is fairly complex and must be drank slowly to truly appreciate. Hides the alcohol well, so drinkability is good for the 9.1% abv.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two inch head and good lacing.
The aroma of malts,hops and grapefruit.

The taste is sweet malts,hops,fruits and a mild grapefruit with a hint of alcohol.
The feel: medium body and a smooth carbonation. Great balance. Some mild bitterness that stays on the tongue.

Notes: A fine beer indeed. I picked this up and I got exactly what I expected.

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of JEdmund
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
What immediately stands out is that it's hazy, and having had this before, I know that's reflective of how how flavorful and hearty this beer is; it has a bright and vibrant orange color, with lots of strings of carbonation that continue bubbling for the duration of the beer (which I sipped on for more than an hour); the head, though somewhat small at about an inch (could be a bad pour on my part), is thick and whipped cream-like, hanging around as a small, but still creamy film throughout the whole drink

Aroma
Awesome. So hoppy and spicy; full of citrus and pine and a hint of malt sweetness; really big and appetizing

Taste & Mouthfeel
Great hop bite and sting all the way through; fizzles up with just slight movement in mouth, lending to a full and creamy texture; leaves a very flavorful hop aftertaste that stays with you for quite a while; some oiliness in the mouth; certainly some malty sweetness present, but not much; hops predominate this beer

Overall
One of my all time favorites, Hercules is so big on hops and is really refreshing and tasty--a complete hop-lovers treat. Every sniff and sip keeps me wanting more. On one hand I could stand to have some more malt heft, but then it would be closer to a barley wine.; I really do love the big hop character.

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4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark amber. Head stays for a long time. Thick Head!

S: Citrusy smell(if that makes sense) Sorta fruity.

T: Citrus Grapefruit Bitterness. Hops linger for a while.

F: Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Almost syrupy. It works well with the flavor!

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark woody brown with amazing off-white head. Some of the best retention and lacing I've seen (think Duvel).

S- A little lacking here. This is an up and down beer for me. Some really good things, some things that aren't so good. This is the latter. Nothing too strong, just molasses-like malt and some citrusy/leafy hops.

T- Nothing too exceptional at first: the regular (but not bad) blend of caramel/molasses/sweet malt with some leafy bitter hops. What I really like about this one is the toasty, nutty malt finish that pushes its way through on the end. That's different and nice.

M- A little thin, dry finish. Coating.

D- Very enjoyable and interesting drink... definitely worth seeking out. Another great brew by Great Divide.

Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of climax
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer, here. The deep amber body is slightly hazy, and holds up a good size tan head that notches and laces all the way down. I'm ready to drink.

Nose was more well balanced than I was anticipating, not a hop assault. Sweet caramel and roasted nuts match the citrus/pine hop profile very well. Pink grapefruit, bubblegum, a bit of acidity and a dash of soapiness make up the hop bill. Not an overload, a bit more strength would have been alright, but it's still very good.

Alcohol is well hidden in the aroma and the taste, definitely no evidence of 10%ABV. It's certainly smooth for the style, perhaps a little low octane on flavor, but very enjoyable. Once again, very well balanced all the way through. Grapefruit and pine get boosted with spice and a sturdy toasty malt backbone.

The about medium, plenty sticky with a dry finish. The carbonation is modest but ample. Brutally easy to drink, watch yourself because it goes down like a regular IPA and packs twice the wallop.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of RichD
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.