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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

3,525 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,525
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 184
Gots: 239 | 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 Tumble
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Tumble, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of spedprof
4.75/5  rDev +15%

spedprof, May 27, 2014
Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown with an excellent creamy head. Great retention and lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich hop nose, spicy, meaty, earthy hop nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Toasty and roasty malt flavor. Not what I expected from a Colorado IPA but really good. Sweet and malty with some burnt sourness. Bitter sandy middle. This beer is not a hop monster of a beer that tears into the palate. I like that. Sweet with candy flavors and a piney, oily, resiny hop finish. The feel is smooth and clean, medium to nearly full bodied in texture.

Drinkability: For a DIPA it's not bitter but I appreciate the complexity and rich flavors. No single flavor is too strong or overpowering. Well balanced and tasty. In a lot of ways this reminds me of Alesmith IPA.

BrewMaster, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -3.1%

davet100, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

hockeypuck, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this previously from the 22-ounce bomber. This time, Falling Rock Tap House had it ON CASK, and I couldn't resist.

Really, this is everything on cask that the bottled version is, only smoooother in every way. So sticky-thicky chunky-chewy, with a huge walnutty-malty-thick backbone, and the monstrous citrus-metallic-pine hops load. Aromatic to the max, this is like baklava in a glass for nutty-sweetness, with a boat load of hops bitterness for balance.

If you ever get a chance to have this on cask, don't miss it.

ColoradoBobs, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +9%

JandJMD, Apr 13, 2013
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3.72/5  rDev -9.9%

timoteo833, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of burnstar
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a persistant thick off-white head. Aroma is very nice citrusy hops with a certain sweetness in the background. Taste is all about hops throughout. Citrusy and herbal. Sweet malt backbone just makes its presence barely felt to help balance things a bit near the end. Hops provide bitterness throughout and a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit. Mouthfeel is very nice. Heavy, creamy almost. Really good DIPA.

burnstar, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of jackorain
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did not the expect the level of dark Bronze color that this beer portrayed in my devel glass. Aggressive pour resulted in a a scant 1/2 inch of foamy-thick, tan head. the head fell quite slwly as I took my notes. After it did receede to a long lasting thick coat, it also left thick opaque lace up the glass the exact height of the head that formely resided there.

Smell was of thick gooey caramel cooking on the stove. There was a sweet simple syrup aroma also. The middle of the aroma brought a slap across the olfactory of big piney hops. This aroam brought to mind the flavors that i would hope would follow. The finish was of bitter greens.

Big hop bit right up front. Piney and bitter greens abound. The carameland other sweet sugary flavors from the nose serve as a sizable malt backbone. The finish is quite refreshingly bitter and last quite a long time. This bitter finish play extremly well with the firm and sweet malt middle.

Medium to full body is cut quite nicely by the spry, tingly carbonation. This level of carboantion was unexpected but not unwelcome. Not alcohol heat to speak of.

I could drink several glasses of this until it couls get ugly. The 9.1% ABV is well hidden.

Thanks For Reading

jackorain, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy golden copper color w/ a thick off-white tinged with yellow head which sticks around for a bit before leaving a full coating of lace in my goblet
S- surprisingly not a very strong smell, cereal grains and cattish pine hops mixed with some toasted nuts, fruit and just a hint of alcohol
T- starts out with a good initial bite to balance the sticky sweet malt backbone, grapefruit galore in this one, some nutty caramel notes come through about midway but are dwarfed by the almost overwhelming hop presence, as with the smell, a faint fruity alcohol note makes itself known, finish is quite bitter and slightly metallic
M- a rich, full bodied beer with a nominal co2 level

Anthony1, Oct 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

einman, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of danielharper
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Beer tasted 10/26/2009. Notes transcribed verbatim below.)

A: Amber-orange body, thick white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation suspended in body.

S: Rich caramel maltiness up front with crisp hoppiness following. Some alcohol astringency.

T: Much like aroma. Very malty backbone with hoppy bite. Significant astringency.

M: Thick, low carbonation, significant hops.

D: More like a barleywine than a DIPA. Too malty, not enough hops.

(I was probably a bit harsh on this brew numerically, but if we're rating per-style, I feel it's pretty fair. A DIPA really shouldn't be this caramelized and malty in my opinion, and although it'd be a good choice as an introduction for someone who likes barleywines, it really doesn't work as well as a DIPA. YMMV.)

danielharper, Dec 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Dolfan907, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

MickeyHops, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of taylor714914
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps unfair, I tried this after having Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail.  Unremarkable at the time, it seemed as though it wasn’t malty or hoppy enough to be a DIPA.  I judge all my DIPAs against Heady, and this seemed thin and lacking flavor.  I’ll have to revisit it on a fresh palate to give it another whirl and see if my initial impressions were correct, but for now, there are many other DIPAs I’ll reach for (hello Dirtwolf!)

taylor714914, Dec 20, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

BcOneSeven, Sep 19, 2014
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.

shbobdb, Jul 01, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Stockfan42, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Atron67
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a nice golden color, a little dark for an IPA but nothing negative about it, a good head poured out, but it didnt last long, even thou it left good lacing
S- has a really nice hoppy smell, with a medium malt backing it up
T-Has a great crisp hop flavor, tastes really good
M- Has a medium/light body which works great
D- great, i could drink a ton of these, cant really notice the 9% alcohol

Atron67, Jun 09, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

dominic4beer, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of tmm313
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque dark amber. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing.

S- Man, there's a lot going on: Orange, floral, toffee, fresh hop, bubble gum, grapefruit, and pine. Very unique.

T- Sweet citrus/caramel/hops up front, morphing into a super bitter, piney, spicy hop bomb. My poor palate just can't identify all the subtleties. Hops of all levels.

M- Thick side of medium. Oily, drying, coating.

O- This was a dynamite DIPA. To me, it fit right in with all the other sought after west coast IPAs out there. The aromas were heavenly, and the flavors were huge.

tmm313, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Dirty25, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

rojapa, Jul 13, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper to amber in color with a fluffy two finger white head, really good on the retent, god lacing as well

S- sweet, floral, citrus, hoppy

T- very strong on the bitterness (duh), sweet and sour grapefruit like citrus flavor in the beginning, earthy with some slighty nutty malt in the middle and finishes with pine (w/ a bit of a sour twang), warm alcohol & touch of spicy earthiness.

M- smooth medium bodied brew. leaves a film on the palate.

D- enjoyable, bitterness can be harsh, nice touch with the earthy/nutty malts as opposed to the usual caramel malts. hop profile doesnt do much to set it apart from other DIPA's.

tonistruth, Nov 26, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,525 ratings.