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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 ManekiNeko
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange topped by a yellowish and frothy head. Very typical for this style in my experience. Foam dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Powerful hop aromas of grapefruit and spruce. Faint caramel malts. Obviously, this is Titan on steroids.

Taste: Ultra bitter and tangy hopes on the start. Peppery, brash, citrusy, and sprucy. Just enough caramel malt sweetness to keep this tolerably balanced, but maybe not exquisitely so. This is an IIPA after all. Not quite as complex as Dreadnaught.
Mouthfeel: Solid and burly medium bodied beer with long lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Like it's namesake, this is powerful and strong. A great IIPA. Dreadnaught, best be watchin' yer ass. Thankfully, finishing the bottle is not a Herculean feat.

ManekiNeko, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of obrike
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely looking DIPA in my 512 IPA pint glass. Caramel color, spiderweb lacing all over the glass...quite pretty.

The smell...well, let's just say...bud...kind bud...smells like piney, resiny marijuana. Wow...fresh out of the woods. A bit of citrus and sweet caramel mixed in only makes this better. Top notch!

Sweet bready malt upon first sip, followed by fresh, bitter hops...bang! Nice wallop. This one stays on the tongue and back of the throat for a good long while. Damn...this is a fine beer. Uber smooth...hard to believe it's a 10abv...quite dangerous, in a good way.

An incredibly good DIPA...sorry I waited so long to try it.

obrike, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev -3.1%

zachary80, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of paresis
4/5  rDev -3.1%

paresis, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of kevindp9
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

kevindp9, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of aflies
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

aflies, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +21.1%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jshusc, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a orange amber color with small head that retains very well. Unfortunately it was poured to me in a just cleaned glass and ruined the aroma. The taste has a generous hop note with a good balance of malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is the biggest detractor with me feeling like I need to continuously lick the roof of my mouth. Overall I think you should definitely try it.

csiewert, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -27.4%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of dedbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

dedbeer, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear vibrant copper with tangerine orange highlights. Small offwhite head that becomes a resin pool. Small sticky laces.

Fresh pungent hops: Grapefruit, floral, and herbal. sweet toasty caramel.

Sharp citrus, juicy grapefruit, spicy floral, fresh hops. Sweet caramel, nutty, light toastiness. Dank grapefruity bitterness. resinous mouth coating.

Sticky, dry, smooth, med bodied, perfectly carbonated.

Nice sturdy and balanced, but still hoppy as fuck. Great balanced DIPA that goes down well despite the 10% and loads of hops.

CHILLINDYLAN, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Hopswagger
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A speckled amber copper colored body with a dollop of khaki head that recedes to a swirling vortex. 

S:  Toasted caramel malt base with loads of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, melon, grapefruit, orange oil, alcohol soaked plums, sweet rotted wood, hints of pepper and cloves. 

T/M:  Sweet toasted toffee and caramel accompanied by the juicy tropical fruit in the nose. The malt is rather thick and the fruitiness comes out more as balancing bitterness than sweet. Grapefruit is the big player followed closely by pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel is sticky and bold with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with pine oil sneaking in at the end leaving a dry yet resiny feel.  Alcohol is apparent once warned and presents itself as grapefruit soaked in spiced rum.

O:  One of my favorite DIPA's. Tropical fruits, juicy and sticky toasted malt. A great balance if flavors. I did a three way blind tasting of this with two other fantastic DIPA's.  It wasn't the winner but it definitely held its own. 

Hopswagger, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Carl_R, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Luk13
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle @ Volo. Copper colored beer with an off-white to pale yellow head. Aroma is heavy, sappy pine hops. Taste is very much the same caramel with tons of pine bitterness. The label calls it hefty, and it is. Mouthfeel is almost gritty it's so bitter and it has almost no carbonation feel

Luk13, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Thomas_Picton, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium burnt-orange with a thin yet frothy head. Aroma is almost all orangey hops, sweet mandarin oranges, bordering on syrupy. Good lacing all the way down.

Taste is strong and aggressive, lots of hops but with a strong enough malt base to handle it. Bready nature hits first, followed by the bitter citrus hops and both merge into the finish. Good light sweetness, plenty of smooth esters with some nuts and oil flavors. Aftertaste is dry and bitter but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and slightly oily. No trace of its hefty alcohol content in the taste. A good job at handling both sides of the spectrum and far, far better balanced than the Titan, also by this brewery.

assurbanipaul, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of EStreet20
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very nice reddish golden color with a half finger white head.Lots of lacing on my glass.

S - A nice citrus hoppy smell with a lot of bitter hop smell plus some malt that smells like tea leaves.

T - A very bitter taste here but tastes good. Comes over a malty lead that has some sweetness to it.

M - Very smooth. Follows up the bitterness nicely by not being too csrbonated.

D - Makes you want more. A nice taste. Might be too hoppy for some non hopheads.

EStreet20, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of washburnkid
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a freshness date...was I looking in the wrong place? Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber and copper with a small off-white head.
S: Bready malts, lots of yeast, a bit of floral hops that are taken over by malt notes for the most part. I'm not too impressed with the aroma yet!
T: Floral and earthy hops. Pine pulls through with a bit more warmth on the beer. Big bready malts still. Dark fruit, currant and fig. I'd like some more hop notes in my DIPAs, but this one is still good.
M: Medium mouthfeel leaves TONS of residuals. I love it!
D: Alcohol hides well on this one, but it isn't the first DIPA I'd go to.

washburnkid, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ej285701, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of corysmith01
4/5  rDev -3.1%

corysmith01, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of banger7
4.5/5  rDev +9%

banger7, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of cvfish
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a orange golden color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma of this beer was caramel malts, toffee, and a mix of citrus and pine aroma that finished the beer off

T - The taste of this beer was right along with the nose, caramel and toffee up front, and citrus and pine tree hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium, resiny body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a great DIPA, if it was available none stop I would buy this beer nonstop

cvfish, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Satan70, Mar 30, 2013
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,525 ratings.