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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

3,283 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,283
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 167
Gots: 170 | 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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tjsmith910

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

05-09-2014 21:58:39 | More by tjsmith910
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TonyY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-07-2014 10:31:13 | More by TonyY
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roblowther

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks reddish-gold in the glass, with tiny bubbles everywhere rising to form a dense, off-white rocky head. Smell? Hops. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Not surprising for an IPA, I reckon (we do that in Texas). The taste is peppery and floral. Maybe a bit of pine in there somewhere. It is strongly hoppy but not overpowering. A maltiness comes on after the initial hop assault, then more hops but a more delicate, slightly astringent version. It has a warm, ale-like finish. Mouthfeel is dense and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a double IPA. I say that because hops really aren't my thing but this one manages to deliver a lot of hops without just beating you senseless with them.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:52:29 | More by roblowther
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kenito799

New York

3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

Dark golden-amber brew raises a smallish head that leave some nice lace. Lovely floral/pine/grapefruit aromas emerge from the glass...hops just smell so wonderful. Then a drink...the mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and sticky. The alcohol is hidden well, balanced by extra sweetness, which also blanace the intense hoppy bitterness as well...but there the whole enterprise is dragged down. I don't know why I even bother with double IPAs...obviously i have a problem with the style. The the hop flavors and aromas are wonderful, so why mess with that beauty by weighing the brew down with all the extra alcohol and sweetness? I just don't get it. These beers always come across and heavy, unbalanced, and much less drinkable than the normal-strength IPAs in the family. This is a beer with great taste and it is made well, but it is marred by being made to be huge, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 13:59:41 | More by kenito799
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

01-29-2014 03:50:50 | More by kybeerdrinker
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beerhan

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours dark orange with a white head that sticks around for the ride. Smells syrupy with hints of the fruit section of a grocery store. Lots of fruits coming together. Tastes rather creamy with hints of spices it seems. Strong after bite. A very sticky beer. Liquid fine sand paper. Just sticks to everything. Way too damn boozy for a dipa. My second attempt at this beer and it is alright. Nothing to write home about but very good for a year round that would probably be more likely for me to purchase if I could not find something better or it was not almost fifteen a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 04:16:10 | More by beerhan
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salinasa

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-21-2013 01:38:30 | More by salinasa
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kevindp9

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-22-2013 03:30:45 | More by kevindp9
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA pours a light orange amber with gold highlights. The moderately thick pearl head recedes leaving a nice bit of lace.

In the aroma there is some malt and plenty of hops. Surprisingly some roastiness as well and a hint of citrus fruitiness.

The flavor has some strong hops and the slight roasty nuttiness adds to the complexity of this selection. Some roasty malt before a sweet caramel finish that curiously seems to mellows as the beer warms.

A nice initial bite with some natural carbonation that does not lighten up the texture of the finish much. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 17:28:33 | More by letsgopens
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larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-30-2012 18:27:42 | More by larbush
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Approximately a 9 month old bottle.

A- Orange-brown with medium high carbonation and most of the time, a solid large head. Little bits of yeast follow the cycle of the carbonation, and enhance the look a lot.

S- Hops and malts, a bit of citrus, some grapefruit and pine, a bit of spice, and caramel.

T- Malt's lead this beer, with noticably large amounts of hops in the background. It gave a caramel hop and citrus taste at first. Later on it began to leave a bit of a coffee flavor behind. A bit of alcohol hits you in this one, leaving a small mark on the aftertaste.

M- Medium body, a bit lacking on the carbonation. Very smooth though.

D- Fairly easy to down. A bit of the ABV is detectable which holds you back, but the bold flavor takes it out of the light. It's a solid drink, and I'd love to try it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 00:25:29 | More by BBP
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Franch

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-08-2013 23:04:19 | More by Franch
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +15%

12-13-2013 18:48:12 | More by 21Maestro8
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Westyn

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-16-2014 18:05:15 | More by Westyn
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at redbones

A - nice orange body to this with a powdery white head that has good retention and quality lacing.

S - nice grapefruit citrus smell to this and some hops. its not bad but it certainly isn't standing out for me.

T - again grapefruit citrus and a good hop bite at the back. mild alcohol finish to it as well. its tasty but really isn't doing anything to stand out from the crowd.

M - good carbonation. sticky and dry on the mouth but not too much.

O - not a bad brew. its not doing anything wrong but its kinda forgettable in its straight-forwardness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 15:14:39 | More by celticfutblclub
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.

T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-

I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.

This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 18:06:44 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either. Poured a medium copper color with a thin, quickly dissipating, white, fluffy head. Lacing lined the opposite side of the glass with big, thin rings.

SMELL: Intense was the first word that came to mind. Very hoppy and piney with a hint of citrus noticable.

TASTE: A bit of a let down considering the smell was so intensely hoppy. The 85 IBUs are almost overpowered by the malt during the first few sips, although the balance does move back into the hop head's balance a little ways into the bomber. After a few sips the hops return as the star of the show and are quite impressively delicious with notes of pine a touch of lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: This was impressive. The beer seems to bite the tongue, while at the same time coating the rest of the palate. Strong carbonation, especially for a Double IPA.

DRINKABILITY: Hercules is a strong and excellent beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. Do not introduce anyone to the style with this beer. It is for the hop heads. It demands respect even though it may not be enjoyed and fully appreciated by everyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:47:43 | More by StoneTSR
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Nordbier

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-27-2014 05:06:46 | More by Nordbier
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Romulux

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-12-2013 16:19:41 | More by Romulux
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suspect

New York

2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Bottle date of June 16, 2011.

A: Beautiful amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a slowly building coppery tinted white head that measures in about 1.5 fingers high. Lots of sticky lacing up and down the glass.

S: Malt-forward in the nose, not a ton of hops. This thing is only 2 months old and already it feels like it's lost freshness. The alcohol is present for certain.

T: Follows the nose directly. Malt-forward, poorly balanced and pretty hot. Really disappointing flavor.

M: Hop bitterness is here and finally this is like the IIPA that I like but it's too little, too late.

O: A solid disappointment but I'm chalking this one up to lack of freshness. I'll revisit with a bottle that's as fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:09:00 | More by suspect
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Bustersuess

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-17-2013 00:01:33 | More by Bustersuess
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sweethome

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pewter color with a thin head suggesting the alcohol to follow. A near perfect nose for this hophead. Grapefruit and a facefull of hop cones.

Hop flavors burst open on the palate and give a full, syrupy mouthfeel. Not too thick as with a few in this style. The grapefruit hoppiness blends with a pine and spruce flavoring. With all the flavor hops, there is still enough malt to provide backbone. This is one fine, hoppy brew.

I savored it, sip by tiny sip and and took in the abundance of flavor. It provided an evenings worth of flavor and alcohol warmth to boot! What a treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 05:01:08 | More by sweethome
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-01-2011 03:41:15 | More by Joshgonzales79
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-02-2013 00:34:34 | More by a0lbudman
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-31-2013 01:02:19 | More by mikehillman
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,283 ratings.