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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,432
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 207 | 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 Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Carl_R, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of gonzo000
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Beautiful orange color with a two finger head. Sediment in the beer. Very cloudy.

s. Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, pine, honey

t. Bizar taste. Sweet and hoppy on the front, but the finish and aftertaste reminded me of rare steak. later the back side of the taste changed to dry hopped honey flavor.

m. Very good, but dry on the back end.

o. Very good beer.

gonzo000, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Quaffer
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Label claims 85 IBU.

Appearance: This was a hazy, glowing copper beer. I poured it very carefully down the side of the glass and still got a think, dense head over two fingers tall. It settled down very slowly, becoming even more dense and rocky. It left tons of thick foam on the side of the glass as it dissipated. After drinking, the glass was covering in lace, solid sheets in most places.

Smell: A great raw hops smell was right there in my face, citrusy and a little herbal. It easily dominated the nose, but there were hints of other aromas hovering in the background. Bread, light spices, and vanilla peaked through at times, but the overriding component was hops. No surprise.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly chewy, with either a butteriness or oiliness (I really couldn't tell) that coated the mouth. Pretty smooth, with a foamy carbonation forming as the beer lingered in the mouth.

Taste: A ton of sweet malt was present on the tip of the tongue. This was immediately joined by a thick herbal and citrus hops flavor. A good dose of bitterness accompanied the flavor of the hops. That was it; a straightforward flavor.

Not a bad beer, but there wasn't any complexity to it. Plus, in the attempt to keep this balanced (which I admire), I think they went a little too far with the malt. It could have been drier. The great aroma and appearance saved this from scoring lower.

Quaffer, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of BeerZack
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark amber-brown color with yummy looking tan froth head.

Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, wood and alcohol.

Malty taste that gets a little too sweet when it warms but is also toasty and caramely. The other tastes are piney hops and alcohol (gets wayy stronger as it warms).

Basically its the mouthfeel I don't like about this beer, feels too soft. The alcohol is too dominant.

BeerZack, May 07, 2007
Photo of JasonTaverner
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JasonTaverner, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -3.1%

cherche, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA pours a caramel color and leaves a thin tan lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is fantastic, some great hoppy, floural, citrus, apple, and pine essence all comes out. The taste of this beer is great, "a hop packed punch". This beer is great all the flavors I expected on my palate just come out lemon, citrus, floural, hops, even some sweetness honey is what I'm tasting. This beer is well crafted, I would consider pairing this with some lemon chicken and sauteed asparagus it would really bring out the the citrus flavors in the beer.

Franchise, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of BDIMike
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color in its thin parts and a burnt orange hue at the main part of the body. A good amount of carbonation but a thin white head. The head does have a nice fluff to it that covers the brew throughout the drink.
Smell has a nice citrus hop dominance to it. However, there is a good amount of nutty and sweet smells as well, giving a very intriguing aroma.
Taste is very nice on this beer. A backbone base taste of nutty malts and sweet sugars. Overtaken by a very nice citrus hop, but the two combine for a very nice balance.
Mouthfeel is awesome. Very silky and smooth, but with a nice thickness, making it almost syrupy.
Drinkability is unbelievable for a Double IPA. Great tastes but a very nice balance making this one of the most drinkable and best double IPAs I have ever had. One of those beers you use to judge all other beers of its style against.

BDIMike, Jun 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

JT99125, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber and a shaker pint glass.

The head is so light and pillowy it just doesn't fall very fast leaving a beautiful beer behind with a strong lacing that sticks slightly as the head falls. The color is brown to copper and clear and enticing.

The smell is very hoppy and a bit flowery, reminds me of a certain flower that I can't put my name on. Lemon and a little lime are apparent in this smell.

Taste is very hoppy and flowery with great fruitiness of lemon and slight lime. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Overall I like it very much and would like a fresh bottle to give it higher ratings.

Erdinger2003, Jun 13, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

salinasa, Jan 21, 2013
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hecules Double IPA is a monster!
The beer poured out an amber color with some orange highlights towards the bottom. A 1" foamy off-white head rests on top for a while then recedes to about a 1/4" and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The nose, man, the nose!!! HOPS!! Lemon peel, orange peel, hard candy, pine oil, a pungent liquid christmas tree!
The taste is dominated by the super hop bitterness from lips to throat. At first the citrus in the aroma is not apparent in the taste, after the beer warms a little the tangy citrus comes out. Sort of a medicinal or cough drop aftertaste. It has a nice finish and I could taste some malt balance in there.
The beer warms up nicely and seems to mellow a little after 30 or so minutes out of the bottle, or is that me mellowing?!!? I am wondering if this might age well and change in the bottle. Might be worth a try.
This Double IPA from Great Divide is a very enjoyable "on occassion" beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

banger7, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got one of these puppies from my local beer palace. haven't had it yet so lets give it a whirl

pours a cloudy dark orange color with a big white head which has some lacing. smells great, bitter apples, pine, spicy hops. tastes amazing, the alcohol warms the tongue and the different flavors make my taste buds go crazy. hoppy but with the first sip you can still discern from malty yumminess. mouthfell is rich and thick. very impressive. drinkability is good, with this being over 9% abv, i think this one bomber will be enough for tonight.

1fastz28, Oct 07, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tylerstravis, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a pint glass, this comes out a pretty glowing amber, a finger of off-white head, excellent lacing. Nose is a solid dose of hops, citrus and grapefruit all the way, very nice and fragrant, allowing just a slight bready malt to come through. Taste is what I expected, bursting with juicy grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops, a caramel malt backbone doing an admirable job in balacing, a nice lingering hoppy bitter finish. Hops are big, but your tongue doesn't get scoured by them, and you're still tasting by the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly slick and oily feel. This is an excellent DIPA, I look forward to trying more beers from Great Divide.

cubedbee, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful orange-copper ale with an off white, fluffy head that lingers well for a high hop beer. I wasn't very careful pouring, and there's a lot of floating debris, though I don't remember having a similar problem before, so maybe I'll revise this with a future review. I dinged it a bit on appearance as a result, though it may be more my fault than GD's.

Strong pine and resin hop nose that's clean, and it's oily, Belgian like quality follows through the taste. Hops linger nicely without actually being overly bitter in the mouth. The strong biscuity malt back up the beer well.

This is my third or fourth bottle of this--I recommend the same, or more.

FightingEntropy, Jul 04, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice amberish orange enormous fluffy eggshell-colored head that sticks around like the head on a rootbeer float. The lacing is super thick and frothy, sticky, too. Aroma is piney-citrusy hops -- extremely pleasant and not overpowering, probably because of the sturdy malt presence. This malt comes through beautifully in the taste as well with strong hops, of course, slapping around the palate both at the front (clementine rind and grapefruit juice) and the back (oily, piney bitterness). The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and creamy. High alcohol presence (9.1% abv) is skillfully masked but emerges as the beer warms. This one is dangerously drinkable. No wonder Premier is always out of stock on this one. Highly recommended.

orfeu, Sep 11, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Profchaos20, Mar 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Coldsnack, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of pathead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

pathead, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

corysmith01, Jul 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

ccurrid, Apr 29, 2014
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,432 ratings.