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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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Reviews: 1,539
Hads: 3,927
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 261
Gots: 481 | FT: 7
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 DeanWormer
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The icon. The measuring stick. The ideal to which all DIPAs must be compared. Balance, balance, balance. Hoppy, malty, yeasty, an aroma to die for. I hate the funkiness of Simcoe hops - none apparent here. I don't care for the onion / garlic overtones of Summit hops - none apparent here. What's here is an intense hop profile with 10% ABV that's so earthy, so balanced, so nuanced, that you really have to exercise some restraint to not forget what a kick in he backside you're enjoying. I've never had Heady Topper or either of the Plinys - they're on my "Ice Bucket" List. I'll try them when I get the chance but I'll be shocked, really shocked, if they measure up to Hercules, according to my palate. This is as good as it gets.

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Photo of wvbelgique
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at brewery tap room during GABF, Sept. 2006. A crisp rusty autumn color with a fluffy head that clung to the glass. An incredible fresh, vegetal citrusy aroma that filled the large tasting room bowl glass. The taste left solid impressions from front to back with good balance between malt and hop without too much citrus. This was one good beer. Would like to have tasted it with some more age.

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Photo of SaintsFan
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect reddish-amber into my St. Feuillien glass. Small head, but sticks around forever, and some nice lacing.

Aroma is classic big IPA...pine, citrus, and alcohol. Good stuff.

Taste is a huge hops blast...delicious if you love this style. As it warms, some malts come through, but this is a big hop beer.

Mouthfeel is great...neither too thick nor too thin. Very drinkable given the hops assault.

This is a great exemplar of the style.

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Photo of Meshuggah135
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark copper color, didn't have much of a head at all

S: very hoppy, pine smell too it.

M: has a mild carbonation, leaves a bitter aftertaste as well as a chewy feeling in your mouth.

T: a bitter, piney, caramel taste. Has a heavy taste of hops, typical of an IPA.

O: this is a pretty good beer. It has almost an overwhelming hoppy/bitter taste to it. It is also a strong beer, with a 10% ABV so it can sneak up on you quickly. Overall, a good beer, though not the best IPA that I have ever had.

Beer was served from a bottle into a glass mug

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Photo of spunionring
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious dipa, yet a bit unusual in its flavor. The smell of this beer doesnt seem to quite match the taste, being quite a delicious piney ipa smell. I have to say that the taste distinctively resembles the Yeti (stout from the same company). I can only assume they share some malt/hops combo that are not commonly used in other ipa's. Its not necessarily a bad thing, but it is an overwhelming flavor on the end swallow.

On the whole this is a delicious and well balanced beer, you will definitely want to try it if you've grown bored with "typical" ipa's.

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Photo of Lan_sanity
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Left very nice lacing on my glass. Head was thick and frothy. Taste was very crisp, slightly sweet and citrusy, exceptionally smooth, not too heavy. It was not as carbonated a I expected but it was balanced very well to give a nice mouthfeel. Hoppy taste lingers on the tongue for a satisfying aftertaste. Overall my favorite DIPA to date, I'd put it over six point resin (mainly due to the drinkability of Hercules)

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Photo of 2ndstage
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer.

Surprising to me was how light colored this beer was compared to differend double IPA's that I've tried. Very light tannish color.

Hop explosion is all I can say about this one. They are everywhere hard to identify it all it hits you so much. Not as bitter as I was expecting but exceptional hop profile.
Decent malt background without being too cloying as other examples seem to be in my experience.

Overall a very smooth DIPA one of the smoothest I've tried so far. Definate recommendation.

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Photo of lincoln44
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love DIPA's and this was a new product available in my area.

A- Beer poured with a decent but shallow frothy head. Color is light amber leaning towards a golden amber. After a sip the head remains and left some foam on the glass as well.

S- There is a good balance between hop and malt aroma. I pick up a spicy sweet aroma from the malt but the floral aroma from the hops.

T- At 85 IBU's this is a well balanced beer. There is some spice at the end maybe from the alcohol but it is not prominent. The malt flavor is not annoyingly sweet and the hops balance out the sweetness that is present.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a mouth stimulating taste of hops.

D- I like this, but I would not be able to drink this all day. It would best go after a light meal.

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Photo of Aircow86
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: Very dark for a DIPA, looks like a barleywine. I've been aging this beer for almost 2 years (bottled August 12 2009) but I don't think that affects the color. Frothy head, recedes quickly most likely because of the 10% ABV

Smell: Citrusy hop aromas are still present but the aroma is really dominated by the malt. Normally I like hop-forward DIPAs but this malt actually smells great. A caramelly sweetness matches the hop smells very well

Taste: The hops are still present here but no doubt have lost much of their bite, I'll have to grab a fresh version of this beer to check it out sometime. Hop bitterness is strong, a nice kick in the taste buds. The malt provides an aftertaste of molasses which complements the hops very well. At this point in its lifetime, Hercules tastes more like a Barleywine than a DIPA but is still delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick, expands in the mouth. Surprisingly well carbonated for being almost 2 years old.

Overall: As I said above, at almost 2 years old Hercules DIPA really better resembles a Barleywine. Nonetheless, it is still delicious. Great Divide has another winner here. I'll be on the lookout for a fresh one to really do the hops justice.

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Photo of kozmo
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hops, hops and more hops.

Enjoyed this on a cool New England evening. Served in a goblet. Nice head, with a fragrant bouquet that was hoppy to the point of being quite herbal without any skunkiness.

Color is a beautiful amber that is a fine match for the flavor and full/warm mouth feel.

This is a VERY hoppy brew that is heavier than the traditional IPA without being overpowering. I enjoyed taking my time with this, as it really blossomed as it warmed. One to savor for the ages!

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Photo of xtacyturbo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful orange/deep amber color with an off-white head that just lasts and lasts. Clingy lacing coated the glass from top to bottom.

Smells of citrus and hops, bready, with a hint of oily pine. Enticing.

A bold flavor of hops firmly hits the palate at first, not overwhelmingly bitter, yet strong. The beer retains a hint of its citrus flavor throughout, though hops dominate. Citrus flavor is strongest at the tip of the tongue. This beer's flavor is rather complex and difficult to put into words- but very tasty!

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. Very very smooth, with a slight dry finish.

A very drinkable beer, this one's strength is deceptive. It's a sipping beer for sure, but it's smooth, balanced flavor makes one want to drink more.

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Photo of Torchiest
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottles poured into pint glass.

Poured a nice amber/copper color, no major head formed with an average pour. What little there was faded to a lingering ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Pretty great smell, hoppy, citrusy, also with some sweet maltiness in the nose.

Taste is solid, nice bitterness on the leading edge, some grapefruit in the middle, morphs into a good malt finish with a good hoppy aftertaste.

Good carbonation brings out the bitterness, somewhat creamy in the mouth before swallowing. Clean.

Pretty easy drinking, doesn't seem too bitter for the 85 IBUs it claims to have. It could be that I'm just a bigger hophead than I once was. One bomber is enough for a session, and I may buy it again.

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Photo of cnybrewblog
2.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This was poured out of a 22oz bottle.

Out of the bottle I was very impressed. There was an off white cream head that stuck around for a while. The color was a dark amber to copper tone.

The aroma was great! It had a complex malt-hop mix that was different than most DIPA's that are all hops aroma.

The taste was heavy and unimpressive. I most of the flavors melded together into an indistinguishable burn. I think there were some hints of pine, but they were all quickly erased by the harsh alcohol burn. Too much.

Mouth feel was thick and heavy. This drank like a stout and overstayed it's welcome on my tongue.

IMHO Great Divide pushes towards some great big beers, but needs to learn when to say when. I had a Saranac High Peaks side by side with this, both DIPA's and there was no comparing the two. One was thick heavy and a struggle to get down, the other smooth and full of character. I recommend the Saranac HP for anyone looking for a good DIPA.

*I need to disclose that I live in Syracuse (not far from Utica where Saranac is brewed) so I am always a little bias towards the home town brew.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange with large lingering bubbles residing on top. Strong lacing of foam on all sides of the glass.
Smell: Pine, Pine, Pine with a hint of sweetness and then some more pine.
Taste: Very one dimensional pine throughout. Pine bitterness lingers for sometime after each swallow.
Mouthfeel: Lingering flavors create a coarse mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not an all-nighter but a good beer if you are looking for a piney hop-bomb. Not for the Miller Lite crowd but something that quenches your craving for some HOPS.

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Photo of audiodav
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy medium to dark amber. Somewhat of a light head, but it lasted well and had very nice lacing.

S - Not too strong but lots of piney hops with a hint of floral.

T - Starts very malty, a lot more than I thought. You can taste hints of toffee. Finishes with good solid piney-hop bitterness

M - Carbonation is medium and has a lot of body - especially the warmer it gets.

O - It's not as overly aggressive with the hops as most DIPAs which makes this a very drinkable double. Overall, I loved this one and plan on it frequenting my fridge this summer.

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Photo of crawfow
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. Bomber

A: I was a little disappointed in the hazy appearance. No doubt this beer has a serious charge of dry hops which can be a detriment to clarity. However, as the beer warmed to 55 degrees, the clarity improved. Yup, captian, we have protien influenced chill haze present.

S: Sweet, Feathery Jesus...God and the baby Jesus, this beer smells like resiny, piney heaven with a slight aroma of malt goodness. I mean not a hint of the 9.1% ABV stated on the bottle.

T: The taste does not disappoint. Initial citrus, grapefruit flavor followed by a bit of caramel malt (I guess that's the only thing left after every other fermentable element was gobbled up). Finish is quite bitter...IBUs seem to be higher than the 85 IBUs stated on the bottle. Lingering bitterness that screams for a bite of gorgonzola cheese.

M: Well attenuated and a touch thin as expected. I like a little more body in my ideal IPA….nothing personal. To get that much alcohol you probably have to ferment every sugar available to the yeast.

D: I love this beer...but I could not knock back 2 or three of these in a sitting. This is definitely a sipping beer that should be accompanied with a meal or at least hors d'ourves.

O: This is the pinnacle of the Imperial IPA genre. Great Divide accomplished their objective: Make a big ole IPA that can be enjoyed by the novice or the most seasoned beer aficionado.

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Photo of nephlim
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt, 6oz bottle into a Duvel stemed glass.

Colour was darker than i expected. Deep rust-like tones, warm hues. Nice think 1/2 inch head of frothy goodness also noted

The smell is good. Hopps, some citrus notes present. A very clean smell.

When it comes to IPAs, i tend to judge things around stone's Ruination. I'd say this is in the same ball park. Lot's of hopps, some blueberrry, and a bit of spice to the finish. A real lip smacker.

I could probably drink about 2. I think anything more would be overkill.

Good beer. Try one.

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Photo of Primitivechef
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky brown/amber colored with a large long lasting creamy head.

S - Citrus/piney hops, caramel and molasses maltyness.

T - Great balance achieved here. The malt backbone is strong and mighty, tasting of molasses and a slight burnt finish. The grapefruit and citrus flavored hops balance out the taste.

MF - Great mouth feel. Average carbonation to keep this beer from being sticky or oily.

D - Watch this one at 9.1% ABV. Very good DIPA. Let this one warm up a bit out of the refrigerator

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

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle picked up at the beer cave in camarillo, ca.

A- Dark red with a brownish hue. Head pours thick and sustains well

S- strong hoppy yet dry smell.

T- Malty undertones with strong hoppy presence. A slight smokiness fills the aftertaste.

M- strong presence but tastes great. Goes down smooth.

O- Great beer. Goes down easily and could definitely see myself drinking more in the future.

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Photo of ledzepp817
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very excellent beer. Poured from a 22oz beer bomber in from a Tampa bar. Deep amber, reddish color. Solid, taste with a slight hoppy taste from your typical IPA but also offered a full, malt body. I am unsure of what a "double" IPA actually means, but its a fuller body than a normal IPA for sure. This was one excellent beer. Cheers.

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Photo of ATraurig
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rusty orange with thin cream head.

S: Good but not strong. Subtle, pleasant smell. Not as hoppy smelling as many good IPAs.

T/M: Great, smooth taste. Perfect balance between hoppy and malty. Not an overpowering taste, just balanced and smooth. No lingering bitter aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not a porch-pounder but not too heavy. Considering its alcohol content, very easy to drink.

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Photo of mediumtommy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured a little darker than an IPA would typically. The smell was also a little more malty than I would have imagined. The first sip was a little strong, but immediately after it mellowed out. The second sip to the end were very smooth and not strong at all. It ended up being a great tasting beer. When it was poured it didn't have a lot of head, but I don't think that is totally a bad thing. Definitely a beer to look for if you are in the mood for a Double IPA

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nice strong beer and one can taste it. A lighter body it seems than some other American Double style beers. More carbonation if one will, than some other American doubles. A strong, crisp opening taste, that is sort of light and "high" if one will, like a cresting wave at the onset, which dissolves into a sort of pleasing aftertaste that embellishes upon the beers hoppy-ness. The smell of the beer is also quite pleasing, and perhaps more "fresh" than one might be accustomed to in American Doubles.

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Photo of sheikyerbouti
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had purchased this 22oz bottle after reading some favorable reviews here. The first thing I noticed when I cracked it, was the floral aroma. Very reminiscent of Anchor Liberty, but not as pronounced. The color was a reddish amber and was very translucent. After swirling the glass, I noticed how great this beer smelled. Citrusy, Cascade hops dominated the aroma. Mouth feel was very full, and overall, the beer reminded me of Dogfish 90 minute, but not as intense.

The best word to describe this beer is 'balanced'. Even with the high IBU rating, this beer was loaded with malt and was not overbearing in the least.

I would buy it again, even though it was an outrageous $7.50 for a 22 oz.

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Photo of bcgpete
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a large wine glass

Pretty orange color fading into amber at the bottom. Slight cream colored head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass as I drink it.

It's got a strong hoppy smell, but not too intense from the 10%abv. Not much fruit, but more wood smell.

This is a very smooth IPA. Taste is a little hoppy at first, but its quickly followed by a wood-esque flavor. It's kinda thick in the mouth (lol).
The drinkability is pretty high I guess. I could drink about four of these then collapse in a pool of semen and vomit.

Overall it's a great IPA and the high alcohol doesn't give it much of a bite at all. One of my favorite double IPAs.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.