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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

3,373 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,373
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 196 | 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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toppoop

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-24-2014 19:50:40 | More by toppoop
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Necronomad

Switzerland

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-20-2014 03:11:44 | More by Necronomad
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-01-2011 03:41:15 | More by Joshgonzales79
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Dirty25

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-08-2013 22:11:47 | More by Dirty25
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VaporDome

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-06-2013 22:59:56 | More by VaporDome
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-31-2013 01:02:19 | More by mikehillman
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robear

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-24-2014 19:24:57 | More by robear
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huysmans

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-16-2012 22:09:24 | More by huysmans
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-13-2012 15:15:28 | More by Treb0R
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%

This Herculean adventure begins in spongy froth, one which slowly subsides to form a marshmallow crown. While not a student of mythology, I don’t believe Hercules was a king of anything. Anyway, the copper colored body is somewhat cloudy and imbedded with wayward carbonation bubbles.

As to the aroma, honey, peach and mango ruled this day; as for the taste: upon the first sip, the palate becomes awash in a complex potion of fruit and toast, both of which drift away in a smooth and hoppy finish.

Hercules had me fooled. Despite the label reading “… not for the faint of heart” as well as the intimidating 85 IBUs, I assumed it to be a hop bomb; strangely enough, it was not; it was pleasant enough and proof of what a great brewer can do.

04-21-2013 01:18:45 | More by jjboesen
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scooter231

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Oh Great Divide, how I wish you were on the east coast where I could easily find you... this DIPA rocked.

Wonderfully hoppy and citrusy with a pineyness to it that made it unique tasting and different. Bubbly. Very, very smooth and creamy. Amazingly crisp and refreshing, and the alcohol content is well-hidden. After a few sips you get a nice warming feeling going on. Warm and fuzzy.

Hopfiends- you will love this brew. I can't say enough about it- delicious, amazing, wonderful. Great DIPA.

11-16-2005 06:14:50 | More by scooter231
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amazingly found in the bargain bin of a local liquor store for $1.

Clear amber liquid with a substantial off-white head.

Bracing, hop-laden aroma.

The flavor is more subdued than I expected from a DIPA. The hops definitely dominate but there is backbone of malt here that gives it enough sweetness to not be completely insanely bitter. Lingering hop oilyness on the palate. A little bit of copper. A little bit of wheat bread. Mostly piney hops, especially on the finish.

The bottle says it is 10% ABV but I can't tell it.

Very nice full mouthfeel that sticks around.

I would recommend this for any hop-heads. It might make a good counterpoint to serve with a sweet fruit pie.

02-27-2014 05:34:00 | More by jmbranum
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-01-2013 20:45:03 | More by MightiestBeard
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Had on tap at BoHo in Hollywood 6/1/2011

A - Pours a hazy orange with puffy, white, 2 finger head.

S - A bit underwhelming for a DIPA. Lots of flowery, earthy hops.

T - The power from the earthy hops carries over into the beer. It has plenty of those piney, bitter hops. A bit of sweet malt, but certainly weighed towards the hoppyness.

M - Pretty standard, left the mouth fairly dry.

Overall - A pretty decent DIPA. I wouldn't consider it world-class, but it did the trick. Sort of a lesser version of the world-class ones out there.

06-01-2011 20:31:23 | More by BeerBuckeye
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-10-2011 02:56:41 | More by cantfindme
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

My 100th review, decided to go with the massive Hercules.

A - Deep orange with brown and golden hues. Poured a nice head, with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Candied malt with a surge of citrusy hops.

T - This beer had a suprisingly bigger malt backbone than I had expected. Full to mid bodied. Upfront has a nice quick malty rush, which doesn't stay around for long. Halfway through a huge hop rush breaks through, piney and juicy. The hops meet the palate, and linger for quite a while. Bitterness is perfect and lasts and lasts and lasts. I would also like to point out, that the first glass I poured out of the 22oz bomber had no sediment. Where as the 2nd glass was full of sediment making it far more bitter than the first glass. Mouthfeel was oily. Drinkability is excellent for such a big beer. Not incredibly complex, but still a damn good IPA. Honored that I could try this for my 100th review.

Cheers!

08-07-2006 01:14:00 | More by HoustonTX
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DrIPA

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-02-2012 20:29:57 | More by DrIPA
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paresis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-07-2013 16:07:13 | More by paresis
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miadw3

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-01-2013 02:08:12 | More by miadw3
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

best before 15 aug 2012

poured a really nice clear copper/amber color. inch of off-white head. a thin ring is left about half way through.

smell had nice hops, malt, bitter aromas.

taste was a bit hoppy, very malty, well balanced in terms of alcohol. overall it was good but i don't feel like it captured a dipa that well.

12-05-2011 03:32:39 | More by fostachild
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

When does a Double IPA become a Barley Wine? Right here. Great appearance, with a foamy head, cloudy amber hue. Lots of thick lacing. Hop aromas jump out of the bottle. Crisp, hoppy taste, followed by malty backbone. Not dissimiliar to a Bigfoot (one of my absolute faves). This is terrific stuff. 9.10% well hidden, goes down relatively easy. Barley Wine fans, seek it out.

04-21-2005 03:09:19 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Good brew for sure. Got this in a trade and was looking forward to it. Really good taste that makes me wish that I could buy this brew all the time.

It pours a golden orange that comes with a frothy off white head. The head is really foamy and sticks around for a while. The bottle is neat, but does not have a best by date on it. Leaves a great lacing around the glass.

The smell and taste are great. I combine the two characteristics because they are similar. There are citrus hops, and a lingering bitterness taste after a few sips that sticks with you the rest of the bottle. It starts sweet and citrusy, but ends dry and bitter. LOVE IT. The mouthfeel is great because it effects the whole palate with it's bitterness. Really a great brew because it tastes great, and is incredibly fun and easy to drink. Before I knew it I had drank the whole bomber. The mouthfeel also has an aftertaste that I love about DIPA's. I got this dryness after drinking this that left a hop taste lingering in my mouth for about an hour or so, I loved it. I love the brutal attack of hops on the palate, the reason I drink DIPA's. Overall a drinkable brew that is a great great addition to my recent trade. Overall a great brew.

J

02-08-2009 05:40:05 | More by Jmoore50
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A gift from my wife picked up at Bauer's Liquors in Boston.

A: Clean and clear amber hue with a thin long lasting buff head. Sticky lacing as beer is consumed.

S: Good grapefruity hoppy aroma. Bready doughy malt aroma. Grapefruit scent is not particularly biting - kind of mellow. I suspect that is partially thanks to the strong malt background.

T: As in the nose, sweet malty back up adds pretty good balance to the grapefruit hop flavor. Long and lingering bitterness is present but not harsh. Boozy alcohol flavors as well.

MF: Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Not nearly as syrupy as many double IPAs. Alcohol warming present.

D: Very good sipping double IPA from the always good Great Divide Brewing Company. Well balance, complex, and smooth.

05-29-2007 15:28:23 | More by Nipitato
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midnitesun11

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-06-2013 03:52:54 | More by midnitesun11
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brealbg

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-14-2012 17:00:40 | More by brealbg
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.