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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

3,517 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,517
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 182
Gots: 236 | 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 Hootie159
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hootie159, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of StoneTSR
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.

StoneTSR, Feb 01, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Coldsnack, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

XicanoBeerRun, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of TonyY
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TonyY, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

davesway10, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

dankjohn, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of ngandhi
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Imperial IPA shows the craft behind this hedonistic subgenre of beer. With a rich caramel/peanut brittle malt profile that appreciably deepens as the brew warms and pure hop flavor in perfect -- yes, perfect -- balance, we've entered 90 Minute territory with this beer.

Forget the hop tea of Dreadnaught or the sheer intensity of Hop Wallop. Hercules is, indeed, a titan among IPAs. When cold, the nose reveal little and, as it warms, we get characteristic West coast hop fruitiness, but it's controlled. This isn't dry-hopped to infinity and it sees no fancy-pants "minute" hop additions. Hercules is an IPA made traditionally -- if a new style like this could ever lay claim to tradition.

The hop profile is strong, up front with an elemental licorice/grass flavor. This is what hops -- any hops -- taste like if you take a big bite out of them. And were this all, I'd be happy; the malts are thick, chewy even, but never cloying and the hops, for all their bitterness, are never intrusive.

Yet, Hercules manages what few beers can -- it develops with every sip. I don't mean it develops from cold to warm or that I can realize more of its inherent flavors as I go through the 22 oz bottle -- I mean the flavor changes in a single sip as the hop resins marinate on the tongue and the thick malt coats the roof of the mouth. They gain a fruitiness that isn't inherently West coast, one that even calls on British old ales, somehow.

By the time this beer hits 60 degrees, it goes the way of phenols, pure hop resin -- this brew really dies in the glass -- and what seems to me to be big fat fuggles hops (though the website says all four varieties in this beer are American). Honestly, the taste would get a 4.3 if it could, but I'll have to round down here. Never mind the ratings though; this beer proves the importance of a thorough review.

With perfect carbonation, so much malt character, a clean yeast, and mouthfeel and lacing that would make the Real Ale movement want to set-up shop in Denver (even if this is filtered), there's little to contend with in Hercules. Sure, the hops and alcohol become pressing after 18 ounces, but who's to blame for that? Me and only me; I'm young and need to work out more. Finally, I have someone to look up to.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, May 20, 2004
Photo of UDbeernut
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a snifter

a: nice amber brown hue, large off white head with pretty good retention.

s: piney hop aroma catches my nose, followed by slight citrus and biscuit

t: a nice piney and citrus taste followed by buscuit at caramel. Pretty well balanced , this DIPA is more sweeter than most.

m&d: medium body, little carbonation. Slightly slick and buttery mouth. Drinkable, but better DIPAs out there.

UDbeernut, Jul 24, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 650mL bottle.

This beer pours an orange with a frothy white head that holds beautifully and laces well. The smell is a fantastic mixture of citrusy hops and some sweet maltiness. Just a great aroma. The taste is also a major hop bomb. Again a fanastic hop flavor exhibiting some fantastic citrus (grapefruit) character but balanced out nicely with some good maltiness. There is a good thickeness to this beer and a nice carbonation. Overall highly drinkable, I just love a good DIPA.

MSchae1017, May 29, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Shmeal, Aug 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

ALLISON01, Nov 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Andrew041180, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bustersuess, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

420Rick, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of soze47
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad to find a one month old entry from Great Divide in Greater Boston. Some of their other hoppy offerings were almost a year old! I poured this 12 oz. single into a nice giant wine glass.

Appearance: Pure copper in color. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink. The remarkable aspect of the look is the pure, clear shades of amber in the glass at different points of thickness.

Aroma: Pine and citrus jump out first, but, as with a lot of DIPAs, there is a good amount of caramel/biscuity smells to balance things out. After a few drinks, the meld of hops and malt create an almost spicy scent as alcohol heat kicks in.

Taste: Nice variety of hop flavors initially that eventually finish with a nice, not too over-the-top bitterness. The same notes from the nose are here, but a nice addition floral flavors also enter the picture. Malt provides adequate sweetness, but nothing that gets in the way of the main attraction of hops. Finishes with a pronounced, but not to sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: As medium-bodied as they come. Carbonation goes almost undetected with the exception that it keeps the body slick in the mouth. For a 10% DIPA, this one is rather drinkable. Be warned.

Overall: This is a very solid beer. It may not make my all-time greatest hits of the style, but there is nothing GD could do to improve what they were going for in this beer. It presents a great variety of hoppy flavors, keeps hop flavors and bitterness in good balance, and presents a great complementary malt that knows it is just a back-up singer in this band.

soze47, Nov 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BreweryRun, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

halo3one, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Rudgers73
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Looks very much like apple cider. Amber/brown with a haze to it. Micro bubble thin head, slight lacing, blotchy and thin across the top.

S- Sweet, grape, citrus, piny hops. Almost a berry smell.

T- Wow. This is really interesting. Very bitter and piny to start with a kick of warming alcohol in the middle followed by a increasingly sugary fruitiness. This is quite a dynamic beer. There is no real alcohol taste present, impressive for 9.1%.

M- Very dry at the start, but it dissipates into a well balanced feel of an american strong ale or a strong red ale.

D- This is great in taste, quality, and everything but it is so damn strong. If you're gonna have 4-5 of these stay in for the night.

Rudgers73, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of gabedivision
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle to a brandy snifter.
bottled 11/9/11

Pours a deep amber red, with burnt orange highlights. A big frothy 1 finger foamy head that slimes its way around the glass, exactly what i want from a DIPA. Big piny hops slam in the face, followed by big juicy citrus with a big sugary malt backbone. Citrus hops on the tongue, mango meets grapefruit, with a strong brown sugar follow up and a lemon meets aspirin bitter bite on the finish. This drinks exceptional, no way this is 10%?? Medium on the body, sugary and tart, bold hops with bitter finish, very creamy and smooth. This is a fantastic DIPA, the look is right the smell is right and damn the taste is right, cheers.

gabedivision, Dec 09, 2011
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,517 ratings.