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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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cherche

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-16-2014 03:09:36 | More by cherche
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TheDoak

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-10-2013 16:49:09 | More by TheDoak
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

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

Brilliant copper orange in colour topped by loads of meringue-like head. The long lasting foam almost coats the walls of the glass with thick sheets of lace. The scent of it invites you in with peaches and flowers; biscuit and pine. A little bit of alcohol lurks behind it all. Solid peachy, tropical sort of hop flavour competes with sweet caramel malt. Very balanced. Pine and herbs show up towards the finish along with a firm, strong (but not extreme) bitterness. Fairly full bodied, with a smooth and sticky mouthful. I bet it would be even hoppier if it weren't brewed almost two months ago. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:19:29 | More by mintjellie
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lstokes

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really beautiful copper-red color, with a relatively small head that faded quickly. Pretty minimal carbonation.

The smell is like a forest, honestly--almost too much pine!--so I was glad to see that this is a really well-balanced beer with a silky and medium body. I got some grapefruit and caramel malts in addition to the pines, it's got a bold flavor profile all around, not just with the hops.

It ends bitter but still hides the 9.2 ABV very well. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:13:53 | More by lstokes
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pcsnyder

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

07-20-2013 12:02:46 | More by pcsnyder
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +15%

08-18-2013 01:28:11 | More by jngrizzaffi
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HeyItsChili

China

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

A - Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hoppy and caramel sweet malt.

T - Sweet and piny up front. Slightly normalized strong hop flavor. Not as highly a multilayered variance in hop flavor like some better DIPAs, but not bad. Citrusy, bitter finish.

M - Slightly sticky, medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:51:58 | More by HeyItsChili
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-20-2013 01:47:31 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-01-2014 01:19:05 | More by Carl_R
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vtfan77

Virginia

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

A- Bright orange with a big off-white head, great retention, and fantastic lacing. Beautiful!

S- Ahhh... sharp piney hops and mouthwatering citrus notes spring forth, along with a nice, sweet malt backing.

T- Definite sweet malt up front, but it doesn't stick around long before the hops beat the hell out of it. More pine and juicy oranges and grapefruits play on the tongue as the hops do their thing. Hefty bitterness on the finish, but certainly not overpowering. Not exactly what I'd call "supremely balanced" or anything, but that's not what I'm looking for here. If I wanted supreme balance I'd drink a damn barleywine.

M- Nice and thick, almost a bit chewy. Carbonation is at a good moderate to high level.

D- Probably a one and done beer for me due to its high alcohol, but oh, what a one!

Fantastic, simply fantastic. I really, really liked this beer. Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had period. Really nothing fancy, either. Just straight up, hops forward goodness, with just enough malt backing to keep from overwhelming. If you like DIPA's you simply must give this a try. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 04:01:39 | More by vtfan77
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big hop aroma with citrus, grass and spice notes. I tried, but I can't get any malt through all that hop smell.

Deep amber and clear. with medium head that lingers as a thin layer throughout. Just a little bit of rising carbonation.

Assertively bitter but there's also a solid sweet malt backbone. Some good crystal malt flavor and a little melanoidin which is a welcome surprise. Then there's good hoppy oily flavor with more citrus notes and just a little bit grassy. Finish is a nice combo of brown sugary sweet and bitter.

Full bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. It doesn't look it, but the carbonic bite is solid.

Nice drinking beer. Big and assertive but not overbearing or so big that you need to sip it. Pretty much right where this style of beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 23:19:19 | More by czechsaaz
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Jules11788

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-21-2013 04:43:21 | More by Jules11788
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Brinks

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-27-2013 20:26:04 | More by Brinks
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

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

22ox bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottle courtesy of a trade with grub, thanks buddy!

Aggressive pour leaves 1 1/2 inches of head with heavy lacing, very appealing. Orange in colour with tons of unfiltered chunky bits floating about. Fairly vigorous carbonation that dosen't let the head die easily. Aroma is heady and extremely appealing. Well balanced is how I would describe it. Lots of floral hops with a touch of citrus...orange and lemon peel mostly. The malt is very bready and warm, a bit like a cake baked with oranges. Caramel, vanilla and even a little mango in there....well balanced and delicious smelling.

Taste is very hop-forward, as expected. The floral character is delicate and melds well with the citric sourness. Medicinal, herbal, anise like flavours come out as well. The malt presence is huge and has to be to try to balance this beer out. Yeasty breadiness in the back with the caramel, vanilla and fruit flavours making this a very baking-like experience. The mouthfeel is thick with all that malty goodness, and the carbonation is medium, about right I'd say. I have a bomber to myself, and I know it'll knock me on my ass but I don't care, it's very good!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 03:04:00 | More by trevorwideman
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees...let warm up for awhile.

A - Beautiful burnt orange with copper tones. Off-white, foamy head that took several minutes to simmer down to a small ring. Ample carbonation that held throughout the long life of the beer.

S - Juicy hops dominate the aroma on citrus/floral tone.

T - Strong hops, but met with caramelized malt. Background notes of tart grapefruit and piney/floral earth tones. Altogether, the hops still overpower the rest of the flavors, leaving a smooth bitterness. Excellent balance.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish that leaves a bitter taste.

D - Excellent DIPA. I had been saving it for several months, and it was worth the wait. Very good balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 02:39:05 | More by JohnnyM2002
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out with a thick two and a half finger off-white head over a clear copper beer. Some visible bubble trails throughout the glass. The head clings to the edges all the way down and has a great pillowy character to it.

Nose: A bit too light, but has some good notes: hops, of course, hints of vanilla, and the ever present pine and grapefruit combination of strong hoppy beers. Smells smooth and creamy, not too harsh.

Mouth: Sweet, smooth, creamy entrance and a long hop finish. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue but not as much diversity in flavors as I would have hoped. At room temperature the alcohol is very present, accentuating the pine flavors of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 19:57:21 | More by clickpush
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banger7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-15-2013 20:59:39 | More by banger7
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riored4v

Colorado

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

Reviewed on 10/16/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, rocky head. Clear, dark golden body. Great lacing.

Smell is malty, caramel and hops. Nice citrusy and grapefruit aroma.

Taste is citrus and spicey hops up front with a nice bitter finish. Slight alcohol warmty. A nice balance with sweet malt and caramel flavors. Hints of pine and nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel is oily with a medium piney. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Mild alcohol warmth, but still easily drinkable although not quite sessionable.

Overall its an excellent DIPA. Big on hops w/ a well balanced maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 19:24:08 | More by riored4v
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Necronomad

Switzerland

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper/golden color with hints of orange. It has nice head, that laces down the glass slowly. Strong aromas of citrus, especially grapefruit, as well as floral and piney scents. The taste is surprising, it starts with a sweet taste of malt and little bit of honeyin there as well. The hops soon begin to dominate the taste, with prodominantly a citrus flavor. It is slightly heavy, as it comes across the palate at the beginning, then it gradually thins itself out. Drinkability, this is hop-head beer, though it was a tad disappointing I was expecting a stronger hoppiness in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 14:25:14 | More by cameraman
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy fiery orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready and carmely malt along with some spicy citrus and piney hops. There is also some alcohol present in the nose as the beer warms.

This is very well balanced for a double IPA. While the hops are definitely well represented for all hopheads the malt has a strong showing as well. There are notes of toffee, caramel, sweet bread, grapefruit and some pine. The more the beer warms, the more the hops come out.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasantly carbonated; pretty smooth and almost creamy.

Hard to believe there is 9% ABV here, making this pretty dangerously drinkable. A great Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 02:04:37 | More by hckyfn9999
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MickeyHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-20-2012 02:17:44 | More by MickeyHops
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SupaCelt

Michigan

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

Appearances: Richly orange and nebulous with a sugary white head. Not a highly motivated head, as it takes the rest of the night off without any consideration of how it is making the beer look overall. Selfish bastard. Anyway, the ring forms and spittle is left atop the pond. Sticky lace results just like when fancy panties get pilfered and end up in the hands of a pervert. Like me. Very subdued carbonation fizzles through what appears to be a dense glass of matter.

Smell: This smells like heaven. The freshest, most vibrant hop smack in the kisser I have had in a long while. Maybe ever. Nice malty undertones give a thick sweet aroma off, but the hops. Wow, this smells fabulous. No deterioration of hop character here. This nose is fresh and citrusy with herbal and grainy notes popping off left and right. Super delightful scent.

Taste: Very well balanced betwixt malt and hop. I wouldn't have expected such synergy judging by the nose. The hops bolster the grain to an excellent degree. Slightly dry finish, but enough juicy and mouthwatering sweet character to ward off the cotton chop effect. Caramel tones abound. The hop flavour is equally as amazing as the nose. Fruity and resinous and sappy. This is really a great specimen. A double dose of awe inspiring magnitude. So fresh. Earth...

Mouthfeel: The texture is very pleasing. Not much carbonation which makes this baby feel juicy and heavy, yet it remains light on the wings of the flavour.

Drinkability: A dangerously delicious drink without question. The sweetness could conceivably cause a premature cease in consumption, but I am so satisfied with this bomber.

Primo. I was expecting another rediculously hopped up novelty, but this boy sure made me eat crow. Recommendations must be dispersed at this time. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 03:15:46 | More by SupaCelt
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden, almost reddish body with a chunky off-white head that settles down in rather short oreder but never completely disappears. Sticks to the sides, too.
Smell is what you’d expect from a big IPA, or APA. Where are we on that differentiation, anyway? Loads of piney, resinous hops with a sweet, malty background. I can’t really pick out any alcohol smell from this big hopmonster.
Upon tasting, the first thing you notice is all the sticky hoppyness that coats your tongue. Again, loads of piney hop bitterness, but after the swallow, the sweet malt balances things out and resets your tastebuds. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Thicker mouthfeel than what you might expect. Pretty mellow carbonation and drinkability is quite good for the potency and extremity of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 01:16:42 | More by DaveFL1976
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loupap

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-15-2011 02:51:02 | More by loupap
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,283 ratings.