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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,430
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 208 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Walterho, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

AngeloStout, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Hollister
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Wow, drinking this beer is basically no different than just eating a handful of hops. In all seriousness, this is a great beer. It pours a beautiful rich red amber with a slight haze. Lacing with a disappearing head. This beer hits you across the face with hops, and the sting stays with you throughout the whole experience. Great hop balance!

Hollister, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of hdog09
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Had this beer on nitro-tap at a local bar. Heavy and dark amber in color. Very citrus smell which makes sense for a 10% alch beer. Not as hoppy as I would have expected form a double IPA but hops are definitely there. Lots of caramel malt and citrus flavors are pretty forthcoming. Overall a really good beer drink a few of these and you'll be feeling good.

hdog09, May 17, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a deep amber beer with strong beige head, it smell hoppy and fruity : banana feeling. Small carbonation, first taste clearly malty and sweet turns into strong hoppiness. The bitterness is agressive due to double quantities. When the aftertaste comes, you feel it straight. Good mix bettween malts and hops.

hopheadtony1, Apr 13, 2011
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

Chiggins, Oct 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Bizon, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

beerexplorer1973, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Skylermandela, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

thgrayson, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

sohearn, Jun 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Damageman, Yesterday at 07:20 PM
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

SaintsFan, Jan 06, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

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

Meshuggah135, Nov 20, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

spunionring, Apr 03, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.7%

STJohnson82, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

friscokie, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ShaneFudge, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

choverstad, Jun 26, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

2ndstage, Aug 25, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

wvbelgique, Oct 09, 2006
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Aircow86, May 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

hoppitydooda, Mar 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

ddub571, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BigRedGator, Apr 05, 2013
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.