Hercules Double IPA
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,277
Ranked #5,331
4.12 | pDev: 11.41%
Jan 14, 2023
Apr 11, 2004
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
Notes: 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.

2007 Australian International Beer Awards, Gold Medal, Imperial IPA
2008 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA
2009 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA
2010 BeerAdvocate “Top 100 Beers On Planet Earth,” #48
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Rated: 3.73 by Gerred from Missouri

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Looks almost crystal clear. Def not hazy. Def my style.

Smells like pot. I cant smoke it but I sure like the smell and beer taste of it.

Tastes super dank. Super weedy. Sweet and caramely with a sticky, sticky resinous piney darkness. Old school as fuck and super big on malt and hops.

Feel is OILY and gelatinous. Finishes very crisp though. Intriguing beer.

Overall - I've definitely had this before but I always seems to ignore great divide for whatever reason. I think im primarily annoyed by their yeti series and how they absolutely try to milk the fuck out off it, but thats another topic. Regardless, its been a LONG time since I've bought a GD beer (probably close to ten years) but this beer is a super nice reminder of where beer was at 10-15 years ago. Very DFH 90 minute-esque as well. An IPA not ashamed to be malty and unpalatable to Virginia beer enthusiasts.
Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 3.61 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Oct 23, 2022
Rated: 3.44 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by 2beerdogs from California

Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 12, 2021
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Rated by gooddaydiablo from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
pine pine pine bitter bitter bitter bready bready

very old school, not hoppy
Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Citrus hints and malt dominates this dipa and the hops come in the form of deep woods/ pine forest. Other more non-description tropical fruits appear as this warms. You’ll hear others say this really comes to life as it warms. I agree. Tasty stuff. Big pine notes with plenty of sweet nutty/ tea-like malts without the sweetness being a turnoff. Like many also note, the hops don’t dominate here.
Jul 17, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by igl from Russian Federation

Jul 14, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
The can I have isn't expired but not the freshest but this is so malty im wondering if they some how canned a brown ale. If this how this normally is then it's honestly awful to me. Zero hops just malt, like this is so disappointing I'll have to try again to see.

Seeing as how I have the lowest review on here I looked at others and they're all as flabbergasted as I am. I really hope we all got bad bottles or cans and it will be better next time.

Update, after trying again I more or less confirmed what I thought while also liking this more. Still not for me but for those more into malty IPA'S.
May 21, 2021
Rated: 2.7 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Rerate, 355 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.1%., 85 IBU. Orange to amber colour, slightly hazy. Moderate but lasting off-white head with an orangey hue. Pleasant aroma of fruity American hops. The flavour is an aggressive hoppy explosion from start to finish, on a malty sweet (too sweet?) background. Very bitter aftertaste. "Not for the faint of heart" - but I MIGHT get used to this ... I’m upping it a point. Original rating: Bottle, at The Rover, Göteborg. Amber colour, hazy. Sweet and alcoholic aroma and flavour, but also plenty of hops, as expected from a "double IPA". A bit overdone on both sweetness and hops in my book, but still a good beer.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by emerge077 from Illinois

Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by warrenc from Oregon

Jan 11, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by HopBelT from Belgium

May 19, 2020
Rated: 2.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 04, 2020
Rated: 2.8 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire

Jan 03, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Six pack of cans purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Canned on SEP 24 2019. Poured in to an Erdinger pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy darker golden amber color, glorious off-white head that slowly recedes, beautiful lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (tangerine, grapefruit and lemon), honey/caramel malts, resinous pine, over-ripe tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit and light pineapple), some stone fruit. Light spicy/herbal notes.

Taste- The honey sweet malts are much more prevalent in the taste than the aroma. The hoppy fruitiness and pine assert themselves in the finish, well balanced.

Feel- Rich, full bodied with faint alcohol tones. Very smooth with a solid semi-dry bitter finish. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- A really nice DIPA. A little pricey but I'll be coming back to this one.
Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by nyrblue2 from New York

Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 4 by Alexrdvz from Oklahoma

Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Aug 22, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

May 05, 2019
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by ziizii from Czech Republic

Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Juno106 from Florida

Apr 09, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by Dicers from California

Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From notes 1/22/12: Pours deep gold/pale amber with 2 fingers of frothy, beige, somewhat lasting head which leaves a heavy, pasty lacing behind as it recedes. Aroma is citrusy orange hops and sweet caramel malts. Taste is huge hoppiness! Oily with orange zest in a malt background of cane syrup and caramel. Big hop bite and bitterness from start into the aftertaste. Taste is complex, almost in an abbey ale sort of way. Alcohol is well hidden for a 10% ABV until the brew reaches room temperature where it blossoms.
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by rvisual from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Found this at T0tal W!ne in Houston after missing it on the local shelves for several years.
Probably more than a bit overpriced i.e. you can find better brews for less money. But, it's an excellent beer, good taste but not overly hopped and little or no juniper or other cringe-worthy (for some people!) ingredients. Herc is a very worthwhile brew which has been around for quite a while. If you're looking to test drive an IPA, this is a great choice.
Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by waddy from South Carolina

Dec 16, 2018
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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