Hercules Double IPA
Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,129
ABV:
10%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,319
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
1,607
Ratings:
4,276
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 16, 2023
Added:
Apr 11, 2004
Wants:
  293
Gots:
  663
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: 3.8 by not2quick from Missouri

Dec 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Light gold in color with with a fingernail of off white. Light, soapy lacing on the glass. The aroma is of earthy hops , light malt, and alcohol. I’m tasting lots of earthy to lime hops with plenty of booze. The mouth is dry and warm with alcohol.
Sep 24, 2023
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear, golden hued body; dense, slow rising carbonation; thick, white head, long lasting, semi-creamy texture. Initial scent of floral and tropical fruit notes; mild spicy zestiness; very faint earthy maltiness. Very mild cereal grain flavor carrying a zesty, spicy hop flavor; white pepper, sage and turmeric; moderate bitterness; very quiet alcohol presence. Medium-heavy mouthfeel; smooth and lightly velvety; bold alcohol warmth presence; semi-dry at the finish.

I know I've had this beer before, likely before my BeerAdvocate days. Regardless, this is my first rating and review of this beer. It is a solid, easy drinking imperial India pale ale. Simple yet alluring.

Pouring temperature: 46 °F; canning info: 5/11/23
Source: local purchase
Jul 30, 2023
 
Rated: 4.06 by arini10 from Oregon

Jul 11, 2023
 
Rated: 3.93 by DOCRW from Kentucky

May 24, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle into a Great Divide snifter. Clear liquid gold and a nice fluffy foam from an aggressive pour.
Smells like Colorado.,. the dank pine jumps right out, there’s a sweetness on the nose from the malt.
Tastes Big. A punch in the mouth of well balanced maltiness and stanky piney hops. Resiny. Crisp finish featuring a bitter hop note.
High medium to low heavy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Overall, I’d drink these every gah dam day if they were sold in Florida.,.
Apr 03, 2023
 
Rated: 3.95 by joran from Kansas

Feb 18, 2023
 
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
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 4276 ratings