Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,160
Reviews:
1,598
Ratings:
4,244
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
659
Trade:
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,598 | Ratings: 4,244
Reviews by Bouleboubier:
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle date Aug 27 2015... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: tall tan head atop richly amber-hued, hazy liquid, good bit of flaky sediment floating about... foam is open-structured and spongy, bouncing as I lift the glass

S: weak booze, at first, which eventually peaks out a bit more as it warms and the foam recedes... smells aged - bold caramel, faint leafy-minty-citrus-rind-y hops... very familiar West Coast, earthy-piney-zesty aromas - nothing unique... potency fair-good

T: richly malty, blanketed in the whispers of dying resins... notable medicinal swell in the finish, as well as a latent rise of tea-like, tannic bitterness... upon second sip, hop character much more apparent - bitterness enhances, more lemon zest... more into it, the citrus flavors become more intense, while the bitterness fails to abate, and a brown bread crust note lingers in the back

F: any body felt on the palate could likely be from the resins, as this drinks pretty darn soft and light, but not quite crisp, smooth but maybe only mildly viscous

O: I've had this rather fresh, and the hop flavors are naturally brighter and the overall taste sharper, but this is far from dull in this state, the alcohol and bitterness surely aiding in its lasting triumph... I'd say it even tastes more like a hop-forward West Coast barleywine... it'd be interesting to let this age for a year or two, let the malt come out a little more - the bitterness is bold and beautiful, and I doubt it would tail off much (which is fine with me)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. canned on Jan 03, 2017

Pours hazy amber dark orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like toasted bready caramel malts, papaya, peach, mango, some honey, dark berries, orange, grapefruit, mild tobacco, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like dark toasted bready caramel malts, papaya, peach, mango, honey, dark berries, orange, grapefruit, some tobacco, mild spice, with bitter dank leafy green floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice and intense DIPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the bottle an intimidating, deep hazy orange with some brown influences. The liquid is thick, thick, thick. The color showed a lot of depth and was very inviting. The head was modest but well-tanned and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell - This is a big, heavy, monster nose. There is just tons and tons of caramel and toffee in here. The hops are complex and huge as well. I can pick up some good pine sap along with some big citrus and a few other notes that give a lot of depth to this gigantic bouquet. All in all, this is one of the biggest, most-balanced ADIPA noses that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The taste follows the nose except the malts are noticeably dominant. For all the hops here, they take a back seat to the huge, luscious, gooey caramel and toffee malt presence.

Mouthfeel - This is big and full-bodied. I'm talking Pliny the Younger big. They should serve this at Ruth Chris' with a side of mashed potatoes. Forget the knife and fork; give me the classic 1970's-style electric turkey carving knife.

As big and chewy as this is, it's not overly dry. The finish has some dryness, but this one finishes with a super-sugary caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Eatability - Don't try to drink Hercules with a meal like I did. This is your dinner.

Comments - What a great treat! I'll offer a big thumbs up to BuckeyeNation for sending this out my way.

Update - They finally got this in SoCal in the fall of 2010. This is an amazing beer to say the least. The head was much improved from my initial review, which leads me to believe that the beer suffered a bit from the trip from Ohio. That said, the balance of this ale is amazing and the flavors are beyond reproach. There's really nothing else like it out there in the beer world. It makes the case for a huge DIPA but with grass and flowers instead of the triple C's and gooey malts. It is like no other double that I've ever had and is in a class all by itself. Especially unique is the nose that is very herbal and spicy yet also has a classic DIPA aroma. The aftertaste BTW will entertain you for hours.

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Photo of Flying-ABV
3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint straight off the tap into a nice tumbler at a fine restaurant. This was a disappointment, mainly because I felt the taste wasn't well balanced. There's definitely a strong hop profile here - it has that sort of "grainy" mouth feel and sharp bitterness that I don't care for in many strong IPA's. It would have been much better for me if there was more balance with smooth malts and more character with the complex citrus notes that were absent. At 10.0ABV this should have been much "juicier" but the nose revealed more of just another strong run of the mill IPA with lots of alcohol.
I'm not gonna talk it down too much - I think this is just one example of an IPA that didn't suit my taste.

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Photo of RyBrew54
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper amber with medium white head. Smell is very unusual in that it has a grape aroma mixed in a hop forward nose. Reminds me more of a barleywine nose. Sweeter scent mixed in the nose that I can't put my finger on, almost a licorice candy, with slight sweet bread note. Taste has a distinct malt presence that reminds me of malted milk ball. Unusual for a DIPA to be so malt heavy with little hop bitterness to the palate. It's difficult to sort out the different flavors as a result. This is one I need to come back to when it comes out fresh.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for the bottle,pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a tight one finger head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind.Wow this puppy is hopped to the tilt intense orange and lemon hit with an underlying pine,big juicy citrusy flavors just bursting out at ya i do notice a touch of nutty malt it barely holds up to the intense hoppiness but its there.A slight alcohol burn is noticable not bad in any way,this beer is bad ass and takes no prisoners,hell yeah.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber with a nice head and hoppy aroma. A very nice malty base upon which the hops provide a balanced flavor profile. This is a very enjoyable example of a DIPA.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A somewhat hazy orange to amber color. Clears quite nicely after sitting in the glass. Very nice, puffy white head with some really nice lacing going on. A few floaters from bottle conditioning Im assuming. Big floral aroma. Somewhat grassy and citrus like. You really get the "oiliness" of the hops. Huge hop flavor upfront-very sharp on the tongue. Slight grapefruit flavor. Great body-nicely balanced between hop bitterness and abv. An excellent beer-very drinkable. I could see this being a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tremendous IPA! Compared to other double I's, Hercules pours a thick and almost syrupy look, making me think it will be too sweet. Hazy and orange - rust in color, it forms a thick 1" head that remained. Very perfume-ey, citrus-ey and with intense hop resins. Flavors of hop hits with the sweetness for a very round and well-melded flavor. Though heavy on the toung, never cloying or tackey feeling. Intense citrus flavors without the tartness. Ripe oranges, lemons, and grapfruity. Throw in peaches and pears for good measure. Spicy but not bite-ey. Good pine-ey flavors without grassy-ness. Overall, a beautiful beer. Finishes sweet and a bit dry. I can't recall having a better IIPA.

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Photo of WAP
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, sticky, off-white head. Initial smell is of citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is grapefruit, slight sweetness, and a sharp, bitter hop finish with perhaps a little pine flavor. Little alcohol burn in the taste but I can definitely feel the effects as I finish. Drinkability is good for the style, I could do a few of these in a row.

A solid DIPA - avoids the oversweetness that some in the style exhibit. This one will stay in the rotation for now.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass,

A: Dark amber, with a tannish head, with quite a greenish-style hue, with excellent Belgian-style lacing.

S: A lot of hops, very hoppy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, very fragrant.

T: Big grapefruit and other citrus notes, balanced by a good caramel malt background, with a fair amount of warming alcohol.

M: Big and chewy, very resiny.

D: A good beer, a good Double IPA, in my opinion a little too malty for the style, but that is a minor complaint. A big beer, though, one bomber is more than enough for me.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-copper with a full apricot colored that slowly gave way to a dollop in the center. Thick sheets of lace are left all the way down.

S: Sweet, strong toffee malts with clear citrus bite. Pronounced floral aroma, yet nicely balanced with the malts...especially for an DIPA.

T: Toffee and sweet caramel malts are blended with pine and citrus. Robust hop flavors balance surprisingly with the malt.

M: Full bodied, big beer. A better finish away from being a 5 in my book

D: 9.1 ABV and the finish keep this from being more drinkable. I was one-and-done with my bomber. The balance guarantees a repurchase.

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Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WhiteOak
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/09

A- Bright, deep copper like a year old penny with a bubbly, lacy dark tan head. The final pour of the bottle left a head that looked like a foam mattress in cross section. Just by looking at this brew you know you are about to get a palate wallop.

S- Big, alluring aromas soar out of the glass: toasted coconut, vanilla, pina colada, peaches.... Very seductive. It would be one hell of a challenge to have a sniff of this and not take a big sip.

T- Huge sweet malt makes the attack. Mouthwatering hops dominate the mid-palate. The lingering finish is of peach & pineapple syrup and hop bitterness.

M, D- Viscous, sweet malt & oily hops, both thick, heavy, and extracted, are so rich that this a slow ride. Massive but supremely balanced!

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Photo of OzarkPA
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ejohnson654
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Walshwi
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jibjib513
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Methical
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Bsetz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yamcarts
2.05/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules double IPA

Tall 22oz brown glass bottle with a red and white pry off cap.
The label is a brown wooden board on a white background and large green lettering.
Deep clear honey copper body with no carbonation. Light tan head of small to medium bubbles, good retention and great lace.
Strong hoppy grass scent, very inviting and fresh. Warm caramel and toffee notes among spices and mild vegetables.
Nice caramel flavor well balanced by strong spiced pine and grass hop flavors. The aftertaste is a long lived hop malty flavor.
Full body with good coating.
Excellent drinkability, sweet, spiced, hoppy and fresh.

-Oelergud

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Photo of MiScusi
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is marked as being bottled in April of 2007.

Pours a clear dark orange hued and semi viscous liquid. With a tight white frothy and bubbly head. The smell is very sweet, the hoppiness that comes out is some orange citrus and sweet flower. The taste packs a large up front and lingering bitterness. A quite resiny hoppiness is comes out during the sip while a bit of floral hops comes through in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel- Medium. Tastes pretty similar to a lot of other DIPA's that I can remember.... Ballast Point Dorado, Avery Maharaja (kind of), Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.... all these are syrupy sweet DIPA's but the Hercules packs a little more bitterness to it. Not my favorite type of DIPA. Based on style I cannot rate this too low. Based on what I prefer in a DIPA I have to grade it a little lower.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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