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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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4.12/5
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4,196 Ratings
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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. 85 IBUs.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,750
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,196
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
638
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,196 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of chuckd123
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very good double IPA example. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice, darkish copper color, nothing particularly out of the ordinary, looks like most IPA's and DIPA's. Poured with about a 2-3 finger head, and laced up nicely as I drank it. Very sticky lacing.

The smell is very inviting. Faint floral aroma, hops domiante and you can almost smell the high abv%. Initial taste is bitter, and the alcohol is very present. Hops are great and must be a ton of them in this one. Somewhat fruity & malt is blended in nicely. I don't mind a big IPA where the hops absolutely dominate, but this one blends them with the maltiness nicely.

Drinkability is very good, but at the higher abv, I would probably move to something lower after a couple of these. Excellent example of a d-ipa, worth trying if you can get one.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very nice reddish golden color with a half finger white head.Lots of lacing on my glass.

S - A nice citrus hoppy smell with a lot of bitter hop smell plus some malt that smells like tea leaves.

T - A very bitter taste here but tastes good. Comes over a malty lead that has some sweetness to it.

M - Very smooth. Follows up the bitterness nicely by not being too csrbonated.

D - Makes you want more. A nice taste. Might be too hoppy for some non hopheads.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I'm reading the label correctly, this 12 oz'er was bottled in May '04(!). How it remained on the shelf til November '06 (if that's true) I have no idea. IBU's: 85.

A: Orange-copper, hazy with bits of suspended funk. A ruby tint in the haze gives a warm glow. Minimal off-white head with attractive lacing.

S: Intense hopping, citrus, resinous and spiced. Caramel and bread-dough maltiness with a notable burning tingle of alcohol.

T: Abundant bitterness in those big juicy citrus hops. Maltiness is somewhat sweet and smacks of toasted nuts. Nice balance, but skews toward hops. Finishes mostly dry and has a discernable herbalness in the aftertaste.

M: Generally smooth, a little viscous. Full mouthfeel, but without alot of carbonation. Has a good deal of alcohol warmth and that lingering hoppy bitterness that clings to the tongue for a while.

D: A very tasty beer from start to finish. Not one to have everyday, but a high quality DIPA, worthy of given a strong endorsement to.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a small, light-tan, bubbly, firm head. It leaves Charlie Brown Christmas trees (pre-miracle) of lacing. The beer is mostly clear, and a strawberry-amber color. Huge nose: yards of grapefruit rind and sugar. Outstanding. Front shows mad grapefruit hops and alcohol. The middle turns buttery, thick, syrupy. There is massive hop bitterness in the finish, with buttered, toasted grains and lakes of alcohol. The aftertaste is the rind of a grapefruit. This is one big hop-alcohol-butterymalt monster.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a bone head.
Hazy and full.
Pungent, unapologetic hop assault wafts up with a surprising malt backbone.
Wincing hop profile builds as the beer warms.
Beyond the lupulin assault there lies the stiff malt character,a hint of leather,candied flowers,barn boards, and vanilla.
Stinging on the pallet,nectar-like and piney.
Massive grapefruit flavors,pith and all.
Aggresive hop attack,bitter and extremely lingering.
Drying and minerally, almost tongue curling personality.
Medium to full mouthfeel, with alcohols thinning the body.
Huge hop and malt character hides alcohol well.
Large-ish malt character for style, leaning into Barleywine territory.
Reminiscent of Bigfoot.

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Photo of Beauregard
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent DIPA, and another good job from Great Divide. Pours a nice strong orange color, with good head and lacing. The aroma immediately hits you with hops; grassy, piney, citrus scents all come through. Flavor is surprisingly malty, and the mouthfeel is substantial thanks to the strong malt sweetness present in the beer. Hop flavor is sweet and resiney, not as citrusey as the aroma would lead you to expect. Overall, the strong malt and hop flavors are balanced by just the right amount of bitterness and make this one of the most drinkable 9% beers around. Well done.

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Photo of rowew
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, came in a four pack. New style labels. No date.

Appearance: Reddish orange color, average sized head, good retention.

Smell: Resinous hop flavors - a bit of pine and grapefruit. Some nice malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Fairly thick mouthfeel, almost a bit chewy. Tons of hop flavor, but with enough malt backbone to keep it from being overpowering. Just a hint of alcohol, which is impressive considering the ABV.

Overall impression: Very nice - this is a highly drinkable example of the style. Great hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is once again another beer that i cant believe im actually drinking and once again thank my favourite bottleshop and GDBC,the beer pours a nice amber,red hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy one finger head with nice lacing,the aroma is a distinct mix between pine needle laced hops and caramel malts very nice,it has a nice full mouthfeel at the start that finishes medium bodied and very bitter but just how the style should be that starts off with nice tastes of caramel and toffee and finishes with that solid pine needle hop bitterness,definately a great beer as far as im concerned and am stoked to see it hit our shores finally.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of off-white head atop. The head fades down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of piney/grassy hops and sweet caramel malts. There is also some other fruit and citrus aroma in the background.

T - Starts off with lots of citrus hops and some sweet malt. There is also some other sweet fruit flavor in the background. Through the middle, some bitterness and stronger malt flavor comes through. Some floral elements also mix in.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness and some sweetness. Very smooth with a super dry finish that feels really great.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent hop profile and very nice balance by the malt. The addition of some fruity flavors really blends nicely with the hops.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber with dense white head that takes a few minutes to settle to a lace.

S- Perfect. A hop monster being over taken quickly by malty goodness. Even a little alcohol and spice in the aroma party.

T- Amazingly hoppy and bitter, but still almost balanced by caramel malt that makes it delicious.

M- Highly carbonated and smooth, giving way to slightly dry and astringent.

D- Excellent for a double IPA. No more drinkable beer at this IBU level in the world.

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Photo of myakinback
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle purchased at Glen Rock NJ Bottle King for $7.99

Appearance: reddish iced tea body with a 1 finger white crown. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops and fruity malt. Hops seem to be very floral but some red fruit notes are present. I'm not sure if they stem from citrus hops or the malt. Reminiscent of Alpha King Pale Ale.

Taste: Nice initial hop bitterness blast followed by a nice sweet malt center and a bitter finish. The hops are different than Alpha King but the malt seems very similar to me.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and fairly slick.

Drinkability: At 9.10% abv with a nice amount of bitterness I can't score it too high but the brew is tasty and I'm getting through the 22oz bomber at a good pace.

Great Job Great Divide!

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Photo of unionturf
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass...

Poured deep amber with a good head. Smell is hops/ grapefruit / pine...and it's a good smell. :) Taste is hops upfront with a pine/grapefruit hint too. Not a big alcohol taste (which is my problem with this style) and a little oily. Drinkability is above average for this style for me because after one I could have another.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a thick and smooth creamy white head of foam. Smell is typical citric hoppy ipa smell. Smell is also very sweet and fruity. Taste is fully sweet, like it is doused with a bag of brown sugar. But this balances out the hop bitterness nicely. The hops are spicy, but yet citric and fruity. Very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. This is great stuff but a little too sweet to be highly drinkable. An ipa I will be back to.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hercules pours with a 1/4" white head which settles a bit but doesn't go away completely. It hangs on the inside of the glass. The color is somewhere between brown and ruby [dark copper?]. The nose smells immediately like a freshly peeled orange.. hops with malt in the background. The flavor is again citrusy. Some maltiness and a fair amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side. It's pleasant but more of a digestif . This puts limits on the drinkability, but if you know what you are drinking here it's all good.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/copper in color, with a big, fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Big, juicy hops and citrus
Taste-Initial hop and malt assault that balances out nicely- Good juicy hops and citrus flavor, smooth and easy drinking for the substantial ABV.
Overall, nicely balanced and smooth-dangerously drinkable.A fine offering from Great Divide.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger and a half of creamy beige head over a completely opaque orange-tan body with some chunks.

Smell - 4.5
Lovely aroma, hop driven (of course) with citrus, a little spice, rich cooking cake and some alcohol.

Taste - 4.5
Beautifully balanced considering this is probably the most bitter beer available in Australia. Starts sweet with flavours of gingerbread, grapefruit and sweet biscuity malt. Then the 85 IBUs hit home, although not in an unpleasant way, as there is plenty of citrus and sweetness. Low alcohol presence for a beer with 9.1% ABV.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low to moderate carbonation is fine, the beer feels thick and heavy, almost syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
I'm sure many malt-heads would score this lower, but for the style I see this as very drinkable. I could go for a second right now.

OVERALL - 4.3
This is my first DIPA and I love it! Not as complex and a Belgian ale, but not one dimensional either. Unfortunately as a low-volume newbie to Australia it is overpriced, so I will not be buying again until the price drops.

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Photo of biggmike
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first double IPA. Pours a deep golden color with nice head that lasted a while. Aroma is citrus fruit and a bit malty as well. Flavor is fruity and hoppy and finishes bitter. Flavor is fairly complex and must be drank slowly to truly appreciate. Hides the alcohol well, so drinkability is good for the 9.1% abv.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a WOW for me. Recommended at my local spot. Great recommendation. I am very familiar with the brewery and other beers. This is great

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Photo of ATraurig
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rusty orange with thin cream head.

S: Good but not strong. Subtle, pleasant smell. Not as hoppy smelling as many good IPAs.

T/M: Great, smooth taste. Perfect balance between hoppy and malty. Not an overpowering taste, just balanced and smooth. No lingering bitter aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not a porch-pounder but not too heavy. Considering its alcohol content, very easy to drink.

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Photo of SD_Transplant
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good dipa. Full of character. A bit boozy. Floral, piney and citrusy. A bit sweet but not cloying.
Warming alcohol. Quite balanced even with the high bitterness

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber, slightly murky, with a big white head. Took a while to settle, lots of lacing.

Aroma is pretty much all hops - pine and citrus notes dominate, some flowery notes. Slightly sweet.

Taste is, as promised, lots of hops. Again, citrus and pine flavors are prevalent. A noticeable malty sweetness comes out a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, but not bad. Also a bit too much carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Hides the ABV well, and just a very pleasant drink. Would absolutely grab some of this again.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,196 ratings
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