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 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
Ratings:
4,157
Reviews:
1,583
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
284
Gots:
625
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,157 |  Reviews: 1,583
Photo of begforme4484
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is very clear, seems to be a clean beer.

A very well mixed malt and hop scent thats inviting.

Taste is balanced with a clean hop finish that lingers pleasantly. Surprisingly bitter for only 85 IBU.

Dry and smooth.

GD hit another nail on the head with this one. It's a very straight forward IPA/DIPA. No extremes in one form or the other, which, as this beer shows, can be a good thing.

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Photo of hopsteez
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber/maize color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight raisin, and strong alcohol. Overall, a really good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

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Photo of Tolann
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a bomber poured into 2 big tumbler glasses.

A- very nice looking for a double IPA. Very copper/amber with a thick yellowy head. Leaves a nice unorganized lacing on the glass.

S- A balance of pine and citrius. really nice.

T- Better than GDs Titan. A nice balance but very hoppy. nice for a double IPA. Not for a light drinker.

M- Not as easy to drink as Titan. Easy on the pallet, but still is a medium/light bodied beer.

D-very drinkable considering the ABV and it being a double IPA.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 17, 2012

Copper/amber in colour, with a moderately sized off-white head. Fades to a film before long, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma contains citrus notes amid a malty background, caramel and bread. The malt component is actually more pronounced.

This is a bold, robust DIPA. Taste is fairly bitter, full of soapy citrus (grapefruit, primarily). A rich caramel malt provides the backbone, somewhat biscuity.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation, chewy and a bit oily.

Overall, a really good DIPA. The significant hop bitterness is well matched by the malt flavours. Packs a punch and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for fans of double IPA's. From the deep amber color to the strong floral smell, there are only good things to say about Hercules. It pairs well with food too. I like a big a beer and this one certainly delivers on all accounts. You have to be careful, this beer is very drinkable, and with it's high ABV, you can end up past the point of no return quicker than intended.

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Photo of bret27
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at brewery 2009. Had previously on tap @ Oregon beer festival

A: Cloudy, dark amber, little foamy head.

S: Rich! Hops, piney, cedary, resiney, grapefruit. deep sweet malt

T: Same as above, w/malt coming through more than in smell to balance

M: Much thicker and 'stickier' than regular availability.

D: The extra thickness add a little something extra, but may reduce drinkability for some.

Overall: This is normally a really good beer, and the brewery makes really good stuff. No doubt. But if you can get ahold of any of their stuff fresh or on cask, highly recommended!

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my Piraat glass. Looks good.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a good amount of biscuity malt in the nose as well.

Taste is also full of floral, grassy hops that give way to a buttery, biscuity malt underneath that is pretty decent. Hops don't seem to be the focus here but this bottle is nearly 6 months old (forgot to read the date when purchasing). Still pretty decent hop kick.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral, grassy hop flavor and biscuity malt flavor. Feels well balanced, even if the hops aren't as strong.

Well, I'm positive that this would have more of a hop kick if it were fresh. Still, I can't complain because it's still delicious and easy to drink. I'll definitely check the bottle next time but otherwise, I like this.

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Photo of mmcave
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately aggressive into my Duvel tulip glass. The color a nice deep reddish amber with high light around the edges. This one has a great pillowy head, like mashed potatoes, leaves great lacing all the way down. Smell is excellent, complex and compelling, wonderful aromatic hops, pine, yeast, some citrus, maybe some pineapple and a tinge of caramel. The taste is no less great, clean and fresh, but a little sticky at the same time. Toffee and some coffee like flavors that manifest in just the right way on the edges of the palate this is followed by an excellent textured bitterness, then some fruit followed by a superb after taste. This is an excellent IPA double, well made and masterfully brewed. I will definitly buy this again.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Stubbie in Gainesville.

Typical color for a DIPA, kind of a dark orange. Decent head, with good retention. Smell is massive hops, with a sweet malt base. Taste is juicy hops, straight up. Malt is present, but in the background. For a double IPA, I found this one to strike the right balance. A better balanced brew than DFH 90 min, I think. Mouthfeel is somewhat lighter than some DIPA's, but still medium bodied. Good carbonation. As far as drinkability, I drank it somewhat slow, but because I wanted to savor it and I was paying for it, not because it wasn't highly drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When does a Double IPA become a Barley Wine? Right here. Great appearance, with a foamy head, cloudy amber hue. Lots of thick lacing. Hop aromas jump out of the bottle. Crisp, hoppy taste, followed by malty backbone. Not dissimiliar to a Bigfoot (one of my absolute faves). This is terrific stuff. 9.10% well hidden, goes down relatively easy. Barley Wine fans, seek it out.

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Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Theres lots of hops citrus hops and some alcohol gets through

T - A bunch of hops in your mouth finishes slightly bitter

M - This is a medium bodied brew

D - If you like DIPAs this is a beer for you if you can get your hands on this one you'll be happy

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Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slighty hazy copperish color with white fluffy head that left a great amount of lacing.

S- Hops here. I could pick up pine, citrus and floral notes here. Later as it warmed I could pick up some grape fruit.

T- Pine hops explode up front, followed by some citrus and then malt that balances everything very nicely.

M- Silky smooth. A nice rich taste that isn't overpowering.

D- A very nice brew and easy to drink.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 22oz bomber.

Appearance- pours a doughy two finger into my pint glass. Has a nice slightly hazy, amber/copper mix with some dwindlimg lacing.

Smell- It makes me think of taking a bite of homemade Amish white bread into some lightly carbonated hop juice.

Taste- Tase makes me think of taking a big bite of a grapefruit, skin and all. The bitterness of the skin mixed with citrus and some malty sweetness.


Mouthfeel- Very bready, one thin I notice in good IPA's. Somewhat dry, but nice and bitter. Reminds me of a couple ex-girlfriends.

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is just as expected. A yellowish amber with medium amount of head.

Smell is sweet and inviting.

Taste is again sweet with just a hint of bitter hops. The hops are a flavor accent and not the main train on which the sweetness rides.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable.

Overall a good beer. Would not hesitate to buy this beer again.

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Photo of macster
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber-orange color with an enduring thin white head and thick lacing.

Aroma is like plunging your nose into a freshly opened bag of Northwest hops; luscious, crisp smells of just cut grapefruit, orange and pine.

Initial flavor is a BIG HIT of mouth-puckering high alpha-acid hop bitterness along with the amped up alcohol; dry and crisp. Not bad in anyway (if you like big IPA's) but perhaps a touch more balance with a bit more malt sweetness would be welcome. This may also help add more fullness to the slightly thin mouthfeel.

Finishes long, bitter and clean. Lots of punch here. Good stuff!!

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Photo of alli4051
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pours a clear copper with around a finger of slightly golden head.

S: An invitingly resiny scent. Nice strong smell of pine hops.

T: As expected the hops pack a strong punch up front; however, malts still play a strong well as well. Hops aren't as dominate as I expected but the balance is pleasant.

M: Medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

D: Surprisingly high. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily drink several of these. Think I may be adding this one to the regular rotation.

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery orange in color with a few hop bits stirring about and a massive head of fluffy foam that leaves loads of lacing clinging to the glass.

Big sweet malty scent to go with the plump juicy hop presence. An impressive nose.

Big hoppy taste with notes of citrus and some pine. A touch of tropical fruit. Moderately bitter. A big sticky sweet malt presence to back all of the hops up. Big flavor and very tasty. Clean aftertaste.

Smooth feel all the way, supple carbonation and a dry feel.

Very enjoyable all around DIPA. Very worthy of the high scores. I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA pours a light orange amber with gold highlights. The moderately thick pearl head recedes leaving a nice bit of lace.

In the aroma there is some malt and plenty of hops. Surprisingly some roastiness as well and a hint of citrus fruitiness.

The flavor has some strong hops and the slight roasty nuttiness adds to the complexity of this selection. Some roasty malt before a sweet caramel finish that curiously seems to mellows as the beer warms.

A nice initial bite with some natural carbonation that does not lighten up the texture of the finish much. Very good overall.

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Photo of timmay41
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber whose label indicates Nov. 7, 2008 bottling.

A: Pours an amber, shiny copper-like color (meaning it's pretty bright). Delicious-looking tuft of eggshell white head--a solid 1.5 fingers deep. Retention and lacing are solid.

S: Sweet, almost caramel malt scent up front with piney hops of medium intensity, considering the style. Some citrus and pine nut notes as well.

T & M: A little more robust and aggressive than the smell would suggest. I found more piney hop flavor than citrus or floral. Medium body, hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste the most and there's slight alcohol warmth on the back end. Taste and mouthfeel linger with a fullness, thickness on the palate.

D: Really drinkable considering the abv and hop profile. Let it warm up and it's terrific. With some DIPAs, even the really good ones, every sip is another round in a prize fight--a challenge, something you have to get up for, something that can knock you around. This is a smoother, very negotiable flavor experience.

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Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A rather cloudy yellow beer with nice head. Nose is tropical. Taste is definitely what I am into right now. Rightly carbonated with plenty of the more fruity flavors and pineapple. A really good DIPA

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Photo of SKYY
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a 750mL bottle.

A: Translucent bright amber/dark blonde. Clarified, not filtered, still bits of brewing components (shredded hops or sediment clumps) in the last portion of the bottle. That's always a good thing, in my book. I hate filtered beer. This is not filtered, but "clarified".

S: Slight maltiness, slight hoppiness. It's not as aromatic as some American IPAs, but what scents it does have are definitively identifying this as a strong pale ale or an IPA. It doesn't smell like a hop-bomb or an alcohol-bomb. In short, nothing to complain of here. The brewers did well.

T: Hops AA averages from the total hop additions must average around 6-10% per ounce, from what I can gather. That's just the average--there's probably some amount of high-AA hops in this beer's boil, but for the most part it seems to use just a lot of standard pale ale hops, albeit at a much higher amount than your standard American Pale Ale. I'm thinking they added a lot of hops during the boil, and maybe a few ounces in the vat at chill-time. There's very little evidence of dry-hopping. In regards to the malt profile, well, it tastes like a lot of crystal, maybe some light pilsen, and something astringently bitter that I really can't put my thumb on it right now. Cliff's Notes: It's got a lot going on, and that's a good thing! The aftertaste, after 20 seconds or so, still leaves you with an overwhelming flavor of alpha acids from the hops. Based on this, I surmise that the brewers relied heavily on using flavoring hops during the boil, instead of aroma hops at the end of/as dry hops. If they were to dry-hop this thing for a few weeks with some Willamette, just prior to bottling, well, they'd have an even bigger monster on their hands. It'd probably a blue-ribbon beer.

M: Carbonation is in balance with the flavor profile. There's some unfermented sugars left in this thing, along with a faint feel of starchiness that makes it's mouthfeel full and long-lived. Nothing to complain about, ever! Perhaps a bit of maltodextrin or some other starch additive...but there's really nothing to dog them on the mouthfeel. I wish every beer felt like this!

Overall, it's a great beer, one that I'll be going back to. Minus a few personal hop timing issues, there's nothing not to LOVE in this brew. The name "Hercules" implies strength, and it's one of the few "double" IPAs out there that actually perform to that claim. Thanks, brewers, for not completely filtering the hell out of this thing...beer is not meant to be clear! Simple translucency is key.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely not a beer for the faint-hearted. It's big in every sense of the word. I personally love this style now, but when I first started drinking beer at the age of around 14... almost 40 years ago, I think I'd have run a mile if someone gave me this and said 'This is what beer tastes like, try it'.

The hops are stronger in the nose than on the palate, where the malty richness is more prevalent, but the hops come back in the finish. There's not too much of an alcoholic hint that this is almost 10%, in fact the body is quite delicate for such a big brew. Pleasantly so in fact.

I've only marked it down on drinkability because I wouldn't care to have more than one of these in an evening, and I think I'd prefer a 16oz pint over the 22oz bomber I'm currently working my way through. But I will most certainly buy this again. It's bloody good.

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Photo of GatorCoop
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Eureka restaurant in San Diego. Nice flavor not to strong radting for a double IPA very good beer.

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Photo of SudsSurfer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,157 ratings.
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