Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.12/5
4,193 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:
#1,711
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,193
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
639
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,193 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.

T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-

I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.

This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous brew. An absolutely fantastic double IPA: smooth, but potent, with a great hop bitterness, but no lasting residue. While it is still cold it is somewhat sweet, but that sort of dissipates as the beer warms, letting the hops take over. Pours a hazy amber with a small head. Very little controlling alcohol.

My only complaint is that it is not quite as complex as other double IPA's that I've had. In other words, its a great beer that I would be lucky to drink every day, but it didn't blow my mind.

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Photo of BeerForMyHorses
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, with a thin, blotchy head. A few clingy bubbles. Hard and mean smelling, good piney hops with a gentle malty under current. Good and meaty, mouth puckering piney hops, evened out with a nice maltiness at the end. I remember it being just what I was craving when I opened it. Good old fashioned hop oil dominates the feel of this biggun. Nice beer, real nice. Now, if only the local beer store would just put in the cooler, instead of the top shelf...

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Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with centralized haze and a big, sticky head of creamy froth. Retains a solid, sticky sheet. Deep, resinous hop oil aroma - zesty citrus and pine. More smooth than exceedingly pungent. Some nutty sweet malts creep in as does some alcohol as it warms. All kinds of hops all over the palate: pine, citrus rind, fruit, floral. This seems to have a big malt center too, which is a strong point as it attempts to balance it all out. A flash of sweetness follows the initial onslaught of hops. The strength (in terms of alcohol) is well hidden. A strong, lingering bitterness leaves the mouth a little dry - mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full.

Damn good all around in the bottle but its even better on tap. A big, rich, hoppy treat.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to captaincougar for bringing this to saturday mondial gathering Very orange body, almost with red hints. Clear, foamy off-white film. Aroma is very piney, flowery. Mild alcohol hints appear in a vaporous form that gently complements the grass aspects. In mouth, the bitterness is intense from the beginning, while alcohol is always standing present, never too strong, never too weak. Very orangey hop profile, but also nicely flowery with fruity pineapple. Extremely dry, but yet has a great throat filling characteristic in the mouthfeel. Creamy texture with medium carbonation. Take it from someone who doesnÂ’t like the style too much, this one is really well done and will relieve any hop desire without being over the top and serving no purpose.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.4%

Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,193 ratings
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