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:
#1,713
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,193
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
638
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,193 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of timmay41
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCHritz
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ForesterMatt
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Copper to amber color. Very clear and inviting.

Sweet malty aroma with solid hop scent

Muted sweet malt flavor with strong hop flavor/bitter and subtle leafy and citrus tones.

Excellent mouth mouth feel on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum. Soft and substantial and very enjoyable.

Overall, a very good Double IPA. It's well balanced but the hop is definitely the star of the show. A great beer for this cool, rainy afternoon

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Photo of MuFugga
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy light brown with finger of tan head that hangs around. Aroma is a balance of floral hop and earthy malt belying what's to come. Flavor packs a punch of bitter citrus rind mid-sip, and finishes with some lingering bitter. While the alcohol is masked in flavor it makes its presence obvious in the brain!

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Photo of drtth
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The clear golden dark amber beer pours out into an imperial pint glass with a 1/4" ivory head that recedes slowly but leaves lots of lacing, even when sipping.

The aromas are dominated by the pine and citrus from the hops with just a bit of malt showing in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the strong pine and citric hops. In addition there is a noticeable malt backbone to soften things a bit with the malty, slightly caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and only slightly prickly with the moderate but persistent carbonation.

On the whole a well made DIPA that deserves it reputation and lives up to expectations. Looking forward to having another and can recommend it to those who like hop dominant DIPAs.

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Photo of randeezy74
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try to drink a beer from Colorado when watching the Denver Broncos play. This Sunday was no exception. I pulled the 12 ounce bottle from the fridge and let it warm up prior to imbibing.

Orange-amber body sprinkled with particulates. Low foam stand.

Nose of candied tangerine peel, apricot preserves, and pine needles.

Fruity assault of citrusy hops on first sip lingers to sweet malty finish. Dank bitterness due to high alpha hop voltage.

Aggressive, full-bodied example of a Double IPA. It gets the Mile High salute!

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Photo of PhilMiller
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwhancher
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the variety Big Show case. Bottled on date of Jan 16, 2015. Poured into large tulip for review.

Appears dark copper to light Amber with large persistent head. Noticeable lacing clings to the glass sides. Noticeable hop or yeast particles suspended in the beer. Has that Great Divide house beer smell. Noticeable aromas of pine, citrus hops with supportive malt backbone. Some orange rind aromas. Sweet malts definitely come through in the nose, most likely crystal malts.

Quick hit of 85 IBUs then orange & citrus hop flavors. Sweet crystal malts then lend a generous balance to counter any off kilter bitterness. Noticeable alcohol warmth but doesn't drink like a 10% ABV beer. I really dig how the flavors meld together reminding me of melon, pineapple, and some tropical fruit.

Drinks about medium to medium full as the malts definitely give this beer more residual sweetness than a West Coast Double IPA would give you.

Overall, an extremely balanced and drinkable beer. Great Divide nails it again with this one. Easily one of my Top 5 breweries.

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Photo of npendres
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SurrenderToTheFlow95
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drgdennis
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holy hot crap, this is making me salivate

A - this great divide offering pours a darker tan with a thick tan head, and is very light on the carbonation

S - holy moley, this smells hop-a-riffic, so much hops it could clear congestion better than NyQuil. there are also hints of citrus tat i can faintly detect

T - damn, tastes even stronger than it smells, the hops dont explode they go supernova, and are accompanied by a slight citrus tinge and a hint of sweetness

M - very bitter, of course, but man does this go down easy, i want more, MUST GET MORE (robot voice)

D - high, if you like IPA's, otherwise buy something else

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Photo of JGebers
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottishMacD
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of satowns
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery and poured into a Breckenridge 471 IPA half pint glass. I know; sacrilegious.

Color is that of applejuice. Kind of this caramel orange shade. Decent amount of head which recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Elegant lacing from the start. Low carbonation, which is expected from a draught product stored in a growler overnight. High fill on the growler and a distinct psssst upon opening.

Barely perceptible level of band-aid phenols. Malt sweetness appears to control the aroma. Spicy floral hops are wonderful, but not in your face. The aroma is actually quite tame.

The flavor is where the party is! Excellent balance between the crystal malt flavor and that of the high alpha acid hops. Nice citrus and pine character with a caramel/toffee complement. Bitterness is very smooth...probably due to using hops that are low in co-humulone, a harsh bittering acid found in hops. The malt bill melds perfectly with the hop usage in this beer. In my opinion, probably one of the best tasting strong IPAs, double/imperial, that I have found (and I had a Pizza Port/Stone brewer as a roommate and I cycle with the Avery crew).

Fantastic body on this beer. Nice and full...

If you like this style of IPA, this should definitely be on towards the top of your list. If you cant get it, beermail me and we can work a trade. The only thing i hold against this beer is its aroma, I would like to see a ton more of it.

GD made the right move when the picked up their new brewer last year!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Hooray for Me by Bad Religion

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Photo of brendan13
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark, slightly hazy orange with almsot an inch of off white head that falls to a thin whisp.
S - A nice, strong piney and citrus hop hit. Some slight alcohol is detectable.
T - Very hoppy to taste as well but also has a dry, biscuity maltiness to balance out. Warming alcohol is also more noticeable in the taste.
M - Fairly full bodied, slightly sticky. Medium carbonation & a lindering bitterness.
D - It's probably a good thing that this costs so much here because this is just so tasty. Despite a 9.1ABV% I could have a few...well try anyway.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, after enjoying Titan IPA, I had this the next day. Fortunately, no one asked me which one was my favorite, because I couldn't begin to choose. This beer was amber with a more medium-sized head and some lacing. Very hoppy aroma, I thought mostly citrus. Likewise, the taste was mainly grapefruit, but again balanced with some malt, so that the hops didn't explode in my mouth. I wish I could get this brewery's offerings here in Maine, but am happy to visit my daughter in Houston and partake to my heart's content.

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Photo of M3rk22
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,193 ratings
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