Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,179 Ratings
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.9%

Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SurrenderToTheFlow95
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drgdennis
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottishMacD
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of satowns
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbunje
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bought in Colorado (Superior Market), bubble wrapped, boxed and packed on a plane to San Diego....then poured into a tulip glass

A - Rich dark copper color with a good size head that recedes to just a slight cream colored film on the top. Beautifully clear.

S- bready and citric hops smells this smells interesting. Smell of alcohol

T - Whatever this hop is, I dig it. An apricot-citrus taste. Dry bread-like taste.

MF - Nice, coats the mouth with hop resin. Borderline barleywine with a warming alcohol burn in the finish

D - Med to full bodied. Tastes great. High ABV. Maybe 1 bomber. Don't remember what I paid. But it wasn't particularly expensive for a IIPA in a hop shortage, so I give it a good drinkability rating.

Overall, this is mind kind of hops....fruit and bread, dry but not punishing. This is an excellent IIPA.

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Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper with a creamy off-white head that has very good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass surface.

I smell grapefruit, pine, but I also pick up the caramel malt. Some alcohol is also detected.

Has a nicely balanced flavor. The sweet caramel malt keeps the hops from taking over completely. Probably one of the better balanced DIPAs out there. Some alcohol warming comes in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation.

A very good DIPA. High ABV severly limits drinkability.

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Photo of Derek_Besly
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therapture
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle after warming a few minutes at room temperature.

Appearance: Only a 1" to 2" pale yellow head, even when aggressively poured. Fine lacing that lasts a while. Medium amber in color. What else to say, it looks good and begs me to drink it.

Nose: Lots of sweet malts initially, the hops are there and well stated, but the malts are the winner in this battle. No contest here. Mild presence of some pine and citrus, but not alot. I was expecting a bit more hops from this double IPA.

Taste: Big malt sweetness intially, the hops don't come on until you have swallowed and let the malt flavor thin out. The hops bitterness definitely stays though, for a long time after the drink. It's a big DIPA that has a larger malt presence than it does hops. Warm alcohol presence, I can tell this is a high alcohol brew, but nothing offensive to me, stated at 10% on the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Bready, a little chewy at first, big malt/thickness. Thins out fast though and leaves that pervasive hops bittnernes in the cheeks. Not hard to drink, but not a fast drinker either.

Drinkability: At a fairly high alcohol level, this is not a slammer. One large bottle is enough at a sitting (or two, if you are brave, tough, or just want to get high). Two, shared with a pal, is just right.

Overall: I like this, although I prefer more of a hops presence in my IPA. Would definitely drink again. A solid 4.25 out of 5 for me.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deeper golden-amber, almost to the point of being a copper hue. Crisp and clean, and topped with a notable 2 finger, dishwasher bubbled head.

S: A nice balance of citrus aromas and a great malt profile providing a sweeter backbone.

T: Citrus and somewhat piney hop flavours, rounded out with a somewhat caramel maltiness. A nice, pleasantly sweet backbone. Some alcohol spiciness gives things a little bit of a kick. Very nicely done.

M: A big, somewhat chewy, quite smooth, and a little oily.

D: Overall, a very nicely done DIPA, and probably one of my favourite offerings from Great Divide. They've managed a very nice balance, and delivered a really tasty brew. As far as the style goes, one of the better ones I've had the pleasure of trying out.

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Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to label, bottled in fourth week of September (about 2 months before tasting).

Pours deep copper with a thin head that leaves trails of lacing.

The smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of nuts. There is an underlying mustiness.

The taste is of chewy, bitter hops upfront - orange and grapefruit, along with some breadiness. A sweet, nutty, slightly grains malt backbone is very subtle, but enough to give it a nice body and to tie the hops together. The assertive hop character stays well ahead of the malt. A slight alcohol kick along with the hops gives it a long, dry finish.

The feel is incredible - chewy, full, rich, creamy and smooth.

This is a very nice double IPA. I wasn't overly impressed by the smell, but the taste is delicious and the feel dream-like. At 85 IBU's, this one lets it hop presence known loud and clear. But, the slight malt is not forgotten and gives it some relative balance. Although there are traces of alcohol in the finish, the alcohol is well-hidden for the abv level. A very good "sip and enjoy" hoppy delight.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber, almost red, with a 2" off white, almost a light tan head that lasted forever. I let it sit for a while in an oversized snifter and the head slowly faded, leaving concentric rings for 2" down the glass. Just beautiful! The head all but disappeared, leaving a small "island" floating in the center of the glass.

Very floral, citrus hop profile right up front. A little grassy, with a hefty sweet malt background. A little bit of bread and spice as well.

As the bottle says, it starts off with a nutty, sweet malt flavor up front, but is then followed by a rush of hops. A lot of citrus and pine, but some bready malts come out as it warms up a bit. Finishes with a strong, long-lasting citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied without being especially thick or sticky. It coats the mouth a bit, but goes down smoothly.

Great drinkability! Although at 9.1 ABV, I would probably call it quits after one bomber.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice pinky amber, almost like a white zin when held up to the light, chill haze, ring of white lacing.

Smell: Faint roasted maltiness, hops are citrus, crisp, and piney, beer smells balanced, juicy and inviting.

Taste: Sweetness is caramel, brown sugar, hops piney and are smoothed out with alcohol warmth, citrus comes through, a toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Luscious and full bodied, creamy, lightly carbonated, easily drinkable and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer packs a punch and is very drinkable, the hops aren't in your face, they're big, but balanced. Sweet and bitter, this beer is a good one.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, no date information, but this was purchased in late 2005.

Fogged burnt sienna core with iced tea highlights. Dense, but short, head of pillowy fine khaki colored bubbles which is slow to settle and leaves sheets of lace. Eventually flattening to a thick pasting of fine, creamy bubbles. There are no carbonation streams visible. Sweet aromas of orange rind, blossoms, and a touch of alcohol. Alcohol dipped orange rind flavors are first, followed by some resinous, sticky hop oil and warming alcohol in the finish. The firm, dense body adds a does of sweetness, and the alcohol warms the tongue and throat. The orange rind is compliments by some finely shaved pine needles. The hops remain big and flavorful, but have lost a touch of freshness. The malt body is large and almost chewy and the alcohol is a touch prickly in the back of the throat. With warmth, the orange flavors become more prominent, bordering on becoming hop-laden orange juice. There is some fine bubbled carbonation. With age, this one is still nice and big with hops. Certainly a drinkable beer and quite enjoyable.

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