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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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 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

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

7/1/17...pours rich copper with heavy white foam. Creamy layer, malty hoppy nose. Toffees. Heavy hearty bitter. Thick layered mouthfeel. Chewy. Almost woodsy. So fresh and absolutely outstanding.

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

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

Tasted in May alongside eight or so other double IPAs. Reviewed from long-lost notes.

Pours an orange-tinted-gold, clear and crisp. Darker than first four beers (Maharaja, Hop Stoopid, Hopslam) it was poured alongside.

Resinous, pine hops up front on the nose, with a slight malty sweetness underneath, though I can't pinpoint exactly what it is.

Earthy, spicy hops on the palate. Very well balanced, with a strong malty backbone; quite easily the most balanced of the lot. Finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied, somewhat thick and sticky.

Unanimous winner of the (blind) double IPA tasting. Well done, again, Great Divide.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a single bottle at Knightly Spirits. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Awesome, rich thick and foamy head that stays throughout the drinking. Red, golden brown beer with "floaties" in it.

S: Hops galore, tea leaves, citrus zest, and subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Very fragrant.

T: Bitter hops, floral goodies, tea, apples and more hops on the finish.

Drinkability: With an ABV of 9%, it's hard to classify this as a "session beer" but I'd say for someone who can handle it, it's very drinkable if you space them out.

Value: Worth every red cent.

Overall: This is one insane IPA for those who really wanna get hopped up.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Pours a nice orange with tiny clumps of yeast. Great white head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is incredible. Great hop character and malty backbone virtually hide the taste of the alcohol. One of the best Double IPA's. The only downside is its drinkability, drinking the entire 22oz bottle yourself is almost too much!

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Photo of
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber. Poured a deep amber in color, primarily clear but a slight haze, with a light tan, medium sized head. The aroma, to me, was pretty simple, honey and pine resin. Taste was well balanced for a DIPA, lots of hops (mainly pine with some citrus), and a strong malt presence coming through to balance it. I was a little surprised that it was not more aggressive in the hop department, but I did not see this as a flaw. The brew was medium in body, and seemed low to medium in carbonation. An excellent experience, and one I will drink more of.

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Photo of Tlloyd417
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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

In my quest to try as many double IPA's as possible(they recently became available in NC), this one was next in line. This beer pours an inviting reddish, amber color. It was slightly cloudy and I did notice a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. To me, this is a good thing. Smell- not much aroma coming from the glass, just a whiff of hops and pine aromas. The taste was incredible. A plethora of flavors assaulting my taste buds. Citrus fruit, pine resin, perfumy flavors with bitter hops are present in every swallow with a malted milk/caramel taste to back up the bitterness of the hops. As the beer warmed, every aspect of this beer became more pronounced. I couldn't taste the alcohol, which is deceiving since it's 9.1% abv. The label on the bottle states that this beer is fit for the gods. I would have to agree. This was dessert in a bottle.

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

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

Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a large light brown foam head, with good retention. Kind of cloudy. Leaves a ton of lacing. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is bursting with citrus. Very strong scent of grapefruit, with a little bit of grassiness and floral notes. Pleasant notes of pine. A little bit of maltiness. After reading the reviews, this one is definitely reminiscent of a barleywine.

Earthy hops up front followed by pine and some very pleasantly sweet, bready malts. The citrus and grapefruit is more absent than I expected. It's definitely there, but not as present as in the aroma. Very bitter, but it works. Despite the mention of nuts in the description, they're not very noticeable until the back end, and even still barely noticeable. Even still, a nice touch. Amazingly balanced. Alcohol is masked masterfully.

Medium bodied. A little sticky but still goes down pretty smooth. Easy going for a 10%er.

Overall, a fantastic brew. This is my first from Great Divide and boy, what a first. This one will definitely vault to the top of my list.

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

All I now have left is Hades and HotShot and I will have had all the bottles of GD brew.

Pours a very foggy orange brownish amber with a crème head. Nose is piney hops with a salty edge. Flavor is heavy hops with a definite salty edge. Pine characteristics. Thick and even. Alcohol is very present in the mouth and slightly burns in the back. Feel is a good liquid body. Carbonation is good too. Drinkability has to get knocked down in the score a wee bit due to the burning alcohol on this one. But overall this is a good brew, I say. Not the greatest DIPA, by far. But certainly well made and worth trying.

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Photo of cursive7
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,198 ratings
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