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:
4,163
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
288
Gots:
627
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,163 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bronze. A thick white head beckons me to investigate the flavors in this brew.
MAN! After my first whiff of this baby, I feel like someone punched me in the face with a hop plant! Excellent citrus hop scent, slight pine characteristics.
Sometimes the smell can be decieving, but not with this brew! Great bitter hop taste, intermingled with fruit flavors of citrus, grapefruit and malts. Great balance.
I did drink this for the majority of the evening, so it's safe to say I was surprised and I enjoyed it!

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark, hazy amber color, good head settles to layer thickness quickly
s: sweet malts with strong piny hops and citrus aromas
t: sweet caramel malts balance very well with piny hops througout, finishes with moderate hoppy bitterness and alcohol
m: nice mouthfeel -- great balance of medium/heavy body with carbonation
d: balance makes this an easy dipa to drink in spite of the abv

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Photo of bcheng
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty, caramel, darker in color, this reminds me of DIPA like Lagunitas Sucks. Not the citrus or grapefruit finish like several other DIPAs I'm familiar with. At 10% ABV, it feels a bit sticky, warm in the finish, and a slight bite of alcohol. Reasonable, but better when it's kept very cold.

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Photo of FSUmac
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bort11 for the trade!

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter....

Appearance: A deep orange with a slight head that quickly dissipates. Lacing abounds. Beautiful!

Smell: Whoa, piney hops galore. I also get a definite grapefruit smell. Fantastic.

Taste: The bitterness hits you right away, but it is surprisingly not overpowering. I definitely catch the malt as the beer passes the tongue. The finish is slighty bitter with a piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Carbonation is pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Let me say that this is obviously not an everyday drinker. That said, this is a fantastic double IPA. I rank it right up there with the Stone Ruination. It is bitter, but it also has some balance. Well done Great Divide.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkf1976
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greencovesteve
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange, very bubbly. Average off white head.

S: citrus smells are dominate, orange, lemon, hint of banana. Also hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate.

T: not what I expected. Malty, sweet, and smooth. A very nutty brown taste.

M: smooth on entry, warming, and a subtle dry finish.

O: Solid offering. One of the smoothest 10%ers I had. This one has a moonshine quality about it, smooth and warming. It really taste like this one should be brown in color.

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Photo of danielsonc
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a great light orange amber color

Smell: Amazingly aromatic. Pouring the beer brought out so much smell. Subtle citrus smells

Taste: A blast of hoppiness with a side of pepper that stays consistent until the end. The bitters start out strong but slowly end to a smooth, malty finish. The taste is hops and malts righteously stays in the mouth for a long while after finishing

Overall: i think the hoppiness is great. A blast of hops at the beginning and time-taking smooth finish. The 10% can definitely leave you feeling it after one or two. Overall a nice, strong IPA that has a nice end balance taste to it

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Photo of JasonA
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light translucent copper. Solid 2 fingers of fairly thick head. Somewhat quick disapation, ample lacing, some big head bubbles left.

Pine, citrus. Noting too potent, surprising considering other Great Divides. Hope this isnt a bad sign.

Boom. Wow, hit in the face. Medium malt, potent hops. All over the baord. Thats a lot of hops. Alcohol there, but well balanced. Finishing with bitter and dryness. Really well done.

Extremely well balanced with the malt, hops and heat. Quite surprising. EVen the lasting hops flavor, all to the end.

Would love this beer at any time. DOnt think I could have too many though!

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Photo of Mavajo
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Exceptional appearance. Crystal clear amber color with a proud briliant two-finger thick head and abundant lacing. Nose is pine, grass and floral with malts and hops. Not a whole lot of citrus, which is a pleasant surprise. Taste is all those things - nice maltiness on the front with a moderate hoppy bitterness on the end. Smooth mouthfeel with with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable. Highly impressed with this brew.

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Photo of matjack85
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like all the beers I've had from The Great Divide Brewing Company, this one comes in a big 1 pint 6oz. brown bottle with no freshness date that I could find.

It pours a hazy orange color with a 1½ finger bubbly white head with tons of heavy lacing that coats the entire glass and lasts forever.

The nose is a delicate blend of piney, citrus, and floral hops. Not as strong as I thoght it would be givem the name of Hercules.

What it lacks in the nose, it more than makes up for in flavor and taste. This is a hugely hoppy beer. While there is plenty of sweet toffee-like malt in here to help with the balance, the bitter piney and citrusy hops overpower everthing. Despite the moderately high carbonation, the beer has a creamy smooth mouthfeel which I liked.

The high alcohol is hidden well in the taste, but really comes out in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

This is a really good beer, but you have to like bitter hops to enjoy it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes last night. Nice fresh bottle from the end of December. Pours out amber with a head that retains like steel and is off-white and very creamy/frothy. Head dies down eventually and leaves incredibly thick lacing and a huge cloud on the beer. Amazing red color as light shines through makes for a very awesome looking beer. Smell and taste are basically the same. The alcohol comes through in the nose but not the flavor for me. Both are very malty for a IIPA (barleywine like malty). The hops are citrus and earthy and lend more bitterness than they do flavor and aroma. There is a tea-like aspect to them also. Some sweets and grassy aspects in the beer also. Great beer, just not exactly like a IIPA to me. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a huge beer and thats the only flaw in it. The carbonation is great and a huge bitter coat is left on the tongue. A bit of creaminess in the feel also. The drinkability is good. The flavor rocks, the price is decent. It is definately a sipper but not overly aggressive. Not what I expect in a modern IIPA but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Reggie1014
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a unique golden amber hue. Small head of foam with some lacing. Smell is a hoppy grapefruit mix, not too overpowering. The taste is hops up front with some alcohol burn and the back end is sweet and easy with the grapefruit kicking in. The feel is dense compare to some of the other IPAs I've tried. Overall I really like the power and passion that this beer delivers. I like the higher abv, and they do a great job masking it, yet give you enough to let you know it's there. Great beer! One of my favorites so far. I'm really new to the craft beer experience though. So it will be interesting to see if this stands over time.

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Photo of pbechtel
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep amber, cloudy, with one finger of short-lived creamy white head. The head remains around the rim and leaves lacing. A little visible carbonation.

S- a little staid. Mostly sweet/nutty malt.

T- whatever is missing in the aroma comes through in the taste. Big hops (tropical fruit, floral) dominates upfront and quickly slips into the strong malt backbone from the aroma.

M- a big bitter bite in the beginning and on the finish. Mid pallatte is a little smoother.

O- other than the oddly missing aroma complexities, a great well-balanced DIPA that has both big malt and big hops.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in snifter glass.

Appearance: Clear amber, pours slightly hazy in the beginning clearing up after a quick settle. Head slightly off-white rising to maybe a 1/4" settling fast.

Smell: Light malty feel, but light...you feel the hops but they disappear rather quickly

Taste: Very citrussy not too bitter, with a smooth grapefruit notes. I love the heavy malts and to tell you the truth one of the most addicting tastes I have had. I had to slow myself down to finish the review.

Mouth: Sitcky for sure and maybe and just maybe the smoothest DIPA I have had. Medium carbonation and loving it.

Overall: Money well spent, seriously I got a lot more than what I was asking and beyond what I was expecting. Love the smooth complexity and would gladly pick up another four pack once I see one. Drink up fellas....Salud!

Mouth:

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Photo of JayAre46
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 1/18/12 poured into a pint glass, not sure why i like my ipas/dipas in them but i do. anyway a transparent amber with an off white 1 finger head that shows great retention and is just stick icky! very malty in the nose with caramel notes fresh hops and some pine. the taste has a big malt profile that wrapped with caramel. fresh hops with resin, pine and nice bitter and nutty dry finish alcohol is well hidden. now that i think about it this beer has an oak barrel like characteristic. well balanced dipa. the mouth feel is top notch and the carbonation perfect for the style and for such a big beer its pretty easy to put down. overall this is well made and well balanced imperial ipa. ive waited to review for freshness reasons and i won't get much better than two weeks in the lone star state. nice job great divide you are fit for the gods and a leopard would be envious of the lace like printing this one leaves behind, rather unique.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,163 ratings.
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