Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,157 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 eng_lee
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whartontallboy
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one in a Tripel Karmeliet glass, which really did it justice, gleaming burnt-orange body, clear with a huge head of off-white foam that left an opaque lace on the glass. It was litereally impossible to see through the lace. Wow.

Smell is citric hops, with a pine resin scent in there as well, and a big doughy malt aroma that had some hints of caramel to my nose.

The flavor is also quite hoppy, as one would expect in the style, but it's also somewhat restrained. The grapefruit and pine flavors come through pretty clearly, but not in one of those enormous-DIPA "now your mouth is numb and burned" kind of ways. The caramel malt flavors remain prominent underneath the hops. Mouthfeel is medium and well-suited for the flavor.

Overall: It's no hop monster, but it's quite drinkable and still gets you a good hop fix.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abastias
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear,pleasing deep orange-red which shines golden on the fringes, capped with a heavy half inch of even cream colored foam. Medium lacing. Some slight suspended particulate. Great carbonation!

S: Unable to pin down any distinct aromas at first. Musky. Slightly piny.

T: Dark chocolate/caramel malt with a slight smokiness and a standard issue piny, mildly bitter hop that stays but does not smother.Hardly any trace of the 10.0% ABV.

M: Smmmooooth! Nice body that coats the mouth like a good soup.

D: Superb! So smooth for an DIPA. No real gimic here or standout, unexpected flavors here; just a great example of the style. Would definately drink again!

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Photo of zotzot
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lstokes
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really beautiful copper-red color, with a relatively small head that faded quickly. Pretty minimal carbonation.

The smell is like a forest, honestly--almost too much pine!--so I was glad to see that this is a really well-balanced beer with a silky and medium body. I got some grapefruit and caramel malts in addition to the pines, it's got a bold flavor profile all around, not just with the hops.

It ends bitter but still hides the 9.2 ABV very well. Awesome beer.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAC81
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful reddish/amber color with a considerable amount of sediment. I didn't notice, but this is an eight month old bee (7/10/12). A very thin, fine knit, head and decent carbonation is visible through the fogginess. Faint lacing.

Smell: I'm picking up aromas of bananas, mead, and some undertones of cloves. A tad bit muted, but that could be to the beer being cold at the moment. A very light smell of hops. Will update if other aromas emerge. Noticed a "booziness" that comes along with a 10% DIPA

Taste: Very hoppy upfront, weighing in with 85 IBU's, but it does not get in the way of other flavors such as: sugar sweetness, malts, nuts, and cloves. Very complex with a stern backbone.

Mouthfeel: Oily/viscous, very concentrated, leaves your mouth feeling clean

Overall: This is a great DIPA! Definitely glad that I picked up a 6pk yesterday. I don't know if this would be one that I would seek out, but if readily available (and it is not in my area), I'd drink this above a lot of other DIPA's.

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Photo of xav33
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hercules IPA
22oz bottle
3 month recent bottling of review date 07/06
Slow pour in a tulip glass

Poured copper with a thick fluffy, slightly gunky, yellowish long-lasting head

Smelt of floral and citrus, a hint of pine and alcohol

Taste was a deceptively fast accent to hops with a lingering hoppy finish. A subtle sweet maltiness in the background, but the hops soon take over, until the floweriness shows through, then the bitterness meekly strikes back again in a lingering tango with its short-lived initial maltiness. Mouthfeel was coating and alcoholic, making it fairly thick and agressive to drink.

This is a fresh bottling. Hopefully, cellaring will improve, flattening the hopiness and alcohol, and conjoinging nicely with the maltiness.

Overall, very satisfied with this beer as it delivers on all aspects, and shows promise for a year's hold.

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Photo of phatsmackey
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Dark brown-ruby pour with a thin, smooth tan head. Smells dank, with notes of citrus, pine and caramel. Bitter-sweet taste, well balanced except maybe for the alcohol that comes a little too powerful.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber caramel hued tone with a lofty off white head leaves even specks of lacing Aroma contains deep piney layers sweet malt and alcohol notes tree sap nice brew nice hop resin layer. Taste has deep alcohol piney and citrus hop layers very malty profile finishes with a yeasty bread finish. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body smooth carbonation resinous oils flow across the palate. Drinkability is very smooth but I prefer this beefy brew in 12oz offerings I will revisit when I find it in bottles.

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Photo of brow1901
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Med. Amber in color with large white head. Excellent retention plus nice lacing. The beer is clear.

S- Loads of hops to be expected. Definitely american varieties, not a lot of cascade (I don't smell much grapefruit). If I had to guess I would say the hop profile contains mostly Simcoe. Nice toasty carmel smell.

T- Very bitter, only the slightest malty sweetness sneaks by. I swear I taste a hint of oak. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming, its more of a warming feeling.

M- Surprisingly light bodied for a DIPA. The perfect amount of carbonation, not an overly gassy beer.

D- Highly drinkable, however it could be balanced a little better and the alcohol isn't necessarily a bad thing but it hurts the drinkability a little bit.
Overall a great beer worthy of another try.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, I think this might be slightly shelf-aged from the Party Source in Syracuse, making it come off more like Rogue's Old Crusty than I remember. The hops here sweet, reisiny citrus in the aroma, more black pepper tastes comes out with taste and lingers with big-league citrus rind. There's some sweet bready malts in the aroma, similar to DFH 120, but lighter of course.

Overall, this is a big and fairly aggressive DIPA (but not too aggressive). What's not to like?

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass while outside on the first deliciously warm and mild Spring night of Southern Illinois.

A: Two finger head is off-white with hints of a bleached khaki; It lingers for quite some time until settling to about 1/3 inch thick with great carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is foamy and frothy. Color of this brew is reminiscent of oranges, ambers and coppers. Nice lacing with good head retention. Actively carbonated with strands of bubbles throughout the body.

S: Smells biscuity and bready with resinous piney hops sneaking up behind.

T: First taste is a delicious vegetative hop flavor. My first thought is simply "Juicy". Roasty malts come up quickly with hop bitterness on the second taste. The brew (cold) is slightly medicinal in the bitterness much like aspirin but allowing the beer to warm properly is where it's at. Although the taste is not the punch in the mouth that I personally expect from a DIPA the bitterness is and more earthy and piney flavors come out with each subsequent sip. Aftertaste is of caramel malts with a decent dose and rounding of more hop bitterness. Call me greedy but I want more from this DIPA.

MF: Medium to slightly medium heavy. Right on for the style.

D: Heavy... Intoxicating... Not sessionable but a great brew to start off a night with.

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Photo of Hos
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors a brilliant orange amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. Just great great beer. This was a wonderful brew and I will be getting as soon as I can. Really nothing bad to say about this at all.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper amber with one of the largest stay-puft billowing heads i have ever seen. Great hop aromas- huge on the piney resinous type with some earthiness thrown in. Candy sugar malts also come through. Not too sweet on the palate but very subtle. Hops are huge and dominant -oily pine- but not too overwhelming. Very smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Very clean flavors, almost tea-like herbal, though i would like some more malt characteristics and maybe some more hop variety. Overall a very easy going DIPA.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip. Pours a deep amber with a nice foamy tan head that stays around for a while. Heavy lacing is left around the glass. Aroma is hops, caramel, pine, and grapefruit. The caramel aroma is very strong. The flavor is definately toffee, with notes of pine and light citrus/grapefruit at the finish. Bitterness is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, and full-bodied. The alcohol is very well hidden, only noticable by a slight warmth on the tounge. An excellent double IPA by Great Divide!

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I haven't tried many of their brews yet - just the Hercules, Yeti and Oak Age Yeti - but, damn, all of those have been awesome beers. I really enjoy DIPAs and this is a pretty good one.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - Deep translucent orange copper with a 2+ finger head (I love my Duvel glass) that lasted for several minutes before becoming a foam halo around the glass.

Smell - Like a pine forest littered with sliced grapefruit that was coated in honey. Bittersweet.

Taste - Sweet malt and pine front that quickly submits to a resinous, bitter hop middle, ending and aftertaste. I feel that the bitterness is not as balanced in this beer as in other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel - Slick but aggressive. Makes its presence known, but in a good way.

Drinkability - I downed this one pretty quickly - and reached for another even quicker.

This is a pretty decent DIPA. It is always available where I live and never dissappoints when you want a hoppy bitter kick in the mouth. Another tasty brew from Great Divide. Try it if you haven't already.

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Photo of tittymcj
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

William Pang (Queens, NY) loves this beer.

Pours out the bottle with a very light amber/dark orange color, with a thin head that recedes fairly quickly and a stringy, top to bottom lacing.

Smell is a lot of fruit character with some hops and a lot of malt sweetness, strange for a double IPA.

Taste is very mild. Lots of biscuit/malt flavor, mixed with a very small amount of citrus.

Medium body with a very smooth character and a very nondescript finish.

This is a strange beer in terms of drinkability. A little heavy to drink too much of, but very mild in terms of flavor. Probably wouldn't dare to drink too many in one session.

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Photo of bmwats
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber, golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, bone-white head. Settles slowly, leaving a blanket of foam, and a persistent beer ring. Substantial, thick, dry beer ring lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Baked bread, pine, butterscotch, clove, and lavender.

T: Mouth puckering pine, floral character of fresh lavender, and a bittersweetness of licorice.

M: Syrupy thick body. Piny hop is all infiltrating and clings to the palette throughout. Just a touch of sweetness in the finish balances out the bitterness.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Great atmosphere. Golden amber hue, with a really solid, foamy head, and substantial dry, sticky lacing. Nose is a great combination of hops, sweet, spice, and floral components. Very well balanced. Flavor is very hoppy and floral subdued with just a little sweetness. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber in color. A small but lasting head. Some lace.

I like the floral bouquet of hops that blends well with the dry malt. I can detect a strong presence of alcohol.

The flavor starts with a crystal malt which quickly dissipates to a strong hop bitterness. Full body and slightly oily. Good carbonation to balance. Noticably high in alcohol.

A great entry into the world of Double IPA's. Too much of a good thing?

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,157 ratings.
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