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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.12/5
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4,196 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:
#1,747
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,196
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
638
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,196 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of B33R501
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer enjoyed alot this past week. much better than their barleywine (old ruffian). big american fruity citrus hops, huge caramel malt background. which i dont mind at all, give me tons of malts, tons of hops, lots of alcohol, and hide it well. didnt notice much difference between my growler and the bottles. sweet, smooth, strong and very satisfying. would (and did) get this one again. recommended.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour... a solid orange color, a bit hazy with fine sediment, one finger offwhite and rather fizzy head fades to nil and negligible lacing. Smell: syrupy sweet, caramel, a little almond-esque nuttiness, and the hops: floral, grassy, slighty orangey. Hops weren't as pronounced as expected. Taste: caramel, honey, munich-y, pine, herbal and grassy. Carbonation is just enough, fairly syrupy. Enjoyable. Not a hop bomb but has a decent grassy bitterness... maybe too balanced though. 12/17/2009 bottling.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz into my Zatec fluted glass. Gorgeous fluffy 3 fingers of white head. Decent retention and nice lacing. Nice full bodied amber color. Smells of sweet malt up front. Actually, that's all I smell. Malt. Tastes very earthy, not floral or citrusy really. Sorta sweet. Nice lingering bitter finish. The mouth is really nice and drying, bubbly and creamy. It's scary that this is 10%. Feels like 7. Kinda one dimensional flavor and nose-wise, but not a bad beer by any means.

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4.16/5  rDev +1%

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice amber color with a bit of cloudiness. The head was small and dissipated quickly. The smell was of fruity hops – and quite tempting. The taste is quite interesting. It is almost a hop assault on my mouth. There is enough malt to bring a nice undertone to the beer. The mouthfeel is full. This is a hop experience that you need to taste to believe! (I think this beer was named appropriately)

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Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, quite clear, almost no carbonation evident, foam is yellowish.

S: Carmel, malty, grainy dog food like, sweet, slight citrus hops.

T: Caramel, malt, smooth, creamy, again dog food, sweet backbone, slight pine and citrus hops.

M: Medium syrupy resinous body, almost no carbonation.

O: Smooth, balanced, my first by Great Divide brewing co. Highly rated and I like this, not rocking my world, but a delicious great beer. Not sure that the cost is worth it for this beer when there are many other examples that are better in my opinion, but cheaper.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very solid beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I always seem to find this waaay past its bottled-on date. This is a relatively new bottle (BOTTLED ON: MAR 29, 2013), so I guess it’s my lucky day. Cheers!

A: For an IPA, this is a near-perfect look. The body is thick with fizz as I pour, bubbles rising through the bright, crystal-clear amber to form a frothy head – and a thick one, at that, as it takes minutes to finally condense down. Complex webs of lacing cover the glass’s interior.

S: Aromatic hops with a unique aroma, spilling out of the glass with big scents of berry: cherry, lime, grape, and blueberry notes that remind me of Crunch Berries cereal. This nose is absolutely bursting with sweet, fruity hop textures. Some grains to the malts beneath, with some wheat and warm biscuit notes.

T: An intensely different experience than the normal IPA palate: Hercules is a combination of aggressively roasty malts and deep, satisfying hop bitterness. Meaty, honey-glazed sweetness melts into a nutty, oven-baked taste of burnt biscuit and toasted rye bread, creating one of the darkest, most interesting malt experiences I’ve tasted in this style. Hop bitters don’t choke up on the roasts; rather, the two play quite well together, with hops adding a sticky pine resin and citric oil flavor to it. It ends on a note of hefty breads, with only a marginal dryness from the hops and roasts.

M: While bone dry at the beginning, the crux of this beer’s texture is thick malts that end up a little frothy with the carbonation. The body is light for a 10-point beer, but for a DIPA, it’s just a little syrupy.

O: Hercules takes the typical American Imperial IPA formula of layering a shit-ton of hops over sugary caramel syrup (i.e., the remnant of caramel malts) and puts it in its place. It’s hard to believe that a grainy, rich DIPA was hiding right in front of me for so long; in fact, I might grab a couple of those older bottles to see how this monster ages. A unique palate thick with roasts sends Hercules to the top of my recently-sampled DIPAs list.

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4.16/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kimcgolf
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a golden orange with some suspended particles. Off-white head lingers through entire glass, and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is very much hops and grapefruit citrus, and flavor is much the same. At mid-glass, as beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes much more noticeable, and it overall leads to a very long, smooth and warming finish. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of nathan-mcwherter
4.16/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Antg8989
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a medium amber with a reddish tint.
Aroma: Fruit and cream with some hoppiness.
Taste: Hop and malt balance - both come at you strong.
Feel: Light bodied, light-medium carbonation.
Overall: A bold DIPA. I like it.

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Photo of aaroblero
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, clear amber beer with a slightly off white head that bubbles down. Notes of cane sugar in the nose. Hard for me to get a scent off this thing. I do smell your usual citrus flavors in there as well but they're very faint. Wow! Sweet, candy like flavors. The citrus flavors are in the background (orange, maybe a burnt orange). Maybe some date flavor, and I want to say even coffee flavor. This is interesting. Really awesome! Slightly syrupy, sticky in the mouth. What I would expect a IPA to be. Unlike the last few beers I've reviewed (save for the one disaster) this is NOT a beer I would drink to quench my thirst. This is a beer drinker's beer. This is an event. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Eziel
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eng_lee
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whartontallboy
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abastias
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lstokes
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAC81
4.16/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 +1%
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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,196 ratings
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