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.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Orange, slight haze, very nice finger of off white head. Little lacing left behind. Slight haze.

S - Pine resin, light biscuit.

T - Very hop forward, malt is in there somewhere because it cuts the hops, but not enough to really say what it is.

M - Medium body, medium carb. Nice coating of the palate.

O - Excellent DIPA. 10% ABV is well hidden. I would definitely recommend and seek out again.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Beautiful orange color with a two finger head. Sediment in the beer. Very cloudy.

s. Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, pine, honey

t. Bizar taste. Sweet and hoppy on the front, but the finish and aftertaste reminded me of rare steak. later the back side of the taste changed to dry hopped honey flavor.

m. Very good, but dry on the back end.

o. Very good beer.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BoHo in Hollywood 6/1/2011

A - Pours a hazy orange with puffy, white, 2 finger head.

S - A bit underwhelming for a DIPA. Lots of flowery, earthy hops.

T - The power from the earthy hops carries over into the beer. It has plenty of those piney, bitter hops. A bit of sweet malt, but certainly weighed towards the hoppyness.

M - Pretty standard, left the mouth fairly dry.

Overall - A pretty decent DIPA. I wouldn't consider it world-class, but it did the trick. Sort of a lesser version of the world-class ones out there.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A speckled amber copper colored body with a dollop of khaki head that recedes to a swirling vortex. 

S:  Toasted caramel malt base with loads of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, melon, grapefruit, orange oil, alcohol soaked plums, sweet rotted wood, hints of pepper and cloves. 

T/M:  Sweet toasted toffee and caramel accompanied by the juicy tropical fruit in the nose. The malt is rather thick and the fruitiness comes out more as balancing bitterness than sweet. Grapefruit is the big player followed closely by pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel is sticky and bold with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with pine oil sneaking in at the end leaving a dry yet resiny feel.  Alcohol is apparent once warned and presents itself as grapefruit soaked in spiced rum.

O:  One of my favorite DIPA's. Tropical fruits, juicy and sticky toasted malt. A great balance if flavors. I did a three way blind tasting of this with two other fantastic DIPA's.  It wasn't the winner but it definitely held its own. 

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick head with an even thicker lacing down the glass. Wow what an appearance like a red amber ale color.

S: Hoppy with some winter spice mixed in but the dry hop aromas over power any other smells.

T: Pure hop flavors if you really like hops this is a great beer for you and it definitely fits the style. There is also a strong bittersweet taste but lacks much yeast or malt flavors but keep in mind the style on this one I had to.

M/D: Very dry and light in the feel. It was a good session beer but couldn't take to much of this one at all.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for hooking a brother up.

Appearance- A truly amazing burnished orange brew, cascading fervently towards the top of my glass with no signs of stopping. Yes, the paper towels were out in seconds, with a soggy coaster beneath. My glass is now sticky. Outstanding. Ridiculous lacing... it completely drapes the inside without letting up. Damn, hot damn.

Smell- So strong is the hop aroma, it almost offends. This walks away with the most belligerent hop award ever, beating DFH 90 hands down. I actually detect the strength here in the nose... it makes my stomach quiver with fear and delight.

Taste- A surprisingly bold malt presence briefly counters the hop assault, even lending a nutty character to the mix. Burps are random and uncontrollable now, as I find a silly grin on my face and my toes going numb. As the beer opens up more, the hops completely obliterate the tongue from front to back... hell, I thought Ruination would show me who's boss, right now I'm mopping floors at the welfare depot. This is painful, yet necessary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, viscous, and appropriately carbonated. So huge in the mouth and belly that a bomber should most definitely be split with a friend or maybe three. For maximum enjoyment, save a bottle for a hophead gathering where the love can be shared. Holy crap, this beer will destroy your weak ass.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on January. Not certain of the year, I think 09.

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. Dregs not included in the pour.

Pours an attractive gold, brown, copper color with a one finger tan head. Despite my effort, a couple of chunks of yeast suspended and floating around.

Head subsides leaving a solid layer of lacing.

Aroma is sweet malty with some floral hop presence in the background.

Full malt flavor. Well balanced and not the hop bomb variety. I suspect this could be a year and 4 months old as opposed to just 4 months old with the mellow barleywine characteristics.

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Photo of DRyan
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide’s
Hercules Double IPA
Pours copper with creamy white head that cascades well and sticks around for a while. Strong hoppiness right away, but smooth for how bitter it is. Citrusy, pungent hop flavor.

A: Coppery red, with white head that dissipates quickly but laces
S: Very little hop pungency. Very low aroma overall.
T: Hoppiness is much more reserved, does not stick around long, only on the opening notes of the taste. Quickly kicks in with a smooth, somewhat sweet, malty flavor. Bitterness on the end, but not strong at all.
M: Carbonation is light, overall pretty smooth and almost a bit velvety
D: Drinkable with nice spicy foods; not nearly as pungent overall as it was before, but not bad or skunky at all

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark copper in color. The beer shows an off white two finger head that dissolves quickly. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Floral. Cirtus and pine residue. Malts and biscut. Alcohol.

T: Wet citrus and pine hops that slap your tongue with an herbal bitter bite. Citrus fruit is following by toffee or caramel malts that try to muscle up to the initial hop blast. Grass or earth is met by a warm spicy alcohol finish.

M: Slighty syrupy but smooth. Minimal carbination. Slick or oily mouthfeel and dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable but the high alcohol content limits the amount had in one session. A hop lover's brew for sure. Another solid beer from Great Divide Brewing Co.

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Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williamherbert
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly cloudy dark orange with tons of carbonation. Deent finger of head; frosty lace. Appears to have sediment but probably not.

Deep, woody Imperial IPA hop smell. Hops sweeten up a bit as it warms; citrus comes out. Fruit + wood smell.

Hard core hop blast. Serious wood. Very strong. High alcohol taste. Might be considered a classic over-hop; bitter aftertaste.

Thick and foarmy. Quite creamy. Substantial. Leaves a thick film in its wake. This baby is a doozy. Massive hops, but so strong. It's very good, but only one thank you.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from tasting 10/25/07

Appearance: Coppery orange colour with a medium creamy head. Leaves quite a bit of lace.

Aroma: Pretty sweet, lemons and other citrus.

Taste: Quite balanced for a DIPA. Not as bitter as some of this style. Citrus dominates but a nice malty spine. Bit of wood in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, decently bodied.

Final Statement: This one didn't stand out form the rest of the IPA's that evening, but that could be considered a good thing as there were a lot of exceptional beers and no bad ones.

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Photo of Panama69
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jspruit
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle dated July 22, 2005.

Very cloudy appearance in an orange amber color-nice. Creamy foamy 1 finger head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing throughout with a bit of sediment.

Smells grassy, hoppy, sort of malty and also sweet with sticky notes again. There is also a bit of citrus/grapefruit notes detected.

Tastes largely of hops, but not too strong and bitter. I feel like the 10% ABV can be detected near the end of each taste. The malt presence is stronger than I would have thought and the grapefruit notes are much stronger than in the smell.

Medium body mouthfeel overall. Smooth for all of the ABV and as much of a hopbomb that this is supposed to be.

Because it is so strong in its flavors and with a 10% ABV, I don't think that I could drink alot of these over and over.

Overall, I thought that it was a good DIPA, but not as outstanding as I would have expected. I'll try it again as it has a great reputation (and maybe the age of my bottle had something to do with not completely overwhelming me) but I wouldn't say that it is the best DIPA that I have ever had.

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Photo of sugeknight6289
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inch of frothy, bubbly head. Looks like a real malt bomb, almost like an amber ale. Unfiltered. Nice sticky lacing blanketing the sides of my Bells tulip.

It smells of alcohol, toffee, caramel,and hoppy goodness.

Hop flavors of pine and citrus. The malt backbone very expressive in the terms of breadiness, earthy, and like biting into an almond. The flavor is about the highlight of this brew.

The hops charge in at the beginning of the tongue, rolls back with a nice amount of carbonation. Balanced decently, with a syrupy like consistency.

I could drink a few of these before my palate begins to die off. Decent but nothing to blow my mind. The 10% deff is masked well, reminds me in a way of a Double Bastard with the syrupy-like thickness.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at Stub and Herbs

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a slight hazed dark orange copper.

Aroma: Floral pine hops up front with some bready malts and citrus blend. Nothing over the top.

Taste": Very interesting DIPA. Floral hops but a ton of caramel malt with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and sticky.

Overall, not a bad ipa, but I have had better for the style. Not something I want more of if something else is available.

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Photo of RichD
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter. Listening to Loretta Lynn in background. I'm badass.

Pours a hazy copper like color with a 2 finger deep bubbly white head. Some sticky lacing on glass as it goes down.

Smells of spicy, citrusy, piney, tropical, fruity hops. Yeah, all of em. Plenty of sweet & bready maltiness comes through as well.

Barleywine like, massive sweetness of caramel, sugar, toasty malts along with equal sized hoppiness. Tropical fruity, grassy, citric bitterness. Big boy. Actually finished kinda light.

Medium bodied, moderate to full carbonation, not syrupy or sticky, slight lingering booziness.

A big ass %9 double IPA. The sweetness makes me think 2 pints & moving on to something else. Like another IIPA. Yeah.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of capra12
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with wheatman106 on 8/14/09,

Appearance: Dark tan and cloudy.

Smell: Floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste: Opens with a citrus hop, from the middle to the end there is a bitter hop which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: I would have another on another night, though the hop grows on my palate.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep hue of sunset burnt orange. Half finger head that settled to a few bubbles around the middle. Some carbonation can been seen speckled through the cloudiness. Appears heavy and viscous. Little to no lacing.

S: Light pine, fruitcake, orange zest, molasses. The nose is rather subdued even after the beer has warmed.

T: Begins with a twinge of malty fruitiness then transitions to a fusion of molasses, grapefruit, tangerine, and aged pine. The bitter and sweet flavors intertwine fantastically.

M: Thick and chewy. The carbonation is just a tingly afterthought. This beer is incredibly smooth, the ABV is expertly masked by the delicate flavors.

O: Another smooth sippin' DIPA. When life takes you to the open range, better saddle up with some Hercules....and bring a partner.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a D'Achouffe tall tapered glass to hold in the maximum amount of aroma.

On the pour I got a lot of foam. Each time it was about four fingers worth. The coloring is a lighter orange with a lot of inclusions.

Off the top I picked up wood and pine hops. There was a lot of alcohol presence as well.

In each drink I get the woodiness. There is also the pine hops. Following the bitterness I taste some grapefruit. The aftertaste was a lot of bitterness and some grapefruit. The bitterness is expected from the high level of hops. Also present was a lot of venous presence. The alcohol flavor was extremely strong at room temperature, which made the last six ounces challenging.

I docked the mouthfeel a little because a lack of balance is present in the after-taste. I had to follow this bottle with quite a bit of water to balance this.

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Photo of nuebs
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,206 ratings