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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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:
#1,745
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,196
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of cbcrunch
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow never reviewed this before. Tap at tavern in the square Northboro.

Nice creamy smaller head fades semi slowly with painted glass lacing, semi clear semi hazy dark amber copper tan color.

Nose brings nice hops, some citrus, candied orange peel, bit fruity, little floral spicy note, dried stone fruits, candy sweet malt.

Taste starts a little malty, mild caramel sweet candy malt, not really syrupy, with light touch of booze warmth. Then hops, very bitter, fruity candied dried apricot and stone fruits, light citrus, little spicy floral hop, faint pine and resin. Nice balance despite being huge. Finish is drier with a bit more alcohol and mild burn, big spicy hops lingering with light candied fruits.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, little thick almost syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall very nice, great balance even with a huge beer, alcohol starts hidden fairly well but increases as it warms and dries, decent hop profile, nice malt base, quite enjoyable for a big beer.

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

Pours an effervescent golden honey with ruby highlights. White bread colored head bellows up from the glass leaving a nice pillowy head that drapes the walls of the glass in lace. Smell is strong. I can smell it from the table... Fresh ruby red grapefruits explode followed by sweet buscuity malt and some floral rose aromas. Taste great. Begins up front with some big sweet, syruppy, brown sugar maltiness. A bit deeper you feel your tongue cringe as an assault of grapefruit bitterness destroys your taste buds. This one is strange, where I normally can detect some strong aroma hops, this one seems to be an all business bitterness DIPA. Finishing off, the bitterness grabs the back of the throat while the alcohol evaporating against the tonsils sends a surreal nerve jarring experience to the brain. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Even a minute after a sip you can feel and taste fresh grapefruit in your mouth. I do wish this had a bit more aroma as it feels a bit one dimensional, however, it is a very fine DIPA!

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

Very cloudy golden hue. Laces nicely

The smell is piney, with some citrus.

The tatse is hoppy, with a somewhat prominent honey sweey flavour, and hints of citrus fruit.

Very smooth, but not as clean and crisp as I like IPA' s. Still good though.

Cheers!

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Photo of craigbelly
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Got the second half of the bottle, couldn't really get a good read on the appearance, but seems decent.

Really nice nose. I get some tea and strong sweet floral notes. Very nice hoppy aroma.

Very nice flavor...strong bitterness but not overwhelming. I get some nice tea notes...lots of hops here. Almost herbal. A bit astringent in the finish, but what is to be expected from all those hop?? Must not be low cohumulone. Some ruby red fruitiness in the finish as well...not sure how else to describe it. Very citrusy and pungent in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel. Very appropriate for the style.

Not sure how many I could drink, at least a bomber worth.

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Photo of wembly13
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber and copper color. Very little head.

S: HOPS and lots of it. Citrus hint mixed in with more hops. Little earthy.

T: Very strong, the hops jump out right away. If you like double IPA’s, this will hit every taste bud. You can taste the alcohol but it’s not overbearing. Again citrus kick mixed in with all those hops.

M: Full body, but smooth. I feel like I could drink a few of these in one sitting if they weren’t 10%.

O: I love double IPA’s and this one ranks up at the top of the list. It’s one of my new favorites. Like I mentioned above, I could drink a lot of this if it weren’t 10%. Everyone must try this beer.

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

01/31/06- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky amber in color. Nice fuller inch or so head with decent lacing left behind.

Smell- Wonderful scent of deep malt with a brown sugar whiff. Pine hops come through as well.

Taste- Toasted malt comes through hardcore with a roasted caramel flavor. Pine hops sear through the malt and make you take notice. Maybe a light touch of vanilla as well. Seems a tad more malty though. Still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- A touch creamy with a heavier mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Seems to taste more like a barleywine to me than an IPA. Maybe even and English style barleywine. Very tasty. Starts out mellow but grabs your attention soon thereafter. If you are a fan of the heavier malted IPA's, give this one a try. Recommended.

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Photo of number1bum
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a creamy ivory head that fills the pint glass. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some webbing on the sides.

Smell is very fruity, with lots of pineapple and tropical fruits, some citrus. It's on the sweeter side too so it makes for a candied fruit sort of combination.

Taste is also quite fruity and sweet. Tropical fruit, grapefruit and some pineapple. Plenty of malt backbone on this one; maybe a touch too sweet actually. Has a slightly phenolic, medicinal sort of quality to it owing to the sweetness. Alcohol is well masked. Nice amount of bitterness in the finish but it's not overdone; this is certainly not a hop bomb, it's well balanced. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, full bodied and soft on the tongue. Oily and slick, very nice.

This is another winner from Great Divide. I think I prefer the Titan IPA actually, but this is a very fine DIPA. It's a bit more approachable than some others as well because it's not an unabated hop bomb. Nice beer.

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Photo of godawgs
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Bomber to a pint glass -

A - Copper body, with a very leggy and lacy head.

S - Hops, malt, and alcohol - which is rounded out with pleasant notes of pine and sap resin.

T & M & D - The abv is hidden within this palate making is a kick in the pants brew. Citrus hops right up front with a sugary sweet pine malty taste. The citrus notes come through in the middle and lend themselves to earthen pine notes on the back end. Great carbination and incredibly balanced and complex.

I really enjoyed this DIPA and I think you will too.

-Cheers

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

Picked up a four pack over the weekend and upon opening the bottle the heavy grapefruit hoppy aroma rushed out into my nose. I also got a whiff of yeast bread w/ a perfume hint of alcohol. Poured vigorously a 2 inch frothy head w/ a hazy rosy orange hue that left an excellent amount of lacing. The flavor and feel was an intense bitter beginning that ending dry and grapefruit bitter w/ a light syrup medium body, lively carbonated and a hint of alcohol. Overall, IMO this brew is solid. Love how Hercules brings the intense yet clean and crisp flavor and aroma it has to offer. My wife and I tried it with some Asigo cheese sundried tomato bread and it was outstanding.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours delightfully. A warm ruby-amber coloured brew glows from within. Semi-translucent, with beautiful clumps of bubble patterns on the surface. Nice lacing drifts down the side.

S: Hm...This smells like a strong American IPA, which is exactly what it is, I suppose. Strong, muscular hops with citrus-grapefruit topnotes; however, there is a malty breadiness underlying it all.

T: Very strange. Bready indeed, with a pervasive hop character that is chewy and supportive rather than bitter. The middletaste introduces a sweetness, perhaps from alcohol, that mingles with the hoppiness and wins out in the early aftertaste. Gradually the brown-sugar malt character fades, and a gentle hoppy dryness lingers.

M: Very full, chewy, bready, and dry. Good.

D: Man, this stuff is substantial. I nursed it for nigh on an hour before I finished it. Delicious, but hulking. Recommended.

EDIT: The following is a review of a bottle aged in a wine cellar for 14 months. Review on 19 November 2011. Bottled 2 February 2010.

4A: Two fingers of substantial head. Noticeable amounts of sediment. Otherwise, quite clear. A golden amber colour. Great lacing.

4S: More subdued than I remember. Hopped grapefruit. Vegetal, but strong. Some sweet malt. Hints of chocolate, of all things!

5T: Fan-fucking-tastic. Sweet, lingering, and, ultimately, bitter. The hops have persisted through the years! The maintaste is haunted by chocolate, and the endtaste is dry and hop-sweet. Noticeably alcoholic. Age has done absolute wonders to this beer.

3.5M: Bready, alcoholic, and fruity. Less dry than I remember.

4.5O: Of the half of my cellared six-pack I've opened, probably the best. VERY tasty. I recommend the aging. I would love to put a whole case of this away. I love it! Yum.

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

A gift from my wife picked up at Bauer's Liquors in Boston.

A: Clean and clear amber hue with a thin long lasting buff head. Sticky lacing as beer is consumed.

S: Good grapefruity hoppy aroma. Bready doughy malt aroma. Grapefruit scent is not particularly biting - kind of mellow. I suspect that is partially thanks to the strong malt background.

T: As in the nose, sweet malty back up adds pretty good balance to the grapefruit hop flavor. Long and lingering bitterness is present but not harsh. Boozy alcohol flavors as well.

MF: Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Not nearly as syrupy as many double IPAs. Alcohol warming present.

D: Very good sipping double IPA from the always good Great Divide Brewing Company. Well balance, complex, and smooth.

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

Fun, frothy head of large cream white bubbles, enjoyable to just watch them pop, any lacing left behind doesn't last. Healthy chrome orange to bronzed color, touch of dark yellow around the rims, murky yet incandescent. Interesting nose of rubber, sneaker sweat, salami and pine resin, not offensive, just weird, then more normalizing orange rind, corn syrup, more fig and date fruit than anything darker, light floral musk appears before it's all gone. Full-bodied, very broad and filling without becoming unduly dense. The malts bring a touch of caramel and milk chocolate but really just smooth out any burrs in the hops. On that note, the hops lean more towards sweet grains and oats, pine and lemon oil, like you just cleaned the house, The carbonation is by no stretch weak yet cannot disturb the weight presented here. Apricot, white grape, peach and pear fruit come through as it moves forward. Only fault might be it tries too hard to please.

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

First smell..I think Barley Wine...first taste I think Barley Wine...I'd call it a barley Wine personally...pours a semicloudy peach color...nice 1/4 head on top....Nose is big malts....strong chocolate...and some caramel as well...the chocolate is very evident...taste is big on the malt load too....caramel nougat...chocolate...and then the hops make an appearance...a nice acidic piney hop finish....very smooth drinking but on the finish you have a nice hit of bitterness....definitely more malty than bitter...if you're looking for a big hop fix I wouldn't suggest this one....it's not that it isn't hopped up nicely because it is...it's just the malt goodness outshines it and really keeps things balanced...

Again, this strikes me as more of a BW than double IPA...and a hell of a nice BW at that...I'd grab several DIPA's over this for the pure style but this is a damn nice beer whatever you want to call it..

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

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

The beer poured an amber golden with a minimal head that quickly faded. You could tell that this beer was so saturated with hop oils that it suppressed any chances of a big head.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent with a nose that was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a medium/light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated so it wasn't smackingly sweet like, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in IPAs and DIPAs. Many brewers out there bottle condition their DIPAs, but in my opinion, the yeast cake zaps much of the intended potency of the beer after a few months. When it comes to DIPAs, I'm in favor of enough time for flavors to meld, but not mellow.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer had a touch of vinous flavors, which helped give it its own character. Distinctive and rich, this beer is a classic. Now that it's available in 12oz. 4-packs, I'll try to grab it more often.

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

22ox bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottle courtesy of a trade with grub, thanks buddy!

Aggressive pour leaves 1 1/2 inches of head with heavy lacing, very appealing. Orange in colour with tons of unfiltered chunky bits floating about. Fairly vigorous carbonation that dosen't let the head die easily. Aroma is heady and extremely appealing. Well balanced is how I would describe it. Lots of floral hops with a touch of citrus...orange and lemon peel mostly. The malt is very bready and warm, a bit like a cake baked with oranges. Caramel, vanilla and even a little mango in there....well balanced and delicious smelling.

Taste is very hop-forward, as expected. The floral character is delicate and melds well with the citric sourness. Medicinal, herbal, anise like flavours come out as well. The malt presence is huge and has to be to try to balance this beer out. Yeasty breadiness in the back with the caramel, vanilla and fruit flavours making this a very baking-like experience. The mouthfeel is thick with all that malty goodness, and the carbonation is medium, about right I'd say. I have a bomber to myself, and I know it'll knock me on my ass but I don't care, it's very good!

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

Pours clear and orange, decent foam that forms a cap which lasts till the end. Lacing...not so much on this one.

Aroma is very citrusy, piney.

Taste is aggressive with the hops, as a DIPA should be. Balance isn't really there as much, but then again, I shouldn't expect that. And I don't mind it. Pretty good bitterness coming from the hop profile, a minimal bit of sweet malts come through to get you through this 10% hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium, coating. Drinkability..for a 10%? A bit high. I can easily have another one without complaints.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel, almost red. About an inch of head in the initial pour. Nice bubbly lacing on the top. Sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled of caramel malts first, but the citrus hops aren’t far behind. Seemed to be more lemon than grapefruit.

The taste wasn’t as close to the smell as I would have thought. Not as hoppy as I would have thought. Caramel first, with citrus hops slightly following. Bitter finish.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, bitter finish.

A pretty good beer overall, but I was expecting a bit more. I’d still recommend it though.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Nice amber color. Little on the darker side. Very clear. Almost no head what-so-ever. Ok lacing on what head there was.

S: Very citrusy. Very hoppy. Little piney. Good mix of sweet smells.

T: Nice and hoppy. Light floral mixed with grapefruit. Light caramal.

M: Medium to full bodied. Little bit creamy. Coats the mouth nicely.

O: Very good beer. Expecting to be blowin away by bitterness but did a great job subduing the hops with light malts.

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Photo of mortarit
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my point of view
IN this area I think this is the best buy for your wallet. I think it was $6.00 for a 22oz. But the new place I have been going to is $6.50.

I bought one of their t--shirts which was cheap cotton, very thin and it was the ipa verison. I was hoping for a Hercules's T.

This beer impressed me on the first time adventure.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle dated 11/11/13 into a new Belguim globe glass

A-Pours a deep hazy amber colour with a small creamy tan finger head. Head dissipates moderate with decent lacing.

S-Aroma of slight pine, strong citrus fruits scents melon and apricot, and caramel undertones.

T-Taste is not overly sweet, bitterness is a little more pronounced but fairly nicely balanced. Same as aroma.

M-Full body, smooth creamy mouth feel at the beginning and slight dry at the end, good carbonation.

O-Overall a strong IPA which hides the 10 ABV and very good brew have to get more only bought single.

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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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