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:
4,157
Reviews:
1,583
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
285
Gots:
626
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,157 |  Reviews: 1,583
Photo of bkett01
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich amber color with a thick (1.5") frothy head peppered with good size foam bubbles. Foam died down slowly creating an interesting looking aerial view of amber canals through the bubbly white foam hills. The bitter pine/citrus smell didn't remind me as much of fresh hops as I have come to expect from west coast IPA's.

The taste hints at the immense amount of hops loaded into every sip. A sweet malt beginning is balanced out with a sour lime-like finish. Hops clearly overwhelm the flavor, and possibly it's the fact that a different variety are used, but this simply does not appeal to my taste as much as my favorite IPA's. Although it does mask the 9.1% ABV quite well, this is one of the more sour IPA's I've tried and I can't say that I'm a big fan.

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Photo of B33R501
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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%
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 Hopglow
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darwin232
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crownrl28
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZorPrime
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigBry for this bottle. This one was bottled in 2008.

The beer color is copper/orange. It is slightly veiled in a way that we can't see through. The head is so nice. Soap looking and sticks well to the glass. It is almost perfect as regards to the appearance. Wow, the aroma is pretty intense. Hops and malts (biscuit). Grapefruit hops. On the taste it is still pretty intense. I would say I get some caramel biscuit taste at the beginning, then the hops arrive very intensely. Grapefruit hops. The beer has a full body and the taste lingers in the mouth for quite some time.

Very intense beer, good and seek for more. Definitely for hop-head and those that aren't afraid of intense tasting beer.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold with stiff white whipped cream froth that clings well and leaves sheety rings.
Caramel and bitter orange on the nose. Mango and Orange Crush up front with tangerine sorbet and lemon zest hops. Sweet and sour finish and fading pine resin bitterness lingers. Medium, oh so creamy and soft, some stick, no hint of ABV.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy describes the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster as like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped around a solid gold brick. Pretty much the same for Hercules.
Iron fist in a velvet glove comes to mind, too. Beats Titan hands down. Luscious, balanced and quietly deadly.

2nd tasting: Candy corn and caramel sweetness, resin and blood orange hops, raw cane sugar end. Sticky and hot with brandy-like depth.

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Photo of illidurit
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Translucent amber color with a bubbly beige one-finger head. Tons of lacing and decent retention.

Aroma is of fresh-cut pineapple and rich caramel.

Flavor is initially sweet with caramel, but then hops trample the palate, citrusy and grassy with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is just about all you can ask for in a double IPA: rich but not too sticky, no alcohol taste. Pretty drinkable for 9.1%

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent cap that leaves some soapy lacing

S: Huge earthy and fruity hop notes collide with nutty caramel malts that somehow all balance together. No alcohol noticeable

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the earthy tones of the hops and nuttiness of the malts an slowly takes a woody tone overall. Fruity notes emerge after the nutty notes and woodiness fades a little. Moderately bitter throughout, but the caramel sweetness and alcohol all co-mingle extremely well together. Finishes with lingering nutty notes and some fruity alcoholic esters

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely not your typical citrusy, fruit driven DIPA. This melds so well together between the earthy hop tones, sweet nutty maltiness, and alcohol and is one to sit down and sip on given the strength alone. Definitely worth a shot if you're looking for something other than your typical DIPA

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Photo of Alphamale7
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ipameister
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful reddish amber color. Lightly carbonated.
Little to no head. Very clear and bright. It's alive and attractive.

Smell: toasty malt and flowery notes.

Taste: well balanced strong hop characteristics, fits the style.

Mouth: Smooth and full-bodied, light carbonation is a plus. Taste stays on the pallet you some time.

Overall: it's a solid beer in the style of a DIPA.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Darkish amber, 1 finger of yellowish head.

Smell - Very strong, but more malty and slightly less fruity than expected for an American DIPA.

Taste - Seriously hoppy, with loads of grapefruit and orange. On the other hand, there is easily enough sweet and earthy malt for balance. The flavour is very well spread across the entire palette.

Mouthfeel - Quite heavy, a little too cloying.

Drinkability - Impressive for a DIPA.

Overall - An outstandingly flavoursome and well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Sample
Pours a lightly hazy, ruby-copper color. The beer is topped by a creamy tan to amber colored head. The aroma is most strongly of candied citrus fruits, and pine. This is a nice fully hop-flavored beer. I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, pine, and a nectar that is made up of hop Lupulin glands. There is a nice mouth coating bitterness in the finish. The taste reminds me of candied orange peels, but also has notes of sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, heady malts. Overall this beer is quite chewy with a medium bodied character that is derived from the residual malts that help carry and accentuate the hops. This beer finishes with a citrus hop zing that definitely lingers on the palate.

Second Sample
Pours a clear copper color that sits under a foamy, thick tan head. The aroma is redolent of piney hop aromatics. There is a thick mouthfeel to this beer that definitely lingers. The taste is dominated by pine and it is quite bitter in the finish. There are definite notes of candied orange peel, but the flavor is dominated by the pine notes and the intense bitterness in the finish. As my palate adjusts to the harshness in this beast, it gets tastier and more in balance. I can't really taste it, but there is a serious malt backbone here, which helps to carry the over-the-top level of hopping that is in this beer. This tastes quite fresh, but, oddly not nearly as good and balances as when I first had this. I think that this needs a little bit of age on it to mellow out.

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Photo of dsruble3
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Decker
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear deep amber color.

The beer smell has very malty nose. The smell is a nice combination of hops and a sweet malt backbone. The hops are a bitter and, yet, not completely overwhelming. The smell overall pretty balanced.

The beer taste is very balanced as well. The taste has a sweet malt backbone with a very prevalent and strong hop taste. The hop profile is fairly bitter and a little bit earthy.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The beer is heavy bodied with a surprisingly light feel and a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too thick. The feel is pretty smooth as it goes down.

Overall, this is fantastic beer and one that should be on everyone's list. The beer is both hoppy and balanced, which is not very common. I definitely recommend getting this one.

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A > Nice amber with some reddish to it

S > Nice great floral smell with the hoppiness just lingering

T > Nice light hop kick with alcohol really coming in late, was hoping for more based on the smell. just a slight touch of sweetness

M > Average mouthfeel nothing clingy but very noticeable alcohol burn

Was a bit disappointed but enjoyed it for the good kick of alcohol. Not much drinkability after 1.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasted orange syrup. Slightly hazy clarity. Rich tan head.
Scent of malted molasses.
Smooth malt soaked hops. Heavy,wet silk finish.
Only recently discovered this brewery.
And very glad I did.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalebDouglas
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcflorian
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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