Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,582 Reviews
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 WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into snifter

Clear copper with some carbonation. White foam cap.

Sweet malt aroma, citrus, floral and pine hop notes

Malt base with hop finish.

Smooth but you taste the abv's.

Good beer

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My brother absolutely loves Great Divide, but mostly because he discovered the genius beers out in Colorado. This variety is a self-proclaimed “beer fit for the gods” and is “not for the faint of heart”, but as a hop head I challenged this herculean elixir to a fight to the death in the Coliseum. It has a herculean 10.0% ABV which will rip you to shreds with strong pecks and huge biceps.

Look-It pours an off-golden amber color with a foamy head and sticky moist lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of caramel malts and floral citrus hops. But some of the pine hops get overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Taste-The taste has a lot of sweet caramel malts that fight to the death with the powerful hops. It isn’t clear who wins so let’s call it a draw.

Mouthfeel-The feel is full-bodied and sweet, with a mild syrupy feel to it. The carbonation is ambient yet not overpowering and the alcohol content is present the whole time, but is fighting against the sweetness in the arena.

Overall-It’s an entertaining beer, but I would have liked to see the sweetness toned down a bit and the hops allowed to shine through with more of a grassy base that is readily discerned.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip IPA glass.

Dense copper amber color with a creamy tan head, 1-plus F. Foamy lacing.

Some citrus and pine hop aromas get pushed aside by a sugary sweet alcohol smell.

Lots of sweet caramel malts. The hop flavors are killed by the sweet booziness.

Thick feel. There's no ducking the syrupy sweetness and in my face alcohol. Over the top.

This beer's a mess of sugary malt and alcohol. Every one of the 85ibu fights to be noticed.

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Photo of sammorito
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: a thick copper color real hazy and a good amount of carbonation. slightly off white head is about 1.5 fingers and left a thick lace down the glass as it went away.

S: real piney hoppy smell right off the bat for me with undertones of citrus.

T: big citrus flavor mixed with the piney hops. light malty alcohol flavor at the end for me.

M: big and full bodied. really creamy and thick to me. real pleasant on my tounge

Overall enjoyed this beer a lot very filling. def a one and done beer maybe two depending how im feeling. it is real hefty as the label on my bottle says. this may have placed in my top 10 beers maybe even top 5

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Photo of Fairwin
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally malty for an ipa. Very balanced with a nice mix of grassy, malty, and grapefruit. Pours deep golden brown with nice lacing. Excellent when wanting balance and not a one-trick hop killer.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, amber body with off white head. Smell: lighter than I would have thought. It's hop-forward but there are some nice heavy biscuity malts there too. Taste: Delicious! Juicy, pine and citrusy malts combat each other with significant bitterness. Long, dry finish. Feel: Medium mouthfeel, very sticky. Not sure what the grain bill is but it is smooth enough to have some flaked oats or something. Smooth. Overall: Double IPA's aren't always my favorite but this is an exceptional example of the style, albeit a little strong. Good stuff.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Updated review: 07-14-2015

I'm not sure if it's the fact that I broke my squat 5RM, I'm not sure if it's the fact that I went directly to the store after the gym to buy some groceries, and I'm not sure if it's the fact that WinCo in Southern California of all fucking places had Hercules Double IPA that was bottled two weeks ago for $7 a bomber but I know for a fact that what I just drank was magical. I felt like Hercules after the gym and I still feel like Hercules after drinking this beer.

Pours an opaque golden brown color. It's a very pretty beer, like goddamn. The smell does not live up to the taste, if anything the smell is this beers weakest point. The taste, my goodness the taste. An initial modest toasty malt flavor that is immediately overpowered by a Ronnie Coleman made of hops. Starts nice, ends bitter. This is a thick DIPA, it definitely lives up the name of Hercules with a whopping 10% ABV and a hop forward taste. This is in my top 5 favorite DIPAs. This beer is excellent and is very deserving of the world class rating.

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Photo of braker649er
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Great look to this beer. Billowy head that held up well. Thinner on the smell than expected, but I picked up strong hops even though I had a cold :) Taste was hop-forward, no doubt. I tasted pine mostly, verging on dank, with fainter citrus and a fait bit o malt, too. Left off with a crisply aftertaste that was bitter in a not-at-all-unpleasant way. Like spice ... and to me this spoke of an old-school IPA. Strong showing.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: A rich caramel colored body sits under a really frothy, sudsy cream colored head. After the head recedes a really thick film of bubbles remains with massive sheets of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Hints of sweet caramel from malts, loads of spiciness and cedar wood. Earthy, spicy hops.

Taste: The beer has a nice malty backbone where caramel notes are subtle before being swept aside by cedar wood, pine, and spicy hops. The finish is very bitter with citrus rind appearing with more peppery spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: This beer is strong -- like it's namesake. Well balanced and very spicy. Pretty easy to consume if you're up for it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; orangish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: caramel, toffee, earthy;

T: follows the nose with a little nuttiness thrown in; boozy from mid-palate through the finish; moderate, long lasting bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: appreciated the bitterness on the finish;

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Photo of MortarPestle
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper with a nice head and tons of lacing down the glass.

Nice aroma of resiny hops and sweet malt and well balanced flavor from start to finish. Great mouth feel and the alcohol is perfectly matched.

Glad I found these in a 12 oz four pack because this is a big beer for a bomber.

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Photo of Critter1594
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look. If it isn't cloudy it simply is under hopped. This one is Nice and cloudy.
Smell. Nose full of hops
Taste. Hop forward. More malt than most but still overwhelmed by hops as a double IPA should be.
Feel. Appropriate.

Overall really enjoyed this beer. Dirty with hops as a double IPA should be.

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Photo of 98green
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big malty double. Had a taster recently as s bartender was trying to offer it over something I ordered. If you like your imperials with big malt go here. It doesn't deliver the citrus hop punch I like in my big ipas

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Photo of EMV
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Orlando, FL - poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-opaque deep golden amber with ample off-white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Great mix of hops and malts. Big time hop aroma with the expected floral and evergreens.

T/F: Strong hop presence with great malt balance. Biscuits and toffee at war with a palate rending dose of delicious hops. Just delicious, and very chewy/thick. Nice alcoholic warmth at the finish and solid carbonation.

O: Damned fine IPA and spectacularly balanced. This one's a treat.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Looks really good. Dark orange and huge thick head
Smell is minimal hops and breads
Taste is more malt than hops but complex. Peppers, chocolate, cinnamon, and mild citrus. This is definitely an IPA for malty IPA fans. Not quite west or east.

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Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A rather cloudy yellow beer with nice head. Nose is tropical. Taste is definitely what I am into right now. Rightly carbonated with plenty of the more fruity flavors and pineapple. A really good DIPA

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant amber under a 2” sudsy white foam collar that provides sheets of lace.
S: Citrus, malt, caramel.
T: Big bitter grapefruit flavors start and end the drink with rich malt flavors in the middle.
F: Medium body and above average but very creamy carbonation. Smooth.
O: A very drinkable and well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of RyBrew54
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper amber with medium white head. Smell is very unusual in that it has a grape aroma mixed in a hop forward nose. Reminds me more of a barleywine nose. Sweeter scent mixed in the nose that I can't put my finger on, almost a licorice candy, with slight sweet bread note. Taste has a distinct malt presence that reminds me of malted milk ball. Unusual for a DIPA to be so malt heavy with little hop bitterness to the palate. It's difficult to sort out the different flavors as a result. This is one I need to come back to when it comes out fresh.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The smell is wonderful: sweet tropical fruit and malt, the taste is the same but mellow and extremely drinkable. The booze is very well hidden. A superb everyday DIPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap at the Biergarten in Charleston, SC into a pint glass.
Aroma- A big hop and citrus aroma, very nice
Appearance- A mildly murky copper colored beer with a thick small white head
Taste- A nice malt and hop mix that hides the high ABV well.
Palate- A medium to heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A great DIPA, highly recommended.

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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 tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally drinking, and reviewing this beer, after finding it at less than a month old for the first time. For whatever reason this is the first time I've ever found a remotely fresh bottle on the east coast.

Not the best looking beer, kind of a murky dark orange, verging on brown, with a modest amount of floaties. Despite pouring aggressively I can only muster a small head that dissipates quickly and very little lace. Nose balances caramel and candy fruits, some sweet bready malt, orange and floral hops.

Balanced and assertive flavor. Everything is turned way up but nothing overpowers anything else. Lots of bitterness from resinous, fruity hops; you get orange and apricot and a vague aspirin undercurrent, less floral than the nose indicates. Big and burly malt character mitigates the bitterness in the aftertaste but still dries out decently and avoids the cloying sweetness of similar old school DIPAs. Alcohol is noticed to some extent but what do you want, it's 10%. Not fusel by any means. The booze contributes to the balance in an important way and also keeps the sweetness at bay.

Medium full bodied and nicely -appropriately carbonated. Not sticky or overly full, which helps the drink ability. Overall a very strong example of the last generation of doubles; I feel like we've gotten away from this kind of beer to some extent with the advancements of Hill Farmstead, TG, RR, etc etc. still would recommend this one pretty highly unless you are looking for nothing but hops without balancing components. This beer is highly hopped and bitter but has more going for it than just that.

Would I drink this very often? No, but I would absolutely buy it again if it's fresh and I'm in the mood for something burly and powerful.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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 jwhancher
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the variety Big Show case. Bottled on date of Jan 16, 2015. Poured into large tulip for review.

Appears dark copper to light Amber with large persistent head. Noticeable lacing clings to the glass sides. Noticeable hop or yeast particles suspended in the beer. Has that Great Divide house beer smell. Noticeable aromas of pine, citrus hops with supportive malt backbone. Some orange rind aromas. Sweet malts definitely come through in the nose, most likely crystal malts.

Quick hit of 85 IBUs then orange & citrus hop flavors. Sweet crystal malts then lend a generous balance to counter any off kilter bitterness. Noticeable alcohol warmth but doesn't drink like a 10% ABV beer. I really dig how the flavors meld together reminding me of melon, pineapple, and some tropical fruit.

Drinks about medium to medium full as the malts definitely give this beer more residual sweetness than a West Coast Double IPA would give you.

Overall, an extremely balanced and drinkable beer. Great Divide nails it again with this one. Easily one of my Top 5 breweries.

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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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,151 ratings.
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