Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
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4,164 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
Ratings:
4,164
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
288
Gots:
627
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,164 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of NEdward
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cream colored head, tight bubbles; amber/sap colored body, light carbonation. evasive malt nose, really not much there. the malt comes through in the taste but is complicated in interesting ways by the hops. sweet but not in a pestering way, spicy, some really delicate floral scent type of notes coming through now and again, pervasive piney sweet dryness, a very firm hop finish.

similar to victory's hop devil, though not as lingeringly sweet (I suspect the 10% abv has something to do with that).

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Photo of Sruds1
2.74/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Henefield
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hefty DIPA.

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Photo of telescifly
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Served from the bottle in a 4-5oz tasting glass at a beer bracket comparing Great Divide and Ballast Point. This was the dark horse for me. I've always known Great Divide for their great stouts, barleywine, and proficiency with big malty beers, and have always been a little underwhelmed by their Titan IPA, so I didn't go into this with high hopes. It absolutely reversed my expectations. Poured a straw-honey, and nosed a dank, grassy, herbal hop note. The palate followed with much the same, focusing much less on a bitter hop profile and much more on a savory, whole-cone hop body. This merged well with an underlying malt presence that was complementary but not overdone and rounded out with a strong medium/medium-thick body. Overall, an impressive DIPA.

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Photo of billab914
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of edthehead
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhiebertmd
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Initial sweetness cut off quickly by strong resin and hard biting hops. Perfect for us hop lovers.

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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 Chackman151
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vdub191
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redbarnbikes
2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PhilMiller
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bdilly
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of j-rod18
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carolvs
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I personally didn't think the maltiness melded quite right with the happiness of an IPA, but it looks like I'm an outlier regarding that opinion.

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Photo of SurrenderToTheFlow95
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gutbuster
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules pours a deep mahogany in color with a very dense and creamy like tan head with long lasting retention. A bit of sediment in the glass from my over aggressive pour. Lacing is out of this world. It looks as if I have spread whipped cream in my glass. Very dense and lasts throughout the session.

Very floral with a strong but noticeable balance of caramel sweetness with grapefruit and pine resin on the aroma. Very aromatic to me personally.

My sip starts off with a dose of brown sugar sweetness that is quickly followed by grapefruit, oranges and pine mid palate. Finishes with a hint of caramel and very mild dose of heat from the alcohol.

Dry with a medium amount of carbonation and a medium body.

This is an awesome IPA. I'm glad that I got the chance to try it relatively fresh.

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Photo of Mwt
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,164 ratings.
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