Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
4,220 Ratings
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 fmccormi
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of November 7, 2012 printed in white ink in the bottom-right corner of the label in a small box (“BOTTLED ON: NOV 07 2012”). That makes this beer a day under four weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): Close to two fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour, which dies down slowly and leaves some thick lacing on the sides with some pretty good, evenly-distributed retention. The body is a satisfying deep amber color with ruby undertones—looks as rich as it smells.

Smell (3.5): Surprisingly boozy, there are some light citrus tones mixed with pine resin amidst a rather alcoholic grain character—smells like what I’d imagine a “blonde barleywine” would smell like, honestly. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s boozy for the style (not shocking at 10% ABV) and lighter on the kind of hop character I was hoping for.

Taste (3.5): Follows the nose, almost to a T. Much boozier than I was anticipating, and much more restrained in the hop department. Again, tastes barleywine-ish without the dark and stone fruit tones. A lot of toasted wheat bread with some caramel undertones; the toasted character melds well with some solid pine / resin bitterness, but I’m not getting a lot of the characteristic American hop flavors (tropical fruits, weed, etc.) I anticipated. More pine resin, in that department, which I do enjoy. But it’s countered heavily by that boozy, grainy malt body, which also has some stone fruit character (apricots, plums) but not the darkness you’d expect from a barleywine (rich breads, raisins, toffee, etc.).

Mouthfeel (4.0): Pretty good feel: boozy and slightly syrupy, but with enough hop oil to dry it out significantly toward the end. Modest carbonation expands the body moderately on the way down without tingling much, but it does have a spicy feel. Again, drinks more like a light barleywine, but for a DIPA at 10% ABV that sounds about right.

Overall (3.5): To be honest, I was hoping this would drizzle resin and pineapple juice on my face right before it ripped it off, but my face is still more or less intact. Thankfully, I guess. There’s JUST enough piny, resinous character in the hop profile for me, but honestly it’s just not what a DIPA should be, in my mind. Did I enjoy it? Definitely. Did I love it? No. Was it nice and malty with a strong hop character? Sure. But it was not quite to my taste, and not something I’d necessarily try again, as far as my tastes in DIPAs go.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryan for the bottle.

Bottled July 15, 2010.

Dark orange body shimmers in the light. Thin white head.

Brandy soaked stone fruit, orange marmalade, grapefruit rind. Fruit driven aroma.

Caramel, fruit cake, apricot, tangerine, orange zest, pine sap, quite resiny. Exceptionally bitter, but well balanced by substantial maltiness.

Full, sticky, rich mouthfeel.

Hercules indeed. This is one powerful DIPA. Big malt, big fruit, big bitterness. Bold, brash, boozy and bitter. Hefty. I think the ready availability of Hercules makes us forget just how excellent it is. I never feel a sense of urgency to buy it, so I don't. What a mistake. Delightful beer.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-brown color. Great initial head that dissapates to a light head through the duration.

Aroma: Citrus hops, mainly grapefruit.

Flavor: Grapefruit dominates the flavor for me. Very hoppy. Some caramel malt backbone.

Excellent mouthfeel.

My first IPA and I love it!

Obviously best when fresh. Had a 10-month old bottle the other day and it wasn't all that great. Mighta been a bad bottle too cuz it was beyond just faded hops. Luckily GD prints a bottled on date (Thank you!) so it's easy to be sure you're getting a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jaemeno3
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BierFan
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottled on date of December 30th 2008, making this bottle a little over half a year old.

Appearance: A bit of floaties suspended in the hazy amber body. Tan head has decent lasting power.

Smell: Sweet barleywinish aroma with some slightly past their prime citric hops.

Taste: Taste is much like the smell. Like many imperial IPA's this begins to blur the line into barleywine territory, in my opinion. Or perhaps it's just the age on the bottle making me make the comparison.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber bottle. Hercules pours out a cloudy dark copper color with a good-sized light tan head. The lace forms a nice ring around the glass and the head stays along for the whole ride. It’s very hoppy in aroma with hints of citrus, spiciness and malts lingering about. The taste is amazing as you first get rushed with extreme hoppiness followed by a nice malty finish. The more this one warms the more is revealed in the complex taste with citrus and nice bitterness to it. It has a great full mouthfeel that complements the taste to create a great beer experience. The alcohol is well hidden but traces of it can be detected, an overall very drinkable beer. This is the beer that let double IPAs take over imperial stouts as my favorite style. I will defiantly hold a bottle to compare against dreadnaught, and keep a few in the fridge as often as possible.

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Photo of KingforaDay
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into large Bristol Motor Speedway mug from 22 oz. bomber in celebration of the NASCAR (NASCAH) season about to get under way!

Enough of that. Nice, mahogany color with firm, glass-coating, vanilla-colored head. Carbonation visibly very active in glass. Deep hop aroma - slight hints of apple pie with a little grapefruit zest. Rich, deep, powerful hop backbone with hearty almost rye-ish front of mouth in first sip - carbonation makes itself known here on first sip; sweetness of malt emerges over time; the finish gets longer as the beer warms in the glass. Hoppy, hoppy hoppy mouthfeel; well-balanced with nice bitter aftertaste for style, but it's a little more shallow than I would expect. This would work well with apple pie and cinammon or some moderately spicy food (curry maybe?).

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bitterness, in this one, is somewhat overdone, and it is not helped by the intensely earthy (and I mean that somewhat literally, as in it tastes like dirt) hop character. I'm reluctant to judge it harshly, though, because I recognize I may just be the wrong palate for it. (Of course, that's true for everything.)

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-10-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-17-2014
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Clear, copper-colored beer with a big 3+ fingers of cream-colored head. Very good retention and excellent lace

S: Aromas are of floral and citrus hops, plus bready and caramel malt smells

T: The taste is pretty bitter up front, to the point of being somewhat astringent. Flavors include tropical fruits, brown bread and then woody/earthy hop notes. Some alcohol warmth

M: High in carbonation, with a medium body. The finish is fairly aggressive on bitterness with some more of the astringency peeking through. Aftertastes are of caramel malts and bitter hops

O: Overall a pretty good DIPA but marred by the astringency. I liked it, but not enough to want another bottle

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,220 ratings