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
Reviews:
1,582
Ratings:
4,144
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
283
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618
For Trade:
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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful rich amber with a nice white head and lace.

S - Alcohol comes through right away. There is also hints of toffee, caramel, and fruitiness.

T - Initially, toffee and caramel come through the most. Then, the alcohol comes in and transitions into a sweetness and fruitiness (apples). This beer also has a teal-like herbal flavor that is truly amazing. The finish is a great bitterness that coats the back of your throat for a few seconds.

M - Full bodied and medium carbonation.

O - This brew has a really nice flavor that does a great job of assimilating with the high alcohol content. I would definitely enjoy drinking several of these and would have no qualms about doing so.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery mid-brown into the pint glass. Lovely eggshell, 2-finger head swells, then recedes to a tenacious half-finger. Lovely looking.

Resinous, citric hops smack your nose awake and you go back for more. Further olfactory investigation reveals a myriad of dense malty goodness which when melded with the massive hop profile produce an almost single-malt whisky (no ‘e’) effect. Very nice. Caramely sweetness is there, and subtle fruity esters are all over the place suggesting peaches, apricots in a reduction of Marsala wine.

The tangy onslaught of hops is relentless and is heavy with its vapours and oils. Grapefruit, blood orange, lemon grass and pine needles have a resounding, fresh vibrancy. However, the malts will not be forgotten in this epic battle; weaving in and out of the thrusts of the hops are well-placed blows of caramel, roasted nuts, dry earthiness, and hints of smoke.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, helped along by a calvary of fine, silky conditioning. Heavy and leaning towards syrupy, but the alcohol dries out the finish. Not quaffable mind you, but easy-drinking for the style. Did I mention the sheets of foam left in the wake of this beauty?

Wowza, this is a bruiser! Incredible complexity, body and general presence. Had this with a peppered turkey and blue cheese Panini with avocado spread – a pairing made in heaven! An awesome liquor, I mean – ale. Must. Review. Old Ruffian.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a half-pint glass.

A - Clear, golden-orange color. Small white head that goes quickly, leaving slight lacing and ring of foam. The head resurrects easily with a good swirl. There is a slow stream of tiny bubbles.

S - Caramel malt, earthy hops, and a slight smoky smell.

T - Follows the smell. Initial caramel malt, followed by juicy, earthy hops that quickly dominate the flavor. A slight saltiness emerges during the finish. The aftertaste is a little bitter, and this is where the alcohol makes itself known.

M - Medium- to full-bodied with soft carbonation. It starts off slightly creamy and grows creamier as it warms. There is little to no residual feel.

D - This has good overall flavor. It strikes a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. The alcohol is pretty well concealed.

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Photo of DRyan
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/24/11
Great Divide’s
Hercules Double IPA
Pours copper with creamy white head that cascades well and sticks around for a while. Strong hoppiness right away, but smooth for how bitter it is. Citrusy, pungent hop flavor.

6/8/12
A: Coppery red, with white head that dissipates quickly but laces
S: Very little hop pungency. Very low aroma overall.
T: Hoppiness is much more reserved, does not stick around long, only on the opening notes of the taste. Quickly kicks in with a smooth, somewhat sweet, malty flavor. Bitterness on the end, but not strong at all.
M: Carbonation is light, overall pretty smooth and almost a bit velvety
D: Drinkable with nice spicy foods; not nearly as pungent overall as it was before, but not bad or skunky at all

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Photo of ROBORB
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft and served in a snifter. Poured a hazy orange color with a short lived 1 finger head. There was great lacing from start to finish. Aroma consisted of pine, citrus and fruits with perhaps a pinch of malts. The taste followed the aroma nicely. It wasn't as balanced as I would like an IPA to be as the malts never really controlled the hop profile. It leaves a dry aftertaste. This was a nice IIPA but clearly not one of the best.

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Photo of feylure
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got my hands on this (bottled July 1, 2010).

It pours quite well with a healthy amount of carbonation (as it lasts on the rim of the glass). Looks like a lovely golden and almost transparent brew.

Smell is nice and sweet. Sugary with a small sense of hops; almost making it smell light.

Taste is a great, biting contrast to the smell. The initial bold hit of hops is followed with a full bodied, almost dark flavor. I really quite enjoy the sharpness of the bitter elements in this drink. The tail leaves you with a light, lingering sweetness fom malts that is complimented by it's hops character.

Definitely recommend this to IPA fans who enjoy the bitters!

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Photo of Coplains
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours an orange copper with a little head that sticks around. Very floral aroma with pine scent overtones. Taste is a good balance of malt and hops with a dry bitterness that sticks around long after each sip. A pretty goo iipa that I would purchase again.

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Photo of kevinglin
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good hop showcase. Light copper color with an off-white head, formed of tight bubbles, but went away fairly quickly. Great hop nose, floral with some spiciness, with hints of some toasty malts. Flavor definitely shows the hops, but a solid malt profile holds its own. Aggressively bitter, you pick up the hop bite in the aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is decent - feels very lively on the tongue. Overall, an excellent beer, but at 9.1%, not one that I could have all night.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured twice into a pint glass.

Appearance: Foggy honey color with a light caramel head.

Smell: Sweet and alcoholic syrupy smell. Freshly cut oak.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Deep alcoholic sweet strap to the tongue, boarded over with strong grassy and woody hops. Very present hop aftertaste complemented with rich malt. Thick and smooth with a carbonated hoppy zest that tingles the tongue.

Drinkability: Very delicious and addictive, but the alcohol content can creep up quickly from 22 ounces.

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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 aibkstaff
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Titan IPA has a rich reddish coppery color, is semi foggy, and has a thick tall yellowy head. Very foamy. The taste it nice and hoppy with some herbal and nutty notes. It's also very, very malty. Mouthfeel is good, medium to heavy body. Drinkability is pleasing.

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

I'm going back to the hop bombs again. This should be a good homecoming.

A: Super hazy, deep amber-copper, Creamy off-white head. Delicate lacing.

S: Hoppy. More pine than citrus. Also, sweet malts.

T&M: A hop assault on the back of the tongue.followed by a pine resin finish that I love about the style. Medium bodied. Reminiscent of a simpler Maharaja though quite carbonated in comparison. Supposed "big malty backbone" is a little overrated.

D: Gets better as it goes. The mark of a great beer. Easier to drink than a Maharaja.

A Fine American Hop Bomb.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber colour with large off-white head of which a thin layer remains during the entire session. Soon there is heavy lacing around two-thirds of the glass. Simply beautiful.

The nose has a nutty bitter tone to it. An intense smell of American hops fill the room as soon as I begin to pour. Definite pine tones can be found.

Heavy, dry, bitter taste. The alcohol makes itself apparent immediately.

Smooth, dry, mouthfeel with an aftertaste that sticks to the back to your mouth for a long time. The carbonation is thankfully relatively light.

What can be said about drinkability then? Considering how heavy this beer is, it goes down almost easier than one would want.

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Photo of SirSaranac
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MaltFrazier hooked me up with a big ol' bottle of this brew... Now, I had already had the opprotunity to endulge in Titan IPA, so I was quite excited to try this.

This is a delicious brew... 9.1% abv is a shock because it's soooo smooth. A robust piny hops dominates the taste... the malt is actually noticeable as well... quite tasty... adding to the smooth character of this double IPA. The hop flavor however is rather one dimensional in my opinion... I drank a Laguanitas right after this and that is an example of a more diverse hop palate. However, as far as double IPA's go, this is delicious and highly drinkable. I'll be sure to grab this again.

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Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Came back to re-rank this one higher. The more I try this one the better I like it.

If you're considering this one, just do it. Not one to pass up.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite Double IPA's (besides my homebrews) It pours out with a billowy off white head and deep orange color. The head remains till the end condensing slightly and leaving condierable lacing on the pint glass. It has a pronounced piney hop aroma. It seems to lack a fresh hop aroma which is my only criticism.

The flavor is outstanding. Balanced, malty, good hop bitterness, and lots of citrus and pine hop flavors.

Very strong beer but very drinkable if you are used to drinking this style.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber in color, semi clear beer. Huge off white head with great retention and excellent lacing.

S- Citrus hops, pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt.

T- Initial minor caramel malt taste and then a huge hop explosion. Citrus and pine hops galore. This is NOT a balanced beer, but I love it! Can you say BITTER??

M- Thick, chewy, and bitter aftertaste left in my mouth.

D- Not extremely drinkable from a session sense, but extremely drinkable for hop heads. Love this beer and could drink 2 or 3 in a sitting.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pours a darker orange color, leaving little head that quickly turns into lacing.

Smells like piney hops.

Tastes like piney, citrusy and fruity hops balanced with some caramel malt and alcohol. Fairly bitter overall, but not too extreme. Very solid taste overall.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, but a little thicker than most IPAs still.

Solid brew overall.

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Photo of Doc_Hops
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hercules Double IPA pours a beautifully deep orange/amber color with some interesting sediment floating around in there. The head is a slight off white that billows at first our and is slowly receding.

S- Oddly, I get sweet apples in the beginning, something I'm not used to nor expecting for the style. This is giving way to some rich malts with, again surprisingly enough, not a whole lot of hop aroma or citrus notes.

T- Wow, this is different. Very interesting. It's all malt in the beginning. It's sweet- almost fatty in a way with a good amount of caramel flavor. As i sip some more the citrus begins to come through, mainly with oranges. Finally, there is a good twinge of hop bitterness on the back end.

M- Quite smooth here. Very drinkable given the style. It is every bit as full bodied as you'd expect but still very smooth....which could get dangerous given it is 10.0%.

O- A great brew from a great brewery. I think I would have liked a bit more hop bitterness but I always appreciate a good malt backbone, so I can;t really complain. This is delicious and I would absolutely drink it again.

Serving Type- 12oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Thanks for reading.

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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 ChrisA
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop bomb exploded in my house tonight. 22 ounce bomber poured a bright orange copper. Nice two finger head. Citrusy hop nose offing magic aromas. Super bitter. A hophead's dream. I'm glad I have been working out my palate this past year. Otherwise this would be too much. The piney hops really come through in the aftertaste. Nice lacing. I wanted this to be the best beer I have had in the past year. I may still have to defer to Great Divide's Fresh Hop Ale. Double IPA's are enjoyable but may still be way too much. Who am I kidding, this is amazing!!! Bomber really settles in nicely on the palate after about a half a pint. The hops really hide the high ABV%. Great way to start the New Year.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

Pours a rich amber/mahogany color. Clear with some visible carbonation. Head is off white, slightly tan, creamy and moderate retention with sticky lacing.

Aroma was nice with pine hops, some citrus, and creamy. Might have picked up some vanilla.

Bold flavor of hops, but not overpowering. This had a nice bitterness, but did not kill the aftertaste. Well balanced with sweetness and some malts. Definitely picked up a nutty flavor, especially after a few sips. Alcohol incorporated nicely.

Decent mouthfeel, a little thick but nothing to complain about. Good carbonation. Another nice selection from Great Divide.

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Photo of ddarden
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz bad boy looks very promising from the moment I pour it. Cloudy copper color, with a beautiful rocky head, which slowly recedes. The smell of this beer is wonderful. Very piney with hints of citrus. I can’t wait to taste due to the great smell.

The first taste is very hoppy and bitter. Almost overwhelming and I do not taste much except hops. The second sip has much better balance after my taste buds are dope slapped from the first sip (in a good way). This hop monster has a very good malt backbone that makes it balance the onslaught of hops. I really like this beer after the first couple of sips. The mouthfeel is excellent: thick, sticky, and refreshing. By the bottom of the bottle, I realize that this is a 9% abv beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, so the drinkability is also excellent.

This is my first Hercules and is definitely one of my favorite DIPA’s. I will have to keep this one in DBF.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack open my 22 oz. bomber of this tonight. This beer pours a nice amber color with a decent head (I probably would’ve had more head if it was a bit warmer when I poured it). It is also not cloudy like their Titan IPA. The smells are of mainly malty goodness, but there’s a bit of a piney citrusy hops scent as well.

The taste and drinkability are where it’s at. This beer is a perfectly balanced double IPA. The flavors up front are of the sweet malts, perhaps some caramel malt. Down in back, you get the tingle of the hops, piney and citrusy, like the scent. Though the alcohol content is high, you don’t know it in the flavor. It feels a bit thicker and heavier, but that’s to be expected. I have easily drunk most of this glass (and I still have about half the bottle left).

This beer is pure pleasure. If you like IPA’s and you want to move onto bigger beers, this is a great start and finish (though I would still recommend trying more and more). I have definitely found my favorite double IPA.

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Photo of AmishT
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with an intense pale orange head that hangs around for quite awhile. Fair amount of lacing. Definitely looks like a beer named Hercules should in my opinion...a very thick and sturdy look to it

S - Wow, potent nose for sure. Floral hops, complex malts, and alcohol is prominent as well. Like the appearance, it does justice to its name.

T&M - Toffee malts, spicy hops, and hints of fruit start off the taste for me, and it finishes with a malty/alcohol kick in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium to full with tons of flavor. A warming affect from the alcohol is present. Smooth. Unfortunately, the finish really started to wear on me: the blend of alcohol and malts really started to get a bit cloying at times; however, the kick at the end is probably intended and appropriate for the style.

D - Definitely a sipper; this is probably another characteristic of a DIPA. Like I mentioned, the finish did wear on me, and I did have trouble finishing my glass (although it should be pointed out that I'm very much a lightweight at times). Bottom line is that Hercules DIPA kicked my ass.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,144 ratings.
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