Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,170 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:
4,170
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
627
For Trade:
8
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Photo of smcel371
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a beautiful burnished copper tone; a moderately vigorous pour yields 1" creamy/foamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly... some lacing but below average for the style. nose is surprisingly malty, even for a DIPA with a malt backbone; there is a citric/pine presence but it's almost relegated to second fiddle; definitely not an aromatic hop monster.

flavor profile follows suit, to the point it's reminiscent of a barleywine and i'm questioning the freshness (can't find a bottled date even though my understanding is there should be one; was told at the store it's fresh.) don't get me wrong, it's drinkable and reasonably tasty, just nowhere near a top flight double IPA (at least by my own personal standards). medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i have to say i feel hercules was a bit of a letdown. the thing is, i remember having it a year or two ago on tap and REALLY enjoying it; our renewing of acquaintances hasn't gone so well, unfortunately. don't get me wrong, i'll happily drink this any day; it's just that i could easily rattle off a couple dozen DIPAs that i'd prefer. will have to get my hands on some where i can guarantee freshness and have another go-round.

originally reviewed: 04-10-2011

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Photo of Archemedies
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of huntermop
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jtransel
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of spedprof
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bronzed orange in color with an inch of white head and bubbly lacing. The nose is alcohol, piney hop, and bready malt. The taste is hoppy but not as present as the sweet malt. There is some pine and citrus but is a bit shadowed underneath a sweet caramel like malt. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy with a crisp dry finish. Overall, balance would make a mass difference in this brew but the 10% is well hidden, making this beast dangerous

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Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

Wow! Hoppy malty ass kicker, very nice DIPA. Had it on draft at work.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcloeren
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Briken
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange amber and a big tan frothy head with awesome retention and great lacing. Big sweet citrus aroma. Flavor follows the aroma, also in a big way with great hop bitter linger and alcohol warming. The alcohol makes up a big part of the flavor. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I had a hard time determining a taste score because it was simple but really well done. Strong clear flavors and a bit of complexity creeped in as it warmed up a bit as well as hints of pepper as the yeast hit the glass. Really an exceedingly well done beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks great but the rest is just OK

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Brown and amber color, lots of floaters
A/T - Very malty and sweet, some bitterness on the finish.
F - nice medium body, good carbonation
O - liked the flavor, but the sweetness became overpowering for me

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Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,170 ratings.
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