Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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 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 StephRai
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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Photo of Knoxrb12
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 redbarnbikes
2.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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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Photo of Kenai4
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%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.96/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of ybnorml
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange/amber beer with a light haze. Has a big foamy light beige head and good lace. The Aroma is mostly peppery hops with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. The flavor modulates back a forth from a piney sweet hop character to a quick peppery hop note. The finish is started with the piney character and quickly dry's right out for a dry crisp finish.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ATPete
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

My second attempt at liking this beer, my second time failing.

It pours a very murky orange color with a small, very sticky white head, lots of large floaties. Big grapefruit and spicy citrusy hops, some alcohol on the nose as well as a sweet malt presence. The beer attacks first with a short, but bright burst of resiny hops, followed by a very muddy and sweet malt profile, wood notes and lots of armpit funk, chewy and syrupy body, the combination of its thick body and chunky appearance doesnt sit well with the subconscious, theres better options for the style, way better. Two bad bottles? i hope not...

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules pours a rich and clear amber hue with a dense white head. Laces very nicely.

Nose is kind of subdued for a DIPA, but there's some spicy, floral hops and sweet, brown sugary malty notes.

This is a very well-balanced beer. It's very hoppy, but I can't get all of that because of the great amount of malt. Just a bit of pine and grapefruit shines through. If I had to chose one modifier to describe the flavor, it would be sweet. It has an almost barleywine appeal, with rich, seductive maltiness a la brown sugar, molasses and toffee. Basically this is beer candy, full of honeyed hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel was awesome: full-bodied and resinous with medium-low carbonation. Drinks incredibly easily for a 10 percent brew.

I enjoyed this brew, though it was a bit too sweet and malty for my ideal DIPA.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,206 ratings