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 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.

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Photo of KeefD
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip. Dark amber, thick foam, sticky lacing. Aroma is as if I'm walking through a pine forest eating an orange and grapefruit salad. Hints of caramel round out the nose. Flavor blast of oily, resinous, hops. Pine and citrus flavors up front, a nice caramel, bready, biscuit-like malt in the middle, followed by a bitter dry finish. Excellent balance, nice use of malts for such a hoppy and bitter brew. Alcohol can be felt on the tongue, but is not overbearing for such a high ABV. Full bodied, oily, slick. Lovely and delicious..

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Photo of Benesi88
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BMoney575
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-26-07

Pours a relatively clear golden amber color, with an average head that leaves behind immense lacing.

Smell is all hop resin, very sweet and fruity. A generous malt backs it all up and adds a nice balance.

Taste is big grassy hops, sweet and earthy. The malt is there is the background, followed by a big-time bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super thick, all hops, all the time.

Drinkability is good, but this is an extreme beer.

Overall, one of the better double IPAs. Enough malt to keep the bitterness in check, and all the resiny hops and alcohol you could want.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time, so I finally broke down and included it as part of a package from Vintage Cellar. I'm glad I did. Perhaps not the best I2PA I've had, but it's quite delicious.

The beer pours to a slightly hazed amber red color with a nice frothy white head that lasts thanks to a good carbonation. Unfiltered maybe? Looks exactly as I would expect a double IPA to look.

Smells and tastes like piney and citric hops, and lots of them, backed by a bit of caramel malt. A residual sweetness in the aftertaste complements the bitterness quite well. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is a great blend of an IPA. Not tongue-curling hoppy, but definitely not skimpy on the hops either. Very tasty beverage.

The body is medium and only slightly syrupy. Very drinkable considering the high alcohol content. Well done. I can't qait to crack open the Yeti and the Oaked Yeti.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up three fingers of thick frothy head that lingers forever over a hazy copper brew with visible carbonation.

S - Pine hops, vanilla and caramel malt. Faint alcohol meshes with the pine.

T - Pine, caramel malt and alcohol. Aftertaste has a moderately potent pine bitterness to it. Abv is undetectable. It is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. All and all, it is a bit rough here. Maybe sitting for a year or two would mellow it out a bit.

M - Syrupy thick, smooth and only slightly refreshing. Gums in my throat a bit.

D - It is a pretty good double IPA, but it loses some points from being syrupy thick and too sweet. It is a great beer, no doubt in my mind. I think there are better examples in the style though.

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Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of alamode
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle into American pint glass

A-gorgeous amber with white head. 2nd pour was on the cloudy side, but still looked great!

S-slight floral hops, earthy, some roasted malt. overall, meh...

T-sweet citrus as it hits the tongue, then sugared malt, then hops, some alcohol in the finish. great aftertaste! near perfect!

M-a little thin in the mouth on the first pour, much better on the 2nd, has some stickiness and ends up pretty dry. Very good!

D-I can drink the hell out of this!! What it lacks in smell, it makes up for everywhere else. Since I'm not snortin' this beer, I declare it a winner!!! Perfect example of what I think this style should be. I will keep this on hand at all times.

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Photo of Fordknox
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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Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange with brown highlights. Smells barleywine-esque. You get citrus/grapefruit, but also malty bread like qualities, and a tinge of alcohol heat. The taste is rather subtle, focusing on light citrus, bread, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is dense. Carbonation is about average. Things get a tad sticky later on. Overall, a good dipa for those who like them to trend towards the barleywine side.

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Photo of elgiacomo
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%

Photo of teraflx
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GuttaMane138
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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%

Photo of sanitarium16
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%

Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,227 ratings