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:
4,151
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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285
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623
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Reviews: 1,582 | Ratings: 4,151
Photo of mmahut
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden colour with no carbonation and a finger head.

S: Hops with sweet malt with appearances of citrus fruits.

T: Bitter hop taste with malt at first followed by citrus with prune.

M: Full smooth body with small level of carbonation makes it nice.

D: Good but strong (10%!) IPA.

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Photo of CrazyOtto623
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with about a finger and a half of head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is very hoppy with a little bit of fruitiness.The taste is similar to the smell with lots and lots of hops and some citrus flavor.

A great IPA overall.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-honey color with a persistent cream colored head. Classic Imperial India Pale. Just great.

Aroma: some grassy, earthy fumes with grapefruit rind and hop resin. Wow! This is quite complex and woodsy. Complex and quite excellent.

Taste: Mmmm. Complex and hoppy. There is an underlying malt presence, but this beer is all about the hops, and oh are they tasty. Very grapefruity indeed. Very different. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Neither thick nor thin. It is nice; right on the mark. Moderate-low carbonation. good job Great Divide.

Drinkability: Kind of a different flavor, so I probably wouldn't have this all the time, but still, this is a very drinkable beer.

Notes: I love this brewery. A very memorable experience.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never one to turn down a Big Beer, I was anxious to give this a test drive when I saw it at Stateline. "Great Minds Drink Alike" is on the cap which I found very amusing. So much so, that the cap is now hanging in my office.

Poured into my Mr. Boh pint as a deep hazy orange. Smell of grapefruit robust American hops grabs your nose right away. THIS IS A BIG BEER....for over the top hop heads. If you're not that, you won't appreciate this beer for what it is. Strong ABV, strong hops, strong mouthfeel. OMG....afterall the name is Hercules!!! This is not for the faint of heart or malt lovers whatsoever.

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Photo of chuckd123
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very good double IPA example. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice, darkish copper color, nothing particularly out of the ordinary, looks like most IPA's and DIPA's. Poured with about a 2-3 finger head, and laced up nicely as I drank it. Very sticky lacing.

The smell is very inviting. Faint floral aroma, hops domiante and you can almost smell the high abv%. Initial taste is bitter, and the alcohol is very present. Hops are great and must be a ton of them in this one. Somewhat fruity & malt is blended in nicely. I don't mind a big IPA where the hops absolutely dominate, but this one blends them with the maltiness nicely.

Drinkability is very good, but at the higher abv, I would probably move to something lower after a couple of these. Excellent example of a d-ipa, worth trying if you can get one.

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Photo of robhunta
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with one inch of large bubbles head, fades own to a thin lacing. has a bit of a haze in the redish/brown hue.

S - nice floral, strong hoppy aroma

T - Delicious nutty flavor with great acidic hops and also fruity/floral hops flavor. quite delicious.

M - medium bodied, great, not much else to say

D - quite drinkable, nice balance

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Photo of DanThomas
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very good double IPA. This beer doesn't mess around.

A- Beautiful clear copper, orange tint, white rim that stays on throughout.

S- Spicy pine and citrus, lots of hops.

T- Exactly what the smell suggests. Citrus comes through even more, though, and the pine stays solid throughout and really hits you on the back; bit of an alcohol taste on the way down (and there's nothing wrong with that!).

M- Strangely satisfying velvety feel, very substantial. If you could imagine squeezing one of those water filled tubes, the kind that shoot out of your hand, that's what the mouthfeel is like. Warming alcohol is nice.

D- Strong for an IIPA, but let's be honest, this isn't a hugely drinkable style in general. Really great to have, though, and it's a wonderful beer.

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Photo of dbatch
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with reddish-gold color and a nice amount of creamy off white head. Solid amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral/pine hop aroma followed by a lovely maltiness.

T: Hop flavors abound up front, both piney and floral, giving way to a creamy caramel flavor.

M: Creamy finish, leaves a dry mouth, but it is a good dry.

D: Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. The 9% is noticeable, but manageable and easy to put down.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good double IPA. basically just a better(and stronger) version of their titan ipa. pours a copper-gold color, minimal foaming, smell not quite as prominent as other strong ipa's, taste is good strong hoppy but good balance as well, good aftertaste no alcohol or penny-metallic taste, good drinkability but for the strength.

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

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, sticky, off-white head. Initial smell is of citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is grapefruit, slight sweetness, and a sharp, bitter hop finish with perhaps a little pine flavor. Little alcohol burn in the taste but I can definitely feel the effects as I finish. Drinkability is good for the style, I could do a few of these in a row.

A solid DIPA - avoids the oversweetness that some in the style exhibit. This one will stay in the rotation for now.

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

On tap at Capone's in Norristown. Poured into a tulip. First thing I notice is the amount of lacing the brew leaves. So much lace, you'd think you walked into a lingerie store. Ha!...Copper color with a big white head.

Smells like...hops! And i mean HOPS! Big citrus zest as well as some floral yeastiness, caramel, toffee.

Tastes like BOOM! Hop and malt have never worked together so well. After the two beasts have had their way with my mouth, some zesty bitterness (piney) kicks in. Fruity, too.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full, bitter, messy.

I thought this was one helluva beer. I've never had anything quite like it (the hop/malt balance was off the charts) and I'm quite glad I had it on tap where I could experience it so fresh.

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Photo of arturorg
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Flying Dog pint glass

A: Hazy amber with a 1 inch white frothy head with a small visible carbonation.

S: Malt, fruity (peach), bitter

T: sweet at first then a little bit citric, leaving a lingering bitter taste. Feels very crisp and full bodied, warm alcohol felling.

Overall a very delicious beer no doubts about it every great divide beer that I had it's very good so far, looking to try some more from this people...

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Photo of Graham21
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Looked very similiar to an apple cider. Nice and hazy with a creamy tan head that stayed in the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy with a strong floral scent. Reminded me also of something baking like apple pie. Nice and rich.

T- Very well balanaced but not as piney/hoppy as I though it would be. The hops provided some sweetness, it had a hint of apples and some maple in the flavor. The citrus and piney notes were pleasant and the alcholo was hidden well. The carbonation may have been lacking some, but overall a good double IIPA with a medium body that provides good drinkablilty.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown/amber with small amounts of white head.
S - mmm, spicy hops goodness. this one smells delicious
T - slight maltiness up front but finishes with loads of hop flavor, hint of pine i think, not sure.
M - kind of light bodied I think compared others of this style, but still enjoyable. medium carbination.
D - tasty brew. I will probably buy this again sometime in the future, so if you haven't had this one give it a try.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass from 22oz bottle

Reddish-brown, slightly hazy in appearance, excellent lacing
Floral hop aroma was subdued, not as bold as other DIPAs
Good, simple hop flavor, grapefruit, citrus, not too earthy
Butterscotch malts in the background
Balance is good for the style, leaning towards the bitter end
Bitterness does not overwhelm taste buds, actually seems to awaken them
Alcohol is well masked

Overall an honorable brew, but lack of complexity hold it back

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recommended to me at my favorite Lawrence, KS bottle shop - MASS Beverage.

From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a brilliant clear russet copper (think amber), just the right amount of carbonation, thick creamy, spongy head with a whipped cream texture and an unfaltering retention. left a resiny web on my glass as I drank it down Gorgeous looking stuff.

The nose is fantastic, not overly intense, but rather a perfect balance. Tangerine and ruby red grapefruit from the hops, followed at a distance by some sticky pine, and held up by a chewy, almost candy-like malt sweetness.

GREAT balance in the flavor as well. Hops are let loose from the beginning, but almost equally matched with the malt, a smooth blending.
Biscuity and light caramel malt, creamy texture, slow rising of orange citrus in the middle along with some floral hops, building to a contained finish of pine and grapefruit rind, it really only starts ripping the tongue and palate in the aftertaste, then instantly, and gently the perfect amount of malty sweetness creeps in to temper the bite.

Creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel. To me this is what I want in a beer! just bold enough that the smallest sip caresses every single taste bud you have! Leaving you with the faintest of trace stickiness well into the aftertaste, but slick enough it make you instantly reach for another sip to reinforce your previous impression.

One of the smoothest and most balanced DIPA's I've ever had. Almost no trace of alcohol content in the flavor whatsoever, it only really sinks in about half way through the bottle. This brew REALLY met my lofty expectations!

*my only perfect score in 2 years*

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Photo of TeeCee
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quick review - lives up to his name and not even Hercules will stand up to several of these.

My Hercules was poured into a 10 oz globe with not much head. The head I get from swirling the beer is light colored with tight bubbles that don't stick around, but leave a foam lacing. In the dim light of the Saucer, I see a reddish transparent beer. In good light, this beer is probably more of a deep amber.

Smelling this beer, I get an interesting hop note and some black pepper which is a first for me. There's some malt in there also, but not a lot that I can detect. Overall, this beer does not have a strong scent that I can detect. Might be my sinuses though.

The taste is hard for me to describe. While it's between an American Strong Ale and a double/imperial IPA, there's something catching me off guard as much as that black pepper on the nose. Plenty bitterness almost in a Czech pilsner way, but not as malty as I like my double/imperials (Harpoon Leviathan, Breckenridge 471). The flavor itself is rather strong, much stronger than the nose.

The mouthful is somewhat rich. As the pour was light, there's lots of bubbles when I swish. This beer holds its CO2 well.

Drinkability is good for the style, but you won't be throwing back a bunch of these on a hot day.

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Photo of pioppo
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber coloured. A light beige foam, so fine and persistent.

S - Resinous (pine) and herbaceous by hop. Also citric. There is also the smell of caramel malt.

T - The bitterness is huge!! So the hop remains a lot in the aftertaste!!

M - Dry with a medium body. Anyway the preponderance of bitter is balanced in part by malt and alcohool, so the effect is not of an unbalanced beer..

D - Although 10% it's a drinkable beer and the very high level of bitterness doesn't tire!!

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Photo of slk22
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, a bit of cloudiness, with a quickly dissipating cream colored head. Aroma jumps out of the glass. A pink grapefruit sweetness struck me first followed by hints of malt and alcohol. Very inviting. Taste followed the nose beginning with a big citrusy sweet pink grapefruit/orange flavor which then gives way to more bitter citrus notes in the finish. Bitterness was a nice shock to the tongue and did not linger. In addition to the citrus bitter-sweetness of this beer was a nice caramel malt flavor providing a bit of balance, although clearing slanted towards citrus. Alcohol was well masked. In the mouthfeel, this beer was of light body and medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and could easily have a few if not for the 9.1% ABV.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery with a thick pearly white head- extreme lacing, thick webbing throughout the entire glass.

Hops, leaves, Autumn. Cidery cirtus, fruity pineappleness with malty brownsuggary sweetness throughout.

A very, very smooth DIPA. F-me this is a 10.0% ABV! Nutty, malty and gloriously hoppy. The most pleasant balanced hop bitterness lingers throughout. You can taste this beer long after it has slid gracefully down your gullet.

This feels wonderful in the mouth. It's 10%, but you could drink a couple of those, yessir.

This is Victory Beer.

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

This is a dark amber leaning towards an almost light brown color. Creamy mouthfeel due to the heavenly off-white head. Smells of honey, sweet sweet honey. Very subdued yet alluring. The hops are very complex as well. Hard for me to decipher what's going on other than that this beer is well balance and tasted yummy. If only my palate was more refined...this is so smooth and refined for a double IPA!

Nutty, yet sweet malt profile. One word...heavenly. Hints of caramel as well?

Quoting/reading the bottle afterwards..."Huge amount of hops from start to finish, its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile." 85 IBU's

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

A- Red/Amber clear pour with a 2+ head with good retention and nice lace
S-Sweet floural hops and some citrus undertones
T-Very fresh citrus and grass hop taste with a very nice constant bitterness.
M-Dry medium body with good carbonation
D-One of the best double IPAs I've had in a while. Great taste. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bomber that had a bottling date of Sept. 14. Not thrilled with that, but it suffied. It poured like a beer that was fresh from the kettle -- big, thick head with lacing that wouldn't quit. Damn impressive blossoming tangerine color that is absolutely resonant.

This beer's nose is led by apricots, with a patient spicieness, hints of alcohol, and a sustaining hop presence throughout. Wonderful complexity that entices.

Taste is dominated by apricots and hop bitternesss. Nuts and fruit sweetness hit the palate in the middle. Pleasant dry, lingering fi There is an absolute boatload of alcohol in this beer, and it is hidden when cold. By the time this beer warms, it's absolutely noticeable, but it takes significant time to get to that point. It goes through a wonderful period of dynamicism, with its heavy mouthfeel getting moreso. There is very, very little carbonation in this beer that pairs well with its alcohol presence and heavy body. Loved it. Towards its end the notes of hops reminded me of a barleywire moreso than an IPA. A wonderful journey of palate exploration. The finish of this beer is pure hop bitterness.

This beer is endlessly drinkable if not for the alcohol. At 10% a.b.v., it's quite hefty. But delicious. A great example of a DIPA.

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Photo of JBStith
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA from a 22 oz bottle...

A: Beautiful deep amber with a slight haze. Huge pillowy white head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Hops are quite aromatic. Spice, floral, and citrus. Not much in the way of malt or sweetness.

T: Follows smell. Finishes very bitter, but in a good way. No real presence of malt or sweetness. Stronger malt is needed to balance out this bitter beast.

M&D: A wee bit thin in mouthful for a double IPA. Needs a bit more malt backbone to stand up to the bitterness. Overall, a good beer though I wouldn't take down more than one bomber in a sitting.

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Photo of sml505
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep orange, copper. Nice two finger off white head. Lace throughout.

S - Piney, floral, hop aroma. Cookie, malt.

T - Nutty malt flavor. Strong hops of pine and citrus and moderately bitter. Sweet.

O/ M - Medium mouthfeel. Piney and citrus hop flavor give a great flavor that is nicely balanced by sweetness. A great DIPA.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,151 ratings.
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