Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
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4,164 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:
4,164
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
288
Gots:
627
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,164 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a small, light-tan, bubbly, firm head. It leaves Charlie Brown Christmas trees (pre-miracle) of lacing. The beer is mostly clear, and a strawberry-amber color. Huge nose: yards of grapefruit rind and sugar. Outstanding. Front shows mad grapefruit hops and alcohol. The middle turns buttery, thick, syrupy. There is massive hop bitterness in the finish, with buttered, toasted grains and lakes of alcohol. The aftertaste is the rind of a grapefruit. This is one big hop-alcohol-butterymalt monster.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 650mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a clean, see-through shade of amber with a fluffy, three-finger sized creme head that dissipates after ten minutes or so. The foam leaves sinewy lacing reminiscent of the shape of the black swirls amongst the red on the symbiotic suit of the Marvel comics character Carnage (I'm pretty sure that last comment is only descriptive/helpful to a small percentage of BA members).

Surprisingly subtle hop aromas. Of course its hoppy, but it is nowhere near overpowering. Very floral and slightly herbal - Hercules does no smell like pine & citrus, ala Pine-Sol products, but rather like one's backyard garden. A touch of cream, actually, and yeast.

The flavors surprise and surprise. With imperial/double IPAs, one expects (even looks forward to) a sharp bitterness. Hercules Double IPA manages to fit in a lot of hop flavor without that bitterness. Like the nose, the hops are not piney or citrusy or earthy, they are just light and floral. For a double IPA, this is very refreshing! There is plenty of sweetness from the malt profile, making this a very balanced double IPA. There is a nutty quality to this beer, I want to say hazelnut because of the ghosts of Amaretto I'm catching. The finish is clean with very, very minimal hop bitterness lingering on the aftertaste. The "hop burps," one of my favorite parts of hoppy beers, are disappointingly light on bitterness. One could say that the beer as a whole has a disappointing lack of bitterness, but based on this bottle anyway, that is clearly the intent of the brewers.

This beer is too thick, I feel. It has the thickness of an Imperial Stout without the strong flavors to back it up. With such a subtle flavor profile that aims to be refreshing, the thickness of this beer takes on a syrupy quality and becomes taxing. The carbonation is largely overshadowed. Drinkability is what you would expect from a 9.1% ABV beer; if not for its thickness one could put this beer down quickly.

I like this beer quite a bit apart from its overly thick mouthfeel. Its subtle floral notes match well with the abundance of malt sweetness, making for a refreshing change of pace from other, super-hoppy, double IPAs. It is such a change of pace that I was close to being disappointed (the hop-head that I am) before realizing that the subtlety was intentional. Because of this, however, Hercules is a "once in a while" beer. I will reach for other double IPAs first, but this is a quality brew, make no mistake.

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Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber with a three fingered head. Dissipates down to a nice frothy cap and lacing is everywhere.

S-Biscuity pine cones. Very fragrant.

T-Very strong on the hop character with a biscuity dry malt character. Hops are strong with the pine. Not exactly what I would call well balanced. The alcohol is very evident as well. You really taste the burn on the follow through.

M-Slightly thin and low on the carbonation

D-I am not digging this. Completely one sided with a strong alcohol flaw. It is harsh and I woudl say over rated

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid amber, looks like an IPA. Clear. Moderate head/carbonation.

American hops. Floral/citric. Sour/acidic. Little-no malt.

Malt backbone. Not too sweet, understated and necessarily present. Nice balance. Nectar-like with tart hops. Floral and mildly citric. Not too bitter.

Nice oral foamation. Moderate carbonation.

Bottle promises 85 IBU and one hell-of-a-brew. This is indeed what was inside. Hercules tastes like what a strong American IPAs should.

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

#66 on my Beers of Fame list!

Pour is amber. white head floats in little sections.

The best words that come to mind about the smell is IDK. Semi sweet malt backbone, leafy dried hops, but no fresh hop flavors. hm.

Full body. Sticky sweet malt reminiscent of Hopslam and Two-Hearted. it feels so thick, like literal honey. Now enough with the malt, lets get to the hops, or the lack of. Theres a nice bittering hop presence which makes an attempt at balancing out the sweet malt, but it loses. Theres no ry hop flavors. What I get is very slight hints of pine, but its faint. Too faint.

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

12 oz bottle, compared side by side with Boulder's Mojo Risin'

pours a pretty nearly clear copper color with an off-white frothy head. A ring of lacing left with nearly every sip.

Nose is pretty typical double IPA - heavenly hops...but a lot is there. Floral as well as pine, and sugary sweet fruits. Only a hint of alcohol, along with fairly faint bready smell. Mouth-watering.

Taste? - Delicious. Noticeably more hops flavors and bitterness than the Mojo Risin I tried a few days ago. Malt profile is strong and surprisingly complex. Whereas the Mojo Risin seemed to have a bit too much residual sweetness, this beer is damn near perfect in this regard. There is caramel sweetness, but it is far from cloying. Little alcohol bite, especially for the strength.
Where the Mojo Risin (a fine beer in it's own right) screamed ultra-fresh hop flavors and dangerous drinkability, this beer seems more carefully crafted to create flavors that meld beautifully.

Medium to full body and very creamy. Only slightly unbalanced with a pleasantly bitter finish.
Drinkability is limited only by your alcohol tolerance. I will say it was significantly more expensive than the Mojo Risin (which I found today for $2.89 for a 22 oz bomber!)

All the things I like about the style, and none of the potential flaws. Well done. I hope everyone can get this gem in their area.

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Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmangold
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of cbl2
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with an inch of tight white head adrift on top.

Aroma:

Nice pine/grapefruit aroma evident of this hop-bomb. Strong sweet-fruit aroma is present as well due to malt backbone.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Rich ripe grapefruit, sweet and gummy in the mouth. Bottle states 85 IBU's, and they are in perfect harmony with the sweet syrupy malt backbone. Perhaps the best Double IPA I've experienced. Exceptionally balanced and frighteningly drinkable with the 9.1% ABV nicely masked.

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Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours orange copper color, cloudy with small bits floating in it. three finger light tan head that holds fairly well and a nice sticky lace. smell is fruity, citrus, and pine. taste is sweet caramel with a fruity flavor and a tart grapefruit and hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. drinkability, all i can say is i wish i had more.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of yamar68
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking, hazy amber gold. A boozy white finger of head settles to a collar that lasts through the last drop.

The nose is pretty basic... burnt sugars, subtle citrus, leafy hops, pretty clean with minimal booze.

Oh, there's the booze. Not too overpowering but I can see how this may be a deterrent for some. Sharp citrus underscored by bits of pine. Nothing groundbreaking.

A bit harsh on the tongue, even for a big IIPA. This does have about 4 months on it though... to be fair. Will review a fresher bottle sometime.

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Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of hero27
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a deep, cloudy orange. Head is modest but leaves beautiful lacing all the way down. A surprising amount of yeast sediment is noted as well..

Smell: Hoppy aroma is much more subdued than I expected it to be. The faint floral hop smells I can pick up are a mixture of grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops. It does, however, smell delicious.

Taste: Very piney bitter hops from start to finish. This isn't all about hops, though folks. Much more malty than I expected it to be (barleywine-like?). Quite well balanced for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied...big, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation a little weak which makes it seem a bit syrupy & oily in the mouth.

Drinkability: Well, I won't lie...at over 9% ABV, this thing has some bite, but it is surprisingly drinkable for a double IPA. I wish they had some of this around my area. I would buy this all the time. Great to treat yourself to, as you'll probably only need a bomber or two and you'll be set. Definitely a Herculean effort by Great Divide...yeah, I went there.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance was very yeast laden, it was floating vigorously in the glass. Color was a rich caramel. Thin head, very nice retention, and lacing. Smelled of citrus, grass, and pine hops. A good DIPA, not a great one. Medium body with a bitter finish. I couldn't have many of these, at 9.1% ABV and a 22 oz. bottle one was plenty for my taste last night. Cheers.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Chackman151
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to captaincougar for bringing this to saturday mondial gathering Very orange body, almost with red hints. Clear, foamy off-white film. Aroma is very piney, flowery. Mild alcohol hints appear in a vaporous form that gently complements the grass aspects. In mouth, the bitterness is intense from the beginning, while alcohol is always standing present, never too strong, never too weak. Very orangey hop profile, but also nicely flowery with fruity pineapple. Extremely dry, but yet has a great throat filling characteristic in the mouthfeel. Creamy texture with medium carbonation. Take it from someone who doesnÂ’t like the style too much, this one is really well done and will relieve any hop desire without being over the top and serving no purpose.

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Photo of mbw314
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of NappyB
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Fitze
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,164 ratings.
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