Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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4.12/5
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4,215 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
Ranking:
#1,960
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,215
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
291
Gots:
651
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Ratings: 4,215 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Briken
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 scottspencer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I do like the “Great Minds Drink Alike” logo stamped on the top of the bottle cap. Anyway, it pours a deep rusty orange color with a short and creamy head that leaves trails of lace on the walls of the glass. Pungent hop aromas are quite noticeable as well as a bit of fresh pine and a hint of alcohol. The taste begins with a sugary sweetness and fresh lemon followed by a touch of bready malt all leading up to a big kick of bitter raw hop resins. A grapefruit rind aftertaste lingers on the tongue until the next sip. This is one heck of an IPA—definitely recommended.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TLA
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Gregaroo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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 dbc5
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip IPA glass.

Dense copper amber color with a creamy tan head, 1-plus F. Foamy lacing.

Some citrus and pine hop aromas get pushed aside by a sugary sweet alcohol smell.

Lots of sweet caramel malts. The hop flavors are killed by the sweet booziness.

Thick feel. There's no ducking the syrupy sweetness and in my face alcohol. Over the top.

This beer's a mess of sugary malt and alcohol. Every one of the 85ibu fights to be noticed.

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Photo of litheum94
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 9/30/10. Reviewed 5/3/11. Picked up at the Bruery Provisions.

Orange-brown body with a bubbly, small, light tan head. Settles out to a patchy cover. Tons of sediment is suspended in the body.

Loads of tropical fruit aromas; mango and papaya. Some grapefruit hops. Sweet Carmel malts, with a little nuttiness. Candy like sweetness. Overall, the aroma profile leans toward the sweet side.

Sweet, tropical fruit leads the way in the mouth. Malt middle, nutty and full. Some carmel tones. Finish is piney and bitter, with a residual sweetness.

This might have been past it's prime, as I wasn't too impressed. The sediment makes me think this was too old.

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Photo of Kromes
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malt and pine and fruity hop aroma.

T: The toasted malt is apparent up front and then the pine hops and alcohol kick in. Finishes a little bitter and peppery from the alcohol.

M: Medium body and peppery, dry and warm from the alcohol.

O: A really good double IPA. Recommend picking up if you like bitter hop.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color with a light white head. Nice, mild grapefruit aroma. The flavor starts off with citrus and a bit of sweetness, and finishes with a bit more spice. Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Hard to believe this is 10% ABV! It is very mild for a double IPA, but in a good way, as there's no harshness in either the bitterness or the sweetness. Not the most exciting DIPA, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of Anonymous1
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of EatonHops
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SilentSabre
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bloody Hell !! I absolutely do not care for hops at all. I don't care for the smell, the taste, or the after taste they impart on one's palate. Hoppy brews just aren't for me. I have been told by many friends, however, that I should try more of them and perhaps I'd learn to like them if only I could find one I really enjoy. This one is IT. This is a truly amazing beer. Just delicious!!! The appearance didn't really have any special appeal to me due to the fact that I am a porter/stout drinker, but it did look quite nice with its fluffly pillow-like head of foam. Orange / rust in colour. The smell is sweet and hoppy with a crippling amount of grapefruit present. The taste? I hope you really like grapefruit if you plan on tasting this. Staggering levels of grapefruit present in the taste with a pleasantly bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is possibly the smoothest, easiest to drink beer I have ever had. This is just incredible. If you are a fan of tremendously hoppy brews, or even if you aren't I highly recommend you try this brew. Simply Smashing!!!

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Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,215 ratings