Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
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4,157 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:
4,157
Reviews:
1,583
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
284
Gots:
625
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,157 |  Reviews: 1,583
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 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 Andy_Luft
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Allurex
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 Fitze
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Photo of MattSharpless
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a mild white head that laces nicely.

S- Tons of hops, citrus, pine, and slight floral. Slight malt sweetness but way overpowered by the hops.

T- Smooth bitter hops, piney and sticky. Long aftertaste of bitter hops yet very creamy and smooth. I've sat well over 3 minutes and still can taste the hops.

M- Nicely carbonated, very mild bubbles. Bready in the mouth and very creamy.

D- Very nice on a hot summer day. And kinda nice on a cool summer night too. This is over the top hops and very well done too.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Aggressively poured and received a huge light tan head that settled over a clear amber body.

Good hop aroma with some grapefruit and other citrus, and a hint of floral. Makes me expect the flavor to be on the sweeter side.

Sure enough, good hop bitterness but a nice balance of sweeter flavors. I like DIPAs to blend the flavors like this.

Easy to drink. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of warpig372
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jk3
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color, with a thick fluffy tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer has a citrusy aroma. It smells slightly of lemon. It also smells floral. It has a piney hop aroma. I detect a slight earthy aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Citrusy up front with a nice floral flavor. A good piney flavor is also present. This beer is not very hoppy for a double IPA. That is kind of a disapointment. I was hoping for a hop bomb, and was let down. It still tastes good though.

This beer is crtisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste. The alcohol warms very slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer since it is high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks go out to mattd017 for helping me finally get this beer. It was not as good as I expected, but I am still happy to have tried it.

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

Hercules double IPA has a big 1 cm head that lasts and good lacing. It has an inviting, slightly cloudy orange colour. The smell is orange and hoppy. Yum. The taste is initially very fruity and yum. There is some slight bitterness, but it's not unpleasant at all. The alcohol is hidden very well. This beer has a nice creamy texture with a decent amount of carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Wonderful big hop beer. Well balanced and delicious! For the price and availability, I Highly recommend for anyone looking for a good DIPA!

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Photo of williamherbert
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly cloudy dark orange with tons of carbonation. Deent finger of head; frosty lace. Appears to have sediment but probably not.

Deep, woody Imperial IPA hop smell. Hops sweeten up a bit as it warms; citrus comes out. Fruit + wood smell.

Hard core hop blast. Serious wood. Very strong. High alcohol taste. Might be considered a classic over-hop; bitter aftertaste.

Thick and foarmy. Quite creamy. Substantial. Leaves a thick film in its wake. This baby is a doozy. Massive hops, but so strong. It's very good, but only one thank you.

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

Poured from 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass.

A: A nice deep amber orange color with a tight 2 finger off white head. Not a ton of glass lacing.

S: Nice pine and citrus hops nose with a slight sweet malty smell. Very balanced on the nose.

T: Based on the nose, I actually expeced more hops in this beer. The pine and citrus hops take over the first taste, but the deep sweet caramel malt takes over very quickly. The hops are there and let themselved be known, but I think the malt is as equally strong. Very balanced and very good.

M: Medium to thick oily mouthfeel with nice medium carbonation.

D: I say medium drinkability. With the abv you can have a bomber and maybe a second one, but you can't drink this all night.

Overall a very solid DIPA, but nothing more than that. I was sort of underwhelmed as people spoke oh so highly of this beer. I had it the day after I had a Smuttynose Big A, and no question the Big A is a better beer hands down. Still, a nice try and I would easily drink it again.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delivers a deep copper body with brownish hues with a nice one inch, creamy white head with dense carbonation, leaving traces is sticky lacing in its wake.

The big hop aroma wafts from the glass, fresh and grassy or herbal, but also a nice nutty sweet malt and even notes of milky vanilla.

The big piney/herbal hops are most transparent but a further inspection also reveals a sweet caramel like malt. The hop flavors are bold, but not overwhelmingly bitter, very nice malt balance, driving you back for another sample. Some may consider the malt presence excessive for this style, I like it.

Medium to full in body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol burn, a little dry, overall extremely enjoyable.

This is really a great beer, leaving you crave more, diverse palate, great mouthfeel, the only potential setback being the well hidden high ABV. I would enjoy this brew with some bbq ribs in another month or so.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,157 ratings.
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