Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.12/5
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4,212 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:
#1,917
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,212
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
291
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Ratings: 4,212 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of AnalogErik
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of glass_house
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McNazz
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JTuomi
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper. Nice head, very good retention and lace. Aroma is awsome. Citrus hops,mixed with spice, and a hint of pine.Body is medium to thick. Taste is sweet up front,with a nice piney hop burst,and a bitter finish.I would have liked a less bitter finish, but still excellent!

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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Kiro
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alcstradamus
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured directly into the center of my 25 oz. snifter and was greeted by a massive 3 finger head that left a nice web of lacing down the glass.

Smell is extremely potent floral hops with a citrus background. Mesmerizing.

Taste is huge floral hops with some malty sweetness that peeks its head through for a moment before being smothered by a wave of piney hop bitterness. This is a monster DIPA, a hop bomb by any definition. The only problem is the alcohol is not very well hidden here, and it lingers on the palate for quite a while after swallowing. Without that booziness this would easily be a 4.5 or 5.

On the full side of medium bodied, good for the style.

I was very excited upon first sip of this beer but in the end the booze was just a little too pronounced, keeping this from being a top tier DIPA. But I would still call it "very very good"

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RAFH
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Followup rating with a twelve ounce bottle where initial rating was a 4.0. This is way better than the 4 I gave it the first time. Maybe it's because it's my first beer of the day.....either way, this beer is delicious!

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Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with crystal clarity and brilliant amber highlights. Fluffy off-white head that sticks to the glass and the liquid. Aromas of pine needles, baked bread, English crystal malts and solvent alcohol. Excellent aroma for the style. On the palate, brash metal-and-acidic-citrus attack first off, then some huge, somewhat cloying sweet malt notes come out. It's a familiar problem with DIPAs -- that barleywine-esque, sticky-sweet malt character that really ought to be aged out a bit. Mouthfeel is quite thick and tongue-scrapingly acidic with hops, with little carbonation to lighten things up. Overall, this beer is excellent for the style, but not to my personal taste.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a deep coppery amber, with big ol' whitish head and good stringy lacing. Massive pine, pungent, floral boquet of hop oils, a yeasty bunch of goodness in the aroma here. Tasty too, sweet but bitter, a whole ton of piney goodness, a dry finish, and very unshy alcohol content make this a wicked DIPA, and though not the most wicket, bastardly beer ever, its awefully good. WOO!

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with nice label

Apperance: Hazy dark gold beer with a big ivory large bubbled cap...good retention

Smell: Big toasted caramel and grapefruit/piney hops...everything's nicely in balance here, the hops aren's as aggressive as I thought...I'm looking forward to the first sip

Taste: This is VERY nicely balanced with earthy hops and loads of biscuity malt keeping each other nicely in check

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy with a bit of noticeable alcohol

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice very well-balanced DIPA...nothing smashing or revolutionary, but quite a solid brew, one I plan to return to. Yet another reason why this brewery just plain rocks.

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

Nice reddish amber color. The aroma has a bunch of citrus and piney hops. Not much malt in there. The flavor is much different. A good amount of malt with a nice bitterness. Hop flavor is mostly piney. The body is nice and heavy. Nice solid DIPA all around.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah the aroma of this one has all the makings of a wonderfully delicious big IPA. A citrusy hop aroma flows forth from the copper brew, with its bubbly light tan head also showing off notes of clove spiciness, pepper and grapefruit in the nose.

Flavor is not a hop bomb, but well balanced with some very rich, sweet malts to balance the crisp hop bitterness. Floral, rich, hoppy, creamy, and spicy - it's all in there. One of the more well balanced double IPAs. It's nice to see an American brewer not go completely overboard with hops on this increasingly popular style.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -7.8%
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%
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 +6.8%
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 Gtreid
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,212 ratings