Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.12/5
4,193 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:
#1,713
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,193
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
638
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,193 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of beerman207
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a hazy orange into the glass with a skim head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is pine, malt, citrus, and some dark fruit - very inviting.

T - Wow, this is a sipper. With 85 ibus you, it's a smack in the mouth with hoppiness. Citrus dominates and the alcohol comes through in the finish and warms the belly quite nice.

M - I'd say the carbonation is moderate.

D - Wow, this is good beer but you need to take your time. It is very hot and I'm not sure that time would help. Bottled Jan 09 so it's had a little time to age. Overall, very good DIPA.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of TheBungyo
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hercules, I crown thee king, king of double IPA's. At least, so far as my search for the best goes.
It looks like carbonated refreshing Iced Tea. With a nice 1 inch head capping it of course. Sparse lacing is left on the way down through the glass.
The nose is like being smacked in the face with a branch of a pine tree. I have never smelled a pine aroma this strong. After the pine I get sweet grapefruit and orange.
Taste is again, pine, followed by grapefruit, sweet caramel, lemon and orange. Finish is massively bitter.
Mouth is so damned balanced it could be a gymnast.
Of course the drinkability is excellent because it tastes so damned amazing. Stone calls it's double IPA ruination but this one delivers on that promise far more. A real gem.

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

Clear and brilliantly orange. Head is foamy...laces and sheets down the sides of a pint glass.
The smell is surprizingly faint...floral and piney hops.
Super sweet, heavy caramel candy malt gives a backdrop for the punch of the sprucey hops. There's also a lot of mint and menthol flavors from the hops.Super bitter too. There's a whack of sharp metal..that doesn't work so well. An almost hot spicy acidic aftertaste and I notice the alcohol mostly when exhaling...weird. A little harsh.
Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit cloying. A minty hop aftertaste.
Not a real standout IMHO, but definitely an interesting brew.

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Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in OR, not available in CA (unfortunately). This one poured a deep rusty copper with lots of chunky sediment. Head is thin but dense and oily. Carbonation is active enough to keep the yeast from settling.

Sweet whiskey malts on the nose, along with the obvious hops: floral and resinous.

Pretty intense bitterness, mostly from the hops but probably from the malts as well. Fairly deep into carmel malt territory. A little bit sticky on my lips and tongue.

Aftertaste is more whiskey with those bitter malts and alcohol trying to hold their own against the bitterness of the hops. Dry finish with some tannins; this along with the bitterness remind me of oversteeped green tea. Oversteeped grains or hops maybe?

A fine 2xIPA but a few steps towards the barleywine domain, mostly because of the healty dose of heavy malts and the sugar they bring.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Poured a orange/golden clear. My bottle said it was 10.1% and you couldn't taste any alc% at all. Very damn tasty, and easy to drink. Damn solid beer. Will definately look for this tasty brew again. Would love to find a even fresher one too, to compare.

Pours a clear orange, slight amber colour with a decent amount of head. Tastes very malty, almost with a hint of honey to it. Theres a little bit of hop bitterness here, but I'm really picking up the malt backbone a lot more. Thats not a bad thing either. I find this to drink down pretty smooth and I detect no heat in the beer at all with the higher abv%. Had this one over a year ago, but my palate has aged a lot since then. Decent imperial ipa overall.

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Photo of olbubba
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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

Photo of czechsaaz
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big hop aroma with citrus, grass and spice notes. I tried, but I can't get any malt through all that hop smell.

Deep amber and clear. with medium head that lingers as a thin layer throughout. Just a little bit of rising carbonation.

Assertively bitter but there's also a solid sweet malt backbone. Some good crystal malt flavor and a little melanoidin which is a welcome surprise. Then there's good hoppy oily flavor with more citrus notes and just a little bit grassy. Finish is a nice combo of brown sugary sweet and bitter.

Full bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. It doesn't look it, but the carbonic bite is solid.

Nice drinking beer. Big and assertive but not overbearing or so big that you need to sip it. Pretty much right where this style of beer should be.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep copper color with slight haze. Nice thick off-white head with heavy lacing.

S: Hops and heavy citrus mixed with sweet malt.

T&M: Real smooth with a full body. Big clean bitter hop taste. Nice clean citrus pine taste.

This is a great complex IPA that deserves a try! Really nice Double IPA.

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Photo of LouDogg114
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love this in a bottle and on draft; pre-conceived notions of flavor; light head; significant lacing; exceptional bitter citrus on the nose; light lemon grapefruit notes too; the beer is very hop-forward, but retains good beer balance; a little nutty malted flavor here; easy on the mouth; could drink this all day; one of the boozier beers that hides his ABV content extremely well.

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Photo of ineva
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of EPseja
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Ego for picking this one up for me. Can't remember whether or not I paid you for this bottle... Oh well. I have some Three Floyds that we can share to even things out...

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Hazy, burnished orange in color, with an inconsistently bubbled head that thickly rises to a full inch and hangs, setting up base for some sweet lacing. The last bit poured from the bottle dropped a tiny sediment bomb into the middle, which, when held up to a light, formed something that you might see from the Hubble telescope in some far off nebula. So cool.

S - Piny and candied fruity, with a touch of vanilla and perhaps maple syrup. Also a tiny note of alcohol, but not detrimental.

T - Starts off very mildly with toasted malts and honey sweetness. The middle shows the alcohol peeking through while the hops gather themselves together for a grand entrance... although the entrance isn't that grand. As a matter of fact, the hops are much less punchy than I would have expected from an ADIPA. The finish is bitter and hoppy, as to be expected. The aftertaste has a slight sesame seed taste. While this beer is certainly well rounded, it does lack any real memorable personality.

M - Very thick bodied. Nice tingle on the tongue. Expands in the mouth to become just a touch too filling. Swallow is good, but not as smooth as it could be.

D - Overall, this beer is good. Not excellent, but good -- especially considering many of the other beers in this category.

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

A - Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hoppy and caramel sweet malt.

T - Sweet and piny up front. Slightly normalized strong hop flavor. Not as highly a multilayered variance in hop flavor like some better DIPAs, but not bad. Citrusy, bitter finish.

M - Slightly sticky, medium bodied.

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Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of wspscott
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber in pint glass

I got a gusher when I opened the bottle so I am not sure this beer is at its best, take this for what its worth

A: Dark copper color with a creamy white head. Lots of lace.
S: Virtually non-existent nose, even as it warms up, there is not a lot going on. The malts are almost more obvious than the hops.
T: Very one dimensional, it is mostly bitter without much flavor. The hops are very present and there is a nice malt backbone. There are hints of sweetness before the hops dominate.
M: The best part of the beer, a nice creamy mouthfeel. I hate beers that come across as watery, this beer is rich but not thick.
D: This is a good but not great beer. I like their Titan IPA better. Worth trying but that is about it.

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Photo of lstokes
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really beautiful copper-red color, with a relatively small head that faded quickly. Pretty minimal carbonation.

The smell is like a forest, honestly--almost too much pine!--so I was glad to see that this is a really well-balanced beer with a silky and medium body. I got some grapefruit and caramel malts in addition to the pines, it's got a bold flavor profile all around, not just with the hops.

It ends bitter but still hides the 9.2 ABV very well. Awesome beer.

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Photo of pcsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of xseanprimex
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Bsetz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of themegamancave
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Brinks
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,193 ratings
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