Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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
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Ratings: 4,157 |  Reviews: 1,583
Photo of dubinsky
2.28/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle date 8/19/10

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber. Fairly gentle pour yielded a 1/2 finger eggshell color head. The head discipated rather quickly leaving a think layer of slick film on the top. No real retention of lacing to speak of.

S - Mostly sweet and malty upfront. Initially its reminding me of DFH 90min IPA. There is some piney hop presence as well, but im mostly getting malts and sweet biscuit. This isn't my favorite smelling beer in this category. Im thinking this is definitely an East Coast Style IPA.

T - This beer must be past its prime. Something doesn't taste quite right. I've never had a beer that blended all the flavors together like this. So much so that i cant differentiate anything in the flavor profile. Its a mess. Its, bitter and sweet and malty. Warming alcohol presence.

M - Bready, somewhat thick and creamy. It leaves a fairly strong hop bitterness in the mouth thats lingering for a while.

O - I really didn't enjoy this beer. I feel that to be fair i will need to review a fresher bottle, but this one really didn't do it for me. The best thing i can say is that at 10% i got a buzz, but it was pretty rough.

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Photo of s35keith
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Gmartin75
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kgammell1
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, amber body with off white head. Smell: lighter than I would have thought. It's hop-forward but there are some nice heavy biscuity malts there too. Taste: Delicious! Juicy, pine and citrusy malts combat each other with significant bitterness. Long, dry finish. Feel: Medium mouthfeel, very sticky. Not sure what the grain bill is but it is smooth enough to have some flaked oats or something. Smooth. Overall: Double IPA's aren't always my favorite but this is an exceptional example of the style, albeit a little strong. Good stuff.

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Photo of RyanCrawford
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cameraman
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper/golden color with hints of orange. It has nice head, that laces down the glass slowly. Strong aromas of citrus, especially grapefruit, as well as floral and piney scents. The taste is surprising, it starts with a sweet taste of malt and little bit of honeyin there as well. The hops soon begin to dominate the taste, with prodominantly a citrus flavor. It is slightly heavy, as it comes across the palate at the beginning, then it gradually thins itself out. Drinkability, this is hop-head beer, though it was a tad disappointing I was expecting a stronger hoppiness in this beer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy fiery orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready and carmely malt along with some spicy citrus and piney hops. There is also some alcohol present in the nose as the beer warms.

This is very well balanced for a double IPA. While the hops are definitely well represented for all hopheads the malt has a strong showing as well. There are notes of toffee, caramel, sweet bread, grapefruit and some pine. The more the beer warms, the more the hops come out.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasantly carbonated; pretty smooth and almost creamy.

Hard to believe there is 9% ABV here, making this pretty dangerously drinkable. A great Double IPA.

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Photo of insearchofhops
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

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

Appearances: Richly orange and nebulous with a sugary white head. Not a highly motivated head, as it takes the rest of the night off without any consideration of how it is making the beer look overall. Selfish bastard. Anyway, the ring forms and spittle is left atop the pond. Sticky lace results just like when fancy panties get pilfered and end up in the hands of a pervert. Like me. Very subdued carbonation fizzles through what appears to be a dense glass of matter.

Smell: This smells like heaven. The freshest, most vibrant hop smack in the kisser I have had in a long while. Maybe ever. Nice malty undertones give a thick sweet aroma off, but the hops. Wow, this smells fabulous. No deterioration of hop character here. This nose is fresh and citrusy with herbal and grainy notes popping off left and right. Super delightful scent.

Taste: Very well balanced betwixt malt and hop. I wouldn't have expected such synergy judging by the nose. The hops bolster the grain to an excellent degree. Slightly dry finish, but enough juicy and mouthwatering sweet character to ward off the cotton chop effect. Caramel tones abound. The hop flavour is equally as amazing as the nose. Fruity and resinous and sappy. This is really a great specimen. A double dose of awe inspiring magnitude. So fresh. Earth...

Mouthfeel: The texture is very pleasing. Not much carbonation which makes this baby feel juicy and heavy, yet it remains light on the wings of the flavour.

Drinkability: A dangerously delicious drink without question. The sweetness could conceivably cause a premature cease in consumption, but I am so satisfied with this bomber.

Primo. I was expecting another rediculously hopped up novelty, but this boy sure made me eat crow. Recommendations must be dispersed at this time. Superb.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden, almost reddish body with a chunky off-white head that settles down in rather short oreder but never completely disappears. Sticks to the sides, too.
Smell is what you’d expect from a big IPA, or APA. Where are we on that differentiation, anyway? Loads of piney, resinous hops with a sweet, malty background. I can’t really pick out any alcohol smell from this big hopmonster.
Upon tasting, the first thing you notice is all the sticky hoppyness that coats your tongue. Again, loads of piney hop bitterness, but after the swallow, the sweet malt balances things out and resets your tastebuds. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Thicker mouthfeel than what you might expect. Pretty mellow carbonation and drinkability is quite good for the potency and extremity of the brew.

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

22oz. bottle with no date at all. Hope its not old. Lets give it a try.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice two finger off white head that has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Nice and hoppy. This has to be fresh even though I can't find a bottled on date. Floral, citrus and slightly resinous. Semi sweet malt backbone is there as well but the hops are most prominent

T-Citrus and pine lead off with a slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the middle. Back end is a bitter hop bite again. As with the nose, the malt is clearly there but the hops win out.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite. Seems slightly oily upon swallowing, but afterwards is dry.

O-A very nice DIPA that I can see having a regular spot in my fridge.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade with deepsouth. Poured into a snifter.

Pours nice, thick and creamy, leaving a nice frothy half inch white head. A deep, nearly opaque burnt orange color. Moderate carbonation. Thick, lasting lace.

Smells like alcohol and a moderate amount of hops for an imperial. A well balanced IPA with some nice backing of sweet malts. Hops are very dank with some citrus/pine tones.

A very well balanced Imperial IPA. Alcohol present, but well masked for being a 9.1%. A slightly bitter lasting finish. A lot of good quality ingredients used in this tasty brew. The grapefruit and citrus come through more in the taste and the malts are more hidden by these hefty flavors.

This is a thick and creamy beer. Not as smooth as I expected it would be. A bit course going down and that remains in your mouth causing the long lasting aftertaste. Light carbonation. Decent drinkability which is good because this one is pretty strong.

Seems a bit overrated to me. I could recommend a couple other imperial ipas ahead of this one.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dfried
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a complete IPA. I wouldn't say it's cloudy, but definitely not clear, with a coppery color and a slight, thin head. Alot of these stronger IPAs are quite citrus like in smell, but I would say this one is more floral than citrusy, and I would say the same about the taste. Floral, fruity, with less powerful citrus undertones hop flavors, with a sweet malt. This is a very well rounded, heavy IPA.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of PatronWizard
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Been waiting to try this.

Transparent copper. Very rich frothy head.

Wonderful smell of hops. I may even be able to pick up a malt.

Biting bitter hops! Yummy. The bottle says something about a malt backbone, but I gets hops and hops. I like it. Flavor stays with ya for a long time.

Fairly smooth and big time drinkable. I fear this ill-fated bomber is about to die an untimely death.

The malts try to stage a comeback late in the game but are brutally repelled.

Overall: officially changing my favorite style to DIPA

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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