Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
4,220 Ratings
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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Ratings: 4,220 |  Reviews: 1,593
Photo of hopslam11
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Cane4Beer
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of robmoak
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass. BAM! This is an double-barreled shotgun of an IPA. Nice and strong but balanced enough to want more than one. My first "double-IPA" but I like the big, bold character of this brew. Yet another powerhouse from Great Divide. Cheers!

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Photo of chrisdopeee
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Seeker_11
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Over carbitrated and lacking the full double ipa flavor. Not impressed

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from a local liquor store for 7.99. Hoped it would be special, and it didn't disappoint. Into a goblet...

L: Barely one finger of head, but the lacing is sticky, leaving speckled patterns across the glass. Body is dark reddish brown with a hint of amber, but very opaque and cloudy.

S: Oooh, this is not an IPA profile. This is a Barleywine profile. Begins with molasses and black pepper, followed by sourdough bread, a clovey caramel/toffee body, finishing in rye bread and brown rice syrup. Daank.

T: A hint of anise bursts into molasses, chocolate, dark dried fruit and roasty malt. Not much hops in this DIPA. Very, very different from Titan.

F: Thick, full, creamy, a little syrupy at the end. Goes down like nectar of the gods.

O: Excellent brew. Definitely a CO DIPA, and not a CA DIPA.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with a descent off white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a prevalent malt sweetness.

T - Too sweet and malty for me. Not bad hop flavor, but I certainly prefer my double IPAs less malty. Citrus and pine notes are well balanced.

M - Sticky and medium bodied.

D - Too sweet and malty. I'm definitely looking to moving on.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty orange in the glass, massive lacing, lots of stick to this one.

Biscuity citrus on the nose. Just a touch of juniper.

Taste is majorly biscuity, bitter, big time hops.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, the hoppiness definitely sticks around for a second.

Put this one side by side with Lagunitas Maximus and have to give the Max the nod. This is an amazing DIPA nevertheless!


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

Ha this on tap at the flying saucer in downtown kc. Amazing place!!

A- looks like a nice amber brown. Transparent. About half inch of head. shows nice carbonation.

S- malts and hops combined perfectly. Fruits and grain. Roasted. Grapefruit and maybe pineapple.

T- hops right in the front massively. not too bitter though. A nice mix of hoppy bitterness and malt character. Then end is dry and give a nice full finish.

M&D- a bit fuller than I like most of my brews. a great feel on the pallet.

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Photo of tstigz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of B33R501
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer enjoyed alot this past week. much better than their barleywine (old ruffian). big american fruity citrus hops, huge caramel malt background. which i dont mind at all, give me tons of malts, tons of hops, lots of alcohol, and hide it well. didnt notice much difference between my growler and the bottles. sweet, smooth, strong and very satisfying. would (and did) get this one again. recommended.

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Photo of wells9uk
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TimPell
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, transparent copper with glowing pumpkin highlights while raising a half-inch head of tight, off-white foam. An attractive ring of delicate lace is left after my first sip, but, curiously, not on any subsequent sips. There are few solid, lethargic trails of carbonation. First aromas are of brown sugar maltiness doing a good job of keeping PNW hop astringency in check. After a stronger swirl of the glass, however, the hops display citrus and pollen--so much, in fact, that combined with the dryness of the nosefeel, I feel like I'm snorting goldenrod. Even less pleasant is the fact that the citric elements here are artificial and solvent, like orange cleaning spray. (See my review of GD's Yeti.) The hops work better in the flavor, offering tons of pine sap flavor highlighted by unsweetened mint and genever, pulling towards a powerful cedary bite. The malt flavors (wheat and raw clover honey) are in the sediment--so pour it! Mouthfeel is oily and coating where some carbonation would help. Furthermore, the drinkability is impeded by the aftertaste, which is just too long--it simply doesn't know when to just dry up and gracefully depart. Another competent but seriously overrated beer from this brewery.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poursba hazy dark amber with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, slight pine, some berry-looe smells, and light yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is very dry, slightly yeasty, with a citrusy/pine hop flavor. I love the dryness, and although I do favor Titan, I appreciate Great Divide's attempt to amp up an already great IPA.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Paradox1000
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Old double IPA malty style covers high alcohol but not hop forward at all. I was hoping for the hop accents to stand out. My personal preference are some of the newer style doubles not heavy malts. It comes down to preference.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - on tap, then I brought home a growler, review based primarily from draft observations supplemented with growler notes

A - Served/poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Orange tinged amber with a near 2 finger white creamy head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S - Caramel and sweet malts surround lightly piny and citrus hops with an interesting focused note of baked pineapple. A whole lot more malt on the nose than many DIPA's

T - Plenty of bitterness and hop flavors, but they are deeply embedded in a big malty body. Toasty, caramel maltiness and gentle nutty notes with hints of fruity esters hold a lot of hops in balance. The bitterness is evident on the palate and builds through the finish.

M - Deliciously smooth and creamy. Hops give some nice structure. Stops just shy of being a truly 'big' beer.

D - Dangerously drinkable. I will be filling the growler again soon. The 10% ABV is well-hidden.

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Photo of micko323
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Poucher86
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,220 ratings