Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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

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#1,922
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,212
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Ratings: 4,212 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for the bottle,pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a tight one finger head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind.Wow this puppy is hopped to the tilt intense orange and lemon hit with an underlying pine,big juicy citrusy flavors just bursting out at ya i do notice a touch of nutty malt it barely holds up to the intense hoppiness but its there.A slight alcohol burn is noticable not bad in any way,this beer is bad ass and takes no prisoners,hell yeah.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a hazy, amber body with nice lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruit with some pine. Sweet malt and some caramel to back it up.

T - Big grapefruit hop flavor and some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice with big malt sweetness in the middle. Substantial bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance the huge malt character.

M - Thick, syrupy body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A strong and very sweet DIPA. The hop character is nice, but not complex and the malt is dominant is a way that becomes cloying after a while. Maybe I would like this better if it was billed as a barleywine, but as a DIPA it just doesn't have a vibrant enough hop character.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours to a hazy amber color with a decent, off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus sweetness and malt hits you first, then some hops (I was expecting a stronger hops aroma.) with a hint of the alcohol. I'm also detecting some honey & vanilla.

T: The hops that I had been expecting in the smell are definitely in the taste. As the initial burst of hops fades, you get the sweetness. When the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness comes back for the after-taste, which I was expecting. A complex combo of tastes, but it doesn't seem as balanced as most to me.

M: Crisp with a medium-to-heavy body. Finishes dry for the most part, but leaves a bit of an oily residue, which is a bit different from and not as sticky as the syrupy feel that you can get from some sweeter beers.

D: It's not very filling, so it's something you can go with, especially since there isn't much hint of the alcohol other than a small amount in the smell. However, if I'm going to drink a lot of something, personally I'd rather drink something else, even within the style. I can appreciate the complexity. I can appreciate the hoppiness although this wasn't one of my favorite 2IPA’s.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark coppery amber in the Leffe tulip. Moderately sudsy with pleasing carbonation in the mouth. It's hard to get a read on the smell, which is more medicinal than beery. Hugely hopped, and leaves a woody, astringent taste on the tongue. Kind of a candy flavor, a Sugar Daddy dipped in quinine. That sweet and bitter combo is not too pleasing after a few sips. This one will have to go into stud service, goosing the hops on some less well-endowed ales.

This is my least favorite offering from this brewery, and I'm a big Great Divide fan. My favorite Colorado brewery, in fact. Label says bottled on Oct. 18, 2011.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of billab914
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a healthy white head. Fruits and citrus hops in the nose. Very tasty, with citrus and piney hops, smooth malts in the background...surprisingly fruity. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a bit of film in the mouth from the fruitiness and alcohol, but overall nice and drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is an amber-copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is tropical and citrus hops with a bit of caramel. A pretty good amount of bitterness comes through in the flavor. There's not too much of the hop notes from the nose coming through in the flavor, just a good dose of bitterness. Light caramel and malt backing. The feel is nice with some bitterness. Good drinkability and another nice hoppy brew from GD.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber in color. A small but lasting head. Some lace.

I like the floral bouquet of hops that blends well with the dry malt. I can detect a strong presence of alcohol.

The flavor starts with a crystal malt which quickly dissipates to a strong hop bitterness. Full body and slightly oily. Good carbonation to balance. Noticably high in alcohol.

A great entry into the world of Double IPA's. Too much of a good thing?

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange with a big 2+ finger widths of billowy off-white head that nearly fills 1/3 of the glass. After settling down, it retains beautifully into a creamy covering that left awesome sticky lacing all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is a Wowzas! huge bouquet of floral hops and piney notes, citrus, and bready sweetness.

The taste is just a big as the aroma, with bold piney resinous hops that are nicely balanced by a brawny backbone of grainy malt. The bitterness lasts well through the finish and lingers on the palette. The mouthfeel of this beer is a real treat, being as muscular and powerful as its mythological namesake with a thick and chewey nature that matches well with its other characteristics. Heat is present but it's not stinging. It just adds even more strenghth to the body and accecuates the bitterness in the finish.

Hercules is one of my favorite Great Divide beers as to me, it does everything a good DIPA should. With fresh pungent hop characteristics, a sturdy malt backbone to keep it in check, and a big body that lets you know that your drinking a beer that means business. It's definitely a sipper but when a beer is this good, that's fine by me!

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have several Great Divide bottles hanging around & what with today being NBS (Week 653), I decided to make this the last (for now) beer in my latest brewery horizontal. There is an upside to The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & the opportunity to conduct & CANduct such horizontals is it. Amazingly, this one is a CANQuest (tm) entry!

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike"; On the reverse side of the CAN, a circus strongman hefts a massive barbell with one hand, all in silhouette. Stunning graphics!

A month-old CAN?!? That kind of freshness CAN only mean one thing - an inverted Glug, following the Crack! The finger of dense, foamy, light-tan head quickly formed & began to fall away, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled cool and minty, like standing in the middle of a pine forest during a snowstorm. Actually, there was some caramel malt in the mix, but the hops were prevalent. Mouthfeel was big, thick, viscous & if I thought that the earlier Hibernation was hot, this erupted like a flamethrower in my mouth! Phew. This was no playin' around time. The taste was really cool and minty and when coupled with the inherent heat, I felt like I had been gargling with it. Minty fresh & eye-opening. The malt had not yet begun to come forward as further proof of its freshness, but I did get a subtle nuttiness as mentioned in the "Notes/Commercial Description" section, like peCANs or almonds. Man, this was tasty! Dangerously so as I sucked down half of the CANtents without a moment's hesitation or a seCANd thought. I suddenly found myself slumped backwards in my chair, a clear sign that I should take my foot off of the gas. The cool, minty heat rendered it very dry on the finish & while it would probably smooth out with age, it should probably be CANsumed fresh.

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

Poured amber to orange with a white head, very good lacing & head retention

Smell: Nice earthy hops, malt and some alcohol

Taste: Hop smack, alcohol, pineyness. Extreme pineyness & dryness on the finish.

MF: Chewy but not overwhelming. More carbonation please

Good drinkabilty, but a lot of hopiness to fight through. Another classic from GD!!! Even better on tap...

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Photo of BEER88
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a wonderfully clear orange-amber color with a pillowy, off-white head.

Smell: What a winning aroma! A fresh assortment of juicy citrus fruits served with bread dough and orange blossom honey.

Taste: Mild, smooth butterscotch sweetness provides a solid malt foundation that tapers off into a full salvo of orangy hop flavors that are a touch peppery. Renewed accents of toasted caramel lead into a dry, piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite creamy with a soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Plenty of intense hop flavors and bitterness offset by a rich, malty sweetness. That settles it, Great Divide's Hercules is a very well made Double IPA.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,212 ratings