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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
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1,567
Ratings:
4,078
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
18.4%
 
 
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden bronze colour, with a thick, fine-bubbled head of white foam. Lacing is excellent, and the retention of the head is good, staying as a fine film of bubbles right down to the bottom of the glass. Fair amount of tiny carbonation. Pretty nice.

Big and pungent nose of fruity and resinous hops. Notes of peach and pine resin, with lots of cut grass as well. Not quite the tropical notes of a big c-filled IPA - it actually reminds me of a US-brewed ESB. The hops are slightly sharper and more resinous. Still, it's a powerful nose, and bursting with flavour. Very nice.

Taste is initially smooth, with a welling of medicinal hops, and a slight butterscotch character on the back that stays around a little too long, leaving the finish slightly cloying. Fortunately, the hops are sharp enough to counteract this effect, leaving a big, biting bitterness slicing through the center. By the time the sweet finish has been subdued, there's still a decent dollop of hop oil sitting on the tongue. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with just a slight aeration from the carbonation giving it a little levity. Very nice indeed.

Yes, a very tasty brew. Heaps of character, and although the balance and integration is slightly off, the amount of craziness makes up for it. I enjoyed it a great deal.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit/pine nose. Flavor is sweet, hoppy grapefruit and pine. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of corby112
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours anice cloudy amber/orange. Aroma of hops (of course) with a slight floral and malt scent. Very impressed with this IPA. Although very hoopy, there is a nice balance of slight sweetness that rounds out this beer. Highly reccomended for hop heads.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yowza! This one will jump up and smack you in yo damn face! Deep orange/amber pour into DFH IPA glass. Good one finger foamy head, dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving lots of tiny bubbles and ample lacing all the way down. Cloudiness and floaties yield an unfiltered appearance. Smell is strong piney nose with hints or orange and grapefruit. On the palate, the hops dominate (85 IPUs, for crying out loud), but there is enough malt on the backside to provide some balance, which helps offset the heavy alcohol (10% ABV). Big chewy mouthfeel. Hard to imagine drinking more than 1-3 of these and living to tell about it, but maybe that is how it got its name.

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-bronze, a little darker than some. Tons of fluffy, rocky white head, insane retention, Beautiful lace. The cream of the crop! If I could give this a 5.5, I would!

S: Clean hop smell, with a little bready malt.

T: Sweet, bready and caramel malt is detectable up front... then the hops take over! Very citrousy and piney Pacific Northwest hops. Good bittersweet balance, isn't as bitter as some.

M: Rather full, creamy and slightly syrupy body. Moderately high carbonation (keeps producing head!).

D: Big, bold and heavy... drinkability suffers, but the flavour is great, so I'll still put it above average.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange color, fluffy head that lasts and good carbonation.

S: The aroma is pine, citrus and a slight floral blast.

T: Taste is, obviously, dominated by hops but the malty sweetness gives the bitterness a run for its money.Caramel, pine, floral and citrus make up the taste

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me as IIPA. Stone IPA is about the same to me. There is a definite aftertaste of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 355ml bottle, BB 03/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with plenty of tiny cottony bits of yeast sediments and a constantly-flowing but fine carbonation, topped with a moderate layer of dark beige frothy head that lasts very decently.
S: the nose is dominated by a dense composition of oily hops, richly apricot- and lychee-ish as well as flowery, on top of a decent backbone of brown-sugary (a bit like Chinese white-gourd candy) maltiness, creamy lychee syrup and random honey. The balance is certainly retained, but gearing towards the sweet side of maltiness, for sure.
T: a lubricating, rich swallow of mild alc., spicy-fruity hoppiness as of lychee fruits, pines and tannic Chinese teas comes on top of really juicy pale malts (with touches of burned sugar and white gourd candy), which prolongs the mid-taste for a good while until the underlying impact of hop resins and bitterness manifests itself in full swing, rendering a deep and moderately bitter finish ("moderate" as opposed to the Stone Ruination IPA at 100+ IBUs consumed yesterday...). As the tannic bitterness expands on the palate, the aroma of hops seems to penetrate through the thick malty body as well, revealing a complex, aromatic aftertaste of overripe red-grapefruits, lychee-fruit stems, prunes, and a bouquet of hop juice.
M&D: super fine fizziness pairs with the rich but not heavy body just well, making this really flavoursome and thick ale ever lighter and more drinkable. Overall, the taste is really remarkable in a sense that all the hop flavour and bitter impacts are harmoniously balanced by a considerable yet soothing malt backbone, allowing for smooth manifestation of hop complexities. This is a highly drinkable DIPA to me, without any "sharp" or overwhelming characters that one might usually relate to this beer style.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle which was bottled on Feb 7, 2014. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

Orange-amber pour leading up to a lingering foamy off-white head. Constant carbonation.

The nose is more fruity than anything else with a nod to apples and pears. The malt character is farther behind but notable. Also a keen sweetness. Not super floral or piney.

Medium to full body and smooth in texture.

OK. the 10.0% ABV is more noticeable in the taste that in the aroma. I still get that fruity character but the pungent barley malts drive their way in with pizzazz and then there is this a modest boozy bitterness at the finish. Except for the hop bitterness you might believe you are drinking a barleywine.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a nice amber brown body that is slightly hazy with a nice creamy yellowish head. It has a good carbonation various size bubbles.

S- Smell so slightly toasted malts and pale malt lay the base for some spicy green hops. The malt has a hint of sweet graham cracker as it warms.

T- The big taste of hops has hints of pine, light grapefruit and some juicy fruit notes. There are nice flavors of caramel and lightly toasted malt that give it a good base for all the hops. The finish is a nice hop bitterness with some spicy qualities followed by a nice alcohol warmth.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a faint hint of fizz and a nice alcohol warmth that is very gentle.

D- This beer has nice big hops but it is well balanced by a good malt backbone and some alcohol warmth. The hops have a very complex flavor and it is hard to pick one or two main characteristics to the hops.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a chilled 650 mL capped bottle poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep orange color. There is a slight hazy in the glass, but not enough to make me consider sediment or yeast. There is a minimal ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a strong aroma of citrusy NW US hops. The concentration smells fairly strong.

Taste: The ale has a hoppy bitterness that grabs you from the get-go. The hops do not scald the mouth, but they come pretty close. The alcohol in this beer is evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The hops are a bit too strong and leave a bitter taste in the mouth that lingers for a while.

Drinkability: Decent beer for a hophead, although I find the alcohol and hop characters both to be overwhelming.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly cloudy amber with light orange hues and a pillowy white head that was moderately lasting leaving a sticky film lacing.

S: fresh pine and citrus hop flowers with grapefruit notes.

T: The initial flavor was malty and sweet yielding to a nice sticky grapefruit lacing and lingering citrus fade. A pungent dry hopping is found on the finish but was surprisingly smooth.

M: medium body and carbonation with some stickiness on the tongue.

D: Great drinkability per style with only the high abv limiting this from an all night drinker you can enjoy.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/11

A: If you'd told me this was a DIPA, I'd have called you a liar. It is one of the darkest and murkiest DIPA's I've ever seen. Amber/red hues with unfiltered dregs really looks like something I'd find in a barleywine. Regardless, it does come out swinging, as the head is thick and tall, a good 1.5 fingers. Intense lacing remains as the head slowly falls.

S: There's no hiding the alcohol here - it's up front and all around. I do get a mild hint of hops, but the alcohol comes roaring back and sqashes the humulus lupulus like a gnat making friends with a rolled up newspaper.

T: Have I introduced you to Senor Alcohol? This one is hot, but I like it. Given a second in my mouth, the traditional profile cornerstones do pop out: faint citrus, hoppy bitterness and a suprisingly rich maltiness (which I wasn't expecting).

M: A massivly big and heavy DIPA. It really comes off with a lot more oomph then I would have expected. It's like they took "Lawrence of Arabia" and crammed it into beer form - just huge and epic.

O: Not what I was expecting. I think I dug it, but I'm still kind of in awe. Great Divide really put it all on the table with this one, and for that I give them credit. But for my day to day drinking, I don't know how often this one will be chilling in my fridge.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy copper color with a nice creamy head that left great lacing for the duration of the drink. Smell is crisp citrusy hops and a lovely sweet malt aroma in the background. Taste is incredibly smooth that starts out with a nice kick of hops. Then the malt comes in for a bit before being finished off again with the hops. This is another superbly crafted brew from Great Divide!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in an oversized wine glass for a copper body with a sticky two finger head that leaves lacing everywhere. A great mix of citric hops along with heavier fruits and hints of malts like caramel. Medium-bodied and drying, the hops prickle the tongue and there are also notes of roasted or coffee malts for a drying aftertaste as while. Fruit notes in the taste include citrus and some darker fruits b/c the body is a little heavier (grape?). This is a beer that is balanced but overall the fruit/sweet taste is overpowered by hops, making a beer that will kick your palette's ass. I couldn't session this but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of beertunes
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear amber color with a thin white head that had very little retention and a bit more than moderate lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of malt and hop (something that a lot of beers in this style are lacking, IMO), with the slight sweetness being nicely countered by a strong pine hop scent. The taste was similar to, but a more muted version of, the aroma. There was a floral hop component on the tongue that I didn't get in the nose.

The body was very good, full but not heavy, with some stickiness on the tongue on the finish. Drinkability was very good for the style, far better than most examples. Overall, a much better than average example of the style, worth your time.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'From my notes of Jan 9, 2007

It poured a reddish brown with a small head of foam that didn't last too long but had some good lacing.

The smell had citrusy hops and a good amount of sweet malts and came across as very balanced..which I loved.

The taste was of extreme hops and extreme malt sweetness which made for extreme balance. Good lord, this is fantastic.

Bottom line, this is a world class beer to my palate. Wonderful stuff!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-copper with a full apricot colored that slowly gave way to a dollop in the center. Thick sheets of lace are left all the way down.

S: Sweet, strong toffee malts with clear citrus bite. Pronounced floral aroma, yet nicely balanced with the malts...especially for an DIPA.

T: Toffee and sweet caramel malts are blended with pine and citrus. Robust hop flavors balance surprisingly with the malt.

M: Full bodied, big beer. A better finish away from being a 5 in my book

D: 9.1 ABV and the finish keep this from being more drinkable. I was one-and-done with my bomber. The balance guarantees a repurchase.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head over the orangey amber brew. Head is dense and exhibits staying power, and the lacing is excellent. Aroma is of fruity, piney hops. Taste is hops upfront, at the end, and in the middle. They seem to grab into your tongue from the moment they enter your mouth, yet we're not ripping off the taste buds, just waking them up. Some malt for a backbone, but it is apparent this is not the focus of the brew. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style. Worth finding, for sure.

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Photo of dar482
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours in a reddish copper color with a slight bit of head with a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma has sweet deep malts however dominate. You get some grapefruit and pine, but this really lacks aroma.

The taste gives a little kick of grapefruit and hops. Then it goes towards a malt finish of caramel, grassiness, and round mouthfeel. The bitterness is really woody and resiny. It's a strong lingering bitterness. Then the finish is almost chalky or acrid because it sticks on your tongue.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

I’m a big malt head, but there’s something about the bitter finish and the grassiness that doesn’t quite do it for me. It really is a malt bomb of a Double IPA, or more like an American barleywine.

This really did not do it for me. I've had it both 3 weeks fresh and on tap. That woody bitterness and weird finish is quite offensive.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant amber under a 2” sudsy white foam collar that provides sheets of lace.
S: Citrus, malt, caramel.
T: Big bitter grapefruit flavors start and end the drink with rich malt flavors in the middle.
F: Medium body and above average but very creamy carbonation. Smooth.
O: A very drinkable and well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, pine, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. The taste is along the same lines as their Titan IPA, a dry hoppy and woody type of flavour. More of a pine taste than a fruity one that you'd find in the west coast ales. There is however some light grapefruit flavour. It finishes with a malty pine/hop aftertaste.

Overall - Although it's a very good beer, I'm more of a fan of the fruity/juicy DIPA's. I'm happy I tried it but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Nice lacing from this dark amber beer.

S-Malty hops are present but not overpowering.

T-normally I am dissappointed when I drink an IPA and its not super hoppy. This beer is more malt than hop. Almost not an IPA but... Still delicious. Has its own specific taste. hops come through in the end but definately a different take on the IPA style.

M-Pretty thick and chewy. Alcohol makes an appearence.

D-quite drinkable. 10.00% is high and somewhat noticeable but the brew is unique and tasty.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 22oz bomber.

Appearance- pours a doughy two finger into my pint glass. Has a nice slightly hazy, amber/copper mix with some dwindlimg lacing.

Smell- It makes me think of taking a bite of homemade Amish white bread into some lightly carbonated hop juice.

Taste- Tase makes me think of taking a big bite of a grapefruit, skin and all. The bitterness of the skin mixed with citrus and some malty sweetness.


Mouthfeel- Very bready, one thin I notice in good IPA's. Somewhat dry, but nice and bitter. Reminds me of a couple ex-girlfriends.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a rich, dense, cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, mint, pine, grapefruit, and earthy hops form the initial aroma. There's a slightly sweet, bready, toasted malt component underlying the hop notes.

Flavor is sweet and earthy initially, with citrus pith hitting mid palate, finishing earthy, resiny, and a touch bitter. Caramel malt forms the backbone.

Body is full, with fairly low carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

I expected more hop character. The sweetness of the malt is somewhat overwhelming. Bitter hops counter in the finish, but the middle ground is lacking a bit. This may have passed muster back in the day, but times...they are a changin'.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was tricked into paying 6 bucks for a 10oz pour. On tap at "The Library" in the south side.

A - Very carbonated and the pour gave me a nice 1/4 inch of fluffy sticky head. Color is a clear amber brown.

S - Very malty with biscuit and caramel but I am getting a good deal of pine and citrus hops.

T - Taste starts off bitter but unbelievably smooth for 10%. No alcohol taste is always good and the bitter hops do mend with the caramel/vanilla like sweetness to balance with a citrus zest. Tasty.

M - Oily, slightly resinous but again remarkably smooth. Even after it warmed up a bit I got no ABV in the taste.

Overall this is pretty much the only way I could have enjoyed this beer since most bottles are 5 bucks and bombers being 10, and all are well over 6 months beyond brew date. It is quite a damn good DIPA so it was worth the coin.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,567 ratings.
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