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
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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1,582
Ratings:
4,144
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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Photo of clickpush
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out with a thick two and a half finger off-white head over a clear copper beer. Some visible bubble trails throughout the glass. The head clings to the edges all the way down and has a great pillowy character to it.

Nose: A bit too light, but has some good notes: hops, of course, hints of vanilla, and the ever present pine and grapefruit combination of strong hoppy beers. Smells smooth and creamy, not too harsh.

Mouth: Sweet, smooth, creamy entrance and a long hop finish. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue but not as much diversity in flavors as I would have hoped. At room temperature the alcohol is very present, accentuating the pine flavors of the hops.

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Photo of cbl2
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with an inch of tight white head adrift on top.

Aroma:

Nice pine/grapefruit aroma evident of this hop-bomb. Strong sweet-fruit aroma is present as well due to malt backbone.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Rich ripe grapefruit, sweet and gummy in the mouth. Bottle states 85 IBU's, and they are in perfect harmony with the sweet syrupy malt backbone. Perhaps the best Double IPA I've experienced. Exceptionally balanced and frighteningly drinkable with the 9.1% ABV nicely masked.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Partly clear orange-copper. The pleasant aromas of pine, citrus, alcohol, and MJ tantalize the nostrils. On the palate, Hercules offers big-time bitterness with resinous and full hops flavors, plus enough malt and alcohol to support, but not supplant, the hop presence. This one's a little better-integrated than some DIPAs that are just "going through the motions," if you will. Here's a round, smooth, bitter, flavorful, and satisfying DIPA if ever there was one. Drinks as easily as any other DIPA I've encountered, and then some.

Bravo Great Divide.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper. Nice head, very good retention and lace. Aroma is awsome. Citrus hops,mixed with spice, and a hint of pine.Body is medium to thick. Taste is sweet up front,with a nice piney hop burst,and a bitter finish.I would have liked a less bitter finish, but still excellent!

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

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and hoppedup.

After the pour I am rewarded with a chill hazed copper colored ale with a good one-inch tan colored head. Quite good head formation for the strength of this beer.

Smell is strong spicy hops, very tasty smelling. Strong but clean citrus hop aroma, mostly of the grapefruit type. Strongly spicy and peppery to the nose, this gives the sensation of cinnamon, mint and oranges to the nose as well as black pepper. Hard to pick out the individual hop aromas here, the hops are very aromatic.

Taste is sweet and fairly woody with a strong grapefruit after taste at the beginning. Quite spicy on the tongue and almost HOT from the hop strength. Noticeable alcohol in the flavor but it is sensed as pepper by the tongue in combination with the VERY heavy hop load used here. The website says this is 85 IBUs but it seems stronger than that in the same class as Stone Ruination in Hops that kick your butt sensation. Hop flavors span the entire spectrum but are stronger in pineapple, grapefruit, lime and wood/tea flavors. Quite bitter but after the 3 sip you tongue is quite numbed by the hops and you don't notice it. A hop heads wet dream in a glass.

Mouthfeel is good for such a powerful brew.

Drinkability here is all about how much hops you can tolerate. At this point I have in fact evolved into something of a hophead and I love these hop bombs. For a hophead this is a 4.5 in drinkability. For a non-hop head, this is more like a 2 in drinkability; it will seriously kick your butt.

Great Divide should put that on the label in big letters "Warning! This beer will kick your Butt! Only meant for hopheads and the inmates of a Oregon Hophead insane asylum!"

Personally I REALLY liked this beer!

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Photo of stevecee2003
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is the one! Wow, what an India Pale Ale. If you desire that taste as I do, then this may well become your favorite beer. As many of us know this type of beer was shipped to British forces in the 1700's all the way to India. It had to survive so it was loaded with hops to make the trip. That "hoppy" taste became a favorite, what we now know as IPA. And Hercules has taken it to the extreme.

Presentation: Pours with a deep copper color. You know you are in for something special if you like IPA's. It pours with a good foam, but settles quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. The real aroma of an real IPA. Wow! This has possibilities. The burnt hops. The bite. It's all there. This is a serious beer. Surely you can't overlook this beer. It demands your attention.

Taste: It's the strong IPA taste we all search for. As an IPA lover I long for that bitter/flavor combination. It has resiney hops. Piney, yet citric and very clean. And strong. This is one IPA that will lay you on the floor, with that big punch you want and sip for, and more and more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to the tongue, but full of body. But all the bite is there. It's a great American IPA. And Mama, it will bite!

Drinkability: Only one of these. Two and truly this is one beer that will kick your A$$ ! But.. you will feel satisfied. Be glad.
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More review added on- three years later
(06-21-09)...
Its been three years since my initial review, and I must say this single beer is my one champion. Exhibiting all the things I love. Holy Sh$t I love it.

It has all the hops I love. It has just enough malt in there. And it is perfect to both exhibit to friends as "my fav beer", and yet to finish my day out, just fine.

This is the one.

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Photo of phisig137
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber copper color with minimal head. Little lacing is left behind, and only a ring around the glass forms.

Definitely has a hoppy aroma, citrusy to be more specific. Tangerine and orange hop aromas dominate the nose, and a honey like sweetness fills in the gaps.

Hercules has a great flavor, that is more balanced than some of the other beers from Great Divide. There is a little malt sweetness up front, again tasting like honey. Then a huge wave of hop flavors hit you, this time both citrusy and piney hops. The finish is pretty solidly bitter, but does not have the same tooth-enamal stripping quality that Old Ruffian has. Very pleasant, and quite refreshing for such a big beer. Almost seems like it has more than 85 IBU's.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and drinkability is relatively high. Once again, another good beer from Great Divide. This is one of the better IIPA's that I've had recently, as it lacks the metallic hop flavor. Very nice all around, and highly recommended.

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Photo of BillyB
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge white foamy head. Dark, burnt copper with ruby highlights.

Nice balanced aroma of citrussy hops and sweet malt. Fruity; pineapple, pears, grapefruit. Sweet; caramel, toffee.

Similar flavors as aromas. I'm impressed at the malty balance with such a hugely hoppy beer. Big flavors all around.

Medium bodied. Sticky, syrupy,resiny, oily. Sticks to the insides of your mouth. Excellent.

Quite drinkable.

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

Huge cream-colored head. Sat there looking at me for a while, but when it fell in big rocky clumps it went fast and laced the glass almost completely. Beer is orange-amber and clear. Smell is almost all hops, citrusy with some pretty inviting peppery notes. Just a touch of warm malt.

Complicated hops taste tips more toward the spicy end of the scale than the citrus that runs all over the smell. Good malt presence makes for a complete beer, but I expected to be knocked out by the hops. They are vying for my attention. It is bitter, but the hops are not as dominant as I thought they would be. I'd never guess the ABV comes in so high.

Heavy in the mouth. The carbonation appears to have hit the road with the initial booming head. Very interesting taste. I'll drink more of it.

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Photo of Celt44
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one seems to be a regular at my local growler filling station.
Pours very clear copper with a nice, full frothy head - lacing lasts throughout.
Smell is great combo of a typical floral IPA with hints of malt and pine.
Taste is superior for a 2IPA. Hop bite is up front - the malt aroma explains itself here also - probably the maltiest(?) 2IPA I've experienced to date. Additional flavors that come to mind are pepper and another spice that I cannot name.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk.
Overall a superior and very drinkable 2IPA. Alcohol presence is much less than others I've tasted. American IPAs are my first choice and I tend to stay away from 2IPAs due to the alcohol content and taste. This one totally breaks the mold for 2IPAs in my book.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber and a shaker pint glass.

The head is so light and pillowy it just doesn't fall very fast leaving a beautiful beer behind with a strong lacing that sticks slightly as the head falls. The color is brown to copper and clear and enticing.

The smell is very hoppy and a bit flowery, reminds me of a certain flower that I can't put my name on. Lemon and a little lime are apparent in this smell.

Taste is very hoppy and flowery with great fruitiness of lemon and slight lime. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Overall I like it very much and would like a fresh bottle to give it higher ratings.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I cant believe I have never had this baby before. served in a British Imperial Pint mug from a "bomber". Very very lovelly, attractive beer to look at, dark burnt orange in colur ,very attractive innthe sunlight. Attractive light tan head. Perfect presentation. A really gorgeous fresh "piney" aroma with hints of lemon grass ans pepper. Great bustinÂ’ with fruitiness flavours ..piney, lemon, floral,creamy toffee and caramel malts.I also get some faint hints of liquorice and some traditional marmalade ( zesty) flavours. Very very good palate to this beer for something so packed with flavour, some of them conflicting, the mouthfeel is almost silky smooth. A great brewer has managed to meld these clashing profiles into cream like smoothness in the finish..excellent. Overall a terrific DIPA the best I have had of this genre. One to visit again and again and again.

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Photo of gbarron
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A - dark golden, copper. Head is puffy and a dirty white. Leaves very nice, thick lacing, and the head stays aroundthe whole way.

S - strong aroma of citrusy hops, sweet sugary malt. Esters of higher alcohols, pineapple, pears, grapefruit. Sweet, tangy caramel and toffee.

T - tastes much as it smells. Initial sticky sweetness of huge malt bill, caramel, toast. Then a large kick of tart, acidic, citrusy hops, pine cones. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste attempts to balance out against the syrupy malt candy flavor. Huge beer. Residual alcohol burn.

M - medium bodied, very sticky in your mouth, almost syrupy. Tart grapefruit twang at the end. A little too syrupy.

D - very flavorful, large beer, but alcohol content and heavy, full body and syrupy sweetness make this beer less drinkable. Way too big to have more than a bomber at a time for me personally.

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Photo of bignick
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ TPH 6/2/06 and many others. Served in an oversized wine glass.

This beer is one of my standbys and one of my favorites. The hops are incredible strong and biting. There is just enough sweetness to complement the hop attack. I love the citrusyness of the hops as they surround my palate. I could drink this beer all night, and it would hurt.

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

This is my first review and I chose a doozy of a beer for number one. I love IPAs so it only stood to reason that I would love an IPA on steriods. Geeeezus...thats what came out of my mouth after the first sip. My tongue was not ready for that. I almost wish this weren't a double because I think without the high alch. content it would be amazing. Its still quite good nevertheless.

Appearance- Beautiful beer. poured a redish orange with a big frothy head that lasted.

Smell-ah, I love the IPA smell. Very fresh and earthy. Stings the nostrils.

Taste- all I can think of is fresh cut grass, or some sort of herb. Very fresh and crisp but I think the alchahol content takes away from the crispness I love in IPAs. Still, delicious.

MF-Kinda sticky, leaves a grassy film in the mouth.

drinkability- not as drinkable as the normal IPAs I like, but for its alchahol content it is very, very drinkable.

Overall-I wan't ready for the biggness of this beer although I don't know why it bieng called Hercules and all. The more I drank the more I got over this bigness and really enjoyed the fresh grassy goodness. Good stuff.

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Photo of ejquin
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Caramel colored with thick wihte head. Good lacing.

S: Brown sugar, with some piney hops. Underlying nuttiness and sweetness.

T: Carmely and malty up front. Fades to piney hops. Very nice, but not overpowering. Well balanced. Hops linger on long finish.

M: Heavy and slick with good carbonation

D: Very good. Hops aren't overpowering so it lets you enjoy the taste of the beer for a long time.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 650mL bottle.

This beer pours an orange with a frothy white head that holds beautifully and laces well. The smell is a fantastic mixture of citrusy hops and some sweet maltiness. Just a great aroma. The taste is also a major hop bomb. Again a fanastic hop flavor exhibiting some fantastic citrus (grapefruit) character but balanced out nicely with some good maltiness. There is a good thickeness to this beer and a nice carbonation. Overall highly drinkable, I just love a good DIPA.

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Photo of Naerhu
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BroJohn for lugging this all the way to Japan.

A - Clear amber body with tight white head.
S - Lemon, orange zest and othe citrus aromas.
T - Tight juicy orange pureness. The malt seems to be the sturdy hub which keeps the alcohol and bitterness in alignment. Crisp, the malty sweetness is there, but is tightly wrapped into the rest of the beer.
M - Mild integration, alcohol is well balanced
D - This beer is blessed with huge bitterness, but it is well integrated with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of hoffman
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say this is the new #1 on my list. Pours out with a heavy appearance, a strawberry red/honey gold color with a creamy tan head that lingers...and lingers...and lingers...and lingers. The aroma is citrus, roasted malts, piney hops, and some light spice. The taste is phenomenal, sweet malts up front, tart citrus with some more sweet dark fruit undertones in the middle, malt and a lot of nice dry bitter hops in the finish...perfectly balanced and a kick that begs you to come back again. The moutfeel is the best I have had...the measuring stick for all beers in this category. Creamy....ultra creamy, smooth with a bit of oily hop that actually ads a bit of character, and a perfect amount of carbonation...any less and it would be a bit flat...any more and it might overpower the delightful creaminess. Nice and drrinkable a joy...go get this one.

Thanks bditty187, for the bottle.

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Photo of kpwill07
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. I love love love this beer.

Had it for the first time just a few weeks ago. Poured amber colored, almost a bit cloudy too. Just a bit.


The hops are dominant. And it is good. :) There is also a quite pleasant citrus flavor, a bit floral. Extremely enjoyable.

I'm not a big IPA guy, but this one was awesome. A must have.

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Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

very malty, very bitter, very hoppy, even almost very roasty

and very dark, actually (well, for an ipa). i'd call it a very reddish dark amber—with a creamy merengue head that seems to be pumping itself out of my st. bernardus chalice. grassy hop aroma that is almost upstaged by the roasty malt character. bready, dark fruity

it tastes like it smells: complex, roasty, nutty, with big hop all the while. it's a piney hop with sharp bitterness. the malt character almost seems such that this beer could be a barleywine. frankly, some of the sips find the hops to be secondary

excellent lacing and creamy mouthfeel

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Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with centralized haze and a big, sticky head of creamy froth. Retains a solid, sticky sheet. Deep, resinous hop oil aroma - zesty citrus and pine. More smooth than exceedingly pungent. Some nutty sweet malts creep in as does some alcohol as it warms. All kinds of hops all over the palate: pine, citrus rind, fruit, floral. This seems to have a big malt center too, which is a strong point as it attempts to balance it all out. A flash of sweetness follows the initial onslaught of hops. The strength (in terms of alcohol) is well hidden. A strong, lingering bitterness leaves the mouth a little dry - mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full.

Damn good all around in the bottle but its even better on tap. A big, rich, hoppy treat.

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

Semi murky browned orange color. Delicious creamy, froathy cream colored head leaves the glass full of sticky dense lace. Tantalizing and delightful aroma. Nose of juicy floral hops, pine resin, citrus, a hint of yeast, slight fruits. Creamy toffee, honey glazed and slightly caramel malts beneath the hop glory. Taste overwhelms your head with hoppy goodness in an extremely smooth but subtly confrontational way. Bitterness is clearly here but its relaxed letting the great juicy tastes lead the way. Yummy smooth, creamy and oily, slightly dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is fantastic for 9.1% abv.

Like some sort of hop extravaganza. Lush and juicy with endless hops throughout the experience. Complimentary malts ground the out of control hops. I had this on tap awhile back and I remember it being even more amazingly hoppy and ultra ultra fresh.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide's Hercules poured into my tuilp from a brown 22 oz. bomber bottle.

The beer poured a deep copperish gold with two fingers of bright white head that shrunk after a few minutes but retained about a finger of foam throughout the drinking. The head left a series of rings of super fine lacing around the glass. The nose was an intense marriage of piney and floral hoppyiness. The flavor was a combination of intense hoppiness, a nice maltiness presence that manaes to to not be too balancing, and also a nice, creamy mouthfeel at the finish. A lot is going on here; and plenty to enjoy as the beer slowly warms and exposes it sides and facets to itself.

Notes: As I've sampled a fair number of double IPA's recently, this is one of the best that I've come across.

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

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a pint glass. Awesome appearance: Clear orange color with a thick and sticky cloud on top. The smell was deep hops, and the flavor was hops with a malt backbone. Nice combination of flavors, and the oily mouthfeel keeps the flavor coated on the tongue. This is a very good beer and I'll buy it again.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,144 ratings.
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