Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
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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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Jan. 19, 2012! I really need to start looking at bottle dates before buying! Probably the oldest IPA I have ever had. Since IPAs have a reputation for not aging well due to the hops fading, I'm not expecting much despite Hercules being #99 on the BA Beers of Fame list until very recently.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Nearly clear amber with much carbonation and a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Strong pine hops forward. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Surprisingly powerful hop presence considering the age on this bottle. The very high ABV is not very evident until later, when the throat begins to burn a bit from it. Less than halfway through I can already feel it.

m: Medium, great body, a definite sipper, not one you'd likely choose for a quick summer refresher. But now it's Fall and sipping an intoxicating hop bomb like this is really pleasant.

o: Again, surprised that this has so much hop clout for its age. A DIPA worthy of being in the BA Beers of Fame top 100, although its days there have just recently ended. Still, this is one to beat.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, a bit of haze as it pours into a large tulip glass. Forms a huge 2 and a half finger head despite a smooth pour. Retention is average for an IPA leaving some thin but intricate lacing on the glass.

Big, pungent and sweet dark bready malt. Hops blend in with the malt sweetness, pine in the forefront with floral peach and orange citrus.

Big malt, sweet bread, honey, toffee and nutty. Hops are leafy and piney with trace amounts of dried mangoes and citrus peel. Not very bitter, very dull pine resin mouthcoating and strong malt covering aftertaste.

Thick and almost viscous compared to most beers. Adequate carbonation, nearly creamy mouthfeel to accompany the thickness. Very balanced and alcohol is well managed.

Got this one a bit over the hill but I know that Great Divide went for balanced with the amount of malt packed into this beer. It's balanced with barleywine malt complexities and faded pine/floral hops. Hopefully I'll find myself back in Colorado to get this one fresh.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep amber, cloudy, with one finger of short-lived creamy white head. The head remains around the rim and leaves lacing. A little visible carbonation.

S- a little staid. Mostly sweet/nutty malt.

T- whatever is missing in the aroma comes through in the taste. Big hops (tropical fruit, floral) dominates upfront and quickly slips into the strong malt backbone from the aroma.

M- a big bitter bite in the beginning and on the finish. Mid pallatte is a little smoother.

O- other than the oddly missing aroma complexities, a great well-balanced DIPA that has both big malt and big hops.

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