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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,163
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
288
Gots:
627
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,163 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of Andy_Luft
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from the Great Divide Big Show box that I got last week.

It pours clear with a beautiful dark amber color. A three finger high, white-yellow head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, fudge, butter, syrup, pine, resin, orange and a bit of citrus.
Taste: Again the caramel - a lot of caramel! Resin, pine, citrus, lemon zest and tea.
Mouthfeel: Full body. High carbonation. A large bitterness that grows at the end and even after the beer has gone down my throat. Bitter, dry ending.
Great Divide has done a great job to hide the high ABV (10%) in the taste. I only recognize it from the warmth in my body :)

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Brown and amber color, lots of floaters
A/T - Very malty and sweet, some bitterness on the finish.
F - nice medium body, good carbonation
O - liked the flavor, but the sweetness became overpowering for me

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Photo of Cold_1
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WesM63
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grackos
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Akeah
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reggie1014
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a unique golden amber hue. Small head of foam with some lacing. Smell is a hoppy grapefruit mix, not too overpowering. The taste is hops up front with some alcohol burn and the back end is sweet and easy with the grapefruit kicking in. The feel is dense compare to some of the other IPAs I've tried. Overall I really like the power and passion that this beer delivers. I like the higher abv, and they do a great job masking it, yet give you enough to let you know it's there. Great beer! One of my favorites so far. I'm really new to the craft beer experience though. So it will be interesting to see if this stands over time.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SudsSurfer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Look: Cloudy amber orange with a small-subdued white head.
Some suspended sediment seems to be present.

Smell: Large citrus and pine notes.

Taste: A bit of sweet malt upfront that momentarily turns
the citrus into something orange-like, but is eventually overrun by
full-on grapefruit pith and booze.

Feel: Full

Overall: An intense DIPA: A bit larger overall than my go to, DFH 90 minute,
both in terms of citrus and booze, but definitely a good brew. Believe it became
sweeter and gentlier as it warmed. In the end, feel that I'd need to sample
a couple more of these to adequately draw a bead on how it truly rates. Until then...

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

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

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

Photo of Jamstone714
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Handsome_James
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strangely goes really well with diet coke

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Photo of SD_Transplant
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrStiffington
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Astro0130
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large caramel malt with assertive dose of hops. Grassy and citrusy.

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Photo of thebooyakid
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Flying-ABV
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint straight off the tap into a nice tumbler at a fine restaurant. This was a disappointment, mainly because I felt the taste wasn't well balanced. There's definitely a strong hop profile here - it has that sort of "grainy" mouth feel and sharp bitterness that I don't care for in many strong IPA's. It would have been much better for me if there was more balance with smooth malts and more character with the complex citrus notes that were absent. At 10.0ABV this should have been much "juicier" but the nose revealed more of just another strong run of the mill IPA with lots of alcohol.
I'm not gonna talk it down too much - I think this is just one example of an IPA that didn't suit my taste.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,163 ratings.
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