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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.12/5
Exceptional
4,198 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
Ranking:
#1,761
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,198
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
638
Trade:
8
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,198 |  Reviews: 1,591
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Lincoln
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Cold
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dk. Amber/Orange, modest, but dense tan head
S: Sweet, toasty malt over strong piney hop
T: Intensely bitter piney, floral, perfume-y hop, barely balanced by light malt sweetness and graininess as well as thickness and body from aggressive carbonation.
M: Surprisingly thick, given the color and taste.
A: Piney hop bitter, slightly astringent, and clean.

Overall: Here's a beer that lives up to its double IPA promises proudly displayed on its label. Hop profile kicks off in a burst of pine with each sip, introduces other, well-layered notes of citrus, perfume, and floral, but comes back to the pine in the end. Manages to showcase the intense hops while still maintaining its own version of balance. It's 10.0% ABV is incredibly well-masked, so proceed at your own risk, and the advertised 85 IBUs seem accurate, and possibly even a bit modest.

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Photo of tylerprince
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 2/7/12, admittedly a tad older than ideal.

A: Quite a bit of yeast floating around the bottom of the bottle - pour this one very softly. Pours a beautiful hazy orange-copper. Unfortunately, no head or lacing whatsoever, and yes, my glass was clean.

S: A well balanced citrus/grapefruit with a caramel/biscuit malt profile. Well balanced. Some yeast throughout. Wish this had more of a head so I could describe it more accurately.

T: Yummy. Starts with gobs of citrus, clear grapefruit and lemon zest. Not a heck of a lot else going on here. A nice round malt finish, but very weak and hardly noticeable. Yeasty, non-bitter finish. Citrus lingers.

M: Crisp, albeit a tad watery. Resinous. I don't say this much, but this could use a tad more carbonation.

O: This is disappointing - I'm a huge fan of GD and was really looking forward to trying their DIPA. I'll have to try a fresh batch to see if it lives up to the hype.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of drtth
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The clear golden dark amber beer pours out into an imperial pint glass with a 1/4" ivory head that recedes slowly but leaves lots of lacing, even when sipping.

The aromas are dominated by the pine and citrus from the hops with just a bit of malt showing in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the strong pine and citric hops. In addition there is a noticeable malt backbone to soften things a bit with the malty, slightly caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and only slightly prickly with the moderate but persistent carbonation.

On the whole a well made DIPA that deserves it reputation and lives up to expectations. Looking forward to having another and can recommend it to those who like hop dominant DIPAs.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of DM1293
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The taste of this Double IPA is like my tongue being suplexed right from the word go. Malts and piney hops slam the tongue here. This beer is a 10% and its not afraid to show you it is. The afterbite isn't too bad though, so while this beer has plenty of punch its not going to wreck your palate, and it'll go down fairly smooth.

While the initial taste is fine (and what I've come to expect from most IPA's or DIPA's), I can't help but feel that for a beer to have such a strong initial punch, the finish goes kinda dull and boring.

Aside from the odd finish, its an otherwise fine drink.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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

Hazy copper amber colour with tinges of orange. A half centimetre tall, foamy head that fades to a thin lacing after about 30 sec.

Malts and a strong helping of hops that make for a bitter sweet aroma with plenty of pine notes following this up. Great fruity notes and even some mango follow this up along with citrus and a touch of pineapple and caramel finish.

Lots of hops and malts as the nose suggested with lots of sweet fruits and a touch of citrus too. There is a huge amount bitterness to this one and some mango along with strong grapefruit flavours.

Smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. There is plenty of bitterness to this one and a touch of sweetness in there too.

Good and very drinkable although the huge amount of bitter to this one is pushing it for me. It was still a beer that I enjoyed and the mango on the nose was a particularly nice.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,198 ratings
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