Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,157 Ratings
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a finger head, nice retention, and pretty white lacing.

Smell is nice, hoppy and open. Kinda subdued but very attractive- floral and pine hop scents with a touch of malt sweetness.

Tastes excellent- moderate hop bitterness, good pale malt backbone, floral and pine hops well balanced with malt. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well- medium bodied with light carbonation. A decent amount of hop resin. Exceptional DIPA- seek it out!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 11/7/2011) into a tulip. Pours an orange amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head, some chunks floating about. Better let this settle for a bit.

Aroma is lots of caramel malt and sweet mango and other fermenting fruit. Hops are there too, but either this one is showing its age or it's a malt bomb.

Taste is plentiful caramel malt and lots of bittering hops to balance things out. Not as sweet and caramelly as the nose, but not a super-hoppy beer either. Bold and assertive.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating, a little chewy.

Overall this is pretty good beer, but it wouldn't make my top 10 list of DIPAs.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Brewed Nov 2011, tasted Apr 2012.

Hazy golden-amber color, with tons of particles floating around. Nose has some citrus/orange hops, some piney hops, and something much sweeter. Hops are definitely not overpowering on the nose.

Hops and malts race to make the first impression on the first sip. Obviously heavily-hopped, but has a more complicated set of flavors than many of the hop bombs out there. Carbonation holds up well in the middle. Leaves a sour tang in the back of the throat, while tongue is covered in bitter aftertaste. Not as bitter as I expected, though, at 85 IBUs. Alcohol is a little jarring on the first few sips, but less noticeable afterward and sneaks by despite the 10% ABV.

Overall: B+/A-, fits together well

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

This is a delicious dipa, yet a bit unusual in its flavor. The smell of this beer doesnt seem to quite match the taste, being quite a delicious piney ipa smell. I have to say that the taste distinctively resembles the Yeti (stout from the same company). I can only assume they share some malt/hops combo that are not commonly used in other ipa's. Its not necessarily a bad thing, but it is an overwhelming flavor on the end swallow.

On the whole this is a delicious and well balanced beer, you will definitely want to try it if you've grown bored with "typical" ipa's.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours ultra hazy burnt orange, cant see anything through it. A one finger of quickly dissipating head with some pretty good lacing. A dank looking IPA, just what I love to see.

S- A well balanced and pungent smell. Overly ripened grapefruits, some old fruits like pineapple and some figs even. A sweet maltiness here. A little caramel and a good deal of breadyness. A tiny touch of alcohol. Very fruity and rank, an awesome smelling brew.

T- The taste really reflects the smell. A heap of funky fruits up front like that old grapefruit, figs and rotting citrus, I mean that in a good way. Sort of stings the tongue with bitterness and carbonation, a really live beer. The hop profile in this beer is complex, funky and bizarre, it changes with every sip and keeps me guessing. A caramel breadiness lies beneath the crazy hop profile but still has a strong presence in the beer. A fantastic and very interesting tasting beer.

M- This beer is not lacking in the flavor department and is far from watered down, but having said that, this brew isn't too hard to get down, not a daily drinker but not quite a sipper. Leaves the mouth with a robust bitterness and a funky fruit aftertaste. A creamy feeling beer but isn't over bearing.

O- This is an amazing DIPA, A dank appearance, a pungent and funky smell and taste that is very complex and ever changing. Its fairly easy to get down yet wont gonna make you sick. I recommend this to all my friends who like a good hoppy beer, this is a real winner. Reminds me a bit of Stones 14th, as good if not better.

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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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