Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,164 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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep hue of sunset burnt orange. Half finger head that settled to a few bubbles around the middle. Some carbonation can been seen speckled through the cloudiness. Appears heavy and viscous. Little to no lacing.

S: Light pine, fruitcake, orange zest, molasses. The nose is rather subdued even after the beer has warmed.

T: Begins with a twinge of malty fruitiness then transitions to a fusion of molasses, grapefruit, tangerine, and aged pine. The bitter and sweet flavors intertwine fantastically.

M: Thick and chewy. The carbonation is just a tingly afterthought. This beer is incredibly smooth, the ABV is expertly masked by the delicate flavors.

O: Another smooth sippin' DIPA. When life takes you to the open range, better saddle up with some Hercules....and bring a partner.

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

Great find in Madrid. Tad steep in price, about 5$ but hey I've paid $10 for bombers of less ambitious beers. Pours a deep golden in my wine glass with a one inch beige head. Realitively clear with some sediment. Bold smell; malt and heavy pine presence. Powerful hop presence and some malt but the alcohol does shine through. Mouthfeel is medium hop oil presence gives it a syrupy feel. Overall a great DIPA and will try again. Not sessionable. Two of these is like drinking a whole bottle of wine.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#66 on my Beers of Fame list!

Pour is amber. white head floats in little sections.

The best words that come to mind about the smell is IDK. Semi sweet malt backbone, leafy dried hops, but no fresh hop flavors. hm.

Full body. Sticky sweet malt reminiscent of Hopslam and Two-Hearted. it feels so thick, like literal honey. Now enough with the malt, lets get to the hops, or the lack of. Theres a nice bittering hop presence which makes an attempt at balancing out the sweet malt, but it loses. Theres no ry hop flavors. What I get is very slight hints of pine, but its faint. Too faint.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice IPA, in the top 10 class. Poured a beautiful frothy orange head with a rich cloudy amber/caramel color.
S- very light sweet hoppy with a hint of malt.
T- very rich hop blast on the tongue with very light bitterness.
M- coats the palate with a bold richness that last to the next sip.
O- would rank this IPA in the top class, great appearance with a great flavor. Light smell gives to a nice hoppy flavor without a lot of bitterness. Well balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy copper color with reddish tint. Reddish egg-white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: Heavy citrus aroma with piney notes. Not particularly aromatic -- even flat.

T: Grapefruit splash followed by a boozy finish. The citrus flavors do overwhelm the boozy fight, which is impressive for the high abv. Crisp. Surprisingly easy drinking.

M: Light-heavy body.

O: This is a good beer. Better than average to be sure. But, there's nothing especially great that stands out here. Flavor holds up very well versus the abv.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Reviewed 3/17/12

Appearance: Dark copper/amber color, very clear - moderately sized, creamy white head, leaves some wispy lacing

Smell: Aggressively hoppy and malty - almost like they were going for some balance - wet, oily hops - orange and grapefruit rind, resiny pine, slightly herbal - caramel malts, toasted biscuits, bread dough - sweet, but not excessive

Taste: Somewhat beastly - tons of hops, very oily and resinous - orange and grapefruit rind, some pith, and a ton of juicy pine - above average bitterness, with lingering bitterness - chewy malts - caramel malts, biscuits, bread, bread crust - sweet, but not unpleasant

Mouthfeel: Thick, full body - sticky and resiny, a little chewy, but the carbonation holds it together quite impressively

Overall: Big, even for the style

This almost feels more like a hoppy American Barleywine than a typical DIPA. In general, I like this style to be dryer and less heavy. But somehow, I actually like this. It's borderline too sweet, but it doesn't actually cross the border. And it hides the alcohol pretty well.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,164 ratings.
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