Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,177 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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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper coloured beer with a slightly offwhite head. About one thumb. Reasonable retention. Lots of floaties.

The aroma is intense. I have never had a double IPA in my life and I have only had a single AIPA before so to me it was quite intense.

Big American hop varieties aroma in here.
Pine, citrus and mango. I also get some caramel malts to balance this. Smells great. Now I just hope it won't be too bitter.

The taste is interesting. There are sweet fruity flavours and there is a hefty hop bitterness in here too. I should have had this a little colder. I took it out of the fridge and let it sit for hours.

Yea I like the fruitiness of this beer, the aftertaste however is rather bitter for my taste. After a while you get used to it and it becomes more balanced and it becomes much more mild and all of a sudden I like it alot more. I don't get much alcohol either by the way.

This beer is rather creamy, medium body and reasonably well carbonated. But it would be better without all the floaties.

Overal a nice beer if a little bitter. I would love to try the Titan IPA for something less hoppy. A good introduction to the style I assume. Unfortunatly the offical import of Great Divide to the Netherlands will stop in the near future.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of VaterRoss
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into tumbler, bottled Aug 15 2011.

Appearance is a hazy amber, has an off-white almost amber head. Head is large, even with a gentle pour. Head shrinks into a ring and very little lacing occurs. The nose is a bit surprising as a powerful biscuity malt with some caramel dominates the initial smell. Spicy hops come next with a resin smell coming out, a bit of alcohol at the end. Taste is fairly boozy with the biscuit malt coming out strong. Next come the hops with some pine, then resin. Hops are nice and strong nearly overwhelming the ol' taste buds as expected for the style. Finishes with a piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium weight, with some tingling from the hops (more in the throat than mouth) and some alcohol present.

This is an excellent DIPA with a strong malt that distinguishes it from the crowd. A good beer to share given its 10%abv and usual 22oz packaging.

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

12oz bottle. No bottling date, just a best before date that states 1st of october 2012. Probably not super fresh but still fresh enough for reviewing

A- Transparent copper colour, great clarity. Little head forms (not that i expected much in a 10%ABV beer) but it has decent retention, though it leaves near to no lacing

S- Nicely balanced mix of citrusy, flowery and resiny hops among a hint of caramel. Pretty much what i expected but still very nice and refreshing

T- A bit of malt complexity in this one, not just hops: notes of caramel and a mild sweetness from the malts that lingers with the hop notes for the whole tasting and brings balance; the beer's overall feel is not as bitter as most american ipas. Then of course hops: mixed notes of resiny, floral and citrusy hops, though they somehow do not feel as bright as in other ipas i have tried. A hint of spiciness, probably from the esters

M- Medium to full body. Prickly, lively carbonation, expecially on the palate; a bit more on the juicy side on the tongue. Warming feel in the aftertaste, which is maybe the only way to tell that this beer has a 10%ABV

O- The ABV is wonderfully and deceveingly hidden, and that means very good drinkability. But still i liked their Titan IPA more, it felt as tasty and complex as this one but i kind of felt like it had a cleaner flavour profile. Still, a very nice beer

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel, almost red. About an inch of head in the initial pour. Nice bubbly lacing on the top. Sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled of caramel malts first, but the citrus hops aren’t far behind. Seemed to be more lemon than grapefruit.

The taste wasn’t as close to the smell as I would have thought. Not as hoppy as I would have thought. Caramel first, with citrus hops slightly following. Bitter finish.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, bitter finish.

A pretty good beer overall, but I was expecting a bit more. I’d still recommend it though.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into tulip glass, bottled on date of Oct 17, 2011. This pours a nice copper color with a head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of caramel malts, pine hops and alcohol. The feel is medium, lots of mouth coating hop goodness. The taste is pretty good and heavy, lots of hop bitterness, plenty of balancing sweetness but an obvious amount of alcohol burn.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,177 ratings.
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