Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
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4,163 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
Ratings:
4,163
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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288
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627
For Trade:
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Photo of KOrtega
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass (47F). Bottled 17 May 2011; served 15 Oct 2011.

A-Pours a cloudy golden orange. Thin head with heavy lacing. Lacing goes from rim to beer level with every drink.

S-Aroma is dominated by sweet/nutty malt with slight resinous/pine.

T-Primarily a nutty malt flavor; nice sweet caramel on the finish. Pine come through on careful drinks. The sweet malt and bitter hop flavors are balanced and last nicely.

M-Starts light and slick then finishes slightly heavier and sticky.

O-Given the big nose and bigger flavor, incredibly drinkable. The lasting flavors on the palate encourage another drink. The lasting flavor on the palate sticks but is pleasant given the sweet character of the malts.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to smell this beer right away when I opened it, and in a good way. Even from a distance the hop scents are abundant. Lots of citric oily ho scents and some dark fruits. Some pines scent's sting the back of the nostrils.

Raisins and other dark fruits up front. Some slightly spices hops in the middle. Not too much lingers other than some fruit taste and a slight alcohol presence.

All I can say is wow! I feel like this is how dipa's should taste. I thought 90 minute was fantastic but this somehow goes far beyond it. Super balanced, thick yet smooth, decent carbonation, and lots of hop presence. I love it! A very dangerous brew

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Collins pub.

A pours a deep copper with a nice white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S some resin, a hint of pine, and some sweet malt.

T some resin and pine up front which is balanced out with a lot of caramel malt.

M very thick almost syrupy.

Overall this is a pretty good but not great dipa. However it OS enjoyable to drink and I would consider getting this again.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle bears a "bottled-on" date of April 11, 2011.

Hercules has a strong, resinous aroma, with healthy doses of yeast, alcohol, and malt, with hints of pine.

Intense in flavor, with alcohol, resin, yeast, malt and pine combining for a wallop of hop. The bitterness is cut by the malt, but is still quite prevalent with a dry finish.

Medium bodied, the resin from the hops gives this a sticky, almost tacky feel.

This was one of the first DIPA's I had when I began my craft beer quest, and was a favorite at that time. While exposure to other breweries has widened my interests beyond simple hop monsters, I will always have a soft spot for this brew. Still, in my opinion there are many better DIPA offerings out there that you should consider before buying a four-pack of this ale.

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

Poured from a long neck brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber color with a two finger creamy foam head that faded slowly and left sticky lacing and a frothy cap.

Smell: Pronounced pine and citrus hops with a sweet caramel malt balance. Very nice.

Taste: Even better than it smells. A blast of musky hops up front with flavors of hemp and citrus. Gives way to a surprisingly sweet roasted malt and caramel balance. There is a warming sensation from the 10% alcohol, but it's not an overpowering alcohol taste in the overall mix of big flavors. This is a hearty and well-balanced Double IPA.

Mouth Feel: Medium-to-full bodied and a good creamy carbonation that works well for this beer.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and another great example of the American Double IPA style ( a style that is quickly becoming one of my favorites). It's very smooth and drinkable, but with enough of a hops kick to please most hop-heads out there. At 10% ABV, it might be a bit much to session with more than two or three at a time...but it could easily be done with the great flavor and easy drinking nature of this brew. Just make sure to have a ride home available.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'From my notes of Jan 9, 2007

It poured a reddish brown with a small head of foam that didn't last too long but had some good lacing.

The smell had citrusy hops and a good amount of sweet malts and came across as very balanced..which I loved.

The taste was of extreme hops and extreme malt sweetness which made for extreme balance. Good lord, this is fantastic.

Bottom line, this is a world class beer to my palate. Wonderful stuff!

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

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber beer with a 2-finger foamy off-white head that has mild but solid retention, as a fine stream of bubbles continuously replenishes the head to a fine ring across the surface of the beer. The lacing is downright impressive, as it leaves a thick trail of lace wherever the beer touches.

Smell: Plenty of great smelling hops that are typical of the American-style DIPA's: lots of citrusy aromas, especially grapefruit, along with plenty of floral notes and a nice grassy and resinous smell as well. Some caramel malts are also present on the nose, to balance out the aroma, making it very pleasing and appetizing.

Taste: The taste is actually quite malty--definitely one of the more malty DIPA's I've had. Sweet caramel malts up front along with some of those citrus hops, followed by resiny hops and a toasted malt finish with plenty of alcohol in the taste and a faint hint of an alcoholic afterburn is noticeable as well. A sweet, candied-toast aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, with medium-low carbonation, and a very smooth finish.

Overall: This beer has a great presence in the mouth, although I was surprised how malt-forward the beer was. There is a lot of alcohol in this beer and it packs a punch. I would highly recommend having a 12 oz serving, or if you have a bomber split it with a friend unless you want don't need to drive afterwards. This beer can certainly knock you on your ass and will if you're not careful. My only regret is that I don't have access to this beer at its freshest--I'm over the 2-month mark but I can't get it any fresher where I'm at right now. Would love to try it again fresh from the source some day.

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

From notes, bomber into a tulip.

They describe it as delivering a huge amount of hops with a nutty and malty sweetness. The hops are definitely there, which I appreciate, but when it comes to an IPA, maltiness is usually the last thing I’m wanting, but this one delivers. The maltiness is JUST right and the sweetness is just enough to compliment the bitterness, not cancel it out. I had mixed feelings about this before I tried it but really enjoyed it from start to finish.

Verdict: Very solid IPA, especially for one that breaks from the norm. Can’t wait to sample more from Great Divide.

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

this was poured from tap and had a nice orange color with a foamy head.

Intense and rich nose with tones of citrus, hops, bananas and some oranges as well

Medium bodied with a really smooth feel and mostly hop tones with some citrus as well

While this was big it didn't show any booziness and wasn't too hoppy.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 7/27/11 so still fresh I hope.

Appearance: cloudy orange hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. A good looking beer.

Smell: big malt backbone with a big floral, somewhat funky hop aroma. Notes of citrus and notes of pine are present too. Very nice.

Taste: sweet, strong malt with a good balance of hop flavors, although the overall effect is pretty murky. Citrus and floral hops abound here, and the flavors are quite good if muddy. Bitterness is strong but not enamel-eroding.

Mouthfeel: big body and a good, big carbonation. I'm surprised! This thing has texture like a big Belgian ale! Love it.

Overall: a very good double IPA. This is a good and tasty example of the style; I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured this bomber into a pint glass. Nice clear orange color with about a finger head with good lacing.

S - Smelled of strong pine hops with citrus notes (grapefruit?).

T - Malty at the front with pine/citrus notes on the backend. Very interesting to me.

M - Well done with mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation to keep all the flavors interesting

Overall - I felt this double IPA had great malty characteristics with a good amount of pine taste and a small amount of citrus mixed in.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery

A: clear and amber with golden hue. quarter finger head with lots of lacing left behind.

S: pungent and musty hops with some pine and citrus.

T: grassy hop bitterness with citrus sweet finish. roasted caramel malt in background throughout.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: A very drinkable DIPA especially for 10% ABV but not as complex as the top reps in this category.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Colour is a warm copper with very little head.

Delicious scent of sweet caramel & grapefruit. Alcohol not overpowering.

Perfect hoppy grapefruit blended with a sweet raisin malt. Outstanding!

Enough carbonation to keep all components in play for an above average taste.

Surprizingly this brew moved up to my top 3. Hercules will be a staple in my frig. It's what I love... a sweet hoppy bite blended perfectly.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark amber to copper. The head, while generously sized, is not billowy or long-lasting as it is composed mainly of large bubbles. Lacing is nice though. The smell is wonderful - a savory grapefruit scent makes my nose happy. It's hard to stop smelling and start drinking. OK, not really. Piney bitter hops dominate the taste, with a slight caramel sweetness in the background. Nicely balanced for a DIPA.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22nd Review – from notes
Bottle into NB snifter

L: Clear copper. 1.5 fingernail head on vigorous pour. Very frothy head.

S: Malt combined with oak. Very sweet.

T: Balanced malt character from the start straight to earthy hops (middle to back) with an overall wonderful balance of pine/wood character.

M: All-around delicious! Smooth, silky, and wonderful.

O: AWESOME! Well-balance American IIPA that is always one of my go-to brews. Not overly complex, but just right - even as the beer warmed up over eating dinner.

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is just as expected. A yellowish amber with medium amount of head.

Smell is sweet and inviting.

Taste is again sweet with just a hint of bitter hops. The hops are a flavor accent and not the main train on which the sweetness rides.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable.

Overall a good beer. Would not hesitate to buy this beer again.

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Photo of TheHopCharacter
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz bottle after eating some totinos pizza rolls, with which it went perfectly.

This cloudy IPA pours to a reddish amber color with less than one cm of head. When I say cloudy I mean cloudy, there are many white specks floating around throughout the glass hinting to its heaviness.

It smells of citrus and pine, with orange and grapefruit being prodominate, a slightly sweet raisin malt smell is preasent in the background.

At first taste the hops are pleasantly overwhelming, the citrus comes through strong with pine resin and a delighful malty sweetness tasting of raisin and caramel caressing the background. The finish is extremely piny and there is definitely a booziness to it but it isnt apparent until the finish and only compliments the wonderful hop character/malt.

I love this brew, it definitely deserved being my first review for BA.

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Photo of gueuzer
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

App- Reddish amber with a minimal head but great lacing. Constant spider legs down the glass.

Sm- Piney hops backed by caramel and a little heat.

Ta- Powerhouse of grapefruit, pine resin, caramel and more pine resin. Intense, but in a good way. Booze is there, but not in the forefront.

Ov- I like the slightly more roasted character that this has as compared to other DIPA. Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of bogus564
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into into a pint glass.

After a long day at work (don't get me wrong; I'm thankful to have a good job), it's nice to kick back and have a beer. This, I'm hoping, is one of the better ones. Let's give 'er a try...

If I didn't know better, I'd think this was an IPA (kidding!). It's got the nice dark cloudy orange color, it has the 1 cm orange rind colored head that holds for about two minutes. Off to a good start.

I smell orange, I smell a bit of pine, some roasted malt, some nut characteristics, I might be smelling a pretty good beer here. There's also a dark fruit, like a raisin or a prune.

It's quite a bit sweeter than I would expect, but the hops hit you in the finish. Up front, there's the roasted malt, I'm guessing raisins, orange, grapefruit, nuts, and pine are the obvious players. Burps well.

Mouthfeel is very good, almost great. It's medium bodied, well carbonated, washes nicely over the palate, with a dry and piny finish.

Although this beer is much sweeter than I expected it to be, I found myself liking it more than I thought I would. The flavors play well together, and it goes very well with pizza. Enjoy.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper red. Slight off white head. Fairly thick lacing that doesn't linger long.
Smell: Light grapefruit, cotton candy, hint of floral.
Taste: as the nose suggests. A hoppy bite that's nearly balanced.
Overall: nice effort. I'm not a complete hophead, can see that breed really digging this one.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear copper with yeast still in suspension. White head that fades and nice lacing.

The smell is sweet tropical fruits with a good amount of malt as well.

The taste is on the same lines but with more alcohol coming through. Tropical sweetness from the hops and a nice caramel from the malt.

A good beer but over all doesn't do a whole lot for me. I'd take the lower ABV and get a little more hop bitterness from other IPAs.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Bottled on August 12th, thanks Great Divide. It is a lovely copper with a inch of sticky white head when slow poured . Smell is pine, carmel, some citrus, grass, and a little lemon. Taste that with a hint of booze, but really well hidden. Body is on the fuller side for the style and plenty of carbonation. Very easy to drink for it's abv, will grab this fresh when I can.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at irish pol in philly

Pours a clear golden copper color, nice layering of white head, filmy retention, curtains of lacing everywhere.

One-two punch of staunch hops and sweet malt in the nose, pine and caramel with bitterness and a kick of alcohol.

Intensely bitter up front with a smack of grapefruit and citrus rind. Touches of pine bitterness, light fruit sweetness as well. Impressive caramel malt backbone, sweet and burly underneath the hop attack. Finishes bitter, dry, and boozy.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and tingly on the palate. Drinks nice despite the high abv, great example of balance between extreme hops and malt.

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Photo of cmq103
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. My first Great Divide review. I read a lot of good things about this DIPA.

Appearance: A moderately aggressive pour got me a 1/4" off-white head. A nice orange-copper color with sticky lacing when the glass is tilted.

Smell: Piney citrus hops, malt, with a faint toffee aroma. I was expecting a stronger nose from this DIPA. A little dissapointing for me.

Taste: Moderate hoppy, piney, grapefruit bitterness. The malt tries to tame the bitterness in this losing battle. I would have liked a bit more of the floral citrus hops. Instead there is a dry piney bitterness that remains throughout. I would describe it as "bitter domination". The alcohol warmth in the finish is prominent.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, thicker fuller body with mild carbonation.

Overall: Note as smooth and malty as some of the more enjoyable DIPA's I've had. As noted before, this could use more of the floral citrus hops to make this truly great. I'm glad I tried it but I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A deep orange and auburn with a 2.5 finger bone-white head that stays and stays. Tons of lacing left down the glass.

Somewhat sweet aroma dominated by caramel and toffee, as well as some alcohol, and some muted aromas of old orange flesh and peel.

Extremely bitter, along with some alcohol harshness, coupled with sweet flavors: caramel, toffee, and bread crusts overshadow most of the pungent citrus hop presence.

Medium to thick bodied.

Not one of my favorites DIPAs. It's too sweet and boozy for my personal tastes.

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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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