Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of tropical fruit. I get a lot of peaches and apricots with some orange notes also mixed in. There is also a little bit of bready malt in the aroma.

The flavor is also all about the hops. I get some nice bitter apricot and papaya notes as well as a little bit of pine. The bitterness is about medium and the beer is very easy to drink. The alcohol is noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA
10,0% Abv. 355ml bottle
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.

Massively hopped American IPA’s are fast becoming one of my favorite beer styles. I am hence expecting big things from this beer, especially since the bottle seems pretty fresh. Let’s hope it does not disappoint!

Appearance: Hercules pours a stunning (slightly cloudy) bright golden orange with a good sized off-white head that displays what I can only describe as perfect retention and lacing.

Smell: As I crack the cap I am immediately greeted by a massive hop aroma and am relieved that this beer is still fresh. Immediately the nose makes me think of local orange blossom honey. The rest of the aroma consists of tropical fruit (I detect pineapple and a large dose of citrus), caramel malt, slightly peppery note (almost reminded me of a Belgian tripel) and the expected blast of resiny pine.
If the flavour is this good I am going to very very happy.

Taste: First sip and I am immediately surprised how balanced this beer is, I was expecting bitterness and nothing else, however the bucket loads of caramel malt leads to a wonderfully balanced mixture of sweet and bitter. Initially the flavour is dominated by sweet caramel, orange blossom honey and citrus fruit, for an instant I was left wondering where the hops were. My ponderings came to an abrupt end however as the sweetness was suddenly engulfed by a massive wave of resiny pine and grapefruit pith bitterness. Wonderfully long hoppy finish – this is a beer I could drink all day!
Superb alcohol cover up, if it weren’t for the warming in my stomach I could quite easily have believed that this was a 6 % brew.

Mouthfeel: Mmmmm now this is what I expect from a Double IPA – Full body, slightly oily and perfect (medium level) smooth carbonation.

Overall: What can I say, other than Outstanding!
If you are a hop-head you will love this. However if you’re not used to big, hoppy beers then upon tasting there is a high likelihood that you will pull a dreadful face – similar to the one my mother just made!

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours out a syrupy caramel/brown hue – borderline looks like an amber. Thinnish half finger head of pure white briefly rests on top before fading completely away.

S: Pure pine pitch, this is a boiling vat of pine. There is a heavy malt backbone. A teetertotter of hops and malts.

T: Palette crushing bitterness but then followed so quickly by an overwhelming crème brulee sweetness. I would suggest that there is some pine, or grapefruit here. But, I really can’t tell.

M: Soda from a soda fountain where the syrup/soda water ratio is tweaked on the side of too much syrup.

O: In a double IPA I look for the flavors to be more intense throughout the spectrum, but not to be as overwhelming as a hydrogen bomb.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: this was bottled in February.

Copper color with minimal head that fades quickly. Lots of sediment.

Grapefruit, orange, and floral hops dominate the nose. Alcohol creeps into the background

Short, bready caramel sweetness hit up front, but then quickly is killed. Sharp hop bitterness dominates from there. Slight warmth from the alcohol, but nowhere near overpowering. It is medium thickness, with fairly light carbonation.

I enjoyed this, but it seems I may have gotten it a bit late. It had an unusual amount of sediment at the bottom. Alcohol is incredibly well masked, and sneaks up on you. I definitely intend on trying this again.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a 4pk bottled on May 2nd 2011. Poured into weizen glass. (I'm gonna be feeling good after this, just finished my Indiana Krunkles)

A: Transparent copper color with very minimal head, just a little sudsy ring of tan foam around the edges.

S: Strong sweet toffee and a little roasted malt aroma backed by pine and citrus hops. All in all it smells pretty balanced, and rather sweet.

T: Bitter hop flavor up front with a further blast of strong hops and strong sweet candy like malts. It's honestly amazing me how easily this beer goes down for how strong it is, and packed with sooo much malt and hops. I've always been a fan of the hop heavy DIPA's but this one does not disappoint albeit it's balanced qualities.

M/O: Medium-full bodied, light-medium carbonation, sweet and mouth watering. This beer is loaded up so much I feel like I could chew on it and it would ooze juices like an overripe mango. Ah, I am pleasantly surprised by this beer, it is almost nothing like it's sibling "Titan IPA" but equally as high quality for the style. Speaking of style, I'd say this falls close to something like DFH 90, but then defecates all over it, because it's that much better. (Thanks for the birthday 4pack bert!)

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

A nice amber colored beer that is served in a snifter with a small frothy head that dissipates quickly, often by the time I get it from the bartender.

The taste is a little malty/sweet right off the bat followed by a strong bitter taste of fresh piney and citrusy hops that lingers. The beer is only lightly carbonated and is very smooth.

At nearly 10% you might expect a strong alcohol flavor but I think it is well balanced by the hops and isn't readily apparent. I always get to the bottom of my glass wishing there was more in it, but knowing that I've drank more than a traditional beer's worth of alcohol

The smell of this beer is probably my favorite part. You get the aroma of the hops mixed with a mild sweetness and the combination I love.

A local bar with 40 taps and over 500 different beers usually has this one on tap and every time I go I try to get something new but I always end up getting one of these before I leave.

This is probably one of the beers that made me fall in love with Imperial IPA's so if you're a fan of the style definitely give it a try.

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Photo of Luchman
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper colored, with a nice frothy head that slowly dissipates to the side.

S: Citrus, hops, and a faint caramel back. Smell is not as strong as others, but still good.

T: Much like the smell. The orange, pineapple, and hops are definitely present, but do not overpower the sweet caramel malt that is also present, and tend more to compliment the overall beer, than simply being the headliner. This is good stuff!

M: Smooth, medium to full body. Fits the beer perfectly.

O: One thing is for sure... the 10% is nowhere to be found here. Definitely one the most drinkable dipa I've ever had.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great brew. This brew poured a amber/caramel color. The hops are most definitely present. The taste is hoppy and lingers on the palate throught the whole drinking experience. I believe there are more than 85 IBU's in this brew.

The whole beer is packed with flavor. I let my wife try it and she even said wow about 15 seconds after she took a sip. The 10% alcohol is present but hidden so watch out.

Cheers

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Photo of obrike
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely looking DIPA in my 512 IPA pint glass. Caramel color, spiderweb lacing all over the glass...quite pretty.

The smell...well, let's just say...bud...kind bud...smells like piney, resiny marijuana. Wow...fresh out of the woods. A bit of citrus and sweet caramel mixed in only makes this better. Top notch!

Sweet bready malt upon first sip, followed by fresh, bitter hops...bang! Nice wallop. This one stays on the tongue and back of the throat for a good long while. Damn...this is a fine beer. Uber smooth...hard to believe it's a 10abv...quite dangerous, in a good way.

An incredibly good DIPA...sorry I waited so long to try it.

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Photo of Ipameister
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful reddish amber color. Lightly carbonated.
Little to no head. Very clear and bright. It's alive and attractive.

Smell: toasty malt and flowery notes.

Taste: well balanced strong hop characteristics, fits the style.

Mouth: Smooth and full-bodied, light carbonation is a plus. Taste stays on the pallet you some time.

Overall: it's a solid beer in the style of a DIPA.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very amber in color, with a medium head. Limited lace.

Aroma is delectable and amazing. I get pine resin, citrus, and pineapple. Otherworldly.

Hops presence upon tasting is heavy on the tongue, even peppery and pungent. There's a thick and malty backbone in there, but the bitter hoppiness is omnipresent. A fine imperial IPA.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a creamy off-white head.

S: Definitely on the sweet side for an IPA with lots of caramel and toffee aromas. There's a mild citrus hop aroma along with a fair amount of pineapple. Some other sweet fruits also make an appearance.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is also quite sweet. Plenty of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee are prsent. There is a fairly mild hop character and very little bitterness. Minimal citrus and fruit flavors wth a bit of grass and alcohol.

M: The body is medium to full with medium carbonation.

O: Overly sweet and not all that hoppy. That's not a combination I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of huhl23
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hercules Double IPA pours a slightly cloudy, copper color with a large, pillowy, light brownish-orange head that displays great retention and some nice lacing.

Its aroma is hops with citrus (apricot) and pine notes and some subtle malt in the background.

It has a nice, velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The flavor is very nicely balanced. Lot of big hops with some nice citrus notes and a good malt backbone to offset it, followed by a crisp finish. I didn't notice the 9.1% alcohol at all - it is surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/13/11, consumed 6/26/11

A: A perfectly clear amber pour. Big light beige head that sticks around well. Good lacing too.

S: Very strong hop aroma on this one. Mostly pine and citrus (can't tell which one is stronger, nicely balanced) with some surprisingly strong bread. Leads me to believe this is going to be a nicely balanced DIPA.

T: Pine/earthy hops followed by a very nice sweet bread taste from the malt. Citrus hops seem largely overwhelmed, there are light tastes of grapefruit and orange sometimes but they are quite subtle.

M: Medium as with most DIPA. Oily sensation coast the mouth on each sip and gives the illusion of an even heavier mouthfeel. Finish is surprisingly clean, bitterness is kept in check by the healthy malt backbone.

O: A strong, well balanced and tasty DIPA. If the citrus were a bit stronger in the flavor this would be an easy A rating or even better. Regardless, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Forb
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy copper hue; common of a beer in this style. Artful lacing just carries down the glass.

Smell: Strong aromas here from the heavy hop bitterness to the sweet ending that carries behind the pine.

Taste: Piney, citrusy, oily, resiny; all around heavy hops as expected. Interestingly this one ends with a faint sweetness that grows on your very quickly.

Mouthfeel: A medium to heavy body packed with a punch of flavor at 10% ABV. Smooth nonetheless.

Overall: A great Imperial IPA. Will go back to this one.

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Photo of stercomm
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass

A - Coppery, hazy hue, slight head, medium lacing

S - Pine, some orange and lemon, very good aroma profile

T - Very nice, what I liked most about this beer is the fact a hop junkie will like yet at the same time it tastes well balanced; notes of pine, citrus, and some malty sweetness

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation

D - Very good, would definitelyhave this again, lots of great taste here

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA into Unibroue glass on June 24, 2011.

Appearance: 3.5
Clear caramel body with 1 inch of slightly yellow-white head, dissipates into a thin covering. Mild lacing.

Smell: 4.5
Caramel, maple from the malt, combined with a very predominant citrus, almost tangerine/grapefruit as well as piney resin. Strikes me as similar to 90 minute IPA dogfish head. Good balance been malt and hops characteristics.

Taste: 4
Very hop forward beer, but also has a strong malt backbone. Hops have a very prominent, but not overpowering bitterness. Good mix of both piney and citrus qualities. Te malt offers a soft toffee and bready aspect to the flavor. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness; with a touch of astringency and a small amount of sweetness from the malt. Alcohol offers mild warmth and sense of body, but is surprisingly subdued given 10% alcohol. Alcohol does become more prominent as beer warms.

Mouthfeel: 4
Mild to moderate thickness with a very good coating and a nice amount of astringency from the hops. Mild creaminess and carbonation.

Overall: 4.5
Really a nice beer. Despite being aggressively hopped, still a relatively balance between malt and hops. Reminds me of dogfish head 90, and actually I believe I prefer this one. At 10%, hides the alcohol extremely well. Strong representation of the style. Recommend.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: semi-cloudy clay orange body, finger white head, fine lacing

S: lemon grass/peel, orange rind, mango, pine, hint of nuts

T: sweet citrus (lemon), big malt with nutty taste, long sticky bitter finish

M: med/heavy, BIG oily/sticky mouth

O: Very nice malty/hoppy Imperial IPA!
Definitely big sipping brew, alcohol warmth
crawls out of the pint glass and slips into
your spirit...oh so smoothly.
Great Divide continues to make me love
their beers and this is no exception.
I will seek this again.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GETTING!

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.0% ABV, Bottled on Jan 25 2011, Suggested food pairings listed.

A - The tan head deflates pretty quickly but leaves some nice patchy lace on the glass. The clear beer is a vibrant golden orange with a gorgeous shine.

S - Pine and citrus wafts out of this ballsy beer, complete with a mango fruitiness that's fantastic. Willamet-like earthy hops balance out the citrus and caramel with Munich malt that provide a great backbone. A hint of alcohol comes across the back.

T - Citrus hops seem to get pushed to the side by some earthier hops in the flavor. Sweet caramel malt fades to the back but continues to provide good balance. A splash of solvent rubbing alcohol pops in too.

M - Medium-full-bodied and smooth with a pretty bitter finish. A little harsh but the citrusy zest balances nicely.

O - A good double IPA but I wish the citrus profile of the aroma would carry over into the flavor a little more. The earthiness gets just a bit old.

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Photo of Fux
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : clear orange/copper colored. Pours a small bubbly head with a quite long lasting lacing.

S : Citrusy, hoppy, but not agressive given the IBU.

T : Sweet, very malty and resinous. Alcohol is very well hidden ! Finishes dry with a clear pine hop aftertaste.

M : Medium bodied with a good carbonation.

O : Nice brew, bitterness is well balanced by the malty sweetness, making it very enjoyable to savor slowly !

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bronzed orange in color with an inch of white head and bubbly lacing. The nose is alcohol, piney hop, and bready malt. The taste is hoppy but not as present as the sweet malt. There is some pine and citrus but is a bit shadowed underneath a sweet caramel like malt. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy with a crisp dry finish. Overall, balance would make a mass difference in this brew but the 10% is well hidden, making this beast dangerous

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Photo of claytong
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - decent long lasting head, amber brown in color

Smell - citrus, caramel, floral hops, minor pine

Taste - wow is this 10 percent? Citrus, sweet hops, caramel malts, delicious, not too hoppy as I expect from colorado breweries

Mouthfeel - medium to light body, chuggable from the citrus

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved their Yeti Imperial, figured I'd give the IPA a go. Pours a clear brownish-red, firm 2 inches poofy head, last inch lingers. Nose suggests primarily lemon, a bit of cinnamon & some caramel in the back (though the style is hop-forward, this is a sign they didn't forget the malt side either).

Very clean citrus taste on swig, with significant but not annoying straight-up bitter. Halfway through a tinge of apple even peeks out to say hi. As for the alcohol, it must've taken a magic lesson from Criss Angel, because my mouth swears it's not there. Does go down slightly thinner than expected though.

Despite the strength, this ends up dangerously chuggable. Kinda want another one, actually...

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, pine, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. The taste is along the same lines as their Titan IPA, a dry hoppy and woody type of flavour. More of a pine taste than a fruity one that you'd find in the west coast ales. There is however some light grapefruit flavour. It finishes with a malty pine/hop aftertaste.

Overall - Although it's a very good beer, I'm more of a fan of the fruity/juicy DIPA's. I'm happy I tried it but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Nice amber color. Little on the darker side. Very clear. Almost no head what-so-ever. Ok lacing on what head there was.

S: Very citrusy. Very hoppy. Little piney. Good mix of sweet smells.

T: Nice and hoppy. Light floral mixed with grapefruit. Light caramal.

M: Medium to full bodied. Little bit creamy. Coats the mouth nicely.

O: Very good beer. Expecting to be blowin away by bitterness but did a great job subduing the hops with light malts.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,193 ratings
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