Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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

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#1,793
Reviews:
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Ratings:
4,202
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle with no date at all. Hope its not old. Lets give it a try.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice two finger off white head that has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Nice and hoppy. This has to be fresh even though I can't find a bottled on date. Floral, citrus and slightly resinous. Semi sweet malt backbone is there as well but the hops are most prominent

T-Citrus and pine lead off with a slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the middle. Back end is a bitter hop bite again. As with the nose, the malt is clearly there but the hops win out.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite. Seems slightly oily upon swallowing, but afterwards is dry.

O-A very nice DIPA that I can see having a regular spot in my fridge.

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

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep gold-amber with over a finger of sticky looking, dense light-yellow head that lasts a while and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose. Sweet caramel candy, some grass, pink grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt, grassy, citrus hops take over and turn into lasting bitter pine and mixed-citrus rind. Alcohol present, but not overwhealming.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body and medium carbonation.

Overall. Good DIPA that's fairly balanced and full in flavour and body. A "Hercules" indeed!

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Photo of tbern007
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bottle. 10%.
Pours orange/amber, large head, great lace that remains.
S - hoppy, floral, malty, orange. Very nice smell.
T - like it smells - hops, floral, the west coast hops, malty, orange, less bitter than some DIPAs I've had. Good balance. Able to taste a bit of the alcohol, but only after about half the bottle.
M & D - quite drinkable. Great balance. Very tasty and not as overwhelming like some DIPAs can be.

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Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

A- A nice copper color with a nice big beige head that actually dissipated fairly quickly after the pour. Looks like a great DIPA!

S- Hops? Where are you? The initial smell I had to check the bottle to make sure this was truly a DIPA! I was thrown off. My first sniff brought aromas of a nutty sweetness like pecans. Then the malt sweetness made its presence known. And in the very back some hops were being detected.

T- Again, I was missing the hops. Don't get me wrong, this beer was good but it was not what I was expecting with a DIPA on the label. This beer seemed to be VERY balanced. The malt sweetness was there, the hops were there but it wasn't wearing away at my enamel.

M- Good mouth feel. Seemed to be moderate in body and good carbonation.

O- A good beer, just not what I was expecting with a DIPA. I'm wonder how old this one was....

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty dark in color. A clear coppery color with a massive cream colored head that takes forever to go away.

S: Pretty solid hit of pine hops with a little overripe mango and a hint of banana.

T: I hate to say it, but I was a little disappointed by this one. The malts completely overpower the hops. There's a lot of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of pine hops, but the malts ride right over the hops. It's still a good beer, but far from being one of the better DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a beautiful burnished copper tone; a moderately vigorous pour yields 1" creamy/foamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly... some lacing but below average for the style.

nose is surprisingly malty, even for a DIPA with a malt backbone; there is a citric/pine presence but it's almost relegated to second fiddle; definitely not an aromatic hop monster.

flavor profile follows suit, to the point it's reminiscent of a barleywine and i'm questioning the freshness (can't find a bottled date even though my understanding is there should be one; was told at the store it's fresh.) don't get me wrong, it's drinkable and reasonably tasty, just nowhere near a top flight double IPA (at least by my own personal standards).

medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i have to say i feel hercules was a bit of a letdown. i remember having it a year or two ago and REALLY enjoying it; our renewing of acquaintances hasn't gone so well, unfortunately. hey, just one man's take. don't get me wrong, i'll happily drink this any day; it's just that i could easily rattle off a couple dozen DIPAs that i'd prefer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great dipa from these guys!

the color is murky brown reddish...not much head or i just poured it slow...not much lacing either

the smell is citrus with a sweet malt character too...there is also an earthy things going on as well....

the taste smacks you right in the mouth!...the front is a strong malt flavor....with a strong bitterness as it leaves....

the feel is very carbonated....kinda dry

overall this is a very well put together dipa...i've had better but this one is up there!

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden reddish-orange with thin white head. Pretty clear. Lots of lacing and crust.

Smells of hop resin, spice, grapefruit, pineapple malt, even some dark fruit.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine. Hop bitterness well-balanced with malt flavors. Not as bitter as I expected though, but still great. Something of a sweet finish as well.

Medium-bodied, but nicely carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear dark, ruby infused, amber. A small tan head. little lacing but goos curtains.

The smell has toffee, tropical fruits and pine needles.

The whole shebang is there; toffee, good bread, grape-fruit. passion fruits, pine resin.

Medium high carbonation, a heavy body, a looong dry finish.

A solid intensive good DIPA.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Medium golden hazy. Small head no lace.

Enjoyable citrus pine apple smell. It sweetish, but with noticeable hoppiness.

Sweet to hoppy with smooth dry finish. The sweet malt is tasty, yet the bitter piney hop is present with me throughout and I'm happy about it. Superb balance here in the taste, it's very very good. The bitter is good. The spicy sweet balance lingers in a good way. Wow, the malts here are just so tasty combined with the dark orange-citrus/pine in the hops. Nicee.

Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, goes down easy. Alcohol is present, but with the 1 beer I had, was good.

I like it. I enjoy DIPAs and this is definitely up there near the top, especially since the alcohol is well balanced. Definitely would drink and enjoy again. I'm loving the hops here.

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

Pours amber gold with stiff white whipped cream froth that clings well and leaves sheety rings.
Caramel and bitter orange on the nose. Mango and Orange Crush up front with tangerine sorbet and lemon zest hops. Sweet and sour finish and fading pine resin bitterness lingers. Medium, oh so creamy and soft, some stick, no hint of ABV.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy describes the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster as like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped around a solid gold brick. Pretty much the same for Hercules.
Iron fist in a velvet glove comes to mind, too. Beats Titan hands down. Luscious, balanced and quietly deadly.

2nd tasting: Candy corn and caramel sweetness, resin and blood orange hops, raw cane sugar end. Sticky and hot with brandy-like depth.

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Photo of shand
2.81/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a red-amber color with two fingers of head that retains and laces well. The beer has very high clarity for the style. Aroma isn't blasting with hops, but instead well-balanced with hops, citrus, pepper and surprisingly nutty malts. The taste on this? Eh. This is a fairly fresh bottle, but the malts and alcohol really take front and center here, with a bit of a peppery kick. The hops are kicked to the background, giving this much more of a barelywine flavor. And not a great barleywine either. With only a month and a half of age on the bottle, this is a little silly.

The mouthfeel is nice enough, it's fairly full-bodied and a bit less carbonation than I'd like. The drinkability is a bit below average, I found this glass a bit of a slog. The high ABV isn't doing this brew any favors. A below-average DIPA that I'd struggle to recommend.

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

Appearance: a great light orange amber color

Smell: Amazingly aromatic. Pouring the beer brought out so much smell. Subtle citrus smells

Taste: A blast of hoppiness with a side of pepper that stays consistent until the end. The bitters start out strong but slowly end to a smooth, malty finish. The taste is hops and malts righteously stays in the mouth for a long while after finishing

Overall: i think the hoppiness is great. A blast of hops at the beginning and time-taking smooth finish. The 10% can definitely leave you feeling it after one or two. Overall a nice, strong IPA that has a nice end balance taste to it

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Photo of dubinsky
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle date 8/19/10

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber. Fairly gentle pour yielded a 1/2 finger eggshell color head. The head discipated rather quickly leaving a think layer of slick film on the top. No real retention of lacing to speak of.

S - Mostly sweet and malty upfront. Initially its reminding me of DFH 90min IPA. There is some piney hop presence as well, but im mostly getting malts and sweet biscuit. This isn't my favorite smelling beer in this category. Im thinking this is definitely an East Coast Style IPA.

T - This beer must be past its prime. Something doesn't taste quite right. I've never had a beer that blended all the flavors together like this. So much so that i cant differentiate anything in the flavor profile. Its a mess. Its, bitter and sweet and malty. Warming alcohol presence.

M - Bready, somewhat thick and creamy. It leaves a fairly strong hop bitterness in the mouth thats lingering for a while.

O - I really didn't enjoy this beer. I feel that to be fair i will need to review a fresher bottle, but this one really didn't do it for me. The best thing i can say is that at 10% i got a buzz, but it was pretty rough.

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Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stunned to see this on cask at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fairly decent head retention and fair lacing. On the nose... mmmm.... this beer is all DIPA goodness, with considerable pine, orange citrus, jelly bean and light white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted DIPA. There's something of a honey and sweet jelly bean finish in this beer, which marries incredibly well in this otherwise hoppy, citrusy DIPA. The sweetness blends incredibly well with the hoppy bitterness, and at no point was the malty sweetness excessive or over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, soft, orange candy and bitter finish. Drinkability is good to the point of danger. There is nothing hot or heavy about this beer, though you can tell the alcohol is up there.

Wow! Stunner. mmm...

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

Pours a darkish red/orange with a small fizzy white head. Not much lacing or retention in this pour. Aroma of pine, a bit of a citrus mix, light booze. Taste starts off with bittering pine. A taste of floral and citrus hops. Sweet, syrupy and bready malt and a pretty good amount of booze finish up this brew. Creamy, sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a beautiful orange, amber color with a one finger head. The head is lots of small bubbles and recedes quickly.

S- Citrus, yeast and some nice hop smells. Slightly floral smell makes it a nice brew to smell.

T- Strong boozyness is the first thing i get. The hops and malts come in perfectly, but dont hide the alcohol. I wouldnt expect a HERCULES douple IPA to hide the alcohol...Just not my particular taste to judge.

M- The flavors dont leave the mouth quickly, but this is a very good strong IIPA. Expect what you will get by just saying that name...

D- Strong and not my favorite brew but a nice IIPA! strong and packs a punch! Good on one but one really packs a punch! not my thing..

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A > Nice amber with some reddish to it

S > Nice great floral smell with the hoppiness just lingering

T > Nice light hop kick with alcohol really coming in late, was hoping for more based on the smell. just a slight touch of sweetness

M > Average mouthfeel nothing clingy but very noticeable alcohol burn

Was a bit disappointed but enjoyed it for the good kick of alcohol. Not much drinkability after 1.

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Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bloody orange in body topped by white bubbly head that leaves plenty of sugary lacing. Citrus, hop resin, echoes of vegetables, slight booze, and nuttiness in the background of the aroma. Intense flavor: hop leaves, citrus, booze, nutty malt, cereal, hop resin, and finishes wet with juicy citrus and resin. Medium-heavy bodied brew with light carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. A strong beer that is definitely juicing. It throws massive hop flavor and couples it with booze and then attempts to balance it with hefty nutty malt but all that might be too much. A good beer that is ambitious enough to applause but a bit cumbersome in flavor.

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Photo of werdnacross
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle picked up at the beer cave in camarillo, ca.

A- Dark red with a brownish hue. Head pours thick and sustains well

S- strong hoppy yet dry smell.

T- Malty undertones with strong hoppy presence. A slight smokiness fills the aftertaste.

M- strong presence but tastes great. Goes down smooth.

O- Great beer. Goes down easily and could definitely see myself drinking more in the future.

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

Had this on 2011-03-14 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a short tan head and good lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some pine, citrus and yeast.

T - Big chalky and sweet malt, moderate caramel, pine, and citrus. The alcohol is well-disguised. More hop bitterness please.

M - Creamy with medium body and light to medium carbonation. Not prickly.

D - Very drinkable. Glad it was available at this pub tonight.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden brown pour with a really small white head. Hardly any retention, but what is left laces a bit.

S: Citrus hops with some grapefruit thrown in. Seems to all be built on a malt backbone.

T: No hop bomb for me on this one. Hops are more piney than the smell gave on, but the citrus and grapefruit are present. Malt backbone is subdued, but balances the flavors nicely.

MF: Some carbonation, hardly any taste of alcohol, pretty light bodied.

D: Hops aren't overpowering, neither is the sweetness. Not bad.

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Photo of claspada
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of citrus and resiny pine and herbal/vegetal hops. A smorgasbord of greenery here. A little bready and caramel maltiness, but not much.
The taste unfortunately follows the nose with the hops blasting your tastebuds, not balanced at all like I enjoyed my DIPAs. All hops here, extreme Simcoe and citrus hops are on show here which is pleasant for some, but not me. There almost should be a separate category of beers called Imperial IPA and Double IPA with one being balanced hops and malts and one having just a bunch of alcohol and bitterness (as is presented here). Too much alcohol and bitterness to be enjoyed for my taste buds.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a pint glass -

A - Copper body, with a very leggy and lacy head.

S - Hops, malt, and alcohol - which is rounded out with pleasant notes of pine and sap resin.

T & M & D - The abv is hidden within this palate making is a kick in the pants brew. Citrus hops right up front with a sugary sweet pine malty taste. The citrus notes come through in the middle and lend themselves to earthen pine notes on the back end. Great carbination and incredibly balanced and complex.

I really enjoyed this DIPA and I think you will too.

-Cheers

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: is incredible. hops, sweet malts,

taste: sweet malts, citrus hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, nice crisp finish

drinkability: this is a well balanced double ipa. will definitely going back to the store and picking up the rest of the 4 pack that I left behind.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings
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