Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,169 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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Photo of ntatum
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle, poured an orangish amber with lots of lacing. The hops definitely comes through on the nose but with some caramel maltiness also.

It has a nutty/caramel sweetness come through up front but then BAM comes that hops. The hops come through as citrus and piny finishing with a very nice floral flavor.

The mouth feel and viscosity of the beer is great as it allows those citrus/piny/floral notes to linger. It has excellent drinkability and I honestly wish i had one (or two) more to go with this one.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of Jan. 24, 2011. Pours a translucent light orange color with a thin layer of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus and pine hops. Kind of sweet smelling by the smell of hops dominates. Taste is very bitter upfront. Flavor is mostly the pine hops. A bit floral near the end to go with the bitter aftertaste. Slightly boozey but certainly not as much alcohol flavor as one would expect for a beer with a double digit ABV. I like the bitterness of this one but it masks many of the other nuances. Overall, it's a good buy every once in awhile.

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

Got it on tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA.

Appearance- Nice Amber Reddish hazy beer. Good foamy head that left lacing on the glass.

Smell- Fragrant hoppy with a tinge of citrus in the nose.

Taste- Awesome. Really satisfying complex DIPA. Good hop character with a really smooth finish. A little sweetness on the finish with a hint of citrusy orange.

Drinkability- Very fun beer to drink. A little warmth on the finish due to the high alcohol content but the presence of alcohol was not harsh at all. Great with a burger or other food or simply on it's own.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly dark amber, with a nice finger of head at the top that sticks to the glass after each sip.

S - Lots of hops, as well strong hints of citrus and bits of caramel.

T - Bitterness is king on this DIPA! Great tasting hops and a bit of caramel at the tail end.

M - Dry and medium bodied, some slight carbonation

D - Very drinkable even with the high alcohol content.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle to chalice.

Poured amber/orangeish color.
Faint hops smell, with stronger citrus, and a little caramel.
Spicy/citrus taste. Very hoppy aftertaste I thought.
Medium bodied.
Couldn't drink a ton of this. Little too hoppy of my tastes.

Look forward to trying other Great Divide beers.

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle at Brickskeller in DC in October 2009, and this review is from the notes taken then.

Orangish-copper color with a nice white head and good lacing.

Aroma is piney and citrusy hops and sweet malt.

Flavor is sweet, toffeeish caramel malt balanced by lots of fresh-tasting pine and citrus and hop bitterness lingering on the finish.

Hop oils on the palate, medium-full for the style.

A very solid DIPA overall, if a bit overrated.

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Photo of Luk13
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle @ Volo. Copper colored beer with an off-white to pale yellow head. Aroma is heavy, sappy pine hops. Taste is very much the same caramel with tons of pine bitterness. The label calls it hefty, and it is. Mouthfeel is almost gritty it's so bitter and it has almost no carbonation feel

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Photo of liquidsunshine
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought on recommendation from an employee at Big C's liquor, comes in a four pack for 9 bucks. Pours an inviting light amber/ copper colour, with a finger of white bubbly head. In the nose I get mainly alcohol and malt, with the hops not as present although for a double ipa I expected them to be more prominent. The hops really come through in the taste and give balance to the sweet malts and syrupy alcohol. The flavour also develops nicely over the palate, showcasing each of the individual ingredients nicely. Although I am not a fan of a syrupy mouthfeel in beers it is hard to avoid in a 10%abv brew and this beer does a good job of covering it up.

Excellent brew, would heartily advise any IPA lover to give it a try!

- Cheers, matt

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

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - red, orange sunset no head and minimal lacing

S - malt, yeast, lots of floral and citrus maybe even some melon rind

T - very soapy and floral up front. Nice fluffy citrus and sweet earthy malt backbone a tad of oak and a bit of pine and the flavor hangs around and the alcohol comes out with some nice yeast

M - fluffy and carbonated up front and cakes the mouth for a while at the end. Lots of bitter

D - Big, yet fluffy, bitter, yet sweet and coats the mouth with awesomeness

Final thought - If you like big hops and malt this one is a must

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Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Feb. 9, 2011.. very fresh! 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a burnt golden, pushing being orange; completely transparent. Not the biggest head, but great lacing. I'm picking up lots of pine mixed with some citrus, specifically grapefruit. Tastes extremely bitter, slightly sweet. Lots of pine and resin in the mix; sticky. Pretty malty with hints of caramel giving it some sweetness.. but like I mentioned, extremely bitter. Mouthfeel is nice.. it started off fizzy, but became more smooth as you get more into it; full-bodied. Drinkablity is average, alcohol is noticeable, finishes warm and sticky. This is a huge beer.

This beer could be really great, IMO, but it's completely unbalanced. I understand the DIPA style is based on not being balanced.. but I wasn't feeling this one, and I really wanted to. I'm a huge fan of Great Divide, so I feel a tad let down. It's worthy though. I completely understand why so many people like this beer.

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Photo of mdunman
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber with a tick head and a lot of linger.

S: Hop bomb, with a bit of spice and malt.

T: Again, a hop bomb. But this one was complemented with a lot of good spices and some citrus notes to make this IPA a bit more unique.

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer. This beer stands out in the world of hop bombs in it's own way. I would gladly come back for another round.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep orange color with a thick foamy head with tons of lacing. The brew is more opaque than clear.

Smells of citrus and pine hops and biscuit-like malt. All the flavors that go along with those aromas plus a spicy alcohol kick and a semi-bitter finish. The mouth feel is meaty and carbonated.

A nice DIPA that any self-respecting hop head should try. The highlights are its fantastic looks and excellent mouth feel. There are other DIPAs that I prefer for taste, but Hercules is hard to beat for an all around brew.

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Photo of robhunta
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with one inch of large bubbles head, fades own to a thin lacing. has a bit of a haze in the redish/brown hue.

S - nice floral, strong hoppy aroma

T - Delicious nutty flavor with great acidic hops and also fruity/floral hops flavor. quite delicious.

M - medium bodied, great, not much else to say

D - quite drinkable, nice balance

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle after warming a few minutes at room temperature.

Appearance: Only a 1" to 2" pale yellow head, even when aggressively poured. Fine lacing that lasts a while. Medium amber in color. What else to say, it looks good and begs me to drink it.

Nose: Lots of sweet malts initially, the hops are there and well stated, but the malts are the winner in this battle. No contest here. Mild presence of some pine and citrus, but not alot. I was expecting a bit more hops from this double IPA.

Taste: Big malt sweetness intially, the hops don't come on until you have swallowed and let the malt flavor thin out. The hops bitterness definitely stays though, for a long time after the drink. It's a big DIPA that has a larger malt presence than it does hops. Warm alcohol presence, I can tell this is a high alcohol brew, but nothing offensive to me, stated at 10% on the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Bready, a little chewy at first, big malt/thickness. Thins out fast though and leaves that pervasive hops bittnernes in the cheeks. Not hard to drink, but not a fast drinker either.

Drinkability: At a fairly high alcohol level, this is not a slammer. One large bottle is enough at a sitting (or two, if you are brave, tough, or just want to get high). Two, shared with a pal, is just right.

Overall: I like this, although I prefer more of a hops presence in my IPA. Would definitely drink again. A solid 4.25 out of 5 for me.

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Photo of Janderson91
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on January 24, 2011, enjoyed on February 15, 2011. I've had this beer a few times before. This is as fresh as I could find it in Alabama, time to review.

A - Poured into a DFH signature glass. A small one finger white head with large bubbles. A clear amber color and leaves splotchy lacing.

S - Smell is a little too balanced for the style. In a DIPA I want a big hop aroma and this is lacking somewhat in that department. There are definitely some hops in the nose but also a lot of malt.

T - Taste starts out very sweet. Some hop bitterness in the back balances it out and it finishes very balanced. Leaves a lingering bitterness long after each sip.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good for the style, nice and medium bodied. Takes me a while to drink one of these, high alcohol and sweetness make this a sipper.

A good beer and I love Great Divide, but I'll reach for a Titan before this any day.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Aggressively poured and received a huge light tan head that settled over a clear amber body.

Good hop aroma with some grapefruit and other citrus, and a hint of floral. Makes me expect the flavor to be on the sweeter side.

Sure enough, good hop bitterness but a nice balance of sweeter flavors. I like DIPAs to blend the flavors like this.

Easy to drink. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of Dave128
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Sept 30 2010.. Enjoying Feb 13 2011...

A - This beer has a beautiful way of making the bubbles fill the glass. I'm using a standard unetched pint glass and bubbles are just slowly kinda drifting to the top not necessarily racing indicating a nice body. Head is DIPA ish. Not much oomph initially but has lasting power. Very pretty amber color.

S - Not really that much going on in the aroma besides some piney/floral smells its clearly all hops. There is a slight metallic smell thats hard to put my finger on.. Maybe it will come through on the taste.

T - Very bitter. Maybe my palate is not quite ready for this beer. The metallic (for lack of a better descriptive word) smell was just the alcohol which is pretty evident in this offering. I feel like I'm not actually getting much flavor. It seems like its all bitterness and alcohol. I know some people are into just that combination but it seems just a little imbalanced to me. Tastes like pinecones.

M - Excellent body and carbonation. Exactly how a DIPA should feel in your mouth.

D - Ehh... idk.. this is a tough call for me. I don't want to call out a beer that may not be the freshest of its kind... but I was not too impressed by this offering. I would certainly try it again given the opportunity... but I won't be seeking out Hercules IPA as my DIPA of choice.

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

Ha this on tap at the flying saucer in downtown kc. Amazing place!!

A- looks like a nice amber brown. Transparent. About half inch of head. shows nice carbonation.

S- malts and hops combined perfectly. Fruits and grain. Roasted. Grapefruit and maybe pineapple.

T- hops right in the front massively. not too bitter though. A nice mix of hoppy bitterness and malt character. Then end is dry and give a nice full finish.

M&D- a bit fuller than I like most of my brews. a great feel on the pallet.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant amber coloring with a slight haze, and a thin lacing of foamy head. Hops and hops and hops all over the nose, with a good blend of piney and citrusy-sweet notes, also. Bits of spice/pepper in the deep inhales. The beer is round, and fills your mouth right off the bat! Malty sweet flavors slip onto the tongue first, laying down a nice foundation for the aromatic and piney hops that follow. The spices continue to be present, and highlight the aftertaste as well. There are also some sweet grapefruit and grassy tastes towards the end of the tongue. Aftertaste is all hops, with the slight peppery spices mentioned before. Surprisingly, the finish is lingering and sweet, and the slightest bit bitter. My mouth actually watered the longer I tried to focus on the aftertaste and finish, so I guess that ranks high on the drinkability scale!

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Photo of beersensei305
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes: On tap World of Beer tampa Palms

A- Amber in color, fairly merky..off white head good rentention

S- Piney citrus rind malty nad of course robust floral hops

T- starts off malty sweet, middle is the hop slam, then bitter from grapefruit.. well balanced

M- Bitter and medium bodied sticky/syrupy average carbonation

D- this is a big flavored DIPA really good and balanced none of the flavors get out of control it is a great one

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Photo of JMad
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured my bomber of Hercules into a tall Genghis Grill beer glass...

The beer poured a copper, amber color with a thick, white, bubbly head.

It smells bitter and fruity, I mostly noticed grapefruit and mango with sweet malt and a bubblegum like quality. There was also a hint of alcohol.

Tastes like grapefruit too, and there was a tropical like sweetness, lots of fruity flavors with a nice bitterness.

And it's so smooth, the soft carbonation is like candy on your tongue.

This is a delicious brew, it hides the alcohol well, definitely worth the price.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/11

A: If you'd told me this was a DIPA, I'd have called you a liar. It is one of the darkest and murkiest DIPA's I've ever seen. Amber/red hues with unfiltered dregs really looks like something I'd find in a barleywine. Regardless, it does come out swinging, as the head is thick and tall, a good 1.5 fingers. Intense lacing remains as the head slowly falls.

S: There's no hiding the alcohol here - it's up front and all around. I do get a mild hint of hops, but the alcohol comes roaring back and sqashes the humulus lupulus like a gnat making friends with a rolled up newspaper.

T: Have I introduced you to Senor Alcohol? This one is hot, but I like it. Given a second in my mouth, the traditional profile cornerstones do pop out: faint citrus, hoppy bitterness and a suprisingly rich maltiness (which I wasn't expecting).

M: A massivly big and heavy DIPA. It really comes off with a lot more oomph then I would have expected. It's like they took "Lawrence of Arabia" and crammed it into beer form - just huge and epic.

O: Not what I was expecting. I think I dug it, but I'm still kind of in awe. Great Divide really put it all on the table with this one, and for that I give them credit. But for my day to day drinking, I don't know how often this one will be chilling in my fridge.

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Photo of obywan59
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour 1 from a 650 into my Duvel tulip.
Coppery colored towards a light, more of a cherry or ruby appearance away from the light. It reminded me of Mad Elf. A 1 finger off-white head which dissipates to mostly a ring around the glass and a thin film over the brew. A moderate stream of bubbles rises in the middle. Pour 2 into my St. Bernadus glass was similar except for being translucent rather than nearly transparent.

Grassy hops in the aroma, along with some sweet malt, gives the impression of over-ripe citrus.

Very sweet up front, but balanced nicely by a supreme bitterness that doesn't waste much time asserting itself.

Moderate in feel. a thicker mouthfeel might have made it cloying. Creamy to the mouth, biting to the tongue, and a lasting burning to the throat that is not to be denied.

An awesome drinker. Excellent balance between the sweetness of the malt, bitterness of the hops, and the moderate mouthfeel. The only thing slowing me down was the ABV, and that just means there's more time to savor.

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Photo of jc85
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color, with a good size off-white head. It left good retention and great lacing on the glass.

Smell- Malt is the first thing that comes through on this beer. Some citrus notes and a little bit of pine.

Taste- WOW, this tastes great. Just like the nose, malty sweetnes right up front, as you drink it the citrus comes in. On the back end a nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied somewhat sticky.

Drinkability- This goes down great, not overly bitter, and not too sweet. Great beer overall

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either. Poured a medium copper color with a thin, quickly dissipating, white, fluffy head. Lacing lined the opposite side of the glass with big, thin rings.

SMELL: Intense was the first word that came to mind. Very hoppy and piney with a hint of citrus noticable.

TASTE: A bit of a let down considering the smell was so intensely hoppy. The 85 IBUs are almost overpowered by the malt during the first few sips, although the balance does move back into the hop head's balance a little ways into the bomber. After a few sips the hops return as the star of the show and are quite impressively delicious with notes of pine a touch of lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: This was impressive. The beer seems to bite the tongue, while at the same time coating the rest of the palate. Strong carbonation, especially for a Double IPA.

DRINKABILITY: Hercules is a strong and excellent beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. Do not introduce anyone to the style with this beer. It is for the hop heads. It demands respect even though it may not be enjoyed and fully appreciated by everyone.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,169 ratings.
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