Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
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4,164
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Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle . A hazy dark copper color pour with a lasting medium sized offwhite head leaving lots of sticky lacing behind , some yeast floaties swimming about , medium carbonation . Aroma is earthy , with lots of resionus and sweet pine notes , a little citrus , and a deep malty sweetness . Flavor is big and malty , quite sweet up front like brown sugar, and honey , earthy , with loads of piny and spicy hops , a little citrus but mostly resinous bitter hops , nice high level of bitterness , with a long hoppy finish ,slightly chalky at times . I found it to be quite drinkable and fairly good but no where near worth the $9 I paid for it , not even close .

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Photo of Squam256
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked the bartender for something hoppy and he suggested this. lad I took his advice:

Appearance: Dark copper

Smell: Floral with definite fruitiness. Citrus.

Taste: Hops. Hops. and then the aformentioned fruit. Deep and complex, with citrus being the predominant flavor but far from overpowering.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, not in any way harsh. Aftertaste was minimal.

Drinkability: Can handle one, 2 might be a bit much and probably no more than that. Still, I found it quite drinkable when you consider the ABV.

Overall: I really loved this beer, which seemed to get better with every sip. Will definitely have to enjoy this some more in the future.

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

Clear vibrant copper with tangerine orange highlights. Small offwhite head that becomes a resin pool. Small sticky laces.

Fresh pungent hops: Grapefruit, floral, and herbal. sweet toasty caramel.

Sharp citrus, juicy grapefruit, spicy floral, fresh hops. Sweet caramel, nutty, light toastiness. Dank grapefruity bitterness. resinous mouth coating.

Sticky, dry, smooth, med bodied, perfectly carbonated.

Nice sturdy and balanced, but still hoppy as fuck. Great balanced DIPA that goes down well despite the 10% and loads of hops.

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Photo of beertunes
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear amber color with a thin white head that had very little retention and a bit more than moderate lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of malt and hop (something that a lot of beers in this style are lacking, IMO), with the slight sweetness being nicely countered by a strong pine hop scent. The taste was similar to, but a more muted version of, the aroma. There was a floral hop component on the tongue that I didn't get in the nose.

The body was very good, full but not heavy, with some stickiness on the tongue on the finish. Drinkability was very good for the style, far better than most examples. Overall, a much better than average example of the style, worth your time.

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Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with creamy off-white head and some lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, sweet toasted malt and some spiciness.

Taste: Very juicy citrus (much more orange than grapefruit) with a strong counterbalance of sweet toasted malt. Ends with a long spicy and floral bitterness.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, creamy and smooth medium to full body, somewhat warming and very dry. Can really feel the hop oils.

Drinkability: Despite the high alcohol, I find this to be more drinkable than most standard IPAs. Ultimately, this seems more like a very smooth, more malty standard IPA than many other more out-there DIPA's, such as Hopslam and Double Trouble.

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Photo of mklinger
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Poured very vigorously to get a 1 finger head that was pale tand and stuck around pretty well. This beer was very hazy bordering on cloudy. Color was very nice rich polished bronze.

Aroma is balanced with malt & hops. Lots of rich caramel smells combined with some fruits like mango & peach. Not as citrus focused as I usually expect from a DIPA. Some bready, Munich malt aroma, too, I think.

Flavor is melanoiden rich -- Nice bitter presence that really lasts combined with strong malt character -- sweet caramel & rich toasted bread. Nice hop flavor with a fair amount of pine and maybe some earthy dankness. A very complex flavor profile that was more than I expected from the appearance or aroma.

Mouthfeel is quite good but there's just a little something about the texture of the beer that is almost but not quite very good. I like the rich, luxurious body, but there was a slight particulate matter feel in the body that nagged at me some & wasn't quite right.

Drinkability was quite good as flavor & mouthfeel are really important here, but the other qualities did drag it down some.

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

A- A slightly hazy golden orange liquid with a thick bone white head that has some great retention. Looks just about right for the style.

S- Strong pine and swiss cheese with some flowers and caramel. This smells like the real deal.

T- Syrupy sweet hops and caramel. Seems a little old school, but it is enjoyable. The strong malt backing keeps this nice.

M- Creamy smooth with a decent hop bite to it. Pretty nice fore a DIPA.

D- This is a bit of a sipper. I have had better renditions of this style, but this isn't too bad.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Darkish amber, 1 finger of yellowish head.

Smell - Very strong, but more malty and slightly less fruity than expected for an American DIPA.

Taste - Seriously hoppy, with loads of grapefruit and orange. On the other hand, there is easily enough sweet and earthy malt for balance. The flavour is very well spread across the entire palette.

Mouthfeel - Quite heavy, a little too cloying.

Drinkability - Impressive for a DIPA.

Overall - An outstandingly flavoursome and well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark Amber color, thin off-white head that leaves quickly. Lacing is nice and average.

S - Very sweet smelling Smell of caramel, coffee, green herbs, and honey.

T - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, spice, cilantro(weird) and sweet. It is overly malty for an IPA.

M - Thick and oily with medium/low carbonation. Some tannins are apparent.

D - Very similar to a hoppy barleywine. Too thick to be enjoyed on its own, needs to be with food. Alcohol is noticeable. I like the beer but too heavy for an entire 22oz bottle to be consumed by one person.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour... a solid orange color, a bit hazy with fine sediment, one finger offwhite and rather fizzy head fades to nil and negligible lacing. Smell: syrupy sweet, caramel, a little almond-esque nuttiness, and the hops: floral, grassy, slighty orangey. Hops weren't as pronounced as expected. Taste: caramel, honey, munich-y, pine, herbal and grassy. Carbonation is just enough, fairly syrupy. Enjoyable. Not a hop bomb but has a decent grassy bitterness... maybe too balanced though. 12/17/2009 bottling.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

3 Finger luscious tan/khaki head died to half finger and retained looks great.

Stong malty and hoppy nose. Gigantic hoppiness Great nose as well.

Good hop bite. Good sweet caramel malt with strong hop lingering finish. Almost barley wine in nature.

Good carbonation and great mouthfeel on this DIPA. Extremly smooth very drinkable.

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

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong dark copper color with some light reddish hints. There is a nice dense and strong off white head that stays for a very long time. Nice and sticky. Looks perfect!

S - Citrus hop hints come up rushing at you. Followed by a nice strong caramel sweetness. Some mild flowery hints are present as well. A bit of honey in the nose as well.

T - Smooth sweetness comes up front immediately and then transitions into even more sweet hints with a hop citric kick. Some sweet grapefruit hints. There is mild honey sweetness with also some grainy hints intertwined in the sweetness. Very delicious DIPA that is not too overwhelming. Well balanced if you can believe it.

M - Nice and smooth with just enough CO2 to clean the palette from the resiny hops. Medium body that is very satisfying.

D - Drinkability is very high for a DIPA. Very nice! High ABV that warms the body and mind.

Edit: As it warms there are some nice candy/caramel hints that get even more distinctive. Even some vanilla.

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Photo of alkemy
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one that disappeared from my profile a while back so this review is from notes found on Notepad. Hazy orange/copper pour with a couple fingers of light tan head. I found this pretty malty for a DIPA. Had the requisite pine and citrus aromas, but also a caramel and toffee malt that was more prominent than I'm used to. Taste resembled the nose. I distinctly remember this being a very malty adaptation of the style and my notes confirm this. Viscous and resiny feel. This review was done quite some time ago, so I'll try to grab another of these and see how it stacks up now that my palette has more miles on it. Although I was expecting a little more the first go 'round.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Attained through a trade.

Bottled on November 4th, 2009.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber and deep copper color with a finger of head. The head retention is low, it disappears after only a few seconds. When held up to the light there is absolutely no effervescence. This should be a treat on the palate from a feel perspective at least. I love gently carbonated beers. A few swirls in the snifter produces a little bit of lace. The lace is thin, and scattered as small dots across the side of my snifter.

Smell: The nose is a big load of malt and hops. The hops have an upper hand, but I would have thought the hand would be higher after the Titan IPA I had from Great Divide. The malt is caramel, slightly toasted, with a little biscuit thrown into the mix. The hops are largely herbal, with notes of pine and fresh grass. There is also a little bit of citrus zest in there.

Taste: Malt leads off the tasting, although it doesn't taste as toasted or biscuity as it did in the nose. The malt is just sweet caramel and it makes it way into about a quarter of the tasting and then it's just a backbone to the hops. The bittering and flavor hops come into play next. More pine and grass make an appearance, but there is also some orange peel and a little bit of grapefruit as well. Grapefruit stays on the tongue and teeth for a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, a little more on the full side. A little alcohol warming comes in after each sip. The carbonation is spot on, nice and gentle right away.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Great Divide. I will say, this isn't as big of a citrus hop bomb as I was hoping. If put up against some of the other Imperial IPA's I've had, this would probably take a back seat. But, not to sell it short, I am glad I traded for it.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Underground Bluz.

Great Divide is a fantastic brewery with an excellent variety of tasty offerings. I have also had this beer in the bottle, so I was looking forward to this draft with gusto.

Very malty with caramel and apricot syrup. A bit bready as well.

Citrus and peach in the aroma. A beautiful pour with a thick white head and a rich amber color. A lot of lacing.

Thick and creamy on the palate. Almost heavy. Surprisingly, very little alcohol burn. The hoppiness of the beer is undeniable, but the bitterness is so moderated by the malty flavor up front that the bitter finish is welcome and necessary.

Drinkable, but not a beer I would session because of the high (and disguised) ABV and (to be honest) the cost. But you get what you pay for with this beer. Big flavor. Excellent.

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

I'm excited, this bottle is only two weeks old.

Very clean, copper color and a big off-white head with good retention and lacing.

Wonderful, fresh, resinous, catty hop aroma with hints of grapefruit.

The malt attempts to detain the grassy, piney hops flavors but the hops have it all the way. The finish is increasingly astringent and the 10% shows itself with every sip, with a grapefruity fade.

Hop forward in every way, this should satisfy any hophead looking for a fix. Classy.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-brown color. Great initial head that dissapates to a light head through the duration.

Aroma: Citrus hops, mainly grapefruit.

Flavor: Grapefruit dominates the flavor for me. Very hoppy. Some caramel malt backbone.

Excellent mouthfeel.

My first IPA and I love it!

Obviously best when fresh. Had a 10-month old bottle the other day and it wasn't all that great. Mighta been a bad bottle too cuz it was beyond just faded hops. Luckily GD prints a bottled on date (Thank you!) so it's easy to be sure you're getting a fresh bottle.

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Photo of jspruit
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle dated July 22, 2005.

Very cloudy appearance in an orange amber color-nice. Creamy foamy 1 finger head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing throughout with a bit of sediment.

Smells grassy, hoppy, sort of malty and also sweet with sticky notes again. There is also a bit of citrus/grapefruit notes detected.

Tastes largely of hops, but not too strong and bitter. I feel like the 10% ABV can be detected near the end of each taste. The malt presence is stronger than I would have thought and the grapefruit notes are much stronger than in the smell.

Medium body mouthfeel overall. Smooth for all of the ABV and as much of a hopbomb that this is supposed to be.

Because it is so strong in its flavors and with a 10% ABV, I don't think that I could drink alot of these over and over.

Overall, I thought that it was a good DIPA, but not as outstanding as I would have expected. I'll try it again as it has a great reputation (and maybe the age of my bottle had something to do with not completely overwhelming me) but I wouldn't say that it is the best DIPA that I have ever had.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this beer and was able to get it as a single bottle. Everything I've had from Great Divide has been well-crafted and this beer is no exception. Sure enough, this is a "hop bomb" but it takes a while for the bitterness to kick in. The high alcohol content ensures that this isn't something that will get chugged down, unlike other IPA's that I've had while out drinking.

Good pour to this, as the beer had a deep amber hue to it with a moderate head and some dotted lacing to boot. The aroma was pretty strong as well although the taste was a bit more subtle up front. The caramel-like sweetness up front gave way to an intense floral hoppiness in the back with a lot of alcohol, apricot, and leathery maltiness to tie everything together. This is very well balanced since the aftertaste doesn't call for a chaser of water to get everything down.

One of these in a night is enough, but only because of how strong this is. There's not as much citrus here as in other IPA's but the acrid mouthfeel is still present. While this isn't the best of its style that I've had, it's a solid beer and another good offering from Great Divide. I think this style doesn't call for a double but something like this pushes the envelope and in the world of craft beer, that's not a bad thing.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on August 12, 2009--I actually didn't plan on reviewing this bottle since it's almost 5 months old, but since it turned out to be spectacular anyway, I went ahead.

Appearance: Pours semi-translucent amber with some bubbles and sediment. 1/2 inch off-white head, which is kind of pillowy and frothy, dissipates slowly, leaving huge rings of lacing. Overall lacing is spotty and streaky, all over the glass.

Smell: Resinous, floral, and grassy hops, with some sugary sweetness. Strong. Says, "I'm an Imperial IPA."

Taste: Starts with some sugary malt, then quickly drops a hop bomb. Flavor profile is apricot and grapefruit for the huge bitter hops, and bready, biscuity sweet malt. Finish is bready and bitter, and the aftertaste alternates between citrus/fruity and bread/toasted. Alcohol warmth comes later, not so much interacting with the taste as making itself known in the chest and head. The hops stay big and bold throughout, while the malt character evolves as the beer warms and I get deeper into it. Now it's sweet, now it's fresh white bread, now it's pumpernickel, etc. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. 10% ABV? Satisfying flavor, solid mouthfeel, refreshing, well-masked alcohol. Why do so many people laud big American IPAs? Because beers like this are big American IPAs.

Once again, Great Divide exemplifies a style of beer while still delivering a beer with its own unique personality. I can't even imagine how good this beer would be fresh. Chances are that most of these 4s and 4.5s would turn into 5s on tap.

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

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - about two fingers of loose light tan foam with a slight reddish hue. the beer is crystal clear, strong amber also with a nice red hue. leaves a thin spotty layer of lace as it and the beverage slowly fades.

S - lots of flowery citrus hops at first balanced by a load of caramel and brown sugar malts, finishes with some more grassy hops.

T - strong burst of massively citrus hops before some sweet sugar malts kick in. notes of grapefruit, caramel, honey, stale biscuit before finishing kick a huge bitter kick and a grassy aftertaste. definitely some alcohol throughout.

M - tad thin on the body, but the flavors stick to all corners of the mouth. also a touch hot with the carbonation, i like them a little more graceful.

D - solid DIPA, about as close as you can get to being too bitter. malts try to balance but just cut short. not one of my favorites, but something i might go to if the mood strikes.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bomber that had a bottling date of Sept. 14. Not thrilled with that, but it suffied. It poured like a beer that was fresh from the kettle -- big, thick head with lacing that wouldn't quit. Damn impressive blossoming tangerine color that is absolutely resonant.

This beer's nose is led by apricots, with a patient spicieness, hints of alcohol, and a sustaining hop presence throughout. Wonderful complexity that entices.

Taste is dominated by apricots and hop bitternesss. Nuts and fruit sweetness hit the palate in the middle. Pleasant dry, lingering fi There is an absolute boatload of alcohol in this beer, and it is hidden when cold. By the time this beer warms, it's absolutely noticeable, but it takes significant time to get to that point. It goes through a wonderful period of dynamicism, with its heavy mouthfeel getting moreso. There is very, very little carbonation in this beer that pairs well with its alcohol presence and heavy body. Loved it. Towards its end the notes of hops reminded me of a barleywire moreso than an IPA. A wonderful journey of palate exploration. The finish of this beer is pure hop bitterness.

This beer is endlessly drinkable if not for the alcohol. At 10% a.b.v., it's quite hefty. But delicious. A great example of a DIPA.

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

22 oz. into tulip-like glass.

A: Very clear - a light amber color. Thick head with staying power, even with the 2-pour.

S: Grain and Grass (as my brother-in-law says, "these beers taste like weeds"). Obvious Citrus and Apricot, with significant alcohol on the nose.

T: Bitter (in a good way) from start to finish. Vanilla (weird, I know). Bitter orange and grapefruit as you would expect, but the grapefruit almost takes a backseat to the apricot/vanilla, almost. This is a Hop Bomb, but not in the traditional sense. The vanilla/apricot seems to curb the intensity a bit, but it is still there.

M: A nice and easy pucker... Sorry, but it is bitter on the cheeks and tongue for quite awhile after the first sip and that, to me, is fabulous.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - not quite what I was expecting with a name like Hercules tied to it, but what do I know.

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Photo of biegaman
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wine drinkers will recognize this orangey colour from the label of the illustrious Veuve Clicquot champagne; beer drinkers know it best as the American IPA. It is a toasty golden tone that welcomes the light with open arms, becoming a much brighter, much glassier (and slightly more transparent) tone. A sandy brushing of head blankets the surface and cakes the glass in layer upon layer of droopy, eccentric patterns of lacing.

The aroma is certainly Herculean. The way this thing smells it sends out a message saying: 'I am; I am here; I am now'. It doesn't so much as say 'hello' as it does smack you upside the head. It is a budding orchard, it is fresh cut citrus fruit, it is mysterious herbals, it is nectar serum, it is... an utmost amazing, tantalizing thing.

With Hercules DIPA you start to see hops, I mean really, literally start seeing hops. Your field of vision goes green, your eyes water up with resins and your tears taste of a stinging citrus. The malts may also be deserving of some mention, but with a hop spectacle such as this there just really isn't the room to spare to write about them.

I find Greek mythology pretty interesting to begin with, but find a way to write Great Divide somewhere into that lore and hot damn sign me up for that class (it would certainly be a popular course)! I'm sure Greeks everywhere have already started claiming credit for this beer; certainly it is worthy of its own saga and mysticism.

I swear, one day they'll find something in the water in Bolder, something that should account for why every Great Divide beer drinks with such polished finesse and unequaled quaffability. Even with all its backbreaking bitterness (85 IBU) and almighty alcohol content (10%) this drinks with an intense level of gratification and refreshment.

Hercules has a gargantuan hop profile, colossal strength and mighty character - it is well deserving of its namesake. The write up says something about this beer not being fit for mortals, but suitable for the Gods. And once you finish it, you do kind of feel like one - either because you made it through a titanic 9.1% bomber or just because the 9.1% itself! Whatever the case, this is certainly a heavenly, divine experience.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burnt orange colour with modest head that sinks too quickly but leave some gorgeous beige lace behind. Slow bead in the beer with a fairly clear body. Nice malty-looking beer, if only the head retained better.

Quite malty with some chocolate notes, caramelly and a fair pine resin aroma coming through. Some citrus and pineapple notes as well but subdued, with a buttery character coming through the stronger. Smells quite good but more like a barleywine, needs a bit more hop on there to carry it.

Tastes quite malty as well, caramel and buttery notes on the front with some deeper chocolatey tones. Hop bitterness comes in early with resiny flavours, a bit one-note and blarey, rather than nuanced and complex in the mouth. Phenolic flavours towards the back leaves quite a bitter aftertaste, and yeah overall the flavour is just a big dump truck full of bitterness. Could use more later addition hops, more flavour, less bitterness.

Full and thick on the feel, but not very sticky. Bit of dryness towards the back - yeah, pretty good.

Very drinkable beer though, the bitterness cleans up nicely and is not overpowering.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,164 ratings.
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