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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11.41%
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Photo of mmahut
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden colour with no carbonation and a finger head.

S: Hops with sweet malt with appearances of citrus fruits.

T: Bitter hop taste with malt at first followed by citrus with prune.

M: Full smooth body with small level of carbonation makes it nice.

D: Good but strong (10%!) IPA.

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

For me this beer is another great introduction to American brewed beers, in this case a double IPA (a style to which I'm quite new).

Nice brown glowing beer; not much carbonation or head though.
Great fresh hoppyness in the taste, great green grass smell, pine, together with some apricots , I would say, and some milky chocolate malts.
Bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's just very smooth. Alcohol is hardly present, even for the 9.1% as stated on my bottle , it's well masked.

Very glad to have tried this. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands. Thanks to their assortment.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle (dated Feb 8, 2010) into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Dark amber with yellow hues, it poured with a big fluffy cream head that stuck around.
S: Earthy grapefruit hops, floral citrus over caramel sweet bread. This is a very inviting aroma.
T: Resiny fresh hops burn in the back of a sweet bread caramel candied oranges. It's a slow burn with the hops and the bitterness resides like citrus pine.
M: Somewhat syrupy, frothy, and smooth.
D: Pretty good. I'd only want to have two bottles in a row, though.

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Photo of vkv822
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice golden hued copper, with quite a bit of yeast particles suspended throughout, and a foamy off-white head.
It has an extremely zesty hop citrus smell, with an almost perfect backing of sweet malt notes. The hops are very up-front with more zesty citrus flavors, and again I am very impressed with the sweet toffee malt backing as it is very present without distracting or taking away from the hop flavor and bitterness.
And as it warms, the hop bitterness really becomes quite dominant.
The mouth feel is medium bodied and very enjoyable. Overall this is an incredibly drinkable and well crafted DIPA. I will definitely seek this out again, and probably sooner than I anticipate.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dark golden color, with a nice white head. Huge hoppy aroma, pine, citrus, bready malt. Starts off with a big, resiny hop flavor, with some nice caramel sweetness mid-palate, before finishing with some nice, warming alcohol. An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellow stained head. Sticky lace clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops mixed with a bit of herbal grass hop characteristics. Smooth medium bodied beer is mild with carbonation and a nice balance of malt sweetness verse hop bitters verse the alcohol bite. The high abv accents the hop bitterness and flavors quite well with an extra kick of spice. Quite warming overall which is to be expected from 10%. Lingering hops make themselves known long after the last sip. Overall quite good however nothing overly exciting that jumps out as making this beer remarkable. As it warms, a mild piney character comes out in both aroma and taste.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Lodge in Boca Raton.
Copper colored with two finger white head. Low retention and moderate lacing.
Aroma is of piney hops and sweet fruits and caramel.
Well balanced but leans more towards the malty side. Light caramel malt blends with a subdued earthy hop flavor. I prefer a more bitter hop but can't deny this beer its balance.
Medium bodied with nice carbonation and slightly creamy.
I found this to be more of a strong IPA than a IIPA. Still highly recommend enjoying one.

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Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured bomber into a mug

a- golden amberish with thick off white foam.
good retention and lacing

s- malty piney hops . breadiness and alcohol and sublte floral zest

t- the same as smell with a bit more of that spicy zest
the floral hops comes out on the way down. big alcohol bite

m- rich, resinous, sticky hops. just the right carbonation to bring this down smoothely

d- a good beer to set the pace between sipping and tossing em back.
this is the type of beer i like to gulp down in large sips @ about 20 mins per bomber, then let it sit before the next one.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it's sometimes tough to find the Great Divide brews in cuse. I was pumped to find this one in the fingerlakes tonight.

poured into a pint glass

A- reddish amber 90 min look, lack of carbonation and small head

S- malty and piney... and hopped to the extent. There are earthy tones as well. Sweet bready and malty tones

T- whoa, feeling the 10% in a sweet malt profile. Hops are slightly bitter... however they do have a dry flavor as well. It is very dark and filling. There is a caramel profile too

M- creamy and full bodied. There is good carbonation and thck flavor that lingers

D- a pretty good DIPA. I feel the alcohol kick in as it goes down. Herc sure is filling. I definitely recommend trying this brew

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Photo of endovelico
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled stein. Best before date: 15/11/10.

Hercules is a slightly hazy orange-copper beer with an intense aroma of hops. It has an elegant aroma of pineapple, grass, orange zest and melon.

The bitterness is assertive, as expected, and the palate is semi-sweet with a malty center holding the tropical profile of this beer.

Pinneaple, peach and grass are evident eventually developing other nuances as it warms up, such as lemon and grapefruit notes.

It hides the alcohol extremely well, but the sweetness also hinders the bitterness leaving you with a bitter-sweet finish (literally) with a long lasting, almost meditational, aftertaste.

Cliffnotes: High bitterness. Peach, grass, melon and pineapple on the nose and tongue. Sweeter than other examples of DIPAs. Alcohol not noticeable. full bodied.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Look: Carmine red color, cloudy with sediment, the foamy head is thin but durable, very good lacing; Smell: Some hops, are distinguished earth, floral, pine and wood, certain notes of vanilla and bubble gum too, which resemble ice cream; Taste: The same hops of the smell, we see aging in oak barrels with alcohol; Mouthfeel: Dry, extra bitter, slightly alcoholic, leaves the throat hot, the body is robust, thick and hot, low carbonation; Drinkability: the first double IPA i've tried, feels like aged like wine.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at Stub and Herbs

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a slight hazed dark orange copper.

Aroma: Floral pine hops up front with some bready malts and citrus blend. Nothing over the top.

Taste": Very interesting DIPA. Floral hops but a ton of caramel malt with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and sticky.

Overall, not a bad ipa, but I have had better for the style. Not something I want more of if something else is available.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy and a bit light ruby color with a big fluffy white head on top.

Smell: Plenty of those nice earthy hops that the Titan has with a similar sweet malt heavy backbone. The piny hops have overrun this aroma though and the ever so slight citrus hops have hid in the background.

Taste: Nice big piny flavor hits first. Second comes in the spicy hops that tingle the tongue. No huge bitter bite here, rather a nice bitter overtone with a sweet malty, creamy backbone that washes it away. Not nearly as bombastically flavored as the over hopped ruination/double simcoe/etc. However that bombastic over hopped flavor is why I like DIPA's, so unfortunately this great balanced brew will take a slight hit from me.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean yet pretty heavy.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had to date, but this beer is pretty much an amped up Titan, which disappoints me a bit. One of my favorite things about DIPA's is that whenever I get into a rhythm of craving hops I can get a weeks worth in one huge DIPA, this beer leaves me hanging a bit. Still great, just not my idea of double.

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

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass while outside on the first deliciously warm and mild Spring night of Southern Illinois.

A: Two finger head is off-white with hints of a bleached khaki; It lingers for quite some time until settling to about 1/3 inch thick with great carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is foamy and frothy. Color of this brew is reminiscent of oranges, ambers and coppers. Nice lacing with good head retention. Actively carbonated with strands of bubbles throughout the body.

S: Smells biscuity and bready with resinous piney hops sneaking up behind.

T: First taste is a delicious vegetative hop flavor. My first thought is simply "Juicy". Roasty malts come up quickly with hop bitterness on the second taste. The brew (cold) is slightly medicinal in the bitterness much like aspirin but allowing the beer to warm properly is where it's at. Although the taste is not the punch in the mouth that I personally expect from a DIPA the bitterness is and more earthy and piney flavors come out with each subsequent sip. Aftertaste is of caramel malts with a decent dose and rounding of more hop bitterness. Call me greedy but I want more from this DIPA.

MF: Medium to slightly medium heavy. Right on for the style.

D: Heavy... Intoxicating... Not sessionable but a great brew to start off a night with.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass

A: pours a orange copper with a two finger creamy head. Good retention and lacing. Capped the beer the whole way down.

S: Piney hops dominate the scent but there is a slight citrus and biscuity malt scent as well

T: Tastes like it smells. At first you get a nice sweet malt flavor, but almost immediately after you get the piney hops you'd expect from an IPA. This IPA blends its malt well with its hops, which was a pleasant surprise. The beer is finished with a nice warm alcohol flavor, but not as strong as the 10% abv would lead you to believe.

M: This beer has the perfect mouthfeel for an IPA. Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Definitely very smooth.

D: I could have two or three of these bombers, which to me qualifies as a session beer considering the size of the bottle and the abv.

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Photo of Andreji
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Did i just not get this beer at all or something?

Tap @ the stag's head in NYC. maybe this is the bottom of the barrell, but straight off the beer seemed flat. poured in a delirium goblet, just the tiniest head. gimme some head here folks. literally. glass looked half empty.

Smell is nice and hoppy, sort of the feel of a bitter ale at some point. with the flatness and all, there was still a decent hoppy sort of sourish bitter feel.

Taste, however, was unamazing. too bland, watery and just straight up bitter. doesn't have much flavour in the meantime, the malty feel is weak and justgives way to this hefty bitter feel. yawn.

And the flat feel, ugh. wouldn't die for it.

All in all i don't get why this one's advertised so amazingly, for me this was a rather bad american beer, among so many good ones. bad batch? we'll see.

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

22oz bomber poured into a large wine glass

Pretty orange color fading into amber at the bottom. Slight cream colored head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass as I drink it.

It's got a strong hoppy smell, but not too intense from the 10%abv. Not much fruit, but more wood smell.

This is a very smooth IPA. Taste is a little hoppy at first, but its quickly followed by a wood-esque flavor. It's kinda thick in the mouth (lol).
The drinkability is pretty high I guess. I could drink about four of these then collapse in a pool of semen and vomit.

Overall it's a great IPA and the high alcohol doesn't give it much of a bite at all. One of my favorite double IPAs.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a chalice.

Pours a nice rich oaky and ruddy knee with a thin off white head with no real lacing. Nose is very malty and rich and nice.

Taste is more like a barleywine. It is both sweet and bitter but the hops have started to fall out and lightly oxidize but it's quite malty Nd tasty and still real easy to drink.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a small white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of big juicy hops. Notes of grapefruit, pine, with a caramel malt sweetness over it.

Tastes of the malt sweetness with the hop flavor coming in full force. Malt is big and sweet with notes of caramel and toffee prevailing. Hops have the citrus and pine resin notes that give a big bitterness to make you forget about the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full and has a creamy, smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Smokee
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an oversized wine glass, bottled on 12/31/2009 This poured a very clear, reddish gold. Decent head with good lacing. Allot of grapefruit smell.

Tastes, very smmooth balanced, slightly caramel? With a small bite at the end. Very nice overall,the strengh is definetly hidden behind the the balance.

No idea why I haven't tried this sooner, but I intend to keep this in my regular DIPA rotation.

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Photo of tehchunk
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of this one. A very nice double IPA that goes down easy.

A: 22 oz. poured into a snifter with about a one finger, beige head. Light mohagany color that is very clear & clean looking with minimal lacing & very little retention, but overall a nice look.

S: Not overly hoppy like most double IPAs, but all in all a very pleasant aroma with hints of earthy hops, malt and a smoked tone to it.

T: Ahh, there are the hops I was hoping for. Minimal grapefruit/citrus taste, predominantly earthy like the smell. The taste is balanced nicely by a hint of caramel malt that has a somewhat bitter finish. Taste is capped off with a nice alcohol burn. Quite enjoyable.

M: Not a huge hop bite initially but after a second or two they come through. Like most IPAs, it becomes quite smooth & silky that rests well on the tongue.

D: This is a great beer for a 22 oz. bottle but not something I'd want to drink all night. Great for spicy food!

Overall this is a great double IPA. Wish the aroma was a bit hoppier but all in all this fits the bill nicely. Well done!

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

Served on tap into a half-pint glass.

A - Clear, golden-orange color. Small white head that goes quickly, leaving slight lacing and ring of foam. The head resurrects easily with a good swirl. There is a slow stream of tiny bubbles.

S - Caramel malt, earthy hops, and a slight smoky smell.

T - Follows the smell. Initial caramel malt, followed by juicy, earthy hops that quickly dominate the flavor. A slight saltiness emerges during the finish. The aftertaste is a little bitter, and this is where the alcohol makes itself known.

M - Medium- to full-bodied with soft carbonation. It starts off slightly creamy and grows creamier as it warms. There is little to no residual feel.

D - This has good overall flavor. It strikes a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. The alcohol is pretty well concealed.

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

Pristine copper with a yellow hue. Thin white head that quickly thins out.
Smell malty, with piney hopss. Some pineapple and citrus.
Equal parts hops and malts up front. Citrus and some pineapple. Alcohol is assertive, especially on the finish.
Mouthfeel is slick and slightly crisp. Medium light body.
Drinkability is decent, but this one overall does not impress me, and the alcohol is a bit too assertive.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes last night. Nice fresh bottle from the end of December. Pours out amber with a head that retains like steel and is off-white and very creamy/frothy. Head dies down eventually and leaves incredibly thick lacing and a huge cloud on the beer. Amazing red color as light shines through makes for a very awesome looking beer. Smell and taste are basically the same. The alcohol comes through in the nose but not the flavor for me. Both are very malty for a IIPA (barleywine like malty). The hops are citrus and earthy and lend more bitterness than they do flavor and aroma. There is a tea-like aspect to them also. Some sweets and grassy aspects in the beer also. Great beer, just not exactly like a IIPA to me. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a huge beer and thats the only flaw in it. The carbonation is great and a huge bitter coat is left on the tongue. A bit of creaminess in the feel also. The drinkability is good. The flavor rocks, the price is decent. It is definately a sipper but not overly aggressive. Not what I expect in a modern IIPA but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank on: 2/28/10
Bottled on: 2/2/10
10% ABV 85 IBU
22 oz. in pint glass

A= Big 1" head, very creamy looking and slightly off-white. Slowly receeding head leaves thick lace on the glass and lasting 1/4" head. Pure translucent copper color. Stream of tiny CO2 bubbles.

S= Nice light whif of sweetness hints at alcohol. Notes of carmel & toasted malts. Herbal, earthy hop notes with hints of spice.

T= Starts with malt flavors & a slight sweetness followed by herbal, piney hop flavors and bitterness. Med. warmth of alcohol hits while the bitterness chews on your tongue. Notes of toasted malts come through too.

MF= Thick heavy mouth coating, warm with slight quick tingle on tongue. Mouth coatin lasts along with dry bitter feeling.

D= First pint went down slow but with little trouble, second one was a quite a bit slower. Wish they sold this in 12 oz. bottles. I could definitely drink one but two would be out of the question.

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