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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

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.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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Photo of number1bum
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a creamy ivory head that fills the pint glass. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some webbing on the sides.

Smell is very fruity, with lots of pineapple and tropical fruits, some citrus. It's on the sweeter side too so it makes for a candied fruit sort of combination.

Taste is also quite fruity and sweet. Tropical fruit, grapefruit and some pineapple. Plenty of malt backbone on this one; maybe a touch too sweet actually. Has a slightly phenolic, medicinal sort of quality to it owing to the sweetness. Alcohol is well masked. Nice amount of bitterness in the finish but it's not overdone; this is certainly not a hop bomb, it's well balanced. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, full bodied and soft on the tongue. Oily and slick, very nice.

This is another winner from Great Divide. I think I prefer the Titan IPA actually, but this is a very fine DIPA. It's a bit more approachable than some others as well because it's not an unabated hop bomb. Nice beer.

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Photo of mike130
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, gives a nice one-finger head, some carbonation comes up after it's been poured and comes up a brownish amber. Pretty standard DIPA fare, looks pretty good nevertheless.

Things go a bit downhill from here - not getting a lot from the smell. A bit of pine, some malts but ultimately nothing as strong as the other reviewers. I am in the UK so the smell may have faded.

Nevertheless, the taste is astounding. Surprisingly mild for a DIPA, what I get here is a lot of malts and a decent kick of hops. To be honest I was expecting something hoppier, but man oh man is this good regardless. Caramel and cherry and banana and vanilla and all sorts of things. Unusual for a DIPA to be quite so malty, yet it is balanced out by a decent hoppiness, but nothing that'll tear your tongue out, and the alcohol is nearly imperceptible. Not what I was expecting, but delicious nevertheless.

Great carbonation, it's there but not overpoweringly fizzy. Very nice mouthfeel and this implies it's ridiculously easy to drink - little alcohol, loads of maltiness with just enough hops so it's not sickening, and great carbonation. I will be picking this up again, a great beer.

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Photo of alli4051
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pours a clear copper with around a finger of slightly golden head.

S: An invitingly resiny scent. Nice strong smell of pine hops.

T: As expected the hops pack a strong punch up front; however, malts still play a strong well as well. Hops aren't as dominate as I expected but the balance is pleasant.

M: Medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

D: Surprisingly high. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily drink several of these. Think I may be adding this one to the regular rotation.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - rich amber with a frothy finger width head that, at this very moment, is slowly disappating. The disappating head leaves a film on the sides of my beer goblet. 5 minutes or so after I first check the aroma, I am now detecting some caramel notes.

S - frighteningly PINE! I'm a malt head so I'm very scared right now. This is a clean, fragrant, and crisp pine aroma with something slightly floral or "planty" in the background. The best way to describe the "planty" aroma is like that "planty" smell you get from a good bag of doobage (sorry, but that's the best description I can offer).

T - WOW! hoppy with a rich and deep malty middle followed by a hoppy finish. THEN there is a subtle alcohol warming BUT this does not taste boozy in any way, shape, or form. AND I find myself savoring this hoppy flavor... I'm not sure. That malty middle is fantastic! There is a warmth about it. Okay, I know I need to say something that identifies the particular flavor notes I am gathering BUT this is, in my opinion, has a balance about it that I find amazing.

M - full bodied texture and just shy of neary chewy. carbonation seems just right - mild but apparent and quite noticeable (fine and tiny prickly bubbles on the tongue).

D - I started this beer less than 10 minutes ago and its almost gone. GREAT drinkability!

Okay, if you are to have this beer, let it warm a bit. This is an amazing beer. I will buy this again AND tell my friends about this. This beer is so good that I am a malt head (I think but this beer leaves me unsure now) AND I can easily label this as one of my "go to beers". This beer is "hot"!

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2010 bottle, bomber into Celebration pint glass.

Pours redder than I expected. A slightly off-white cap sits on top with great retention and extremely sticky lacing.

The nose starts out with a earthy bitterness, very resiny. A light sweet malt backbone comes out on a good swirl.

The taste starts out with a dry astringency, followed shortly by a very dry resiny hop bitterness. Intense sweet malts come out next, followed by an ethanol burn I haven't experienced in some time. This tastes like fresh Bigfoot, with more malts and more alcohol, but worse.

Mouthfeel is heavy, with a smooth feel and lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok, nothing special.

Overall, I'm kind of disappointed with this one. I was expecting something floral and citrus like from a fresh IPA, but I definitely didn't get it. Either the store I got this at lied about it being a "fresh 2010" bottle or this just isn's as good as I thought it would be.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. A burnt copper color, and an agressive pour yields a large, sticky off white head. Good lacing and retention. Aromas are of caramel malts. The first sip is super hoppy, but the malt kicks in and brings this back quite nicely. Citrus, vanilla, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a creamy texture. An incredibly drinkable beer, great flavors and texture and the alcohol is well hidden. It's not my favorite DIPA, but it's definately another winner from Great Divide!

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Amber/copper color, clear, leaves light lace right away, beige head with lots of bubbles

S: Resiny hops, very juicy, malt adds a nice distinct sweetness

T: Just like the smell, it just tastes so gooey and delicious, the hops are so juicy, definite sweetness from the malt goes well with all the hops, can taste a little bit of alcohol too, but not much, bitter but not overwhelming because of the malt sweetness

M: Very smooth, mild carbonation

D: The flavors are so good its easy to drink, it doesn't even matter that its 10%

Notes: One of the best beers I have had in a while and maybe ever, it is just so delicious it is hard for me to find anything that I don't like about it. I could drink this every day. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of hophead247
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper color; cascading with a medium tan head. Smelled of wonderful rich hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was strong citrus and hops initially, with a sweet rich malt backbone and then some hops again on the finish. Wonderfully complex on the palate, this beer is almost refreshing even with the high alcohol content.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper color with a larger sampling of off-white beige foamy head.
Smell is a kick in the nose of flowers, earthy yeast, and some sweet malt.
Taste is a whirlwind flavor-it starts with bitter/sweet hops followed by some sweet malt then gives me the flavor of pine needles on the end.
Finish is dry and rather quick considering the flavor explosion.
Drinks a bit dangerously if in the right frame of mind-while the first sips may be tough to get through-the last few gulps go down well.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +9.7%
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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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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 -6.1%
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 +6.8%
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 -2.4%
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%
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 +1.5%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 +6.3%
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 +6.3%
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 -4.6%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 +1.9%
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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,198 ratings
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