Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American 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.

2007 Australian International Beer Awards, Gold Medal, Imperial IPA
2008 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA
2009 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA
2010 BeerAdvocate “Top 100 Beers On Planet Earth,” #48

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,598 | Ratings: 4,243
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful DIPA. Great mix of hop. Pine, citrus, along with funky goodness. Th malt do smammice job of bringing it all together. I should have brought home a bomber!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a medium amber with a reddish tint.
Aroma: Fruit and cream with some hoppiness.
Taste: Hop and malt balance - both come at you strong.
Feel: Light bodied, light-medium carbonation.
Overall: A bold DIPA. I like it.

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Photo of gandres
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 16 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Orange in color, a bit hazy
Aroma: Slight smell hops, not too fragrant
Taste: Bitter with sweet aftertaste
Mouth feel: A bit fizzy
Overall: Very good beer to excellent beer

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Photo of NickandToni
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Chamois in color, very pleasing tone for an American Double IPA. Leaves a almost true white cascade that holds slightly to the glass.
Smell: Citrus, almost ripe Cara cara naval orange inviting a sweet smell of musty ripeness.
Taste: 1st impression was a 3.5, but as I sat with it and temperature fell this beer started to come into its own. Citrus upfront, bitterness at the end, but most importantly, a beautiful malty carbonated treat. Almost like grapefruit with sugar in the raw sprinkled over and left to penetrate.
Feel: A strong presence of citrus without the acidity. Activated bitter to the sides of the tongue and a pleasant feel at the back roof of the mouth.


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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
pours amber/reddish/orange lighter than other dipa's i have had
thick offwhite head almost tan in color
taste is strong hops/citrus and some pine
tastes sweet hoppy and strong but easy smooth and easy to drink
a little syrupy as well and thick
one of my favorites!

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent double IPA, very strong, very bold- gold standard double IPA. "Hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile."

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nice strong beer and one can taste it. A lighter body it seems than some other American Double style beers. More carbonation if one will, than some other American doubles. A strong, crisp opening taste, that is sort of light and "high" if one will, like a cresting wave at the onset, which dissolves into a sort of pleasing aftertaste that embellishes upon the beers hoppy-ness. The smell of the beer is also quite pleasing, and perhaps more "fresh" than one might be accustomed to in American Doubles.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bitterness, in this one, is somewhat overdone, and it is not helped by the intensely earthy (and I mean that somewhat literally, as in it tastes like dirt) hop character. I'm reluctant to judge it harshly, though, because I recognize I may just be the wrong palate for it. (Of course, that's true for everything.)

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Photo of byronic
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber, darker than expected. Fresh this one is interesting. Very aggressive hops and malts that attempt to balance it out. Definitely a nice beer but I wonder if age will improve it even further.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber gold with a minimal amount of head, but that small amount lasts quite a while. When the head does break, there is some nice lacing left behind.

S: Malts right off the bat, the sweet caramel notes are noticed immediately. After a breath or two the hops really works its way in: Piney and floral. These aromas blend nicely together.

T: The taste follows the nose closely. Malts are definitely on the front end here, but the hops meld in so smoothly that there is no harshness to their being there.

M: There is a full-bodied feel to this beer with medium carbonation. At times the beer can be a touch thick/syrupy in feel, but it does not take away from the enjoyment.

O: Hercules impresses me. I really enjoyed how the malts and hops blended nicely in this beer to create a nice enjoyable beer experience.

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Photo of RichBichNJ420
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect D.I.P.A. pours a nice pale "ruby red" color with decent head, smells a little earthy with a strong aroma of grapefruit (assembly citra hops) tastes nice and smooth, with a strong aftertaste of grapefruit peels...one of the best tasting double IPA's I've had for sure, will buy again...and reccomend strongly...

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Photo of sprat1960
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Orange in color; cloudy/opaque. Pours with a rich 2+ finger light tan head that receded slowly leaving a thick, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Tons of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks awesome! Perfect!

Smell: Grass, lots of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and mild hops. Appealing; made me want to take a drink.

Taste: Starts acidic and tangy; progresses on to a grassy, mild hoppy smooth middle; ends with a lemony bitter hoppy finish. Complex and delicious.

Feel: Full body; velvety feel; slight dry finish. Left me a little thirsty for water, but not too bad.

Overall: Awesome DIPA. May be the best I ever had; up there with Heady Topper - though probably not as good of a value. I could drink this over and over. Refreshing!

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Photo of 03marauder
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: wonderful color almost perfect, white flaky sediment floating from top to bottom. Smell: I can't put my finger on it. But it smells like an ipa should. Taste: smooth at first then bitter and strong very nice. Feel: smooth. Overall: looks smells and taste exactly how I want an ipa to do so.

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Photo of VABA
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another solid offering from Southern Tier brewery. The beer is highly complex with a great hoppiness flavor. At 10% ABV it is very drinkable and packs a punch! Highly recommended!

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

Beautiful. Huge, foamy head. Some sediment. Sweet, fruity, peppery smells. Sweet, full, alcohol, pine, and pepper taste. Really big. Delicious. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into snifter

Clear copper with some carbonation. White foam cap.

Sweet malt aroma, citrus, floral and pine hop notes

Malt base with hop finish.

Smooth but you taste the abv's.

Good beer

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My brother absolutely loves Great Divide, but mostly because he discovered the genius beers out in Colorado. This variety is a self-proclaimed “beer fit for the gods” and is “not for the faint of heart”, but as a hop head I challenged this herculean elixir to a fight to the death in the Coliseum. It has a herculean 10.0% ABV which will rip you to shreds with strong pecks and huge biceps.

Look-It pours an off-golden amber color with a foamy head and sticky moist lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of caramel malts and floral citrus hops. But some of the pine hops get overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Taste-The taste has a lot of sweet caramel malts that fight to the death with the powerful hops. It isn’t clear who wins so let’s call it a draw.

Mouthfeel-The feel is full-bodied and sweet, with a mild syrupy feel to it. The carbonation is ambient yet not overpowering and the alcohol content is present the whole time, but is fighting against the sweetness in the arena.

Overall-It’s an entertaining beer, but I would have liked to see the sweetness toned down a bit and the hops allowed to shine through with more of a grassy base that is readily discerned.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip IPA glass.

Dense copper amber color with a creamy tan head, 1-plus F. Foamy lacing.

Some citrus and pine hop aromas get pushed aside by a sugary sweet alcohol smell.

Lots of sweet caramel malts. The hop flavors are killed by the sweet booziness.

Thick feel. There's no ducking the syrupy sweetness and in my face alcohol. Over the top.

This beer's a mess of sugary malt and alcohol. Every one of the 85ibu fights to be noticed.

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Photo of sammorito
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: a thick copper color real hazy and a good amount of carbonation. slightly off white head is about 1.5 fingers and left a thick lace down the glass as it went away.

S: real piney hoppy smell right off the bat for me with undertones of citrus.

T: big citrus flavor mixed with the piney hops. light malty alcohol flavor at the end for me.

M: big and full bodied. really creamy and thick to me. real pleasant on my tounge

Overall enjoyed this beer a lot very filling. def a one and done beer maybe two depending how im feeling. it is real hefty as the label on my bottle says. this may have placed in my top 10 beers maybe even top 5

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Photo of Fairwin
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally malty for an ipa. Very balanced with a nice mix of grassy, malty, and grapefruit. Pours deep golden brown with nice lacing. Excellent when wanting balance and not a one-trick hop killer.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, amber body with off white head. Smell: lighter than I would have thought. It's hop-forward but there are some nice heavy biscuity malts there too. Taste: Delicious! Juicy, pine and citrusy malts combat each other with significant bitterness. Long, dry finish. Feel: Medium mouthfeel, very sticky. Not sure what the grain bill is but it is smooth enough to have some flaked oats or something. Smooth. Overall: Double IPA's aren't always my favorite but this is an exceptional example of the style, albeit a little strong. Good stuff.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Updated review: 07-14-2015

I'm not sure if it's the fact that I broke my squat 5RM, I'm not sure if it's the fact that I went directly to the store after the gym to buy some groceries, and I'm not sure if it's the fact that WinCo in Southern California of all fucking places had Hercules Double IPA that was bottled two weeks ago for $7 a bomber but I know for a fact that what I just drank was magical. I felt like Hercules after the gym and I still feel like Hercules after drinking this beer.

Pours an opaque golden brown color. It's a very pretty beer, like goddamn. The smell does not live up to the taste, if anything the smell is this beers weakest point. The taste, my goodness the taste. An initial modest toasty malt flavor that is immediately overpowered by a Ronnie Coleman made of hops. Starts nice, ends bitter. This is a thick DIPA, it definitely lives up the name of Hercules with a whopping 10% ABV and a hop forward taste. This is in my top 5 favorite DIPAs. This beer is excellent and is very deserving of the world class rating.

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Photo of braker649er
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Great look to this beer. Billowy head that held up well. Thinner on the smell than expected, but I picked up strong hops even though I had a cold :) Taste was hop-forward, no doubt. I tasted pine mostly, verging on dank, with fainter citrus and a fait bit o malt, too. Left off with a crisply aftertaste that was bitter in a not-at-all-unpleasant way. Like spice ... and to me this spoke of an old-school IPA. Strong showing.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: A rich caramel colored body sits under a really frothy, sudsy cream colored head. After the head recedes a really thick film of bubbles remains with massive sheets of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Hints of sweet caramel from malts, loads of spiciness and cedar wood. Earthy, spicy hops.

Taste: The beer has a nice malty backbone where caramel notes are subtle before being swept aside by cedar wood, pine, and spicy hops. The finish is very bitter with citrus rind appearing with more peppery spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: This beer is strong -- like it's namesake. Well balanced and very spicy. Pretty easy to consume if you're up for it.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; orangish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: caramel, toffee, earthy;

T: follows the nose with a little nuttiness thrown in; boozy from mid-palate through the finish; moderate, long lasting bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: appreciated the bitterness on the finish;

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,243 ratings