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
Reviews:
1,582
Ratings:
4,145
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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Photo of spoons
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Has a nice copper/amber body with a foamy two finger head. Looks very nice. leaves great lacing.

Definitely a malt forward nose, caramel and sweetness. Some citrus like hops but is covered by all that malt.

The taste comes across sharp despite its smooth mouthfeel. Slightly metallic. Lots of caramel flavor to this beer and once again smothers the hops. good but not great. Id like to try it on tap and give it another chance.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a freshness date...was I looking in the wrong place? Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber and copper with a small off-white head.
S: Bready malts, lots of yeast, a bit of floral hops that are taken over by malt notes for the most part. I'm not too impressed with the aroma yet!
T: Floral and earthy hops. Pine pulls through with a bit more warmth on the beer. Big bready malts still. Dark fruit, currant and fig. I'd like some more hop notes in my DIPAs, but this one is still good.
M: Medium mouthfeel leaves TONS of residuals. I love it!
D: Alcohol hides well on this one, but it isn't the first DIPA I'd go to.

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Photo of uustal
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish red/orange with a small fizzy white head. Not much lacing or retention in this pour. Aroma of pine, a bit of a citrus mix, light booze. Taste starts off with bittering pine. A taste of floral and citrus hops. Sweet, syrupy and bready malt and a pretty good amount of booze finish up this brew. Creamy, sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery

A: clear and amber with golden hue. quarter finger head with lots of lacing left behind.

S: pungent and musty hops with some pine and citrus.

T: grassy hop bitterness with citrus sweet finish. roasted caramel malt in background throughout.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: A very drinkable DIPA especially for 10% ABV but not as complex as the top reps in this category.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods-Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, Calif.
Bottled on August 5, 2010

Poured an amber color with barely to no head into Steinlager glass. The smell of citrus and hops hits the nose. It has a sweet taste with a definite hoppiness. Good mouthfeel, not too overwhelming. A very slight bitterness on the backend. Good drinkability with a good alcohol bite to it.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I rarely drink more than one beer a night, especially if it is a bomber. I had a Hercules and a Maharaja in the fridge and the Hercules was first by coin flip. I'll review the Maharaja tomorrow night.
Dark orange, cloudy bottle-conditioned look. The head was not as aggressive as I was thinking it might be but was significant enough and it really hangs around.
I'm not a huge IPA or DIPA guy, but I've found that the nose is my favorite part of these beers and Hercules is no different. I love the smell! You can catch the malts in the background and all the floral and citrus notes as well. I poured bomber to snifter and it does a great job catching all the great aromas in the beer.
The taste is not as impressive as the smell. The same notes are there but just at a reduce level as the bitterness of the hops takes over. It is fairly well balanced for the style, but not all the flavors can come through with this many bitterness units.
The mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy until the hop dryness erases all other feelings you can possibly have in your mouth. I could feel the alcohol easily before I finished, meaning this is not a beer you could session for very long.
Overall, though, I feel this is a very good representation of the style and I would recommend it to any hop head and to any beer drinker for at least a sample.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my little brother Marquito for this awesome Christmas gift. Poured from a bomber (bottle dated Oct 18 2011) into a Delirium snifter.

A: Beautiful light copper body with a slight haze to it. A thick finger of tight, tan foam rests on top, fading within minutes, leaving only a gorgeous lace at the leg of the glass as evidence of its profound existence.

N: Caramel and toffee dominate with a hint of pine & earth.

T/M: Tastes follow the nose, but there is a pleasantly potent bitterness to accompany the sweet candy flavors of caramel. Pine is the overwhelming hop characteristic on display within this beer. Although lacking in the floral qualities I enjoy, this ale gets better as it warms. The oily body is of medium-high weight and well carbonated for the style.

While the bitterness is certainly evident, this beer lacks the floral qualities I would expect from a great IIPA. Understanding that this beer is 3-months old, there seems to be a significant drop off of the floral qualities I would expect. However, this beer pairs excellently with a sharp cheddar quesadilla with habanero tomato salsa--the spicy and savory compliments the sweet and bitter of the beer!

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Photo of mmahut
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
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 htomsirveaux
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 16 Nov 2008.

Poured into 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large tight foamy head. Almost flat. Clear bright orange color. Aroma of pineapple upside down cake. Pineapple a little lighter in the taste than the smell. Fairly sweet and caramel, green banana but good citric bitterness throughout. Finish is bittersweet. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol fairly hidden.

Nice aroma with this.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Deep bronze with a thick eggshell white head that lasts. Thick lacing.

S_Overpowering sweet malt upfront. Hints of vanilla,hops,and citrus breaking through.

T_More balanced than indicated by smell. Sweet caramel malt still dominates but rounded out by piny,citric hops.

M_Smooth and cream with a crisp finish.

D_Bomber is good enough.

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

So lets see if this beer lives up to its mighty name.
Served from bottle into a hefe glass, this beer already smells fruity and sweet, almost peachy.
The color reflects the same. A cross between orange and peach color with a thick arrangement of floaties.
First taste brings a hop kick and a malty sweetness that comes through, but not enough to cover the alcohol taste at the finish.
Suprisingly this beer warmed nicely to a nectar taste and not much lacing to speak of, but altogether the beer improved as it reached its end.
I like the Eleven and the Maximus much better, but would recommend this to at least try if you like Double IPAs.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very, very cloudy burnt-orange/brown. Looks like a decent bit of sediment - some kind of solids interspersed throughout the glass. Two fingers of white head that slowly subsided. Good lacing.

Smell: Well, hops. Mostly pine notes...Simcoe hops, I think. Very woodsy, earthy, and grassy. Maybe the barest hint of citrus, but not much.

Taste: Very bitter from the hops right away, with strong earthy notes. The malt backbone is a bit too noticeable, with some of the honey and bready flavors taking away some of the hop notes. The bitterness in the aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Unlike a lot of DIPAs, the bitterness doesn't really fade much after the first sip - it lingers for most of the glass. The malt is a little too present for my liking though - it's a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA, but a little too sweet for me. The malt seems to clash a little bit with the hop flavors. It's not bad, but just not really my style.

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

On-Tap at the Memphis Taproom in a cute little tulip glass on Sunday afternoon.

Hercules looks like a double IPA, a deep orange hue with some faint traces of well orange, it looks real pretty. A nice white head above as well, how about that!!! Faint traces of falling lace, not that sticky. Smells include your standard tropic fruits with some grapefruit, mango and papaya. Taste include a layer of hop resin oil with liquid grapefruit a enormous amount of malt, without the over sweetness sometimes accompanied by it. It seems well balanced but the tropics don't hit me as hard as the malt backing, it's a double I so take that for what it is worth. Feel is a big medium and oily, slick with a small sting of alcohol at the end that fits quite nice for this 10% beast. I would not drink this all day but would go for it on tap again. Worthy of the double title, this is big and it will lay you out son. It does not seem as big as it is, caution while drinking.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very solid offering from GD, not too sweet, not too bitter. as it warms it seems to pick up what seems like a hint of rye, which i like, ymmv. appearance is very faintly hazey amber, but still mostly clear. smell of smart hops, and at 85 ibus the hops are very much there, but not overpowering - a tad dry, though. mouth fell could use a tiny bit more resinous for my tastes, but still pretty good. it hides its abv rather well.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Label claims 85 IBU.

Appearance: This was a hazy, glowing copper beer. I poured it very carefully down the side of the glass and still got a think, dense head over two fingers tall. It settled down very slowly, becoming even more dense and rocky. It left tons of thick foam on the side of the glass as it dissipated. After drinking, the glass was covering in lace, solid sheets in most places.

Smell: A great raw hops smell was right there in my face, citrusy and a little herbal. It easily dominated the nose, but there were hints of other aromas hovering in the background. Bread, light spices, and vanilla peaked through at times, but the overriding component was hops. No surprise.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly chewy, with either a butteriness or oiliness (I really couldn't tell) that coated the mouth. Pretty smooth, with a foamy carbonation forming as the beer lingered in the mouth.

Taste: A ton of sweet malt was present on the tip of the tongue. This was immediately joined by a thick herbal and citrus hops flavor. A good dose of bitterness accompanied the flavor of the hops. That was it; a straightforward flavor.

Not a bad beer, but there wasn't any complexity to it. Plus, in the attempt to keep this balanced (which I admire), I think they went a little too far with the malt. It could have been drier. The great aroma and appearance saved this from scoring lower.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark orange gold with a thick and foamy light tan head

S-smells like a nice mix of fresh hop pellets. Smells like how it does when your adding hops while brewing. Smells real good. Medium strength. Some citrus to it as well.

T- comes in with a very bitter flavor of hops. Reminds me of chewing on fresh hop leaf. Only thing is that the flavors themselves aren't too strong. It's a good flavor with a small hint of grainy pumpernickel. The bitterness is lasting, the flavors aren't.

M-almost watery. Not much carbonation. Watery finish.

O-it's an easy drinking double IPA. They flavors are mild, but there's no off flavors which is a plus, and the bitterness is all that's expected from the style. I don't expect people to go crazy over this, but I recommend it to IPA fans who want something different.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to tulip. Pours a deep copper color with a small creamy looking head on top. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, toffee, a small hint of grassy hops. Flavor follows with mostly caramel malts, very sweet, and very little btiterness. Not much citrus like I like from my IPAs. Slick and sweet mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation. Overall I just don't get this one. Maybe I got an old bottle.

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

The beer pored a deep amber wth a nice thick white head and sticky lacing.
The smell is a bit mineraly and hugely hopped. I cant detect an ounce of malt. It's almost a bit skunky in the smell, kind of like a wet dog.
The taste is ripped with hopps; just the way I like it. Slower malts only reflect in a subtly sweet taste that lingers slowly on the tongue.
Most definately a hop head's dream beer. I am a huge hop head, and except for the over ripe nose, this beer is damn good.

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Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Divide Titan is my favorite IPA so far. This DIPA convinces me that DIPAs will never outshine IPAs because the alcohol content dulls the aroma and flattens/ sweetens the flavor arc. DIPAs are fad. Besides they are just too much alcohol. I want to drink more beer not get slammed.

12oz bottle into a .5 cyclinder

A: great look. Nice thick white lingering head, long lasting lacing.

S: Not nearly as much as TITAN. So why would I sacrifice aroma for strength and overhopping?
With a March freshness date this beer should be towering, instead the alcohol dominates and masks the grassy hops and malt breadiness underneath. Esters dominate. I feel like I am at the fuel pump.

T: Strong malt backbone balanced by sticky, candied fruit. Overripe pineapple, sugared rind. Missing for me is the grass, pine, outdoors of great IPAs.

I find the hops to be stinging and bitter, but in an over-assertive manner. Not enough counter drama.

MF: full, slick and heavy. Flattish low carbonation combined with too much alcohol, spoils this for me.

Stick with GD's IPAs.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No bottling date, just a best before date that states 1st of october 2012. Probably not super fresh but still fresh enough for reviewing

A- Transparent copper colour, great clarity. Little head forms (not that i expected much in a 10%ABV beer) but it has decent retention, though it leaves near to no lacing

S- Nicely balanced mix of citrusy, flowery and resiny hops among a hint of caramel. Pretty much what i expected but still very nice and refreshing

T- A bit of malt complexity in this one, not just hops: notes of caramel and a mild sweetness from the malts that lingers with the hop notes for the whole tasting and brings balance; the beer's overall feel is not as bitter as most american ipas. Then of course hops: mixed notes of resiny, floral and citrusy hops, though they somehow do not feel as bright as in other ipas i have tried. A hint of spiciness, probably from the esters

M- Medium to full body. Prickly, lively carbonation, expecially on the palate; a bit more on the juicy side on the tongue. Warming feel in the aftertaste, which is maybe the only way to tell that this beer has a 10%ABV

O- The ABV is wonderfully and deceveingly hidden, and that means very good drinkability. But still i liked their Titan IPA more, it felt as tasty and complex as this one but i kind of felt like it had a cleaner flavour profile. Still, a very nice beer

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Photo of sonofdon
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark copper in color. Decent head with some lacing.

S: Floral. Citrus, "C" hops. Malts and toasty. Alcohol.

T: Deep northwestern hops and pine hops. Citrus following by an odd chocolate roastiness. Alcohol presence with a touch of sweet.

M: Slick and oily. Pretty thick mouthfeel.

D: Drinkable, but a once and a while beer.

[ serving type: 22oz. bomber]

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Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-10-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-17-2014
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Clear, copper-colored beer with a big 3+ fingers of cream-colored head. Very good retention and excellent lace

S: Aromas are of floral and citrus hops, plus bready and caramel malt smells

T: The taste is pretty bitter up front, to the point of being somewhat astringent. Flavors include tropical fruits, brown bread and then woody/earthy hop notes. Some alcohol warmth

M: High in carbonation, with a medium body. The finish is fairly aggressive on bitterness with some more of the astringency peeking through. Aftertastes are of caramel malts and bitter hops

O: Overall a pretty good DIPA but marred by the astringency. I liked it, but not enough to want another bottle

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Photo of rawfish
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, a bit of haze as it pours into a large tulip glass. Forms a huge 2 and a half finger head despite a smooth pour. Retention is average for an IPA leaving some thin but intricate lacing on the glass.

Big, pungent and sweet dark bready malt. Hops blend in with the malt sweetness, pine in the forefront with floral peach and orange citrus.

Big malt, sweet bread, honey, toffee and nutty. Hops are leafy and piney with trace amounts of dried mangoes and citrus peel. Not very bitter, very dull pine resin mouthcoating and strong malt covering aftertaste.

Thick and almost viscous compared to most beers. Adequate carbonation, nearly creamy mouthfeel to accompany the thickness. Very balanced and alcohol is well managed.

Got this one a bit over the hill but I know that Great Divide went for balanced with the amount of malt packed into this beer. It's balanced with barleywine malt complexities and faded pine/floral hops. Hopefully I'll find myself back in Colorado to get this one fresh.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,145 ratings.
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