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
Ratings:
4,169
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
288
Gots:
627
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,169 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is once again another beer that i cant believe im actually drinking and once again thank my favourite bottleshop and GDBC,the beer pours a nice amber,red hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy one finger head with nice lacing,the aroma is a distinct mix between pine needle laced hops and caramel malts very nice,it has a nice full mouthfeel at the start that finishes medium bodied and very bitter but just how the style should be that starts off with nice tastes of caramel and toffee and finishes with that solid pine needle hop bitterness,definately a great beer as far as im concerned and am stoked to see it hit our shores finally.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of off-white head atop. The head fades down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of piney/grassy hops and sweet caramel malts. There is also some other fruit and citrus aroma in the background.

T - Starts off with lots of citrus hops and some sweet malt. There is also some other sweet fruit flavor in the background. Through the middle, some bitterness and stronger malt flavor comes through. Some floral elements also mix in.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness and some sweetness. Very smooth with a super dry finish that feels really great.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent hop profile and very nice balance by the malt. The addition of some fruity flavors really blends nicely with the hops.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber with dense white head that takes a few minutes to settle to a lace.

S- Perfect. A hop monster being over taken quickly by malty goodness. Even a little alcohol and spice in the aroma party.

T- Amazingly hoppy and bitter, but still almost balanced by caramel malt that makes it delicious.

M- Highly carbonated and smooth, giving way to slightly dry and astringent.

D- Excellent for a double IPA. No more drinkable beer at this IBU level in the world.

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Photo of myakinback
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle purchased at Glen Rock NJ Bottle King for $7.99

Appearance: reddish iced tea body with a 1 finger white crown. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops and fruity malt. Hops seem to be very floral but some red fruit notes are present. I'm not sure if they stem from citrus hops or the malt. Reminiscent of Alpha King Pale Ale.

Taste: Nice initial hop bitterness blast followed by a nice sweet malt center and a bitter finish. The hops are different than Alpha King but the malt seems very similar to me.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and fairly slick.

Drinkability: At 9.10% abv with a nice amount of bitterness I can't score it too high but the brew is tasty and I'm getting through the 22oz bomber at a good pace.

Great Job Great Divide!

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Photo of unionturf
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass...

Poured deep amber with a good head. Smell is hops/ grapefruit / pine...and it's a good smell. :) Taste is hops upfront with a pine/grapefruit hint too. Not a big alcohol taste (which is my problem with this style) and a little oily. Drinkability is above average for this style for me because after one I could have another.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a thick and smooth creamy white head of foam. Smell is typical citric hoppy ipa smell. Smell is also very sweet and fruity. Taste is fully sweet, like it is doused with a bag of brown sugar. But this balances out the hop bitterness nicely. The hops are spicy, but yet citric and fruity. Very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. This is great stuff but a little too sweet to be highly drinkable. An ipa I will be back to.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hercules pours with a 1/4" white head which settles a bit but doesn't go away completely. It hangs on the inside of the glass. The color is somewhere between brown and ruby [dark copper?]. The nose smells immediately like a freshly peeled orange.. hops with malt in the background. The flavor is again citrusy. Some maltiness and a fair amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side. It's pleasant but more of a digestif . This puts limits on the drinkability, but if you know what you are drinking here it's all good.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/copper in color, with a big, fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Big, juicy hops and citrus
Taste-Initial hop and malt assault that balances out nicely- Good juicy hops and citrus flavor, smooth and easy drinking for the substantial ABV.
Overall, nicely balanced and smooth-dangerously drinkable.A fine offering from Great Divide.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger and a half of creamy beige head over a completely opaque orange-tan body with some chunks.

Smell - 4.5
Lovely aroma, hop driven (of course) with citrus, a little spice, rich cooking cake and some alcohol.

Taste - 4.5
Beautifully balanced considering this is probably the most bitter beer available in Australia. Starts sweet with flavours of gingerbread, grapefruit and sweet biscuity malt. Then the 85 IBUs hit home, although not in an unpleasant way, as there is plenty of citrus and sweetness. Low alcohol presence for a beer with 9.1% ABV.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low to moderate carbonation is fine, the beer feels thick and heavy, almost syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
I'm sure many malt-heads would score this lower, but for the style I see this as very drinkable. I could go for a second right now.

OVERALL - 4.3
This is my first DIPA and I love it! Not as complex and a Belgian ale, but not one dimensional either. Unfortunately as a low-volume newbie to Australia it is overpriced, so I will not be buying again until the price drops.

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Photo of biggmike
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first double IPA. Pours a deep golden color with nice head that lasted a while. Aroma is citrus fruit and a bit malty as well. Flavor is fruity and hoppy and finishes bitter. Flavor is fairly complex and must be drank slowly to truly appreciate. Hides the alcohol well, so drinkability is good for the 9.1% abv.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a WOW for me. Recommended at my local spot. Great recommendation. I am very familiar with the brewery and other beers. This is great

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Photo of ATraurig
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rusty orange with thin cream head.

S: Good but not strong. Subtle, pleasant smell. Not as hoppy smelling as many good IPAs.

T/M: Great, smooth taste. Perfect balance between hoppy and malty. Not an overpowering taste, just balanced and smooth. No lingering bitter aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not a porch-pounder but not too heavy. Considering its alcohol content, very easy to drink.

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Photo of SD_Transplant
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good dipa. Full of character. A bit boozy. Floral, piney and citrusy. A bit sweet but not cloying.
Warming alcohol. Quite balanced even with the high bitterness

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber, slightly murky, with a big white head. Took a while to settle, lots of lacing.

Aroma is pretty much all hops - pine and citrus notes dominate, some flowery notes. Slightly sweet.

Taste is, as promised, lots of hops. Again, citrus and pine flavors are prevalent. A noticeable malty sweetness comes out a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, but not bad. Also a bit too much carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Hides the ABV well, and just a very pleasant drink. Would absolutely grab some of this again.

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Photo of Tdenham
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.

T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-

I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.

This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous brew. An absolutely fantastic double IPA: smooth, but potent, with a great hop bitterness, but no lasting residue. While it is still cold it is somewhat sweet, but that sort of dissipates as the beer warms, letting the hops take over. Pours a hazy amber with a small head. Very little controlling alcohol.

My only complaint is that it is not quite as complex as other double IPA's that I've had. In other words, its a great beer that I would be lucky to drink every day, but it didn't blow my mind.

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Photo of BeerForMyHorses
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, with a thin, blotchy head. A few clingy bubbles. Hard and mean smelling, good piney hops with a gentle malty under current. Good and meaty, mouth puckering piney hops, evened out with a nice maltiness at the end. I remember it being just what I was craving when I opened it. Good old fashioned hop oil dominates the feel of this biggun. Nice beer, real nice. Now, if only the local beer store would just put in the cooler, instead of the top shelf...

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Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with centralized haze and a big, sticky head of creamy froth. Retains a solid, sticky sheet. Deep, resinous hop oil aroma - zesty citrus and pine. More smooth than exceedingly pungent. Some nutty sweet malts creep in as does some alcohol as it warms. All kinds of hops all over the palate: pine, citrus rind, fruit, floral. This seems to have a big malt center too, which is a strong point as it attempts to balance it all out. A flash of sweetness follows the initial onslaught of hops. The strength (in terms of alcohol) is well hidden. A strong, lingering bitterness leaves the mouth a little dry - mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full.

Damn good all around in the bottle but its even better on tap. A big, rich, hoppy treat.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to captaincougar for bringing this to saturday mondial gathering Very orange body, almost with red hints. Clear, foamy off-white film. Aroma is very piney, flowery. Mild alcohol hints appear in a vaporous form that gently complements the grass aspects. In mouth, the bitterness is intense from the beginning, while alcohol is always standing present, never too strong, never too weak. Very orangey hop profile, but also nicely flowery with fruity pineapple. Extremely dry, but yet has a great throat filling characteristic in the mouthfeel. Creamy texture with medium carbonation. Take it from someone who doesnÂ’t like the style too much, this one is really well done and will relieve any hop desire without being over the top and serving no purpose.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,169 ratings.
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