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:
4,177
Reviews:
1,589
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
290
Gots:
633
For Trade:
8
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Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to label, bottled in fourth week of September (about 2 months before tasting).

Pours deep copper with a thin head that leaves trails of lacing.

The smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of nuts. There is an underlying mustiness.

The taste is of chewy, bitter hops upfront - orange and grapefruit, along with some breadiness. A sweet, nutty, slightly grains malt backbone is very subtle, but enough to give it a nice body and to tie the hops together. The assertive hop character stays well ahead of the malt. A slight alcohol kick along with the hops gives it a long, dry finish.

The feel is incredible - chewy, full, rich, creamy and smooth.

This is a very nice double IPA. I wasn't overly impressed by the smell, but the taste is delicious and the feel dream-like. At 85 IBU's, this one lets it hop presence known loud and clear. But, the slight malt is not forgotten and gives it some relative balance. Although there are traces of alcohol in the finish, the alcohol is well-hidden for the abv level. A very good "sip and enjoy" hoppy delight.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber, almost red, with a 2" off white, almost a light tan head that lasted forever. I let it sit for a while in an oversized snifter and the head slowly faded, leaving concentric rings for 2" down the glass. Just beautiful! The head all but disappeared, leaving a small "island" floating in the center of the glass.

Very floral, citrus hop profile right up front. A little grassy, with a hefty sweet malt background. A little bit of bread and spice as well.

As the bottle says, it starts off with a nutty, sweet malt flavor up front, but is then followed by a rush of hops. A lot of citrus and pine, but some bready malts come out as it warms up a bit. Finishes with a strong, long-lasting citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied without being especially thick or sticky. It coats the mouth a bit, but goes down smoothly.

Great drinkability! Although at 9.1 ABV, I would probably call it quits after one bomber.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice pinky amber, almost like a white zin when held up to the light, chill haze, ring of white lacing.

Smell: Faint roasted maltiness, hops are citrus, crisp, and piney, beer smells balanced, juicy and inviting.

Taste: Sweetness is caramel, brown sugar, hops piney and are smoothed out with alcohol warmth, citrus comes through, a toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Luscious and full bodied, creamy, lightly carbonated, easily drinkable and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer packs a punch and is very drinkable, the hops aren't in your face, they're big, but balanced. Sweet and bitter, this beer is a good one.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, no date information, but this was purchased in late 2005.

Fogged burnt sienna core with iced tea highlights. Dense, but short, head of pillowy fine khaki colored bubbles which is slow to settle and leaves sheets of lace. Eventually flattening to a thick pasting of fine, creamy bubbles. There are no carbonation streams visible. Sweet aromas of orange rind, blossoms, and a touch of alcohol. Alcohol dipped orange rind flavors are first, followed by some resinous, sticky hop oil and warming alcohol in the finish. The firm, dense body adds a does of sweetness, and the alcohol warms the tongue and throat. The orange rind is compliments by some finely shaved pine needles. The hops remain big and flavorful, but have lost a touch of freshness. The malt body is large and almost chewy and the alcohol is a touch prickly in the back of the throat. With warmth, the orange flavors become more prominent, bordering on becoming hop-laden orange juice. There is some fine bubbled carbonation. With age, this one is still nice and big with hops. Certainly a drinkable beer and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of wnh
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in May alongside eight or so other double IPAs. Reviewed from long-lost notes.

Pours an orange-tinted-gold, clear and crisp. Darker than first four beers (Maharaja, Hop Stoopid, Hopslam) it was poured alongside.

Resinous, pine hops up front on the nose, with a slight malty sweetness underneath, though I can't pinpoint exactly what it is.

Earthy, spicy hops on the palate. Very well balanced, with a strong malty backbone; quite easily the most balanced of the lot. Finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied, somewhat thick and sticky.

Unanimous winner of the (blind) double IPA tasting. Well done, again, Great Divide.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a single bottle at Knightly Spirits. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Awesome, rich thick and foamy head that stays throughout the drinking. Red, golden brown beer with "floaties" in it.

S: Hops galore, tea leaves, citrus zest, and subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Very fragrant.

T: Bitter hops, floral goodies, tea, apples and more hops on the finish.

Drinkability: With an ABV of 9%, it's hard to classify this as a "session beer" but I'd say for someone who can handle it, it's very drinkable if you space them out.

Value: Worth every red cent.

Overall: This is one insane IPA for those who really wanna get hopped up.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tronester
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with tiny clumps of yeast. Great white head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is incredible. Great hop character and malty backbone virtually hide the taste of the alcohol. One of the best Double IPA's. The only downside is its drinkability, drinking the entire 22oz bottle yourself is almost too much!

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Photo of
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber. Poured a deep amber in color, primarily clear but a slight haze, with a light tan, medium sized head. The aroma, to me, was pretty simple, honey and pine resin. Taste was well balanced for a DIPA, lots of hops (mainly pine with some citrus), and a strong malt presence coming through to balance it. I was a little surprised that it was not more aggressive in the hop department, but I did not see this as a flaw. The brew was medium in body, and seemed low to medium in carbonation. An excellent experience, and one I will drink more of.

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Photo of Tlloyd417
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rodrot
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my quest to try as many double IPA's as possible(they recently became available in NC), this one was next in line. This beer pours an inviting reddish, amber color. It was slightly cloudy and I did notice a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. To me, this is a good thing. Smell- not much aroma coming from the glass, just a whiff of hops and pine aromas. The taste was incredible. A plethora of flavors assaulting my taste buds. Citrus fruit, pine resin, perfumy flavors with bitter hops are present in every swallow with a malted milk/caramel taste to back up the bitterness of the hops. As the beer warmed, every aspect of this beer became more pronounced. I couldn't taste the alcohol, which is deceiving since it's 9.1% abv. The label on the bottle states that this beer is fit for the gods. I would have to agree. This was dessert in a bottle.

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Photo of rarigney
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a large light brown foam head, with good retention. Kind of cloudy. Leaves a ton of lacing. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is bursting with citrus. Very strong scent of grapefruit, with a little bit of grassiness and floral notes. Pleasant notes of pine. A little bit of maltiness. After reading the reviews, this one is definitely reminiscent of a barleywine.

Earthy hops up front followed by pine and some very pleasantly sweet, bready malts. The citrus and grapefruit is more absent than I expected. It's definitely there, but not as present as in the aroma. Very bitter, but it works. Despite the mention of nuts in the description, they're not very noticeable until the back end, and even still barely noticeable. Even still, a nice touch. Amazingly balanced. Alcohol is masked masterfully.

Medium bodied. A little sticky but still goes down pretty smooth. Easy going for a 10%er.

Overall, a fantastic brew. This is my first from Great Divide and boy, what a first. This one will definitely vault to the top of my list.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All I now have left is Hades and HotShot and I will have had all the bottles of GD brew.

Pours a very foggy orange brownish amber with a crème head. Nose is piney hops with a salty edge. Flavor is heavy hops with a definite salty edge. Pine characteristics. Thick and even. Alcohol is very present in the mouth and slightly burns in the back. Feel is a good liquid body. Carbonation is good too. Drinkability has to get knocked down in the score a wee bit due to the burning alcohol on this one. But overall this is a good brew, I say. Not the greatest DIPA, by far. But certainly well made and worth trying.

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Photo of cursive7
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of July2Nov
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: My god! The clarity on the beer is something to behold. It's got a very clear, copper color that just screams, "drink me". Frothy one-finger head just tops off this beauty.

Smell: Buttery with an oak scent? Yes I said it...it smells like oak...I was expecting pine, but what do I know! Oh wait, the pine does come out ever so slightly at the very end.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mmmmm, buttery velvet hops are encompassing my mouth and so smooth too boot. The astringency of the ABV doesn't rear it's head until near the end, which is hides that 10.00% ABV very well....almost too well! Has a smokiness to it that is a bit unusual with this beer style. Did I mention that the alchol is very well hidden? Because it is....I can't hammer this point home enough...but I digress.

Overall: For being the first Great Divide beer I've ever had, I've gotta say that I started off strong. Gotta give props to my girlfriend's mother for thinking of me while in Colorado and bringing this beauty back with her. Guess I'm going to have to make trips out to get more, because this is worth searching out.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish orange in appearance. I could smell it before I poured it. Somewhat thin off-white head that didn't want to stick around too long. I had just read about hop flecks in a random review earlier and to my surprise, here they are staring at me with all their ferocity. The smell is a little more toned down once it's been poured and won a staring competition. Hops abound and then more hops with some citrus. It must be an 85 IBU kind of stink. Piney hops and again some citrus come through when I take the first sip. This is followed by a nutty malt flavor but again the hops overcome, as it should be. This isn't just your average DIPA. Excellent carbonation levels and a medium to thick body but this is extremely smooth and silky. A little in your face at times (especially when you get to what I guess were hop flecks) but that's expected with this style. Not overly hopped or overly hyped by any means in my opinion. A well crafted brew from Great Divide. I guess I'll have to try the Titan, seems I took a step up without trying what I'm sure is a fine IPA.

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Photo of Cold_1
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish copper color at first pour that had a half-inch of off white bubbles that stayed around for a while. There is a good bit of lacing on the glass after dinking.

Aroma: Lots of citrus in the nose. There is noticeable grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and a whole orchard full of citrus trees hiding in this beer. As I try to smell the malt...I get none as the beer is still cold. The hops never really let up after the beer warms.

Taste: There is a lot of citrus to greet you in the beginning. This doesn't really let up the entire profile. The hops take on a citrus note in the beginning, but then this fades to a more floral flavor shortly thereafter. After all of this, the bittering hops start to set in to try and take charge of the syrupy and oily mess created by the hop oils and residual sweet malt. The finish has some malty backbone to it, and the bittering hops are definitely the key player. However, the finish isn't metallic or sharply bitter, but just slightly off balance toward the bittering hops. A nice finish for such a hop accentuated beer.

Opinion: Wow, now THIS is an imperial IPA! The late additions of hops are insane in this beer! There is so much citrus bouquet and flavor here that you can hardly concentrate on anything else. Somehow after this bombardment on your palate, there is an almost balanced finish.

This is a well-crafted beer, and one that is definitely worth trying. I am not a hophead; so it doesn't really "do it" for me, but that's OK...I can still appreciate it. It probably has the most balanced finish of any IIPA I have tried thus far, while it lacks nothing for the hophead. Go Great Divide!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Bottled on August 12th, thanks Great Divide. It is a lovely copper with a inch of sticky white head when slow poured . Smell is pine, carmel, some citrus, grass, and a little lemon. Taste that with a hint of booze, but really well hidden. Body is on the fuller side for the style and plenty of carbonation. Very easy to drink for it's abv, will grab this fresh when I can.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pint glass at home. Lots of hype surrounding this one.

A: Color was orange to a deep, glowing amber. Good sized head, about a finger thick and lots of good lace that hung around for the duration. Steady stream of carbonation and lots of yeast sediment that just wouldn’t settle. I guess there’s so much malt it’ll take a while for the yeast to settle through the syrup.
S: Definitely picked up the piney scent of the hops, but the nutty malt sweetness was what most dominated the nose. I can already tell this is going to be a huge beer.
T: A quick touch of sweetness followed by an onrush of overwhelming hop bitterness. Lots of grapefruit flavors and mouth-puckering piney bite. The candy, toffee-like malt balances this pretty well. There’s a whole lot here competing for your attention. Finishes with a very strong alcohol warmth. Overall, the taste is very good.
M: Slick, oily, fully mouthcoating, with a large body and medium carbonation.
D: Very tasty. Way too much beer in here to be a real session beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’d like to line this up against DFH 90min see which one has an edge.

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Photo of Ksilver2
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Riley's

appearance: pours a hazy orange-copper, foamy beige head with lots of lacing forms immediately...snifter is coated all around with the foamy remains

smell: big and bold aromas...pungent and juicy floral hops...loaded with bittersweet pink grapefruit, herbal/grassy nature, fresh huge pine cone aroma, no alcohol detected in the nose...lots of tropical fruit, apricot...medium malt presence

taste: super juicy floral hops...bittersweet freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, intense pine resin, orange-grapefruit citrus hops...medium sweet malt backbone. little alcohol detected in the nose but a big alcohol burn in the body. very nutty, strong caramel malt. very good but very bitter

mouthfeel: medium body, slick and oily, strong alcohol burn, super bitter-sweetness

drinkability: inhibited slightly by the bitterness

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,177 ratings.
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