Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BA SCORE
86.6%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 4,188 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,701
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,188
Liked:
3,628
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
11.41%
Alströms:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
635
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,188 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of Cold_1
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper color with ridiculously big 3 finger foamy tan head with a ton of tight bubbles in it that faded very slowly and left very good foamy lacing with rings and trails sticking to the sides.

Smells of big citrus hops and piney hops up front, with grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, pine cone/piney hops, floral hops, grains, light brown sugar, caramel, biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like apple or pear, light spices and enough malt backbone to make it perfectly balanced for a DIPA. Not the strongest aroma for a DIPA, but a damn fine smelling beer.

Tastes sweet and hoppy, with piney hops/pine cone, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, citrus hops, maybe some mango or guava, floral hops, brown sugar, caramel, toasted grains, burnt biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like pear or apple, tea leaf, herbs and spices like coriander, pepper and light cinnamon, and a mild boozy finish; the hops are very sweet and juicy, but the ABV shows up pretty much throughout the brew. The warming effect lets the malt/grains level it out a bit and makes it quite drinkable for such a high alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, very mild carbonation and a bitter finish that is very sweet with an alcohol burn; the only knock on this beer might be the heat in the finish, but it was tolerable to me and not a major issue.

Overall a very good strong brew that I recommend trying; it had been 5 years since I first tried this and I will seek it out whenever I can find it. Expect to catch a buzz from one 12 oz bottle, this is potent stuff.

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Photo of Grackos
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dieffenbach
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

A: Slow pour yields a small white head that diminishes quickly. Clear body amber/orange color. If only the poor lacing were better...

S: More malts than expected; arguably fewer hops. What I could detect was a doughy-apple scent; couldn't pick up on the pine aroma mentioned by other reviewers.

T: Average duration, moderate sweetness, moderate acidity and light bitterness.

M: Medium body, sticky-thin palate with soft carbonations.

D: Easiest drinking IIPA I have ever tasted. Hard to believe it qualifies as this style of beer. 10% ABV goes unnoticed...until a few minutes following consumption. Another solid beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: this was bottled in February.

Copper color with minimal head that fades quickly. Lots of sediment.

Grapefruit, orange, and floral hops dominate the nose. Alcohol creeps into the background

Short, bready caramel sweetness hit up front, but then quickly is killed. Sharp hop bitterness dominates from there. Slight warmth from the alcohol, but nowhere near overpowering. It is medium thickness, with fairly light carbonation.

I enjoyed this, but it seems I may have gotten it a bit late. It had an unusual amount of sediment at the bottom. Alcohol is incredibly well masked, and sneaks up on you. I definitely intend on trying this again.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color, on tap, so not much head. The ring on the beer has a nice coating of lace however.

Smells of tropical and citrus fruits. A bit of malt as well, but the right amount for the style.

Taste follows perfectly. Plenty of tropical and citrus, with an excellent underlying(and sometimes powerful) bitterness throughout.

Plenty bite to the beer, a bit too much, me feels, but that is my only complaint.

Very nice and fresh, this is quite good on tap. Maybe a fresher bottle is needed for the old review.

DOA

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bronze. A thick white head beckons me to investigate the flavors in this brew.
MAN! After my first whiff of this baby, I feel like someone punched me in the face with a hop plant! Excellent citrus hop scent, slight pine characteristics.
Sometimes the smell can be decieving, but not with this brew! Great bitter hop taste, intermingled with fruit flavors of citrus, grapefruit and malts. Great balance.
I did drink this for the majority of the evening, so it's safe to say I was surprised and I enjoyed it!

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark, hazy amber color, good head settles to layer thickness quickly
s: sweet malts with strong piny hops and citrus aromas
t: sweet caramel malts balance very well with piny hops througout, finishes with moderate hoppy bitterness and alcohol
m: nice mouthfeel -- great balance of medium/heavy body with carbonation
d: balance makes this an easy dipa to drink in spite of the abv

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Photo of bcheng
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty, caramel, darker in color, this reminds me of DIPA like Lagunitas Sucks. Not the citrus or grapefruit finish like several other DIPAs I'm familiar with. At 10% ABV, it feels a bit sticky, warm in the finish, and a slight bite of alcohol. Reasonable, but better when it's kept very cold.

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Photo of FSUmac
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bort11 for the trade!

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter....

Appearance: A deep orange with a slight head that quickly dissipates. Lacing abounds. Beautiful!

Smell: Whoa, piney hops galore. I also get a definite grapefruit smell. Fantastic.

Taste: The bitterness hits you right away, but it is surprisingly not overpowering. I definitely catch the malt as the beer passes the tongue. The finish is slighty bitter with a piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Carbonation is pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Let me say that this is obviously not an everyday drinker. That said, this is a fantastic double IPA. I rank it right up there with the Stone Ruination. It is bitter, but it also has some balance. Well done Great Divide.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkf1976
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greencovesteve
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange, very bubbly. Average off white head.

S: citrus smells are dominate, orange, lemon, hint of banana. Also hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate.

T: not what I expected. Malty, sweet, and smooth. A very nutty brown taste.

M: smooth on entry, warming, and a subtle dry finish.

O: Solid offering. One of the smoothest 10%ers I had. This one has a moonshine quality about it, smooth and warming. It really taste like this one should be brown in color.

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Photo of danielsonc
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a great light orange amber color

Smell: Amazingly aromatic. Pouring the beer brought out so much smell. Subtle citrus smells

Taste: A blast of hoppiness with a side of pepper that stays consistent until the end. The bitters start out strong but slowly end to a smooth, malty finish. The taste is hops and malts righteously stays in the mouth for a long while after finishing

Overall: i think the hoppiness is great. A blast of hops at the beginning and time-taking smooth finish. The 10% can definitely leave you feeling it after one or two. Overall a nice, strong IPA that has a nice end balance taste to it

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Photo of JasonA
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light translucent copper. Solid 2 fingers of fairly thick head. Somewhat quick disapation, ample lacing, some big head bubbles left.

Pine, citrus. Noting too potent, surprising considering other Great Divides. Hope this isnt a bad sign.

Boom. Wow, hit in the face. Medium malt, potent hops. All over the baord. Thats a lot of hops. Alcohol there, but well balanced. Finishing with bitter and dryness. Really well done.

Extremely well balanced with the malt, hops and heat. Quite surprising. EVen the lasting hops flavor, all to the end.

Would love this beer at any time. DOnt think I could have too many though!

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Photo of Mavajo
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Exceptional appearance. Crystal clear amber color with a proud briliant two-finger thick head and abundant lacing. Nose is pine, grass and floral with malts and hops. Not a whole lot of citrus, which is a pleasant surprise. Taste is all those things - nice maltiness on the front with a moderate hoppy bitterness on the end. Smooth mouthfeel with with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable. Highly impressed with this brew.

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Photo of matjack85
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like all the beers I've had from The Great Divide Brewing Company, this one comes in a big 1 pint 6oz. brown bottle with no freshness date that I could find.

It pours a hazy orange color with a 1½ finger bubbly white head with tons of heavy lacing that coats the entire glass and lasts forever.

The nose is a delicate blend of piney, citrus, and floral hops. Not as strong as I thoght it would be givem the name of Hercules.

What it lacks in the nose, it more than makes up for in flavor and taste. This is a hugely hoppy beer. While there is plenty of sweet toffee-like malt in here to help with the balance, the bitter piney and citrusy hops overpower everthing. Despite the moderately high carbonation, the beer has a creamy smooth mouthfeel which I liked.

The high alcohol is hidden well in the taste, but really comes out in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

This is a really good beer, but you have to like bitter hops to enjoy it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes last night. Nice fresh bottle from the end of December. Pours out amber with a head that retains like steel and is off-white and very creamy/frothy. Head dies down eventually and leaves incredibly thick lacing and a huge cloud on the beer. Amazing red color as light shines through makes for a very awesome looking beer. Smell and taste are basically the same. The alcohol comes through in the nose but not the flavor for me. Both are very malty for a IIPA (barleywine like malty). The hops are citrus and earthy and lend more bitterness than they do flavor and aroma. There is a tea-like aspect to them also. Some sweets and grassy aspects in the beer also. Great beer, just not exactly like a IIPA to me. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a huge beer and thats the only flaw in it. The carbonation is great and a huge bitter coat is left on the tongue. A bit of creaminess in the feel also. The drinkability is good. The flavor rocks, the price is decent. It is definately a sipper but not overly aggressive. Not what I expect in a modern IIPA but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Reggie1014
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a unique golden amber hue. Small head of foam with some lacing. Smell is a hoppy grapefruit mix, not too overpowering. The taste is hops up front with some alcohol burn and the back end is sweet and easy with the grapefruit kicking in. The feel is dense compare to some of the other IPAs I've tried. Overall I really like the power and passion that this beer delivers. I like the higher abv, and they do a great job masking it, yet give you enough to let you know it's there. Great beer! One of my favorites so far. I'm really new to the craft beer experience though. So it will be interesting to see if this stands over time.

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Photo of pbechtel
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.6% out of 100 with 4,188 ratings
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