Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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

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Ratings:
4,202
pDev:
11.41%
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4.47
 
 
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Photo of Brewnami
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Great Divide brew that I tried. IPAs are my favorite style of beer and this particular one is really good. I bought a 4 pack for $16.13 (which seems quite a bit expensive) at a local store and poured on of the 12oz bottles in a pint glass. The dark amber brew left a soft creamy white head that slowly dissipated lacing every bit of the glass that it touched. Sticky hops overwhelm the smell. Behind the powerful hops is a citrus and bready scent. Once again, hops overwhelm the taste, however that is not a complaint. I notice some pine notes as well as a bit of alcohol in taste. Caramel malts are also very noticeable. The mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and pretty think... I think a bit more so than other double IPAs I've had. I do really enjoy this beer, however when this costs over $16 and Harpoon Leviathan costs $10 so I am definitely going to go with the Leviathan next time. Absolutely give it a try if you have not had it yet, especially if you find it on tap; but I cannot say that it is worth that price tag.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 22oz bottle into a glass. Nice bright copper color, with a big head to boot. Laces well on the glass.

Nice citrus hop aroma not a big as big as I was expecting. Pick up the caramell malt as well.

A bit more malt to it than I was expecting. Hops are there and are nice a citrusy just not bangin like most of the dipa's I have been drinkin lately. The alcohol makes it self known very nicely.

Good mouthfeel to it not to syurp like that most dipa's have. Drank it down could grab another

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 11, 2009

This double IPA pours a bright coppery orange, very clear, with a huge truly Herculean off-white head on it, the massive foam is pocked with craters like an asteroid and as it recedes coats the side of the glass with thick slabs of honeycomb lacing.

The aroma is very nicely citrusy hoppy. Very bright with a thick sweetish caramel malt presence behind it.

The flavor is massive as one might expect from a double IPA but this one is equally balanced between a huge sweet bready malt with a bit of caramel, and a huge hop presence which is nearly equally divided between piney resin and orangey lemon citrus. The sweetness fills the mouth and is immediatley pared down by the hops leaving the finish nicely bitter and long. There is alcohol in there but it stays well hidden until the malts and hops have done their job leaving just a bit of burn in the back of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is full, thick and creamy with a finish that is silky, luxuriantly smooth. Did I say it was full thick and creamy? Lets add chewy in there too!

This is a very nicely balanced Double IPA, I applaud the hops used that focus on pine, orange and lemon while there is a complexity to the malt makeup that left me thinking of hints of chocolate, vanilla and a tad of butter. If I had another this beer would have piqued my curiosity enough to want another just to savor the various flavors again to see what I missed the first time. Highly recomended!

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Photo of velosuds
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on September 14, 2009. Single purchased for $2.99.

A-Poured a golden amber hue with a one and one half finger head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Too malty for a DIPA. Aroma is predominantly caramel and other sugary notes. Hops are faint and in the background. What's there is resinous and piney.

T-Taste improved as it warmed, but tasted more like a barleywine than a DIPA. When cold, the taste was awful. IMO, the best DIPAs drink well cold and as they warm, and they don't loose their style characteristics. Too malty for a DIPA

M-Very smooth and well balanced.

D-This went down easy enough, but I would not readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms. 10% ABV was masked very well.

I didn't like this beer. I wanted to. Great Divide has been inconsistent for me. Many of the best reviews are many years old, so I wonder if this beer has declined. I bought this from a highly reputable beer store in Portland and it was bottled six weeks ago, so I don't think it was skunked, but it was disappointing.

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Photo of bret27
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at brewery 2009. Had previously on tap @ Oregon beer festival

A: Cloudy, dark amber, little foamy head.

S: Rich! Hops, piney, cedary, resiney, grapefruit. deep sweet malt

T: Same as above, w/malt coming through more than in smell to balance

M: Much thicker and 'stickier' than regular availability.

D: The extra thickness add a little something extra, but may reduce drinkability for some.

Overall: This is normally a really good beer, and the brewery makes really good stuff. No doubt. But if you can get ahold of any of their stuff fresh or on cask, highly recommended!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper with a small creamy persistent head. Fair bit of almost transparent yeast clumps floating all over the place, apparently Great Divide's yeast doesn't flocculate well. Amazingly thick lacing though.
Aroma shows lots of malt for an IIPA, loads of caramel, molasses, golden syrup and nutty notes. Hops are still there in the background however, with resinous and piney notes being most prevalent.
Flavours reflect the aroma: fairly malty with a lot of golden syrup and some nutty notes, before resinous hops take over, followed by an extremely piney, mildly bitter finish contributed to by some clean alcohol
Quite a rich body with creamy carbonation that doesn't manage to cut through the sweetness.
The malt levels in this are off the scale. Really lacking in hops aroma and to a lesser extent flavour. None the less, quite enjoyable, though too rich to have more than a couple.

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Photo of dgilks
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, gold colour. Nice, big ivory head. Good head retention.

Sweet juicy hops are all over this. Candy-like nose with caramel, citrus, a hint of grass and a touch of nut.

Really smooth for a DIPA. There isn't any harsh, gripping bitterness. Well balanced attack with caramel teaming with a piney, resinous bitterness. Good pine and citrus through the midpalate and flowing right into the backpalate. Solid lingering bitterness which is nice. A slightly toasty, nutty malt profile suits this beer well.

Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Quite creamy.

Smooth and tasty. The alcohol is well hidden here. Very drinkable.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber, head reduces, ok lacing. Overall it looks like an IPA.

S - Amazing, I finally get the whole grapefruit aroma. I always pretended I knew what people meant, but this is amazing.

T - Very malty, hops are subtler than I thought/hoped. Maybe its just balanced. The hops present as fruity rather than a big kick.

M - Body is good, as is the carbonation.

D - Drinks well for a 9% beer.

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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 Lolli1315
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange color starting to move towards amber. Nice one finger of head that disappears slowly. Almost perfect lacing.

S- Love the smell on this beer. A lot of citrus, grapefruit in particular. The smell of hops are exploding from the glass with some alcohol.

T- Bitter beer with an excellent combination of citrus. Bitter at the beginning of the beer, seems to disappear with the taste of citrus in the middle, and then the bitterness hits you again in the aftertaste. Hop oils seems to coat the mouth from the beginning to the end leaving a constant flavor as well. Alcohol tends to warm you a little at the end of a drink leaving you refreshed.

M- A little thicker than what I am used to with an IPA, seems to almost coat your mouth. I really like how this meshes with the taste of the beer.

D- Easy to drink, just disappointed I didn't pick up more of these at the store.

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Photo of beerman207
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a hazy orange into the glass with a skim head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is pine, malt, citrus, and some dark fruit - very inviting.

T - Wow, this is a sipper. With 85 ibus you, it's a smack in the mouth with hoppiness. Citrus dominates and the alcohol comes through in the finish and warms the belly quite nice.

M - I'd say the carbonation is moderate.

D - Wow, this is good beer but you need to take your time. It is very hot and I'm not sure that time would help. Bottled Jan 09 so it's had a little time to age. Overall, very good DIPA.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of light tan head that clung to the side of the glass. It is copper in color. The malts come through more than the hops when I smelled it. The taste is weak up front but follows with some pine hops flavor. I think I got hold of an old bottle.

Cheers!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Poured a orange/golden clear. My bottle said it was 10.1% and you couldn't taste any alc% at all. Very damn tasty, and easy to drink. Damn solid beer. Will definately look for this tasty brew again. Would love to find a even fresher one too, to compare.

Pours a clear orange, slight amber colour with a decent amount of head. Tastes very malty, almost with a hint of honey to it. Theres a little bit of hop bitterness here, but I'm really picking up the malt backbone a lot more. Thats not a bad thing either. I find this to drink down pretty smooth and I detect no heat in the beer at all with the higher abv%. Had this one over a year ago, but my palate has aged a lot since then. Decent imperial ipa overall.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle into a pint glass poured a dark hazy copper orange color with a tan frothy head. Smelled strongly of citrus and piney hops. Taste is refreshing and smooth with a nice dose of toasted malt and a nice hoppy bitterness. This is a very well balanced Dipa you can harldy notice the 9.1% abv. This is a great beer!

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Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 cvfish
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a orange golden color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma of this beer was caramel malts, toffee, and a mix of citrus and pine aroma that finished the beer off

T - The taste of this beer was right along with the nose, caramel and toffee up front, and citrus and pine tree hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium, resiny body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a great DIPA, if it was available none stop I would buy this beer nonstop

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Photo of PartyBear
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brandy-like dark amber in colour, with a slightly off-white small head that shows great retention. 4

Aroma: The nose is powerfully hoppy, which is what you would expect for a beer with a 80+ IBU but there is also a subtle caramelly base which sits just behind. 3.5

Taste: Again, the flavours are predominently hops, lots of bitter resin tastes, very potent. The sweetish base comes through in the middle and balances the flavours out with a toffee sweetness. No real taste of alcohol, which is surprising given the whacking great ABV. 4

Mouthfeel: Quite oily and full on the palette, with little in the way of carbonation. Smooth and syrupy. 4

Drinkability: Great offering from the brewery, a nice balanced DIPA. Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. 4

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Photo of drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra with a trade, very excellent. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is heady, yellowish light brown head that falls away leaving little lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with a definite hop character as you'd expect with high malt and high alcohol sweetness in aroma. A very inviting smell for an imperial IPA.
Beer is dark brown and cloudy. I have to object to this beer at this point and penalize it for CHILL HAZE. As I drank this beer it clarified. This is classic chill haze, this is a professionally crafted beer, add a protein rest for your product's sake.
Beer is plenty sweet with nicely balanced hop bitterness. Finishes nicely, plenty for the palate to analyze. Mouthfeel is nice and full. The alcohol content slightly cuts the mouthfeel a little bit, drinkability is decent. hard to have such a high ABV beer with such high hop and alcohol highly drinkable, but this is very good. I like Great Divide. I'm going to seek out their other beers. Watch the chill haze guys.

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Photo of BigBry
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, bought at the Brewery, I better try it for myself before I trade them all away.
Deep, rich gold amber color, solid inch of whitish foam. Good retention and sticky lace, a nice suprise. Lots of hop character in the aroma. Herbal, graperuit, and pine. Flavor has lots of malt, but still struggles to match the hoppiness. Lots of thick caramel malt, and even more pine and grapefruity hops. Slightly floral hop finish to go with the alcohol warmth. Medium body, lots of carbonation, easy to drink. Well balanced, not overly bitter, doesn't kill the taste buds, could easily drink this all evening.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy golden copper color w/ a thick off-white tinged with yellow head which sticks around for a bit before leaving a full coating of lace in my goblet
S- surprisingly not a very strong smell, cereal grains and cattish pine hops mixed with some toasted nuts, fruit and just a hint of alcohol
T- starts out with a good initial bite to balance the sticky sweet malt backbone, grapefruit galore in this one, some nutty caramel notes come through about midway but are dwarfed by the almost overwhelming hop presence, as with the smell, a faint fruity alcohol note makes itself known, finish is quite bitter and slightly metallic
M- a rich, full bodied beer with a nominal co2 level

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Photo of erz316
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 floz brown bottle with Aug 12 2009 as the bottled on date, served into lachouffe snifter.

A - beer has a deep amber glow when held up to the light, a mix of cadmium red and yellow ochre. the head gets pretty big, about two fingers; its a light cream colour with a hint of orange, warming up the overall colour. the head settles in a normal amount of time. the colour of the body is the real high point of the appearance.

S - real big caramel malt appearance in the nose, along with a real blunt hop character. very herbal smelling, and a bit of grapefruit, perhaps a bit of pine. the hops character isnt as multifacited as other beers, but the presence is still there. the only thing that I can tell that makes this hop nose very different is that the individual notes seem to decrease in proportion.

T - the taste is pretty damn solid. the initial taste is a slightly off center blend of hops to malts, going in the favor of the hops. the malts are pretty damn big in the beer, but it manages to keep the hops in front; the malts are really caramely, quite amazingly so. the finish is where the brew gest the majority of its flavour: it starts hoppy, really quite floral actually, maybe a bit more pine and some grass, and continues to build in intensity till it climaxes in a pinch of warm alcohol. the aftertaste is quite long lasting and more piney than anything else.

MF&D - a lighter medium body, with great carbonation, which could asset itself more in that the scale is too small. the drinkability is also quite good, as I find myself wishing this weren't a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber/maize color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight raisin, and strong alcohol. Overall, a really good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this at Capone's in PA. Poured into a tulip a lighter amber color with a thick tightly bubbled heading. Left some lacing throughout.

Smell very hoppy. Sweeter aroma's pull through as well. Some maltiness.

Taste and mouth is very smooth and bubbly.Hops right off the bat and a nice maltiness that doesn't go unnoticed. Full bodied and great retention.

Drinkability good. Not an overkill of hops and a nice maltiness suits this drink very well. I was suprosed by this one.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly reminiscent of Titan IPA and I m guessing thta is NOT an accident. Differences are in colour slightly more alcoholic and sweeter taste and of course the smell.

It s also somewhat less dry on the palate and that is a GOOD thing seeing that Titan is too dry.

Drinkability is high for such a strong brew. I like the style as well - it s like IRS's hot sister.

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

Tried this one on tap at the 08 ACBF in Boston and then picked up a bottle and let it age for a year, I'm glad I did. I always thought that Great Divide has some great beers and this one just proves my theory (which I'm sure not too many people would try to negate). Poured this one into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. It pours a nice golden/amber/orange color to it with a pale caramel colored head to it with much better than average lacing to it. It has a slight haze to it when held up to the light. The smell is pretty classic of a double IPA, lots of hops. This is a very tastey beer, a very strong hoppy taste, but not too strong, it's very good. Has more of a citrus hop to it, grapefruity. Nice mouthfeel to this brew, I mentioned the citrus hop, but there is some pine hop as well which leaves a slight dryness to the mouthfeel but the taste compensates quite nicely and all is well with this beer. I can't believe how drinkable this beer is. I thought the ABV was 8ish and thought it was drinkable for that, then when I saw it was 9, I was even more amazed! This is truly a great beer, I'm generally an IPA/DIPA fan in the summertime, but I could drink this all year long.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings
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