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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules pours a deep mahogany in color with a very dense and creamy like tan head with long lasting retention. A bit of sediment in the glass from my over aggressive pour. Lacing is out of this world. It looks as if I have spread whipped cream in my glass. Very dense and lasts throughout the session.

Very floral with a strong but noticeable balance of caramel sweetness with grapefruit and pine resin on the aroma. Very aromatic to me personally.

My sip starts off with a dose of brown sugar sweetness that is quickly followed by grapefruit, oranges and pine mid palate. Finishes with a hint of caramel and very mild dose of heat from the alcohol.

Dry with a medium amount of carbonation and a medium body.

This is an awesome IPA. I'm glad that I got the chance to try it relatively fresh.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and slight amber, with a scant head. The aroma is hoppy with some citrus, maybe it's grapefruit or mango. Nothing surprising.

The taste follows with a more hoppy and bitter hit right away. The citrus is sour, then cream and caramel malts start to balance the thing out. No burnt char, just some toast. Nice handful of things going on. Ends dry and a bit resiny.

This has a heavy feel, chewy, could be the 10% which isn't so hidden. The bitter hoppy forwardness makes this drink like a West Coast IPA rather than a (usually more citrus/juicy) DIPA. Focused and good drinking beer. Not bad.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from the Great Divide Big Show box that I got last week.

It pours clear with a beautiful dark amber color. A three finger high, white-yellow head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, fudge, butter, syrup, pine, resin, orange and a bit of citrus.
Taste: Again the caramel - a lot of caramel! Resin, pine, citrus, lemon zest and tea.
Mouthfeel: Full body. High carbonation. A large bitterness that grows at the end and even after the beer has gone down my throat. Bitter, dry ending.
Great Divide has done a great job to hide the high ABV (10%) in the taste. I only recognize it from the warmth in my body :)

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Brown and amber color, lots of floaters
A/T - Very malty and sweet, some bitterness on the finish.
F - nice medium body, good carbonation
O - liked the flavor, but the sweetness became overpowering for me

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Photo of Reggie1014
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Marraybay
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy amber orange with a small-subdued white head.
Some suspended sediment seems to be present.

Smell: Large citrus and pine notes.

Taste: A bit of sweet malt upfront that momentarily turns
the citrus into something orange-like, but is eventually overrun by
full-on grapefruit pith and booze.

Feel: Full

Overall: An intense DIPA: A bit larger overall than my go to, DFH 90 minute,
both in terms of citrus and booze, but definitely a good brew. Believe it became
sweeter and gentlier as it warmed. In the end, feel that I'd need to sample
a couple more of these to adequately draw a bead on how it truly rates. Until then...

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Photo of Flying-ABV
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint straight off the tap into a nice tumbler at a fine restaurant. This was a disappointment, mainly because I felt the taste wasn't well balanced. There's definitely a strong hop profile here - it has that sort of "grainy" mouth feel and sharp bitterness that I don't care for in many strong IPA's. It would have been much better for me if there was more balance with smooth malts and more character with the complex citrus notes that were absent. At 10.0ABV this should have been much "juicier" but the nose revealed more of just another strong run of the mill IPA with lots of alcohol.
I'm not gonna talk it down too much - I think this is just one example of an IPA that didn't suit my taste.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep orange, two fingers of foam, lingers. Smell not obvious. Taste rich, fruity, lingers on the palate. Feel thick, creamy. Altogether an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of heytomcat
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't pick up a huge amount of hops on the nose. This is an extremely aggressive beer with a lot of piney hop character. It is pretty well balanced but just a bit too hoppy for my taste. A very well made beer for the style.

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Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Dark brown-ruby pour with a thin, smooth tan head. Smells dank, with notes of citrus, pine and caramel. Bitter-sweet taste, well balanced except maybe for the alcohol that comes a little too powerful.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/3/15. Poured into snifter.

Looks dark golden orange with one finger of head.

Smells hoppy and slightly sweet and inviting.

Taste is short. No balance. Hops and earthiness but the hops aren't super strong and less so with the earth. No malt balance.

Mouthfeel is lacking. Somewhat full up front but dissipates immediately and lingering bitterness. No lingering flavor complexity, just bitterness.

Overall disappointing.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing really jumps out, but then again I am relatively new to this style. The alcohol is extremely well hidden (I'm probably going to get drunk without even noticing), such an easy drinker with great lacing and intense hops. On tap at Brew's Brothers in Galveston. Great mouthfeel and awesome with some wings.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a restaurant, and it was mislabeled as a pale ale so I had no idea it was a 10% ABV double IPA. That's dangerous, but it's also pretty tasty. Luckily I had plenty of food to balance it out during the evening. It really doesn't taste like an 85 IBU beer, which is a good thing in my book, otherwise I might not have ordered it since I don't tend to go for hoppy beers. This one had good balance and wasn't overly piney or citrusy. Another solid beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle date Aug 27 2015... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: tall tan head atop richly amber-hued, hazy liquid, good bit of flaky sediment floating about... foam is open-structured and spongy, bouncing as I lift the glass

S: weak booze, at first, which eventually peaks out a bit more as it warms and the foam recedes... smells aged - bold caramel, faint leafy-minty-citrus-rind-y hops... very familiar West Coast, earthy-piney-zesty aromas - nothing unique... potency fair-good

T: richly malty, blanketed in the whispers of dying resins... notable medicinal swell in the finish, as well as a latent rise of tea-like, tannic bitterness... upon second sip, hop character much more apparent - bitterness enhances, more lemon zest... more into it, the citrus flavors become more intense, while the bitterness fails to abate, and a brown bread crust note lingers in the back

F: any body felt on the palate could likely be from the resins, as this drinks pretty darn soft and light, but not quite crisp, smooth but maybe only mildly viscous

O: I've had this rather fresh, and the hop flavors are naturally brighter and the overall taste sharper, but this is far from dull in this state, the alcohol and bitterness surely aiding in its lasting triumph... I'd say it even tastes more like a hop-forward West Coast barleywine... it'd be interesting to let this age for a year or two, let the malt come out a little more - the bitterness is bold and beautiful, and I doubt it would tail off much (which is fine with me)

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 10/22/15

Appearance - Pours slighty hazy and amber in color with an off-white head that peaks at just over a finger's width. Good retention, eventually settling to a thin, broken layers of suds across the surface. Lacing consists of a thick sheet with lines breaking off and streaking down the side of the glass.

Smell - Ruby red grapefruit, light pine, mango and some light biscuit maltiness arounds out the aroma.

Taste - Lots of mango flavor upfront, with a touch of banana peel. There's an underlying grapefruit pith bitterness which emerges strongly toward the finish. Malts are present, but hard to pinpoint a distinct flavor, lending instead a rather generic sweetness. The finish is bittersweet, with the aforementioned mango/grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Goes down well enough, with a light touch of astringent dryness.

Overall - A solid all-around DIPA. Nicely balanced and the hop bill has a fairly unique twist on the citrus heavy style. One I would likely buy again given the chance.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful DIPA. Great mix of hop. Pine, citrus, along with funky goodness. Th malt do smammice job of bringing it all together. I should have brought home a bomber!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a medium amber with a reddish tint.
Aroma: Fruit and cream with some hoppiness.
Taste: Hop and malt balance - both come at you strong.
Feel: Light bodied, light-medium carbonation.
Overall: A bold DIPA. I like it.

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Photo of gandres
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 16 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Orange in color, a bit hazy
Aroma: Slight smell hops, not too fragrant
Taste: Bitter with sweet aftertaste
Mouth feel: A bit fizzy
Overall: Very good beer to excellent beer

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Photo of NickandToni
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Chamois in color, very pleasing tone for an American Double IPA. Leaves a almost true white cascade that holds slightly to the glass.
Smell: Citrus, almost ripe Cara cara naval orange inviting a sweet smell of musty ripeness.
Taste: 1st impression was a 3.5, but as I sat with it and temperature fell this beer started to come into its own. Citrus upfront, bitterness at the end, but most importantly, a beautiful malty carbonated treat. Almost like grapefruit with sugar in the raw sprinkled over and left to penetrate.
Feel: A strong presence of citrus without the acidity. Activated bitter to the sides of the tongue and a pleasant feel at the back roof of the mouth.


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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
pours amber/reddish/orange lighter than other dipa's i have had
thick offwhite head almost tan in color
taste is strong hops/citrus and some pine
tastes sweet hoppy and strong but easy smooth and easy to drink
a little syrupy as well and thick
one of my favorites!

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nice strong beer and one can taste it. A lighter body it seems than some other American Double style beers. More carbonation if one will, than some other American doubles. A strong, crisp opening taste, that is sort of light and "high" if one will, like a cresting wave at the onset, which dissolves into a sort of pleasing aftertaste that embellishes upon the beers hoppy-ness. The smell of the beer is also quite pleasing, and perhaps more "fresh" than one might be accustomed to in American Doubles.

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Photo of byronic
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber, darker than expected. Fresh this one is interesting. Very aggressive hops and malts that attempt to balance it out. Definitely a nice beer but I wonder if age will improve it even further.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber gold with a minimal amount of head, but that small amount lasts quite a while. When the head does break, there is some nice lacing left behind.

S: Malts right off the bat, the sweet caramel notes are noticed immediately. After a breath or two the hops really works its way in: Piney and floral. These aromas blend nicely together.

T: The taste follows the nose closely. Malts are definitely on the front end here, but the hops meld in so smoothly that there is no harshness to their being there.

M: There is a full-bodied feel to this beer with medium carbonation. At times the beer can be a touch thick/syrupy in feel, but it does not take away from the enjoyment.

O: Hercules impresses me. I really enjoyed how the malts and hops blended nicely in this beer to create a nice enjoyable beer experience.

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Photo of RichBichNJ420
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect D.I.P.A. pours a nice pale "ruby red" color with decent head, smells a little earthy with a strong aroma of grapefruit (assembly citra hops) tastes nice and smooth, with a strong aftertaste of grapefruit peels...one of the best tasting double IPA's I've had for sure, will buy again...and reccomend strongly...

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Photo of sprat1960
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Orange in color; cloudy/opaque. Pours with a rich 2+ finger light tan head that receded slowly leaving a thick, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Tons of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks awesome! Perfect!

Smell: Grass, lots of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and mild hops. Appealing; made me want to take a drink.

Taste: Starts acidic and tangy; progresses on to a grassy, mild hoppy smooth middle; ends with a lemony bitter hoppy finish. Complex and delicious.

Feel: Full body; velvety feel; slight dry finish. Left me a little thirsty for water, but not too bad.

Overall: Awesome DIPA. May be the best I ever had; up there with Heady Topper - though probably not as good of a value. I could drink this over and over. Refreshing!

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,106 ratings.
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