Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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4.12/5
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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American 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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#3,495
Reviews:
1,594
Ratings:
4,225
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,225 |  Reviews: 1,594
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of April 23, 2010
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark amber colour with some hints of light brown throughout and a finger of creamy white head.

S - Lots of hops up front - grapefruit, tangerine and a hint of pine. A significant sweet caramel malt nose in the background. Smells like a very well balanced DIPA.

T - A great balance of hops and malts. The hops hit you up front and are predominantly citrus with heavy grapefruit notes and some pine. At first the citrus is dominant but the pine becomes more prevalent as I continue to drink it. The sweet malts taste of sticky caramel with a spicy aftertaste. Very well balanced.

M - Medium body, sticky and a nice chew.

D - An excellent DIPA.

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

Pours a caramel color with an average head that laces nicely.
Smells hoppy and citrusy, with a good sweetness to it as well.
Taste is surprisingly balanced. Many of this style tend to be way to sweet for my tastes, but this one has a good refreshing hop profile that is not overdone with sugar tastes.

A great double, probably the best I have had.

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Photo of gracebeliever
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes within 10 minutes of drinking.
12oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Depending on light angle burnt orange/slightly reddish. Pours a one finger head yet quickly reduces to 1/4 inch or less till the finish. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops!

Taste: Holding on the tongue a bit brought a sharpness of hop flavors. The second tasting was smoother with a respectable hop flavoring to the end.

Mouthfeel: Has a slight creaminess and an appealing smoothness.

Drinkability: I need to make my fridge colder. The beer needed to be colder for certain but wasn't disagreeable. I expected a stronger hop intensity considering it is a "double IPA". Nevertheless I was not disappointed. But yes! I needed the beer to be colder.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hercules Double IPA is a cloudy amber ale with big chunks of I-don't-know-what floating around in it. It has a thick, soft, off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge aroma that's sweet and hoppy. It smells spicy, with notes of orange peel, black pepper and grass. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It tastes sweet and hoppy. It tastes resiny, with notes of orange peel, black pepper and coriander. It remains well balanced all the way through the finish. It's a very solid double IPA.

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Photo of Corker444
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really a steal. I mean really what a well balanced Double IPA that can be enjoyed on it's own or with grilled foods. Had it tonight with Grilled chicken and yellow curried rice. Just a fantastic pairing.

The citrus in slightly in the background and adds just enough to cleanse the palate and finish from being to dry.

I am a fan and really appreciate the effort in making this beer!

Cheers!

Corker!

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at George Keeley's, 6/27/10.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber with a very thin white head and good sticky lacing.

S-Sticky sweet hoppiness with a good sweet malt backbone.

T-Great sweet malt in the front with lots of sweet pine hops. Delicious.

M-Medium bodied with good lingering bitterness.

D-Delicious and remarkably light for the ABV. Nice to revisit a classic.

HV

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Photo of maleman
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. brew date on bottle. poured hazy deep amber with one finger head that receded into a thin cap. nice, clingy lacing.

S - hops very evident, some sweet bread notes.

T - malts come through right at the start...very bready with pepper mixed in.

M - medium-bodied, not much carbonation. has a full mouth feel. aftertaste is bold.

D - this is my first offering from Great Divide and i like it very much. will be trying more of their beers, but i'm sure i'll be revisiting this quite often.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant copper orange in colour topped by loads of meringue-like head. The long lasting foam almost coats the walls of the glass with thick sheets of lace. The scent of it invites you in with peaches and flowers; biscuit and pine. A little bit of alcohol lurks behind it all. Solid peachy, tropical sort of hop flavour competes with sweet caramel malt. Very balanced. Pine and herbs show up towards the finish along with a firm, strong (but not extreme) bitterness. Fairly full bodied, with a smooth and sticky mouthful. I bet it would be even hoppier if it weren't brewed almost two months ago. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/09

A- Bright, deep copper like a year old penny with a bubbly, lacy dark tan head. The final pour of the bottle left a head that looked like a foam mattress in cross section. Just by looking at this brew you know you are about to get a palate wallop.

S- Big, alluring aromas soar out of the glass: toasted coconut, vanilla, pina colada, peaches.... Very seductive. It would be one hell of a challenge to have a sniff of this and not take a big sip.

T- Huge sweet malt makes the attack. Mouthwatering hops dominate the mid-palate. The lingering finish is of peach & pineapple syrup and hop bitterness.

M, D- Viscous, sweet malt & oily hops, both thick, heavy, and extracted, are so rich that this a slow ride. Massive but supremely balanced!

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Photo of abastias
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear,pleasing deep orange-red which shines golden on the fringes, capped with a heavy half inch of even cream colored foam. Medium lacing. Some slight suspended particulate. Great carbonation!

S: Unable to pin down any distinct aromas at first. Musky. Slightly piny.

T: Dark chocolate/caramel malt with a slight smokiness and a standard issue piny, mildly bitter hop that stays but does not smother.Hardly any trace of the 10.0% ABV.

M: Smmmooooth! Nice body that coats the mouth like a good soup.

D: Superb! So smooth for an DIPA. No real gimic here or standout, unexpected flavors here; just a great example of the style. Would definately drink again!

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

pours a very cloudy copper color with good off white head and good lacing. lively carbonation. heavily particulate, with a nutty caramel smell. nutty malt roasted flavors, with bitter floral hops. medium bodied and oily texture. heavy chalky bitter finish. very strong potent flavors. this brew will definitely wake up your palate/senses!!!

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Photo of spoons
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Has a nice copper/amber body with a foamy two finger head. Looks very nice. leaves great lacing.

Definitely a malt forward nose, caramel and sweetness. Some citrus like hops but is covered by all that malt.

The taste comes across sharp despite its smooth mouthfeel. Slightly metallic. Lots of caramel flavor to this beer and once again smothers the hops. good but not great. Id like to try it on tap and give it another chance.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. Probably associated with my love for craft beer more than any other, Great Divide Hercules is a highly unique, complex DIPA.

Pours out a medium copper color with minimal head and a few yeast "floaties" occasionally swirl.

Smell isn't really where its at here, but the caramel malt and hops are there. That said, it doesn't really have typical identifiable double IPA characterstics when just sniffing it.

Taste is powerful, herculean-like. Very strong caramel malt and nutty flavors fight with the piney hops. Make no mistake, this is not your typical DIPA. Its strong but quite drinkable, not particularly hop-forward. You won't mistake this for a West Coast IPA but it doesn't taste like any other East Coast IPA I've ever tried either. Has some fruit flavors as well- possibly apricot, and the taste is definitely ALL Great Divide.

Mouthfeel is perfect and incredibly good considering it's 10% ABV rating.

The beer is highly drinkable for a DIPA but it does have a heavy malt taste which can tire some palletes.

All in all- maybe my favorite beer, but I rarely drink it because of its price.

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Photo of slyke
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hercules Double IPA pours a golden orange color with a generous white head that sticks well and laces nicely.

The smell has floral, biscuity, and piney notes. Very appetizing.

The taste has similar notes with a forward hoppiness that pleases the hop-headed palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lasting hoppy aftertaste.

This beer is quite drinkable although at 10% abv, I wouldn't drink more than 1 or 2 at a sitting.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Deep bronze with a thick eggshell white head that lasts. Thick lacing.

S_Overpowering sweet malt upfront. Hints of vanilla,hops,and citrus breaking through.

T_More balanced than indicated by smell. Sweet caramel malt still dominates but rounded out by piny,citric hops.

M_Smooth and cream with a crisp finish.

D_Bomber is good enough.

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Photo of kshankar
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and orange, decent foam that forms a cap which lasts till the end. Lacing...not so much on this one.

Aroma is very citrusy, piney.

Taste is aggressive with the hops, as a DIPA should be. Balance isn't really there as much, but then again, I shouldn't expect that. And I don't mind it. Pretty good bitterness coming from the hop profile, a minimal bit of sweet malts come through to get you through this 10% hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium, coating. Drinkability..for a 10%? A bit high. I can easily have another one without complaints.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark bronze color, thick yet lacy head. The white head contrasts with the odd dark red/brown of the beer.

Very smooth smell, light and crisp malt sweetness and a stronger citrus hop profile.

The taste is a surprise - the stronger malt presence than expected in this style balances out the very heavy hoppiness, making it extremely smooth. The citrus hops feel almost syrupy, but not the same extreme hop presence that is typical of double IPAs. The malt is lightly earthy and nutty, it isn't as prominent in the taste as the hops, but it is nevertheless present. Clean finish with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of jpittman80
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

You may notice that my individual category rankings are all over the board for this one. There's a reason...

A- Clear bronze with off-white head that lasts and leaves several layers of lacing on the glass.

S - Um. Earthy hops with really grainy caramel... I gotta be honest; all this really does is create a very real vomit character. Not good.

T - Wha?! Oh, I get it double ENGLISH IPA. Didn't see that one coming, but I only have my own biases to blame. Totally expecting the good ole American version. Very grainy flavor, especially from pale malt and caramel. The hops are there, but mostly in bitterness, not too much in flavor. They are earthy and grassy, but don't seem nearly close to the 82 IBU listed on the bottle. Totally grain dominated. It actually reminds me of an overly hopped maibock. Bottled on date is less than two months ago, so I can't blame it on being not very fresh.

M - This is a winner. Very VERY smooth carbonation and medium body. You can't feel a bit of alcohol.

D - If you plug your nose until you take a swig, it's extremely drinkable, due to the deft hiding of alcohol content. Not bad if you just get past that smell.

I haven't read a review of this one yet as not to bias myself. I'm really interested in what others have to say. This being a DIPA be style, I'm guessing it's a little inflated in its score.

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Photo of KingFarm
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, amber-orange, no sediment, good carbonation, bubbles rising from bottom. Medium head, no lacing, decent thickness. Pancake batter colored suds at top.

S: Rich, heavy in apricots, very citrusy, woody, pungent nose, almost chemical in power. Little bit of sweetness, floral qualities.

T: Hop-bomb all the way. Nutty maltiness, earthy, strong and weedy, heavy, heavy hop bitterness prevails. Starts sweet from heavy malting, immediately finishes big, bitter, and uber-hoppy with citrus-spicy length.

M: Oily, slick, almost syrupy, not too bubbly. Lingering hop bitterness stays between the teeth. Powerful!

Final Impressions: Mostly a one dimensional hop-bomb. Heavy, pungent, thick, way bitter at the finish as the malts can't hold up to the citrus hop bite. I felt it in my ears. Although not a balanced beer, it doesn't really pretend to be, so taken as a Double IPA, it gets the job well done.

Compare to Avery Dugana, Stone Ruination, and even Dogfishhead ApriHop.

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Photo of hdog09
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on nitro-tap at a local bar. Heavy and dark amber in color. Very citrus smell which makes sense for a 10% alch beer. Not as hoppy as I would have expected form a double IPA but hops are definitely there. Lots of caramel malt and citrus flavors are pretty forthcoming. Overall a really good beer drink a few of these and you'll be feeling good.

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Photo of aristeros
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Golden amber, red and yellow fruit scents after the bottle opens. Okay clarity, some small bits in there. A finger of head, little retention and some lacing. Smells of light pine resin with citrus and red fruit. There's a floral hop undercurrent to the nose.

Bitterness up front, about the level of a Stone IPA. Some citrus notes and a decent amount of biscuit on the back end. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. I thought it was 6-7% ABV by the taste; no booziness to it at all. Complexity and character help the drinkability almost as much as the alcohol masking.

Decent offering here; this is the kind of DIPA I'd reach for when I want a hoppy beer that doesn't feel light.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, darker brown for an IPA, syrupy quality to it, great foam on it, takes a while to dissipate. Once it settles down it is a thick coating on the side of the glass, definitely a sticky DIPA. Smells super fruity.

Tastes syrupy and sticky, has a big of malty quality, but at the same time it's fruity, and very carbonated. Taste pops in your mouth. Hop presence is small, and it is not dry, only in the slightest bit in the aftertaste. Has good taste though, and is relatively complex in that you can taste alot of different things. Hides the 10% ABV almost perfectly.

Another malty/fruity IPA, leaning away from the Hops/bitterness, but not bad the way it was done. I liked it.

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Photo of al3
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber gold with some floaties. Good retention and lacing.

S - Sweet roasted aroma, trail mix with a hint of citrus.

T&M - Malt upfront with a medium body. Finish is a herbal/citrus hop smack, then a bitter, roasted note.

D - at 10% it vanished rather hastily

Overall, a good beer, not my favorite DIPA, and not my favorite from Great Divide, but a good beer worth seeking out. Also, a great smelling brew, for some reason I can seem to get over that.

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Photo of mmahut
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden colour with no carbonation and a finger head.

S: Hops with sweet malt with appearances of citrus fruits.

T: Bitter hop taste with malt at first followed by citrus with prune.

M: Full smooth body with small level of carbonation makes it nice.

D: Good but strong (10%!) IPA.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me this beer is another great introduction to American brewed beers, in this case a double IPA (a style to which I'm quite new).

Nice brown glowing beer; not much carbonation or head though.
Great fresh hoppyness in the taste, great green grass smell, pine, together with some apricots , I would say, and some milky chocolate malts.
Bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's just very smooth. Alcohol is hardly present, even for the 9.1% as stated on my bottle , it's well masked.

Very glad to have tried this. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands. Thanks to their assortment.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,225 ratings