Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,582 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,582 | Ratings: 4,151
Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-draft at WOB, Fayettville, NC. Nice and hoppy, maybe a tad-bit more in the malt bill for my preference, but a well-crafted brew nonetheless. Would certainly enjoy this again!

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Photo of R_i_P
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber of this Denver, CO DIPA from Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA on 02/12/2017. Bottled on 03/10/2015. APV 10%. Plain-Jane looking label. I love the gold-foil top.

Hercules DIPA pours a hazy, opaque copper with good carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam. Some lacing. Smell is malt and orange, citrus, and tropical fruits. Taste starts with citrus zest and tropical fruits, perfectly complimented by the malt backbone. Taste ends with an intense, hop bitterness. Alcohol warms the mixture ever so slightly but stays out of the way.

Despite the bottled date, this is a superb DIPA -- noticeably different from California DIPAs. If I can find it again, I'll definitely add this DIPA to my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs. Killer DIPA!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. canned on Jan 03, 2017

Pours hazy amber dark orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like toasted bready caramel malts, papaya, peach, mango, some honey, dark berries, orange, grapefruit, mild tobacco, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like dark toasted bready caramel malts, papaya, peach, mango, honey, dark berries, orange, grapefruit, some tobacco, mild spice, with bitter dank leafy green floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice and intense DIPA.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from a local liquor store for 7.99. Hoped it would be special, and it didn't disappoint. Into a goblet...

L: Barely one finger of head, but the lacing is sticky, leaving speckled pattern across the glass. Body is dark reddish brown with a hint of amber, but very opaque and cloudy.

S: Oooh, this is not an IPA profile. This is a Barleywine profile. Begins with molasses and black pepper, followed by sourdough bread, a clovey caramel/toffee body, finishing in rye bread and brown rice syrup. Daank.

T: A hint of anise bursts into molasses, chocolate, dark dried fruit and roasty malt. Not much hops in this DIPA. Very, very different from Titan.

F: Thick, full, creamy, a little syrupy at the end. Goes down like nectar of the gods.

O: Excellent brew. Definitely a CO DIPA, and not a CA DIPA.

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Photo of searsclone
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft in a snifter, brownish orange with a white head that dissipated quickly. The nose is grass, orange, bread and vanilla. Tastes is bitter grapefruit at first, then a bit of smoke followed by juicy citrus. All of it is balanced by the malts. Medium to light body and a good amount of carbonation. An easy to drink and delicious beer. The alcohol is very well hidden making this too easy to drink. Definitely worth a try, one of the best out there.

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Photo of CrashingConcord
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

While the infamous Yeti seems to garner much of the press for Denver's hometown heroes, Hercules is certainly not deserving of existence in anyone else's shadow. This is a monster, for sure. The pour is burnt orange with a notable amount of residual yeast specks, darker than the modern expected IPA, signalling a solid malt backbone to come. While this has all the bitter goodness one wishes for in a hop-forward brew - smelling mostly of strong grapefruit and a little grass - and the taste delivers in spades, it bounces back and fourth seamlessly between that and a malty sweetness almost reminiscent of almond extract. Between the phenomenal balance of flavor, my quiet desire that this was easier to session, and my personal bias for a badass success of a Denver brewery, one of the best Doubles I've had the chance to try.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, malts. Taste is piney, tropical fruits, alcohol, some malts and resin. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but I was expecting a little more.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.72/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Aroma is nice: orange, lemon, grapefruit, grasses.
Appearance: dark yellow orange. Above avg. White head.
Taste: lots of pine. Offensive. Grass, hops. Fruit in the aroma is blocked by the overly strong grassy/woody character. Feel: Lively carbonation.

Ok. An unfortunate product of the IPA craze.

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Photo of PSanger
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I do not agree with those strong reviews. This is a good beer but in my opinion not worth 9$ for a 12 oz. good beer good quality but NOT exceptional

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper color with a small head and substantial lacing. Nose is a light, with some piney hops and malt. Very smooth and balanced flavor, with a great hop presence balanced by a little malt. Overall a great DIPA.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The beer is orange and clear, little carbonation but a thin foamy head that laced the glass. The beer smells of sugary malts and bread, pine, and orange. The beer has a nice sweet malty flavor upfront but then a splash of orange and piney hops kick in. The beer has a nice toasty flavor throughout. The beer has medium body and a nice drying.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy light brown with finger of tan head that hangs around. Aroma is a balance of floral hop and earthy malt belying what's to come. Flavor packs a punch of bitter citrus rind mid-sip, and finishes with some lingering bitter. While the alcohol is masked in flavor it makes its presence obvious in the brain!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good orange pour on this one, 3/5" off white head. Aroma drops them old school hops and a big wave of alcohol.

Taste hits the high 90ibu bitter notes, lots of hefty malt here, crystal malt, english pale malt, two row it seems. Lots of grapefruit. Straddles barleywine territory for sure. Bitterness is definitely the first and last thing you grasp on this one. Not as boozy as it smells.

Enjoyable but you better be ready for the big bitter time. Don't come here looking for any of your fruity melon and citrus hops.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The somewhat hazy, butterscotch-colored body bears a white head, which while slim, still leaves spotty lacing. The scent is surprisingly sweet and malty: buttered biscuits, caramel, and a chunk of honeycomb smell scrumptious, but were it not for some soft citrus hops, the aroma would be far from that of any IPA. The maltier taste is similar to Dogfish Head's 90-minute IPA, with the medium-high bitterness and resinous hop flavor being soothed by a ribbon of creamy caramel. It's even lighter and brighter than 90-minute however, and also less fruity, making for a simple and deceptive high alcohol content beer. The DIPA-ness may come through most in the mouthfeel, which is more creamy than crisp, and bears a light, and pleasant alcohol warming sensation in the finish. Ultimately, the recipe is a bit lacking complexity, but it still makes for a tasty, uniquely gentle take on the classic DIPA.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Beergium. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 2x07. Deliciously sweet, with some between orange and pineapple that feels very refreshing. Dangerously drinkable. ABV very hidden

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good dipa. Full of character. A bit boozy. Floral, piney and citrusy. A bit sweet but not cloying.
Warming alcohol. Quite balanced even with the high bitterness

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Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper brew, almost perfectly clear.

Big malty, hoppy, sweet aroma. Orange juice and pine; brown sugar and bread.

Big dose of caramel malt up front, immediately followed by a wave of juicy citrus. Toast follows, and the brew finishes with pine and peel.

Fairly thick and cloying. It's a big DIPA, and drinks like it.

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

I would marry this beer if my wife would let me. Its rich deep dark golden color houses its hoppiness well, and it's sweet but not too sweet, malty but not too malty, and with a whopping 10%ABV what's not to like! Some nights during my visit to Denver I was even up for two of 'em. Outstanding folks at the Brewery and I will not visit Denver again without I go (sic) to visit them again!

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Photo of NEdward
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cream colored head, tight bubbles; amber/sap colored body, light carbonation. evasive malt nose, really not much there. the malt comes through in the taste but is complicated in interesting ways by the hops. sweet but not in a pestering way, spicy, some really delicate floral scent type of notes coming through now and again, pervasive piney sweet dryness, a very firm hop finish.

similar to victory's hop devil, though not as lingeringly sweet (I suspect the 10% abv has something to do with that).

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Photo of LAp
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle in a 4-5oz tasting glass at a beer bracket comparing Great Divide and Ballast Point. This was the dark horse for me. I've always known Great Divide for their great stouts, barleywine, and proficiency with big malty beers, and have always been a little underwhelmed by their Titan IPA, so I didn't go into this with high hopes. It absolutely reversed my expectations. Poured a straw-honey, and nosed a dank, grassy, herbal hop note. The palate followed with much the same, focusing much less on a bitter hop profile and much more on a savory, whole-cone hop body. This merged well with an underlying malt presence that was complementary but not overdone and rounded out with a strong medium/medium-thick body. Overall, an impressive DIPA.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent cap that leaves some soapy lacing

S: Huge earthy and fruity hop notes collide with nutty caramel malts that somehow all balance together. No alcohol noticeable

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the earthy tones of the hops and nuttiness of the malts an slowly takes a woody tone overall. Fruity notes emerge after the nutty notes and woodiness fades a little. Moderately bitter throughout, but the caramel sweetness and alcohol all co-mingle extremely well together. Finishes with lingering nutty notes and some fruity alcoholic esters

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely not your typical citrusy, fruit driven DIPA. This melds so well together between the earthy hop tones, sweet nutty maltiness, and alcohol and is one to sit down and sip on given the strength alone. Definitely worth a shot if you're looking for something other than your typical DIPA

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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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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