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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4,214
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11.41%
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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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Photo of ne0m00re
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle (dated Feb 8, 2010) into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Dark amber with yellow hues, it poured with a big fluffy cream head that stuck around.
S: Earthy grapefruit hops, floral citrus over caramel sweet bread. This is a very inviting aroma.
T: Resiny fresh hops burn in the back of a sweet bread caramel candied oranges. It's a slow burn with the hops and the bitterness resides like citrus pine.
M: Somewhat syrupy, frothy, and smooth.
D: Pretty good. I'd only want to have two bottles in a row, though.

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Photo of vkv822
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice golden hued copper, with quite a bit of yeast particles suspended throughout, and a foamy off-white head.
It has an extremely zesty hop citrus smell, with an almost perfect backing of sweet malt notes. The hops are very up-front with more zesty citrus flavors, and again I am very impressed with the sweet toffee malt backing as it is very present without distracting or taking away from the hop flavor and bitterness.
And as it warms, the hop bitterness really becomes quite dominant.
The mouth feel is medium bodied and very enjoyable. Overall this is an incredibly drinkable and well crafted DIPA. I will definitely seek this out again, and probably sooner than I anticipate.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dark golden color, with a nice white head. Huge hoppy aroma, pine, citrus, bready malt. Starts off with a big, resiny hop flavor, with some nice caramel sweetness mid-palate, before finishing with some nice, warming alcohol. An excellent example of the style.

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

It appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellow stained head. Sticky lace clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops mixed with a bit of herbal grass hop characteristics. Smooth medium bodied beer is mild with carbonation and a nice balance of malt sweetness verse hop bitters verse the alcohol bite. The high abv accents the hop bitterness and flavors quite well with an extra kick of spice. Quite warming overall which is to be expected from 10%. Lingering hops make themselves known long after the last sip. Overall quite good however nothing overly exciting that jumps out as making this beer remarkable. As it warms, a mild piney character comes out in both aroma and taste.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Lodge in Boca Raton.
Copper colored with two finger white head. Low retention and moderate lacing.
Aroma is of piney hops and sweet fruits and caramel.
Well balanced but leans more towards the malty side. Light caramel malt blends with a subdued earthy hop flavor. I prefer a more bitter hop but can't deny this beer its balance.
Medium bodied with nice carbonation and slightly creamy.
I found this to be more of a strong IPA than a IIPA. Still highly recommend enjoying one.

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Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured bomber into a mug

a- golden amberish with thick off white foam.
good retention and lacing

s- malty piney hops . breadiness and alcohol and sublte floral zest

t- the same as smell with a bit more of that spicy zest
the floral hops comes out on the way down. big alcohol bite

m- rich, resinous, sticky hops. just the right carbonation to bring this down smoothely

d- a good beer to set the pace between sipping and tossing em back.
this is the type of beer i like to gulp down in large sips @ about 20 mins per bomber, then let it sit before the next one.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it's sometimes tough to find the Great Divide brews in cuse. I was pumped to find this one in the fingerlakes tonight.

poured into a pint glass

A- reddish amber 90 min look, lack of carbonation and small head

S- malty and piney... and hopped to the extent. There are earthy tones as well. Sweet bready and malty tones

T- whoa, feeling the 10% in a sweet malt profile. Hops are slightly bitter... however they do have a dry flavor as well. It is very dark and filling. There is a caramel profile too

M- creamy and full bodied. There is good carbonation and thck flavor that lingers

D- a pretty good DIPA. I feel the alcohol kick in as it goes down. Herc sure is filling. I definitely recommend trying this brew

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

Poured into dimpled stein. Best before date: 15/11/10.

Hercules is a slightly hazy orange-copper beer with an intense aroma of hops. It has an elegant aroma of pineapple, grass, orange zest and melon.

The bitterness is assertive, as expected, and the palate is semi-sweet with a malty center holding the tropical profile of this beer.

Pinneaple, peach and grass are evident eventually developing other nuances as it warms up, such as lemon and grapefruit notes.

It hides the alcohol extremely well, but the sweetness also hinders the bitterness leaving you with a bitter-sweet finish (literally) with a long lasting, almost meditational, aftertaste.

Cliffnotes: High bitterness. Peach, grass, melon and pineapple on the nose and tongue. Sweeter than other examples of DIPAs. Alcohol not noticeable. full bodied.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Look: Carmine red color, cloudy with sediment, the foamy head is thin but durable, very good lacing; Smell: Some hops, are distinguished earth, floral, pine and wood, certain notes of vanilla and bubble gum too, which resemble ice cream; Taste: The same hops of the smell, we see aging in oak barrels with alcohol; Mouthfeel: Dry, extra bitter, slightly alcoholic, leaves the throat hot, the body is robust, thick and hot, low carbonation; Drinkability: the first double IPA i've tried, feels like aged like wine.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at Stub and Herbs

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a slight hazed dark orange copper.

Aroma: Floral pine hops up front with some bready malts and citrus blend. Nothing over the top.

Taste": Very interesting DIPA. Floral hops but a ton of caramel malt with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and sticky.

Overall, not a bad ipa, but I have had better for the style. Not something I want more of if something else is available.

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

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy and a bit light ruby color with a big fluffy white head on top.

Smell: Plenty of those nice earthy hops that the Titan has with a similar sweet malt heavy backbone. The piny hops have overrun this aroma though and the ever so slight citrus hops have hid in the background.

Taste: Nice big piny flavor hits first. Second comes in the spicy hops that tingle the tongue. No huge bitter bite here, rather a nice bitter overtone with a sweet malty, creamy backbone that washes it away. Not nearly as bombastically flavored as the over hopped ruination/double simcoe/etc. However that bombastic over hopped flavor is why I like DIPA's, so unfortunately this great balanced brew will take a slight hit from me.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean yet pretty heavy.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had to date, but this beer is pretty much an amped up Titan, which disappoints me a bit. One of my favorite things about DIPA's is that whenever I get into a rhythm of craving hops I can get a weeks worth in one huge DIPA, this beer leaves me hanging a bit. Still great, just not my idea of double.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,214 ratings