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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11.41%
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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brown color with yellow highlights that had a half finger og head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was a combination of grassy pine hops and caramel style malts along with bready and citrus notes. There was also some faint underlying booze notes to it. Upfront on the palate I did receive a little hop bite but the bitterness was helped out by some citrus grapefruit character and had grassy pine accents. The caramel malt was definitely there to help out on the balance and add a touch of sweetness. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piney,grassy hop, citric, and mild bitter finish. It drank quite well with the alcohol nicely hidden but I have to say the titan for me had a better hop punch and that's what I really look for in a DIPA.

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Photo of gregshead
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish/Orange with a brown hue as well. A very foamy head with good retention to it.

S: Pine hops and sugary sweet malts.

T: Lots of floral tastes followed by pine hops with a caramel/brown sugar sweetness. The caramel sweetness makes it unique for a double IPA

M: Nice carbonation feel. Pretty thin feel for a DIPA w/ this much sweetness/balanced of taste. Was expecting something more surupy but pleasantly surprised at the thinness.

D: I definitely don't taste the 10%abv. It has a really nice balanced taste. It has a distinctly different flavors than the Titan IPA which I appreciate from a brewery. Also the first DIPA I've had with the caramel taste in it.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this brew on a whim at a local beer store. 12oz bottled on 03/24/10...

A: Penny copper color with a faint hint of ruby red. 1 and 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get a nice creamy maltiness upfront with some bitter hop quickly followed and blended well. I get very faint hints of alcohol and some caramel malt. Almost old ale like. Very good.

T: Super dry, bitter hop wall upfront followed by a boozy malty blend of flavor. I get a creamy sugar on the backend. This brew is good.

M: Full bodied with a nicely balanced carbonation feel. Very good.

D: This one is good once you get past the hop / booze character. Decent.

All in all, this is a very solid brew. I think I might make this one a regular staple of mine. Very unique and good for an IPA, not a standard DIPA. I definitely think you should give this one a try if you like a well balanced IPA.

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Photo of beerhan
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours dark orange with a white head that sticks around for the ride. Smells syrupy with hints of the fruit section of a grocery store. Lots of fruits coming together. Tastes rather creamy with hints of spices it seems. Strong after bite. A very sticky beer. Liquid fine sand paper. Just sticks to everything. Way too damn boozy for a dipa. My second attempt at this beer and it is alright. Nothing to write home about but very good for a year round that would probably be more likely for me to purchase if I could not find something better or it was not almost fifteen a four pack.

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

In a chalice. Very standard double IPA material. It doesn't disappoint from my other Great Divide experiences (most notably Titan). A friend says this smells like college, and part of that meaning the slight marijuana scent; I don't get as much of that as she does, but it's present. It's a very pretty specimen, a light frothy head lessening into scant foam lingering in the middle of the top of the beer and around the sides. The maltiness is very pronounced, but it balances out the hops well. I don't know what to say that hasn't been said!

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Photo of DanThomas
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very good double IPA. This beer doesn't mess around.

A- Beautiful clear copper, orange tint, white rim that stays on throughout.

S- Spicy pine and citrus, lots of hops.

T- Exactly what the smell suggests. Citrus comes through even more, though, and the pine stays solid throughout and really hits you on the back; bit of an alcohol taste on the way down (and there's nothing wrong with that!).

M- Strangely satisfying velvety feel, very substantial. If you could imagine squeezing one of those water filled tubes, the kind that shoot out of your hand, that's what the mouthfeel is like. Warming alcohol is nice.

D- Strong for an IIPA, but let's be honest, this isn't a hugely drinkable style in general. Really great to have, though, and it's a wonderful beer.

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

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick one off white foam head. Ample lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus hops scents with ample amounts of caramel and bready malt character.

T: A pretty balanced beer. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness on the front end. The bready/caramel malt balances the beer in the middle and on the back end.

M: Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate with a touch of alcohol.

D: A very nice DIPA. There is a good amount of hop in this beer, The alcohol showing up a little more makes me only want 1-2 in a sitting.

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

On-Tap at the Memphis Taproom in a cute little tulip glass on Sunday afternoon.

Hercules looks like a double IPA, a deep orange hue with some faint traces of well orange, it looks real pretty. A nice white head above as well, how about that!!! Faint traces of falling lace, not that sticky. Smells include your standard tropic fruits with some grapefruit, mango and papaya. Taste include a layer of hop resin oil with liquid grapefruit a enormous amount of malt, without the over sweetness sometimes accompanied by it. It seems well balanced but the tropics don't hit me as hard as the malt backing, it's a double I so take that for what it is worth. Feel is a big medium and oily, slick with a small sting of alcohol at the end that fits quite nice for this 10% beast. I would not drink this all day but would go for it on tap again. Worthy of the double title, this is big and it will lay you out son. It does not seem as big as it is, caution while drinking.

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Photo of tewaris
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hercules Double IPA
Great Divide Brewing Company
Imperial IPA
10% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
12 oz bottle, bottled August 05, 2010 poured into a Bell's tulip on September 18, 2010.

Appearance 4.5/5
Clear, orange red, with an off white head and medium head retention. Some sticky lacing. Looks almost oily! The head and lacing were sub par but so was my pour so I am going to give it benefit of doubt.

Aroma 4/5
Nice hop aroma in the nose: tropical fruit, mango to be precise; grassy-piney as well. Some malty sweetness is present but it's hard to pinpoint it... perhaps caramel?

Taste 2/5
Fruity to begin. Malts and hops play well together towards that. That's the only good part of the taste. Some medium bitterness is the middle. Malts don't hold up until the end. For a DIPA, no hops in here, no malts either. Warming. Dry finish. The taste is average. The aftertaste is just bad.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Thin. Not cloying. The slight warming is welcome. Carbonation is medium.

Drinkability 3/5
Goes down easy but the body cannot support the alcohol and the aftertaste is just bad.

Other
Disappointing, and I cannot blame it on the bottle because the aroma was good. Somehow this reminds me of an adjunct lager at the end.

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Photo of BBP
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Approximately a 9 month old bottle.

A- Orange-brown with medium high carbonation and most of the time, a solid large head. Little bits of yeast follow the cycle of the carbonation, and enhance the look a lot.

S- Hops and malts, a bit of citrus, some grapefruit and pine, a bit of spice, and caramel.

T- Malt's lead this beer, with noticably large amounts of hops in the background. It gave a caramel hop and citrus taste at first. Later on it began to leave a bit of a coffee flavor behind. A bit of alcohol hits you in this one, leaving a small mark on the aftertaste.

M- Medium body, a bit lacking on the carbonation. Very smooth though.

D- Fairly easy to down. A bit of the ABV is detectable which holds you back, but the bold flavor takes it out of the light. It's a solid drink, and I'd love to try it fresh.

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

A- Brilliantly clear copper color with an off-white head that retains excellently and leaves a nice sheet of lace

S- Loads of candy-coated, orange-flavored, hop nectar. There is some brown sugar and sweet potato making up the malt profile. Alcohol is cloudy and perfume-like.

T- The flavor is bitter in effect. Bitter in the start, bitter in the finish. Sort of mellow and sweet like caramel or butterscotch in the middle.

M- Thick and syrupy with a fizzy carbonation that bubbles around slowly

D- Intense, but recognizable enough to make it a quick sipper. Nothing beyond regular but really the best example of the regular.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Hercules coming out of a bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark and cloudy, thick orange, not much of a head.

S: Subtle for such a powerful brew, no hops come through on the nose, mostly citrus, some caramel sweetness.

T: Faintly hoppy, nice malts, dark citrus and orange, well-rounded, not too bitter.

M: Just rightly full, good carbonation. Some back-burn after sipping.

D: Drinks well for the style and ABV, but the strong alcohol does show up eventually. A sipper.

Hercules is one of my favorite DIPA's. In a bottle might feel a little harsh, much smoother on tap, which I prefer.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 17 2010. The beer pours a nice hazy copper with a decent tan head that thins to a film and leaves a small bit of lacing.

The aroma is sweet carmel with plenty of bitter pine hop aroma, really great. The flavor starts with some malt sweetness and then hits you with some strong hop flavor. The hops I taste are pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is stronger than the sweetness, but not quite unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, but the carbonation lightens it. Overall it's very nice and drinkable.

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Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/14/10.

A - Pours a hazy amber with 2-fingers of intricate foamy head. Leave sticky lacing in the glass.

S - Toffee, grapefruit, biscuit malt and a tiny bit of what I affectionately refer to as "cattiness". Intense.

T - There's a lot going on for a DIPA ; caramel and biscuit malts, bitter citrus (grapefruit and orange), pineapple and white pepper. Not quite as balanced as I like and a bit too sweet for my taste.

M - Medium-bodied with a nice crisp level of carbonation.

D - This one got a bit cloying for me, I struggled through the last 1/3 of the bottle. Perhaps it was a bit old, I may have to re-visit.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: 3 fingers of of foamy, sticky, parchment head over medium-amber body, hazy. Tiny, slow nucleation bubbles. Leaves resinous stripes of lacing.

Ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, with some toasty & caramel smells, a little floral. Nothing new but oh, so right.

Starts with some biscuity caramel flavors, maybe toffee, moves into orange juice & orange soda, combined with a woody, pine bitterness. Usually I don't like DIPAs with a strong caramel presence, but for some reason this is really doing it for me now. Nice, sweet aftertaste, almost like an American barleywine. Some dry lemon-tea comes into play. Booze shows up a little, but doesn't turn up the heat too much.

Starts off crisp & grows in body, plopping a little sweet stickiness right on the tongue. Ends a little sticky, too, but that bitterness is there to scrub it down a little.

Gotta say, I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, but this one really hit the spot. The hops seemed to keep the malt bright & lively, whereas a lot of the time I find the sweetness in DIPAs to be heavy. Refreshing, tasty, & hides the booze remarkably well (whoa, now I feel it) -- regardless, this one's a winner!

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Photo of Rayek
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery. Served into a snifter via the vintage hand-pump they just installed.

A: Deep amber with lots of cloudy yeast on board. The soapy beige head is short lived and leaves only a little lace.

S: Lots of citrus and pine, with less grapefruit than in the past. A bit of caramel sweetness is present in the background. A light whiff of alcohol rounds things out.

T: The overall picture is smoother and less rough around the edges in this form. A rush of bitterness hits right away. The bitterness isn't over the top, but does have a bit of bite. Grapefruit, lemon and pine make up the bulk of the hop flavor. I tasted a bit of pepper too. Malt is there with a toffee sweetness that helps offset all that bitterness. I even picked up a hint of oak. Finishes with an extreme puckering tartness and light warmth.

M: The medium body is slightly doughy and has very little carbonation.

D: I generally avoid reviewing beers twice, but the cask conditioning really changed Hercules' for the better in my mind. Hopefully Great Divide's Tap Room will have it on cask again.

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

Pours a hazed brownish oranage with nice cap of white foam, good retention & sticky lacing. Scent is of floral, earthy and spicy hops backed by a strong presence of citrus and sweet carmel. Taste brings a big bitter bite with spicy, earthy and piney hop charachteristics, notes of citrus blend in with a malty carmely sweet background, but the overall big bitterness keeps this in check. Medium bodied, coating, bitter sting, alcohol warmth. A nice dIPA thats all about the bitterness but lacking an overall great flavor profile.

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Photo of sellmeagod
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is 100% about the hops and bitters.

From the label (which is the whole Arrogant Bastard brag thing done in a slightly more tasteful way) to the extreme aftertaste - the only thing here is intense hops. It's not even too hoppy for me; it's just that that is all there is. I question this.

What I do not question is the amazing way they packed 10% abv into this puppy, which tastes otherwise like a regular old IPA that you'd always pass up. So, I'm conflicted, but there are cheaper ways to buy mega boozy IPA's.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color, fluffy off white head and lacing to tell all the time.

S: Earthy tones, chocolate, with a musk sense of hops thrown in the back.

T: Nice hop in the front with the back lined up with burnt malts.

M: Thick in texture, ABV noticed with some concern, moderately carbonated.

D: If you like hoppy beers with a lot of malt, this is the beer for you. For the style, I prefer all or nothing.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is very clear, seems to be a clean beer.

A very well mixed malt and hop scent thats inviting.

Taste is balanced with a clean hop finish that lingers pleasantly. Surprisingly bitter for only 85 IBU.

Dry and smooth.

GD hit another nail on the head with this one. It's a very straight forward IPA/DIPA. No extremes in one form or the other, which, as this beer shows, can be a good thing.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler from Fathead's Pittsburgh

A-pours a bright golden copper color with an off white head that is dense and creamy leaving a solid lacing.

S-the nose brings a fair amount of caramelized brown sugar and notes of caramel. pine sap takes over with light notes of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit.

T-caramel and caramelized brown sugar lay the malt base with an explosion of chewy pine sap, resignous and thick. citric notes, grapefruit and appricot in the back with an assertive hop bitterness in the finish.

M-extremely full bodied, thick and chewy, syrupy and coats the mouth, moderate carbonation, rather crisp finish and even slightly dry.

D-wow, this beer is huge! one of the biggest bodies I've had in any kind of ipa. the flavors are big, it is resignous, piney, chewy. the thick malt base adds some balance but this is a piney bitter hop lovers dream.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to admit,I'm a little bit confused by this one! Was expecting or maybe hoping for a more hop forward brew but that just is not the case. Now dont get me wrong this is an extremely good brew but just lacking somewhat in the hops dept.
Beautiful pour with a deep golden orangish hue, minimum headage but lots of lacing.
I smell mostly sweet malts touch of breadiness .
Taste is alot like smell with a good alchol bite.
Mouth is somewhat thickish but enjoyable, not much carbonation to speak of.
Old double herc went down pretty nicely with a pleasant warming effect as it happened, NICE!!!!
Have to note this bottle was slightly over 9 months old , could have been the reason for the hoplessness.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with good amounts of pine and citrus hop aromas. Hints of bready aromas waft out as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky and moderately sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of biscuit flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus and pine hop flavors, in that order. Midway through the sip the hops fade a bit and the malt flavors sweeten, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was expecting an amped up version of Titan but instead got a mix between Titan and Old Ruffian. More malt-forward than I was expecting but still worth a shot.

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

Copper color with just the slightest haze Thick head that slowly dissipates leaving a constant cap. Lots of sticky lacings. Big floral hoppy aroma, but not as intense as some DIPAs that I've tried. Citrusy orange aromas with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit. Full bodied feel that lets just a bit of malt flavor sneak in at the beginning before the citrusy hops take over. Lots of flavor woth a little alcoholic heat at the end. Dangerously easy to drink for the high ABV. The best DIPA I've had to date.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours delightfully. A warm ruby-amber coloured brew glows from within. Semi-translucent, with beautiful clumps of bubble patterns on the surface. Nice lacing drifts down the side.

S: Hm...This smells like a strong American IPA, which is exactly what it is, I suppose. Strong, muscular hops with citrus-grapefruit topnotes; however, there is a malty breadiness underlying it all.

T: Very strange. Bready indeed, with a pervasive hop character that is chewy and supportive rather than bitter. The middletaste introduces a sweetness, perhaps from alcohol, that mingles with the hoppiness and wins out in the early aftertaste. Gradually the brown-sugar malt character fades, and a gentle hoppy dryness lingers.

M: Very full, chewy, bready, and dry. Good.

D: Man, this stuff is substantial. I nursed it for nigh on an hour before I finished it. Delicious, but hulking. Recommended.

EDIT: The following is a review of a bottle aged in a wine cellar for 14 months. Review on 19 November 2011. Bottled 2 February 2010.

4A: Two fingers of substantial head. Noticeable amounts of sediment. Otherwise, quite clear. A golden amber colour. Great lacing.

4S: More subdued than I remember. Hopped grapefruit. Vegetal, but strong. Some sweet malt. Hints of chocolate, of all things!

5T: Fan-fucking-tastic. Sweet, lingering, and, ultimately, bitter. The hops have persisted through the years! The maintaste is haunted by chocolate, and the endtaste is dry and hop-sweet. Noticeably alcoholic. Age has done absolute wonders to this beer.

3.5M: Bready, alcoholic, and fruity. Less dry than I remember.

4.5O: Of the half of my cellared six-pack I've opened, probably the best. VERY tasty. I recommend the aging. I would love to put a whole case of this away. I love it! Yum.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,219 ratings