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 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,922
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,212
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
291
Gots:
650
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,212 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of cvfish
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a orange golden color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma of this beer was caramel malts, toffee, and a mix of citrus and pine aroma that finished the beer off

T - The taste of this beer was right along with the nose, caramel and toffee up front, and citrus and pine tree hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium, resiny body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a great DIPA, if it was available none stop I would buy this beer nonstop

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Photo of PartyBear
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brandy-like dark amber in colour, with a slightly off-white small head that shows great retention. 4

Aroma: The nose is powerfully hoppy, which is what you would expect for a beer with a 80+ IBU but there is also a subtle caramelly base which sits just behind. 3.5

Taste: Again, the flavours are predominently hops, lots of bitter resin tastes, very potent. The sweetish base comes through in the middle and balances the flavours out with a toffee sweetness. No real taste of alcohol, which is surprising given the whacking great ABV. 4

Mouthfeel: Quite oily and full on the palette, with little in the way of carbonation. Smooth and syrupy. 4

Drinkability: Great offering from the brewery, a nice balanced DIPA. Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. 4

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Photo of drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra with a trade, very excellent. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is heady, yellowish light brown head that falls away leaving little lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with a definite hop character as you'd expect with high malt and high alcohol sweetness in aroma. A very inviting smell for an imperial IPA.
Beer is dark brown and cloudy. I have to object to this beer at this point and penalize it for CHILL HAZE. As I drank this beer it clarified. This is classic chill haze, this is a professionally crafted beer, add a protein rest for your product's sake.
Beer is plenty sweet with nicely balanced hop bitterness. Finishes nicely, plenty for the palate to analyze. Mouthfeel is nice and full. The alcohol content slightly cuts the mouthfeel a little bit, drinkability is decent. hard to have such a high ABV beer with such high hop and alcohol highly drinkable, but this is very good. I like Great Divide. I'm going to seek out their other beers. Watch the chill haze guys.

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Photo of BigBry
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, bought at the Brewery, I better try it for myself before I trade them all away.
Deep, rich gold amber color, solid inch of whitish foam. Good retention and sticky lace, a nice suprise. Lots of hop character in the aroma. Herbal, graperuit, and pine. Flavor has lots of malt, but still struggles to match the hoppiness. Lots of thick caramel malt, and even more pine and grapefruity hops. Slightly floral hop finish to go with the alcohol warmth. Medium body, lots of carbonation, easy to drink. Well balanced, not overly bitter, doesn't kill the taste buds, could easily drink this all evening.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy golden copper color w/ a thick off-white tinged with yellow head which sticks around for a bit before leaving a full coating of lace in my goblet
S- surprisingly not a very strong smell, cereal grains and cattish pine hops mixed with some toasted nuts, fruit and just a hint of alcohol
T- starts out with a good initial bite to balance the sticky sweet malt backbone, grapefruit galore in this one, some nutty caramel notes come through about midway but are dwarfed by the almost overwhelming hop presence, as with the smell, a faint fruity alcohol note makes itself known, finish is quite bitter and slightly metallic
M- a rich, full bodied beer with a nominal co2 level

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Photo of erz316
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 floz brown bottle with Aug 12 2009 as the bottled on date, served into lachouffe snifter.

A - beer has a deep amber glow when held up to the light, a mix of cadmium red and yellow ochre. the head gets pretty big, about two fingers; its a light cream colour with a hint of orange, warming up the overall colour. the head settles in a normal amount of time. the colour of the body is the real high point of the appearance.

S - real big caramel malt appearance in the nose, along with a real blunt hop character. very herbal smelling, and a bit of grapefruit, perhaps a bit of pine. the hops character isnt as multifacited as other beers, but the presence is still there. the only thing that I can tell that makes this hop nose very different is that the individual notes seem to decrease in proportion.

T - the taste is pretty damn solid. the initial taste is a slightly off center blend of hops to malts, going in the favor of the hops. the malts are pretty damn big in the beer, but it manages to keep the hops in front; the malts are really caramely, quite amazingly so. the finish is where the brew gest the majority of its flavour: it starts hoppy, really quite floral actually, maybe a bit more pine and some grass, and continues to build in intensity till it climaxes in a pinch of warm alcohol. the aftertaste is quite long lasting and more piney than anything else.

MF&D - a lighter medium body, with great carbonation, which could asset itself more in that the scale is too small. the drinkability is also quite good, as I find myself wishing this weren't a 12 oz bottle.

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

Pours a clear, amber/maize color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight raisin, and strong alcohol. Overall, a really good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this at Capone's in PA. Poured into a tulip a lighter amber color with a thick tightly bubbled heading. Left some lacing throughout.

Smell very hoppy. Sweeter aroma's pull through as well. Some maltiness.

Taste and mouth is very smooth and bubbly.Hops right off the bat and a nice maltiness that doesn't go unnoticed. Full bodied and great retention.

Drinkability good. Not an overkill of hops and a nice maltiness suits this drink very well. I was suprosed by this one.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly reminiscent of Titan IPA and I m guessing thta is NOT an accident. Differences are in colour slightly more alcoholic and sweeter taste and of course the smell.

It s also somewhat less dry on the palate and that is a GOOD thing seeing that Titan is too dry.

Drinkability is high for such a strong brew. I like the style as well - it s like IRS's hot sister.

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

Tried this one on tap at the 08 ACBF in Boston and then picked up a bottle and let it age for a year, I'm glad I did. I always thought that Great Divide has some great beers and this one just proves my theory (which I'm sure not too many people would try to negate). Poured this one into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. It pours a nice golden/amber/orange color to it with a pale caramel colored head to it with much better than average lacing to it. It has a slight haze to it when held up to the light. The smell is pretty classic of a double IPA, lots of hops. This is a very tastey beer, a very strong hoppy taste, but not too strong, it's very good. Has more of a citrus hop to it, grapefruity. Nice mouthfeel to this brew, I mentioned the citrus hop, but there is some pine hop as well which leaves a slight dryness to the mouthfeel but the taste compensates quite nicely and all is well with this beer. I can't believe how drinkable this beer is. I thought the ABV was 8ish and thought it was drinkable for that, then when I saw it was 9, I was even more amazed! This is truly a great beer, I'm generally an IPA/DIPA fan in the summertime, but I could drink this all year long.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz. bottle of this beer for my first try.

A: Poured a copper color with brilliant clarity and a sturdy, thick light tan head. Retention was good.

S: Pine resin, green apples, spicy, herbal and grassy hop aromas all featured. Roasted malt adds a bready, toffee sweetness that is beneath all the hops.

T: Sharp, bitter hop slam with flavors of pine, spicy white pepper, bitter grapefruit with hints of fresh cut grass. Malt roastedness is considerable with caramel and toffee flavors bringing in some sweetness but not to match the hops. Alcohol ads some heat and hop bitterness creates a dry finish.

M: Medium body and just enough tight carbonation to give this beer good life. Some alcohol warmth in there for sure.

D: This is a big beer with big flavors and should be sipped more than slammed.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

** TAKEN FROM NOTES

Pours nice dense white head that sticks around for most of this tasing. Laces all the way down.
Deep orange - Copper look, typical of an this style IPA...Looks Delicious!

Smells of...what else? HOPS! Piney, citrusy, oily hops! Seems pretty dominant with a little bit of malt in the background.

Tastes start with a blast of hops of Caramel and Malt. Finishes a bit spicy with more hoppy bitterness and smooth. The mouthfeel of this one is a bit on the smooth side that is almost "milky" Its a good thick, solid tasting beer

My second Great Divide beer. Another solid one at that! I very much enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of niner9
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent beer in my opinion. I love the taste of this one, and the hops are outstanding. The abv will get you if you're not careful. Hercules is definitely worth a try.

There are plenty of advanced reviews on this beer if you want to learn more.

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

Picked this up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thick looking off white head with very good retention. Venetian red with lots of carbonation evident and quite clear. Decent film remains and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. Very good looking.

SMELL: Caramel, toasted and pale malt all together. Some floral hops and pine in there, along with a touch of citrus notes in the background. Quite enticing for the style.

TASTE: Caramel malt sweetness, floral hops there and a good dose of citrus grapefruit; much more than expected considering the nose. Finishes with a dose of bitter hops. Very bitter finish actually. Aftertaste is mild and long lasting, bitter, and floral with lots of grapefruit notes. A touch of spicy alcohol at the end as well.

PALATE: Very full body, big and thick, with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, heavy, and goes down smooth with minimal bite. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Great big mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable.

OVERALL: Every time I have this I am reminded of how good it really is. Huge body and tons of flavor on this one. Very tasty and very enjoyable double IPA, and extremely drinkable for the style as well. This one holds its own with all the big boys. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep copper color with slight haze. Nice thick off-white head with heavy lacing.

S: Hops and heavy citrus mixed with sweet malt.

T&M: Real smooth with a full body. Big clean bitter hop taste. Nice clean citrus pine taste.

This is a great complex IPA that deserves a try! Really nice Double IPA.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured directly into the center of my 25 oz. snifter and was greeted by a massive 3 finger head that left a nice web of lacing down the glass.

Smell is extremely potent floral hops with a citrus background. Mesmerizing.

Taste is huge floral hops with some malty sweetness that peeks its head through for a moment before being smothered by a wave of piney hop bitterness. This is a monster DIPA, a hop bomb by any definition. The only problem is the alcohol is not very well hidden here, and it lingers on the palate for quite a while after swallowing. Without that booziness this would easily be a 4.5 or 5.

On the full side of medium bodied, good for the style.

I was very excited upon first sip of this beer but in the end the booze was just a little too pronounced, keeping this from being a top tier DIPA. But I would still call it "very very good"

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty and tasteful DIPA.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Retro somewhat fifties label design around the current Great Divide design (As of today the picture on its BA profile reflects an old label and/or this one may need a new beer entry if the brew has changed in any manner since.). Bloated brief narrative noting how big a brew this is, along some received awards. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs (85), and Alc. by Vol (9.1.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Orange amber brown with a large smooth foamy head. Nice lacing as it disappears and goes down to a thin lumpy layer.

S - Hoppy over a sweet malt feeling, dried fruit aroma, peach like with some orange peel and tied to nice sticky hops.

T - Nice sweet bitter flavor, with a rolling malty sense giving way to a nice hoppy bite.

M - Smooth with a medium to large body, and a balanced carbonation.

D - Nicely drinkable although it feels a tiny bit heavy handed and slightly repetitive towards the end.

Notes: I'm liking it, and it is a great DIPA. But I don't know if it succeeds more in making a heavy impression, which it does, than in offering a totally outstanding drinking experience.

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

This beer pours a clear medium golden brown, with a copious amount of creamy, foamy white head, which leaves consistent webbed lace as it disappears. It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange citrus hop aromas, and some thin caramel malt. The taste is a dense caramel malt backbone, bitter orange liqueur, a bit of orange vodka, and some mixed citrus hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body heavy, oily, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, some fruity sweet malt lingering for a good while.

A pretty decent DIPA, all the components are jacked up to just the right smack-you-in-the-head levels.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip, fresh on date of June 2009.

A: Beautiful three finger head that dissipated slowly leaving behind a very nice lacing that is very sticky. The body is a nice golden orange hue that is more transparent than opaque, very clean appearance.

S: Big caramel malt with mild dried fruit presence (apricots) a piney hop resin floral note, bready yeast comes through in the end. A little tangerine as well.

T: Starts with a the caramel malt and dried fruits and gives way to the yeast slowly; eventually the pine hops kick in at the finish with a little resiny stickiness and a touch of citrus as well. The finish is a little funky...not sure what to call it but its not exactly pleasant, can't tell if its just the bottle or the the beer itself, but not the best finish.

M: Pretty well balanced for a DIPA, not overly viscous but still a medium body, crisp finish, a little funky, but crisp.

D: Fairly drinkable, alcohol is hidden among the malt and citrus/pine resin hops. Overall a pretty good DIPA but i've definitely had better.

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Photo of capra12
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with wheatman106 on 8/14/09,

Appearance: Dark tan and cloudy.

Smell: Floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste: Opens with a citrus hop, from the middle to the end there is a bitter hop which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: I would have another on another night, though the hop grows on my palate.

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Photo of dankbrew21
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/7/09

A- Reddish color. Tall white head, not a tower though, this would spill over if poured to create an over the rim head. (Okay, poured to hard and had a spill over). Clear for the most part and plent of lacing.

S- Citrusy, lots of hop punch and some alcohol.

T- Comparable to ruinaton! Huge hopbomb, sweeter than Stone though. Maybe some honey and lots of grapefruit. Great malt presence (just the right amount). Slick mouthfeel and good carbonation.

D- High alcohol and potent flavors make this kind of a sipper.

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Photo of fatkahuna29
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper with a bit of red. About a half inch thick head. Good lacing.
S: The smell was citrusy, a little resin, and a nice sweetness.
T: The sweetness came through big in taste as well. i was a little surprised with this DIPA because of how balanced it was. Nice caramel taste blending perfectly with bitter floral hops. Aftertaste is a light lingering malt sweetness.
M: Medium body, i would have to say perfect carbonation with a sticky/oily texture to it.

It's not my favorite DIPA but it is a good showing of the style. Very balanced easy to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of slk22
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, a bit of cloudiness, with a quickly dissipating cream colored head. Aroma jumps out of the glass. A pink grapefruit sweetness struck me first followed by hints of malt and alcohol. Very inviting. Taste followed the nose beginning with a big citrusy sweet pink grapefruit/orange flavor which then gives way to more bitter citrus notes in the finish. Bitterness was a nice shock to the tongue and did not linger. In addition to the citrus bitter-sweetness of this beer was a nice caramel malt flavor providing a bit of balance, although clearing slanted towards citrus. Alcohol was well masked. In the mouthfeel, this beer was of light body and medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and could easily have a few if not for the 9.1% ABV.

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Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber reddish color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Piny, citrus, and grapefruit hops. A large bitterness in the nose. Very little malt sweetness. Almost no balance.
T: Again, piny, citrus, and grapefruit. Bitterness is up front. A very light malt sweetness lingers on.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A soapy, oily, and sticky consistency. Not the hardest DIPA to drink, but the bitterness makes this a one and done.

Not the worst DIPA I have ever had. Nothing out of the ordinary. I will probably never get this again. Though if you are a fan of oily and bitter hops, I would recommend this.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the original Double IPAs that i started drinking. It was hard to find and i loved getting it when i could find it. It's still one of my favorites but it is among a larger group (I'll usually take Green Flash or Gordon's in front of it) and it's among the more expensive. Definitely one to consider and is as good as the many beers this brewery makes.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,212 ratings