Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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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.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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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


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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Photo of chicagobeerriot
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light copper with a thick head that gradually provides very attractive lacing down the side of the glass. On the nose, this beer puts its sweet side forward: some butterscotch, honey, and a bit of breadiness with citrus and floral notes playing a supporting role. Mouthfeel is too thick, bordering on full-bodied, with only some mild carbonation preventing this from being a beershake. The taste leads with a one-note caramel sweetness that lingers until the beer falls apart at the finish. The finish is too alcoholic for my tastes which provides an acidity that unpleasantly combines with the intensely bitter hop coda. I love a DIPA bomb as much as the next guy, but this is bad combo that's so strong it stays on the palate until you're halfway through your next beer. I'm going to revisit this beer in case I got a bad bottle, but my first impression is that this beer is a bit unbalanced and the finish is a plain 'ol mess.

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

pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice head and some sticky lacing..the smell is great lots hop resins grapefruit malt bread and other fruit and spice smells.the taste was not as great as the smell as it was to malt forward and sweet and did not have a strong hop presence having said that it is still a remarkable dipa and really easy to drink @9.1 abv.. its a creamy malty easy to drink flavorful dipa (if it had more hop flavor i would rate this much higher) that is very recommended and will buy again

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

Bottle from Ryan's Party store in Port Huron ON- A deep and hazy orangey pour with a frothy and sticky white cap. Nice lace here too. Full on piney and floral hops, orange and grapefruit, heavy on the fruity malts, some bready notes. Nice hop profile in the flavour department. Orange and grapefruit again, with mango and apricot sweetness. A bit of pine/sap comes through. Balanced malts and hops, no trace of the ABV. Quite well made. Thanks for picking this up for me Chris and Erin!

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

Served in a English nonic pint glass, around 10c. Pours a pale ale color, huge head, freaking amasing lace.

Aroma is mild for a IIPA, a lighter hop presence, some citrus and pine, much maltier in the nose than what I expect from a IIPA. Almost worried it might be cloying sweet. Flavor : Wonderful, alot of malt and a perfect hop bite. Alot of american hops in the falvor, I can taste centenial hops.

Nice dry finish, not cloying sweet. Awesome beer, Great Divide once again delivers.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with nice label

Apperance: Hazy dark gold beer with a big ivory large bubbled cap...good retention

Smell: Big toasted caramel and grapefruit/piney hops...everything's nicely in balance here, the hops aren's as aggressive as I thought...I'm looking forward to the first sip

Taste: This is VERY nicely balanced with earthy hops and loads of biscuity malt keeping each other nicely in check

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy with a bit of noticeable alcohol

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice very well-balanced DIPA...nothing smashing or revolutionary, but quite a solid brew, one I plan to return to. Yet another reason why this brewery just plain rocks.

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Photo of bfields4
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice opaque amber hue with a very impressive lacy head. just a really beautiful beer.

dominated up front by the floral hops, but there is also a nice caramel malt backing.

Very hoppy nice floral notes with grapefruit lingering. The smooth sweet nutty malt adds a nice complexity. The alcohol is so well masked on this guy.

The carbonation is very nice for this beer. A little lingering thickness. Not the most sessionable, but a 22oz works perfect.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a snifter

a: nice amber brown hue, large off white head with pretty good retention.

s: piney hop aroma catches my nose, followed by slight citrus and biscuit

t: a nice piney and citrus taste followed by buscuit at caramel. Pretty well balanced , this DIPA is more sweeter than most.

m&d: medium body, little carbonation. Slightly slick and buttery mouth. Drinkable, but better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark woody brown with amazing off-white head. Some of the best retention and lacing I've seen (think Duvel).

S- A little lacking here. This is an up and down beer for me. Some really good things, some things that aren't so good. This is the latter. Nothing too strong, just molasses-like malt and some citrusy/leafy hops.

T- Nothing too exceptional at first: the regular (but not bad) blend of caramel/molasses/sweet malt with some leafy bitter hops. What I really like about this one is the toasty, nutty malt finish that pushes its way through on the end. That's different and nice.

M- A little thin, dry finish. Coating.

D- Very enjoyable and interesting drink... definitely worth seeking out. Another great brew by Great Divide.

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Photo of brow1901
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Med. Amber in color with large white head. Excellent retention plus nice lacing. The beer is clear.

S- Loads of hops to be expected. Definitely american varieties, not a lot of cascade (I don't smell much grapefruit). If I had to guess I would say the hop profile contains mostly Simcoe. Nice toasty carmel smell.

T- Very bitter, only the slightest malty sweetness sneaks by. I swear I taste a hint of oak. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming, its more of a warming feeling.

M- Surprisingly light bodied for a DIPA. The perfect amount of carbonation, not an overly gassy beer.

D- Highly drinkable, however it could be balanced a little better and the alcohol isn't necessarily a bad thing but it hurts the drinkability a little bit.
Overall a great beer worthy of another try.

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Photo of praufs01
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear copper color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Fresh cut pine aroma.

Taste - Smooth pine resin hop flavor floating on a solid malt backbone.

Overall - Really good ale. Not as complex as Titan IPA but really goon none the less.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings