Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,157 Ratings
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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Photo of haz77
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright, clear mahogany with an inch of thick, cream off-white head. A moderate amount of fine carbonation keeps a thick cap in place. Lovely.

S - A slap of resinous/piney hops, lemon, almonds, toasty malts, slight floral. Very nice.

T - Immediate smack of floral/resinous hops. The hops sit in the fore all the way through the drink but become more piney in the middle, before taking on a citrus flavour at the end. Some light fruit in the middle and a floral burst towards the end. Aftertaste lingers for some time and has a tobacco/woody/earthy taste. Absolutely no sign of the ABV. Really well crafted beer.

M - Medium/full body which evoles some syrupyness. Carbonation is initially cleansing, but fades away.

D - A real sipper. ABV nowhere to be found and refreshing hoppyness demands another taste.

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Photo of BZero007
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle poured into my Portsmouth Tulip. Poured a very nice Hazy amber and orange color. Formed a great head that lasted a good bit with lace that held on for dear life! The beer released a great smell of citrusy Hopps and sweet malt undertone. The taste was pretty interesting, the Citrusy hopps came out swinging but did not over power to the point were you wouldn't be able to taste anything after awhile. The malt half threw the glass balanced the hopps out then became very strong. Beer was nice to relax and drink. Alcohol was barely noticeable. Would like to try this beer on tap and with the suggested pairing of fish tacos.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft and served in a snifter. Poured a hazy orange color with a short lived 1 finger head. There was great lacing from start to finish. Aroma consisted of pine, citrus and fruits with perhaps a pinch of malts. The taste followed the aroma nicely. It wasn't as balanced as I would like an IPA to be as the malts never really controlled the hop profile. It leaves a dry aftertaste. This was a nice IIPA but clearly not one of the best.

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Photo of snpub540
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber hue with a small white head that didn't stick around very long. Not alot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was mostly floral and fruity hops. A slight malt sweetness too.

Taste had a nice malt presence that was caramel and almost smoky tastiong at some times. The bitter citrusy hops brought a nice balance.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was very good.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from local birding and beer emporium into Kapittel chalice.

Cloudy copper/orange body under one finger quickly dissipating white head with minimal lacing. Cookie malt and flowery hops in the nose. Nice sweetish hop/malt balance upfront, with a resiny finish and lively mouthfeel Alcohol is pretty well hidden, and this appears to be pretty drinkable despite the ABV. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a dark golden honey color with an amber/copper tint. Three-finger head of frothy tan foam. Beautiful retention and wonderful sticky lacing.

Very nice balance of floral and citrus hops notes combined with a nice caramel biscuitiness. Notes of grass and nuttiness.

This truly has a big, bold hop profile, but it also has a strong malt backbone. Big caramel biscuit notes drizzled with pine resin. Slight hints of grapefruit. Light brown sugar notes. Mild spicy hops bite. Big citrus presence.
Outstanding balance.

A strong medium, almost full, bodied brew. Smooth and creamy, almost velvet-like. Carbonation level is perfect.

Great balance, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and well-hidden 9.10%ABV make this one a keeper. Yet another excellent offering from the brewers at Great Divide.

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Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber grabbed at a local QFC here... last one for the night lol...

- Cloudy orange/copper color.. almost glows... very bright. Minimal head as poured into a tumbler at an angle.. lace all about.

- Very nice balance citrus and floral hop scent with a great medium roasted caramel malt scent... can't smell a bit of alcohol...

- Honey glazed, sweet rich caramel malt... smooth as all hell..more hop in smell than taste... but its a creamy floral hop... flavor and no bitterness.. but a dry bite at the end... very balanced and thick.

- Chewy, creamy.. chalky.. but a robust aftertaste of caramel hop...

- Very drinkable.. hides it's strength too well... just a bit too sweet for my stomach.

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Photo of RockerD
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pristine bright amber. Nice foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of a lot of caramel and bread. Not quite the hop smell I was expecting for a beer named Hercules.

Sweet and piny up front. Slightly normalized hop flavor. Not as highly as many of the Imperials and Double's out, but not bad. Citrusy, bitter finish.

Slightly sticky, medium bodied.

Love double IPA's and this beer is good. It's just not what I was expecting. I think it's missing just a little something.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delivers a deep copper body with brownish hues with a nice one inch, creamy white head with dense carbonation, leaving traces is sticky lacing in its wake.

The big hop aroma wafts from the glass, fresh and grassy or herbal, but also a nice nutty sweet malt and even notes of milky vanilla.

The big piney/herbal hops are most transparent but a further inspection also reveals a sweet caramel like malt. The hop flavors are bold, but not overwhelmingly bitter, very nice malt balance, driving you back for another sample. Some may consider the malt presence excessive for this style, I like it.

Medium to full in body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol burn, a little dry, overall extremely enjoyable.

This is really a great beer, leaving you crave more, diverse palate, great mouthfeel, the only potential setback being the well hidden high ABV. I would enjoy this brew with some bbq ribs in another month or so.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very, very cloudy burnt-orange/brown. Looks like a decent bit of sediment - some kind of solids interspersed throughout the glass. Two fingers of white head that slowly subsided. Good lacing.

Smell: Well, hops. Mostly pine notes...Simcoe hops, I think. Very woodsy, earthy, and grassy. Maybe the barest hint of citrus, but not much.

Taste: Very bitter from the hops right away, with strong earthy notes. The malt backbone is a bit too noticeable, with some of the honey and bready flavors taking away some of the hop notes. The bitterness in the aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Unlike a lot of DIPAs, the bitterness doesn't really fade much after the first sip - it lingers for most of the glass. The malt is a little too present for my liking though - it's a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA, but a little too sweet for me. The malt seems to clash a little bit with the hop flavors. It's not bad, but just not really my style.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 1/12/09
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Hercules DIPA
9.1% Alc.
22oz. Bomber

Just had the Titan, comparing them both.

Appearance= Vigorous pour into Frog and Peach pint glass yields a very small pinkie size head. Good head retention though... Cakey foam floaties, cloudy mist covers the glass. Deeper orange and more opaque than the Titan. Did i mention good head retention?

Smell= Again, like the Titan, not a huge nose. Good smell though.

Taste= Extremely balanced again! Not an overly hopped DIPA. Very nice to drink, taste is excellent, finishes clean and hoppy.

Mouthfeel= Thicker than Titan, leaves a more resiny film/taste on the palate after you swallow. Overall, nicely done.

Drinkability= @ 9.1% it's not a session beer. I would drink 2 of these and be straight 4 the rest of the night. Very good DIPA. I would have these in my fridge all the time if they had local distribution.

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Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper in color with some dark orange in the shading as well; poured a solid 2 finger head that was a bit rocky and off-white; head had decent retention and eventually faded to a thick skim with heavier spots that look chewy; sticky/oily foamy residue clings to the sides of the glass as the head disappears; oily residue on the swirl clings as well. Beer is very clear with no sediment or cloudiness whatsoever.

Smell: Wonderfully bitter right up front - nice and citrus (grapefruit) with hints of pine; a firm sweet malty backing is there as well and there's a certain sweetness that's a little honey-esque as well. I'm especially excited about the upfront bitterness here.

Taste: Outstanding. Bitter again right up front from a great hop presence, a little more piney than I thought it would have been, but the citrus flavor is still the most dominant. There is a very mild sweetness buried in there as well, but it's very subdued and allows the bitterness to be very much upfront. I would place the taste in the realm of Founders Double Trouble due to the bitterness as opposed to the sweetness of a Hopslam.

Mouthfeel: A nice body, not thin at all -- nice and full; a nice sticky coating is left behind from the hop oils and great malt backing; once the beer gets down the throat, I find that the palate begins to dry very warmly and a nice tingling is present from the higher ABV. Very nice and it's exactly what I would expect from a DIPA.

Drinkability: Moderate, but not too high. While it's a great drink and very enjoyable, the ABV is pretty high and I couldn't take more than one, possibly two in a night -- I think if I went that direction I'd be pretty well intoxicated so I'd stick with just one at the end of the night.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of 10-23-08...let's hope it's not too late to taste the hops. On to the beer:

Dark, ruby orange color, hints crimson if you squint hard enough....with a creamy, froathing head on top. A little nutty yeast in the aroma, to go along with the powerful, yet fading hop aroma. A zest of squeezed citrus makes it interesting. To the taste...it's a good one. Pretty well balanced, hidden alcohol = potentially lethal. Faded, but resinous hops start off the journey. Burnt caramel and pinneapple notes add pieces to the overall flavor. Leafy. Some dry malt tastes of dried bread. It hints wood and tobacco flavors. Feels lighter than the listed 9.1% ABV, quite smmoth with an occasional zip of carbonation bubbles.

Hercules DIPA is not for the faint of heart (as the label says), but it is fit for me and most left coast beer geeks.

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Photo of enfield249
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep copper, with gold highlights. No head, and thin layer of white foam on the surface.

S - Strong pine, resin, spicy hop aroma.

T - Same as above, only up to 11. Very strong hop flavors, no maltyness.

M - Full, slightly sharp and very bitter.

D - Wow, a good IIPA, but I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Me and ShakeyHands splittin a bomber

Looks like a beer

Smells like candied pineapples from a trail mix bag

What's going on here? Very off balance, deisel, and fairly unpleasant. Past experiences with this beer not confirmed. Hops drowned out in a bitter, murky mess.

Either I'm not myself, or this beer's a bummer.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650ml bottle into pint glass:
A - Dark golden amber in color with 1-2 finger white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing on glass.
S - Citrus and pine hops,caramel.
T - Grapefruit and pine at first followed by carmel. Maltier than expected from the smell. Finishes with citrus, pine and some warmth from the alcohol.
M- Medium. A bit slick. Not a lot of carbonation.
D - This is a big beer! It's reasonably priced (@3.69?. However, I've had some better tasting DIPA's. There is certainly nothing wrong with it; and at the price, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy amber into the glass topped off with a slight amount of cream colored head. Sediment is apparent at the bottom of the glass.

S: On first sniff I get a little caramel and a little hops. There's also a certain sweet doughy smell as well.

T: Taste consists of caramel, a little bit of bread and a definitive hops aftertaste that is pleasantly bitter. On second taste I belive there is just the faintest hint of vanilla as well.

M: A light-medium bodied beer. I would have to agree with other reviewer that like most IPAs this is a "dry" beer. It is also slightly less carbonated than I generally expect from the style.

D: Overall this isn't a bad beer. Not my top choice in IPAs but would drink again.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty orange in the glass, massive lacing, lots of stick to this one.

Biscuity citrus on the nose. Just a touch of juniper.

Taste is majorly biscuity, bitter, big time hops.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, the hoppiness definitely sticks around for a second.

Put this one side by side with Lagunitas Maximus and have to give the Max the nod. This is an amazing DIPA nevertheless!


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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried numerous times to like this beer, I honestly have, but so far I have not yet enjoyed it, here's hoping it's better on draft. Served in standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice hop blend that is more subtle than I remember from the bottle. The beer is certainly somewhat heavy with decent carbonation. I must say, I finally like this beer!

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

A - One finger of white head on a hazy, amber body with nice lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruit with some pine. Sweet malt and some caramel to back it up.

T - Big grapefruit hop flavor and some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice with big malt sweetness in the middle. Substantial bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance the huge malt character.

M - Thick, syrupy body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A strong and very sweet DIPA. The hop character is nice, but not complex and the malt is dominant is a way that becomes cloying after a while. Maybe I would like this better if it was billed as a barleywine, but as a DIPA it just doesn't have a vibrant enough hop character.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured real nice into one of those new sam adams glasses - puts up a 1 1/2 finger off white head that starts lacing as it dissipates -
beautifully clear amber/golden color - the lacing sticks hard to the glass - smells hoppy, piney, citrus-ey, and sweetly floral - and delivers these goods in it's taste - really nicely balanced - hops throughout, with a sweet malty backbone - seriously coats the tongue, but in a good way, beckoning for another swig - there is no perceptible alcohol presence here, until i'd finished a 22oz bomber - but i think i could go for another, safe in my chair at home....

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two inch head and good lacing.
The aroma of malts,hops and grapefruit.

The taste is sweet malts,hops,fruits and a mild grapefruit with a hint of alcohol.
The feel: medium body and a smooth carbonation. Great balance. Some mild bitterness that stays on the tongue.

Notes: A fine beer indeed. I picked this up and I got exactly what I expected.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for fans of double IPA's. From the deep amber color to the strong floral smell, there are only good things to say about Hercules. It pairs well with food too. I like a big a beer and this one certainly delivers on all accounts. You have to be careful, this beer is very drinkable, and with it's high ABV, you can end up past the point of no return quicker than intended.

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Photo of mizzourah
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich amber color with a half inch off-white head.

S- I pick up some sweet malts, but it's mostly pines and citrusy hops. You can tell that this DIPA is going to have a powerful hops flavor.

T- Wow is this a tasty beer. I was surprised by how balanced it was after I picked up mostly hops from the smell. I detect hints of caramel and toffee at first. The malts work hard to show their face, but the hops, cascade I believe, win over with pines and citruses. The bottle says it has 85 IBU's. This is an aggressive beer.

M- It's very smooth and creamy.

D- I drank the bomber and wished I had more. The strong balanced taste makes it so easy to drink. Just beware of the strong alcohol.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a beautiful amber. Very clear. The head melts away quickly.

Smells like hops and malt and some caramel.

The taste was a surprise. I expected an all out hop assault but although the hops are present in full measure the malt comes through with enough authority to create a very nice balance. There are pine notes as well and a nice caramel background.

Mouthfeel is big and somewhat oily and extremely smooth.

It hides the 9.1% very well.

Anyone with a taste for double IPA's would do well to try this beer. It's big, smooth and delicious.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,157 ratings.
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