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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottled on date of December 30th 2008, making this bottle a little over half a year old.

Appearance: A bit of floaties suspended in the hazy amber body. Tan head has decent lasting power.

Smell: Sweet barleywinish aroma with some slightly past their prime citric hops.

Taste: Taste is much like the smell. Like many imperial IPA's this begins to blur the line into barleywine territory, in my opinion. Or perhaps it's just the age on the bottle making me make the comparison.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 355ml bottle, BB 03/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with plenty of tiny cottony bits of yeast sediments and a constantly-flowing but fine carbonation, topped with a moderate layer of dark beige frothy head that lasts very decently.
S: the nose is dominated by a dense composition of oily hops, richly apricot- and lychee-ish as well as flowery, on top of a decent backbone of brown-sugary (a bit like Chinese white-gourd candy) maltiness, creamy lychee syrup and random honey. The balance is certainly retained, but gearing towards the sweet side of maltiness, for sure.
T: a lubricating, rich swallow of mild alc., spicy-fruity hoppiness as of lychee fruits, pines and tannic Chinese teas comes on top of really juicy pale malts (with touches of burned sugar and white gourd candy), which prolongs the mid-taste for a good while until the underlying impact of hop resins and bitterness manifests itself in full swing, rendering a deep and moderately bitter finish ("moderate" as opposed to the Stone Ruination IPA at 100+ IBUs consumed yesterday...). As the tannic bitterness expands on the palate, the aroma of hops seems to penetrate through the thick malty body as well, revealing a complex, aromatic aftertaste of overripe red-grapefruits, lychee-fruit stems, prunes, and a bouquet of hop juice.
M&D: super fine fizziness pairs with the rich but not heavy body just well, making this really flavoursome and thick ale ever lighter and more drinkable. Overall, the taste is really remarkable in a sense that all the hop flavour and bitter impacts are harmoniously balanced by a considerable yet soothing malt backbone, allowing for smooth manifestation of hop complexities. This is a highly drinkable DIPA to me, without any "sharp" or overwhelming characters that one might usually relate to this beer style.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark blood orange with a thin but creamy head, and left spotty lacing when had in a brandy snifter

The sweet toffee and caramel malt aromas stand up just as strongly as the piney citrus hops in the nose.

This is a very balanced DIPA, and that is to say this is a very malty DIPA. The hops are by no means hidden, and they are very bitter lemon and lime, orange rind, grapefruit and piney. Earthy and grassy even. The malt is just as strong though, and is sweet and sticky. The finish isn't dry but is very long.

This is a medium bodied DIPA, and the carbonation is sharp but low.

Maybe its a contradiction but this beer is by no means a mere showcase of hops, it is balanced, and could even be seen as a pretty malty DIPA.

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Photo of Keith238
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Rich thick head and tight lacing. Caramel colored with strong floral and citrus aroma. Very malty in my opinion for a double IPA. It was like a Scotch Ale mixed with an IPA. I would prefer a little less of the malt flavor but overall it was pretty well balanced. 1 more bottle in the fridge so I'll give it another shot and update if necessary.

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Photo of Phylomatic
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is good. It is nice an amber like a beautiful strawberry blond rockstar...disappointed in the froth..where is it?
S: Smell, citrus and bitter, yum.
T: About the same as the smell, but doesn't go much further.
M: There is a odd smoothness to this beer..and then BAM bitterrr. It tastes good, but it lingers like a cheap beer.
D: The taste and the mouthfeel combine to create a drinkable beer that you could drink really fast and get into trouble.

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Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep orangish-reddish-amber body...big, rocky, tan head that retains nicely...great lacing

S - Huge sweet hop aromas...pretty balanced between your citrus hops and sweet malts

T - A big battle here...very complex...and for me the complexity battles loses a little something...starts off sweet...mainly caramel malts...fades into grapefruit and pine hops...very bitter...the sweet malts come back and the hops stay and the battle between the two begins...

M - Medium bodied...smooth

D - As I said...very complex and the battle between sweet and bitter is well...bittersweet...I much prefer Titan

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a peach-tea color from the 22oz brown
bomber. There is no head but there are
active carbonation bubbles working overtime.

S: very strong hop nose of pine needles and
undertones of malt and grass. This brew
smells like the pine forest in my backyard.

T: Slap in the face with a pine branch! The 85
IBU seems underreprestative of this awesome
AIPA. There is some malt sweetness that
fights its way through the hop. The alcohol
his understated in its flavor but very
obvious by the end of the 22oz. bottle.

M: Great body on this AIPA, with an almost
creamy texture that is a nice surprise in
this style. The ability of this brew to
be so bold in its presence without being
syrupy is a great achievment.

D: Smooth, crisp, tastey, awesome, f'n awesome.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Sam Adams sample glass. Thanks to the bro for this one.

A: Pours a ruddy golden orange color with noticeable suspended sediment floating with carbonation beneath the thin veil of foam.

S: Smells very citrusy and spicy to the nose. A lot of bready malt sweetness creeps into the aroma as well. Some fruity candied grape smells as well.

T: Flavor is quite complex. Barleywine like malt profile at first, with a heavy bourbon flair and fruity ale flavors. This gives way to a nice bitter coriander hop flavor which balances out quite nicely. A little smoky wood flavor and bitterness near the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly acrid due to the strong hopping of the brew.

D: This tasty, malty DIPA weighing in at over 9% ABV is best served with a friend. The strong spiced wood and hop flavors in this brew could stand to mellow a bit, and this ale would age pretty well.

A very balanced, if not young tasting DIPA. The hopiness doesn't hog the main stage, and the smooth spicy, oak flavor and sweet bread malt characteristics make it that much more intriguing. Makes me want to run out and try the Oak Aged variety. Another solid brew from Great Divide.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a freshness date...was I looking in the wrong place? Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber and copper with a small off-white head.
S: Bready malts, lots of yeast, a bit of floral hops that are taken over by malt notes for the most part. I'm not too impressed with the aroma yet!
T: Floral and earthy hops. Pine pulls through with a bit more warmth on the beer. Big bready malts still. Dark fruit, currant and fig. I'd like some more hop notes in my DIPAs, but this one is still good.
M: Medium mouthfeel leaves TONS of residuals. I love it!
D: Alcohol hides well on this one, but it isn't the first DIPA I'd go to.

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

Guest beer offered at Town Hall Brewery. Poured into 10 oz snifter.

Appearance - Brown/Orange, deeper brown than most IPA's. 1 finger head which fades fairly quick, Thick layered lacing left. Normal head retention.

Smell - Smells of citrus and pine and usual ipa smells, but strong tingle in the nose and smell of alcohol. Small whiff of sweet malt.

Taste- Bitter with tastes of partly roasted malts. Tastes of wood, pine and grass. Very earthy taste. Bites the tongue. Small taste of alcohol and honey? at end. Different than most DIPA's i have had.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly carbonated, not too heavy even for its ABV. Tingles the tongue perfectly.

Drinkability - One or two is enough. I wouldn't drink much more based on abv and bitterness. Powerful beer and mighty tasty though.

Had to try it at Town Hall since I have never even seen it in bottles before and they had it on tap.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark, hazy amber color, good head settles to layer thickness quickly
s: sweet malts with strong piny hops and citrus aromas
t: sweet caramel malts balance very well with piny hops througout, finishes with moderate hoppy bitterness and alcohol
m: nice mouthfeel -- great balance of medium/heavy body with carbonation
d: balance makes this an easy dipa to drink in spite of the abv

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Photo of movingtrain
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into brandy snifter.

Pours a dark amber with a decent head that falls pretty quickly, though sticks to the sides of the glass pretty well.

Smell is quite incredible...a lot going on here. Super hoppy, as it should be...and a lot of the flavors one would expect from a double IPA--grapefruit, pine, etc. There are some notes of vanilla, and some other sweet undertones.

Hmmm...not what I expected from the aroma. It's pretty thick up front, prompting thoughts of bittersweet citrus...and leaves a good creamy coating across the tongue, allowing the flavor to linger there. The bitterness lingers a bit too long, and doesn't give way to some of the malty sweetness that gives those hops a nice balance.

Overall, this is good...the aroma definitely adds to the enjoyment of the beer, and the flavor is pretty good. It's drinkable, for sure...and another impressive beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew. Beautiful rich coppery color straight out of the bottle and into my glass. Good looking, clean, well brewed beer. Aroma was citrusy with a commanding hop presence, needless to say. Loved the taste: tart, dry, hoppy with hints of old leather and mild fruitiness. Finished crisp, clean and strong. Well balanced, delicious brew.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Orange to amberish in color with a nice white head

S- Grassy smell with pine and maltiness to boot

T- I thought it was relatively sweet which hides the ABV well, also very piney and a nice malt finish

M- Nice and smooth with a medium body - I could drink probably a second bomber, but that might be the limits of what I would want to drink in one sitting.

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Photo of tigg924
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, caramel orange/brown in color, low carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell:pineapple, pine, hops, and some sweet fruit

Taste:pineapple, pine, hops, caramel, and some sweet fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet start followed by a big bitter finish..medium body, medium carbonation

Drinkability: drinks almost like a barleywine with its complexity. I would only do one due to high abv. On the sweet end for the style, but very good. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I had this beer on tap at the brewery yesterday. I am not sure if it is was due to its freshness right from the source, its exceptional craft or both but it was one of the best Imperial IPAs that I have had to date.

The most striking aspect of this IPA was the aromas. I was amazed by the amount floral, citris, hoppiness coming out of the glass. Amazing aroma!

The taste did not disappoint. It is a well balanced Imperial IPA with tons of citris and florals. There must be a very thoughtful blend of hops going on here. The server was not forthcoming with the hop varieties in use. (I don't blame her.)

All in all this is an exceptional brew. Hop heads will be very pleased!

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Photo of lincoln44
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love DIPA's and this was a new product available in my area.

A- Beer poured with a decent but shallow frothy head. Color is light amber leaning towards a golden amber. After a sip the head remains and left some foam on the glass as well.

S- There is a good balance between hop and malt aroma. I pick up a spicy sweet aroma from the malt but the floral aroma from the hops.

T- At 85 IBU's this is a well balanced beer. There is some spice at the end maybe from the alcohol but it is not prominent. The malt flavor is not annoyingly sweet and the hops balance out the sweetness that is present.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a mouth stimulating taste of hops.

D- I like this, but I would not be able to drink this all day. It would best go after a light meal.

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Photo of northaustin
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smell is grain madness!!!

poured into a schnifter. one and a half finger head. pours a light brown with gold showing when held to the light. a few floaters in it.

as mentioned earlier the smell is out of control and bites your nose with its intensity. i must say it is a great smell but quite odd for what i was expecting with a double ipa.

taste is a bit boozey with not very much hoppiness but still sweet and good. tastes more along the lines of a regular double ale than a double ipa.

not vey drinkable as a session beer as it is very thick and a bit strong. i got mine in a mix and match six pack and its doin me alright. for sure an interesting contribution to the world of dipa's

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA pours a still, slightly hazy copper color with a thick, frothy off white head on top. I see no carbonation bubbles in the beer.

The aroma is a bit more mild than I thought it would be. Notes of citrus (pineapple and orange) hops dominate. Some pine and alcohol is also present in the aroma.

This full bodied beer is very smooth and slightly chewy. It gives a mild carbonated tingle on the middle of the tongue, which surprised me since I didn't see any bubbles in the beer.

The flavor is mainly hops. Again, citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange are present. Towards the end some sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors emerge. A touch of nuts It finishes bitter with a mild hotness from the alcohol. Once gone a hoppy and nutty malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer is quite ddrinkable for 9% abv. It's fairly well balanced, although the hops have the edge in flavor. I was expecting a highly hopped, bitter, alcohol flavored monster and instead found a nice, enjoyable brew. Well done!

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

Hercules Double ipa.

A- A very inviting orange tinted hazed liquid with a off-white foamy head with decent retention.

S- Nice smell of floral hops, grassy hops, mild malts and sweet alcohol esters.

T- Unbelieveable hop flavor from begining to end. This is how a double ipa should taste. Amazing floral compound of hops with the right amount of bitterness to follow. Small amount of malts are also very appearent in this brew. Well balance and great flavored beer.

M-D- Mouthfeel is excellent with nothing to complain about. Drinkablity is wonderfull I would put down a six pack easy.

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

Poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours ruby red/Amber with an unbelievable head, great lacing and retention.

S- smells of pine, toast, and carmel, very complex and deep, I keep smelling it because I know there is another smell that I am just missing completely.

T- a long lasting bitterness that just soothes your body, it feels like this beer is giving me a good rub down...and that this beer is a hot brunette. The hops are more earthy than I am used to but there is enough grapefruit in there to balance it out. Not to mention a hefty malt back bone. Much more well balanced than I am used to in a DIPA

M- perfectly carbonated with a medium body, very low cloying considering it is a double IPA.

D- Very drinkable for an IPA, I think this is my favorite rainy day beer. It warms you up yet is still refreshing enough to make you wish it was sunny and warm enough outside to go play.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A=Pours a deep dark golden brown, slightly darker than honey with an off-white almost tan head that dissipates quickly to cap the beer

S=Wonderful smell of hops with very piney notes. Not very much citrus on the nose.

T=Nice, very similar to the smell, with piney hops being the primary flavor, and some faint malt flavors on the finish and aftertaste.

M=Good, light carbonation, not huge alcohol flavors or warming. Some oily feel.

D=very good clean crisp flavors and really a good drinking beer.

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Photo of BigMike
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Hercules Double IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods"

I can't remember a better looking, better smelling IPA then Hercules.

Pours a beautiful dark amber orange with a nice thick and creamy picture perfect two finger head with tremendous lacing.

The aroma is amazing. Caramel, toffee, roasted almonds. Roasted nuts are in the forefront.

The flavor is just like the smell except even nuttier. This is a great change of pace from the other Double IPA's i've had. This is definitely unique and in a league of its own.

Hops, Malts, sweetness, bitterness. This beer has it all. My first beer from Great divide, but most definitely not my last.

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

A- Excellent amber color. Small one finger foamy off-white head.

S- Skunky bitter hops and lots of em'. Gassy notes.

T- So smooth. Strong bitter hop and the 9% ABV makes its presense known. Oily and grassy. Slight malt at the end.

M- Thick bodied. Coats the palate nicely. Medium carbonation.

D- It's overall smooth and the mouthfeel is good. The bitterness and ABV blend doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my Piraat glass. Looks good.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a good amount of biscuity malt in the nose as well.

Taste is also full of floral, grassy hops that give way to a buttery, biscuity malt underneath that is pretty decent. Hops don't seem to be the focus here but this bottle is nearly 6 months old (forgot to read the date when purchasing). Still pretty decent hop kick.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral, grassy hop flavor and biscuity malt flavor. Feels well balanced, even if the hops aren't as strong.

Well, I'm positive that this would have more of a hop kick if it were fresh. Still, I can't complain because it's still delicious and easy to drink. I'll definitely check the bottle next time but otherwise, I like this.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,196 ratings
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