Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
4,210 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.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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

In a snifter:

Absolutely tons of head form... Four fingers in my snifter. Nice copper color to the body as well. Notes of orange and grapefruit in the nose. Malty, bready and yeasty aromas also present. Tons of maltiness does well to round out strong citrusy hops. Thick and very creamy for the style. Good carbonatio Great flavor and balance make this a highly drinkable brew for me.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter. Listening to Loretta Lynn in background. I'm badass.

Pours a hazy copper like color with a 2 finger deep bubbly white head. Some sticky lacing on glass as it goes down.

Smells of spicy, citrusy, piney, tropical, fruity hops. Yeah, all of em. Plenty of sweet & bready maltiness comes through as well.

Barleywine like, massive sweetness of caramel, sugar, toasty malts along with equal sized hoppiness. Tropical fruity, grassy, citric bitterness. Big boy. Actually finished kinda light.

Medium bodied, moderate to full carbonation, not syrupy or sticky, slight lingering booziness.

A big ass %9 double IPA. The sweetness makes me think 2 pints & moving on to something else. Like another IIPA. Yeah.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a deep amber in color, cloudy, with a three finger head, head dissapates to leave a small amount of lacing. Retention down the glass is perfect.

Smell: Huge dose of hops here, a good malt backbone kicks in to slow the pace. Piney, yet rich malt combine to make your nostrils tingle upon first whiff. The traditional DIPA malt to hop aroma is present with some spiciness and citrus aromas.

Taste: Hoppiness jumps off right off the bat, citrus, mango, eucalyptus, and pine are evident up front, malt comes through to slow it down a bit. The malt plays a big role here although it's slightly hidden. The finish consists of lots of malt spice, hop oil and a huge wallop of earthy citrus florals. Alcohol is here as well in the finish with such a big bodied DIPA. This brew is smooth and piney!

Moutfeel: Medium bodied, bitterness kicks your tounge to the curb with such a big amount of carbonation. Sits on the tongue nicely and the malt keeps it in check.

Drinkability: A wonderful DIPA to say the least, hops and a slight malt profile balance perfectly to produce a winner of a beer. This has the hop fix for anybody who enjoys a big bodied DIPA. Lightyears ahead of the Maharaja as far as quality, yet not enough to win the drinkable category as the DFH 90MIN. A solid offering from GD and one I will come back to.

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Photo of abar22
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cloudy amber color with a big creamy white 3 finger head. The head settled into a thin cap but had a heavy ring that left a thick band of lacing all around the glass.
I swear the first whiff I got was of bubble gum. Maybe even the first two. After a swirl the bubble gum gave way to a peppery pine scent with hints of citrus.
I can feel the bitterness at first sip. Also in the front was sweet malts followed by a splash of lemon/citrus flavor. The end is moderately bittering, grassy and a touch sweet.
This DIPA feels a hair watery. Not in a bad way mind you but not as creamy as others. This could be either good or bad depending on my mood. Moderate carbonation and dry after taste rounds out a quality drink.
This beer is quite drinkable for the style. The lighter body and lack of alcohol presence makes it easy going. The alcohol will catch up eventually though so proceed with caution.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle purchased at Glen Rock NJ Bottle King for $7.99

Appearance: reddish iced tea body with a 1 finger white crown. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops and fruity malt. Hops seem to be very floral but some red fruit notes are present. I'm not sure if they stem from citrus hops or the malt. Reminiscent of Alpha King Pale Ale.

Taste: Nice initial hop bitterness blast followed by a nice sweet malt center and a bitter finish. The hops are different than Alpha King but the malt seems very similar to me.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and fairly slick.

Drinkability: At 9.10% abv with a nice amount of bitterness I can't score it too high but the brew is tasty and I'm getting through the 22oz bomber at a good pace.

Great Job Great Divide!

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Photo of animal69
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
D- a bit of a sipper, doesn't drink quite like a 9.1% ABV brew but not by much, an avg. DIPA, not really impressed by this one...

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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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,210 ratings