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Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.12/5
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4,196 Ratings
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:
#1,747
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,196
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
638
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,196 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of ATPete
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

My second attempt at liking this beer, my second time failing.

It pours a very murky orange color with a small, very sticky white head, lots of large floaties. Big grapefruit and spicy citrusy hops, some alcohol on the nose as well as a sweet malt presence. The beer attacks first with a short, but bright burst of resiny hops, followed by a very muddy and sweet malt profile, wood notes and lots of armpit funk, chewy and syrupy body, the combination of its thick body and chunky appearance doesnt sit well with the subconscious, theres better options for the style, way better. Two bad bottles? i hope not...

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of BJasny
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules pours a rich and clear amber hue with a dense white head. Laces very nicely.

Nose is kind of subdued for a DIPA, but there's some spicy, floral hops and sweet, brown sugary malty notes.

This is a very well-balanced beer. It's very hoppy, but I can't get all of that because of the great amount of malt. Just a bit of pine and grapefruit shines through. If I had to chose one modifier to describe the flavor, it would be sweet. It has an almost barleywine appeal, with rich, seductive maltiness a la brown sugar, molasses and toffee. Basically this is beer candy, full of honeyed hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel was awesome: full-bodied and resinous with medium-low carbonation. Drinks incredibly easily for a 10 percent brew.

I enjoyed this brew, though it was a bit too sweet and malty for my ideal DIPA.

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Photo of TubaDan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks great but the rest is just OK

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

A: Amber/brown; very clear; thin head that dissipates to nearly nothing; lacing is good

S: Lots of grapefruit, citrus, and pine; hops are upfront and nice; alcohol is fairly prevelent but not overwhelming

T: Hoppy with lots of pine and grapefruit; alcohol is pretty evident--maybe a bit much at times; there is also something kind of woody in the taste

F: Pretty smooth; not much carbonation which works well actually

D: Alcohol isn't masked enough but it is a good beer, so as long as you know what you're doing, drink up!

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Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a thin half finger off white head.

Dominated by hops in the nose, earthy spicy and pine note followed by a bready malt backbone.

Loads of hoppy bitterness first and followed by bready malt. Mainly pine like hop pull through in the taste and there is a big hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick with hop resin and carbonation is moderate to low

Overall I would like to try one that is a little fresher, this one is pushing 4 months and is on its last leg, I can taste the hops starting to turn. As is, it a thick piney bitter ipa with a big hop bite.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Beestin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sanitarium16
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of aaronh
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body topped by a thick, long-lasting cream head that hangs around for the duration. Thick lacing coats the glass. Aroma of malt, pine, and tangerines with a hint of grapefruit rind and mango. The flavor - WOW! - what flavor! Assertive bitterness, yet still very smooth. Deep resinous pine complemented by caramel, toffee and biscuit flavors. A lingering note of orange rind stays on the palate. Alcohol sweetness is also present and then you feel the warmth travel down the throat. The mouthfeel is thick and rich yet carbonated by enough fine bubbles to not get cloying. Assertive bitterness keeps this from being imminently drinkable, but I do want to make my own version. ItÂ’s that good. The "hype" is well deserved on this one. Definitely one strong, powerful, and impressive beer. Will make me look for more Great divide brews, for sure.

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

A: Pours a dark amber color with a white one finger head that dissipates, but not too quickly. Good retention once the head calms down. Nice lace.
S: Aromas of strong critus hops, especially grapefruit with a sweet smell that kicks in after the hoppyness. Some pine in there also.
T: Tastes of citrus on the palate with an explosion of pine hops that follows quite nicely. Slight bready malt taste close towards the backend but compliments the hoppyness. Final bitterness thats not too overpowering. Tastes blend well together as neither are too strong.
M & D: Both are very good. Excellent example of a dipa. Smooth as it goes down with good carbonation and well balanced. I would love to have this again as I haven't been dissapointed by a Great Divide offering yet. High abv goes undetected and is hidden beneath the wonderful blend of piney and citrus hops. Great brew.

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Photo of tronester
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with tiny clumps of yeast. Great white head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is incredible. Great hop character and malty backbone virtually hide the taste of the alcohol. One of the best Double IPA's. The only downside is its drinkability, drinking the entire 22oz bottle yourself is almost too much!

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Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a tumbler. it left nice sticky sides and really good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a slightly hazy amber color.
s - piney and resiny.
t - piney and earthy with a nice malt backbone. each sip the malt hits you on the front of the tongue and the hops hit the back.
m - incredibly creamy.
d - easy to take deep quaffs of this and it is so well-balanced. wish this had been larger than the 12 ounce bottle i had. another great beer from great divide. they are very underrated and should be talked about in the same breath as stone and DFH, et al.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Slightly hazy yellowish orange with a small, creamy white head. Very refreshing looking.

Fairly subtle fruity hop aromas mixed with some sweet malt. Not the huge kick I look for in the style, but not bad.

Much more hoppy in flavor than in the aroma, but leans more toward the bitter side than anything - but doesn't linger much. Hops definitely pretty complex, with citrusy taking the lead followed by some pine. Really pretty mellow overall with not much of an alcohol presence despite the size.

Moderate body with a lighter carbonation, but with a little bite. Doesn't linger on the tongue. Pretty smooth DIPA.

Much more subtle than I expected - not as huge and complex as I normally like for the style, but a very good beer. This is one of those where you have to watch yourself, since it's so smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a copper colored brew, with a big tan head that results from a nice cascade. Sheets of lace stick to the glass. The scent is a great citrus hop scent, which evidences high hop levels. The taste has a sweet pale malt front, which is dominated by a huge hop presence. Sticky citrus/bitter hops, great taste. Smooth creamy mouth, some stickyness from the hop oils.

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Photo of Skunkdrool
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of NappyB
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

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