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 | website

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
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1,572
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4,104
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
18.4%
 
 
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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. A burnt copper color, and an agressive pour yields a large, sticky off white head. Good lacing and retention. Aromas are of caramel malts. The first sip is super hoppy, but the malt kicks in and brings this back quite nicely. Citrus, vanilla, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a creamy texture. An incredibly drinkable beer, great flavors and texture and the alcohol is well hidden. It's not my favorite DIPA, but it's definately another winner from Great Divide!

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

Smell: sweet malt, toffee, biscuit, some butter, and hoppy notes of grape, grass, citrus. Really nice smell.

Taste: surprisingly (for me) smooth and creamy, sweet malt, toffee, biscuit and a lot of american hops - grape, apples, resin, grass. Some salt as well, and very bitter. I like it, especially the balance between smooth sweet malt and heavy, bitter hops. However, I did detect some alcohol, and the hops are not as rich in flavours as, I believe, Rouges IIPA. Or perhaps its the bitterness that dominates too much. Or - perhaps its just me not fully appreciating this style.

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Photo of bigeyedfish
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness information on the bottle.

Huge contrast in the appearance. Almost two fingers of white head sitting atop a really vivid, enticing burnt red body. the head leaves a ring at the top of inconsistent, sticky white lacing, but there is little continuation between the top of the lacing and the top of the head line.

it's got that IPA grapefruiness, but at the same time there's some sweet, underlying pine in the nose as well. a really balanced smelling IPA. even some hints of orange and tangerine; a nice hybrid smell- not totally oozing of fruit, but not like your drinking a forest.

beer's funny sometimes; take for instance how troegs nugget nectar has a higher IBU than this beer, yet i doubt in a blind tasting anyone would be able to tell. i'm not saying this reflects poorly on hercules, the bitterness is after all, with IPA's and DIPA's supposed to be there. it's just amusing. let's move on to what it actually tastes like.

this is an odd beer to taste; unlike a lot of IPA's, it starts with a lot of pine and finishes sweet (for an example of the previous style, try a Victory Hop Devil). Except that once it finishes sweet, the sweet finishes becomes pine again...only to once again return to being sweet. this beer is really nice, because it doesn't have the big flavor progression, like the finish. rather, there is a constant flavor, which is a noticeable balance and contrast between grapefruit (none of the other fruits show up here) and pine. they work very well together, and there's even the slightest hint of cocoa powder. not really expected, but it's pleasant.

there isn't a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel, but there is a lot of lingering pine/ hop bitterness that seem to just kind of stay in the mid-palate. that's probably the biggest impeder of making this a smooth drinking beer. the body is quite substantially smooth and pretty textured; it's pleasingly easy to drink, save for the finish at times. but a nice beer, none the less. my roomate, someone who is happy to drink esb's and nothing else and not a huge fan of hops, even liked the beer, save for the mildly uncomfortable moments of excessive bitterness in the finish.

beer's funny sometimes; i go out of my way to make mention of an excessively piney, almost-uncomfortable finish, and before i know it, all that remains of a bomber is a half-filled duvel tulip. i guess that should be the first test of a beer's drinkability- is it a beer that you can forget how much you've had from a bottle if you're transferring into a glass? in this beers case, yes, i can, and did. despite the pine finish, it's a pretty easy drinking Double India Pale Ale; it's not Dogfish Head 90 minute, but make no mistake, it's in that second tier, just below the top, where there is one thing that keeps them from being top style. in the case of hercules, it's just a little too piney at times; if that rounds out a little it's up there with the pantenton-level beers of the style. as it stands right now, it's just short of being great. which is perfectly acceptable.

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Photo of denflyr
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer!

I have always enjoyed IPA style beers and boy does this one take the "cake."

It poured into a Great Divide Cervoise Goblet nice orange/copper/amber colored. A nice copper head topped it off.

The taste and mouthfeel of the beer were fantastic. I was able to detect a nice malt backbone that melded very nicely with the very hoppy tones of this DIPA.

A fantastic nose for sure as well. You can sense the alcohol, but the hop overtones are more assertive. The two biggest profiles were the citrusy and pine notes of the hops.

I love this beer, but you can only have a bit as it is 9.1 ABV and not one you can drink all night long without some undesired affects.

This went VERY nice with some spicy chicken Chimichangas that we whipped up!

Happy drinking!

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods-Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, Calif.
Bottled on August 5, 2010

Poured an amber color with barely to no head into Steinlager glass. The smell of citrus and hops hits the nose. It has a sweet taste with a definite hoppiness. Good mouthfeel, not too overwhelming. A very slight bitterness on the backend. Good drinkability with a good alcohol bite to it.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer with great feel and awesome taste! The smell is mesmerizing. The hops jump out and tease your nose. Once it hits the palate, the hoppiness and bitterness pair perfectly together. Overall an awesome beer and definetly a go to for a starter beer. But not a finisher. It would be a waste to numb your taste buds before drinking this beer!

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Photo of satowns
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery and poured into a Breckenridge 471 IPA half pint glass. I know; sacrilegious.

Color is that of applejuice. Kind of this caramel orange shade. Decent amount of head which recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Elegant lacing from the start. Low carbonation, which is expected from a draught product stored in a growler overnight. High fill on the growler and a distinct psssst upon opening.

Barely perceptible level of band-aid phenols. Malt sweetness appears to control the aroma. Spicy floral hops are wonderful, but not in your face. The aroma is actually quite tame.

The flavor is where the party is! Excellent balance between the crystal malt flavor and that of the high alpha acid hops. Nice citrus and pine character with a caramel/toffee complement. Bitterness is very smooth...probably due to using hops that are low in co-humulone, a harsh bittering acid found in hops. The malt bill melds perfectly with the hop usage in this beer. In my opinion, probably one of the best tasting strong IPAs, double/imperial, that I have found (and I had a Pizza Port/Stone brewer as a roommate and I cycle with the Avery crew).

Fantastic body on this beer. Nice and full...

If you like this style of IPA, this should definitely be on towards the top of your list. If you cant get it, beermail me and we can work a trade. The only thing i hold against this beer is its aroma, I would like to see a ton more of it.

GD made the right move when the picked up their new brewer last year!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Hooray for Me by Bad Religion

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

3.59 single at Blue Max, Burnsville, MN.
Bottle to Mug

A: Golden orange with little head, yet plenty of lacing.

S: I may have to get my nose checked out, because this is the third beer in a row i want to say smells like grapefruit. slight hint of pine too.

T: Tart hoppy citrus pine

M: Coarse

O: A great beer, but not necessarily a great double IPA

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

Appearance is just as expected. A yellowish amber with medium amount of head.

Smell is sweet and inviting.

Taste is again sweet with just a hint of bitter hops. The hops are a flavor accent and not the main train on which the sweetness rides.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable.

Overall a good beer. Would not hesitate to buy this beer again.

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Photo of abar22
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 methtlcai
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had GREAT lacing and an awesome head. Poured a two finger thick pillowy head with a very hazy amber color. The smell could be sensed across the kitchen- a very clear clean piney hop oil scent. Taste was of hops and honey, very viscous hop oils and resin with the honey flavor giving it a delightfully full body. The alcohol was disguised very well. Not very complex, basically tasted like honey and hops and smelled the same, but nonetheless a very good double IPA without the smokey pain of alcohol taste.

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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 DrinkinBuddy
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a lucious sight of unfiltered yeast floating throughout the scene. Smell is upfront floral with a little lingering of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is definately floral and citrus hops. Very apealing and soothing. A nice presentation of a DIPA. Not the greatest, but does the style justice. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Very pleasing to the palate. A very well-done DIPA from Great Divide. Drinkability is very good as well. Especially during warm spring/summer days. For winter, I do prefer darker (Stouts/porters). Well done from GD I was very pleased, since I enjoyed their Titan IPA so much. Good Brew!!!

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try to drink a beer from Colorado when watching the Denver Broncos play. This Sunday was no exception. I pulled the 12 ounce bottle from the fridge and let it warm up prior to imbibing.

Orange-amber body sprinkled with particulates. Low foam stand.

Nose of candied tangerine peel, apricot preserves, and pine needles.

Fruity assault of citrusy hops on first sip lingers to sweet malty finish. Dank bitterness due to high alpha hop voltage.

Aggressive, full-bodied example of a Double IPA. It gets the Mile High salute!

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Photo of granite
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured a brilliant copper color with a large fluffy white head.

S--- Caramel malt, pine and grapefruit from the aromatic hops make up the aroma. It was very pleasant smelling.

T--- It started off cloying with an herbal astringency and harsh bitterness. Warming alcohol and a salty aftertaste soon followed. It was not very pleasant tasting.

M--- Medium to full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

D--- It looked so promising and polished. The aroma was the perfect balance of malt and hops. Not all hop forward like a lot of DIPAs. Unfortunately it was to cloying and salty. Better attenuation and water chemistry would make it a lot more drinkable.

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Photo of ScarletLady
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So BA says I can't review the same beer even 3 yrs later. Pishshaw. Had it on tap at my favorite beer bar and I think that different years yeild different flavors. Marked that I had it in a bottle but in all truthfulness I had it on tap... again
A- warm amber in color. light head with minimal lacing

S - grapefruit/ citrus hops very nice

T - soapy hops in the beginning, nice hoppy bitter bite with a dryness in the finish

M- right where it should be. nicely carbonated, Heavy enough on the tongue without being thick

D - didn't know the abv when I tried it and totally didn't detect the 10% abv. WAY drinkable... in fact I had a 2nd. no residuel sweetness from the abv level. dangerously good

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Photo of stevecee2003
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is the one! Wow, what an India Pale Ale. If you desire that taste as I do, then this may well become your favorite beer. As many of us know this type of beer was shipped to British forces in the 1700's all the way to India. It had to survive so it was loaded with hops to make the trip. That "hoppy" taste became a favorite, what we now know as IPA. And Hercules has taken it to the extreme.

Presentation: Pours with a deep copper color. You know you are in for something special if you like IPA's. It pours with a good foam, but settles quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. The real aroma of an real IPA. Wow! This has possibilities. The burnt hops. The bite. It's all there. This is a serious beer. Surely you can't overlook this beer. It demands your attention.

Taste: It's the strong IPA taste we all search for. As an IPA lover I long for that bitter/flavor combination. It has resiney hops. Piney, yet citric and very clean. And strong. This is one IPA that will lay you on the floor, with that big punch you want and sip for, and more and more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to the tongue, but full of body. But all the bite is there. It's a great American IPA. And Mama, it will bite!

Drinkability: Only one of these. Two and truly this is one beer that will kick your A$$ ! But.. you will feel satisfied. Be glad.
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More review added on- three years later
(06-21-09)...
Its been three years since my initial review, and I must say this single beer is my one champion. Exhibiting all the things I love. Holy Sh$t I love it.

It has all the hops I love. It has just enough malt in there. And it is perfect to both exhibit to friends as "my fav beer", and yet to finish my day out, just fine.

This is the one.

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Photo of mmahut
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden colour with no carbonation and a finger head.

S: Hops with sweet malt with appearances of citrus fruits.

T: Bitter hop taste with malt at first followed by citrus with prune.

M: Full smooth body with small level of carbonation makes it nice.

D: Good but strong (10%!) IPA.

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Photo of CrazyOtto623
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with about a finger and a half of head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is very hoppy with a little bit of fruitiness.The taste is similar to the smell with lots and lots of hops and some citrus flavor.

A great IPA overall.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-honey color with a persistent cream colored head. Classic Imperial India Pale. Just great.

Aroma: some grassy, earthy fumes with grapefruit rind and hop resin. Wow! This is quite complex and woodsy. Complex and quite excellent.

Taste: Mmmm. Complex and hoppy. There is an underlying malt presence, but this beer is all about the hops, and oh are they tasty. Very grapefruity indeed. Very different. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Neither thick nor thin. It is nice; right on the mark. Moderate-low carbonation. good job Great Divide.

Drinkability: Kind of a different flavor, so I probably wouldn't have this all the time, but still, this is a very drinkable beer.

Notes: I love this brewery. A very memorable experience.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never one to turn down a Big Beer, I was anxious to give this a test drive when I saw it at Stateline. "Great Minds Drink Alike" is on the cap which I found very amusing. So much so, that the cap is now hanging in my office.

Poured into my Mr. Boh pint as a deep hazy orange. Smell of grapefruit robust American hops grabs your nose right away. THIS IS A BIG BEER....for over the top hop heads. If you're not that, you won't appreciate this beer for what it is. Strong ABV, strong hops, strong mouthfeel. OMG....afterall the name is Hercules!!! This is not for the faint of heart or malt lovers whatsoever.

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Photo of chuckd123
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very good double IPA example. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice, darkish copper color, nothing particularly out of the ordinary, looks like most IPA's and DIPA's. Poured with about a 2-3 finger head, and laced up nicely as I drank it. Very sticky lacing.

The smell is very inviting. Faint floral aroma, hops domiante and you can almost smell the high abv%. Initial taste is bitter, and the alcohol is very present. Hops are great and must be a ton of them in this one. Somewhat fruity & malt is blended in nicely. I don't mind a big IPA where the hops absolutely dominate, but this one blends them with the maltiness nicely.

Drinkability is very good, but at the higher abv, I would probably move to something lower after a couple of these. Excellent example of a d-ipa, worth trying if you can get one.

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Photo of robhunta
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with one inch of large bubbles head, fades own to a thin lacing. has a bit of a haze in the redish/brown hue.

S - nice floral, strong hoppy aroma

T - Delicious nutty flavor with great acidic hops and also fruity/floral hops flavor. quite delicious.

M - medium bodied, great, not much else to say

D - quite drinkable, nice balance

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Photo of DanThomas
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very good double IPA. This beer doesn't mess around.

A- Beautiful clear copper, orange tint, white rim that stays on throughout.

S- Spicy pine and citrus, lots of hops.

T- Exactly what the smell suggests. Citrus comes through even more, though, and the pine stays solid throughout and really hits you on the back; bit of an alcohol taste on the way down (and there's nothing wrong with that!).

M- Strangely satisfying velvety feel, very substantial. If you could imagine squeezing one of those water filled tubes, the kind that shoot out of your hand, that's what the mouthfeel is like. Warming alcohol is nice.

D- Strong for an IIPA, but let's be honest, this isn't a hugely drinkable style in general. Really great to have, though, and it's a wonderful beer.

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with reddish-gold color and a nice amount of creamy off white head. Solid amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral/pine hop aroma followed by a lovely maltiness.

T: Hop flavors abound up front, both piney and floral, giving way to a creamy caramel flavor.

M: Creamy finish, leaves a dry mouth, but it is a good dry.

D: Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. The 9% is noticeable, but manageable and easy to put down.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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