Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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4.12/5
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4,214 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:
#1,958
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,214
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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291
Gots:
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Ratings: 4,214 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of ShawneeIrish
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Ahypercube
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from a local liquor store for 7.99. Hoped it would be special, and it didn't disappoint. Into a goblet...

L: Barely one finger of head, but the lacing is sticky, leaving speckled patterns across the glass. Body is dark reddish brown with a hint of amber, but very opaque and cloudy.

S: Oooh, this is not an IPA profile. This is a Barleywine profile. Begins with molasses and black pepper, followed by sourdough bread, a clovey caramel/toffee body, finishing in rye bread and brown rice syrup. Daank.

T: A hint of anise bursts into molasses, chocolate, dark dried fruit and roasty malt. Not much hops in this DIPA. Very, very different from Titan.

F: Thick, full, creamy, a little syrupy at the end. Goes down like nectar of the gods.

O: Excellent brew. Definitely a CO DIPA, and not a CA DIPA.

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

Pours a rich golden orange with bubbly and active white head

aromas of cascade hops, slight pine, and slight malt

rich grapefruit upfront followed by solid and sturdy pine hops dominate with subtle malty undertones

a truly fun and complex beer starting big and bold upfront, then mellowing a bit, then the hops just seem to coat the tongue ever so smoothly.

a fantastic, crisp, clean, balanced, yet bold and completely memorable IPA. Worth the extra cash for sure.

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

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass while outside on the first deliciously warm and mild Spring night of Southern Illinois.

A: Two finger head is off-white with hints of a bleached khaki; It lingers for quite some time until settling to about 1/3 inch thick with great carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is foamy and frothy. Color of this brew is reminiscent of oranges, ambers and coppers. Nice lacing with good head retention. Actively carbonated with strands of bubbles throughout the body.

S: Smells biscuity and bready with resinous piney hops sneaking up behind.

T: First taste is a delicious vegetative hop flavor. My first thought is simply "Juicy". Roasty malts come up quickly with hop bitterness on the second taste. The brew (cold) is slightly medicinal in the bitterness much like aspirin but allowing the beer to warm properly is where it's at. Although the taste is not the punch in the mouth that I personally expect from a DIPA the bitterness is and more earthy and piney flavors come out with each subsequent sip. Aftertaste is of caramel malts with a decent dose and rounding of more hop bitterness. Call me greedy but I want more from this DIPA.

MF: Medium to slightly medium heavy. Right on for the style.

D: Heavy... Intoxicating... Not sessionable but a great brew to start off a night with.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured 22 oz bomber in pint glass; definitely fits the commercial description pours a deep amber orange color, big head with lot’s of lace; hop aroma full of pine, floral, and citrus and bitter hop flavor and nutty, toffee-like malt character; nice full and creamy body and great lingering bitter finish. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of jamesgaither
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Rozyravens
2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of Ozzie1111
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sheldog
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of RoseHulmanBeerClub
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Celt44
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one seems to be a regular at my local growler filling station.
Pours very clear copper with a nice, full frothy head - lacing lasts throughout.
Smell is great combo of a typical floral IPA with hints of malt and pine.
Taste is superior for a 2IPA. Hop bite is up front - the malt aroma explains itself here also - probably the maltiest(?) 2IPA I've experienced to date. Additional flavors that come to mind are pepper and another spice that I cannot name.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk.
Overall a superior and very drinkable 2IPA. Alcohol presence is much less than others I've tasted. American IPAs are my first choice and I tend to stay away from 2IPAs due to the alcohol content and taste. This one totally breaks the mold for 2IPAs in my book.

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Photo of PatYoda
2.87/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great appearance, tons of velvety lacing the whole way. That's about all I was impressed with with this beer though. Both smell and taste were pure hops. Boatloads of citrusy and piney hops. I tasted hardly any malt whatsoever, and very little alcohol. Mouthfeel was very harsh as well, not at all creamy like I look for in a double IPA. I could barely finish my pint.

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

Bottle Pours a murky gold amber with a thick creamy off white head. The head lasts very well and produces excellent lacing. Has a decent hoppy aroma of pine with subtle touches of malt. Has a good carbination with a solid thin texture. Has a real good duration and an excellent finish. Very solid all the way through. This one may not have complex aromas but the flavors and taste are awesome. Very smooth. Hopheads should definately check this one out.

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Photo of tylerprince
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 2/7/12, admittedly a tad older than ideal.

A: Quite a bit of yeast floating around the bottom of the bottle - pour this one very softly. Pours a beautiful hazy orange-copper. Unfortunately, no head or lacing whatsoever, and yes, my glass was clean.

S: A well balanced citrus/grapefruit with a caramel/biscuit malt profile. Well balanced. Some yeast throughout. Wish this had more of a head so I could describe it more accurately.

T: Yummy. Starts with gobs of citrus, clear grapefruit and lemon zest. Not a heck of a lot else going on here. A nice round malt finish, but very weak and hardly noticeable. Yeasty, non-bitter finish. Citrus lingers.

M: Crisp, albeit a tad watery. Resinous. I don't say this much, but this could use a tad more carbonation.

O: This is disappointing - I'm a huge fan of GD and was really looking forward to trying their DIPA. I'll have to try a fresh batch to see if it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Dogzbone
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hipboy221
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of nograz
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dm123
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of murrayswine
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pored a deep amber wth a nice thick white head and sticky lacing.
The smell is a bit mineraly and hugely hopped. I cant detect an ounce of malt. It's almost a bit skunky in the smell, kind of like a wet dog.
The taste is ripped with hopps; just the way I like it. Slower malts only reflect in a subtly sweet taste that lingers slowly on the tongue.
Most definately a hop head's dream beer. I am a huge hop head, and except for the over ripe nose, this beer is damn good.

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

Picked up a four pack over the weekend and upon opening the bottle the heavy grapefruit hoppy aroma rushed out into my nose. I also got a whiff of yeast bread w/ a perfume hint of alcohol. Poured vigorously a 2 inch frothy head w/ a hazy rosy orange hue that left an excellent amount of lacing. The flavor and feel was an intense bitter beginning that ending dry and grapefruit bitter w/ a light syrup medium body, lively carbonated and a hint of alcohol. Overall, IMO this brew is solid. Love how Hercules brings the intense yet clean and crisp flavor and aroma it has to offer. My wife and I tried it with some Asigo cheese sundried tomato bread and it was outstanding.

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

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a thick and smooth creamy white head of foam. Smell is typical citric hoppy ipa smell. Smell is also very sweet and fruity. Taste is fully sweet, like it is doused with a bag of brown sugar. But this balances out the hop bitterness nicely. The hops are spicy, but yet citric and fruity. Very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. This is great stuff but a little too sweet to be highly drinkable. An ipa I will be back to.

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Photo of rchristensen
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jrenn
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of seanmugs
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,214 ratings