Oaked Aged Hercules Double IPA
Great Divide Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,526
Ranked #17,171
4.06 | pDev: 14.29%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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david18 from New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally had a draft of this when they put it on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It's really not the season for Double IPA's but this was a very good one. The oak is a little too intense but I was very please with it overall.

Appearance is a dark brown, very cloudy with very little carbonation.

Aroma is of intense hops, dark fruit, oakiness and malt.

Flavor, as I mentioned is a little intense on the oak side but very balanced overall. Not to heavy in any of the other areas (sometimes beers this big can be a little too hot).

Overall a very good beer and I hope to see it again once the weather gets a little cooler.

Jul 26, 2011
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Ack9788 from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this DIPA, just wanted to share another great DIPA with my fellow Beer Advocates, I am on a mission to find good DIPA's so far i like Hoptimus and this Hercules. please feel free to inbox me any suggestions, ALWAYS WELCOME!!! i would also like to again alert any beer lovers in ohio to try 1808 american bistro in delaware , oh they have 30 taps.

Jun 20, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.29/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Looked and sounded good, but I thought it tasted like dishwater. Took a while for me to get through this one. It might have just been the glass it was served in, because the bottled, non-oak-aged Hercules is a fine brew. I don't know...something was off here.

Poured cloudy, dark orange-brown with a nice white head and decent lacing. Smells of fruit, malts, light hops; kind of weak and watery. Watery and soapy up front... It didn't look like a bad pour by the bartender, but I got the feeling that this beer couldn't be that bad, based on how good the regular Hercules, and the general good quality of GD beers. Could have been a bad glass, a bad tap line, or maybe just a bad batch. But yeah, mostly dishwater in the taste, with almost sickeningly sweet malts, vanilla, bleached wood, and a hop bite just barely noticeable. Alcohol still present. Light-medium mouthfeel, and it was a struggle to get through one glass.

I'd like to revisit this one just to see if it was indeed a dud, but considering its rarity, I probably won't see it on tap again for a while, if ever again.

May 09, 2011
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wanted the Great Divide Chocolate O.A. Yeti but got this instead. Ow well on with the review

A - Pours a nice dark reddish brown color with slight copper. The head is at least an inch with nice lacing throughout the glass.

S - First smell is of oak and mild hops but another whiff half on the glass produced a sweet caramel malty-ness with citrus throughout.

T - Ow wow I wasn't disappointed! The citrus and oak clash together nicely leaving a not so bitter finish in fact leading to the sweetness in the smell. Hops are still main stage keeping the ABV from being noticeable but it's still a big brew.

M - Medium to heavy bodied but drinkable.

D - Well this mix up may make me wonder how much cheaper it would have been just to get this beer but I assume it's the same price. Maybe in a good way I can try an experimental beer that only a few have tried and rate it well. Still will have to track down the Chocolate Yeti...



Aug 21, 2010
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tpd975 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Divide tap house.

A: Pours a beautiful ruby color with a nice full one finger head. Wonderful retention with nice sheets of lace left behind.

S: Nice sweet aromas with hints of summer fruit, oak, vanilla, and citrus.

T: Wow the oak spirals made this one wonderful brew. Tons of sweetness up front. Bold sweet pine with hints of apple and fruit cake. Oak and vanilla come next with a touch of booze. The finish has a big grapefruit bite with a hint of oak lingering thru the finish. Really nice treat.

M: Full bodied brew, sweet, and fruity.

D: Got a full pint of this one and it was a real joy to sip. I was in the tap house when the put this one on, and it is one of the highlights of my trip to Denver.


Nov 07, 2008
Oaked Aged Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 16 ratings