Great Divide Rejuvenates Hercules Imperial IPA

Back after a brief respite, Great Divide Brewing Co. fan-favorite Hercules Imperial IPA returns with an updated recipe, refreshed art and brand-new package. Now exclusively available as a 19.2oz can, Hercules Imperial IPA clocks in at 9.5% ABV and will appeal to those looking for a full-flavored, traditionally brewed Imperial American IPA.  

“Redeveloping the Hercules recipe and making it available in the 19.2oz format allows us to reach a new consumer,” explains VP of Sales & Marketing, Kirk Simpson. “We had the right brand for the consumer who is seeking a high ABV experience we just needed to add the 19.2 format to broaden our reach, we are excited to see what can happen here. Hercules will be priced to reach those consumers in the fast-growing convenience and grocery store channels.” 

Brewed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops, the reformulated Hercules Imperial IPA recipe tones down the bitterness and maltiness of the original version in favor of a lighter mouthfeel and more approachable drinking experience. 

Hercules was part of the original Great Divide Brewing Co. Maverick Series first released in 2003. The beer remained in the Denver brewery’s portfolio for nearly two decades before changing consumer tastes necessitated a new path. 

“The name and icon were extremely ‘strong’—pun intended—and we didn’t want to simply abandon the brand,” relates Marketing Manager, Matt Sandy. “So, we modernized the old-timey strongman slightly along with the beer itself and, voila!, we had a product primed for the burgeoning single-serve craft market.” 

Hercules Imperial IPA 19.2oz cans will be available starting in September.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *