ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pleasent mix of pine and grapefruit greet the nose. The pour is a clear golden with a huge frothy white head. Lacing is considerable and head duration is fully lasting. While there is an initial slight sweetness the dominance of the hops comes through quickly, finishing with a grapefruit taste. The finish is refreshingly crisp and clean building ever so slightly on the palate before disappearing.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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. Itís 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 headís dream beer. I am a huge hop head, and except for the over ripe nose, this beer is damn good.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle poured a slightly hazy medium amber-orange colored beverage with an average creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting and left excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex with the emphasis on hops. There was a moderately heavy presence of floral, grass and citrus notes from the hops with a subtle oak cask note and light malt in the background. The body was quite full with a dry creamy texture and lively carbonation. The long finish had a moderate astringent and alcohol feel. The flavor started off moderately sweet and the finish was lightly acidic and bitter. This was very nice.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of sour rasins. Pours with a medium head and is a slightly foggy darkish amber. Tastes of alchohol and hops and candy. Very good, but I feel its overrated. The aftertaste is like smoke and sticks to your mouth too long.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is indeed a strong imperial IPA, some others mess around with too much maltiness...but this one really makes me think IPA. Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a thick frothy head with excellant retention. The aroma is piney/grassy and full of citrus...very floral overall and not much else coming from under that strong hop aroma. The flavor gives youa litlle bit of sweet caramel malt, but not too much...just enough to acknowledge a presence...the dominant flavor is a grapefruit and pine hoppiness with some alcohol. The flavors seem to balance out between hops and malt as the beer warms but the hops are still dominant. Thereís a sharp bite in the beginning, then itís malty, sticky, and almost velvety over the tounge which is cut off with another sharp bitter bite torwards the end and lasts through in a long bitter aftertaste. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the finish, at little much..but not enough to turn me off. Pretty good stuff, though it seems at times like this beer was one step too close to being too much overall...still damn good. I imagine this stuff is awesome during the warmer months.
mkgrenwel (605) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really malty beer. Halfway between a barley wine and an IIPA. Some molasses and maple flavors up front in a very sweet malt profile. Plum and green apple. Good amount of hops, mostly exterting themselves in a pine flavor. Also a good bit of bitterness, but really controlled by the malt sweetness. This beer compares best to Bigfoot and Old Horizontal. Not quite what I expect from a double IPA, but still a good beer.
kepano (260) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I surprise myself by continually returning to IPAs in spite of my mild aversion to strong hops. I find the popularity of IPAs so intriguing that I have forced myself, again and again, to evaluate (for educational purposes) what are considered some of the finest examples. Great Divideís Hercules was yet another trial for me, in this encompassing experiment. The pour produced an enticing peachy red body, impeccably clear beneath the creamy head dotted of craterous formations. The nose is immediately reminiscent of every other IPA. Grapefruit and burnt toast, and the variable pineapple, mango and soap. I have begun to think that American brewers have cornered themselves into a style that leaves little to creativity and art. I believe we are on the verge of innovation. This plateau is, I am certain, sociologically natural, and will hopefully result in my newfound admiration of this unborn style. Nonetheless, I take a sip. Bitter. Grapefruit and orange are dominant some creaminess appears with thought, but the dry and bitter palate does not seem accommodating for complex flavors. Another conventional IPA and another checkmark in my book.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect deep golden body with a good amount of carbonation in the initial pour. The head however does not stick around for that long leading for a moderate tan head. Great hop aroma, some alpine flowers as well. Awesome hops and hop bitterness in the taste, seems to be some nuts and mollasses character almost as well. I would suppose this is due to the malts. Nice, almost chocolatey ending, though still a good amount of bitterness.
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22. oz bomber thanks to slob. Golden amber pour with a great faomy light tan head. Lacing was being left before I even took a sip. Aromas were very sweet. Pineapple, orange, pear, some pineyness. Smells so good I wasnít sure I wanted to drink it. Hah right! Very malty body. Big Mouthfeel. Flavors were bready up front with alcohol in the middle. Then the hop bitterness comes in to finish it off. Some citrus and grass in the finish. Sweet and piney in the aftertaste. Great Stuff
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a coppery/whisky color, hazed by strength, with a large, near-white head that lasts. Thick legs support rocky lacing. Pine resin hops with florals combine in an Irish Spring soapiness, with grapefruit appearing in a secondary nasal assault. Flavor finds remarkable balance with hops in great quantity yet seemingly tamed by sweet malts. IBUs are mouthwatering without a burn. Citrus is well-represented, but part of the hop profile sings "ESB". Smooth mouthfeel is more buttery than syrupy. If there ever was a sessionable DIPA, this would be it. (Currently tied for 10th in my all-time favorites alongside DFH90 and Avery Maharaja.)
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