notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy straw color with minimal lace - very herbal and spicy aroma, with some yeasty mustiness, a tiny bit of sweetness (honey, toffee) - not as sweet as a lot of imperial IPAs, which is a nice change, but still malty enough to make things interesting (some caramel, grain and rolled oats give it an almost barleywine-like quality) - hoppy, but not overpowering - reminds me of 90 minute and Ruination - heavy but very drinkable.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber color with warm orange shine. Very nice light warm yellow froth, very creamy and fluffy. Nice and inviting aromaís of sweet cookies, honey and caramel. Later the hoppy accents are coming up. Also touches of flowers (lelies) and the pit of avocado. The taste is a little out of balance. The body is to light for the agressive bitterness. It is very tannic and has to many hints of green grape branches, korn flowers, the white part of grapefruit skin and hops. The afthertaste tuns metallic and leaves a taste of chorhexidine in the mouth.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Poured a deep copper color with a thick pillowing layer of white head. The head remained the whole way down, and was the creamiest head Ive ever experienced. So good. Aroma is hops of course, but there is also some oranges and caramel present. Lots of malts in this one, wow! Starts off with some hop presence, but the silky sweet caramel malts force their way through. Finishes with some citrusy hops and some spices. Feels so great in the mouth, a great velvety thickness coats the tongue. This stuff is chewy. Yum yum give me some.
JorisPPattyn (7814) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy light orange, heavily carbonated to collapsing whipped-cream like head. Fully saturated nose with grapy and dusty hops as very fresh hops in the bale, faint touch of oranges and cookie malt. Outspoken hopbitter taste going over in short chocolate bitter and even metallic. Starts very aromatic but very quickly deteriorates into a very harsh, hops-essence bitterness, quinine-like or even, as lachesis said, chlorehexidine-like. Quite full bodied, bit fluffy MF. Long lasting bitternerness. Promises the world in the nose, and then tops over as a boat with an overloaded deck. Balance, gentlemen, balance. Thanks to lachesis for this bottle.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Pours out a deep amber color with a small head. It is kind of thick and flavor is very hoppy which is a taste i am starting to enjoy. Aroma has hints of pine and citrus. OVer all not bad something i would certainly like to try again.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy orange, tight white head. a knuckle sandwich of huge piney hops in the aroma with perfume, grapefruit and caramel. flavour follows and is super hoppy and bitter. pine dominates again with more grapefruit and toffee-ish soothing malt. a hop monster with style
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color with web-like white lacing. Aroma is sweet grapefruit, caramel and kiwi strawberries. Not that ruinous on the palate, but thereís a significant elevated hop profile. Sweet pineapple, almond crusted and grassy flavors. Hot, sweet and curling at the corners. Respectable. Thanks for getting the bottle, tpkenned!
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I wondered when Iíd find an IPA to challenge DFH 90 min. From the pour to the finish Hercules kicked ass. Wonderful frothy head, brilliant coloring and near perfect hop balance. I Bow down to the new king.
CamdenD (1076) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 Incredible and strong nose full of citrus, alcohol, and something strong. This beer kicks the crap out of the ruination -- maybe not necessarily a good thing, but damn, this is kicking.
blankboy (5971) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Rerate: This time I can safely say that it isnít too hoppy, itís just right. Goes down so easy. An awesome IPA.
Original rating: 8*4*7*4*16. Bottle shared with tupalev at Bar Volo. Pours a dark orange with an average frothy white head. Aroma is heavy on the hops and quite citrusy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Flavour has a heavy bitterness with a long finish. The taste: Holy hops!! KAPOW! One sip and itís like a punch of hops to the lips. Iím a hophead and even I questioned if this was too hoppy? Is that possible? Hides the alcohol really well. Totally unique.