ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 Smells of hops and citrus primarily. Pours a light copper color with a lacy white head. Flavor is in your face hops, rivals hoppiness I’ve found in really hopped IPAs like the 90 minute and whatnot. Feels a little off balance, but if you like hops this is really a beer for you. The mouthfeel is also very good, overall I’ll give this a decent rating, they deffinately did what they were trying to do with the over the top hop profile.
jrob21 (2513) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
creamy, piney, floral, and citrusy hop aroma and flavor, nutty, toffee-like malt character
TomDecapolis (4459) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a darker orange with a foamy off white head that laced the glass. Strong aroma of bubblegum, orange and floral hops. Strong but very balanced hop flavor, mainly due to the perfect addition of malts. Picking up some grapefruit, other citrus and a pine finish. A great imperial IPA. I think I like DFH’s 90 min a bit more. But this one is still very solid. Glad I picked this up even though I was not farmiliar with the brewery.
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22-oz. bottle. Pours ruby gold with a tall rocky caramel off-white head and great spotty lacing. Sweet fruit hop and a little pine and citrus hop to join in with raspberry and berry notes. Sweet fruit hop start with a pine finish. Light to medium bodied with a clean crisp finish.
jhliesen (719) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle-I’m still developing my hophead tastes. I liked alot, but it was overwhelming for me. Poured a large, frothy head that reduce, lovely dark amber color, wonderful to look at. The oily feel was too much.
I will try it and rate it again.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, at the brewery? Great Divide is a small production brewery. they gave an excellent tour, but are only equipeed with a few of their beers on draft. they were happy to open up bottles of anything that we wanted to try. MMM, Hercules! Enormous hop presence, enough body to carry all these hops without being malty, this is one powerhouse of a beer
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great fresh hop aroma, mixed with buttery smooth nuttiness and a palatable breadiness. Flavor is as fresh as the aroma but with double the warm round maltiness. Definite grassiness, light citrus taste - medium citrus on the actual palate. The alchohol is there in the finish but wonderfully incorporated into the hops. This is so good mainly for the ample malt - just great bready hoppy goodness.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
You know, so much of the focus these days is on the hoppiness. And certainly, this beer is hopped (it’s a Double IPA, for chrissake), but it is obvious a strong malt background was well-applied to support the hops here (rare). There’s a nice orangish-tan color with a slight tan head. A fantastic piney hop aroma. Superb hop taste all the way to the finish, which is smooth and wonderfully bitter. The Dogfish Head 90 min. is tops regarding aroma and taste, but this brew is right behind.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Usually I think the Commercial Description is full of shit. In this case, I think it’s dead-on. (A brash but creamy wonder, Hercules pours a deep orange-coppery color, forming substantial lace in the glass. Hercules Double IPA delivers a huge amount of piney, floral, and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from start to finish. A hefty backbone of nutty, toffee-like malt character balances Hercules’ aggressive, punchy hop profile. ) One of my favorite IPAs. Aftertaste slightlly lacking--needs some finishing hops I think.
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JUL 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, huge nose of hops. very malty but balanced by a monster load of hops, a very american beer.