twin37 (2) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my all time favorite. This is the most flavorful, well-balanced IPA Iíve ever drank. Great nose of peach, tangerine, and pine. Beautiful roundness on the palate. Better than Stone could ever dream of.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [draft at The Old Toad, Rochester, NY] Dark and hazy orange color with a lasting and puffy tan head. Very nice aroma of hops, sweetness and a touch of malts. Lots of hops in the aroma. The taste has a wonderful sweetness to it that gently gives way to the hop experience lying underneath. The finish is slightly bitter and sweet. Very nice and easy to drink.
CheckYourHead (5) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a solid amber color with a lasting head. Very nice nose on this one, but the hop-levels were almost overwhelming at first sip. Grapefruit flavor with some lemon thrown in to boot. As I kept sipping this beer, the taste settled down a bit, and malty-caramel undertones were noticeable. Still, this felt a little unbalanced. Decent enough though - drink a 22oz when craving some hops.
jaymobrown (1840) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very thick malt nose. Really sticky, sugar nose. Very big hops. The flavor doesnít come with the hops though. There is a good amount of bitterness, but not as much as indicated by the nose. Floral, orange peel, lemon flavors. Good overall. Nice combination of bitter, hop, light citric flavors. Not much malt that I noticed. A bit too sweet.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Amber with a large, rocky, well maintained off white head. Big hoppy nose with a piney character. Great feel with just right carbonation. Smooth malty, caramel flavor that provides the base for the bitter hop flavors that predominate. Clean, dry, astringent finish. The alcohol is really never evident. A keeper.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite DIPA, that I can purchase here in Georgia. The head is big, rocky, and never fully diminishes. Lacing is really good. The obvious citrus/grapefruit aroma is very evident and the hoppy/resin taste matches the aroma perfectly. Itís hard to tell from the tast/mouthfeel that this is 9.1%
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 Draught at Federal in Durham, NC. Slightly hazy orange-amber color with a creamy off white head. Citrusy, grapefruit hops, alcohol, and taffy dominate the aroma. LOTS of grapefruit. Slightly sweet with a nice bitter hop finish. Very good.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden orange with a thin white head that left excellent lacing. Floral aroma is very hopy with smells of grapefruit, pine, and nuts. Wow, this beer is strong! I can tell why they decided to name it Hercules! Huge grapefuit taste that is citrusy sour and bitter. Along with the grapefruit there are also flavors of pine and a sweet caramel malt (could use more sweetness to counter the hops bitterness). Eventhough itís super bitter, it has a good creamy palate that leaves a nice dry finish. This beer is for those who love that citrus bitter/sour bite that comes from eating grapefruit. Definitely a sipping beer.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright amber-orange color with an enduring thin white head and thick lacing. Aroma is like plunging your nose into a freshly opened bag of Northwest hops; luscious, crisp smells of just cut grapefruit, orange and pine. Initial flavor is a BIG HIT of mouth-puckering high alpha-acid hop bitterness along with the amped up alcohol; dry and crisp. Not bad in anyway (if you like big IPAís) but perhaps a touch more balance with a bit more malt sweetness would be welcome. This may also help add more fullness to the slightly thin mouthfeel. Finishes long, bitter and clean. Lots of punch here. Good stuff!!
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoo!! such a strong beer. At first sip, it gives the taste of grapefruit. the hops in this beer is very pungent. for a 9.1% ABV it hasnít hit me yet. The taste fades after the intital shock.
Not for begging, drink with caution