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RATINGS: 2534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Hoppier, maltier and with more alcohol than a standard IPA, Hercules Double IPA definitely is not for the faint of heart. Hercules Double IPA is, however, an elixir fit for the gods. 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. 85 International Bittering Units (IBUs).


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
another tasty treat shared by richlikebeer. Aroma was nice and piney a touch of nut. Poured a amberish copper with a decent head. Flavor was just as advertised in the nose. Palate was good and finsh was lasted just long enough. Proof that good beer can come from Colorado without all the glitzy marketing.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 DAMN - that is one good beer. I mean really good. Visual and aroma = perfect scores. Great head and lacing, gorgeous amber coloring. Smelling this beer is almost as good as tasting it - huge piney floral nose. Bitter? Hell yeah it’s bitter, but so, so well balanced that you will keep coming back for more. Any faults? Maybe a bit light on the palate considering the overall strong character. Nevertheless, by far the best beer since I officially started scoring at RateBeer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
Huge aroma of apricots, grapefruit and rose. Beautiful dark orange amber color with a creamy off-white head. Quite dry, bitter finish. Lots of alcohol on the palate. Syrupy. Intense. Mild carbonation. This is perhaps the best Imperial IPA I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Pours crystal orange with white lacy head. The aroma is grapefruit and hops. The flavor is, well, an IPA. Lots of citrusy dry-hopping. There is also a bit of caramel sweetness and some faint nuttiness. A bit unbalanced for my taste, but certainly a formidable beer, mehercule!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 bottle. Pours a light amber with a white head. Plenty of floral hops in the aroma with some peaches. The flavor is pretty similar, decent caramel malts with definite spicy hop character accompanied by some bittering hops. Not too bad, but not the brutally intense imperial pale I was expecting.
[Oct 14, ’06]
- Revisiting this I find I still agree with my previous assessments. This has a bit of tart citrus notes akin to lemon drops, and a very good malt foundation. I just think it screams to have more developed hop character.
[Feb 19, 2009]
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy copper with a nicely formed head. Very hoppy aroma on this one, leans towards pineapple, orange, lemon. Judging by the nose, this doesn’t seem to be as bitter as one may expect from the style. The flavor is juicy and hoppy, not extra dry or piercing. Bright citrus everywhere, pineapple, dash of ammonia in the finish. This is a very drinkable and juicy IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Round 2 of IIPA Sunday, i believe i owe some thanks to Kevin for this one. pour is a deep copper with a huge foamy cream colored head, aroma is nuts, pine, citrus and a bit of toffee. flavor has a perfect balance...the backbone is evident but so many different aspects of the hop profile assault your tastes. oddly enough, i thought this was more bitter than Founders Devil Dancer, especially in the sense that more of the bitteness lingers on the palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Creamy head that lasts. Golden copper color. Bitter with lots of malts and hops. Slight sweet taste-maybe caramel. This a phenomenal beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Big 22 oz bottle. Nice deep copper color with nice head. Aroma of hops, pine, citrus and malt. Full bodied, lots of malt with caramel flavors, but hops come through strong and last. Very bitter IPA with a nice alcohol punch.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Bomber. Poured a deep, hazy, eerie orange with a light wispy whitish head. Powerful grapefruit and pine forest in the nose, with a sweet caramel backing. Equally-aggressive flavor profile, showcasing the bright citrus and piney hops, but the caramel and other sweet malts really hold it together. Bitter, fruity, and somewhat dry on the finish. Not overly complex, but extremely well-done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Amber, slightly hazy with a moderate off white head. Aroma of grapefruit and potent hops. Sweet malt flavor with plenty of citrus, grapefruit, floral notes, and pine flavors. Very sweet yet with an excellent hop finish to cool the palate. Quite enjoyable.


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