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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 Herculesí aggressive, punchy hop profile. 85 International Bittering Units (IBUs).


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2004
I was expecting to be bowled over by piney, grapefruity hops but this beer opens up with a malt assault instead- big, chewy breads, toast, and crackers and hints of caramel back up the earthy, bitter (but not overwhelming) hops bill. The body is soapy and full. Semi-astringent finish with lingering resins. Iíve sampled several I2PAs and this isnít exactly unique, but it is a step up from Great Divideís very average Titan IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Sweet aroma of pineapple, apricot and hops. Hazy orange appearance with good carbonation and a thin, oily beige head. Bracing hop assault on the palate, but the mild malt flavors donít quite meld right. Interesting spicy finish with some unpleasant cardboard and astringent tones. Good bitterness and small alcohol burn. Amazing lacing. Flavors come together as the ale warms.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Very Cloudy amber and creamy, hoppy traces of pepper and floral bitterness, its extremely grassy "and so good when it hits the lips"<<from Old School. Its a little less complex than others. Nice choice for a warm fall night on the deck with a cuban Romeo & Julieta Cigar. Purchased at Kahns in Indy. I would buy more of these and they are recommended! Finally I made Beer Geek of the Day so I say cheers to all !

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle. Bright copper-peach with a smallish head of creamy white bubbles. This is such beautiful smelling beer! Abundant floral hoppy-goodness. Hints of pepper, oak. Enough velvety smooth malt in the taste to let the hops really shine. And how they shine! Amazingly good stuff! The only thing wrong with this beer is that I will have to drive 13 hours to get another bottle...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Great citrusy, c-hop aroma. Hazy orange appearance with a small head. The hops are right there again to greet you after you get past the bouquet. But then, the balancing power of the toffee flavored malts kicked in, with the hops still lingering in the background. Nicely carbonated with a long, resinous, slightly floral finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Pretty. A much stronger head than Iíve ever seen before on an IIPA. Body is almost ruby. Big, resiny aroma with plenty of sweet malt. If I walked through a field of hops I would hope it would smell like this. This beer is really rich, almost a barleywine. Sweet malt w. well balanced hops. Sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
Amber orange beer with a thick light tan head. Surprisingly sweet fruity aroma with some hoppy tones but not a lot. Fresh and nice. Dry and bitter hoppy flavor with a sweet fruity middle. Flavorfull and very well balanced. Soft and smooth and really tasty. Thanks Jacob LŲvenlund and MartinKubert for sharing!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Bottle - Big grassy hops and a touch of malt. One of the best smelling brews that Iíve found. An amber color with a small and quickly dissipating off white head. Big and malty and full of grassy hops with a touch of pine in the finish. A big assertive brew with plenty of alcohol, this is a really big beer. It does taste of the 9%, but I like the extra alcohol in an IPA. Drink it as young as possible for the biggest hop kick. A beautiful beer and my current favorite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Light amber color with big, thick, creamy off white head. Aroma has a ton of piney and slightly citrusy hops, with just a hint of caramel malts. FLavor is slightly malty, with fair amount of piney hops, and a very significant sharp bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2004
This is one of the strongest and smoothest IPAs Iíve tasted. The malt smoothes it out, without deterring from the yummy hoppiness. Smells of grapefruit, tastes bittersweet. I didnít know I could get this kind of flavor in a double IPA. Itís very attractive, retains the head well, begs to be enjoyed.


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