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RATINGS: 2364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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).


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2004
An excellant IPA that hopheads will enjoy. i found it crisp and somehow "balanced". It has a clean finish, well worth the 22oz. price

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours an orange amber color, which by the way is very similar to the preceding beer I tasted, the dogfish head aprihop. Description says not for the faint of heart, well, I’m not faint of heart so in I go....Aroma citrus, and earthy malt with a very subtle spiciness. Initial sharp citrus hoppy flavor immediately countered by a smooth malty middle, followed by a very nice bittersweet and lingering finish. Very rich and full with a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden very well. As this gem warms, these attributes are accentuated and even further improved. I find this to be an excellent IIPA, very satisfying in almost every respect. Readily available here in Cleveland and much cheaper than Dreadnaught. This one will be on the regular rotation when an IIPA is in order. Excellent

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Oh yeah this is a bomber! Nice strong aroma of hops and citrus, just the way i like it. Tiny pieces of sediment seen in reddish orange colored beer, perfect half-inch head. Sticky residue left behind. Flavor is of hops, citrus tang, and some wood and earth. My kind of beer and the rating proves it. Thanx to Kaggie97 for tracking this down for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8920) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Shared bottle provided by Eyedrinkale (thanks!). Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Aromas and tastes of citrus and malts. Figs and lightly spiced. Malty sweet with lighter bitter balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5537) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 <b>Rerate</b> Just a bit more hop juiciness this time around. <i> Original 4</i> 22 oz Bomber - Whip in Liquors - Austin, Tx. Pours a medium copper color with a frothy thick white head with sticky lacing. Enticing floral-like aroma with strong citrusy notes. Well done citrusy hoppiness with a solid malty backed end to hold it up. Lots of malty nuttiness to balance it out with some caramel on the side. Mouthfeel is thick and lovely, does not pucker your tongue like many Double IPAs - well balanced. Excellent IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Hop aromas emerge before I even pour the beer. Beautiful copper color. Lines of small bubbles march slowly to a perfect one-inch off-white lumpy head. Aside from the expected grapefruit and pineapple, the perfumey nose also reveals lime jello, grape, marigold, allspice, and sweat. Ryebread smells lurk behind the curtain of hops. Flavor is nicely spicy and bittersweet, peppery, slightly jammy, and breadcrust malt. Fruity, but far less than I expected. Broad earthy bitter and citric aftertaste. Leather-and-lace mouthfeel of silky malt and electric carbonation buzz. Matches the buzz in my head. Hell, yeah!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Purchased this 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Nice clear copper pour with a lovely off-white head. Citrusy, strong hops aroma. Quite enjoyable actually. Citrusy, fruit taste. Smooth, and the alcohol is not overppowering at all. Not sweet or bitter. Very delightful. A great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1515) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Re-Rate: 6/1/07: Still the IIPA I drink most often, and still a really good one, but after having had many others since the first, it is not quite as perfect in subsequent tastings. Amber colored with a compact head that lasts the whole session. Aroma explodes out of the bottle of a pine forest and some grapefruit. The hops are way out front, but it is not too sweet OR bitter, as is the case with many IIPA’s. Round full mouthfeel that just makes it something special.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Pours a very cloudy copper with a small off-white head. I can actually smell the hops in this beer from where I sit a few feet away. Upon closer inspection, citrus fruit and a slight sweetness is revealed in the aroma, in addition to the huge hop presence. Flavor is absolutely dominated by hops - piney, fresh, bitter good-ness. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits are also present. This lacked the overwhelmingly syrupy taste I had issues with in the DFH 90 Minute and Stoudt’s Double IPA, while still possessing a full, round feel. A great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
The hops in this one were strong and forceful, although lacked some identity, this beer provided more of a rush flavoring of a few types of hops than that harmonious blend of several different tastes. Pine and citrus flavors provide a tart and hoppy start to finish. Based on the rave reviews, again I would have expected a litte better, but the praise is not unfounded. If you are prepared for a hop monster, this one will not disappoint.


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