BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, 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 (831) - 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-Iím 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 (itís a Double IPA, for chrissake), but it is obvious a strong malt background was well-applied to support the hops here (rare). Thereís 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 itís 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 Herculesí aggressive, punchy hop profile. ) One of my favorite IPAs. Aftertaste slightlly lacking--needs some finishing hops I think.
mephisto (1286) - 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.
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a nice cloudy amber/copper color with a medium sized head. The aroma is of course hoppy. It has a very nice balance for such a big beer with a nice floral/citrus hop taste, but also balanced with notes of sweet malts. Pretty good Double IPA
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. A hazy copper pour with a thick light-tan head that leaves chunks of lacing. TONS of citrusy and floral hops in the aroma. Biting citrusy hops throughout. Sweet and piney and floral tastes. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Very dry, bitter finish. I could drink this all night. Iíd like to be more objective, but Iím addicted to these I2PAs. I donít think Iíve had a bad one yet.
fly (1463) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hot Hoppity bopfest. This one crashes across the tongue. Not the most balanced or beautiful, but for full frontal assault on a day when Iím looking for brash this calls my name. Not something I go grabbing all the time, but I sure have had a fair share and plan on having plenty more. Been wondering if available on tap if it might be just a tad easier going. Maybe some day Iíll find out.