FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy, ruby-copper color. The beer is topped by a creamy tan to amber colored head. The aroma is most strongly of candied citrus fruits, and pine. This is a nice fully hop-flavored beer. I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, pine, and a nectar that is made up of hop Lupulin glands. There is a nice mouth coating bitterness in the finish. The taste reminds me of candied orange peels, but also has notes of sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, heady malts. Overall this beer is quite chewy with a medium bodied character that is derived from the residual malts that help carry and accentuate the hops. This beer finishes with a citrus hop zing that definitely lingers on the palate.
Pours a clear copper color that sits under a foamy, thick tan head. The aroma is redolent of piney hop aromatics. There is a thick mouthfeel to this beer that definitely lingers. The taste is dominated by pine and it is quite bitter in the finish. There are definite notes of candied orange peel, but the flavor is dominated by the pine notes and the intense bitterness in the finish. As my palate adjusts to the harshness in this beast, it gets tastier and more in balance. I canít really taste it, but there is a serious malt backbone here, which helps to carry the over-the-top level of hopping that is in this beer. This tastes quite fresh, but, oddly not nearly as good and balances as when I first had this. I think that this needs a little bit of age on it to mellow out.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange/amber. Very big head and lacing, long lasting. Subtle enticing aroma. Very malty, too sweet. Almost barleywine-like. Very hoppy dominant flavour and presence.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
kind of a weak label for such a muscular beer, aye? the herc tumbles into a glass opening a toothy head like a parachute, billowing into luxuriant lacy sheets suitable for the honeymoon suite. itís a dirty burnt-orange/ smoldering brown color -- with lots of particulates, like a sunset over mexico city. big sweet aroma, like candied corn husk, a rubbery note of grade school eraser or the sole of a shoe-- with dry-ish pine cones, sweet-ish grapefruit rind and butterscotch hard candy. pretty damn sweet to the taste, and itís not immediately clear that the sweetness emanates entirely from the mango-style malts -- more suggestive of hops that were bathed in an elixir of honey and hummingbird nectar. the hops are waaay punchy, i can taste dried ones, green ones, piney ones, mean ones. the texture is beautiful: creamy and full bodied with just enough carbonation to run over the tongue like velvet. alcohol is apparent, which is good-- that in combination with the known anti-depressant qualities associated with huge doses of hops makes for a nice session, where the bitterness lingers on and on. if a pregnant woman drank this, her baby would smell like hops-- and iíd be way more inclined to volunteer to babysit a kid like that. sure, the herc is as pumped and chisled as a cape buffalo, but the sweetness seems excessive, and the aroma has just a little rubbery funk that knocks a point off the total. thanks to eric tannertavernboys for a grand drink.
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with a label that was somewhat plain looking. The beer was poured into my usual goblet, and displayed a reddish orange slightly hazy body with a large, creamy, off white colored head. The aroma was sweet smelling hops with pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, and hay being the prominent smells. The primary taste was highly citric and piney hops that quite strongly dominated the sweet caramel and honey malts. The aftertaste was peppery and warm alcohol. The beer lacks the heft of a typical Double IPA, but still is right in line in terms of the raw hop power.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber color, grapefruit/IPA aroma. Its good, but doesnít have much that the rest of the incredibly hopped beers donít have. It is better balanced than most though.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love IPAís. Yes I do. I love IPAís, how about you? I love IPAís, they are great. I love IPAís, especially when up late. Yea, IPAís
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange-amber color, lacing. Has a sharp citrus hop bite but is balanced nicely with chewy malts. Bitter finish that lingers long after the swallow.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a hazy deep golden, large white dishwater like head, extremely light carbonation with fantastic lacing.   Citrus, hops, and lots of caramel on the nose.   Forwardly sweet, caramely, but quickly switches to a normal IIPA hop assertiveness.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes rather clean and crisp for a Double IPA, with a nice hop bite.   Sweet aftertaste, which is quite nice.   Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber body with a fluffy white head. Fits my ideal for a perfect-looking beer. Pine sap and grapefruit in the potent aroma. There were sweet floral notes when the bottle was first opened. Big flavor thatís approching harshness. Starts with caramel malt but is quickly overwhelmed by palate-punishing spicy, citrusy hops. A cookie-cutter I<span style=vertical-align:super>2</span>IPA.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rusty tan with a large head. Aroma is of floral and citrus hops with some no descript maltyness. Flavor is of a full but generica malt backing to the upfront grassy, floral, slightly citrusy hops. It is nice to see and IIPA that tries some none citrusy hops. I love almost all IIPAís so me saying this is an average (with the exception of the floral hops) IIPA is a complement.