Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting hopp aroma, high notes, very intense hard working nose.
Nice, medium bodied, hops were nicely incorporated to whole .Nice sticky hoppy aftertaste. Malt well balances whole design. Big, rich, juicy brew that is drinkable and surprisingly balance for its style.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big tenacious tan head with tons of sticky lace starts it off. Same old clear copper/light amber hue. Same old freakin big ass, piney, fruity, little bit of pencil shavings,hoppy nose with definate malty notes backing them up. Same old full bodied hop monster. Usual overdone PNW hop flavors, piney, citrusy, resiny, oily, lip smacking, sticky, hop sweetness with the obligitory hop drenched malt underpinnings that round out this unoriginal, overhopped excuse of a frankinstinian IPA. Same old dry hop overload of a finish. Well balanced, to the hoppy side of course, YUP! Alcohol is buried by hops but still noticeable after it warms a bit. Just fargin incredible. God i love it! Step aside Dreadnaught theres a new hop monster in town! A BIG thanks to snowtiger for this one, thanks bro!
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
spicy hop smells. very fresh. beautiful clear amber, with a slight head that dimishes to a ring around the glass and laces it ever so slightly. it looks like expensive honey. this beer titilates the tongue with an initial sting of exploding bubbles which give way to a warm and gentle flow of sweet, malty nectar. upon the instance of swallowing, the mouth is left with a dry and prominent reminder of hops while the gentle burn of the esophagus soothes thy soul and aides thine appreciation. a well balanced beer such as this may inspire those wary of IPAsand quench the thirst of men who place the importance of hops above all other ingredients.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Interesting, different hop aroma - pine, citronella. Amber with white head that laces partially recedes to thick cover. Very assertive bitterness with a quick hit of alcohol. Balanced by a wonderful supporting malt body. Hps in flavour are more orange. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is a truly fine beverage and very enjoyable to drink. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, JerCraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere).
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear coppery color with a medium off-white head and really good lacing. Aroma is very balanced...a perfect match of hops and malt with nice citrus notes. Flavor matches the aroma. Great balance for an IIPA. This beer is nothing new for an IIPA but it somehow puts all the elements together better than most. This is really good.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 Dreadnaught is that you?! This is a wonderfully creamy and aromatic 2IPA. Many of the characteristics of the dreadnaught- Iím not even sure if I could differentiate without a vertical. What do I care- its awesome!!! And more importantly- available locally.
re-rate March í06. I did a vertical with Dreadnaught- while Hercules is an excellent beer, quite simply it is not the Dreadnaught. Rating down tick in deference to the distinction.
CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Post Mondial Gathering 2004 at TiggMTL. Thin, white with a cloudy, orange body. Fresh Hi-C hops. Smooth cascade and continental hops war with crazed-oranges providing backup. It all eats at my mind - or maybe Jerís. Lasting burn is a warming signal that youíre not home. Many thanks to CaptainCougar for this offering...
temporrari (377) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Gorgeous pour. Golden orange, lasting white head. Amazing aroma of floral piney hops, very green and fresh, citrus fruits, with a great malt presence. Flavor is rich with fresh hops, with some ínutty, toffee-like malt character.í The Commercial Description pretty much tells it like it is. Bitterness is high, but kept in line by the malts. Great, great beer. Clearly the best this brewer can offer us.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 ReRate-After having this beer on tap, i must say that the bottles do not hold up for very long. i had a bottle about a month ago and it was fading fast. the hops were not punch and the malts were getting kinda cardboardy. I lowered the rating by .3 (bottle 4.0-tap-4.5)
22oz bomber-HUGE thanks go to Mromero548 for the 4 bombers that he picked up for me of this beer. This beer will knock your socks off if you like hoppy beers. pours a deep orange hue with very good lacing. mild carbonation and slightly viscus for a IIPA. Looks very juicy!. The aroma is sugary sweet citrus hops-grapefruit, orange, tangerine, sugar surup, carmel apples-to much to mention. The flavors are very complex, almost to dreadnaugt standards. They start out sweet crystal malts, then a nice pineapple citrus mid section followed by a slap in the face of piney hops. Very resiny finish of the piney hops-almost like gin. This is awesome stuff! Its really good that such an average company can put out a brew of this quality. This is definately more piney than dreadnaught, which i almost prefer sometimes. Alcohol was present, but added to the gin-like quality of the finish. I would love to do a vertical against dreadnaught with this one. This one has some of the citrus notes in the aroma of Dreadnaught and the piney finish kinda like Yulesmith. Fantastic stuff!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep glowing ruby with a very tight frothy head. Great lacing. (really surprising considering itís not bottle-conditioned) Aroma of chewy maltiness with a nice subtle smack of cascade hops and alcohol. (not unlike Hog heaven) Slides over the tongue with the grace of crystal malt and a nice hop flavor. Flavors of anise and biscuit malt along with a resiny finish. Bitterness is there but not bitting as I like it in the style. The mouthfeel is as good as any Iíve experienced. Very creamy texture to the liquid but not overly sweet at all. Slight hints of diacetyl. (certainly not offensive, actually quite welcome) A wonderfully strong beer that could just as easily be put in the Barley Wine category. I would say it would actually be more appropriate there as the balance of malt and hops is near perfect. Great brew no matter what you call it.