jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy deep amber coloured body with a medium-sized fast dying head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel, raisins, pit fruit, malt and of course-HOPS! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive grapefruit hoppiness with a full malt backbone and some strong sweetness. Finishes bitter, but also shows some sweetness & a prolonged alcohol kick as well. Overall, a decent double-better than most (still not a style I like), but nice to try out here on the east coast! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 29-August-2004.
shadey (1927) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was basically the regular IPA with more hops. Same orange pour but a little bit darker hue. Good, but not as well balanced as the Pizza Port IIPA. Still impressive.
omhper (20171) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks Dr.Bill!
Reddish amber. Restrained hop aroma. Hugely malty with clean rounded mouthfeel. Dominated by citric, perfumy hops. Lingering very bitter finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HOPS! Pours a deep orange-amber color with a solid head that thickly coats the glass as you drink. Good hopping aroma, cirtic and pine and a hint of the floral. Bitter hopping almost overrides the malts completely, but they’re there. Great bitter, grapefruit-ish finish. You don’t notice the abv until you’re done.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Rerate, bottle
Pours a lush brown/red, more akin to an English ale than an IPA. Aroma is predominantly malt. Flavor does feature the prerequisite grapefruit/orange combination, but not nearly as bitter or mouth-puckering as the label would have you believe. Still, a nice treat that is worth a revisit every once in awhile.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is way too easy to drink. Kind of like a barley wine/double IPA hybrid leaning towards double IPA. Not hugely bitter and has a nice balance of malty sweetness. It a hazy orange copper and pours with a nice white, fluffy head. Lacing is pretty nice. Aroma has caramel and a bit of tropical fruit. Almost hop15 like but not as much of the fruit. Body is creamy and smooth. Taste is really well balanced with malt and hops. Not as bitter as some other double IPAs. Kind of a refreashing, unique example.. Tast to me is definately on the caramel side with an easy on your palate hop finish. Excellent in my opininion. I’lll be picking up a few more on my next trip to Austin where I found this bottle. If there was a session double IPA out there, this would be it along with Hop 15.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love those hops! A little too carbonated and pretty sharp with an alcohol taste...but those hops are great. Pine and grapefruit are overwhelmingly present on the finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Smells of caramel and malts, with a little spice. Pours deep brown with a reddish hue. Hazy. Medium light brown head. No lacing. Tastes of malts, caramel, and some type of fruit, peach perhaps. Not as biiter as I would prefer. Easy to drink, though taste of alcohol is clearly present. One of my least fav. I2PAs, but not bad overall. Lacking bitterness and dryness of a really hoppy brew.
thedm (4973) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized off-white colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a hazy yeasty semi-transparent dark yellow brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was a welcome relief from the English IPA’s we have had of late. It had much more hops in the aroma and actually smelled like an IPA! Oh wow! The mouth feel is awesome! A really strong hoppy caramel malt tingle that lingers into the finish saying, "Yes! I am an IPA!". Very strong hop content with a vinous spicy caramel malt note.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 I am sitting here sipping on this along with another bomber of Avery Eleven. I am comparing the two.
Hercules pours a dark reddish brown. The head is large, dense, diminishing but does leave a very solid lace.
Very spicy and enjoyable aroma. It’s very spicy (cinnamon,salt), very citrusy (lemon, grapefruit, slightly sweet (cinnamon rolls and cherry pie). Still, it’s very soft and mellow and begs you to take a sip.
Resinous start. Pine, floral and woody notes. Sharply acidic. Creamy and full mouthfeel. The finish is full of marijuana notes.