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RATINGS: 2447   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 Herculesí aggressive, punchy hop profile. 85 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 This beer has an aroma of pineapple upside down cake and straightforward bitter citrus twang all the way down. Caramel color with not much head. This is a great beer whcih upon first tasting didnít impress as much as some of the other big name I2PAís but in months past I reach for this early and often making it one of my very favorite brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7335) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Bottle. Amber color with a big off-white head. Big hoppy aroma of mostly grapefruit. Grapefruit and resin flavors with a good malt backing and some spiciness. Thick and full bodied. I love the style, but I donít think this is better than many of the others out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle. Pours a rusted amber with a thick frothy head. Nice lacing on this one! Aroma is hop bliss! Big pine cones, floral and earthy hops and light citrus. Taste is also big hops but has a rich malt sweetness balancing this nicely. The bitterness is contained on this. Pine needles, maple syrup, light caramel, and citrus fruits. Body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and bitterness. Bit oily in spots as well. Finishes with more hoppiness, light caramel, pine needles, and bigger citrus fruits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 I have to say I think this is the only perfect score I have ever given. This beer is amazing. Itís right there with dreadnaught as the best beer you can buy. The beer has a nice caramel/amber hue. The smell is of grapefruit (dry hopped!) the malt is nice and strong, then the bittering hops take over and finially the finishing hops add a wonderful citrus finish. Overall amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 22oz Bottle. Originally reviewed 2/26/05. 3.7. Milky apple cider pour. Slight off-white head that diminishes fairly quickly. Uneven bubbling. Thick lacing. Hops bellows the aroma, with floral, pineapple, and rough pine. Surprisingly, hops donít over dominate the start and first taste, but they do run the finish very bitter, too much so for me, but Iím not quite a hop-head. Palate is sharp and biting, with very active carbonation and residual hoppy bitterness. I canít garner much depths beyong the hops. This style isnít me, itís like an overly hoppy Barleywine, but if youíre into hops, get this one! 22oz Bottle. Rated 2.23.2008. Nose in candied apple, grapefruit and lesser citrus. Sweet and piney. Pours clear orange amber, with a soft soap in whitish. Flavor manages a rather sweet soap in orange peel, and pine boughs. Very fresh and grapefruity. Malt holds up, maybe too well. A little planty. Itís good. Finishes bright.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 26, 2005
This is a nice one! Pours hazy light brown with a big off-white head. Big time aroma of grapefruit and other citrus aspects. Taste is grapefruit hoppiness at the start with a malty alcohol kick at the end. A great, well made double IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5555) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle: Excellent aroma. Tons of grapefruit hops with the malt balance creating somewhat of an orange aroma. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a nice white head with a little yellow tinge with great retention. Excellent lacing. Initial maltiness is combined with a excellent grapefruit hop finish. Very well balanced. Not as sweet as some IIPA, but balanced extremely well. No alcohol is noticeable. Excellent beer. Have been waiting to try this for some time now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Pours a deepcloudy amber body with an enormous white head. Aroma is huge hops of all kinds: piney, citrus, flowers. Intense hop flavors all over and just before it gets too crazy, in comes a nice blast of carmel malts to smooth things out for the finish. One awesome double!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours a golden amber color, small white head. Aroma is very floral with hops dominating the profile. Flavor is incredible, smooth and mellow with a good hop kick to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Translucent crimson pour, with a monstrous white head that bubbles into islands of cream. Hops, hops and more hops are in the aroma, which waifs up and out of the glass. Suprisingly these monster hops are met with a malty middle that balances this brew nicely. Powerful is the only way to describe this beer, which stays with you long after the last swallow. Whoa.

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