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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Very nice dark amber color,small off white head that lasted for a nice long time then faded to a small but decent lace.The aroma was hoppy as hell with a nice citrusy crapefruit side and mild malt.Malty hoppy taste with plenty of grapefruit,pine tree and bitterness to go along way.The alcohol really doesnít seem to make itís presence known until the very end where all i get is a mild burn going down.Long bitterness all the way to the end of the tasting with a decent bitterness in the after taste to go along with the grapefruit.Itís a bit more hoppy then i care for but over all itís a very good brew.Thanks go to Whaleman for sending another great brew my way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Copper color with a dense off white head. Aromas of green, earthy hops and sweet caramel background. Somewhat "raw" aroma for lack of a better term. Slick and full feel. Full caramel flavors with a later backdrop of citric and acidic hops. Alcohol very well hidden. For some reason this seemed just under some of the premier IIPAs Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Minimal head which was gone in less than a minute.dark amber to golden orange in color.My nose took a big hit of hops and grapefuit,really nice.Flavor was almost exactly would you would want the aroma to taste like.Huuuge Hops and grapefruit.Brews like this have moved the Double IPAís up my list as my second favorite behind Imp. Stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 Hazey orange/rust color that faded as the bottle warmed. Avg. head,big hop arom and hints of citrus.The flavor of hops kicks ya in the teeth and then finished with a huge grapefruit on the tongue but bitter taste.Grapefruit became subdued as the beer warmed.I like it better cold. A frickin monster to be bought in quantity and stored.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Wow, was this a nice brew. Brilliant orange color with an orange soda head. smelled rather floral hoppy aroma. The taste was incredible. Sooo hoppy, but sooo good. and contrary to heemer below, I thought it was quite well balanced in terms of malt, particularly for an I2PA. Lots of sweetness in with the alphas in this one. Nice mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very good I2PA, had no trouble with the bomber!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Tried again recently. Sickly thick and relatively sweet. This is still the type of brew I think of when i think IIPA. Thanks hey_kevin for sharing this bomber. There is a lot of hype around this one. I think it is a very solid double IPA. Has a dark red and orange body with a small tan and yellow head. The aroma is grapefruit, molasses and pine. This aroma is crisp and gets your attention. The taste is brown sugar, caramel and oak. A dry finish is very nice. Solid. Lots of malt to back this up. Seemed a little maltier on my second try.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maddog (377) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Tried this brew for the first time last night,and I was blown away. I purchased it at Samís Warehouse in Chicago because of the 100 rating, and I was not disappointed. The very subtle, sweet malt beginnings are completely flooded with hops. This may be one of my favorites. The dry hoppy finish lingers in the palate for a long time. Just like the bottle says the hops are present from beginning to end. And then some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2010 22oz Bomber No Date This is one excellent brew. In my opinion it ranks up there with the best California IIPAís. It poured a clear orange tinted amber with a thick full head. The aroma is potent with grapefruit, pinapple and piney hops. Alcohol is also very much present and to an extent detracts overall. I also smell the malt which has a nutty grainy like aroma.Very much like Dreadnaught, and in some ways reminds me of Marin/Moylans and Yulesmith as well. The body is full and smooth. The flavors are hoppy fruity malty alcohol and despite the latter, delicious. This Ale finishes with a cruel bitterness that hopheads will desire. I do. Excellent retention leaves a well laced empty glass. Top 50? If this belongs there so do some other great IIPAís. Thanks to Snowtiger who sent me this sample.Re-Rate 3/31/10 Not quite the gem it was a few years back . Beutiful aroma still yet the body is weaker. Iím following the Souther tier Un-Earthly and it doesít stand up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2004
22oz bottle. Orange in color, clear with a nice head. Big hop aroma. Very hoppy flavor. Nice beer. Sweet flavor with bittering hops kicking and lingering throughout. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2004
22 oz bomber. Orange, clear, off white head. Big hop tea aroma. Seems even to be a nice blend of hops. Flavor is sweet first, with the flavor and bittering hops kicking in and lingering. Mouth feel is a little thin, and this seems to be well fermented. Tastes more like a barley wine to me, but with the overlapping styles of today, what do I know. This is a nice beer for the double IPA fan.

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