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RATINGS: 2336   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 Hercules’ aggressive, punchy hop profile. 85 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3119) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Thanks to Lord Gorlock for sharing this one while on World Tour 2004! A slightly off white sticky head forms above this light amber beer. Malty aroma, toasted marshmallows darkly toasted. The flavor starts sweet and finishes bitter. Alcohol well hidden. No faults, but I’d like more hops and a touch more body to score this higher. A good choice for someone wanting a little less hop intensity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2004
A dark orange appearance with a moderate off white head. The flavor is a nice kick of hops with some orange citrus, bread, pine , and caramel in the flavor. The aroma is pretty much the same and quite enjoyable. A bitter finish that leaves a citrus sting in your mouth. Yet another fantastic Double IPA!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Bottle @ RBSG 04’ Grand Tasting
Aroma of pine and cat piss with dry caramel. The flavor is sweet, light bitterness & jolly rancher watermelon. Finishes well-rounded, horrible aroma that really turned me off to this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2004
deep golden, orangeish color, with an eggshell white head..not thick, but lasting. aroma is quite strong on the piney hops, floral and herbal qualities, and lots of buttery toffee, and a moderate amount of perspiration. The flavor is essentially the same only with the alcohol being slightly detectable. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Damn well-balanced. This beer truly gives the Dreadnaught a run for its money.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Burnt orange pour raising a big bubbled white head. Huge grapefruit nose. Another hop monster. fairly well balanced but still definitely all about bucklling your tongue. Abv is hidden pretty well making this a really enjoyable beer. Thanks to jcalabre for getting me the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Bottle: About the same as the old rating, rating is up 0.2. RBSG 2004: Orangy red with a small white head. Big grapefruit, pine, spruce and orange aroma, starts off pretty bitter and get more bitter from there. Chewy mouthfeel with a long aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2004
22 oz bottle: Full off-white ‘holey’ head – intriguing lace. Beautiful & enticing caramel pine-hop aroma, so soft it puts the mind into a dream trace…clear bronze. Deep pine flaovurs – sticky sap, gooey caramel & sweet resin with a long hop flower bite in the finish. Amazing – this really is a session double IPA? Creamy & smooth palate. The finish is a mix of great bitterness & herbal qualities…what a beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2004
BIG peach smell as it warms. Also the requisite hop aromas--the resin seems to predominate over the grapefruit. Wierd there. Sweet and biscuity malts. Peach and grapfruit fight to the finish in a soft, sloshing fuzzy-full mouthfeel. Woo. This is very interesting. Finishes a tad too bitter for me, but SEE! SEE! Not all hoppy beers disgust me. Ma, look--I like an IIPA! The last beer of the NJ gathering, I drank this in the car and savored it before taking a little nap and heading home. Thanks Mike!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Rich copper. Caked-on dusty-white spackled foam. Rounded citrus scents intertwined with pine sap and peach. Hints of fir, hop leaves, and jellied/lightly toasted malts. Plush and sappy on the palate with thick, creamy bubbles. Hops unleash their intense spiciness with tongue-numbing hop resin chased by a softening peach flavor. Plush pine coats the palate and yields an abundance of raw cane sugar, which beautifully highlights the rounder citrusy hop nuances. Well-structured toasted malt anchor. Pine and raw cane sugar continue with their brashness and become fatiguing by the end of the first glass. Finishes medicinal and oversweet, yet packed with enough juicy hops, toasted malt, and sweet graham to briefly allow the softer hop elements to come through. Jellied malts and citrus notes linger before an ensuing, albeit restrained, mixture of piney/citrusy hop belches. Overall a very nice mouthfeel and enough interesting hop flavors to keep your attention, but the alcohol and sugary sweetness are distracting. Another Double IPA which is muddled, due to the full assortment of hops used. Still I’d gladly buy it again to satiate a massive hop fix.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2004
damn, believe what people say, this is a great iipa. it doesnt stand a chance when compared to dreadnaut, but not many do stand that chance. poured dark red color with a small head. taste is very bitter hop oil, pine and grapefruit. what makes this a really good iipa is the massive amount of malts that make it balanced and not so much just a hop attack. smell is similar to the taste. a very good iipa. thanks for this one over and over again brian.

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