Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Mad props to HERFTYdrF for this gem. Poured with a cloudy orange color and a nice thick tan head. Oh my, the aromas, hoppy, malty and citrus all rolled into one piece of nasal bliss. The taste is a bit malty up front but I can see this is one hell of a beer. Iím putting this up there with the best of them and beyond. Best beer Iíve had in a long while and man, I drink a LOT of beer. To my "home away from home, Denver" nice going. See you in Oct.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Hercules Double IPA pours a slightly cloudy, copper color with a large, pillowy, light brownish-orange head that displays great retention and some nice lacing.
Its aroma is hops with citrus (apricot) and pine notes and some subtle malt in the background.
It has a nice, velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The flavor is very nicely balanced. Lot of big hops with some nice citrus notes and a good malt backbone to offset it, followed by a crisp finish. I didnít notice the 9.1% alcohol at all - it is surprisingly drinkable.
Wow, this is a very well made beer! An excellent IPA specimen...probably my favorite to date, IPA or any other style.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Despite my being turned off by the overwhelming amount of hops, this is a well made beer. There actually is, as the label claims, a backbone of malt - but the finish is all hops. And the aroma, it does smell nice, and I can smell it in my dimple mug from several feet away. As for appearance, it is simply a perfect looking beer, with just the right amount of rocky, lasting head and lace.
I have to hand it to Great Divide for making a beer that I actually can enjoy in a style that I pretty much have grown to loathe. But it will only be a one time deal for me. IPA lovers might call this the Holy Grail though.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty, deep red color, thin, oily head, nice leavings on the glass. Nose loaded with pine, a bit astringent but not unpleasantly so, some berries as well. Flavor is usual IIPA, explosively hoppy, lots of pine, bit of citrus. Nice malt backbone in terms of heft, but doesnít quite have as much toastiness as might be expected. Excellent palate, sticky and full. Good stuff.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 What an awesome beer. Deep amber color with a lasting off-white head. Nose is ctric and hoppy. The flavor is initially fruitty, especially cherry, then a bitter grapefruit taste hits you. Palate is thick and satisfying. Sticky, sweet after-feeling. Lots of alcohol well hidden with the bitterness.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer after evacuating the 22 ounce brown bottle set up residence in my glass a slightly hazy burnished copper color, the head is Brontosauric in size, semi-creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan color, the lace forms a tight seal around the glass to conceal its charms. Nose is blessed with a hop floral spiciness, sweet malt at the back, citrus like in its crispness, fresh an appetizing this noise, start is sweet, nice malt profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops wallops your palate to full attention and it stays that way to the very dry and sweet finish, a real nice refreshing beer on this hot Arizona summer day, my thanks to Argo0 for a chance to sample this fine beer.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium yellow-tinted beige head atop a clear amber body. Aroma is sweet, grapefruit, some spruce. Taste is medium sweet, strong grapefruit, pineapple, cookie. Finishes grapefruit and moderately strong alcohol. Full body with light stickiness.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks!
Beautiful, crystal clear, copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Nice retention and excellent, cumulus lacework.
The aroma is sweet, fruity bliss. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, fir, sugar cookies, apricot and toffee. The flavor is very heavy, malty and moderately bitter from start to finish. Well-balanced for an Imperial IPA. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, grassy finish. World class beer for sure!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber colour with a thick rocky head. Nose is well hopped with a bit of nuttyness. Flavour is piney and earthy with good malting to balance. Quite a good double IPA
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 Awesome Imperial IPA, a true hop monster. Pours a beautiful deep clear amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is floral hops and piney with a hint of mustiness, pine, vanilla and an alcohol zing. Delicious! Taste is extremely hoppy, with strong malt backing and notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, tree sap and resiny hops. Sweet and sticky - a ton of malt to back up the hops in this one. Grapefruit rind, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Medium carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Highly recommended!