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RATINGS: 2353   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).


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (951) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
The beer came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with a label that was somewhat plain looking. The beer was poured into my usual goblet, and displayed a reddish orange slightly hazy body with a large, creamy, off white colored head. The aroma was sweet smelling hops with pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, and hay being the prominent smells. The primary taste was highly citric and piney hops that quite strongly dominated the sweet caramel and honey malts. The aftertaste was peppery and warm alcohol. The beer lacks the heft of a typical Double IPA, but still is right in line in terms of the raw hop power.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Deep amber color, grapefruit/IPA aroma. Its good, but doesnít have much that the rest of the incredibly hopped beers donít have. It is better balanced than most though.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2004
I love IPAís. Yes I do. I love IPAís, how about you? I love IPAís, they are great. I love IPAís, especially when up late. Yea, IPAís

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Dark orange-amber color, lacing. Has a sharp citrus hop bite but is balanced nicely with chewy malts. Bitter finish that lingers long after the swallow.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy deep golden, large white dishwater like head, extremely light carbonation with fantastic lacing.   Citrus, hops, and lots of caramel on the nose.   Forwardly sweet, caramely, but quickly switches to a normal IIPA hop assertiveness.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes rather clean and crisp for a Double IPA, with a nice hop bite.   Sweet aftertaste, which is quite nice.   Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Hazy amber body with a fluffy white head. Fits my ideal for a perfect-looking beer. Pine sap and grapefruit in the potent aroma. There were sweet floral notes when the bottle was first opened. Big flavor thatís approching harshness. Starts with caramel malt but is quickly overwhelmed by palate-punishing spicy, citrusy hops. A cookie-cutter I<span style=vertical-align:super>2</span>IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Pours a rusty tan with a large head. Aroma is of floral and citrus hops with some no descript maltyness. Flavor is of a full but generica malt backing to the upfront grassy, floral, slightly citrusy hops. It is nice to see and IIPA that tries some none citrusy hops. I love almost all IIPAís so me saying this is an average (with the exception of the floral hops) IIPA is a complement.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (2828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Crystal clear amber red, creamy head lasts as a nice ring and leaves tons of lace. Nose is surprisingly malt-centric considering the style--notes of honey, toffee, citrus and pine. Rather reserved hopwise for a IIPA as well and I actually give it credit for being a creative brew in this respect (itís slightly ironical that I now consider less hoppy beers to be creative) but itís still a goddamn IIPA so those hops arenít hiding. Well balanced and lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
This is truly like drinking a nectar. Juicy mouthfeel with lots of apricots and grapefruit. This is simply luscious in the mouthfeel, with a lighter malt backbone than I like in this style, but other than that this is perfect.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Iím a little surprised with how high the ratings are for this brew. Good...for certain! 99th percentile great? Not in my opinion. A nice double to be sure, but it lacked some of the depth and flavor BEYOND hops that the really great ones have.


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