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RATINGS: 2415   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Strong grapefruit hoppy aroma, moderate fruitiness, honey-like malt. Slightly hazy amber color, frothy off-white head. Intense grapefruit in the flavor, strong bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Need to let it warm up quite a bit before the malt flavor becomes evident - straight out of my beer fridge at 50° was too warm and it was unbalanced, but after 20 minutes the malt came through and the balance was quite nice. Full bodied and smooth, some hop derived astringency, some alcohol warming. A double IPA with outstanding hop character and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 rusty brown with little head turning to some lacing..deep caramel & aged malt aroma with a touch of toasted almond & liquor drenched coffee cake...flavors balanced between aged malts and resiny hops..a refined sipper for sure, with super resiny hops and a touch of spiced caramelized orange. Im not sure how old this bottle is, but it tastes like its had a good year or so in the bottle...but its still undoubtably bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
calicool (16) - Keller, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Hello, Hops! Wait, a nice malty flavor. Oh my god, bitter beyond belief. This brew is balanced even though it is extreme. It’s a delayed reaction like eating a habanero pepper. It’ sweet, then hoppy, then overwhelmingly bitter. I love this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - SEP 3, 2004
9/1/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Cheers! liquor store in Colorado Springs, CO 6/1/04. Lightly hazy dark amber color, good sized cream-colored head that diminishes, very rocky and uneven. Lovely malty pink grapefruit nose. Some orange rind. Taste is very big, with just a huge malt backbone-- possibly the maltiest double IPA I’ve had. Fresh barley, a bit of grass, some toasted nuts, but foremost just big dirty barley and hay. Big, full body, and I love the full, badass flavor to match. Some blanket, resin, and straw. Variously lumpy and dusty lacing. Some phantom treacle fighting all along. Somehow the appearance is a bit off for me, as it seems to suggest potential for so many elegant charcteristics, but they all fall apart wildly at the seams; the aroma and flavor, on the other hand, are excellent. Very complex flavor. An excellent double IPA overall. And I remember it being even better on draft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Bottle pours a red like amber with a big tanish head and lots of lace. The aroma is grapefruit, pine forest, solid malt, and just very good. The flavor is an explosive hop show riding on a solid malt foundation. You get the grapefruit, pine, and sweetness that the malt provides. The body is fantastic. Overall, one hell of a beer! Thanks Ryan at Cellars for the heads up!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2004
I scored a coup on this brew when I snapped it up while at Sam’s wine & spirits in Chicago a couple of months ago. I have since found out it is available locally, which is also a good thing. Rich, sweet, floral IPA; very hoppy. Dark cloudy amber in color. Very attractive. Light tan, avg. sized head. Excellent lace. Very hoppy. Sweet. You can tell there’s quite a bit of alcohol, but it is well masked. Long finish. Piney resin. Excellent brew. Rivals the big boys like Stone Ruination. I’d love to put them head-to-head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Dark copper body. Hoppy aroma, very fruity. Carmelly malt with light fruit notes-- grapefruit, orange. Hoppy, incredibly smooth finish for the ABV. Balanced well, lacks complexity to an extent in the malt body (maybe too much grapefruit) but a surpringly good beer from this underrated brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Poured a clear amber with a foamy off white head. Aroma is fruity with some pine, citrus, backed with malt. Flavor is as good as it gets for IPAs. A good amount of bitterness but not over the top. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. My new favorite IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Lovely, bright amber color, full, fresh head of froth, creamy as all-get-out, utterly delightful. Aroma, smoooth, I meant to say, smooo-oo–ooth, and luscious, with touches of pine, and citrus, a forest floor at loose in the nose. Uplifting and well worth smelling! Taste: full blast of hoppiness, and brash fruity flavor. A rewarding overload of juicy taste delivers on the palate again and again. Nice, and nice. Not as punishing or as harsh as a Rogue or a Dreadnaught, but I imagine they weren’t out to slay the uninitiated with this, but welcome some into the heavily hoppy fold. Despite that qualm, a big, brash IPA, well worth any ale-lover’s tasting! Yum, I says, as the flavor still laps up and around the mouth and I keep thinking "yum, yum, and, again, yum." Tastiness beerily personified!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Poured coppery amber color with a beautiful white as snow head...aroma is very floral with a touch of alcohol...definately a hoppy aroma...tastes a little sweet at first then you get the hops...first it is a warm wooly feeling, the it just gets bitter...bitter, and bitter...finish has a touch of alcohol, and that is way mild for 9.1%...then bitter...this is a fantastic IIPA...

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