BBB63 (5751) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Copper hue with creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, biscuit malts, buttery, floral and light spice, and some phenols. The taste starts with a BIG bitter twang and large citric notes. Malts add some balance and there is a nutty quality underneath. Woody and spicy undertones on the bitter and dry finish. Complex mouthfeel, some bite and warming, crisp. Darn solid and shows some great character, but still a bit unbalanced, may improve with sublime aging. Recommended. Thanks JeffC and MRomero for the bottles.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtl’s. Amber/orange colour with a frothy off-white coloured head. Slight caramel aroma quickly overtaken by cascades of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and almost limy aroma. Nicely balanced, with a big sweet malt backbone of cereal and bready flavours followed by a huge piny and grapefruit bitterness plus a light touch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, almost but not quite sticky or syrupy. Thanks again to CaptainCougar for this beauty.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick caramel coted hop cones, pine, resin, and bread in the nose. Thick oily tan head ontop of a bright amber body. Sweet thik nealy syrupy mouthfeel bringing along lots of carmel and vinious malt wich hold up to the spicey pine of the hops. A little alcohol helps round things out from being too cloying. Finnishes bitter on the sides of the tounge fading into bread,
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting hopp aroma, high notes, very intense hard working nose.
Nice, medium bodied, hops were nicely incorporated to whole .Nice sticky hoppy aftertaste. Malt well balances whole design. Big, rich, juicy brew that is drinkable and surprisingly balance for its style.
sloth (2401) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big tenacious tan head with tons of sticky lace starts it off. Same old clear copper/light amber hue. Same old freakin big ass, piney, fruity, little bit of pencil shavings,hoppy nose with definate malty notes backing them up. Same old full bodied hop monster. Usual overdone PNW hop flavors, piney, citrusy, resiny, oily, lip smacking, sticky, hop sweetness with the obligitory hop drenched malt underpinnings that round out this unoriginal, overhopped excuse of a frankinstinian IPA. Same old dry hop overload of a finish. Well balanced, to the hoppy side of course, YUP! Alcohol is buried by hops but still noticeable after it warms a bit. Just fargin incredible. God i love it! Step aside Dreadnaught theres a new hop monster in town! A BIG thanks to snowtiger for this one, thanks bro!
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
spicy hop smells. very fresh. beautiful clear amber, with a slight head that dimishes to a ring around the glass and laces it ever so slightly. it looks like expensive honey. this beer titilates the tongue with an initial sting of exploding bubbles which give way to a warm and gentle flow of sweet, malty nectar. upon the instance of swallowing, the mouth is left with a dry and prominent reminder of hops while the gentle burn of the esophagus soothes thy soul and aides thine appreciation. a well balanced beer such as this may inspire those wary of IPAsand quench the thirst of men who place the importance of hops above all other ingredients.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Interesting, different hop aroma - pine, citronella. Amber with white head that laces partially recedes to thick cover. Very assertive bitterness with a quick hit of alcohol. Balanced by a wonderful supporting malt body. Hps in flavour are more orange. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is a truly fine beverage and very enjoyable to drink. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, JerCraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere).
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear coppery color with a medium off-white head and really good lacing. Aroma is very balanced...a perfect match of hops and malt with nice citrus notes. Flavor matches the aroma. Great balance for an IIPA. This beer is nothing new for an IIPA but it somehow puts all the elements together better than most. This is really good.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 Dreadnaught is that you?! This is a wonderfully creamy and aromatic 2IPA. Many of the characteristics of the dreadnaught- I’m not even sure if I could differentiate without a vertical. What do I care- its awesome!!! And more importantly- available locally.
re-rate March ’06. I did a vertical with Dreadnaught- while Hercules is an excellent beer, quite simply it is not the Dreadnaught. Rating down tick in deference to the distinction.
CapFlu (4370) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Post Mondial Gathering 2004 at TiggMTL. Thin, white with a cloudy, orange body. Fresh Hi-C hops. Smooth cascade and continental hops war with crazed-oranges providing backup. It all eats at my mind - or maybe Jer’s. Lasting burn is a warming signal that you’re not home. Many thanks to CaptainCougar for this offering...