matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Enormous Thanks to Mromero548 for assisting me in tracking down this elusive brew! Mark is the ShiZat!
Pours a deep rich mahogany body, with a head that is as full and dense as insolating foam! I can’t imagine a more splendid aroma! Enormously full of tangerines, grapefruit, guava and heaping amounts of caramelized heated & liquefied brown sugar.
The flavor brings even more abundant notes of caramel and citrus.. for an I-IPA, it’s more well balanced than a career tightrope walker… a near seamless matching and balance! The palate is velvety and slick… Very viscous, yet extremely drinkable!
The finish is the only spike for me… It’s exceptionally sharp.. would match well with an aged blue cheese… some metallic notes, and dry as hell!
This is a tremendous brew… beautiful and delicious, but beers like this lack the depth and complexity that are needed for the transcendence into supremacy.
Overall, I would affirm Hercules as one of the Best I-IPA’s ever brewed!
JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Double IPA is a new style of beer for me. This is only my fourth sample of the style. This is my first sample of Great Divide beers. The brewery’s beers are making the "rounds" here in the Philadelphia area. Great beer to sample on draft. Solid floral hops aroma, deep golden color with adequate lacing. Hops are backed by medium bodied beer nicely malted. This beer packs a punch and is an excellent Double IPA.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted a 22 oz. bottle. The appearance is light copper color with a nice head. The aroma is of citrus & grapefruit. The flavor has some malt at the beginning but the bitterness comes right through, especially as it warms. It has a citrus flavor & a tea-like flavor, too. Nice beer and it doesn’t taste like it is 9.1%.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big piney/citrus nose. Clear dark orange hue with a huge head and great lacing. A lot of hops hit you up front. It has a good malt profile to back up those hops. It hides the alcolhol in with a smooth texture. Nice smooth, dry finish. Great beer.
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. this is a bottle that the aroma grips you before you pour it. so i’ll describe the aroma first. as i frequently do when tasting ipa’s. aroma is hop, more hops, a few more hops, some cairo syrup, pine needles and more hops. grapefruit flavor and aroma comes through in this. the appearance is a starfruit orange, with a glistening dark body. a nice appearance. flavor is also heavily hopped. but it has undertones of grapefruit, lemon and other assorted citrus flavors. the hops really mellow out to allow for these flavors. finishes is also bitter with acidic fruit. this beer is a little over hopped, but not too bad.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Holy freakn’ hell. First taste is MASSIVE and STRONG. First taste is...WOW! HOPS, bitter, perfume. This beer is ALMOST too strong to handle. This beer actually reaches out of the glass, grabs you by the throat slaps you across the face and says "you can’t handle me, now suck it." Either you love this beer or you HATE it. I am in love. Bring on another.
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful glowing orange color with a prodigous foamy, creamy off white head. Deep, significant aroma of hops, definite pineyness, some alcohol, and berries. Flavor is absoluty MASSIVE. When people complain about over hopped, excessive American IPAs, this is what they are talking about, and I love this stuff. Palate is massively thick. The thickest beer of any kind I have ever had, except for stouts. Flavors that present themselves include orange, nuts, light alcohol, and a spicy, dry finish. This lives up to the hype for me.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I never thought that we would get this brew out here in Austin...get it at Grapevine my austinite friends. Woah!!! Very good. Pours a lovely copper color. Like molten bronze with a frothy head. Head is giant and never leaves my glass soo huge and creamy looking. Nose is of berries, hops, hops, hops and peanuts. No really berries hops and peanuts. Thats what’s in there you jerks!!!
On the tongue the palate is exceptional. Excellently coating and at the same time nicely refreshing. To put it in my friends words...the palate lingers nicely after you have tasted the draught. Notes of Peanut butter, blueberries, hops...both floral and bitter. So quenching and refreshing. Excellent brew. If you can get your hands on it freaking drink it.
obxdude10 (2022) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Deep copper in color, nice fluffly off-white head, huge hop aroma, full bodied, flavors were very well balanced, notes of pine, citrus, a slight touch of toffee, excellent malt profile to counter the huge amount of hops, very bitter & dry finish, lots of pine & nutty notes, very well done, great IIPA
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice full amber color with an inviting white foamy head. Strong hop smell that promises a powerfully flavorful hop beer.
Very smooth bubbly feel in mouth.
The hops explode in my mouth like Stone Ruin. does. A lot of bitterness comes through as does the malty feel in my mouth. The hop/bitter combination of this beer is more powerful than I’ve ever had. As it warms it feels less intense and smoother(maybe I’m getting use to it).