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RATINGS: 2351   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).


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Nice amber redish orange brown with a large creamy head. There are multiple colors visible at different areas of the glass. The aroma smells like a heavy blanked of aromatic and bittering hops. The same bitterness from the aroma almost instantly coats the mouth and leaves a smooth and balanced feeling. There are largely spruce hops set infront of a carmel malt that is able to poke through at the right time. Later in the beer I noticed more citrus hops and I also was supprised by how long the head lasted. I drank this very slow hopeing to get tastes as it warmed up, and for at least an hour there was a head present on the beer. I found that facinating because along with the great color, the head composition really made this a classy looking beer. Being a hop head, I really liked this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Murky orange with a large head. Very sweet citrus nose, oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a little gum. Very full and balanced nose, bright and sharp flavor initially. When this beer was first release back in 2003 or 2004, I could not stand it... it was disorganized, rough, raw, unfinished and sickening to drink. Glad to say they’ve clean it up quite a bit. Now it has some deifnite smoothness, has some massively chewy pine sap and hop/cannabis flavors, and just smells delightful.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2606) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Fruity, juicy hop aroma, perhaps a bit faint compared to other beers of this style, but appealing, resembling pineapple upside-down cake, flowers and with a gentle background earthiness. Medium-dark orange-amber color, lightly hazy with a very fine, creamy head and highly intricate lacing. Flavor is truly impressive; while powerful and massive, manages to exude incredible balance, the gigantic hop bitterness and flavor intertwined inextricably with the clean, sugary malt sweetness, and this is especially evident in the finish, with the expected rush of hop resins meeting a profound and luscious malt foundation. Richly full body, palate is smooth, creamy, warming, expansive...basically faultless. A little swirl of yeast would’ve persuaded me to give this a 5 in appearance, and a little more of this aroma probably would have garnered an 8-9. Those are about the only (minor) complaints I can generate. Either way, I feel this IIPA can go head-to-head with any other out there. Mightily flavorful, huge and yet *very* dangerously drinkable. Oh, yeah. Thanks, Jeff!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Very nice dark amber color,small off white head that lasted for a nice long time then faded to a small but decent lace.The aroma was hoppy as hell with a nice citrusy crapefruit side and mild malt.Malty hoppy taste with plenty of grapefruit,pine tree and bitterness to go along way.The alcohol really doesn’t seem to make it’s presence known until the very end where all i get is a mild burn going down.Long bitterness all the way to the end of the tasting with a decent bitterness in the after taste to go along with the grapefruit.It’s a bit more hoppy then i care for but over all it’s a very good brew.Thanks go to Whaleman for sending another great brew my way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Copper color with a dense off white head. Aromas of green, earthy hops and sweet caramel background. Somewhat "raw" aroma for lack of a better term. Slick and full feel. Full caramel flavors with a later backdrop of citric and acidic hops. Alcohol very well hidden. For some reason this seemed just under some of the premier IIPAs I’ve had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Minimal head which was gone in less than a minute.dark amber to golden orange in color.My nose took a big hit of hops and grapefuit,really nice.Flavor was almost exactly would you would want the aroma to taste like.Huuuge Hops and grapefruit.Brews like this have moved the Double IPA’s up my list as my second favorite behind Imp. Stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 Hazey orange/rust color that faded as the bottle warmed. Avg. head,big hop arom and hints of citrus.The flavor of hops kicks ya in the teeth and then finished with a huge grapefruit on the tongue but bitter taste.Grapefruit became subdued as the beer warmed.I like it better cold. A frickin monster to be bought in quantity and stored.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Wow, was this a nice brew. Brilliant orange color with an orange soda head. smelled rather floral hoppy aroma. The taste was incredible. Sooo hoppy, but sooo good. and contrary to heemer below, I thought it was quite well balanced in terms of malt, particularly for an I2PA. Lots of sweetness in with the alphas in this one. Nice mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very good I2PA, had no trouble with the bomber!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Tried again recently. Sickly thick and relatively sweet. This is still the type of brew I think of when i think IIPA. Thanks hey_kevin for sharing this bomber. There is a lot of hype around this one. I think it is a very solid double IPA. Has a dark red and orange body with a small tan and yellow head. The aroma is grapefruit, molasses and pine. This aroma is crisp and gets your attention. The taste is brown sugar, caramel and oak. A dry finish is very nice. Solid. Lots of malt to back this up. Seemed a little maltier on my second try.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maddog (390) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Tried this brew for the first time last night,and I was blown away. I purchased it at Sam’s Warehouse in Chicago because of the 100 rating, and I was not disappointed. The very subtle, sweet malt beginnings are completely flooded with hops. This may be one of my favorites. The dry hoppy finish lingers in the palate for a long time. Just like the bottle says the hops are present from beginning to end. And then some.


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