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RATINGS: 2433   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 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 (2285) - 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 (893) - 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Wowza, I could smell this strongly as soon as I popped the cap. Very powerful aroma. The flavor is also very powerful, possibly too powerful. Quite hot, puckeringly bitter with a very loong finish. I think this one may be at the top, if not quite over it, for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2004
This is possobly the besy hop aroma I can remember (possible exception the XP pale ale) This however is not as fruity, and is more a strong floral aroma and more of a strait out hop sugarryness. Hoppyness is definately strait out of an Imperial court. This has a very nice sweetness at first, then you dont get much more because it hits you like a ton of bricks.

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