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RATINGS: 2418   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 Herculesí aggressive, punchy hop profile. 85 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsquire (3667) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Hazy orange out of the bottle with a quick beige head. Wonderful fresh hop aroma that reminded me of pineapple upside down cake. Big flavor with apple, pineapple and candied grapefruit rind. Lots of candi sugar sweetness with tons of very lively fresh hops. I love beers like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3417) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Pours a very think copper with little or no head. Aroma is of course very hoppy and the flavor is like a Carolina pine forest. Very piney and citrusy. NIce hop overpowering you expect. The swallow is chewy and thick. Lots of good stuff happining here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2004
First Sample
Pours a lightly hazy, ruby-copper color. The beer is topped by a creamy tan to amber colored head. The aroma is most strongly of candied citrus fruits, and pine. This is a nice fully hop-flavored beer. I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, pine, and a nectar that is made up of hop Lupulin glands. There is a nice mouth coating bitterness in the finish. The taste reminds me of candied orange peels, but also has notes of sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, heady malts. Overall this beer is quite chewy with a medium bodied character that is derived from the residual malts that help carry and accentuate the hops. This beer finishes with a citrus hop zing that definitely lingers on the palate.

Second Sample
Pours a clear copper color that sits under a foamy, thick tan head. The aroma is redolent of piney hop aromatics. There is a thick mouthfeel to this beer that definitely lingers. The taste is dominated by pine and it is quite bitter in the finish. There are definite notes of candied orange peel, but the flavor is dominated by the pine notes and the intense bitterness in the finish. As my palate adjusts to the harshness in this beast, it gets tastier and more in balance. I canít really taste it, but there is a serious malt backbone here, which helps to carry the over-the-top level of hopping that is in this beer. This tastes quite fresh, but, oddly not nearly as good and balances as when I first had this. I think that this needs a little bit of age on it to mellow out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4798) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Clear orange/amber. Very big head and lacing, long lasting. Subtle enticing aroma. Very malty, too sweet. Almost barleywine-like. Very hoppy dominant flavour and presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
kind of a weak label for such a muscular beer, aye? the herc tumbles into a glass opening a toothy head like a parachute, billowing into luxuriant lacy sheets suitable for the honeymoon suite. itís a dirty burnt-orange/ smoldering brown color -- with lots of particulates, like a sunset over mexico city. big sweet aroma, like candied corn husk, a rubbery note of grade school eraser or the sole of a shoe-- with dry-ish pine cones, sweet-ish grapefruit rind and butterscotch hard candy. pretty damn sweet to the taste, and itís not immediately clear that the sweetness emanates entirely from the mango-style malts -- more suggestive of hops that were bathed in an elixir of honey and hummingbird nectar. the hops are waaay punchy, i can taste dried ones, green ones, piney ones, mean ones. the texture is beautiful: creamy and full bodied with just enough carbonation to run over the tongue like velvet. alcohol is apparent, which is good-- that in combination with the known anti-depressant qualities associated with huge doses of hops makes for a nice session, where the bitterness lingers on and on. if a pregnant woman drank this, her baby would smell like hops-- and iíd be way more inclined to volunteer to babysit a kid like that. sure, the herc is as pumped and chisled as a cape buffalo, but the sweetness seems excessive, and the aroma has just a little rubbery funk that knocks a point off the total. thanks to eric tannertavernboys for a grand drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (972) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
The beer came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with a label that was somewhat plain looking. The beer was poured into my usual goblet, and displayed a reddish orange slightly hazy body with a large, creamy, off white colored head. The aroma was sweet smelling hops with pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, and hay being the prominent smells. The primary taste was highly citric and piney hops that quite strongly dominated the sweet caramel and honey malts. The aftertaste was peppery and warm alcohol. The beer lacks the heft of a typical Double IPA, but still is right in line in terms of the raw hop power.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Deep amber color, grapefruit/IPA aroma. Its good, but doesnít have much that the rest of the incredibly hopped beers donít have. It is better balanced than most though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2004
I love IPAís. Yes I do. I love IPAís, how about you? I love IPAís, they are great. I love IPAís, especially when up late. Yea, IPAís

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Dark orange-amber color, lacing. Has a sharp citrus hop bite but is balanced nicely with chewy malts. Bitter finish that lingers long after the swallow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy deep golden, large white dishwater like head, extremely light carbonation with fantastic lacing.   Citrus, hops, and lots of caramel on the nose.   Forwardly sweet, caramely, but quickly switches to a normal IIPA hop assertiveness.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes rather clean and crisp for a Double IPA, with a nice hop bite.   Sweet aftertaste, which is quite nice.   Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!

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