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RATINGS: 2407   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Pours a rusty tan with a large head. Aroma is of floral and citrus hops with some no descript maltyness. Flavor is of a full but generica malt backing to the upfront grassy, floral, slightly citrusy hops. It is nice to see and IIPA that tries some none citrusy hops. I love almost all IIPAís so me saying this is an average (with the exception of the floral hops) IIPA is a complement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Crystal clear amber red, creamy head lasts as a nice ring and leaves tons of lace. Nose is surprisingly malt-centric considering the style--notes of honey, toffee, citrus and pine. Rather reserved hopwise for a IIPA as well and I actually give it credit for being a creative brew in this respect (itís slightly ironical that I now consider less hoppy beers to be creative) but itís still a goddamn IIPA so those hops arenít hiding. Well balanced and lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
This is truly like drinking a nectar. Juicy mouthfeel with lots of apricots and grapefruit. This is simply luscious in the mouthfeel, with a lighter malt backbone than I like in this style, but other than that this is perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Iím a little surprised with how high the ratings are for this brew. Good...for certain! 99th percentile great? Not in my opinion. A nice double to be sure, but it lacked some of the depth and flavor BEYOND hops that the really great ones have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Medium amber w/ a lasting light beige head. Citrusy, piney, & alcoholic but not solventy aroma. Lightly toasted malt, and hints of caramel; fruitiness is all citrus hop! Very citrusy hop but only hints of grapefruit flavor, lightly woody and toasted malt, alcohol; well balanced but only lightly bitter; finish is hop flavored and a bit on the malty side, aftertaste is toasted malt & citrus hop. Full body, lighter carbonation, alcohol is felt, but not hot, smooth overall. Not a bad 2IPA, but middle of the road as far as otherís Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2303) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Poured nicely with a nice egg white head. Very nice nose that accurately predictated what was to come. Tons of hops as would be expected. Becomes quite cumdersome halfway through glass. By the end, my palate was shot and I neede a break. I am through with hops for awhile after this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Thanks to BrooklynBoy and JPDIPSO for this one (2 is definitely not enough). Pours coppery/orangish, with a big, off-white, creamy head. Big aroma of hops, citrus, honeydew melon, grapefruit. Tastes super hoppy, fruity, piney. Finishes smooth, crisp, hoppy, with a burst of hops, citrus, melon, florals, spice, and even honey at the finish. Unbelievably complex, very well balanced, and one of the better beers Iíve ever had. The Great Divide "regular beers" didnít blow me away, but their big 3 (Titan, Hercules, and Yeti) definitely deserve their place in the all-time pantheon of ratebeer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 22 oz, tulip. Caramel, toffee, nutty malt (H); spruce, grapefruit, orange, lime hops (H); pear, peach, pineapple, white wine aromas. Large, creamy, off-white head leaves excellent lacing and sits on a hazy orange-red body. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: the aroma is simply luschious and the flavor is not far behind. 3.22.05 Trying a full bottle this time. Wow...this aroma really is damn near perfection. 4.22.05 Fine, this is just glorious. I love this beer. It goes in my top 10 now. It could be a little creamier/fuller but thereís not too damn much else it could do right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Huge head on top of a beautiul bronze beer, full of fast rising bubbles. Huge hoppy nose that still lets some caramel malty aromas come through. Somewhat harsh at first sip, the spiciness of the hops is tasted throughout. Caramelly sweet malts are chewy and thick. Massively bitter at the end, but still some graininess in there.?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12040) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a copper with a small, oeff-white head. Beautiful aroma of grapefruit and florals. Flavor of heavy hops and alcohol. Flavor lasts for a long time.

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