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RATINGS: 2377   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Beautiful amber/orange color. Lasting, dense, creamy head. Huge aromas cause my eyes to cross involuntarily. Sweet and sour orange, grapefruit, coniferous hops. There are some high alpha goodies involved here. Flavor is nicely sweet with a bracing bitterness. Lots of soft fruity malt. Big, slick palate thatís scrubbed clean by a late, lingering bitterness. If I can say anything bad at all about this, itís that itís not too complex. But thatís fine. Man, I want more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Pours amber/copper. Hops, citrus, pine, alcohol and malt aromas. Flavors of hops, citrus, malt, caramel, with a bitter finish. The alcohol also doesnít reallly kick in until the end. Good, but 90 minute is better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
clear golden brown color, with a nice hoppy nose. The hoppy flavor hits you first, but it finishes w/ some sweetness on the tongue. A very nice double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 12oz bottle bottled 3rd week of April, 2006, sampled on 3/31/08: Not sure if this ratingís gonna mean much to anyone, but I aged a bottle of this for close to two years at 38F. Hop aroma has faded, but still has a touch of grapefruity presence and more sweet toasty caramel malt. Body has still maintained a good amount of carbonation and sweet maltiness and the hop flavor still has a lot of bitter resiny character and grapefruit. Not too far removed from the fresh version, apart from the aroma. I tried to stop this from aging as much as possible with the cold storage and I think it worked reasonably well.

2004 Gathering at Tiggmtl: Clear copper with a lacy white head. Aggressive hoppy aroma has a subtle caramel balance. Sweet citrusy and bitter body with some butterscotch caramel malt balance and plenty of grapefruity hops. Hides its alcohol well and has nice balance, but for some reason didnít jump out at me as much as some double IPAs do. Still quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Festival courtesy of cquiroga. Orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, fruit and orange. A full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity, orange and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, citrusy and orange. A very nicely balanced 2x IPA. Lots of flavor stuff going on in here. The bitterness and sweet compare and contrast with every sip. Nice smooth taste. Crisp dry finish. Excellent beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter with a fairly pronounced hop bite. This one is in the top echelon of Imperial IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5370) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Poured a dark copper color with a large off white head and awesome lacing. Strong bubblegum, citrus, and piney hop aroma. Awesome bitter citrus hops drive this brew. While a nice sweet malt balances beautifully, some peach flavors develop, and there is a lingering alcohol taste at the very end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Festival courtesy of cquiroga! This beer pours a clear amber color with a thick soapy white head. The aroma is overflowing with hoppy pineyness and yet still has a good helping of caramel malts. The taste is much the same, except it gets a little thicker and your tongue gets a good workout. Prickling hops and super thick malts round this beer out into a dry semi-sweet finish. A little alcohol presence in the finish, but really nothing to get to excited over. A very good IIPA, but not the best Iíve ever had either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Bottle: Copper hue with creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, biscuit malts, buttery, floral and light spice, and some phenols. The taste starts with a BIG bitter twang and large citric notes. Malts add some balance and there is a nutty quality underneath. Woody and spicy undertones on the bitter and dry finish. Complex mouthfeel, some bite and warming, crisp. Darn solid and shows some great character, but still a bit unbalanced, may improve with sublime aging. Recommended. Thanks JeffC and MRomero for the bottles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtlís. Amber/orange colour with a frothy off-white coloured head. Slight caramel aroma quickly overtaken by cascades of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and almost limy aroma. Nicely balanced, with a big sweet malt backbone of cereal and bready flavours followed by a huge piny and grapefruit bitterness plus a light touch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, almost but not quite sticky or syrupy. Thanks again to CaptainCougar for this beauty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2004
Thick caramel coted hop cones, pine, resin, and bread in the nose. Thick oily tan head ontop of a bright amber body. Sweet thik nealy syrupy mouthfeel bringing along lots of carmel and vinious malt wich hold up to the spicey pine of the hops. A little alcohol helps round things out from being too cloying. Finnishes bitter on the sides of the tounge fading into bread,

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