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RATINGS: 2419   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).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Amber red pour, little head and lots of spots of lacing. Piney and floral aromas. Bitter hops. Reminds me of styrians (probably wrong though.) Small malt backing with a big bitter punch. Plenty of citrus as well. The same hops in the flavor, with the citrus coming out more. Light malts balance it just slightly.

2.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Aroma: grapefruits, pineapple, mangoes, and other tropical fruits, hops, minerals, pine/other woody scents.
Appearance: murky brown, head, lacing
Flavor: minerals, lots of hops, cream, leaves, slight pineapple, grapefruit juice, and pine--very acidic
Palate: too harsh, too overwhelming, with a harsh, bitter aftertaste
Overall: a very bad beer--too harsh, too bitter, very overwhelming--never buying this again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 Creamy off-white head, clear reddish amber body. Fully hoppy aroma. Mostly a sprucy pine thing with some raw feet-like grapefruit. And as always, I have to characterize the malt as a caramel thing. Maybe flowery caramel. Taste has.... hops! More caramel present here, and hops that lead the way are sweet and piney. There is a barely detectable rusty quality to. Nice resiny feel. Some vodka type properties come through in tatse and aroma as it warms. Very good beer. Nice to have a new top notch IIPA! My only beef is that there is nothing new in it that differentiates it from the Dreadnaught types...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Always nice to knock back a top 50 beer, and this one didn’t disappoint. Dark orange color, clear, with a decent head. Aroma caught my attention right away, as it had a sweet molasses component along with a pungent earthy hop aroma. Not often that the malts actually show up in the aroma profile of an IIPA. Full mouth starts off with sweet caramel malts, a touch of nut, and then moves nicely into earthy hops, a bit of pine, faint grapefruit, and a satisfying bitterness. This is one well made brew. Should note that the 9.1 is nicely masked.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Pours an orange hue with a slight off-white head. Slightly sweet with an odd flavor of pasta. Full mouthfeel with a decent balance of hops to malts. Thick mouthfeel that seems more like an east coast IIPA..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Very hoppy brew for all those hop lovers. Pours a orange/amber color with almost no head. Taste was balanced by the malt, very hoppy without an overwhelming bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2004 Yep, another true hop monster. Copper colored, translucent. Strong piney citrus aroma. Flavor is slightly tart with some malty sweetness. Well made and I think this one will give Dreadnaught a run for its money. Bitter sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
07.14.04 Bomber for Bastille Day, courtesy of my secret Santa. Pours a dark, copperish; slight white head with foamy islands. Aromas of c-hops, citrus and pine nicely balanced between midwest and west coast. Flavors are grand with a great balance. Very reminiscent of DFH 90 min. Quite sweet in the middle. Hops leave a satisfying tingle on and after the finish. Unfortunately, it is slightly cloying. Big, syrupy mouthfeel, very soft, very sensual. Nice stuff...I’m a better person having tried this beer.

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 (8465) - 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.


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