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RATINGS: 2531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyScallywag (297) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2016
I was excited because of how highly it is rated (3.9 at the time of this review) but disappointed. The aromas is very nice....hops with a touch of pine in the back. The initial taste is good, too....hop, bite, pine, burn, but it leaves an almost metallic taste on the palate. I've noticed that after having a few sips that the metallic taste has almost faded completely and am left with just the good. Also a nice warming of the mouth and gums. I was initially giving it a 3.3, but I'm going to bump my score up to 3.7. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRenter76 (728) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Originally rated on 7/24/08. Its not for the faint of heart", Wow! they got that right, I’m glad I had another ipa before this one, otherwise my taste buds would have been decimated if this was the first beer of the day. A deep orange-amber body, minimal carbonation with tan head, all the suspended particles made it look like my glass was dirty. Aroma was very piney and floral, it remined me of canned pineapples, very sweet. It was almost to intense to enjoy the flavors of sweet nutty malts, citrus and fruit. A little too hoppy for me, but a great beer, If you enjoy a super hopped beer this one is for you

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chap95 (51) - - MAR 3, 2016
Pours golden with a white head, fine lacing. American hops, citrus fruits and malt on the nose; prefigures a powerful IPA. Medium to full body, thick texture, average carbonation. Bitter in taste, no signs of alcohol whatsoever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (700) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
alcohol, caramel, citrus, grass, amber, hazy, white foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braastad (458) - FINLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Dark amber color with good head. Sweet malty and piney aroma. Flavor is malty, fruity. Some alcohol coming through, nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4467) - BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2016
Hefty DIPA with different hop varieties, though the bottle does not state which ones, and nor does Great Divide’s website. Bottle of about half a year of age so should still carry a lot of hop aromas. Elaborately lacing, medium thick, off-white, moussy head retaining well seen the ABV, over a deep, ’autumny’, orangey amber coloured beer with a light haze of almost invisible yeast bits through which fairly vivid sparkling pierces from the bottom upwards. Both perfumey and pungent bouquet of a ton of bitter grapefruit flesh and grapefruit peel, pine needles, cigarette tobacco, curry spices, dried ginger, salted tomato, toasted white bread, roasted pine nuts, lychee, tangerine, bitter honey, biscuit, hemp, mouldy lemon, gin, egg yolk, marmelade. Clean fruity onset with hints of mango, lychee and orange, sweetish and smooth with some very light umami touches here and there (cooked chicken) as well as a modest onset of edgy hop bitterishness already appearing; carbo remains soft, mouthfeel is supple, smooth, resinous and oily. A solid backbone of caramelly sweet and nutty malts support the hops growing in intensity from beginning to end, leading to a thoroughly bittering, spicy, chicory-, wormwood- or even tonic water-like finish with lingering salty edges, drying the back of the mouth completely so that no malt sweetness can pass through anymore. Retronasally, all these vivid pine, grapefruit, tangerine and dried spice fragrances return in full glory. Alcohol, though noticeable as a subtle warming effect after swallowing, remains well hidden for a 10% ABV beer. Not the single most overwhelming double IPA I had so far (that must have been Heady Topper), but still an extremely solid example of its style, with the flavour clearly tilted towards the hop bitterness (I guess I like my DIPAs with some more malt sweetness); in short, one for die hard hopheads, as it does not compromise on its hoppiness at all, like the label and website announce. Pine fragrance is very strong in this one as well as grapefruit (in both pink and yellow variations), it is clearly the hops which get all the credits here - surely I will have their resinous, spicy bitterness hanging around in my mouth for hours to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donandres (327) - , Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2016
From 16 ounce bottle to wine glass Appearance: Orange in color, a bit hazy Aroma: Slight smell hops, not too fragrant Taste: Bitter with sweet aftertaste Mouth feel: A bit fizzy Overall: Very good beer to excellent beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2016
In the glass the beer has a reddish amber color with a big head. The aroma has pine, citrus and some hops. The taste doesn’t have the big bitter bite but a good balance of resin, hops and some caramel malts. Mild carbonation with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeratarian (212) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Haven’t had this beer in a while fresh but I’m guessing this one was. On tap at hienens. Pours light orange with thin, tight head. Aromas of tropical fruit and piney hops. Flavor is citrus with a bitter punch and then the alcohol kicks your buds. Finish is bitter and lasting, alcohol is definitely a big factor in the quaf ability. Descent version of a classic IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1426) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark brown-ruby pour with a thin, smooth tan head. Smells dank, with notes of citrus, pine and caramel. Bitter-sweet taste, well balanced except maybe for the alcohol that comes a little too powerful.

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