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RATINGS: 2546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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).

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 18, 2006
Thanks to SpringsLicker for this 22 oz bottle! Poured a light orange/golden color with a foamy head. Aroma of grapefruit, and citrus with a somewhat bready scent. Flavor is citric, and spicy with a good malty presence as well. Slighty warming and bitter hop finish. A well balanced IIPA that I would love to have again!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2006
Pours a pinkish copper with a pale thinning, but hardly ephemeral head. The aroma is sweet (caramel malt?) and fruity (peach and pineapple) hoppy with all the pungent hop goodness you can imagine in a brew. It really covers the full spetrum of hops, rather than concentrating on an aspect or two. In the mouth this is smooth, rich, and creamy with just enough slippery stickiness to make it go down slower. Rich sweet caramel malts with a barage of hops. The 85 IBUs seems to have more gravity than higher IBU beers, but this might be because of the broader range of hop flavors. Pine and flowers come up first, mixing with the malt to give that bubbleguminess leading into a lingering alcohol warming bitter hop aftertaste. Really very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2006
Clear orange color with an off-white head. Smells like peach. Also citrusy, hoppy, sugary. Flavour is similar but more hoppy and less citrusy, bitter, a bit malty and still very sugary. I even get subtle caramel flavours. Rich, complex, strong, very good overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottle. Whew this is a huge beer. Vibrant golden apricot pour with a foamy off-white head. Zesty, fresh, hoppy aroma, with a kick of sweetness as well. Hop flavors are dominating, more citrusy than piney. A sturdy maltiness bolsters the hops, though--caramel, apricot sweetness aided by a slight dose of alcoholic warmth. Full and complex, and leaves a lasting hoppy bitterness on your lips. Literally: just lick your lips after a few sips and you can taste it. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (6075) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Pours a nice dark amber color with off-white head that goes away fairly quickly. Aroma is heavy citrus hops - mainly grapefruit with some pine in there as well. There is the citrus hop from the aroma but more, lots of dry caramel malts and more pine hops than on the aroma as well. As the beer goes down there is more dryness to the pine aspects. Full bodied with nice carbonation. Excellect beer worth seeking out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
We had to restrain ourselves from diving right into this one. Even before the pour was complete, the big bottle unleashed a brilliant bouquet of citrus hops with orange and pine notes. Heavy hop presence. It pours a light amber color with an average fizzy white head. Excellent lacing as the head falls down. Sparkling body with zesty carbonation. Despite its heavy alcohol content, Hercules is a silent killer, in that it does not at all let on that it is creeping over 9% in ABV. Initial taste is at the same time sweet and bitter, but in true IPA fashion, the balance quickly shifts to a heavy dose of bitter. Light to medium on the mouth with an oily feel, lively carbonation and, finally, a presence of alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (542) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Very hoppy IIPA with a nice citrusy aroma and flavor. Malt in the finish balances it out. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2006
Had this one bottled. Wow. Deep copper color with a very thick head (for a pale), fantasticly bitter with notes of orange and cloves. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2006
Juniper berry, pineapple, a touch of floral aromas and a malty breadiness form the first whiff. A very bubbly amber appearance with a significant amount of foam from the pour. Nicely engineered flavor with a load of piney, citrus hops and a nice slightly roasty, caramel malt base that lends a terrific balance. This one is a palate blaster with a full menu from the first bit of foam on the lips, through the piney hops on the tongue, lively carbonation and the smooth balanced malt all the way to the belly. An excellent Double IPA. Good thing I have a second pint waiting in the fridge.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2006
This an excellent DIPA - very hoppy but well balanced, IMO not quite as complex or rich in taste / texture as Dogfish Head 90 minute but now my second favorite IPA. Hardcore hopheads will love this one.


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