GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 Draught at Federal in Durham, NC. Slightly hazy orange-amber color with a creamy off white head. Citrusy, grapefruit hops, alcohol, and taffy dominate the aroma. LOTS of grapefruit. Slightly sweet with a nice bitter hop finish. Very good. bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Pours golden orange with a thin white head that left excellent lacing. Floral aroma is very hopy with smells of grapefruit, pine, and nuts. Wow, this beer is strong! I can tell why they decided to name it Hercules! Huge grapefuit taste that is citrusy sour and bitter. Along with the grapefruit there are also flavors of pine and a sweet caramel malt (could use more sweetness to counter the hops bitterness). Eventhough it’s super bitter, it has a good creamy palate that leaves a nice dry finish. This beer is for those who love that citrus bitter/sour bite that comes from eating grapefruit. Definitely a sipping beer. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Bright amber-orange color with an enduring thin white head and thick lacing. Aroma is like plunging your nose into a freshly opened bag of Northwest hops; luscious, crisp smells of just cut grapefruit, orange and pine. Initial flavor is a BIG HIT of mouth-puckering high alpha-acid hop bitterness along with the amped up alcohol; dry and crisp. Not bad in anyway (if you like big IPA’s) but perhaps a touch more balance with a bit more malt sweetness would be welcome. This may also help add more fullness to the slightly thin mouthfeel. Finishes long, bitter and clean. Lots of punch here. Good stuff!! Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Whoo!! such a strong beer. At first sip, it gives the taste of grapefruit. the hops in this beer is very pungent. for a 9.1% ABV it hasn’t hit me yet. The taste fades after the intital shock.
Not for begging, drink with caution Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
another tasty treat shared by richlikebeer. Aroma was nice and piney a touch of nut. Poured a amberish copper with a decent head. Flavor was just as advertised in the nose. Palate was good and finsh was lasted just long enough. Proof that good beer can come from Colorado without all the glitzy marketing.
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 DAMN - that is one good beer. I mean really good. Visual and aroma = perfect scores. Great head and lacing, gorgeous amber coloring. Smelling this beer is almost as good as tasting it - huge piney floral nose. Bitter? Hell yeah it’s bitter, but so, so well balanced that you will keep coming back for more. Any faults? Maybe a bit light on the palate considering the overall strong character. Nevertheless, by far the best beer since I officially started scoring at RateBeer. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
Huge aroma of apricots, grapefruit and rose. Beautiful dark orange amber color with a creamy off-white head. Quite dry, bitter finish. Lots of alcohol on the palate. Syrupy. Intense. Mild carbonation. This is perhaps the best Imperial IPA I’ve had. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Pours crystal orange with white lacy head. The aroma is grapefruit and hops. The flavor is, well, an IPA. Lots of citrusy dry-hopping. There is also a bit of caramel sweetness and some faint nuttiness. A bit unbalanced for my taste, but certainly a formidable beer, mehercule! NachlamSie (3536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 bottle. Pours a light amber with a white head. Plenty of floral hops in the aroma with some peaches. The flavor is pretty similar, decent caramel malts with definite spicy hop character accompanied by some bittering hops. Not too bad, but not the brutally intense imperial pale I was expecting.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
[Oct 14, ’06]
- Revisiting this I find I still agree with my previous assessments. This has a bit of tart citrus notes akin to lemon drops, and a very good malt foundation. I just think it screams to have more developed hop character.
[Feb 19, 2009]
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy copper with a nicely formed head. Very hoppy aroma on this one, leans towards pineapple, orange, lemon. Judging by the nose, this doesn’t seem to be as bitter as one may expect from the style. The flavor is juicy and hoppy, not extra dry or piercing. Bright citrus everywhere, pineapple, dash of ammonia in the finish. This is a very drinkable and juicy IIPA.
Round 2 of IIPA Sunday, i believe i owe some thanks to Kevin for this one. pour is a deep copper with a huge foamy cream colored head, aroma is nuts, pine, citrus and a bit of toffee. flavor has a perfect balance...the backbone is evident but so many different aspects of the hop profile assault your tastes. oddly enough, i thought this was more bitter than Founders Devil Dancer, especially in the sense that more of the bitteness lingers on the palate.