Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Amber color with a thick and lasting white head. Fantastic citrusy hop aroma that also reveals plenty of malt backing. I’m immediately struck by the strong Grapefruit flavors in this beer. At once, it’s bitter and hoppy and immediately sweet. Perfectly balanced. This one will be making regular fridge appearances. LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
Deep amber colour, i.e. very dark for an India "Pale" Ale. The malty sweetness dominates the initial flavour but the finish is classic: Citric and very bitter. IMHO the beer is almost overbalanced. TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Pours an almost orange amber that is nice and murky. The head is nice white and frothy, that slowly dissolves to a nice white combover. Nose is satisfying and piney. Palate is well balanced with a fantastic hop bitterness. Leaves a bitterness on the tongue that lasts and lasts. If you’re looking to take your hop addiction to the next level this is your ticket. larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2005
Rated @ Stockholm beer festival. Red-amber with beige head. What can you say about this beer, the IBU is a whopping 85. The experience is completely dominated by cascade and bitter hops. Palate is full and syrapy. I happen to like bitter beer... allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Big, bold, bitter! What a great experience! the aroma is a citrusy hint of the big bite of hops to follow. The ale pours a cloudy copper brown, with a tan, rocky head that leaves a fine lace pattern. The malt does have some toffee undertones, but the overall experience is hops, hops, and more hops. I like hops a lot, so I was fond of this offering from Great Divide, but I have to conur with sayravai’s review and note that the malt character is a bit underwhelming in comparison, thus my lower overall rating. Mouthfeel was medium, as would be expected of the style, and though the alcohol content is significantly higher than your normal IPA, it doesn’t really come thorugh in the nose, the flavor, or the finish. This brew is for the lover of fine hops!
sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
Beer Festival 2005) Clear amber color with a large, foamy and lacy, tanned head. Fruity-hoppy, lemony aroma with some sugar, not very strong. Woody-hoppy, fruity flavor with a long very bitter aftertaste. Not quite enough malt to balance the hops. Medium-bodied, very bitter palate with low carbonation. A strong and hoppy IPA, but not very balanced.
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 (Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Hazy orange, nice creamy offwhite head. Very hoppy and spicy aroma, orange and with floral notes, dry and with citrus and grapefruit. Very, very hoppy flavor, dry, grassy, pine notes and some malty notes can also be found next to the almost extreme hoppiness. Great to feel how almost no alcohol comes through. DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 This not quite orange, not quite amber but somewhere in between Double IPA pours with a super huge, creamy off white head. Aroma is a sweet mix of hops, alcohol, malt, orange, grapefruit, pine, flower shop, Christmas tree, and candy store. The flavor is incredible! This beer has a sweet and satisfying mouthfeel that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. Actually, calling this stuff beer is like calling Godiva chocolate candy. It’s just too good. From the very first to the very last sip flavors of sweet floral candy, citrus, sweet malt, toffee, HOPS, pine, alcohol, sugar and caramel coated nuts ensnare the senses and titillate the tastebuds. Hell, this beer made me use the word titillate...what does that tell you? It’s just simply incredible. Honestly, if I only had one beer on earth to drink I’d hope it would be this one. I can’t say enough good things about it. Without a doubt Hercules Double IPA is my favorite beer; at least as of 10/1/05. Overall...I love this beer!!! Aleacolyte (13) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Woo...this is one powerful IPA. Nicely carbonated, strong floral scent, well balanced--masks the significant alcohol content. Excellent strong IPA. fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Extra Nitter very very hoppy. More hoppy actually then I prefer. There is a toffee like Peat component.