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Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA

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RATINGS: 834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Hop Henge Experimental IPA is our annual exercise in IBU escalation. An outrageous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops are added to each barrel, with a heavy dry-hop presence as well. It is dense and muscular, with a blend of crystal, pale and carastan malts creating an overall biscuity characteristic. Itís all hop, no apologies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrPlow (7) - - APR 19, 2014 does not count
Pours classic yellow with a white head. Strong pine hop aroma. Great balance of malts, hops and alcohol. A great Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (814) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2014
Wow. Great beer. Classic clear yellow orange pour with white head. Aroma is musty pine and citrus. Taste is musty pine and orange rind. One of the good ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (162) - USA - MAR 30, 2014
Solid brew. Foamy head. Citrus, grapefruit aroma. Hoppy. Crisp taste without the cloy. The aftertaste is not bitter. A well balanced beer. Well executed and extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Howlader (422) - - APR 5, 2014
22oz bottle split with a friend. Served in a Dogfish Head glass - very hoppy - a nice hop bomb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (395) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
2013 bottle. Golden pour thick white head. Aroma, tropical fruit, musty hops, malty sweetness. Taste, tropical fruit, big hoppy bitter bite, lots of bite, lots of malt , delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (311) - , Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2014
22 picked up at the Coop tonight... donít remember the price, but Iím sure it was in the $6 range.. poured into my small Stone stemware. 1" meringue like head..... the brew is a perfectly clear honey amber.. only okay retention with decent lace. Nose is not nearly as hoppy as I remember... citrus and floral, but much more balanced and no where nearly as PNW abrasive than I picture it... smells mildly phenolic... I would not peg this as a DIPA in a blind tasting. Flavor is not as bitter as I remember.. again too much pale maltiness and not enough hop flavor... grassy and citric again more floral overones... a bit too much pale maltiness for my palate anymore... also a bit of a bubblegum phenolic note plays on the finish forever. Standard body and bubble... no flaws. Bottle says best by 6/03/14, so I doubt I got a bad bottle... also the ABV is now 8.8%.. This is still pretty good, but a shell of what some of the previous batches have been. Too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3438) - Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2014
22oz bottle in a teku. Pours transparent copper with an off-white head. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, pale and caramel malts, and light dough. Flavor the same with hints of spiciness but too many malts for the hops to shine through. Average texture. Not the best of the style but not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (210) - Napa, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle: Clear, light copper with thick head and great lace. Very lifted hoppy aroma. Slightly green but floral. Not really piney. Rich dry to off dry palate thats not sour but very bitter. Dense and long. Loads of hops on the palate but really malt driven. Great flavor and weight. A massive beer. Aromas of a West Coast IPA but the palate shows a hint of the East Coast IPA. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1051) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bomber from Jimís in Mundelein. Pours an orangey brown with an off-orange head leaving great lacing. Aroma has pine and citrus, with fruit and a solid caramel base. Taste is of sweet fruits, bitter lemon and grapefruit, a bit of spicy pine and a significant caramel backbone. Perhaps a bit of sweet honey. Medium bodied and sticky. Finishes quiet bitter with underlying sweetness. This is 90% of hopslam, with a really nice caramel presence that kept showing up. A fan years ago - still am it turns out

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinsenn (983) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. 8.8% abv on label. Clear light amber with foamy head. Resin and citrus aroma. Nice balanced flavour; sweet and bitter. Resin, tropical fruits, pine, bitter finish. Amazing smooth mouth feel. Very good.

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