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RATINGS: 852   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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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.

Previously 10.6% abv


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/15/2014. Pours light hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, peach, papaya, apricot, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours hazy blond, finger white head Smell caramel, juicy tropical fruit Taste sweet gum, fruity, sticky Mid body Solid

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1364) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
The most pronounced aroma is a hoppy tropical fruit fragrance offered up from a clear orange-amber pour with a white ring and no laciing. Malt notes, some biscuit, and tropical fruit yield to a rewarding bitter finish and lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp, yet a subtle oily mouthfeel is present. Overall, thanks to the Deschutesí Druids for getting us all stoned and unhinged in such a tasty way! (No heavy lifting needed here.)

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (3940) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
On tap at mad mex. Smells like mild hoppy perfume. Fairly clear pale yellow. Has a slight silky head. Taste is quite ipa bitter but I fail to see how this is a double IPA, does not reach into that territory. Bitterness does build in the session but it remains almost fruity fresh and almost enjoyable. Yes, not really a double. I expected something more viscous and mouth coating and this is just a APA with personality. However, since I donít like IPA I think thatís great!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3015) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2014
650ml bottle from The Wine Emporium. Iíve been to Stone Henge and Hop Henge is way better. Big bold beer that goes down a treat.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (404) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Famous for its use of the mysterious Experimental hops, Hop Henge also boasts an impressive American hop profile. After admiring the hazy orange liquid and its modest head, youíll notice the strong aroma of citrus and pine. The Cascade and Centennial hops reveal themselves in the flavor, too. Lots of grapefruit bitterness, evergreen tangy sensations, and woodsy freshness. Yet, thereís a subtle peppery spice that I assume comes from the Experimental varieties. Itís damn good in other words. In all, Hop Henge manages to be familiar while bringing some new flavors to the palate.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (447) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. A- Citrus, piney. A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Peppery, piney, citrus, bitter. P- Medium body, sharp texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- At first sip, it really hits the back of the mouth with a pepper kick. The aroma has much more citrus than the taste does. A pretty solid IPA, although I am really curious to know more about these experimental hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gururyan (578) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Finally Deschutes makes a decent brew, not surprising it was an experiment. They should deviate from their norm more often. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3610) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Draught @ Portland Craft, Vancouver, BC

Pours yellowish orange with a smooth head. Aroma of fruits, citrus, pine and hops. Taste is sweet, malty and citrusy with loads of fruits and pine. Finish is sweet, citrusy and piney with some bitterness. Quite heavy DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Courtesy of Jason R

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate citrus, light peach, mango, and a touch of caramel. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. Thereís a good of amount of thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with citrus and mango. The finish has light grapefruit with a touch of peach. Itís light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.


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