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RATINGS: 894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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. It’s all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Poured from a friend’s bottle at work into a styrafoam cup. From what I could see, it was a dark honey yellow with a thick creamy had that sat around like ice cream on top of a rootbeer float. Smells of fruity hops. Smell and taste are very clean. Not too bitter, nice light malt backbone to add a little sweetness to the bitter hops. Alcohol is hidden very well. Just another excellent offering from Deschutes. *tried again, coloring is as expected. and just as delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Draft - Poured a clear orange-amber in color with a small whitish head... some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very hoppy with both citrus and pine present. Flavor is quite bitter with plenty of citrus and pine hops. Some yeastiness and fruity malts also present, but in smaller amounts. Finish is bitter and lingering. Quite good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of roasted and caramel, moderate hope notes of pine and orange, light soap for the yeast, with toffee, date and alcohol in the background. Head is creamy with larger bubbles, white, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Flavor is lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily and has lively carbonation. A little backwards in the ratio of malt to hops in the nose, but a well crafted DIPA regardless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bomber. Amber to copper body topped with a small, coppery head with good retention and leaves plentiful lace. Aroma of honey, flowers, hop oil, pine. Medium body with thin carbonation, slightly sticky, wet finish. Honeyed malts, hop flowers, hop oil, pungent, hop flavors of pine, sap, citrus. Well-malted, but the oil gives a harsh hop profile that lacks complexity. Seriously lacks depth and personality.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Crystal clear dark amber pour. Thin light tan head. Lots of hops on the nose: piny and citrusy. Hints of Belgian yeast with banana and spice. Very bitter flavor. Fruity with lots of cereal malt flavor. Yesty with nots of banana. Lots of bitter hops on the finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours an average translucent amber with a slightly lively body. Aroma is pine sap, pine sap, and a bit of pine sap. Flavor is a mouthpuckering blend of grapefruit, pine, orange, and a touch of sour mango. Nice, full mouthfeel that allows the flavors to settle softly on the tongue. Great IPA.
Earlier Rating: 8/18/2008 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle shared with Zinister. Thanks!
Pours an average amber, but the slackerness ends there. A wonderful aroma of strawberry grapefruit biscuits greet the nose and don’t let go. This aroma provides a nice segueway to the flavors of malty grapefruit and a sweetened tea finish. Nice mouthfeel; flavors are spread nicely. Pretty good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2009
bottle, golden brown with good foam, must be a fresh bottle, nice sticky sweet pine aroma, flavor is well balanced citrus, pineapples, pine needles, finish is very even handed and not overly bitter or metallic
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2008 Total Score: 3.8
bottle, very nice bready grapefruit nose, flavor is mostly grapefruit and oranges, very good body with a slightly too bitter finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2009
Pours a dark amber with thick white head, creamy that stays around for a while. Aroma of floral hops, slight citrus, malt, and grass. Flavor is similar, with the addition of dried fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, which I prefer in DIPAs compared to the slick to oily feel. Bomber goes down easy, but gets a little spicy towards the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10546) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
Draught at Najas Place. Pours clear amber with a small, white head, diminishing with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, bread), heavy hop (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (dough) with notes of oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average bodied, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 2/23/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a large, frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine, citrus), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of peach and grapefruit. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a dry-bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2009
This is a batch #3 bottle. Appearance - This one pours a dark copper-y orangish red color. Abolsutely beautiful looking with an off-white creamy head about 2 and a half fingers large. The lacing down the glass is generous but not overdone. Smell - Smells like a really fruity tricerihops. Has a very grassy quality to it, this is heaven to me in a DIPA. Taste - Damn, this is delicious. Nice hop kick, lots of mango and grapefruit. This is a very fruity DIPA and I love it. Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is great. Perfect lightness to it that compliments a hot humid day like today. Love the creaminess this beer has to offer. Drinkability - I couild drink this endlessly for months without growing tired of its beautiful taste. If only this was a year round affair, I woule be in heaven 24/7.


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