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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Pours with a crystal clear, amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and hoppy with grapefruit notes, a hint of pine, and a little apricot. Full bodied, smooth and a little dry.
Earlier Rating: 6/13/2008 Total Score: 3.8
Thanks for getting this bottle for us Alex (sick_boy282). Pours with an amber body topped by a thin to medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. Itís hoppy and bitter with pine notes, sweet, slightly fruity notes and an underlying malt note. Medium to full bodied and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle from Leeís Discount Liquor in Mesquite, Nevada...Batch #3...Pours a orange amber with a off white head...Piney and floral hops with some malt sweetness...Pretty thick body with a lot of malt. Slight hop bitterness that doesnít seem like itís 95IBUs..Kinda reminds me of something you would get off cask.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle from Snojerk321 (Thanks!) Rich orange pour, medium carbonation and a wonderful rich aromatic flower and pine aroma. Flavor was plenty of grapefruit, flowers, pine and hops. Finish was a little heavy and syrupy, but still a solid beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3510) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Vacaville. Holy shit. This is Bazooka Joe/Big League Chew. Nothing but sweet, sugary bubble gum in the aroma. WTF? Is this a double IPA or a bubble gum beer? Itís really difficult to detect any hops in the nose. Transparent copper body with a pretty strong off-white head. Spicy, herbal start without too much maltiness in the middle. Pretty straightforward and unbalanced. Finishes with lots of bitter, dry grapefruity hop flavors and more spiciness. Definitely not a fan of this shit.
Earlier Rating: 5/1/2007 Total Score: 3.3
22 ounce bomber purchased from Nugget on Covell in Davis, CA. Very sweet, sugary, candy-like floral aroma. Quite aromatic and very perfumey and sweet. Smells quite odd, and certainly not like a IIPA. Transparent ruddy copper body with a nice, large, frothy off-white head and attractive lacing. Hmm, some spicy hoppiness to start, which is mildly bitter. This turns nice and malty and chewy in the middle with a fair amount of roasted cereal-like maltiness present. I also get some light caramel maltiness present, too. A little more sweetness in the end, followed by some more floral, spicy, and bitter hops. An interesting hop profile. This beer is well-balanced and not over-the-top. The aroma is still kinda weird, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle. Big improvement over previous years. A deep amber body is topped by a large off-white head that fades but leaves some nice thick lacing. Nose is floral, spicy, orange, and some caramel malt. Flavor is malty sweet, bready and strongly bitter with oily pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is lingering and a bit harsh at first, but mellows out as I get acclimated. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium. The more I drink, the more I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3458) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Local bottle. Another solid performance from Deschutes. High quality DIPA with the grapefruit notes that I like. Maybe a little alcohol burn-through at cellar temp, but still nice.
Earlier Rating: 5/11/2008 Total Score: 3.9
Bottled. Very nice golden caramel colour with a medium white head and sticky lacing. Very floral hop aroma, nice and not overwhelming. Surprisingly balanced flavour. The hops do not overpower the smooth malt. Very nice to drink and tough to believe the 95 IBUís. I imagine this recipe will get better in time, but itís good right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Pours attractive amber orange with a finger thick cream colored head that leaves chunks of lacing behind. The nose is full with pineapple, sweet oranges and floral hops. A decent amount of caramel as well. The flavor has a sweet caramel front along with sweet fruits that fade to a dry, bitter finish. Lasting aftertaste and full mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 5/6/2008 Total Score: 3.8
On tap. pours nice deep copper with fluffy cream head that lingers. Nose is pleasantly citrus hops. More mellow than many IIPAís. Flavor is well balanced with caramel malt and pineapple hop. Clean finish with more sweetness than bitterness. Decent mouthfeel as well.

   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 friendís 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2465) - 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.

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