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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2585) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle. A dark brownish amber color with a big foamy tan head. Sweet floral hops, light pine, and a malty aroma. Mildly sweet with a rich malty texture and flavor (earthy) with a dry bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle. Dark mahogany color with creamy tan head. Sweet malts and pine hops in the aroma, but not an intense or particularly strong aroma. It guides you along enough to let you know it is a big beer but not let on for a hop explosion and bitter finish. Well balanced with a full sweet malty body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 16, 2009
22oz Bottle. Batch 2 from the Safeway in Walla Walla, WA. Rich gummy tangerine aroma. Floral and fruit. Very nice. Crisp. Pours a coppery amber, clearish, with a good finger of heavy soaped foam. Flavor comes as a slightly more alcohol approach, again, rich with citrus-like hops, fir-needles, and some bright resins. Malt is a bit chewy, but the alcohols are a bit brash. Bitterness gives good clean lemony balance. Very nice. Complex, but a bit denser and low on the hop flavors for my overall preference.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2009
(bottle). Pours an amber color. Medium size off-white head. Moderate to heavy lacing. Strong hop and grapefruit aroma. Hoppy and bitter taste. Smooth and bitter finish. Moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 Bottle… mgumby10’s & hopscotch’s WtFFfFDotF Throwdown … Clear burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic, small, tight retention. Caramel, citric, earthy aroma – grapefruit, biscuit, black tea and pine. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. Big caramel and biscuit malt backbone lends plenty of support to the nice, earthy, hop bitterness. Raspy, moderately bitter, dry finish.

Earlier Rating: 3/7/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle...O-Town Throwdown... Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The aroma delivers notes of black tea, caramel, cotton candy, tropical fruit and mild grapefruit. The flavor is sweet toffee balanced decently by bitter notes of black tea and grapefruit rind. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. Thanks to Crosling for sending the bottle our way!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with a small creamy off white head that leaves behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with cascade, pine and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet hop and alcohol in a very bitter finish. A very good double IPA from Deschutes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bomber. Good fresh floral aroma. Orange body with off white head and good thin sheet of lace left on glass. Sweet citrus flavors but the dry bitterness was stronger to take that citrus flavor from beer. Dry sweet sticky bitter palate, need some water to rjuvinate palate.
Earlier Rating: 2/10/2007 Total Score: 4
22oz. Bottle from trade with zathrus13. Has a bread and pale citrus aroma. Amber body with white head and decent lacing. Flavor has a full boied citus sugar and bready notes. Has an alcohol presence so this is a good one to have at home not driving on the road. Sweet citrus on palate. Good brew

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottled. Pours with a gigantic head. Aroma has spritzy, lemony hops, some cooked carrots. In the mouth the beer is full bodied and rich without ever tasting malty or sweet, instead the body is just a vessel to deliver a nice chewy green hop. Fairly enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 4/30/2007 Total Score: 3.7
22oz bottle as an extra from Crosling. Pours with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy, cinnamon, light malts. Juicy hop flavor is subdued by a delicate balance of pale malts. This escapes the typical boring amber background of far too many IIPAs. No caramel to be found... woohoo! A very well made beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1563) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bomber. Bright gold color with a huge white head. Huge nose-floral, citrusy, hops almost in the background-interesting. Taste is sweet, sugary, syrupy, only slightly bitter at the end. Very smooth and drinkable. Unlike any double IPA I’ve ever had. Where is the alcohol in this one? Well done.
Earlier Rating: 3/29/2007 Total Score: 4
Purchased at Colorado Liquor Mart about 45 minutes ago. Reminds me of the double IPA fest in Hayward CA-this would fit right in with the best offered at that festival. Great hop nose, superb head retention, great malt balance to go with this hop bomb. "Alcoholy" but not overpowering the beer. A nice beer from a brewery that I think usually offers less-than-demanding beers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a brilliant shade of reddish orange copper. Head is a two fingered ivory color.....very sticky lace and great retention as it lasted throughout my tasting. Nose is clean and somewhat subdued but floral....pine needles, lemon pith, grapefruit and raw pastry dough. Very biting up front and on through the finish. Bitter and bold. IBU’s are high but balanced decently. The middle of the palate is where the diversity is, although not overly complex. Grapefruit rind, fresh pine sap, spring flowers, earthy and woody with a blood orange twang. Some caramel, honey and butterscotch sweetness jumps out from the back of your throat after the initial "hop shock" finish. Good dense body, a touch oily, buttery, some diacetyl presence after it warms some. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a clear amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, ripe fruit, some hints of fresh flowers. Flavor is sweet and floral with more maltiness, notes of caramel, honey, floral hops, honey, pine, some light citrus and grapefruit. Generally light to medium body with a pleasing floral hop finish.


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