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RATINGS: 903   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Pours a creystal clear copper color with a nice tan head. Aroma is fresh and hoppy with lots of fresh fruit like oranges and pears, along with a strong malt presence but not too much caramel. Flavor is slightly more bitter than expected and again fruity like the aroma. The malt backbone is perfect with great toasty characteristics. Palate is smooth and creamy and carbonation is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
On tap at stone. Pours a dark amber/ copper with a small off white head. Aroma is citrus ,pine hops. taste is citrus ,sweet caremal malts. easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
Kind of a candied ginger/orange aroma. Body is incredibly well balanced - enough that the bitter finish is a very smooth transition. Orange in color, with a frothy head that diminishes while leaving quite a foamy remain on the glass. Sampled at Najaís IPA fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (622) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Maybe itís just because itís a hot day, but everything about this beer seems to be perfect. The aroma is nice and fruity, with a hint of fresh grassy hops. The fruit is of the peach or cherry variety, with a bit of citrus in there as well. Very nice. Flavor is subtle for an IPA. Not so much of the astringent bitterness that I come to expect from this style. Just good fruity, citrusy flavor, with a little bit of hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Medium bodied, goes down nice and smooth. An absolute pleasure on this hot day, and perhaps the best IPA (imperial or otherwise) that Iíve had in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 Iíve tried this both on tap and bottled recently. On tap was as part of a bunch of shot-glass sized samples, where I thought it was excellent... punchy, strong, extremely citrusy and biting/bracing. However, drinking a whole 22oz bottle was difficult. Not a very "drinkable" beer, but really great in small doses. My rating is for the first few swallows out of the bottle. Heh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
Batch 2 First sip mmm well Didnít seem so experimental or hopish... Pours a darkish brownish amber orange. Nice head larger creamy bubbles at first, then they settle down to nice tiny tiny bubbles with a little lace with a thin ring around the edge... aroma some pine some floral.... second sip.... OK getting some bitters OK,,, now itís hitting me... this is different than Iíve had before.. and the alcohol seems to be creeping up more than advertised! This is good, glad i got 2, wish i got more! some oily resin, around my tongue, nice.... ooo, nice burp, the sign of a good ipa, dipa! someone else said soapiness, yeah i can feel that... Deschutes moving up in my list! nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
bomber. Pours a clear, dark amber with a large, tan head. Nose is very powerful pine and floral hops. Taste is resinous pine hops with a little soapiness. Mouthfeel was oily and tingling from the hops with a big, bitter finish. Impressive.
Earlier Rating: 7/29/2008 Total Score: 3.8
bomber thanks to dunk. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Nose is of citrus and pine. Taste is of caramel malt, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with both sweet taste with carbonation and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
Reviewed 4/16/2009 (Bottle): Pours a reddish brownish color body. Small white head, diminishing, clearish. Bitter dry hoppy aroma, pine and citrus. Extrmemely strong aroma. Nice taste, nott too bitter, some maltiness and nuttiness too. Some piney taste. Dry aftertaste. Pretty tasty, but too sweet an IPA for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a ruby amber body with a creamy off white head. Phenolic with a nice lemon, citrus and pine character. A moderate hint of alcohol and a hint of candy and malt. Chewy spicy pine y hope resins with a nice honey note to finish. The hop character is boarder line destructive as it aggressively lingers. A good brew but iíd prefer a sweeter citrus ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - 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.

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