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RATINGS: 897   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. Itís all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1565) - 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 Iíve 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. IBUís 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2112) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2011 2009 bottle (Batch 2) 4/12/2009
Deep copper pour with rich lace. Strong c-hop nose. Burly but not sticky or overly sweet; quite nice. Good bite to the mouthfeel, deep but not overly oily hop flavors. Very enjoyable.

2011 bottle. 4/22/2011
Lots of pineapple in the aroma, 9% well hidden (though I prefer the 7% of the original), slightly sticky. 3.8-3.9 range.
Earlier Rating: 7/5/2008 Total Score: 3.5
Bomber

Nice big C-hop IIPA that doesn’t wear its IIPA nature on its sleeve, not too sweet, even thought the crystal malt backbone is right there and substantial. Nothing exceptional here, perhaps -- not even the magic of its earlier predecessor -- but very easy to drink and enjoy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bottle from Papago. Aroma is thick hops that avoid syrup and almost a little oak. Color is a nice amber gold with a fluffy, persistent head - looks totally refreshing. Flavor is like the aroma plus a fairly bready malt base. They say the new processes create an unexpected beer - this is not precise: the beer is outstanding and boasts that great Northwestern flavor; itís good, but not unexpected.
Earlier Rating: 9/21/2008 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Lee’s. A clean but non-unique aroma of clear water and hops. Flavor of the same, with very faint not-quite ripe orange and apple notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
22 oz bottle courtesy of lb4lb trade. Thanks Deniz! He told me this was freshly delivered and I couldnít pass it up. Pours a fiery orange dark amber, decent haze, with fairly big offwhite bubbly head that laces well. Aromas are a nice blast of the PNW pushing good citrusy and piney hoppiness, grapefruit and florals mix well with underlying carmel malt strength. Initial is. Medium bodied, not necessarily blasting with bitterness up front, but lingering in with moderate carmel malt sweetness with hop bitterness pushing over as a wave, moving to good bitterness and pine power on the backend. Front end shows more grapefruit and citrusy notes with a touch of orange sweetness. This is really well balanced and proves you donít have to just pour in a shitload of hops and pray like hell it works out. Iíd drink this a lot if it were always fresh and available here. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 10, 2009
Pours a dark golden colour .. . fantastic white foam, with fantabulous lacing .. . great crisp hop bite, good bitterness also .. .has a nice backbone oddly enough, a good beat, like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS5Ny0FLwj0 ... is a great brew, but honestly, maybe lacks a bit of hop complexity, which isnít really a bad thing but .. .i am enjoying it so .,.. and, everyone in florida can fuck off..oh, and its a cheeseburger..

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle (batch #2, 2009). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of melon. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent. Ordinary aroma for the style, unpleasantly sour/citric and abrasive in the mouth. Not a particularly notable example.
Earlier Rating: 3/18/2007 Total Score: 2.2
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough, sweat), with a light note of plastic/solvent. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Dull at best. Off aromas and an unclean aftertaste make this unquestionably below average.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a glowing crystal copper color, with a frothy white head. Very nice hoppy nose, lots of big grapefruit citrus as well, with a minimal malt presence. The flavor is pretty crisp right away, the hop bitterness is pungent throughout. The caramel malt seems to show up more in the finish to balance it out nicely. Pretty big flavor profile with a nice hop bite. Very tasty double IPA.
Earlier Rating: 6/30/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Pours a gorgeouse clear caramel amber color, with a medium, frothy off white head. Smells of musty over the top hops and mild citrus. Hints of spice are evident as well. The flavor is actually much bigger in its malt character, but really too much bitterness and not enough balance. The hops were overly abundant. Reallyjust too much, and not very crisp. Just a bitter mess in my opinion. Kind of disappointed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
Thanks fishingnet for the share. Pours orange gold with a white head. Nose is malt, tart lemon, caramel, and some pine resin. Flavor is malt, citrus, sugary lemon, and some sweet citrus notes in the finish. Medium-bodied and a malty-citrusy finish. Enjoyable IIPA.


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