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RATINGS: 901   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. It’s all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7730) - .....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 isn’t really a bad thing but .. .i am enjoying it so .,.. and, everyone in florida can fuck off..oh, and its a cheeseburger..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7164) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5085) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
22oz bottle. Dark amber with an off-white head. Big hops in the aroma, but on the dull and nondescript side with a subtle mango note. Lean but substantial malt with some biscuit and light caramel. Big hops with a dark woody and fruity quality, ending with a bitterness that overpowers the malt. Medium bodied with tight carbonation. A tricky IIPA to figure out. Nothing really jumps out at you but it makes for a nice drinker nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
courtesy of fishingnet. pours copper, white head. Aroma is hoppy, floral and citrus Taste is just similar, floral hops with a bitter finish and citrus. Good DIPA, a little more on the hoppy side than I am used to.
Earlier Rating: 7/6/2008 Total Score: 3.4
Courtesy of Gunhaver. The beer’s ABV was 8.75% Color is copper with a white head. Aroma is quite hoppy and with the yeast, make it very bitter, some caramel malt, but it does not seem to balance the bitter taste. Noted a slight touch of raisin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1375) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2009
22 oz. bottle served in tulip- poured darkened amber with brown (think of unfiltered freshly pressed apple cider) color, low if any carbonation, white ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel, some candi sugar, hops, malt... all the good things in life. Hits the mouth with a high-medium body, malt has a pleasant sweetness intertwined with it and it all holds up swimmingly to the finish. The middle of the tasting displays the hops coming out of the woodwork- finish is slightly acidic and still has plenty of hop bite after the last swallow enters your gullet. Wave that finger because this one is a HOME RUN!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaulusHumulus (47) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2009
Bottled. Pours beautifully orange with lovely white head. Aroma has a lot of aromatic hops, fruits, peach and grapefruit, but most of all a nice amount of bitter, piny hops. Presence of hops is immense and intense, though I kind of get the feeling that it sort of rolls over all the slight nuances rendering the beer pretty simple, though tasteful. Anyways, I love that powerful bite of bitter, piney hops that this beer gives on the palate. Overall pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 22oz. Pours a nice amber with a foamy off-white head. Lots of citrusy and flowery hops in this very fresh aroma that make me anticipate the flavor. Great smooth maltiness with a constant hovering hop bitterness, finishing with a little bit of sweet malt. A little lingering hops. Certainly one of the smoothest and creamiest palates I’ve experienced, as well. Definitely a top-notch beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
22oz bottle. thanks to hophead22. pours slightly hazy gold with creamy white head. citrus hop aroma with caramel malts. flavors are citrusy, earthy, and green hop leafy, a big presence of toasted crystal malt notes that tend to come off a bit plasticy. this was probably better a little fresher and would be better without the crystal.
Earlier Rating: 4/25/2007 Total Score: 3.3
22oz, a few months old. pours dense cloudy golden-amber with big off-white head. nose has that classic PNW fruity aroma but it isn’t that big or overwhelming like a double ipa should be. flavor is orangey, grapefruit hops. this beer is pretty bitter but lacks a bigger malt backbone to sustain the bitterness. alcohol is noticed as well. the finish is pretty raw, bitter, and with slow alcohol burn. too hop sided and needs more caramel malts. is this really only 8.1%abv?

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