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RATINGS: 852   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and very slightly hazy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Some lacing was left on the glass as the head diminished. Aromas of fruitiness, citrus, floral, caramel, and pine. Tastes of pine, citrus, lighter fruitiness (vs. the aromas), floral, and caramel. The floralness came out more and more as I drank and enjoyed this one. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Earlier Rating: 4/6/2007 Total Score: 3.5
22oz bottle share courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, some caramel, citrus, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Medium bitter with only a trace of a malt balance. Struck me to be more of an IPA vs. an IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9443) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bomber poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of pine, earthiness, orange, light grapefruit and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, orange zest and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/24/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Bomber poured a hazy copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine and light citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, pine and a hint of grapefruit rind with a lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
22 oz bottle from Beverages 4 Less. Burnt orange-amber with a big fluffy head. Nose is perfect IIPA. Hoppy, piny, sweet citrus. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit and pineapple. Some creamy smoothness too. Yummy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours a amber color with a tall lingering head. Full nectar with excellent carbonation creates a soft, creamy mouthfeel. This is not as sweet as most and that goes a long way with me. I have to say after weighing all attributes, this beer is a classic.I want for nothing from this brew except for an explanation of why itís labeled an IPA. As for IPAs go itís the bomb exhibiting superb balance and structure. As for IIPAs go itís not as burly as most but it does deliver the crunchy hop infested palate driver that you would expect from an Imperial. Eight way this brew is a classic. Blows away AleSmith in overall componentry.
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 5
A cold slow pour releases a full blown creamy frothy that slowly recedes revealing clumpy islands of cream that hang the duration. Hugh Jackman shows off a brilliant iridescent golden amber color. Mild aromas of aged citrus, fat juicy hop pollups, and candy necklace. Full nectar w/ superb carbontion for a creamy texture. Beautiful! Fat malt decadence with a subtle candy sweetness that is deminished just as fast by a powerful hop bittering component. Luscious caramel meets the perfect hop balance w/ aged citrus rind. Nunces of leather, bright hard candy necklace, mild herbs. The finishing bitterness sticks w/ the user w/ lating aspirin burn sensation. Trump!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Orange-golden color, slight haze, strong white head. Piney (almost rosemary) hop aroma. Slightly sweet with a nice full mouthfeel. Hoppiness and sweetness linger. One of the more interesting IPAs Iíve had in the past couple of years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (706) - Vail, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2009
pours a beatiful almost red tinged amber with great cream colored head. Great lacing. wonderful aroma of fresh piney hops. up front is a little alcohol and then the hops hit. doesnít last long because of the malt balance. I would like to see a longer lingering hopprofile. good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bomber from jonpol at AJís. Pours a warm copper color with an off-white head. Smells faintly of hops. Tastes much more like an ESB than an IPA. Seems to be lacking an element of citrus. Decent, but far from ambitious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Version 1- 22oz bomber. Clear amber color with a white head that leaves trails of lace. Nice scents kick out with pine, citrus hop goodness mixed with the malty sweetness. Taste brings a bit of sweetness with a following kick of hops to smooth out the malt but never takes it to the over the top hop bombing. Nice beer, I want to try Version 2. Thank you Deschutes...Damn thatís one tasty beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2007 Total Score: 3.9
Decided to try a ínewí beer tonight. Firstly I have to say great Hop Henge artwork on the label. The Bond Street Series gets props for that. Pours a medium-light copper color with a fluffy pillowy head that sticks around and leaves a thick lace on the glass. Smells like, well, lots and lots of hops. Really easy to drink for a big beer, I have to say this weird battle between sweetness and hop domination is raging on my taste buds. Mostly hop and then a little sweet tingle pops out to show itís presence. For a non-hop head this was an interesting journey into the land of hop domination, and damn it was a really good beer. Not my style choice but a really nice beer. Another winner from Deschutes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 Pours a clear, light amber with a nearly non-existent head. Very nice floral aroma with a hint of grapefruit and some pine behind it all. Grapefruit and orange in the front with some nice biscuity malt flavor behind and a satisfying pine hop finish. Much more floral than the original recipe, but not quite as tasty to my mind. Still damn fine though.
Earlier Rating: 12/9/2008 Total Score: 4
Bright orange pour with a huge white head and nice lacing. Big aroma of grapefruit and other citrus and a nice big taste of citrus and roasted malts with a huge hop presence. Really damn tasty this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spikester (603) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Pours clear amber with a big off white head. Very well laced. Aroma is floral, piney hops. Taste is piney grapefruit orange bitter some leather hops with a firm malt component. Mouthfeel is good with perfect carbonation. Some alcohol is evident and also the effect of same. Drinkability is good if you donít mind the 8.75% abv. Relentlessly bitter. (In a good way!)

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