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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
22oz bottle from a recent trade...pours a medium caramel brown with a soapy white head...aroma of light citrusy hops while still being pretty green and fresh...flavors of clean citrus hops and a light malt backbone. Light carbonation and solid fluffy mouthfeel. Solid all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Clear amber color, thin soapy white head. Chalky, almost citric quality to the aroma, behind the traditional IPA aroma. Earthy and citric taste, kind of murky and muddled. Seems to lack a focus.
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Courtesy of someone at the Throwdown. Dark orange-brown in color, thin white head at the edges of the glass. Hop aroma pretty subdued for a DIPA, slight sweet notes, an almost soapy hint. Nice palate, taste was not wildly aggressive hop-wise - some lingering grapefruit on the finish. But this struck a nice balance and was very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear orange body with a thin, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma of bright citrus and floral hops. Light amount of sweet caramels and a bit of apple. Flavor is quite piney up front. Surprised me, but not in a bad way. The big pine taste lasts throughout and well into the finish, but a good amount of balancing light caramels even this out. Very floral, sharp, and astringent. Palate is medium bodied and oily before an extremely dry finish with a spicy, sticky, strong hop taste that lasts for a very long time. Overall, a very interesting IPA. Lots of sharp hop taste, but surprisingly nice balance throughout. Powerful and "immense" is an understatement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1551) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle shared by wolf at SL. Orange in color, decent head. Nice aroma of citrus and floral. Taste was different than most IPA. Not in a bad way though. Malty...Floral and citrus notes. Texture and carbonation level were jonny on the spot. Overall a unique IPA that I enjoyed... Thanks Wolf!
Earlier Rating: 7/8/2008 Total Score: 4
Bottle from mashmaster. Surprised to see such a low style percentile points... Any way, nice red amber color, good head. Very flowery on the nose. Taste is really smooth. Very well balanced and highly drinkable. Not that bitter but still enjoyable. Low carbonation with a medium texture. I am not sure about the 95 IBUís. But still impressed overall on this beer. Thanks tom for this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle thanks to OldMrCrow. Poured a nice orange color with white ehad. Aroma was nice and hoppy with some citrus. Taste was Citrus orange lemon and pine. Finished nice and had a very nice palate. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3673) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Crushed with Carythedude and Jakebra. Orangish pour, big hop nose. Slightly thin, sweet flavor. Almost under attenuated. Citrus, melon, a bit hoppy. Not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxa9 (27) - , Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Growler, purchased at the Deschutes Brewery/Public House in Portland. Pours a heavy orange color, nice head, good lacing. Strong hop nose with citrus, pine, alcohol...the usuals. Great palate. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3246) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle Pours out a copper/amber topped with a sand head. Aroma floral and citrus rings on. Tast of bitter grapfruit peel all over this one. Some nice floral but more bitter than anything. Maybe back to the Double??? I donít think this is just a IPA.
Earlier Rating: 2/9/2007 Total Score: 3.9
On tap at Frontdoor Boise, Pours out a very nice amber topped with a nice white head. Great hop aroma and tast. Very nice on the hop. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eyesolus (64) - Mill Creek, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
22oz bottle; initials pours as a slightly hazed red/brown amber but then gets real clear while retaining itís caramel tinted head; aromatic hop aroma and astringent flavor; peaks of dry bitter with a mellowed hop. (#45)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
This is a perfect PNW IPA! Full of the serious bitterness that permeates the great PNW IPAís. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is not very present, but the flavor is aggressive. Very bitter, with floral notes to back up the bitterness. Not much base beer beyond the hoppiness, yet it conceals its alcohol well.
Earlier Rating: 5/23/2008 Total Score: 4.3
Deep copper with hints of ruby in its color. First aroma is cider. Smelled very sweet - first taste was radically different. Deep and full bitter with some sweetness on the edge where bitterness meets it on your tongue. This is what a solid IIPA should be. Definitely more double than Imperial - there isnít much in the way of florals. But thatís OK - as a solid IIPA this stacks up better.

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