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RATINGS: 856   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. It’s all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv


3.4
   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 AJ’s. 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.

4
   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 that’s one tasty beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2007 Total Score: 3.9
Decided to try a ’new’ 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 it’s 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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   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 don’t mind the 8.75% abv. Relentlessly bitter. (In a good way!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
200th IPA rating!- - -Pours brilliant clear copper with off white head. The aroma has a nice load of both citrus and floral-spice hops and a background of smooth malty sweetness. The taste begins with a nice pulse of sweet malts containing a hint or two of caramelization. Quickly floral hops and citrus hop flavors come to the surface and take over the flavor. I get lots of green floral hop goodness moving toward earthy hoppiness. It ends with relatively bold sweet malts. YUM!
Earlier Rating: 3/13/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. Pours clear copper with nice off white head. The aroma is welcoming with grapefruit and tangelo mixed with sweet malts. It has a big bitter grapefruit hop flavor. Behind that are some caramelized malt notes that play second fiddle to the hops. Overall it comes up a little thin for the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10731) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. [021 09]Brilliant reddish copper color with a multi-finger off-white head. Nice aromas of citrus and floral. Medium body with mildly frothy carbonation. Flavor is very hoppy. Floral and citrus. The malt is background. Finish is slightly astringent, lightly burning, but it’s not harshly bitter. But it’s bitter. Very good.
Earlier Rating: 5/7/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Huge aroma of pine and grapefruit, with detectable malt. Beautiful copper amber color with an off-white head that stays and lightly tries to lace. Medium mouthfeel, burst of mixed hop, followed by strong malt. However, the malt comes and goes quickly, as this is all about a hop finish. Creamy with a bite. Relatively mild carbonation. It might get better than this, but not often.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownDogBeer (50) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
22 oz bottle 2009 Batch 1. Pours a medium amber with a slightly tan head with good lacing.. Aroma of hops with a hint of sweet citrus and a little pine. Initial taste a whirlwind of hops with overall a very good hop profile. the beer has slight hints of the malt but overall the bitterness from the hops wins out over and hint of malt. Very good bitterness even though a little less then i had expected.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
09 version. Poured into a pint glass. Translucent amber color with a big creamy light-tan head. Tons of sticky lacing and great retention. Aromas of underripe grapefruit, pine, maybe a tinge of lime. Not all that robust. Flavor is hugely piney with some herbal notes and an undercurrent of unsweet citrus. Malt profile is very subdued, with maybe a little caramel malt sweetness but not much. Bitterness is between medium and high, and there’s some slightly metallic astringency. Definitely a hophead’s IPA. Could use more bitterness and maybe a bit more complexity. Mouthfeel is dry with nice carbonation and medium body. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger beige head that leaves great lacing. The nose is ripe citrus and sweet caramel malt. The taste is orange peel, tangerine, toffee and pink grapefruit with a lasting bitter resin finish. Gets a tad cloying as it warms. Medium bodied – much better than I anticipated. Thanks J!
Earlier Rating: 5/23/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Bomber. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Nose is malt, mild citrus and pine. Palate is sweet malt upfront, with a bitter resin bite at the end. Citrus is overpowered by both. Medium mouth feel with light lacing. Unbalanced brew and not what I have experienced with other IIPAs.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
very enticing appearance with a yummy, pungent, predominately hops aroma with some light citrus notes. almost seems like a regular ipa when it hits your mouth. palette is very clean through mid drink, but a slightly overpowering hopsyness in the back palette starts to emerge as the drink finishes, briefly exposing the drinks true content. otherwise a very clean palette for an iipa. overall a good beer as it is cleaner than most other heavy ipa’s. i would recommend it. great drinkabilty even through 2 bombers!


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