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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Bottle. Pours mostly clear dark (golden brownish) orange with a sizeable head. Nose is a spicy evergreen forest of hops. So hoppy that the initial malty sip is quite a surprise, but it eventually fades into earthy hops with a long nice finish. Lacks the overpowering bite of some IPAs, but the flavors are interesting and very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2009
I must say - this is the most beautiful lacing I have ever seen. Decent sized head with good retention and density. Amber in colour. Grapefruit and spicy on the nose and tongue. Nice bitterness at the end. Well balanced nutrition. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
nautwerks (3) - , Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009 does not count
On tap at Empire Ale House. Poured nice dark amber, almost orange with a great head on it. Aroma was pine resin-ey and malty. smelled great. Nice malt backbone but there was a flavor I can only explain as over-the-top minty. Like I just ate an Altoid and drank a pint. Made me not want to finish the pint. Nice warming alcohol and nice and strong! Donít know if I could make myself buy a pint of this again. That minty flavor was simply overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Well if this is in fact a different beer, I guess I will write a review until itís deleted. The aroma was very nice with lots of grapefruit and other citrus along with some doughy sweet malts. The pour was a nice orange amber with a fantastic head and sticky lacing. Nice hops up front, lots of grapefruit, orange rinds, and some floral notes combine with doughy malts, light caramel sweetness, and a spicy bitter finish. A light amount of alcohol is detectable, the carbonation is light and this drinks very smoothly.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is more sweet than hoppy. Some fruit punch or something. This is a thick and syrupy beer man. Wow! Barley wine like sweetness with some grapefruit and pine. Pretty damn bitter really with some caramel malt backbone. Not alot of lingering dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjay44 (2480) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle. 8.75% ABV. 95 IBU per the label. Pours a thick head of good duration with attractive lacing, over a clear amber-gold body......nose is heavy pine, spruce, resin, grapefruit dominating....tastes initially of malt and the the hop layers come in, initially mild, then gradually building to a fairly typical hop bitter finish, which lingers just long enough. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Carbonation is light. The forces in this are incredibly well balanced. Thanks to Roxies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
Orange with a very big head and lacing. Strong hop scent settles down and seems hard to find mid-glass. Hops land on your tongue and then explodes throughout your mouth. bit of a dark eucalyptus quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled from 22-oz bomber and shared during Surly D-Day. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a thick off-white head that has some nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops, a touch of caramel and toffee. Taste is expected bitter, medium bodied, with flavors of grapefruit, roasted nuts, caramel and some bread dough. Finish continues its lingering grapefruit aftertaste that changes to a caramel and toffee flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
7-27-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to ditmier
Medium red orange amber color with a good cream colored head and a nice ring of lacing. Smell is very subtle and a bit underplayed, or rather: muted floral hops with a more obvious presence of dough. Flavor is mild hops as well with some more doughiness. Mouthfeel is low to medium carbonation. Not very bold, but decent overall and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2008
This ale pours a nice copper color with a nice head. The nose is of citrus, fresh hops,and slightly nutty. Flavor is very nice. Fresh hop flavor with a nice dry finish. Another great beer from Deschutes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Getting notebook online. Bottle. Pours a nice copper color. Plenty of floral hops on the nose. Grapefruit and toffee flavors. Loads of good hops! Good bitterness. Pretty good beer.

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