JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber color with a nice size off-white head. Aroma is big with floral, earthy, piney hops. Taste has some light malt sweetness mixed in with a monster fresh-hop taste of earthy-floral hops. Nice DIPA for when you’re in the mood for a mega-hop blast, but not one of the greats.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deeper amber with a nice head on top. Nose is very citric and piney. Flavor was a whole lot of bittering. I thought this was pretty unbalanced and was wondering where the counterpart malts were. This was selected #5 of 6 in our IIPA tasting. Thanks to ogglethorp for the bottle.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with an off white head. Aroma is of caramel and grassy, citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel with a grassy bitter finish
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Puddintane - Thanks! - Pours amber with an offwhite creamy head tjat stayed pretty well and laced some. Aromas of great big Pacific NW grapefruit and pine hops over a strong caramel malt background. Flavor is those same hops blasting through with good citrus and pine flavor upfront but there is a nice caramel sweetness there to hold it together. Some orange notes and a little toffee comes in too because of the balance before the somewhat bitter finish. Good body with a nice mouthfeel. Beautiful IIPA.
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. The pour was a brilliant copper-orange, with a thick, foamy head of off-white. The aroma was citrusy, tending toward orange,with a slight grassiness to bolster the citrus. Hop Henge is pleasant on the palate. Flavors include orange, lightly buttered bread, a hint of caramel, and dark dried fruits—raisins or dates, perhaps. Not quite as bitter as I would have hoped for, but a good Imperial IPA overall.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/03/2007: Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA pours a dark copper color with a creamy light beige head that dissipates to leave a frothy crown. There is excellent, dense lacing that leaves a crackle-like finish. The aroma has lots of hops: predominately citrus-toned with some grassy, floral, and spiciness as well. There is also a toffee malt complexity underneath all the hops. The flavor goes through several stages. First is has a sweet, toffee malt base. Then a bit of alcohol punches out. Next the floral and citrus hop flavor comes through. The bitterness level starts moderate, but builds all the way through. This is a well-balanced beer overall. The body is medium-full and feels smooth in the mouth. An extremely solid IIPA. I wonder how the Hop Henge Imperial IPA compares to last year’s Hop Henge IPA...
22 oz bottle (362 0558I) from bitbucket (Apr 2007). Thanks Bob! Shared with Tmoney99 at Mainstrasse Village Pub in Covington, Kentucky. 8.1% ABV, 95 IBUs.
HopHeadinAZ (179) - Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle: Pours a dark copper with a finger’s worth of white head. Sweet citrus and alcohol dominate the nose. The flavor is hops, hops, hops. Good lacing. I get an oiliness throughout my mouth. Not a bad DIPA just not one of the best I’ve had.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Lee’s Beer Experience 5/12/07. I almost missed this one as I thought they just had their regular lineup. Pours cloudy copper type color, good white head. Aroma is mostly floral hops, light citrus. Taste is a good balance of flowery hops and malt. This was a surprise, glad to see it. Not like a typical the typical West Coast IIPA as I am used to.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Steve (THX) and served in my GI IPA tulip: Pours a coppery hue with a lasting almost creamy white head and excellent lacing. The aroma has notes of resiny and floral hops, hint of grapefruit and orange zest, some earthiness and biscuity malts, and a hint of soap water. The taste starts full force hop driven and does not let go. Tones of piney and citric flavors abound supported by some pepper and clove. There is a under layer of malt but it just a cover for the bitters to crush. The beer does lean towards being a bit unbalanced as the astringent metallic aftertaste lingers on a bit too much. A good beer but needs to be shared for this bomber bottle got overwhelming on the second glass.
Tmoney99 (9635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with shigadeyo. Pours a clear dark copper with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex hoppy citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Heavy hoppy bittersweet flavor with a good bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Very good brew to share with a freind.