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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 17/20
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Sampled on 3/24/2009. This Imperial IPA pours a deep dark orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and good lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy hops, caramel and fruity malts. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of apricot and pineapple flavors. The hops are floral, citrusy and piney. Kind of juicy tasting. Lots of hop flavors and hop bitterness. Nice lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours amber with an off white head. Smells of sweet nectarines, grapefruit, melon, resiny, metallic, soapy. Tastes of layered citrus and has some bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3954) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2009
depp orange pour with a sticky beige head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, oranges, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is intense! Hops, hops, and more hops! Wow, ok this should be in the Double IPA category, no way is this a run of the mill IPA. The hops are relentless. Sticky oily resinous hops with notes of pine, and citrus. Wow, VERY bitter finish. An intense beer. Iím not getting much malt, this seems pretty one sided to me, its just thrashing my taste buds. Hop head seek this beer out!! i love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4457) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
On draft at the brewpub in Bend, Oregon. This came a bright clear orange with a fat white head and good lacing rings. Nose of citrus hops and some caramel malts. Smooth and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is strongly dominated by the citrus hops with some pine and floral hops as well. Nice bitter finish. Very well balanced and drinkable IPA.
Earlier Rating: 6/17/2008 Total Score: 3.4
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a copper to amber with a moderate white head and light lacing. Nose of citrus and floral hop. Mouthfeel is fizzy and the flavor is caramel malts and citrus hops. Alcohol burn kind of present in the finish.

   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 (1582) - 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 (3983) - 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.

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