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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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
22. Awesome, awesome new label. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a beautiful, dense, fairly long-lived creamy tan head. Big bold aromas of pine, wood, pepper, and a bit of underripe citrus. Creamy medium body. Very earthy and woody malt presence under the hops; nice resin, wood, and pine notes on the mid-palate as well. Kind of like a PNW english barleywine in a lot of ways. Delicious.
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Draft at T.S. McHugh’s. Nice with the dingle pie and clam chowder. Hazy copper with moussy bergs of white fluff atop. Acres of sticky lace all the way down. Some sweet biscuit and trace hints of loamy earth on the nose. Both drowned by the tangy bitter resin and pine scents. Nothing too fancy for a DIPA. Nice mix of biscuit and pine on the mid-palate, decent body, and a longish bitter resin finish. Not really an i2pa. More of an i.5pa. Gladly drink it again tomorrow, or never, doesn’t really matter which.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1456) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Tap @ Bittercreek (Boise): Cloudy goldish-brown with frothy off-white head and sticky lacing. Warm and inviting hop aroma of hay, almost sweet but powerful hops. The flavor is super hopalicious. Besides the normal bitter notes it has a lot of flavor of grapefruit rind and other earthy elements. It also hides the higher alcohol % well. It has a tasty great finish that sticks with you. In a word, delightful!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle via trade with Miketd. Pours a pretty, clear red orange that glows, sticky eggshell head. Nose is fresh and hoppy, probably amarillo and simcoe in here. fruity and sharp with peppery element. Taste is very hop forward with a awesome malt body to back it up. Very different. A bit of cattyness, but that could be Chinook, who knows. I think this should be under IIPA, but whatever. Imminently drinkable and delicious. Awesome. Thanks Mike.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Pours out redish copper with massive creamy white head. Smell piney. Taste is sweet malt and bitter hops. Nice balanced,sticky, hoppy IPA. Great fresh taste. Tasty, another great Deschutes brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2600) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 10, 2009
X-Tap at Deschutes: Pours copper with a thick, creamy beige head. Citrus and florals. Hoppy and sweet. The 95 IBUs are present for sure. Really nice balance of sweet citrus, floral, and light malty body in this hop-laden beauty. Really nice.
Earlier Rating: 5/26/2007 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle: Dark copper pour with a moderate sized fluffy white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is intense with piney and floral hops. Some grapefruit too. The taste is solid with hops, a little sweetness, and a lingering dry finish. The malt presence wasn’t very prominent, but if you like hops...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2838) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Courtesy trade with Chewy. Thanks man! Damn you west coasters are on a different level when it comes to hoppy beers! We just can’t do it like this in the east. This may be the hoppiest beer I’ve ever had and that’s no exaggeration. Aroma and taste are the same. Huge hop bombs. Citrus and grapefruit with nothing else allowed to come through. Only problem here is the aftertaste is too acidic and medicinal. I could drink this everyday, but the mouth numbing band aid bitterness gets to be a little overkill. Pour is a beautiful deep dark amber. Nice carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Wow, this is not a much-rated beer??? Yes, this says "Experimental" right on the label (got it at Zupan’s very close by) so it’s not the regular old version. This is the experimental version, see, and I like experimental stuff. David Lynch, Kayo Dot, that kind of thing. So, preamble now having been duly established, what does this offer, substantively speaking? A very hop-resiny drink that would not be mistaken for an Imperial. I wish I could think, right off, what else I could compare this to, but cannot. It is quite unique I think. Imagine perhaps an ESB with just a much greater thickness than the norm. It seems like beefed up on the malts without being sweet. There is no sweetness in this. The hop profile is immense, and whatever is the bitterest of hops, that’s what they’re using in here. But hops alone can be only so bitter, hence the reference to a ’roided-up ESB. It’s not Double-Bastard bitter or Barley Wine bitter, this is just straight-from-the-hop bitter. Very drying on the finish. My hats off to Deschutes for crafting something so distinct.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Color is a light amber with good carbonation and a nice head. Aroma is strong with the scent of fresh green hops. Taste is bright citric and hoppy. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a sharp feel. Finish jumps out with a bold hop citrus that gives a lemongrass and lettuce taste then some floral hop flavor and bitterness. After taste is complex with the lemon turning to a strong grapefruit and an almost acidic bitterness that holds on for a while. This is an interesting brew but way way too much citrus for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
22 oz bottle shared by miketd
I haven’t tried many Deschutes beers but the ones I have are always solid. This reinforces their standing as a brewery who knows how to put out great products. I am not sure what makes this "experimental" but whatever it is they should do it more often. Trade for a bottle if you can while it is still fresh.

Aroma / Appearance - An ash white head and stained brown body melded into a solid presence. Fluid and mellow it hinted at a strong blend of grapefruit, citrus, cloves, and other hops. Bright it makes itself known without being over the top.

Flavor / Palate - Hoppy and aggressive the profile of grapefruit and citrus wakes up the palate. At 8.75% it shouldn’t be as sessionable as it is. This would be great to drink all night even though after a pint and a half your taste buds might be overwhelmed with bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Fiery burnt orange color with a 3 finger ivory head that left significant lacing. Evergreen forward with pine resin, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Just enough caramel malt to balance out the harsh bitterness. I was pretty impressed by this brew...Deschutes has really been putting out some impressive stuff.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2008 Total Score: 3.5
Where’s the imperial in this IPA??? Perdy (yes, I meant to spell it that way) crystal clear orange-amber color with a small white head that left lacing. This beer has a sweeter aroma than expected, but still possesses the traditional characteristics of most IPA’s. Flavor is well balanced and truly enjoyable...citrus, douglas fir, caramel late, minimal bitterness. A little thin. If this wasn’t categorized as a double or Imperial IPA, I’d definitely rate this highter!!!


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