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RATINGS: 859   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - 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!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks Mike! Pours orange with white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, with some sweet caramel. Flavor is in your face biting hops. Pine, grapefruit, and finishes with a sweet grapefruit flavor. I was thinking simcoe perhaps? Great brew.
Earlier Rating: 5/31/2008 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle pours dark amber color with a off white head. Aroma is more sweet smelling from the malt than hops. Has a medium mouthfeel. Taste follows my nose and is pretty malty for a IIPA. Some hop flavors come in on the back end. Overall a decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a clear medium copper color with a good sized of white head that left good lacing. Tons of fresh pine and sweet malts on the nose with a touch of citrus. Flavor was medium sweet with great hop bitterness to round everything off. I great IIPA from the boys from Bend OR. Shouldn’t this be classified as a Double IPA?? Being almost 9%
Earlier Rating: 5/26/2008 Total Score: 3.2
22oz bottle from S.B. Liquor. Pours a nice burnt orange amber with a fairly thin off white head. Nose started off with good amounts of pine and citrus, then disappeared quite quickly. Flavor was a little off, had kind of a mineraly finish. Not overly impressed with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours caramel orange with a large tan head...aroma is bright pine and sweet malt...then you taste it...Not so sweet...hop bomb, citrus, pine, sunshine...the sweetness is still there, but you need to get past the ass puckering IBU’s to find it...balanced? who knows, my brain is melting...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Pours a mostly clear, dark amber color with an average, pillowy, creamy, and yellowish head which settles somewhat quickly and leaves some lace. Nose is filled with lots of ruby red grapefruit, resinous pine filtering in right behind and other notes of spicy alcohol and faint biscuits; simple but pleasant. Flavor is not the same with the juicy, ruby red grapefruit hops diminishing quickly leaving dry resinous pine, dead grass, and tobacco. By the finish, only a moderately high onslaught of herbal bitterness remains. The palate is lively, more than medium, and lightly sticky and velvety. Last year’s version was put together much better with the hop flavors melding well together. All the nice citrus notes in the nose and early in the flavor progression are demolished by less attractive hop notes. Good but far less inviting than last years version.
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2007 Total Score: 4
Pours a transluscent copper-ruby color with an average-sized, off-white, creamy, frothy head; longevity is fair and lacing is tight and a little sporatic. Nose is a little muted but still sweet and citrusy; grapefruit, caramelized raisin, lightly bready, and lightly piney. Flavor is totally unexpected; starts with some sweet caramel and some citrus but quickly the hop flavors and bitterness kick in bringing an onslaught of presence. Buttery, biscuity malts back the highly bitter hop notes of herbal and some pine, almost cedar-like by the finish. Palate is interestingly nearly full, slick but still silky, and soft to lively. Finishes average length, all bitter with some warmth and lingering notes of herb and cedar. I would have thought there were more IBU’s than 95 based on the overpowering sensation the hops give, and it did take a while for my palate to adjust to the onslaught. But after the entire bomber, I liked it more after each sip. I think too many people were too quick on judging this one, it is not you typical IIPA and certainly took some getting used to; but it is refreshing from some others that try to simplify the style. Intriguingly sweet nose, and overwhelmingly overpowering hops in the taste.

   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! Don’t know if I could make myself buy a pint of this again. That minty flavor was simply overpowering.

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