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RATINGS: 903   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11482) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2008
Sample at Tenaya Creek in Las Vegas. The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a wispy white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Earthy malt, fruit and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with fresh fruity hops, malt and caramel flavors. The finish is hoppy with lingering citrus and earthy malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with white laced head. Nice clear hop aroma. Taste is some malt and bitter, hides the alcohol. Not much Imperial about this more an IPA with an extra % abv.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stetzel (22) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2008
i donít know why i keep trying deschutes.they are very lack luster.everything they do anymore taste the same.if this beer would have come out ten years ago,i probally would have loved it!??!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2008
22oz bottle. Clear, dark amber with good head. Big hops, but balanced well. Man, the pine hops keep coming in the taste and the bitterness really sticks around. Very bright hops. I love that it isnít even close to being sticky, syrupy malt. Comes off as light biscuit. This is more like a true double hop IPA vs. an almost hoppy barleywine, like many imperial ipas these days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 13, 2008
On tap at the PDX Green Dragon. Pours dark mohogany/amber with a soft light beige head. Big floral hop nose, fresh and citrusy. Hops were floral through the flavor as well, very well built beer, not overwhelming on the bitterness, but a beautiful balance of malts and fresh hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2008
On tap at Horse Brass. Pours a bright orangey with a thinner offwhite head. The nose is bright with sharp citrusy hops, orange as well. Lightly sweet, without any darker or even caramelly malt character. Clean and lovely. Lower in carbonation. A bit fuller than watery, drinkable. Flavors bright and sharp. Really clean hop bite, largely citrus. The sweetness is very light, the pale malt flavor is strong. The finish is clean. A bit creamy maybe. Reminds me of Moylander. Better than I think the average score suggests!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2008
22 oz bomber from stoutlover72, thanks Garret. Poured a hazy orange/amber with a small bubbly off white head. Rather sweet aroma for an IIPA with notes of fresh hops, caramel and rum. Medium bodied with average carbonation and bitter finish. Flavor of bread, caramel and toffee.....wheres the citrus and pine from the hops?? Although this beer is drinkable I was far from impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2007
"In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, there lived a strange race of people... the Druids. No one knows who they were, or what they were doing... but their legacy remains... hewn into the living rock of Stonehenge..." Spinal Tap. Surely the finest band ever to pull on spandex pants and lose a drummer to a bizarre gardening accident. Deschutes may not have had Tap in mind when they named this imperial IPA, but the standing stones on the label are about the size of those on Tapís stage set. Hop Henge was a cherry-tinted brown colour with a loose cover of suds. The nose-prickling aroma was floral - violets, perhaps - with strong pine needles and caramel. Soft carbonation and quite thin in the limbs. Chocolate orange, intense lime flavours, Seville marmalade and a coarse, herbal finish. Very sweet and under-attenuated - presumably to balance the heavy alpha acids. Strong crystal malt toffee notes. Intensely bitter mouthwash-like finish. For mine, this was too sweet to rank amongst the better IIPAs. (Bottle courtesy of Linc at Eczeís Sydney RB 2007 gathering. Thanks to both.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle. Orange-red pour with a white head. Aroma of caramel musty malt, floral/grassy hops, light fruits and yeast. Flavors of sweet candied malt and earthy floral hops. Medium body, bittersweet with a sweet/bitter/dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2007
TRADE. Thanxz! To me, this p[oured a cloudy orange. Samll non descript head. Nosewas more malt than hop? Now the taste was a sour grapefruit. Pine in the palate as well. There was an underlying ???? about thgis, but the bottle said 8.+% The after taste/linger is HOPPY man, and , with the cool weather, It is a bit hot/hoppy for me. thanx for the trade. I loved this, and I am not a hop man.!

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