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RATINGS: 857   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
22oz bottle from Larry Pitonka. Aroma: Lightly sweet grainy maltiness with a touch of caramel, Big resin hoppiness, with some pine, pineapple and mango, and some earthy/herbal. Appearance: Dark amber in color and slightly hazed. Light beige head was full and foamy with great retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Grainy malt, caramel, light pepper, pine and resin, orange and pineapple, earthy and grassy. Bitterness has a nice bite to it. Nice dry finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Great IIPA. A nice balance of malt and hop, and a perfect level of bitterness. Really enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pours a nice deep amber color with a medium white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of pine and flowers. Taste has more citrus flavor to it than the smell but it is still dominated by the pine and flower tastes. The aftertaste starts off as a sharp hoppy flavor but eventually gives way to a malty smoothness, which is the only time that malts are really apparent in this beer. A nice offering from deschutes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Recived this from LarryP in a trade. Dark amber color. Smell of English hops, light appricots, honey, touch of brown sugar, grass, light pine, malt and some dark fruit. Taste of hops, bitters, salt, rye, caramel, grains, grass alcohol and minor pine. Dry, bitterness at the end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Off the hinges with hops with a well constructed malt backbone. Quite acclamatory has this beer been on a regular basis. Easily represented is the 95 IBU claim of this symbolic NW IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Aroma is hop,grassy,grainey hop with a touch of fruitness and caramel,hard to believe these are Cascade and Centennial hops here,as they are not coming through that strong,the hops jump on you right away,the bittering hops more so then anything,its actually on the high side, grassy and slightly piney hop flavorand a hint of caramel backing round it out. Sort of confusing hop profile,to hoppy to be really English. Thanks Kingpin

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Draft at Toronado in San Francisco. Poured a clear orange color. Head was off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was grapefruit, pine resin, and a bit of malty caramel. Hop bitterness was big and bit my tongue hard (in a good way). Lots of nice citrusy hop flavor mixed with fig, pear, brown sugar, and celery. Interesting and complex beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Thanks to KenB for this one as part of Mystery Swap 2.0. Deep copper pour with a creamy, 2-finger off-white head. Big piney wet hop aroma, plus mango, grapefruit, and caramel malt. Tastes caramel malty, with a medium palate heft, and flavor notes of piney hops, tangerine, grapefruit, and mango. Finishes a bit on the dry side, and a bit sticky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy golden orange. Small white head that disipates quickily. Small bits of foam are left around the edges of the glass. Smell is of strong citrus and floral hops. Lots and lots of hops in the aroma. Taste is somewhat astringent and very bitter. Finish is bitter enough to make your mouth pucker. As the brew warms the malt character shows through more and more, balancing the hoppy bitterness. When warmed to room temperature it is a bit sweeter than I expected and very enjoyable. Good medium creamy mouth feel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottled. Beer is clear, medium-dark amber brown. Head is small, lightly frothy, white. Diminishes into a ring.<P> The aroma is very hop-driven. Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, toasted bread crust/brown rice; Hoppy with heavy notes of sticky resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of dough and a trace of basement; Light note of alcohol.<P> The flavor is heavily bitter, moderately sweet, lightly acidic with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet, lighlty acidic and lightly astringent finish.<P> Nice in the mouth. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P> Overall grippy and a little dull.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Beautiful tawny red. smell is classic IIPA wish i could get the stuff here though. good good beer


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