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RATINGS: 870   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2012
Draught, St. Augustine’s. Earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Sticky hop and crystal, maybe a bit too sticky in the finish as well. A fairly plain IPA by today’s standards, it didn’t hold my interest at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear golden orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of orange, herbs, and pineapple. Flavors of pineapple, mango, orange, and caramel malt with a bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 3/4/2007 Total Score: 3.5
(Bottle) Pours an amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of pine, light citrus, and nuts. Flavor of hops, breadiness, and caramel with a bitter finish; nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11854) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle @ home. Like some of the other Deschutes IPAs, much dark than I’d expect/like. Copper pour with a white head. Nose is quite nice, at least. Very fruit forward. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Notes of apricot and peach, too. Pine, some caramel, and slight kumquat. Good balance of sweet and bitter tastes. Moderate caramel, but lots and lots of fruit. Tons of grapefruit, peach, and pineapple. Hints of kumquat on the finish and some piney bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11729) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2010
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head that mostly dissipates, atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some bread/biscuit, light lime. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some alcohol, bread, light lime. Soft medium-full body, somewhat sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11680) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. [021 09]Brilliant reddish copper color with a multi-finger off-white head. Nice aromas of citrus and floral. Medium body with mildly frothy carbonation. Flavor is very hoppy. Floral and citrus. The malt is background. Finish is slightly astringent, lightly burning, but it’s not harshly bitter. But it’s bitter. Very good.
Earlier Rating: 5/7/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Huge aroma of pine and grapefruit, with detectable malt. Beautiful copper amber color with an off-white head that stays and lightly tries to lace. Medium mouthfeel, burst of mixed hop, followed by strong malt. However, the malt comes and goes quickly, as this is all about a hop finish. Creamy with a bite. Relatively mild carbonation. It might get better than this, but not often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11319) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2009
Amber with a big and lasting white head. Fruity aroma with American hops and lots of alcohol. Sweet and malty flavour with fruity hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11292) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle. [thanks for the extra, after4ever]
Pours a wonderful orange amber with a fine smallish, creamy, off-white head. Fair duration, leaves fine lacings. Aroma has lots of strawberry, grapefruit and pine. Light caramel. Medium carbonation, fine dry mouthfeel. Flavour has a bit of ash, some caramel. Then lots of pine hops and general fruitiness (grapefruit, strawberry, apple, pear). Very dry throughout. Quite aggresive - and very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11284) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a big tight foamy off white head and copper color. Aroma is nice grapefruit and lemon rind/pine hops. Tase is resin/grapefruit rind with some bitter, some herbal, medium malt. Then some tannins and alcohol come to the front, detracting. Thanks skoutis for trade with jwc215 and me. 3.3, at cellar temp 3.6
Earlier Rating: 6/9/2008 Total Score: 3.1
22oz bottle @Noogfest4.0-thanks scoobyluv–pours an off white head and cloudy copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, cherry, biting hops, alcohol. Occasional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11228) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle shared with shigadeyo. Pours a clear dark copper with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex hoppy citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Heavy hoppy bittersweet flavor with a good bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Very good brew to share with a freind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (11162) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Intensiver Hopfenantrunk, der sich im Mittelteil steigert. Sehr aromatischer Hopfenanteil, inklusive Hefearomen. Es gesellt sich eine Bananenote hinzu, die sich auf gleicher Höhe mit der Herbe befindet. Aromatisch ist auch der Abgang, in dem der Hopfen grasig-fruchtige Noten vorlegt. Ein aromatisches und starkes, dennoch weiches IPA! 11/12/12/13/13/12

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