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RATINGS: 853   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8867) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Orangish pour. Orange peel, caramel, yeast. Flavor us sweet and malty with some background hops. Resin.
Earlier Rating: 3/16/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Pours an amber color with a very nice whitish head. Aroma is full of grapefruit peel, christmas tree and some sweet malt. Flavor carries through from the aroma. Hoppy and malty and delicious!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 Bottle… mgumby10’s & hopscotch’s WtFFfFDotF Throwdown … Clear burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic, small, tight retention. Caramel, citric, earthy aroma – grapefruit, biscuit, black tea and pine. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. Big caramel and biscuit malt backbone lends plenty of support to the nice, earthy, hop bitterness. Raspy, moderately bitter, dry finish.

Earlier Rating: 3/7/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle...O-Town Throwdown... Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The aroma delivers notes of black tea, caramel, cotton candy, tropical fruit and mild grapefruit. The flavor is sweet toffee balanced decently by bitter notes of black tea and grapefruit rind. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. Thanks to Crosling for sending the bottle our way!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and very slightly hazy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Some lacing was left on the glass as the head diminished. Aromas of fruitiness, citrus, floral, caramel, and pine. Tastes of pine, citrus, lighter fruitiness (vs. the aromas), floral, and caramel. The floralness came out more and more as I drank and enjoyed this one. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Earlier Rating: 4/6/2007 Total Score: 3.5
22oz bottle share courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, some caramel, citrus, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Medium bitter with only a trace of a malt balance. Struck me to be more of an IPA vs. an IIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Golden yellow, 3 months past expiration but only received it in last few months. Carbonation bubbles. Almost a half inch of white foam bubbly head. Lacey, hop aromas are hard to distinguish. Taste held together, initially good hoppiness, palate filler not a shredder. Creamy above average mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Tap at City Beer Store in San Francisco. Sort of hard to know which Hop Henge to rate this under but we had the new batch, which I’m pretty positive was 9% and this is the only version listed on Deschutes’ website.

Poured a clear orange to amber with a medium white head leaving some nice sticky lace. Nose is full of orange candies, fresh citrus, and simple syrup. Taste is dry, nutty bitter, sweet syrup, candied citrus, maple, nutty bitter. Something like puppy breath comes into the flavor... As it warms, the sticky sweet body becomes too much and you are overloaded with grenadine and syrupy sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
22 ounce bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a a medium head. Fair head retention and good lacing. Nice aroma with notes of citrus and resin, strawberry and pear with a nice toffee and grainy malt backbone. Taste is sweet toffee malts and huge citrus notes. Very bitter hops. Peppery finish. Medium bodied. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
Tap at Crow’s Feet Commons, Bend, 23/05/13. Hazed orange amber with a thin off white head. Nose is bitter orange, pine, hops, grapefruit. Taste carries a big pine bite, hops, bitter grapefruit, orange pith, citrus, grass, caramel. Full bodied, fine carbonation. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to Cavie. Pours clear amber. White head. Nose and taste of pineapple, citrus, hops and caramel malt. Light dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Ridiculously fresh, supple, gooey, dripping, glistening pineapple and pear flavored hop oils. Candied cherries and sugared, gummy pineapple slices tickle the front of the tongue, while a soft oiliness and a chewy richness of body overtakes the palate. Sharpness builds over the middle, finishing with a snappy but rounded bite on the back of the throat. Just an insane IPA. Everything I love in IPA - clean, oily, extremely fresh, fullness from proper protein breakdown during mashing. Last bottle I had was weird :/

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle, Batch #3, 2009. Pours with a sticky orange-amber body with a large foamy off-white head that leaves awesome lacing. Aroma is excellent with fruity hops including peach, tangerine, and others, raspberry and a noticeable sweetness, sugar and caramel. Taste is a very nice balance of toffee, berries, burnt sugar and fruity, floral hops. Creamy bubbles...Great!


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