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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9050) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle @ home. Copper orange appearance with a small cream colored head. Quite potent piney, earthy, organic hoppy nose. Pretty bitter, orange/grapefruit citrusy, piney, earthy hoppy, sweet pale malty flavor. It’s not blowing me away but it’s an enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8867) - 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 (8552) - 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 (8366) - 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 (8322) - 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 (8276) - 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 (8214) - , 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 (7977) - 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 :/

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7959) - 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.


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