asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a white head on top. Aroma is full of hops, loads of hops, mostly pine with hints of caramel. Flavor is mostly bitter pine hops at the beginning mixing in with citrus and grapefruit as the flavors go along. Starts off bitter and ends with a bitter dry taste. Malts do sneak in and make the beer a little bit enjoyable. A little bit more balance would certainly make this beer shine. However, as is, this beer seems as though it needs age. I don’t know how this beer could age especially since it is an IIPA.
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop Henge Experimental IPA
Pours medium amber with a pleasing white head. Some lacing on the glass. StrongAroma of citrus hops with a resin pine note. Smells interesting, and there is something in it I cannot place my nose on. Flavor is slightly bittersweet resiny hops with a bitter lingering finish. Not overpowering for a DIPA, but enjoyable.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliant shade of reddish orange copper. Head is a two fingered ivory color.....very sticky lace and great retention as it lasted throughout my tasting. Nose is clean and somewhat subdued but floral....pine needles, lemon pith, grapefruit and raw pastry dough. Very biting up front and on through the finish. Bitter and bold. IBU’s are high but balanced decently. The middle of the palate is where the diversity is, although not overly complex. Grapefruit rind, fresh pine sap, spring flowers, earthy and woody with a blood orange twang. Some caramel, honey and butterscotch sweetness jumps out from the back of your throat after the initial "hop shock" finish. Good dense body, a touch oily, buttery, some diacetyl presence after it warms some. Not bad.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another awesome IPA and another awesome Deschutes beer. The intensity of the aroma on this beer is simply astounding; the aroma permeates the surrounding air like a good congac. The aroma is generally appealing with several different hop notes. The initial taste is great as you get a huge hop profile; the malts are hard to detect in the face of such an onslaught, but they do enough to keep this beer too one sided. The finish is good, and the hops stick around for a while. Hurry and go find one of these; you will not regret it.
VinegarStroke (320) - Napa, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear, light copper with thick head and great lace. Very lifted hoppy aroma. Slightly green but floral. Not really piney. Rich dry to off dry palate thats not sour but very bitter. Dense and long. Loads of hops on the palate but really malt driven. Great flavor and weight.
A massive beer. Aromas of a West Coast IPA but the palate shows a hint of the East Coast IPA.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 22oz. Pours a nice amber with a foamy off-white head. Lots of citrusy and flowery hops in this very fresh aroma that make me anticipate the flavor. Great smooth maltiness with a constant hovering hop bitterness, finishing with a little bit of sweet malt. A little lingering hops. Certainly one of the smoothest and creamiest palates I’ve experienced, as well. Definitely a top-notch beer.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanx 2 cbkschubert. aroma is very sweet grapefruit. taste is very caramel sweet grapefruit rind. very bwine-ish but still tasty.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Arizona strong beer festival. I think they cut down a pine tree, and stuck it in a pine barrel, and brewed it. Then they squeezed a bit of grapefruit into it and served it as a beer. Oregon does have a lot of pine trees, so one wouldn’t be missed would it?
Anova167 (304) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper and clear with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is mostly fruity hops with peach, melon, orange, and grapefruit with a hint of the malt backbone. Taste is more of the same in the hop department with a solid malt backbone that largely stays in the background. This is very well balanced for a 95 IBU beer. It isnt bitter for bitterness’ sake. The malt is there to stand up to the hops, but isnt forward and cloying like other double IPAs.
WABeerFiend (303) - - APR 24, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
04.07.15 best by date. Poured from a bomber into a pub glass on 02.01.15.
A: Citrus, bready malt, and maybe honey malt.
A: 1 finger head that stays. See through dark orange body. Bubbles wash up nicely when pouring.
T: Pineapple and candied tropical fruit dominate. Orange, slight honey on the back end, pine, and vomit are subtle.
P: Oily and smooth. Thick for an IPA.
O: The oily mouthfeel and the taste weren’t that great. I drain poured it when I got sick of it.