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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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. Itís all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (329) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
Very hoppy and malty aroma; does not have as much pine and/or citrus scent as other DIPAís I have tried. Clean. almost grassy smell comes through on the second whiff. Pours a bright golden color with tons of white foam that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Tastes light, has some citrus that didnít come out in the aroma, has the hop bitterness that I was looking for, but not overly bitter. I detected a little honey-like malt sweetness as well. Palate was slick and not overly carbonated. I have to dock the palate a point for not having that strong, long lasting aftertaste that I like in a DIPA. This was good, not great. Worth drinking, not very expensive, but surprisingly forgettable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ctplt777 (326) - - AUG 23, 2014
Tons of tangerine, grapefruit, and orange juice. Probably from the Cascade. Super drinkable very bitter. a lot going on here. As it warmed up I kept getting different flavors and aromas. This is an interesting IPA, I really like it. Theres something about it thatís different in a good way. I really enjoyed drinking it because of how much it changed as it got warm. Really good stuff I highly recommend this!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
WABeerFiend (324) - - APR 24, 2015
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 werenít that great. I drain poured it when I got sick of it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Bottle. Pours mostly clear dark (golden brownish) orange with a sizeable head. Nose is a spicy evergreen forest of hops. So hoppy that the initial malty sip is quite a surprise, but it eventually fades into earthy hops with a long nice finish. Lacks the overpowering bite of some IPAs, but the flavors are interesting and very well balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Dark amber body with a nice head, and it just looks really tempting. However, the aroma’s a bit skunky with a hint of grassy hops. The flavor follows through with some grass hop character. However, it’s quite subdued. I’m afraid I may have got a hold of a bad bottle or simply an old one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2007
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 donít know how this beer could age especially since it is an IIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Deschutes Brewery 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foyle (322) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 24, 2015
On tap in a tulip glass. Appearance: poured a 1" white head that dropped quickly with some nice lacing on the glass. Color is a cloudy golden-orange with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma: hop forward with pine, citrus dominate and some white bread dough in the background. Mouthfeel: medium bodied and viscous, with a dry, bitter, warming finish. Flavor: strong grapefruit, tangerine, and pine hops are balanced with nice biscuit and malty sweetness. Overall: a nice sipper at 9.5% abv. It is not overly boozy (which is plus), but the alcohol is not entirely hidden either.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2009
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. IBUís 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
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.


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