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RATINGS: 859   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. Itís all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
On tap. Clear amber with thin but creamy head. Some lace. Citric hop aroma. Rich sweet malt backbone balance by bitter hops. Grapefruit flavors in the foreground and melon in the background. Nice mouthfeel. I couldnít believe it was 8.5%, the alcohol is so well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
Aroma of spicy hops and a nice touch of citrus, pours very clear, pale amber with a red tint and a nice inch head. If it has the claimed 95 IBUs, this is the most well balance beer I have ever had. Hops are very distinct, but far from overpowering, balance very well by a good dose of sweetness. Med-full bodied, with a creamy texture, and a nice crisp, yet moderatly bittered finish. Lots of hop flavor, without the associated knock-your-socks-off bitterness (even though I like that too). Very impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2010
pours clear and orange/amber - aroma is citrusy, floral, fresh hop and clean - mouthfeel is very nice and not too carbonated like some IPAs. Flavor is hops, fruity (banana like) , grapefruit and very smooth. This brew really hides the ABV - I couldnít believe it was 8.75 - I would have guessed at around 6.5. Wish I could get more of this in Indiana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
bomber, caramel, cereal, grass, spruce, citrus, amber, clear, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium body, average carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2008
ON Tap @ the Brass in Portland. Truly great stuff, very nicely balanced and with a thick feel. A great summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
Nice golden orange pour with substancial head. Nice hopps with a citrus finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bomber pours reddish amber with a large off white head into a tulip. Classic Deschutes cascade hop aroma, crystal malts stand out, biscuity, floral and honey sweetness. The cascade hops really take over this beer. Malts are in the background to balance it out to some degree. Biscuity, slightly toasty, pear and apricot in a dry finish. Velvety on the palate with close to full body and a medium level of carbonation. Pretty damn drinkable considering the abv. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pours a nice deep amber color with a medium white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of pine and flowers. Taste has more citrus flavor to it than the smell but it is still dominated by the pine and flower tastes. The aftertaste starts off as a sharp hoppy flavor but eventually gives way to a malty smoothness, which is the only time that malts are really apparent in this beer. A nice offering from deschutes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
Not as much hoppiness as I was expecting although I might have had an LTS. Despite the apparent lack of hops, this is still a tasty brew. Mild hop aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine and a lingering sweet malt that is more present in the taste where the hops take a back seat. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Iím rating this as an Imperial IPA, not an IPA. Aroma-Piney, resinous and a little citrusy, with some strawberry esters. Appearance- Itís dark for an IIPA, the head dissipates quickly, and it is a bit cloudy when cold, possibly due to dry-hopping. Flavor- Hops! Piney and grapefruit, with some moderate resinous flavors. Bitter taste hangs on after the beer is swallowed. The Malt background balances the hop profile, barely. There are oaky flavors that I detect. There is a definate citrus flavor which triggers the sour sensor on the side of my tongue. Palate- Medium Body, the bitterness seems astingent, but itís just the hop bitterness. Moderate-high carbonation.

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