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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (207) - Napa, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
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. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - JAN 4, 2011
oahu whole foods. another winner from deschutes. delicious. perfect head, golden amber, crystal clear. not overpowering at all. nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
This is a good beer, the hops are not as prominent as I expected. Instead, the biscuity characteristic as they call it in the description seems to be prominent. Decent Imperial IPA, however; I have higher expectations and, sadly, this did not meet up to those.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours a golden apricot color with a nice white head. The nose is floral apricot, caramel, grapefruit and hints of mango. The pallet very balanced with a subtle hop bitterness on the finish. The flavors are floral and bitter hops, caramel, mango, apricot, an almost grape apple flavor. All these Flavors blend together making it very difficult to distinguish who is the dominate flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours copper with nice creamy head; decent lacing. I love the aroma of this beer: subtly hoppy, sweet malts, caramel, and cool with fruit...peach? grapes? Taste of hops and citrus. Good mouthfeel finishes slightly bitter, almost underwhelming, but it lingers just long enough to appreciate it. If I rated this as a "DIPA" Iíd probably knock off a few points because itís definitely thin, and lacks the punch, from what you would expect from the style...but this is just a damn good beer and Iím glad Iím drinking it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomasus (200) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 2013/14 from a bomber... Better than the 2011... Pours a nice amber marmalade with a decent head of tightly packed bubbles. Aroma is nice and fresh: light caramel and hay, hops galore, resin, floral, grass, spruce, citrus, herbs, light cheese and basement, alcohol, and (shudder) grape fruit. The taste is actually way off balance... bitter. Palate is more of the same bitter... Itís good but one dimensional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Tap, clear amber with thick white head, huge aroma of pine/grass hops with slight toffee background, complex combo of hops on palate with pine hops up front followed by caramel malt then citrus hops, then very clean bitters residing on palate, surprised how balenced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2011
22 Oz. Pours a solid copper with prefect carbonation for a IIPA and medium head. Aroma isnít as powerful as one would expect but the grapefruit and citrus notes are very prominent and clear. Taste is very well balanced and I actually found to be very intricate and pleasant once I actually sat down with this beer. Starts off with a strong bitterness quickly followed by a decently strong sweetness that really brings out the citrus, grapefruit, resinous oily hop profile. My first impression was of a pore crafted Double IPA but after taking a few to decipher the beer it is quite excellent. Deschutes takes this beer off of the well beaten IIPA path and I like it! Finishes bittersweet leaving that sticky grapefruit impression yet is very clean and unoffensive to the palate. Score another for Deschutes!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Able to try this courtesy of trade with emmasdad. Bomber poured a dark amber into a Duvel tulip with a two-finger head which quickly dissaped. Lacing was ample and lasting. Nose was biscuity and sweet malts and some citrus and floral hops, though subdued for what I expected. Not a lot of carbonation is visible nor affects mouthfeel or taste. Mouthfeel was medium, not terribly oily and almost chewy. Taste was well balanced, some citrus (pineapple, lemon, orange), some hoppy bitterness giving way ultimately to a syrupy sweetness. Itís maybe a bit to cloying and sticky for my liking but all-in-all a decent, well-balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (196) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Pint at Devilís Advocate. A golden ale that sports little to no head. A refreshing aroma with hops prevalent. A definite hop taste with citrus undertones. Kind of has some double IPA elements but doesnít commit to that style. I enjoy it. I would hop at least a henge to taste it again.

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