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RATINGS: 905   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
WABeerFiend (362) - - 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 weren’t that great. I drain poured it when I got sick of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foyle (360) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkeh (358) - Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bomber to tulip. Best by 06/03/14. Nice orange honey color. Frothy white head, alcohol legs on this one. Aroma is fantastic! Right away there’s citrus, grapefruit, kiwi, pine, a bready biscuit aroma, and dare I say banana? It’s got a really sweet malt aroma too. Taste is solid, but nothing to write home about. Mild malt flavor, some grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Kind of a slippery, soapy mouthfeel that I’m kinda digging. The alcohol is hidden well at 8.8%. Overall a very solid offering from Deschutes once again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (356) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Well she is a middle of the packer...alot to offer yet lacking in places for me.....iipa are tough to master... This lacked in the aroma which sets the tone...I enjoyed it but will probably be another 3 years before I try it again... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
decants a fairly bright orange-tinted red, with a sticky light orange head . dank nose seems to favor cascade in the blend - old school grapefruit seems to be the dominant note. a touch of toffee-ish malt nose. small note of malt up front seriously wiped out in a wave of hop bitterness and hard citric pith notes. definate high co-humulone burn in the finish. pretty impressive hop bite. the harsh rattines is not really my thing, but this is what it is - a big hop bomb busting with old school American hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (354) - Napa, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 Tap at Capone’s. Somewhat dark amber with o/w head that dissapated quickly. This was very dissapointing. A clash of quite sweet, minimal flavor malt with very abrupt, harsh bittering hops. The two didn’t go together at all. No pleasant flavors of malt or hops here. Alcohol was noticable as well. Quite shitty. F U Deschutes. I was very reluctant to try your Hop Henge, now I won’t touch any of your offerings again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Pour is a dark golden copper that is crystal clear. Has thick white head that fades but leaves perfect lacing. Aroma is wonderful...the hops fill the room with lovely pine, floral and earthy notes. Also has a sweet caramel malt note. Flavor drops off slightly...its bitter but a little brash. Palate is thin and a little metallic but has good carbonation. Solid but probably best fresh.
Earlier Rating: 10/2/2008 Total Score: 4.6
So I might have to rethink what an IIPA looks like...this brew its probably the best looking beer I’ve ever seen (the liquid part that is, the head is good but is a yellowish color and just doesn’t look as pure, but since the liquid looks so amazing, its a 5). Perfectly clear golden amber. First initial smell was banana, citrus hops and slightly malty...2nd and 3rd smells I can’t smell the banana anymore. Flavor is hops of citrus and earth, malts of bread, caramel and spiciness. Very clean tasting brew that has a slight bitterness and a warm mouth feel. I really could drink this all day and night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Wonderful beer. Bottle pours and nice copper color. Really nice fruity, hoppy aroma. Delicious fruit notes with hints of pine and grass. Top notch beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pressboxjoe (332) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle poured into tulip. Lovely familiar and fruity aroma. Pours bright and clear, not a cloud in the amber sky. Persistent white head. Grapefruit, peach and flowers with a sweet malty aroma. Some spruce or maybe spruce sap develops over time. Instant lacing, which is always nice. First sip is understated. Oddly, though my tongue receives it relishingly and is prepared for a full-bodied extravaganza, somehow a full sip doesn’t quite deliver. Has more in common, I would say, with Two-Hearted Ale than with Hopslam. Then the hops kick in, bitterness in the extreme, but fairly well balanced by sweetness bubbling underneath. I probably won’t pay again what I paid to get this, but I am glad I had a chance to enjoy it. Maybe someday soon Deschutes will be out this way.

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