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Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Who knows what inspired the ancients to build Stonehenge--or what inspired us to build Hop Henge in its likeness. But build it we did, out of wrapped bales of whole-flower hops out on the brewery lawn. Like the rest of the Bond Street Series, Hop Henge highlights the creativity and curiousity of our brewers. Bolder than its English ancestors, with huge hops and a bitter finish, this IPA is no wallflower.

NOTE: This is the original version. In 2007 it was bumped up to an IIPA. See that entry here.



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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2006
How neat to be the first to rate this beer. Red/Orange grapefruit color. Really expressive (and damn impressive) hop aroma, which gives hints of herbs and pine, but also a variety of fruts, like a fruit cocktail bowl with a big fork. Congratulations, Deschutes, for nailing hop aroma. Malt body is indeed muscular, but it’s pretty subtle and lacking character overall. Fortunately, the vibrant and well chosen hop character makes up for it. The hop character is very fruity, but well texturized and nicely balanced, with a variety of apricot and peach notes, as well as hints of pine, herbs and flowers. A bit lighter in body that I would prefer, but still damn good. Keep em coming Deschutes!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Once again I am honored to introduce another great beer to ratebeer. This is a great IPA. It pours an orange amber with an off white head. With a very fruity, hoppy floral aroma. The flavor is of pine, hops, spice, and grapefruit. Overall an extremely good beer with a smooth flavor and creamy palate.


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