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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/deschutes-hop-henge-imperial-ipa/68396/>here.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Draught @ Bittercreek Alehouse - Boise, ID
Light hazy mamber, sticky thick head and decent lacing. Nose of fresh zesty citrus hops, light in malt but plenty piney, resinous and sticky in the hop department. The flavor is balanced but a strong bit of carbonation and an offset sweetness level foul up the already light body. Finishes bitter, lasting, but still clean and refreshing. A bit malty and strong with the hops. Above par PNW example of the style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Wow. The nose on this thing is amazing. Bowls you over with floral hops, citrus, grape, other sweet fruits. I was afraid to taste it and be let down, but I wasn’t, at least not much. The flavor is very balanced, not as bitter as I had feared. It’s very citrusy, so you gotta like that. Overall, though, my new favorite IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Bottle. Pours an attractive reddish orange color, very clear. A long lived off-white head forms and leaves sheets of lacing behind. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, lots of piney and earthy qualities to it. Medium bodied. Just the barest hints of toasted malt are washed away quickly by the hop bitterness. A bit overdone on the hops perhaps, nothing horrendous but definitely qualifying as a hop bomb. Bitterness lasts quite some time in the finish. Decent, palate killer. <P> 2005 release consumed Nov. 2006. Deep bloody copper colored with a long retaining off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma is hoppy with a huge caramel influence, light musty influence. Medium bodied. Lots of caramel malt in aroma and tatste. Piney and earthen hops in flavor. Earthy qualities last in aftertaste. Tasty. Holding up well.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Amber body with a laced vanilla head, a nose so hoppy it could only belong to that of a some sort of large lizard beast, the sort of creature that you imagine is terrorizing some small japanese hillside village but can’t truly feel the passion of until it sits down breathes fire down your mind while it brews a beer with a druid and an uptight conservative asshole (possibly a lizard beast himself), I hate to support a brewery that’s based on such a satanic framework as the republican party, but satan’s army seems to have produced a rather pleasantly decent brew this time, bitter domination with out a great deal of balance in the flavor, honey, with sort of a weak malt finish, rigid hop palate, and the beast continues to breed despite my pleas for peace

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Beer pours a murky, dark yellow-amber color with a small, beige, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is really alluring! A light, sweet malt base of toasted bread supports a complex hop orchestration of flowers and herbs, juicy grapefruit, dried apricot, resin/pine and cedar. A nice spicy alcohol note adds additional interest. The flavor is lightly sweet and moderately bitter and gives away quickly to a long, lingering, lightly acidic, heavily bitter finish that wants to go on forever. The body is medium, the texture is almost velvety and the carbonation is average. The finish is lightly warm with alcohol. A few more samples like this and I could become an IPA fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle: Dark caramel, slight haze, huge foamy off-white head, fairly nice lacing, very light carbonation.   Sweet hop nose, slightly floral, even a touch of berry.   Resiny hop flavor, pine, citrus rind on the backside that is quite strong.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Long lingering bitterness, definitely a step above most other IPA offerings of Deschutes.   Double Bail Quail maybe?   Why not release that one again, ey?   Nice balance of semi-sweet malt and bitterness at the finish.   This one seems bigger than your average IPA, almost into IIPA territory.   Yeah, this one works for me...


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bomber. Pours a hazy, dirty brown with a creamy medium head, nice retention, small bubbles. Aroma is piney, floral, grapefruit hops, balanced. Flavor starts with a nice floral hop, balanced with sweetness. Nice solid bitterness to the beer, very lasting. Sort of an earthy, mild spice thing going on underneath everything else. Body is light, refreshing. Finish is long with mild hops. I was really expecting a hop bomb out of this, but it is acutally quite refined and delicate.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough, sweat), with a light note of black tea. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, moderately astringent. Well...it looks kinda nice, but...pretty simple aroma (gotta be a hophead and able to tolerate [or not detect] raw vitamin B stink), lots of abrasive grapefruit juice acidity in the flavor (literally like gfruit juice was added), plus ample gum-numbing astringency. Not pleasant at all for me (like an homage to Stone Brewing, hence the stone-themed name?), but if hops alone can fry your bacon, then get your eggs ready.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1458) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2006
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a frothy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing. Some floaties in the second pour.

The aroma is some slightly sweet doughy malts, a little fruitiness, and a huge spicy pine and floral hop presence. Nice!

The flavor is big on grassy and piney hops. There’s a little sweet fruit (melon, grapefruit and orange). The bitterness is fairly mellow and increases some in the finish and aftertaste - which is long lasting. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin and watery side though.

Overall, a very nice IPA! A little more body and a slightly more flavorful and this would be fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Deep copper with a rocky head and really nice and sticky lace. Texture is very nice -- smooth and weighty, yet light enough to be easily drinkable. Malts are kind of subdued, but they have some nice elements of toast and faint toffee. Only a mild sweetness, but it was enough to keep it fairly balanced. Hops are wonderful (especially the aromas), with huge notes of pine, citrus (grapefruit, lemon, and a pinch of sweet pear), and fresh-cut flowers. Lesser notes of spice and perfume. Healthy amount of bitterness, especially the oils lingering on the tongue in the aftertaste. For a hophead, this beer is dreamy.


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