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RATINGS: 190   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.


3.5
   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 (6576) - 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 (1420) - 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 (3482) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2006
This is where it is at. This is how I want my IPA to smell. Amazing hop aroma, pours a hazy orange color with some fluffy egg white head and signifigantly sticky lacing. Resiny hoppy pine aroma, with a great texture on the tongue, and a great bit of zing in the mouthfeel, lots of grapefruit, and is perfectly balanced and medium bodied. This is just this side of perfect, I had to have two pints.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, 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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