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RATINGS: 894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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. It’s all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv

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3.9
DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle from Snojerk321 (Thanks!) Rich orange pour, medium carbonation and a wonderful rich aromatic flower and pine aroma. Flavor was plenty of grapefruit, flowers, pine and hops. Finish was a little heavy and syrupy, but still a solid beer!

2.2
DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Vacaville. Holy shit. This is Bazooka Joe/Big League Chew. Nothing but sweet, sugary bubble gum in the aroma. WTF? Is this a double IPA or a bubble gum beer? It’s really difficult to detect any hops in the nose. Transparent copper body with a pretty strong off-white head. Spicy, herbal start without too much maltiness in the middle. Pretty straightforward and unbalanced. Finishes with lots of bitter, dry grapefruity hop flavors and more spiciness. Definitely not a fan of this shit.
Earlier Rating: 5/1/2007 Total Score: 3.3
22 ounce bomber purchased from Nugget on Covell in Davis, CA. Very sweet, sugary, candy-like floral aroma. Quite aromatic and very perfumey and sweet. Smells quite odd, and certainly not like a IIPA. Transparent ruddy copper body with a nice, large, frothy off-white head and attractive lacing. Hmm, some spicy hoppiness to start, which is mildly bitter. This turns nice and malty and chewy in the middle with a fair amount of roasted cereal-like maltiness present. I also get some light caramel maltiness present, too. A little more sweetness in the end, followed by some more floral, spicy, and bitter hops. An interesting hop profile. This beer is well-balanced and not over-the-top. The aroma is still kinda weird, though.

3.8
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle. Big improvement over previous years. A deep amber body is topped by a large off-white head that fades but leaves some nice thick lacing. Nose is floral, spicy, orange, and some caramel malt. Flavor is malty sweet, bready and strongly bitter with oily pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is lingering and a bit harsh at first, but mellows out as I get acclimated. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium. The more I drink, the more I like it.

3.7
BelgianBeerGal (4140) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Local bottle. Another solid performance from Deschutes. High quality DIPA with the grapefruit notes that I like. Maybe a little alcohol burn-through at cellar temp, but still nice.
Earlier Rating: 5/11/2008 Total Score: 3.9
Bottled. Very nice golden caramel colour with a medium white head and sticky lacing. Very floral hop aroma, nice and not overwhelming. Surprisingly balanced flavour. The hops do not overpower the smooth malt. Very nice to drink and tough to believe the 95 IBU’s. I imagine this recipe will get better in time, but it’s good right now.

4.1
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Pours attractive amber orange with a finger thick cream colored head that leaves chunks of lacing behind. The nose is full with pineapple, sweet oranges and floral hops. A decent amount of caramel as well. The flavor has a sweet caramel front along with sweet fruits that fade to a dry, bitter finish. Lasting aftertaste and full mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 5/6/2008 Total Score: 3.8
On tap. pours nice deep copper with fluffy cream head that lingers. Nose is pleasantly citrus hops. More mellow than many IIPA’s. Flavor is well balanced with caramel malt and pineapple hop. Clean finish with more sweetness than bitterness. Decent mouthfeel as well.

4
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Poured from a friend’s bottle at work into a styrafoam cup. From what I could see, it was a dark honey yellow with a thick creamy had that sat around like ice cream on top of a rootbeer float. Smells of fruity hops. Smell and taste are very clean. Not too bitter, nice light malt backbone to add a little sweetness to the bitter hops. Alcohol is hidden very well. Just another excellent offering from Deschutes. *tried again, coloring is as expected. and just as delicious.

3.8
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Draft - Poured a clear orange-amber in color with a small whitish head... some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very hoppy with both citrus and pine present. Flavor is quite bitter with plenty of citrus and pine hops. Some yeastiness and fruity malts also present, but in smaller amounts. Finish is bitter and lingering. Quite good!

3.9
glennmastrange (2899) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of roasted and caramel, moderate hope notes of pine and orange, light soap for the yeast, with toffee, date and alcohol in the background. Head is creamy with larger bubbles, white, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Flavor is lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily and has lively carbonation. A little backwards in the ratio of malt to hops in the nose, but a well crafted DIPA regardless.

3.4
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bomber. Amber to copper body topped with a small, coppery head with good retention and leaves plentiful lace. Aroma of honey, flowers, hop oil, pine. Medium body with thin carbonation, slightly sticky, wet finish. Honeyed malts, hop flowers, hop oil, pungent, hop flavors of pine, sap, citrus. Well-malted, but the oil gives a harsh hop profile that lacks complexity. Seriously lacks depth and personality.

3.7
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Crystal clear dark amber pour. Thin light tan head. Lots of hops on the nose: piny and citrusy. Hints of Belgian yeast with banana and spice. Very bitter flavor. Fruity with lots of cereal malt flavor. Yesty with nots of banana. Lots of bitter hops on the finish.


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