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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. Its all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2009
This is a batch #3 bottle. Appearance - This one pours a dark copper-y orangish red color. Abolsutely beautiful looking with an off-white creamy head about 2 and a half fingers large. The lacing down the glass is generous but not overdone. Smell - Smells like a really fruity tricerihops. Has a very grassy quality to it, this is heaven to me in a DIPA. Taste - Damn, this is delicious. Nice hop kick, lots of mango and grapefruit. This is a very fruity DIPA and I love it. Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is great. Perfect lightness to it that compliments a hot humid day like today. Love the creaminess this beer has to offer. Drinkability - I couild drink this endlessly for months without growing tired of its beautiful taste. If only this was a year round affair, I woule be in heaven 24/7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1468) - Montana, USA - APR 30, 2009
Amber color with nice off-white head. Nice hoppy, citrus, nose. Flavor is fresh grassy hops with hit of grapefruit, yet not over the top. Good presents of malt that help balance it out very well. Nice texture that finishes off with a good bit of hops.
Earlier Rating: 5/17/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Copper pour with thick frothy head. Hoppy floral nose with hints of the alcohol. Flavor is big and hoppy up front with the warmth of alcohol hinting next. This leads you into a medium body sweet malt. Finish is warm and hoppy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Pours a creystal clear copper color with a nice tan head. Aroma is fresh and hoppy with lots of fresh fruit like oranges and pears, along with a strong malt presence but not too much caramel. Flavor is slightly more bitter than expected and again fruity like the aroma. The malt backbone is perfect with great toasty characteristics. Palate is smooth and creamy and carbonation is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
On tap at stone. Pours a dark amber/ copper with a small off white head. Aroma is citrus ,pine hops. taste is citrus ,sweet caremal malts. easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1530) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
Kind of a candied ginger/orange aroma. Body is incredibly well balanced - enough that the bitter finish is a very smooth transition. Orange in color, with a frothy head that diminishes while leaving quite a foamy remain on the glass. Sampled at Najas IPA fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (650) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Maybe its just because its a hot day, but everything about this beer seems to be perfect. The aroma is nice and fruity, with a hint of fresh grassy hops. The fruit is of the peach or cherry variety, with a bit of citrus in there as well. Very nice. Flavor is subtle for an IPA. Not so much of the astringent bitterness that I come to expect from this style. Just good fruity, citrusy flavor, with a little bit of hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Medium bodied, goes down nice and smooth. An absolute pleasure on this hot day, and perhaps the best IPA (imperial or otherwise) that Ive had in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 Ive tried this both on tap and bottled recently. On tap was as part of a bunch of shot-glass sized samples, where I thought it was excellent... punchy, strong, extremely citrusy and biting/bracing. However, drinking a whole 22oz bottle was difficult. Not a very "drinkable" beer, but really great in small doses. My rating is for the first few swallows out of the bottle. Heh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
Batch 2 First sip mmm well Didnt seem so experimental or hopish... Pours a darkish brownish amber orange. Nice head larger creamy bubbles at first, then they settle down to nice tiny tiny bubbles with a little lace with a thin ring around the edge... aroma some pine some floral.... second sip.... OK getting some bitters OK,,, now its hitting me... this is different than Ive had before.. and the alcohol seems to be creeping up more than advertised! This is good, glad i got 2, wish i got more! some oily resin, around my tongue, nice.... ooo, nice burp, the sign of a good ipa, dipa! someone else said soapiness, yeah i can feel that... Deschutes moving up in my list! nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
bomber. Pours a clear, dark amber with a large, tan head. Nose is very powerful pine and floral hops. Taste is resinous pine hops with a little soapiness. Mouthfeel was oily and tingling from the hops with a big, bitter finish. Impressive.
Earlier Rating: 7/29/2008 Total Score: 3.8
bomber thanks to dunk. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Nose is of citrus and pine. Taste is of caramel malt, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with both sweet taste with carbonation and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
Reviewed 4/16/2009 (Bottle): Pours a reddish brownish color body. Small white head, diminishing, clearish. Bitter dry hoppy aroma, pine and citrus. Extrmemely strong aroma. Nice taste, nott too bitter, some maltiness and nuttiness too. Some piney taste. Dry aftertaste. Pretty tasty, but too sweet an IPA for me.

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