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RATINGS: 892   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. It’s all hop, no apologies.

Previously 10.6% abv

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dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2009
Pours a dark amber with thick white head, creamy that stays around for a while. Aroma of floral hops, slight citrus, malt, and grass. Flavor is similar, with the addition of dried fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, which I prefer in DIPAs compared to the slick to oily feel. Bomber goes down easy, but gets a little spicy towards the end.

BeerandBlues2 (13645) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
Draught at Najas Place. Pours clear amber with a small, white head, diminishing with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, bread), heavy hop (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (dough) with notes of oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average bodied, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 2/23/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a large, frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine, citrus), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of peach and grapefruit. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a dry-bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

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.

kyzr (1589) - 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.

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.

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.

can8ianben (1561) - 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 Naja’s IPA fest.

Aquilo (654) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Maybe it’s just because it’s 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 I’ve had in a long time.

DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 I’ve 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.

redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
Batch 2 First sip mmm well Didn’t 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 it’s hitting me... this is different than I’ve 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

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