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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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1408) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2009
22 oz. bottle served in tulip- poured darkened amber with brown (think of unfiltered freshly pressed apple cider) color, low if any carbonation, white ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel, some candi sugar, hops, malt... all the good things in life. Hits the mouth with a high-medium body, malt has a pleasant sweetness intertwined with it and it all holds up swimmingly to the finish. The middle of the tasting displays the hops coming out of the woodwork- finish is slightly acidic and still has plenty of hop bite after the last swallow enters your gullet. Wave that finger because this one is a HOME RUN!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaulusHumulus (47) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2009
Bottled. Pours beautifully orange with lovely white head. Aroma has a lot of aromatic hops, fruits, peach and grapefruit, but most of all a nice amount of bitter, piny hops. Presence of hops is immense and intense, though I kind of get the feeling that it sort of rolls over all the slight nuances rendering the beer pretty simple, though tasteful. Anyways, I love that powerful bite of bitter, piney hops that this beer gives on the palate. Overall pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 22oz. Pours a nice amber with a foamy off-white head. Lots of citrusy and flowery hops in this very fresh aroma that make me anticipate the flavor. Great smooth maltiness with a constant hovering hop bitterness, finishing with a little bit of sweet malt. A little lingering hops. Certainly one of the smoothest and creamiest palates Ive experienced, as well. Definitely a top-notch beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
22oz bottle. thanks to hophead22. pours slightly hazy gold with creamy white head. citrus hop aroma with caramel malts. flavors are citrusy, earthy, and green hop leafy, a big presence of toasted crystal malt notes that tend to come off a bit plasticy. this was probably better a little fresher and would be better without the crystal.
Earlier Rating: 4/25/2007 Total Score: 3.3
22oz, a few months old. pours dense cloudy golden-amber with big off-white head. nose has that classic PNW fruity aroma but it isnt that big or overwhelming like a double ipa should be. flavor is orangey, grapefruit hops. this beer is pretty bitter but lacks a bigger malt backbone to sustain the bitterness. alcohol is noticed as well. the finish is pretty raw, bitter, and with slow alcohol burn. too hop sided and needs more caramel malts. is this really only 8.1%abv?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2790) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2009
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Copper with lasting fluffy head and full lace. FResh hop and mildy toasted caramel biscuit aroma. Toasted caramel nuts mild fruit and fresh hoppy citrus and leafy finish. Mildy lingering pleasant bitterness. Medium body. Very nice creamy texture. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a big tight foamy off white head and copper color. Aroma is nice grapefruit and lemon rind/pine hops. Tase is resin/grapefruit rind with some bitter, some herbal, medium malt. Then some tannins and alcohol come to the front, detracting. Thanks skoutis for trade with jwc215 and me. 3.3, at cellar temp 3.6
Earlier Rating: 6/9/2008 Total Score: 3.1
22oz bottle @Noogfest4.0-thanks scoobyluvpours an off white head and cloudy copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, cherry, biting hops, alcohol. Occasional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Copper pour with a thick off-white head. Very nice depth to the color. Very crisp citrus aroma of hops, with a little floral and grassy notes. Piney citrus taste up front, and an excellent lingering bitter finish with some sweet malt; not as hoppy as I was expecting, but that is not a bad thing. This would be the perfect reward for yard work on a hot day. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amneziak (18) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Appearance: Right off the bat, this is one of the most beautiful looking beers Ive ever poured. Its the most amazing dark burnt orange color and is virtually clear. There is a stupid amount of lacing that hangs on to the side of the glass, which is accompanied by a nice soft off-white three finger head. This is really a remarkable looking beer. Smell: Oh boy! Right out of the glass I get an enormous amount of pungent and fragrant hops. There is a nice amount of grapefruit, but any other citrus component youd find in other IPAs is virtually non-existent. Point blank, Hop Henge is huge on hops. Let me tell youthis beer smells AMAZING! Hop lovers will rejoice in its glory. Taste: This is going to sound completely ironic considering what Ive said so far, but the taste is probably the weakest aspect of this beer. This by no means is to say its anything short of brilliant. But it doesnt have as hoppy of a flavor right up front as the aromas would lead you to believe. The bitterness is more prevalent than the citrus and hop components. However, the back end of the drink really delivers a nice amount of hops. Subtlety is key here I suppose. Mouthfeel: Ill make this section simple and easy for you - Hop Henge coats the mouth about as nicely as any beer Ive had. Its not overly sweet or bitter. Its not heavy, yet its certainly not light. Its balanced extremely well and thats really all you can ask for from a good beer. Overall: This beer is not as experimental as the label would suggest. This is a good thing, though. Hop Henge is an extremely solid IPA. In fact, its perhaps one of the best Ive had; my score is definitely proof of that. It just does about everything right. This one was also an especially nice treat because it was driven back from Denver for me. I will definitely be on the lookout for more Deschutes beers in the future. A replacement for this is also going on my wish list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours transparent red-amber with a seriously thick, fizzy tan head. Good piny hop aroma. Flavor sweet and citrusy. The hops are up front, but not very bitter. Not much of the piny hops suggested by the aroma. The alcohol is quite noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smprochak (23) - Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
The flavor of this beer hit my mouth at full force! I literally tasted the flavors "hopping" around my mouth. Very smooth, flavorful, and I especially enjoyed the aroma.

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