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RATINGS: 907   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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crackedmachine (481) - 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.

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.

cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours a nice amber with cream head. Aroma is very hoppy, but flavor is very balanced. Hardly any bitterness and a very clean finish. Great IPA, especially with that ABV.

jgb9348 (6249) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Slightly hazy copper and amber coloured body with an orange and ruby glow - nice. All atop a very thick and luscious tan head. Aroma of pure hops, fresh grapefruity, floral and even slightly nutty. Medium-bodied; Strong astringent hops up front that lead to a massive sweetness, a lighter citrus flavour and a less-than-expected bit of hoppiness. Aftertaste is perhaps a bit too alcoholic, definitely sweet, but lacking any real hops - very interesting. Overall, I’d say this is somewhere in between an Imperial IPA and a Barley Wine, but in reality, it doesn’t work too well. Contrary to these reviews here - I didn’t like it so much, but it was interesting to sample. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased on 21-March-2009 at City Beer in San Francisco, California sampled today (less than a week later) on 27-March-2009 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pours a clear orange hue with a big, thick off white head that last for a long time. Lacing is above average. Aromas of mild pine, citrus, more pine, floral and grapefruit. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied with flavors of pine, citrus, with a lingering, tangy finish that stays on the palate. There is a pleasant sweetness on the palate, which is balanced well with the hop finish.

Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Wow. Fkn tasty stuff right here. Generous hop character, as to have been expected. Very "pine" flavored. Tastes strong and finishes the same way and leaves the palate dry, begging for another sip. Delicious.

beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Sampled on 3/24/2009. This Imperial IPA pours a deep dark orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and good lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy hops, caramel and fruity malts. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of apricot and pineapple flavors. The hops are floral, citrusy and piney. Kind of juicy tasting. Lots of hop flavors and hop bitterness. Nice lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours amber with an off white head. Smells of sweet nectarines, grapefruit, melon, resiny, metallic, soapy. Tastes of layered citrus and has some bitterness on the finish.

robinvboyer (4651) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2009
depp orange pour with a sticky beige head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, oranges, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is intense! Hops, hops, and more hops! Wow, ok this should be in the Double IPA category, no way is this a run of the mill IPA. The hops are relentless. Sticky oily resinous hops with notes of pine, and citrus. Wow, VERY bitter finish. An intense beer. I’m not getting much malt, this seems pretty one sided to me, its just thrashing my taste buds. Hop head seek this beer out!! i love it!

hayduke (5203) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
On draft at the brewpub in Bend, Oregon. This came a bright clear orange with a fat white head and good lacing rings. Nose of citrus hops and some caramel malts. Smooth and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is strongly dominated by the citrus hops with some pine and floral hops as well. Nice bitter finish. Very well balanced and drinkable IPA.
Earlier Rating: 6/17/2008 Total Score: 3.4
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a copper to amber with a moderate white head and light lacing. Nose of citrus and floral hop. Mouthfeel is fizzy and the flavor is caramel malts and citrus hops. Alcohol burn kind of present in the finish.

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