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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Best by 5/31/13. CLEAR! pale pumkin color with the rich glow of cognac and brassy sheen of EVOO, plus a pillowy nubile head. Sweet, piney-resiny aroma, lush with meyer lemon, tangelo and mixed tropical fruit. Doughy, chewy malt flavor is counterbalanced by deep humulus... I get impressions of tobacco leaf, rye spice and maple; mango, Hawaiian Punch, violets and gardenias. Grain and hop are both as gently insistent as a hundred-poud lapdog. Minimal carbonation accentuates, but does not interfere with the fleshy palate. Intriguing aftertaste, perhaps toasted challah with buckwheat honey,bittersweet orange peel and a dusting of cocoa powder. Everything is in perfect, heavyhanded harmony. The 10+abv is noticeable thoughout as cooling evaporation on the tongue, and then halfway through the bomber expresses itself as headreeling euphoria. A masterful, mighty and sensual brew in all respects.

tricksta_p (4921) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2017
From tap at Deschutes Brewery, Bend. 2017 version at 8% abv. Aroma is big resinous hops yielding lots of pine resin and sweetish tropical fruits including grapefruit and ripe orange. Bold bittersweet flavour. Body is above medium. Rich and very hoppy. Delicious IIPA candy...

Chrisd180 (19) - - JUN 7, 2017
First beer in the Deshutes brewery in Portland Oregon. Apparently I can't get this beer anywhere else so this is a special one that I can only get here. I'd give it a 7 out of 10. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

stevoj (5367) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2017 Draft at BitterCreek. Medium amber, streaky lacing. Hoppy aroma, taste brings some astringency. Iney, medicinal, botanical. Rerate at Taphouse. Nice looking pour on a full pint. Big hoppy aroma, thick mouth feel. Still hoppy and herbal.

Slubgob (338) - West Hartford, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Best by June ’12th, drank October ’16th. So, ahh, aged? Bomber into wine glass. Apricot color, just off white head. Maple in the nose? With the expected hops. In the mouth, moderate hoops, more maple and fruit. Finishes a bit sticky. Would be curious what a fresh bottle would be like, but it’s pretty enjoyable as it’s.

madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2016
28th August 2016
Very hazy gold beer, decent pale cream colour head. Palate is airy with reasonable fine carbonation. Fluffy malts, some creamy sweetness. Spicy hop, cooling pine and ripe citrus. A little tropical fruits. Smooth finish. A little ripe. Past it’s best by date by a few months. Not that that stopped Total Wines selling it in the state! Grrr! Overall it’s held up well.

malkyore (377) - - MAY 31, 2016
Yum. So fresh! You can’t really taste the alcohol and its not super bitter. It’s very balanced but with a nice fresh crisp hoppiness to it. I like it a lot.

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ctipping (2180) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2015
22 oz. bottled poured into a snifter. Amber colored. White head that lingers a bit and then leaves healthy lacing. Hop dominated at first with citrus and some pine, but the sweetness of the malts come through very strongly. Also, it smells quite boozy for 9%. The taste is boozy too, but it’s not overwhelming. Again, hops for sure. Great hop flavor, but the malts are very sweet. Lots of unfermented sugars in this guy. Caramel from the malts with some vanilla, but it’s just too sweet. Strong carbonation at first, but it manages to feel creamy in the finish. Strong alcohol presence and a syrupy mouthfeel. Good, but very sweet.

markducommun (1203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Lightly clouded golden orange with a whitish-tan head. Darker citrus notes, resin, muted honey, light floral. Quite bitter, solid biscuity malt backbone. Fairly oily medium body, long lingering bitter finish. Somewhat alcoholic. Acidic. Really awesome.

jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Nothing small from this brew. Extreme hop aroma of cascade hops. Very recognizable. Flavor of mild crystal malts and more big buttering hops. Alcohol lightly present. Finishes of fresh hops, lie a harvest ale hop brew.

thomashall (999) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bomber shared by Big Lou. Malty, slight hop aroma. More hops in the taste, some floral and citrus with dry finish. Decent IPA.

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