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Hop Henge Experimental IPA (beer review)

9% ABV. American Double Imperial IPA from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. Purchased bottle from beer vendor. Poured from 22oz bottle into dimpled mug. Pours a crystal clear orange body with a medium-thick, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma of bright citrus and floral hops. Light amount of sweet caramels and hops. Flavor is quite piney up front. Surprised me, but not in a bad way. The big but sweet pine taste lasts throughout and well into the finish, but a good amount of balancing light caramels even this out. Very floral, sharp, and astringent. Palate is medium bodied and oily before an extremely dry finish with a spicy, sticky, strong hop taste that lasts for a very long time. Overall, a very interesting IPA. Lots of sharp hop taste, but surprisingly nice balance throughout. Powerful and “immense” is an understatement. Beeradvocate: A-/A-; Ratebeer: 99pts, theBeerAuthority: B+. Available locally (Metro DC)? No.

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