Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge Experimental IPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 9.5% ABV

Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge Experimental IPA American Double / Imperial IPA at 9.5% ABV ($5.99 at Specs Main Branch, 650 ml, best before 04/07/15)

Pours clear pale amber with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is resiny pine, pithy citrus, tropical fruit, mild caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, strong bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky finish. (4/5)

Another nice IPA (OK, DIPA) from Deschutes. Similar to Chasin’ Freshies, but heavier and more intense, with a bit more malt, and less fresh juicy citrus. The ABV is well integrated, apparent as a mild warming, but not unpleasant. Decent, if a little blunt – could use more Mosaic sharpness, and less malt. (15/20)

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