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    Pliny challenger?

    Tried this fine brew, Hop Henge | Deschutes Brewery ,over the weekend and really enjoyed it, great dry hop character and nice piney biscuit finish. I don't think I could say its a Pliny killer but definitely a serious contender for my personal Top 5 ( along with Hop Stoopid, Casey Jones, Total Domination, and Pliny in no particular order)

    Anyone else tried this hoppy bottle of joy? What'd you think?

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    the proper term is pliny killer!!

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    Actually that's why I chose Pliny Challenger,

    personally don't think this brew is close to 'killing' off Pliny but definitely still a real fine IPA, figured 'challenger' was a little more tame...


    Hop Stoopid on the other hand tests Pliny's mortality every time IMHO....

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    Actually that's why I chose Pliny Challenger,

    personally don't think this brew is close to 'killing' off Pliny but definitely still a real fine IPA, figured 'challenger' was a little more tame...


    Hop Stoopid on the other hand tests Pliny's mortality every time IMHO....
    Ahh, a socially aware enthusiast. We say Pliny Killer to piss off everyone

    I don't think I've had the Hop Henge so thanks for the tip. I never thought Bend, Oregon was much of an IPA town til I went there. I thought they were in to Porters and Stouts. But everyone I talked to new what a good IPA was. It is the true embodiment of the modern day beer.

    They had about 9 other microbrews in the small town of Bend and some of them were ex-employees of Deschuttes. They were all competing in the ultimate IPA category.

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    I keep trying more and more IPAs from Oregon and I am always really impressed with them.

    I've been really wanting to plan a mtn biking/brewery trip up there one of these summers

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    kinda confused as to why you'd even mention hop henge in the same thread as pliny.

    sure it can be a challenger, but it would lose every time..

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    Seems like dropping the name Pliny is the only way to get attention from the beer afficionados.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Pliny (4 waiting for me at home after work, had it on tap at dinner on Saturday) I also really enjoyed the one bottle I had of Hop Henge (needless to say I will be trying more to confirm this impression)

    Just wanted to get some others opinions

    Hop Henge being a January seasonal release from Deschutes, this is when it will be at its best.

    Besides Pliny, what would you consider a great IPA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post

    Besides Pliny, what would you consider a great IPA?
    Off the top of my head, the ones I like are, in no particular order:

    Kern - Just Outstanding
    Firestone Walker - Union Jack, Double Jack
    Stone - IPA, Ruination IPA
    Sierra Nevada - Torpedo
    Port Brewing - Mongo, Hightide
    Avery - Maharaja
    Bear Republic - Racer 5
    Speakeasy - Big Daddy, Double Daddy

    These, and others similar to these, are the ones that I always enjoy. There are some really good ones, that sometimes I really enjoy, and sometimes I don't, for various reasons I can't pinpoint. Ballast Point Sculpin is one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    I don't think I've had the Hop Henge so thanks for the tip.
    I'm kinda surprised by that
    I highly recommend their Hop Trip when it comes out later this year. Great fresh hop flavors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    Seems like dropping the name Pliny is the only way to get attention from the beer aficionados.=
    When the Pliny runs out, Chum is the Pliny equivalent of the Bacon dog nose --

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    I had a 22oz Sculipin in my water bottle cage and it was all i could do to keep pedaling...No it wasn't a Pliny...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tburger View Post
    Off the top of my head, the ones I like are, in no particular order:

    Kern - Just Outstanding
    Firestone Walker - Union Jack, Double Jack
    Stone - IPA, Ruination IPA
    Sierra Nevada - Torpedo
    Port Brewing - Mongo, Hightide
    Avery - Maharaja
    Bear Republic - Racer 5
    Speakeasy - Big Daddy, Double Daddy

    These, and others similar to these, are the ones that I always enjoy. There are some really good ones, that sometimes I really enjoy, and sometimes I don't, for various reasons I can't pinpoint. Ballast Point Sculpin is one of those.
    i concur with your list. although i haven't tried Kern or Port Brewing. i also agree about the Sculpin, though that was mostly in the "don't".

    that being said, I'm a Pliny fan gotta keep it local!
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    The next time any of you are in Bend go to Ten Barrel and try their Hopjunkie ,Then go to Bend Brewing and try their HopHead.Both are up to Pliny standards if you ask me. If you look around you can find Green Flash Imperial IPA another great beer. Marin Brewing Brass Knuckle is worth a trip to brewery .

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