Hop Henge India Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
Nice resinous offering.
Presentation: 22 oz brow capped bottle. Label with an illustration mimicking Stone Henge where the stones are sacks full of hops. Small side narrative offering main intent and characteristics. Notes best by 04-25-12 and 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Clear pale to deep amber pour, rich frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and lacing.
S - Slightly subdued nose, light resinous note, citric, grassy and floral hint...
T - Which shine a bit more in the palate with plenty of resin, some muted citric notes, grass, malty backbone with a dash of caramel…
M - Leading to a nice medium/full body with medium carbonation, and a slightly sticky flow over the bitter finish.
O - Not quite a monument to hops but a nice exercise in any case.
Notes: Maybe my palate has been broken by hops beyond what one needs to appreciate this brew. It is rather nice, but it does not feel particularly assertive or outstanding. Aroma is unfortunately short in this incarnation, but luckily the flavor holds it up.
04-22-2012 13:48:16 | More by Daniellobo
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip. Body is a nice orange-caramel color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose brings some citrus, floral, and pine hops with a tad bit of malt in the background. The taste is slightly bready with a nice hop component and good bitterness. Good body and a nice bitter to flavor balance.
11-09-2010 22:49:02 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Vibrancy in the orange appearance. Big craggy head. Clumps and retains and stains. Great aroma, more pine than I'm used to in a Deschutes offering.
Pick up massive orange and tangerine notes in the initial sips. And of course, hops providing those. Gets a little heavy downbottle (like all Henge versions). Nothing to cry about though, neat to see the beer evolve in front of you from pine to citrus to as if it had some wood chips in it at the end. Alcohol barely pronounced.
08-04-2010 23:03:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
Served in a Pint Glass out of a bottle, first DIPA picked up out here in Hawaii, very nice pick up.
A- Amber color, great head retention
S- Clear Hop character shines through but malt is present as well, nice for style
T- Great IPA flavor, balanced with great backbone of malt but American hops come throughout the beer. Smooth from start to finish, almost creamy.
M- Thick for IPA but considering 7ABV this approaches DIPA territory and is right on for DIPA.
D- Taste and aroma lead the way while mouthfeel detracts very little, very good for style and had no problem finishing bomber.
Look forward to more Deschutes!!!
08-04-2008 04:49:55 | More by zornbeast
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
A - reddish in color. Not completely clear. some suspended particles, but not over clouded. Small bit of head that clings onto the glass trying it's best to stay alive.
S - Could smell it as the glass was set down next to me. Lots of hops and spice. Some gooey caramel. some earthy notes when you stick your nose right in it.
T - really good. I didn't feel that it was overly hoppy. There's some malt that keeps the bitterness in control
M - Some dry feel. Medium/light mouthfeel Not too much carbonation. Really feel the taste at the back and roof of your mouth. Nice after taste.
D - Just may have to get more of this tho I know there's another in the fridge. I don't see myself getting tired of this beer and I don't feel I'd drink it too fast into the danger zone. I can see enjoying this for a good long nite.
05-21-2008 03:47:40 | More by Tolann
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a cloudy brownish/red. The nose has a very strong scent of sweet ripe cherries. But the flavor is not so sweet. Slight bitter taste with a heavy, earthy, leafy tone. Definite influence from the mass of hops used to produce this one. Overall it is good, rich and hearty.
12-30-2007 02:51:32 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on hops, slight malts, citrus, piney, and some caramel. The taste is a hop bomb, slight malty, good dose of citrus/pines, and caramel. The finish is dry/very bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, really enjoyed this one, highly recommended.
10-09-2007 23:39:37 | More by Wasatch
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Great lace that holds very well. Cloudy-golden yellow-brown.
S: Smell the hops. Has a fresh, clove smell. Clean and crisp.
T&M: Hops upfront, nutty with a faint acidic taste. Finishes with a dryness that good IPA's have. Leaves that mouth with that cotton sensation.
D: Will see this one again in the near future. Very tasty!
09-25-2007 04:44:36 | More by July2Nov
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Received from fartingdog as part of BC2. Thanks Dave!
This one poured a fairly hazy burnt orange colour with a yellowish/beige head. The foam was a little thin from the pour, but it showed good retention and produced plenty of lacing down the glass. Hop aromas were citrusy up front, mostly orange with a bit of grapefruit, some grassiness, a little floral. There was a faint caramel sweetness and a powdery hop note in the background. Even with the big hoppiness, the aroma stayed quite soft - no hop aggression, nice balance. Bitterness was sturdy and grew into the finish. Caramel sweetness, fruity citrus, and a spicy hop finish rounded things out. Medium/light bodied with soft, well-integrated carbonation and a creamy texture. Overall, very well balanced with plenty of hops and a solid maltiness. Definitely recommended.
07-01-2007 14:30:27 | More by DrJay
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
On tap at Magoos.
Pours a cloudy brown/orange. Looks somewhat like apple cider. Nice creamy light brown head on top that lasts.
Aroma is hops, citrus and some pine. Not very aromatic [or it could have been the bar setting].
Taste is hops, hops and hops. Some floral hints, grapefruit and somewhat grassy. But obviously the hops dominate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite dry.
Overall, an interesting beer from this great brewery. I'm no hop head, so I don't think I'd be drinking this all night, but it was good for the style. Interesting and enjoyable.
04-29-2007 17:34:04 | More by atigerlife
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
This brew has recently been reformulated and the abv increased to more around 8% or so. I'm reviewing the previous incarnation at 7%. This beer pours an orangish amber with a frothy off white head and great lacing. The smell is of biscuits, apricots, and sweet malt. The hops are very restrained. The taste on the other hand is very hoppy with extremely fruity hops. Nice flavors there of apricots, grapefruit pulp, and papaya. Malty background with tangy malt and even a little saltiness. Delicious overall and a bit different from other west coast IPAs. The mouthfeel is a little grainy and thick, but good body and carbonation level. Good drinkability, but a little heavy and unusual for a lot of them.
02-15-2007 20:11:07 | More by Georgiabeer
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
BBD of 4/27/07
07 Version pours copper/orange with 3 fingers of fluffy head. Superoir lacing & very good head retention
S: Nothing up front, but then earthy hoppyness & whisper of fruit. This was the only area this beer let me down
T: Huge grapefruitty hops & then a little fruittyness up front. Peppery hops fill in a little before piney & grapefruitty hops re-attack. As this warms breadyness & fruittyness surface. Finishes with warming, grapefruit pop, a little fruittyness & very quenching indeed
MF: Healthy carbonation that brings out the hops. Medium- bodied, skews hoppy
Drinks so easy, a pretty aggressive hoppy IPA, this really works for me
02-15-2007 06:48:34 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a good-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: There’s a strong aroma of hops, with a heavy caramelized malt background and a decent citrus sweetness.
T: A good burst of hops bitterness starts out and prevails as the dominant flavor. The flavors of caramel and tangy citrus follow quickly. Although the beer has a healthy malt character, it has just the right amount of sweetness. The after-taste is very mild and contains all of the previously mentioned flavors.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down easily, it has a good kick to it, excellent representation of style, this is a damn good beer, the kind where one bomber just isn’t enough.
01-14-2007 01:28:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.55/5 rDev -15.9%
Pours from a very cool bomber... Stone Henge covered in hops, I like it.
Beer is a nice clear amber color, with a decent head.
Aromas are a bit weak. Where are the hops?! I just notice some sweet tart malts on the nose. Disappointing smells coming from this one.
Taste is pretty good, but once again... where are the hops?! This beer comes across as crisp, dry, slightly sweet, and with just the faintest hint of hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, but unspectacular.
Drinkability? Yeah, this is a drinkable beer, but I was looking forward to a more hoppy West Coast style IPA, what I got was a drinkable, but muted American IPA. However, I'd be willing to give this beer a second chance if they brew it again, because I think this bottle was a bit too old.
12-09-2006 08:13:31 | More by flexabull
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
WIth heaps of head, pours a slightly copper twinged amber with the head settling into a foamy mess of goodness. Aroma is very floral and just a juicy load of hops and I just really like it. Taste has a nice pine and citris combo hop hit up front, a pretty good bittering there, with a nice and sweet almost candy-like malt, a good caramel malt hanging around, playing second fiddle, but fiddling away. A lighter body had me a little taken aback, was hoping it'd settle into a fuller feel, but nice slight alcohol warmth, and a generally good smooth mouth in whole. All in all, I wish I lived on the west coast. :)
09-04-2006 03:06:17 | More by objectivemonkey
Hop Henge India Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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