Hop Henge India Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge India Pale AleHop Henge India Pale Ale

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63 Ratings

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mattmaples on 01-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by germaniac:
Photo of germaniac
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, my bottle says 7%. From the Bayshore Blvd BevMo in San Francisco.

Just about a perfect looking pour from this IPA. Sticky pillow of off-white head topping a chalice of hazy, tawny, red-gold liquid.

A dual shot of hops and grapefruit in the nose, managing to be both piney and citrusy/fruity at the same time.

There's some malt underlay in the taste department, but the hops steal the show. Citrusy and crisp, providing a rush of bitterness that cools down sufficiently at the finish enough to make this a wonderfully smooth drinker. This brew, along with Mirror Mirror, has helped restore my faith in the Deschutes name. HopHenge doesn't dethrone my current IPA fave Racer 5, but it puts on a pretty good show.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer to try thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bomber,poured a deep lightly hazed amber with a tight white head on top,very piney aromas like evergreen with a touch of roasted nut.Big piney and citrus flavors dominate up front and they linger nicely,I noticed only a slight caramel malt base wich barely held up to the hop bomb.Not bitter by any means just a nice dry,piney finish over top of caramel malt,a damn fine beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beauty shop is a dark, brownish-orange in color with a terrific off-white head. The head showed some great retention, too.

Smell – This stiff pine is big at the nose. It’s balance with a hint of lemon zest and a malty tease. There’s some grapefruit to be had without looking too hard along with some lovely floral notes.

Taste – The spritzy malty yeast comes out to play at the taste. The hoppy grapefruit and pine though lead the way. I wouldn’t say that it’s “balanced” in an East Coast context but, hey, you can taste some malt which means “balanced” here in the PacNW.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium in the body with some good, tight carbonation and a short but very dry finish.

Drinkability – I suppose those on the wrong side of the country would consider this an amazing AIPA, but here in the PacNW we have a tendency to take things for granted. This is how it’s supposed to taste – hehe.

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a frothy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing. Some floaties in the second pour.

The aroma is some slightly sweet doughy malts, a little fruitiness, and a huge spicy pine and floral hop presence. Nice!

The flavor is big on grassy and piney hops. There's a little sweet fruit (melon, grapefruit and orange). The bitterness is fairly mellow and increases some in the finish and aftertaste - which is long lasting. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin and watery side though.

Overall, a very nice IPA! A little more body and a slightly more flavorful and this would be fantastic!

Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber with no freshness date to be found. Bottle says 7.0% abv, website says 7.5% ... really not sure where someone got 9.86% abv from.

A- Pours a clear red tinged amber color that shimmers in the light, The head subsides to a thin bubble lace but has no problem leaving a trail down the glass to show off its retention.

S- WOW, big citric and floral aroma. Smells of crisp and ripe clementines being ripped open with a semi-pungent piney note in the back. Fruity but all from the hops.

T&M- So smooth ... with a creamy, semi-viscous medium body. Solid hop profile, the hard bitterness does not go to far and the flavor goes from citric oil to earthy herbal. Maltiness drops some sweetness to keep things beery and the 7.0% abv shows some warmth from middle to end. Hint of toasted malt of sweet bread qualities. Finishes with a long lingering bitter hops flavor and an underlying caramel malt.

D- I absolutely love American IPAs, and Hop Henge IPA is just another reason why. Had no problem finishing this bomber and wishing I had more.

Photo of masikon
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a somewhat hazy copper with plenty of active bubbles rushing upwards which form a fantastic sticky sea-foam head. Nose is straight up hops with appetizing fresh citrus aroma, you have to strain to find much malt in the nose of this one. Taste is hops just how I like'em, juicy and tangy with a great slightly oily, sticky mouthfeel. The most surprising thing about this brew is the hidden 9.8, dangerously easy to drink for a 10 percent ABV brew. Honestly up intil tring this I was never a big fan of this brewery, but this proves they certainly know their stuff when it comes to big-bad IPA's.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of watermelonman
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep orange and amber with a medium head that lasted well. The lace looks good too.

The smell has citrus and grassy hop flavors on top of a strong malt base. Hops begin the taste while the real bitterness kicks in halfway through and lasts long. The mouthfeel is very full.

This is right up there with Stone and Alesmith as one of the best IPAs around.

Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at Claudia's Sports Pub on Hawthorne and was eager to try. Pours a slightly cloudy copper-amber color topped by a short, creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is balanced between light English malt and a lot of fragrant, floral hops. Some biscuity character and a touch of astringency are also present. Palate is nice and hoppy, with notes of pine and caramel from the malt. Body holds flavor well but leaves a slight astringent tinge on the tongue. A very tasty brew, and a nice surprise to find at Claudia's.

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Photo of carln26
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color and extremely hazy, this beer is topped by a thin tan head that receded quickly into the glass. Classic grapefruit rind citrus punch in the aroma that hits you immediately. The hops lend a little hop flower, mild grass as well. Malt is almost non existent in the nose. The grapefruit rind comes across in the flavor too, but is much more subtle than I expected from the aroma. There is some herbal and grass notes too. The malt lends a nice sweetness light caramel and a little pineapple. The mouth feel is light, a little slick. There is a bit of alcohol, but it’s not overwhelming. It comes across as extremely drinkable. Decent beer.

Photo of atigerlife
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mattmaples
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ummmm, hop-elicious. Who cares what this thing looks like; the first thing to hit you as you pour this baby is the resinious, cirtusy pine aroma. It smells like walking into a hop storage cooler. But after that you will notice a big head comes rolling out but does not stay long. The color is deep amber with a brown tint. Now as the more volatile aromas boil off you can notice a fruity orange component as well a hint of crystal malt. The aroma is superb, in fact I am delaying trying a taste just so I can full appreciate its beautiful aroma. The flavors are all about the hops as well. Medium body with a bit grapefruit hop flavor and as that hop hit dies down the flavor moves into a fruity orange and woody hop mélange. Although this has a good hop bitterness it is not overpowering; the malting is just enough to balance the bitterness but not so much as to detract from this awesome hop flavor. For a hop driven beer to get my A+ two thumbs up rating, it has to be complex, balanced, and drinkable. Hop Henge is all that and more.

Photo of meathookjones
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber body with a tall light tan head that drops leaving webbings of lace scattered around the glass. Bitter earthy and floral hops with a hint of caramel sweetness. Overall nice but a bit underwhelming. Flavor starts with a nice bitter citric bite before the balancing caramel malt comes in. A nice hop juiciness is present that I’ve seen in wet hopped beers. Finishes up with a dry bitter citric hoppiness. Solid body and smooth. Easy enough drinking and tasty enough that I would have it again. Nice balanced and bitterness but that aroma could use some work.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz.bottle purchased at The Jug Shop in San Francisco

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a fluffy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy with a noticable grapefruit smell. Very aromatic.

Taste is all citrusy hops, but the grapefruit doesn't come across as much in the flavor. A big bitter hop bite grabs your tongue and rides it into the aftertaste. Solid.

Full body, slick texture.

This is a very nice IPA. Definitely scratches my hop itch.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1 1/4" tan head above the mostly clear coppery orange brew. Head lasts and lasts, with lots of quick-drying delicate lace. Aroma is moderate piney citrus hops. Taste has the pine and citrus hoppiness upfront, mellows a bit with some malt backbone, and the bitterness revisists for close and aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good for the style, which can be a bit daunting from left coast breweries sometimes.

Photo of Reidrover
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

comes in a 22 oz bomber.I liked the label with Stonehenge drapped in hop vines.
The beer is a dark orange,slightly hazed appearance. Has an absolutlly gorgeous light tan ,frothy head.
Wow a very large aroma to this one, very fruity and piney..hoparama..quite lovelly.
This is indeed a hopheads IPA.The taste is around 90% hops in all their glory but with an underpinning of solid malts.
Very nice on the palate..good long lasting and pleasant bitterness.
I found this an excellent IPA. always knew Deschutes had it in em to produce a classic American IPA and they have. Recommended.

Photo of RoBotGod
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really good beer and one of my favorite styles as well. Every aspect of this beer was good to me. It had a darker pour to it, kind of a dark copper tone. Very light but short head. The smell right away tells you that this beer will be very pungent. The mouth feel was great, not to much citrus taste so it doesn’t give it that over acidic flavor. Great hops! I don’t know what ones they used but a great combo. Cascade is my guess but I could be way off. The after taste keeps going for ever. Plan on your mouth to taste like hops for the next half hour.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. :)

Photo of flexabull
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tolann
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/09/06- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Darker amber colored pour. Light 1/4 inch ring head...creamy style! Light streaky lacing.

Smell- Wonderful smell of fresh pine needles. A nice chunk of lemon rind and flowers as well. Not a bunch of malt to be had here.

Taste- Hops lead the way as expected. Pine, grapefruit and lemon pave the way for a light toasted malt background. Why are they serving me this in a tulip glass? Is this a DIPA? Doesn't feel or taste like one. At least in the abv.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth, mid range carbonation. Dry and semi bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- WHOA! No way in hell am I buying the shit they are shovling about this being almost 10%. I asked the guy at the bar and he told me 8% and I'm not even buying that. Feels like a bit of a strong regular IPA. Maybe 7% or so. It's good, but if it's a DIPA it's got to be the easiest drinking one I've ever had.

Photo of stodbrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color. Off white head that hung around for a while then mostly dissipated.

Aroma is all hops. Citrusy, grapefruity, and an almost woodiness.

Flavor is a bit fruity and hoppy up front. Mid palate is malty sweet. And the finish is a lingering bitterness that goes on and on. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is full with a nice, soft carbonation.

Overall, this is a really great beer.

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Hop Henge India Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.