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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

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1,882 Ratings
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Ratings: 1882
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is their new version of Hop Henge Imperial IPA, the hops have been modified as of 1/2009.

Available: January to April
Alc. by Vol.: 8.5 - 9.0% range
IBUs: 95

(Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009)
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH.

This was unknowingly purchased a month past its best by date (3/13/14) so take this review with a grain of salt, and know that this beer does not hold up well with time.

Pours a dark peach color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells include honey, bitter grapefruit, and alcohol.

The hop flavor has faded a lot here, replaced by the typical honey-ish sweetness. The diminished hop flavors have also allowed the alcohol burn to be more present. What hop character is left is of the bitter grapefuit variety. Possibly some pine in there.

Medium bodied, sweet and sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Would like to try this again much fresher.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 03:19:30 | More by GreesyFizeek
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mudbug

Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from the freshness dated bomber "best by 07/14"
Into a Sam Smiths perfect pint glass results in a slightly hazy golden body capped by a 1" head that has longevity and leaves delicate lacing and rings of foam as the level drops,nice!
Aroma is not subdued or powerful, kind of in the middle, I get weed, fresh cut grass, grapefruit rind, pine sap, very appealing.
Taste starts with some tropical fruit but quickly morphs into typical hop bitterness, there is a fine cracker bread sweetness that attempts a show, but it ends with bitter hops and a hint of blood orange.
Carbonation is subdued, slightly creamy
Overall this is another stellar brew by a brewery that does it right. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:53:52 | More by mudbug
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Light amount of tropical fruits - mango & pineapple.

T - Starts out with tropical fruits and a nice caramel malt sweetness. The finish has an earthy lingering hop bitterness. There is also a light pepper bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a crisp bite.

O - Tasty DIPA. Glad I was able to try this. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:07:31 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A bright, flaring sort of medium orange shows consistently the same flair and shade through its entire body. The pale yellow-gray head it develops is extremely frothy, a full finger's height with some density to it. The big-bubbled but creamy and tight remainder sticks around the rest of the way and drops down some nice, thick and sticky patches pretty plentiously.
The smell, while not conveying all of the beauty the flavor offers, does deliver most of it. The hops bouquet is a beauty with some pine and citrus forefront, a light touch of dankness and earth, flora and a hint of perfume. A ghost of mint on the finish mingles with the rest, while some tropical fruits, a hint of a honey note and caramel add balance from the malts.
Masterful balance is shown on the tongue; the sweetness the malts provide from caramel, toffee, honey and fruits is just enough to really keep the bitterness strong but not overpowering or astringent. The hops provide a wonderful variety in excellent melody, nothing clashing. All the herb, dank (almost mossy?) earth, pine and citrus pith and zest make for new discoveries on the tongue almost sip by sip. There's a hint of cheddar and maybe uncured, fresh tobacco leaf in the middle, while it finishes with the pine and herb while malts continue to balance.
The feel is nearly perfect for an IPA of any kind. Alcohol, which for its strength was virtually undetectable in the aroma and flavor, takes nothing away from the feel and makes for dangerous drinkability. One honestly could drink more than a bomber thinking nothing of it before getting hit with it. It's frothy and unbelievably creamy on the palate. A little dryness kicks in to give the balance many don't consider when thinking about mouthfeel, and a bright sort of crispness stays with it while letting the creaminess rule.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:09:53 | More by Brenden
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J_Dub

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber pour. Thick white head.

Minimal aroma. Hops. Pine. Spice. Really surprising there isn't more of an aroma.

The taste is wonderful. Great piny hops. Some floral characteristics as well. Very well balanced.

Typical IPA mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

A new one for me. I was very impressed with the flavors and how well balanced this brew is. A new go-to IPA for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:12:07 | More by J_Dub
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mac31

California

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber in a tulip glass.

Was very excited to try this beer, the excitement fell off somewhat quickly. This beer over all is a good beer, not a great beer IMO. I appreciate the huge burst of floral, fragrant, and piney hops that come through, then disappear quickly. This is followed by a pleasant, medium hoppy bitterness that carries through the palate. I believe this along with the higher maltiness of the beer makes this beer very drinkable. I pick up some minimal dankiness along with some nice resinous notes. There are some regularly occurring citrus/grapefruit notes. There are faint hints of pineapple/tropical I perceive in this brew as well. I love the low carbonation and creamier mouthfeel of each sip. However, I am not too big on the residual sweetness left over from fermentation. The caramel and minimal grainy flavors near the end of the palate are welcomed. If you like your DIPA's on the sweeter side, this is a brew you should have, if available.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 04:06:10 | More by mac31
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stewart124

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a nice amount of dense white head.

Nose has guava, papaya, citrus notes and a slight biscuity note. Love it already.

Taste is bigger than I expected and a bit maltier. Delicious nonetheless. Some fruitier characters from the experimental hops I suspect. Blueberry and peach come to mind. This has a even amount of hop bitterness to couple with the aroma. Really a very nice representation of the style.

Deschutes obviously knows what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:04:30 | More by stewart124
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle from 2013 at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of flowery hops
Head large (5 cm), off-white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing fair – clots and partial rings with varying bubble sizes
Body light orange, clear
Flavor – starts off with light hop flavor, mostly flowers, slightly sweet. No malt, no diacetyl, no alcohol tasted. Ends with sweetness and a stomach alcohol burn.
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft.

This was bottled in 2013 for the Deschutes 25th anniversary. The hoppiness is mostly gone, but this has cellared well and become very like a barleywine without the overwhelming sweetness. I would recommend it if you are not too demanding about hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 13:27:40 | More by Ozzylizard
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TheSixthRing

California

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13/14 Release

Appearance - Pours a golden amber color with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent retention, resulting in a moderate lace.

Smell - Earthy, citrus. Tropical fruit notes; pineapple and slight mango.

Taste - Citrus notes upfront and throughout. Light earth with a fair caramel malt undertone. A touch spicy. Comes across with orange pith and almost a hint of cream on the back end and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with a light creaminess and moderate carbonation. Goes down with a great smoothness. You wouldn't know this was 95 IBU's the way it goes down; it blows my mind.

Overall - I'm not completely sold on the flavor, but it's good, and the body is undeniably smooth and drinkable. It's really hard to quantify this beer. A bit of oddness going on. Fair balance of the sweet and the bitter. Certainly original. I suppose that's why they went with the name they did.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:37:27 | More by TheSixthRing
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dank203

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap into a 10 oz snifter. aromas mostly candied fruit. taste has more of the fresh juicy fruit. not too much dankness. little carbonation. went down pretty well, might've enjoyed the beer's characteristics with just a hint less alcohol involvement, less maltiness

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 20:01:00 | More by dank203
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StJamesGate

New York

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the Brewery & Public House, Portland

Bright bronze with rings of snowy white foam.
Musty grapefruit rind nose - Citra? - with some Pledge.
Creacked wheat crackers then pink grapefruit, resin, and Cointreau hops.
Dried pineapple finish and sugared grapefruit linger.
Medium, chewy, some oil.

Big fruity hops - all the sweetest parts of citrus from Amarillo, Cascade and Citra. No burn, light enough, and wears its IBUs easily. But too sugary to quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 23:28:28 | More by StJamesGate
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hopflyer

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boathouse in Conshy.

Pours tangerine-orange with minimal head

Aroma not to prominent of fruity hops

Taste is citrusy hops and tangy. Not overbearing but subtle. Bitterness overtakes the citric qualities.

kind of light bodied with good carbonation.

My wife asked me how it was and the word that came to mind was ordinary. A good beer for sure but nothing that hasn't been done before.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 04:29:21 | More by hopflyer
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Boca-X

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Off white, thick, foamy head, beautiful lacing throughout tasting. Hazy golden orange mixed with a deep yellow honey...nice.

WOW...a big hit of sweet citrus, caramels and fresh baked bread with an apple butter spread on the nose.

First swallow and I'm overcome with molasses, juicy, creamy and sweet. The mouth feel is nice, somewhat heavy but not overpowering, medium carbonation. Bready malt and hops play together with caramels and toffee creating a rich even middle. The finish is big...dry and bitter, orange peel and peppery...a warm alcohol sensation lingers with the bitterness.

I love this Imperial IPA! I enjoy my IPAs a little on the sweet side...with a caramel/molasses center...this is spot on. Bold flavors and it's ampt up alcohol, (9.3%) along with its 99IBUs makes this a great hop bomb with a nice warm finish.

The only downside that I see...at over 500 calories for one 22oz bomber...you've just eaten a meal...and in my case...breakfast...enjoy...again and again and again!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 14:37:07 | More by Boca-X
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just did a side by side comparison with the enjoy by. Very close to identical. Bought a growler fill so was pretty fresh. Very clear in appearance. The aroma was not as pronounced considering this was a dipa but the taste is spot on. Glad I picked this one up.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2014 04:09:06 | More by Jeffwildcat
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StrictlyB

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a 2 finger head into a pint glass that turned to an off white froth and gave light lacing. The color is a slightly translucent orange. The smell is strong with citrus, notably orange, as well as hops. The taste has citrus and a strong hop flavor, and the hops taste slightly different from normal which explains why the bottle says experimental hops, and has a strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy with strong carbonation. Overall it is very good and I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:09:27 | More by StrictlyB
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours from 22oz to tulip glass a bright orange to light amber color with slight haze. Head is a thick frothy white mass that settles out slowly to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is abundant on the glass as you drink.
A: Ample floral and pine aromas and a ripe mango burst from the hops. Some herbal and grassy notes are layered amongst a rich bready and toasted grain base. Light crackers and honey are present too. A noticeable alcohol kick under the nose too.
T: Fresh bread, light crackers and toasted malt are under a big blanket of hops. The hops bring pine, floral and grassy flavors, under-ripe mango, and passion fruit. These ingredients dance back and forth between sweet and bitter and in the end the hop bitterness takes over and dominates.
M: Medium body with a crisp yet moderate carbonation and a warming alcohol burn.
O: A super, well balanced imperial iPa that just makes me think of summer sun and fresh delicious hops in a sweet nectar. This beer demands another try. On a warm day in particular. Hop heads will be pleased with this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:41:01 | More by scottbrew4u
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, tan tint with a foamy thick 2 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric fruits like orange, tangerine, lemon, mango. Also a has a more classic pine and grapefruit aroma. A little herbal/grassy with some added spices and sugars.

Taste - As I was expecting with the aroma, a mix of hops giving it a west citric note, mixed in with some classic grapefruit and pine ipa hops. Sweet, yet bitter also, has a little caramel backbone, along with some heat from the alcohol. Herbal like flavor, almost a green tea flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Many sweet fruits nail the tongue, along with some herbal flavor. Palate gets more hops, some malts and spices. Aftertaste is citric, piney and bitter.

Overall - This is good stuff. It really tastes like a west coast meets east coast ipa with its multiple hop flavors. Its actually balanced well since the bitter and sweet work together and nothing gets too overbearing. Drinks easy also. Its a little warm but not too much. Excellent beer, and very affordable, I paid 6.99$ at a more pricey bottle shop even, so I will be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 03:35:38 | More by wvsabbath
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold, with a whirlwind of carbonation bubbles. Mountainous, foamy white head! Lacing streaks the backside of the glass and cakes on!
Smell - strong grapefruit nose with some faint malt notes.
Taste - much more hop forward, heavy citrus flavor.
Feel - very bitter hops, ABV is hidden very well; easy drinking!
Overall - much more aggressive hop character than I expected; enjoyed this offering from Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:21:40 | More by DenverHopHead
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 12-25-13
Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange gold with one finger of creamy white foamy head, nice medium lacing.
S - Huge peach white grape, grassy, lemon, pine. Amazing
T - Light caramel malt, pine hop resin, big peach mango and white grape, definitely some alcohol though.
M - Things let you down right here, lots of alcohol burn, very dry and soapy, a little slick, lots of bitterness though.
O - Amazing aroma, good taste, but the mouthfeel is terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 21:37:51 | More by Omnium
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lochef81

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first experience with Deschutes and I am quite excited. Had to travel out of state to pick up a few of their bottles. The appearance is a handsome golden amber color with a thick white head that gives way to a very substantial film and lacing. The nose is surprisingly subtle for this style of ale. There are alot of piney and floral hops with a substantial malt background. You can definitely tell the beer is super fresh but not of the traditional west coast California variety. The flavor follows suit beautifully. Not too bitter, not too malty; just super balanced. This reminds me more of some of the awesome ipas produced by dogfish head than the typical west coast ipas. If this is any sign of the quality of the other offerings from this brewery, I cant wait.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:13:47 | More by lochef81
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - This beer is a nice golden-amber color with a thick white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.5 - That's a great smelling IPA. Very citrusy, with grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange all in there. It even gives you a hint of berries, like strawberry or blackberry. It definitely has the piney-ness of an IPA too. The malt backbone is a more caramel-sweet one, which is great for me.
T - 4.5 - Follows the nose. Citrusy first, with grapefruit, orange/lemon/lime zest, even bits of pomegranate and berries. Piney taste from the hops. Sweet caramel backbone. You can tell there's a little something extra from the "experimental hops", possibly the berry taste?
M - 4.5 - Light-medium. Alc is present but understandible at 9.3 percent. Aftertaste is hop bitterness.
O - 4.5 - Nice. And very interesting. A dfferent kind of IIPA/IIIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 21:35:04 | More by ISmith87
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright golden orange color with a massive head with big bubbles and good retention.

S: Big tropical notes, pineapple , mango, citrus some floral hop as well. When I first opened it there was a nice dank pine to it as well. Sweet caramel malt with some biscuit note finish.

T: Floral up front then some citrus hops with a bit of grassiness. Then a bold caramel and biscuit malt on the back end.

M: Medium body with dry finish on the tongue that was almost a powdery feel.

O: The aroma was good up front and wished the the taste was just as good. Good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 03:05:55 | More by koutkid41
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bsyoung

South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear copper, orange color with minimal head and good lacing.
S: Stong aroma of citrus and tropical fruits
T: Similar to the smell. Huge amounts of grapefruit and papaya hop flavor and nice bitter finish
M: moderate mouthfeel
O: Overall a great ipa

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 20:01:41 | More by bsyoung
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nqdell

Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Perfect balance

a- golden amber, thin head but it lingers

s- hoppy earth tones

t- very hoppy, but not too citrus-y like your typical strong hop

m- creaming and smooth, great aftertaste

overall this is one of the best 'experimental' beers I have ever had and wish it would be put into product year around.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:27:54 | More by nqdell
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BierJager89

California

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium copper color with a creamy/foamy white head.

S: Orange, pine, papaya and pineapple in the nose.

T: Pine is the strongest flavor, a touch of malt, some sweet citrus, mango, orange, pineapple.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough for a DIPA.

O: A fresh bottle of this would probably be outstanding. Mine was a bit past it's prime, but still delicious. I love tropical IPAs and that's exactly what this is.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 21:56:41 | More by BierJager89
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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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