Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

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2,326 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,326
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 235
Gots: 245 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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
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Ratings: 2,326 | Reviews: 837
Photo of Figit
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This may be the best dipa I've ever had. I found it very balanced. I'm not a huge fan of dry overly bittered hop finishes, so this really hit the spot. I'm not a big deschutes fan but this one hit the sweet spot for me. If you are like beers like founders double trouble and fff dreadnaught, you will enjoy this one. Great balance of hops and malty goodness.

Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of citrus and floral notes, balanced and smooth but pretty typical for an IPA. not very "experimental". Hops are a little bitter on the end but not crazy. Velvety mouthfeel.

Photo of BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Higher ABV w all the chrispness of a low ABV IPA. Extraordinarily refreshing! Quite delicious.

Photo of T100Mark
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a pilsner glass (why not?).

Appearance - A light orange color. A little hazy. Big, fine head. Good stickage. A nice looking beer.

Smell - Orange zest. Slightly sweet.

Taste - Orange juice flavor (and a corresponding citric acid aftertaste). Sweet. The malt foundation is present but subdued.

Mouth - Good carbonation. Tangy yet buttery. Interesting.

Overall - A fine West Coast IPA. Unfortunately, the beer reminds of a two-dimensional copy of Deschutes' own Fresh Squeezed.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

solid IPA form one of my favorite brewers

Photo of Eden
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really pretty good this beer

Photo of THoff94
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes very nutty. Strong flavor.

Photo of magicmoose66
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden color with a little less than an inch of foam. Tastes and smells citrusy and mildly hoppy. Goes down easy. A solid IPA from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of ShaneHarris
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: 10.5oz snifter, on the border between citrusy yellow and malty brown
S: a lot of citrus and hops
T: perfect balance of fruity, citrusy, malty, bitter
F: just smooth, and full-bodied, this one you'll enjoy swishing around in your mouth trying to get all the flavor out
O: This IPA is better than Heady Topper.

Photo of LilSebastianJr
2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: bottle said it was Best By 4/7/15, 4 days from now. Maybe, like myself, it was better in its youth....

Not impressed. Is it hoppy? Yes. But of course it is, it's an IPA. The high abv seems derived form lesser malts, or perhaps malt extract. It is cloying, which is in direct competition with the big hops.

About those hops.... the profile of the hops seems a little muddled. It doesn't really seem to know what it wants to be.

Again, perhaps it was the age. I bought it from a carry out that sells home brew supplies and has one of the best local selections of beer (and best of all you have to walk into the cooler to but piss water.... I mean bud products, they are not even in sight in the store), so they probably took great care of the beer.

Paid a lot to be disappointed. Finishing it now just for the sheer abv and not waste the cash I spent on it.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am drinking this from a 22 oz. bottle in a craft beer glass 6 weeks before its best by date.
A: Pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a very dense, finely bubbled 1” off white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass leaving thick ledges of lace marking each sip.
S: Citrus, pine, floral, herbal, light malt and light fruit somewhere between melon and tropical.
T: Has a juicy attack with the hoppy citrus flavors riding in on the foam over a light malt graham cracker body. As the foam and body meld together mid-palate the grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness come forward and carry the beer to the finish.
M: Creamy, juicy rich medium full body with a very soft, smooth carbonation.
O: A DIPA featuring a balance between hop citrus, fruit and floral flavors and yeast driven fruit flavors.

Photo of Laugookneetuss
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could have been a lot better with more flavor to balance out the high abv. still pretty good

Photo of Chiefy770
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 Fluid Ounce Bottle
"Best By" date of April 7th, 2015 printed on the label
Reviewed on March 26th, 2015
Served in an IPA Glass
(2014/2015 Release featuring Millennium, Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook Hops. ABV 9.5%)

Eyes
Poured a dark gold body with a slight orange glow. Fluffy head formed, a little over an inch deep, collapsed, and left a tremendous amount of foamy lacing throughout.

Nose
Sweet notes of tropical fruit were prominent. Notes of grapefruit and lemon peel definitely suggested this brew had bitter tendencies. Herbal and spiced hops mingled with sweet toasted malts. I definitely picked up a whiff or two of alcohol as well.

Mouth
Sweet and juicy hops hit the tongue first. Sweet notes of orange and pineapple took a tart turn, letting bitter notes of grapefruit and lemon break through. Earthier hops settled in the lower levels near the malts. Subtle notes of pine were followed by a very minor presence of toasted grains. Definitely a dry finish with a decent hit of alcohol. Medium bodied, leaning toward the full side of the spectrum. Moderate/low carbonation.

Notes
As far as DIPAs go, this one is certainly not "in your face" as far as hop intensity is concerned. Great focus on the middle tones of the hops, rather than the often overly-bitter takes on this style. My biggest beef with this brew would be the ABV... 9.3% and I definitely tasted it. Regardless, I am looking forward to next year's version!

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

Bomber poured into a Red Racer pint glass. A hazy brownish orange amber color with two fingers of resilient milk shake-like creamy white head.

Aroma is predominately tropical fruit with a less developed citrus note ... Pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, almost a hint of banana and coconut. Some bright pine needle notes but nothing overly medicinal. Equal parts gummy candy, dried fruit leather, and smoothie.

Taste features the same combination of features found on the nose ... Big tropical fruit smoothie flavors (including the aforementioned pina colada element), some grapefruit sourness, very crisp and refreshing with a pleasing fresh tropical fruit juice overlay. Not sure what these "experimental hops" are doing exactly but things are working out well. The malts are fairly sweet, recalling caramel and honey. Very smooth, almost creamy. Medium body, just grading into thick territory. Very low key resins. Bitter, but in a well-rounded refined sense. The Chinook spice is discernible but balanced out by Centennial candied citrus and mystery hop tropical flavors. Finishes on the sweet and fruity side. Almost a tinge of chocolate (?!)...

Compelling DIPA. Not a blunderbuss of pine resins and other dank elements ... Artfully fruity and overall on the sweet side.

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a bomber with a best by date of 4/07/2015.

I am torn on this one. One one hand, the flavors are nice and interesting. A nice mix of hops and tropical fruits, although leaning toward the hoppy and bitter side. Very pleasant look, smell, mouth feel, and main flavors.

Now for the bad part that has me torn, this one is boozy. Either dial back the alcohol or cover it up better. With a bottle labeled as 9.5% ABV, all of that alcohol presence shows. It detracts from the overall experience and leaves you with a warm sensation in your stomach.

Probably would not seek out and purchase again unless some changes are made.

Photo of GoBeerGo
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull gold with very persistent head. Aroma is strong, balanced and inviting. Malt aroma is of sweet grains and hops are strongest with notes of spice, citrus and slight resin. Tastes strongly of floral and spicey hops with faint notes of citrus, also faint sweet toast from the malt. Well balanced. Feels slick in the mouth, lighter bodied with close to lively, spritzy, carbonation. Finishes long and strong with a good balance between sweet and bitter, however leaning towards bitter. Good beer, very fresh.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a hazy medium straw body.
The aroma is a big blend of citrus (all of them) plus some pine.
The taste is bold and complex. Moderate bitterness throughout held up by a big malt.
The texture is thick.
Really nice.

Photo of hreb
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle claims 9.5% ABV and best by 04/07/15. Served in a tulip glass. Golden orange color, lightly hazed, with an ample white head. Yeasty aroma. Orange peel, citrus. Really big citrus hop flavor, with an almost grapefruit-like astringency. This bottle conditioned XPA really is all about the hops. There's very little malt backbone, and I think I detect a bit of wheat, perhaps used to deliberately subdue malt flavor. Carbonation is on the high side in this bottle. As previously reported, all-day IPA enthusiasts will probably love this, but otherwise it's just ok.

Photo of frozen-1984
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. But the price point is a tad high at 6 a bomber. Overall taste has a touch more alcohol burn then I like out of a beer. 9.5 % I expect some but a little less booze would be nicer. Good notes of tropical fruit and citrus but the burning booze killed it.

Photo of RobTheKnob
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Be careful with this one. It's uber-tasty, so you want to keep sipping on it, but it has the best hidden 9.5% ABV (according to the bottle) I have ever had.

Photo of drpimento
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quintessential Double IPA. Appearance is a decent size, slow to settle, thick, off-white head, lace, and a clear honey amber color. Aroma is hops, caramel malt, spice, grain. Flavor's like aroma, has a slight sweetness, good tartness, and the proper bitterness for this kind of beer. Has a nice mouth filling feeling yet with just the right buzz from good carbonation for excellent body. Also delivers some alcohol warmth. A hop monster for sure, but a good monster.

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It feels weird to me to rate an experimental beer that changes, as far as I know, every year. But this is one very drinkable DIPA. Almost creamy without being cloying. Perfect amount of bitterness. Not too fruity or citrusy. Really damn good IPA. Sure it could be prettier but who cares. Glad I snuck this into the grocery cart today.

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like hoppy fruit loops

Photo of DaltonC
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok I have had this beer before, when it first came out...it seemed very syrupy and strong similar to SN's Hoptimum, which is an absolute pine bomb and just too much...

BUT, I picked up 3 bottles at Albertson's during a Super Bowl sale (2.75ea) for a 22oz bomber, 2 dated 4/7/15 and one 4/8/15?? So 2 different batches I guess...anyways there were AMAZING. Either my palate has adjusted or this year's batches are different, and they are working for sure. This beer is semi fresh but it is so smooth and clean and perfect amount of bitterness. It has that dirt wolf type taste on the finish and warms up so well...

I will be seeking this out in the future, Deschutes can do no wrong, and I believe the beer is underrated.

5/5

Photo of Hayden34
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes never disappoints! Was expecting great things and was not disappointed.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,326 ratings.