Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I picked up this bomber in Austin a few weeks ago and have been sitting on it for way too long. I meant to drink it right away, but it got pushed back into the fridge and almost forgotten about for a while. Anyhow, I wish I'd gotten to it while it was still really fresh, but I'm still excited about it. Nice to see more Deschutes brews making their way down to TX.
Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Hop Henge is a copper-orange color with a huge two-finger head that yields lots of lace. Seriously. LOTS of lace. The aroma reminds me of plenty of strong IPAs I've had before, but with a much sweeter orange scent than I've ever encountered. I also get a candied beet smell here, and strawberries and caramel too. First beer I've ever had that I could detect beets in the nose. Nice. Weird, but nice. The taste is tangy and bitter, with a sweet-and-sour sensation. Heavy hop content here that I assume was much more noticeable a few weeks ago, but still command attention. Funky aftertaste is reminiscent of barleywine almost.
A solid and delicious beer, for sure. Again, I'm kicking myself for not drinking this sooner, but it still maintains several layers of complexity even this late. At 8.75% ABV, you could probably sit on this guy for several months, but I wouldn't recommend it. Drink it fresh if you can. Another hop-head's love affair.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2009 01:06:48 | More by Atlas1
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