Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.51/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz bottle on 1/21/13. Bottle dated best by 4/6/13, so assuming bottling date of 1/6/13, making this 2 weeks fresh. Poured into a 13 oz Spiegelau snifter.
Appearance: Pours an amber to orange color. Cloudy and opaque. About a one-finger white head on this one. Moderate lacing.
Smell: Oranges dominate the nose here, but pleasantly mixed with pine, lemon, and floral notes. Even without a large head the hops are nicely displayed.
Taste: A nice crisp hop taste right up front, consistent with the flavor profile on the nose, which doesn't back down throughout and includes a nice bitter finish. As big as the ABV is on this one I was expecting something more malty but true to the description on the bottle, the hops dominate throughout. No alcohol evident here - this will get you into trouble fast if you're not careful. A slight bit of sour funk on the aftertaste takes this from a 5 to a 4.5.
Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp, but smooth and dangerously drinkable. Not terribly light or terribly heavy, right in the sweet spot.
Overall: A fantastic imperial IPA. Not much that I would change here - definitely a top 20 IPA for me, pushing for the top 10. I will drink it whenever available.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2013 14:26:56 | More by MCain04
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours hazy golden color with 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. There is a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma really isn't that strong. Most of what I can make out is apple. On tasting, there is a slight malty taste, quickly followed by a hoppy explosion. I can taste a hint of apple at the end. Kind of a bitter, soapy aftertaste. The taste is good, but there is something a little off, and it may be the soapiness at the end. I will say that I drank this a little over a month after the date on the bottle, so my review may have been different if I drank it earlier.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 01:31:24 | More by jngrizzaffi
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/15/2014. Pours light hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, peach, papaya, apricot, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 22:33:37 | More by superspak
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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