Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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2.78/5 rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
22oz. bomber served into a New Belgium globe glass
Hop Henge pours out pretty dark. The body looks like a burnt sienna Crayola crayon. When held to light the beer looks lighter, more orange. The head is about one finger in size; a really tight cap of beige foam. It is definitely beige; much more brown than just "off-white."
Orange is the primary aroma. Lots and lots of juicy orange. There is, interestingly, a cooling aroma; a smell of, well, mint. I can tell you this much -- Orangemint should be a flavor of Orbitz gum. Traces of caramel, flashes of grapefruit. Mostly orange and mint -- a unique enough aroma combination that the novelty doesn't wear off.
The taste has no such intriguing novelty. There is a fresh orange flavor to this beer, fresh enough to include the flavor of the orange rind. That distinctly fruitskin kind of bitterness is not very appetizing. It builds up on the palate until it begins to taste a little bit like bile. There are some spicy, herbal hop flavors and a noticeable alcohol presence as the beer warms. Oh yeah, its damn malty, too. I feel that this beer, while strongly flavored, isn't very well-crafted. The flavors aren't integrated well together. Messy.
Medium-bodied with average carbonation; the beer is nothing to speak of on the mouthfeel front. Drinkability suffers for me because of the discord felt on the tongue. If you find that you like the flavor then you would be able to enjoy the bomber without problems. If you find the flavors wanting, like me, then the whole bomber will be a chore.
I didn't expect this from a brewery of the reputation of Deschutes. This "Experimental IPA" recipe needs major tweaks if it wants to be anything other than a flawed experiment.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2010 03:33:11 | More by Reaper16
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