Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
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
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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