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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

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92
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2,031 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 218
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009)
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beagle75

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (best by date: 04/16/10) into a tulip. This is the third bottle I have enjoyed from this batch.

A: Clear reddish-amber color with one finger of white head that quickly diminishes to a persistent residue. Very little lacing left behind.

S: Sweetness pervades, with intense (but not too much) floral and pine smells. This smell has a tangibility to it that makes me surprised I cannot see volatile fumes swirling around and out of my glass. Truly noteworthy.

T: Sweet to start, with increasing bitterness and just the right, slight, amount of alcohol in the finish. The malt does not stand out, but there is an element of balance present despite the hops showcase going on. The taste matches well with the smell.

M: Rich, slightly viscous texture is heavier than normal for the style. For this reason this beer bears some similarity to a barleywine (it really makes me recall SN Bigfoot). Carbonation is detectable but not distracting or inappropriate.

D: The beer is rich and delicious, it begs to be consumed and savored--but the high abv (while not inappropriate for the style) is a limiting factor. All of the attributes of this beer combine together to provide an extremely rich and satisfying double IPA. It reminds me of the Shipyard XXXX IPA, which I tasted for the first time recently. It is not as overtly piney as a special brewery-only version of Hop Henge that I tasted at the Deschutes pub in Portland last summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:32:16 | More by beagle75
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Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- cloudy gold. Huge head.

Aroma- lemons, grapefruit, and hints of grass and honey.

Taste- starts hoppy and clean, then gets a little heavy and sweet in the middle, finishing on notes of bitter greens and grapefruit rind with a lingering and long dry aftertaste. Purchased at Costco for $3.99. Drink by date 7/15/14. Tasted on 7/15/14.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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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.

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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.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.