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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,032 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 217
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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ccrida

Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

09 Update (scored changed for this review):

Bomber poured into a Meantime snifter, Hop Henge Experimental IPA is a dull bronze with a white head that leaves heavy lace. The bottle is from batch 1, at 80 IBUs. Batch 2 I guess is 87, and bitterness is not something I found this one to be lacking, so I'm glad I got the 'smaller' version!

Smell is strong and sweet, big citrus hops that I really love, some brown sugar.

Taste is not as sweet, there's a strong bite of fusel alcohol that cuts through the hops, with a bitter finish. I know they retooled the hops for this years version but it's still to bitter for my taste, I definitely prefer IPAs with more hop flavor then bitterness, which this one doesn't have. This beer is to hot and not my bag at all.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is low, I heard good things about this year's version and thought it might be worthy a revisit, but I'm still not digging it.

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2/11/2007

a-4
s-4
t-1.5
m-4
d-2
Poured in an imperial pint glass, the Hop Henge is bronze colored with a thick tan head, which rescinded to a small, lingering top coat that left a pretty, sticky lace. The aroma is really nice and bright, lot of cascade and piney NW hops, a little brown sugar, but also really stong fusel alcohol. The taste is not nearly so pleasant. Initially there's a nice sweet, bready malt flavor, but it's quickly overrun by exxxtreme bittering hops and omnipresent fusels. Whoa, thats harsh, the aftertaste feels like I just took a shot of rubbing alcohol. And at only 8.1% ABV, pretty amerteurish...maybe their ferm. temps ran away from them or something, what ever it was, I'm far from impressed. The mouthfeel is really pretty nice, creamy and not to thick, with a light carbonation that is easily roused. The drinkablilty was very low for me because I just didn't like it at all. It was so bitter and boozy though that it managed to numb my senses, and by the second half of the bomber I was able to pick up some steam, though I was really just to get it over with.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 23:19:29 | More by ccrida
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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.