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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

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1,864 Ratings
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Ratings: 1864
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%


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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Reviews by denflyr:
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denflyr

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay so I am a sucker for just about any DIPA out there! Yes I am a "Hop Head."

Anyhow, here is what I thought of this brew.

On the pour, the appearance is a clear copper/amber with a nice 2 inch head that leaves a little lacing after it retreats.

There is a smooth maltiness to the brew and for a beer with 95 IBU's I was expecting a bit more of that telltale Cascade hope nose.

The taste is nice, but I have had a more in your face DIPA's. Nice maltiness and an orange rind type finish with plenty of hops to round out the finish!

I have let the beer warm just a bit and the carbonation has diminished a bit, but a still a nice mouthfeel!

I got this beer on a special trip to Denver since I can't get it at home. So that being said, I will probably not pick up another when I am up next time, but yet I am intriqued to try this on draft at the brewery! We'll see...a nice effort nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 02:36:54 | More by denflyr
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Into a Sam Smiths perfect pint glass results in a slightly hazy golden body capped by a 1" head that has longevity and leaves delicate lacing and rings of foam as the level drops,nice!
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S - Light amount of tropical fruits - mango & pineapple.

T - Starts out with tropical fruits and a nice caramel malt sweetness. The finish has an earthy lingering hop bitterness. There is also a light pepper bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a crisp bite.

O - Tasty DIPA. Glad I was able to try this. Recommended.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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