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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,072 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 2,072
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
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 kdoc8:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

I had this on tap at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Actually, the Hop Henge Imperial IPA is the same thing as the "regular" IPA, even though they are listed separately on BA - only the Imperial actually exists.

It is served quite cold and with a thick yellow-tan and bubbly head. The color is light golden-brown with some reddish hints. The smell is good - complex floral and citrus hops. The taste was a little disappointing, though the higher alcohol content is very well masked. The taste was mainly just of bitter hops, with a strong bitter hops aftertaste. It's a good IPA, but a little heavy on the harder hops and not a ton of complexity.

kdoc8, Mar 30, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Glad to get a fresh bottle.Poured into an imperial nonic a brilliant burtn orange with a large sticky white crown that settled slowly leaving broken globs of lace behind.Big fruity hop,overripe pineapple,grapefruit,and tangerine aromas abound overtop of a healthy caramel malt base,no alcohol really detected.Citric fruit flavor with not a real bitter edge to the hop profile,not as sweet as way to many of the style are, although there is a caramel sweetness to it,the alcohol stays pretty well hidden for the style but is noticeable.Big and fruity with not really any stinging alcohol,Deschutes kicks ass.

oberon, Dec 26, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

legalag11, Jul 05, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

A: A nice clear amber complexion with slight tints of orange and red. Off-white or ivory head that retains very well.

S: More going on here than I initially thought. Fruity aromas range from apricot, orange/tangerine, lemon, and even a slight hint of grapefruit when you give it a real wiff. There is also a nicely balance touch of hops that resonates through the fruity aromas and makes you clearly aware that your drinking a hoppy beer, but more of a friendly reminder than a slap to the smeller. Also the alcohol plays well in the overall aroma (another pleasant reminder of the fun to come).

T: A very well balanced mix of husky hops, fruity sweetness, solid malt, alcohol and even a slight slight bit of smokiness towards the end. The hops blend so well with the fruit signatures (the same of which are present in the smell) that you instantly forget your putting back 95 IBU's, but as you go through the several stages of flavors you end up right back with a refreshing hoppy taste. So don't worry about taking your eye off the ball. The alcohol also accompanies the hops very well.

M: To be honest it really surprises me how this beer is able to hold such a medium bodied feel when looking at it on paper. The carbonation that remains very well intact keeps the beer balanced through and through, even when it opens up. This pleasant mid-body allows one to really enjoy the great balance of the hoppy bitterness, fruit and malt taste.

D: The first time I had this beer was off tap and man oh man did I love it. But now that I have sat down at home and had it out of the bottle at my own leisure I have to say it surpassed what I remembered from before. This is a great great example of what Deschutes has to offer. But more than that this beer can break down a lot of doors for tentative drinkers who have misconceptions of what higher IBU beers can be about. Its balance will find a wide variety of fans in my opinion, and if you can snag one definitely try it!

Sorry this is long, but I really liked this one...

APetitfils, Mar 02, 2010
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Tiernan, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ajkiser12, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

Hop Henge IPA's big brother, "Imperial," has been released from its shackles. Centennial, Cascade and Northern Brewer hops are the catalysts for a bitter onslaught. A rating of 95 IBUs is the result of about three pounds of hops per barrel (31 gallons).

Chestnut in color with good clarity and small bubbles in advance. Full-looking head drops a sticking trim on the glass and has commendable retention. Deep herbal, spearmint, blond tobacco and citric-accented aroma from the hops. Creamy, semi-smooth mouthfeel with a dense medium body. Tangerine fruitiness moves on to a citric rind flavor, and the full-on hop bitterness sets in. The 8.1 percent ABV is a bit hidden but warms up the mouth after several sips. Bready, dry malt backbone holds strong even though a ceaseless bitterness barrels over it. Finishes with a dry, herbal character.

Deschutes really knows how to throw down. They may as well stop playing around and make this a year-round brew. Let's go the meat-and-potatoes route for this one; a pot of Hell's Fire Stew is fitting.

Check out http://beeradvocate.com/cookbook/recipe/8

BeerAdvocate, Nov 04, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

sabitu, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

FadetoBock, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

freshflesh, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

SD-Alefan, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Looks like an IPA, bordering on amber color, nice off white head.

Heavy pine and citrus with some whiffs of cerealy malt on the nose.

Pretty good, definitely a mouthful of flavor. Would be a nice compliment/combatant for some stinky blue cheese.

A little heavy on the tongue, with a bite of boozey aftertaste. Despite that, I hadn't noticed the ABV on the bottle, and was really surprised it was so high when I saw 10.6% here, so that says something. Actually I think I'm starting to believe it.

I'd drink it again with some potent cheese, but one glass is enough.

andyfrancis, May 12, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

About four months past the "best by" date. Let's see how this goes.

A - Pours a beautiful clear red-tinted brown with one and a half fingers of head, which leave a nice trail of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of hops, mostly citrus, but some florals as well, and what seems to be a bit of spearmint. Interesting and quite nice aroma. Also quite a bit of biscuit malts.

T - Despite being four months past best by date, this still has a healthy hop presence in the taste, again lots of citrus with some florals mixed in. Also has some sweetness up front. Finishes quite bitter, again with a faint taste of mint.

M - Very creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced hops and malt, finishes dry. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

O - Would love to try a fresh bottle, but even well past the best by date I really enjoyed this one.

warnerry, Jul 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Lazaro, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DWolf, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

cincysig, Mar 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Beerswag, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

So they tweaked the hops on this years version, I am glad they were able to brew it again. Pours a dark orange amber color with a healthy crowning of off white lace. Smells of blood oranges, hemp seeds, papaya and faint evergreen which comes mostly from the hops. Clean bite in the breath of bitter hops and slightly, but very clean, solvent alcohol. Smooth with a deep creamy malt body. Hop bitterness pops but leave a few spots for the malt to come through. Slight caramel and toasted biscuit maltiness pairs well with the fruity esters. Clean warming alcohol throughout. Finishes hoppy and quite bitter but nothing that destroys the taste buds.

Spot on for the style, what ever they tweaked it still stands comparable to the previous version. Love the beer ... make it year round please.

Jason, Feb 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

MaxFoster, Mar 17, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +16.9%

I'm a bit prejudice over this IPA not only because I'm a sucker for Imperials, but because this particular IPA has and incredible not too sweet floral hop flavor that finishes a bit bitter not like some IPA's giving you reason to have more and more.

It's a must to pour between a half and a one inch head to give you that creamy aroma as well as the taste in you mouth on that first mouthful. Don't be bashful when pouring into a tulip or snifter glass to get that head built up.

The appearance is golden and and as you drink their is a layer of foam and bubbles left around your glass if clean.

There is only one other Imperial that I can personally compare to this beer and that would be the Firestone Walker Double Jack and it actually finishes in your mouth giving you that feeling of wanting more right away. So why wait.

IdahoPA, Apr 07, 2013
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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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