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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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2,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,270
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 238
Gots: 219 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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
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Very strange IPA, that I'm sorry to say, I just don't like. It smells good by itself, looks good (has great head actually), but the taste... Starts out with some malty goodness, then comes the hops, which ain't that bad either. It's mainly floral tasting, which I'm not a big fan of, but not overwhelming. Then comes the final aftertaste. I don't know what it tastes like but it doesn't taste good and as I'm smelling the beer while taking a sip, the taste worsens.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one was on tap at Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a brown/copper color and is slightly hazy. A thick foamy egg shell white head forms and is very resilient and sticky.

The smell is very piney with even a bit of turpentine aroma.

The taste is biting and bitter. Very little malt character. Over the top on hop. Bitterness is overpowering.

Mouth feel is a little thick, heavy and cloying, followed by a sting. Some heat feel from the alcohol.

Not real drinkable beer. The hop bitterness is overdone, and the alcohol makes it less than sessionable. It wouldn't be much of a thirst quencher either. I'll probably pass this one up if I see it again.

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2.87/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Crosling for this one.

A: Pours a reddish copper with a small bubbly head that quickly disappears. A few specks of lacing.

S: Vegetal with lots of pine and a bit of solvent from the alcohol.

T: A big but brief hop flavor is quickly overtaken by an overwhelming bitterness. Very strongly unbalanced.

M: Thick and heavy with an intense dryness. Fairly light carbonation.

D: After a few sips, my palate is already tired from this one. This one is drinkable, but it needs some work, or at least a long period in the cellar.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper in color. Slight hoppy smell in the nose. This has a huge malt backbone to support the hops. Quite possibly the maltiest IIPA that I've had. Very bready and bittering in the flavor. Decent, but I prefer more Citrusy and juicy flavors.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Best by 06.16.11
Consumed 05.05.11 in an imperial nonic.

Looks like a standard IPA/DIPA-- an orangey amber color. Off-white head of 1.5 fingers. Decent retention but weak lacing.

Smells pretty good--some sweet malts with citrusy hops... Pretty standard fair here. The taste gets a bit odd to me... What's with the spearmint? Holy hell it's everywhere. This minty (and a little bubble gummy) flavor DOMINATES like Jordan in the 90s.
It is quite off-putting. A soapy bitterness sets in on the finish which is surprisingly dry.

The body is good... Medium full with an oily feel that sticks to my teeth.
Overall-- the beer would be fine if it didn't have these wierd off flavors... I'm not a fan of this at allright now.

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2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tomdecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a hazed light gold with a small, creamy cap that fades into a mild film with a small collar of fluff. Streaky remnants and spots are left around the glass.
Smell is decent enough...containing notes of citrus, herbs, light pine, caramel, and candy.
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Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, gritty, lip smacking of bitterness.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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