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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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2,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,121
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 222
Gots: 138 | 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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2/5  rDev -51.6%

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Photo of Jimbo07
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

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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2/5  rDev -51.6%

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2.53/5  rDev -38.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of Reaper16
2.78/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
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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2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
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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2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
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.
Taste is overly bitter and mouth puckering with absolutely zero balance going on here with the absence of a malt backbone. Lots of yeast and hops highlight with citrus and herbs standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, gritty, lip smacking of bitterness.

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2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
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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2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
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.


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.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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