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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 139 | 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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Photo of Chaz33187
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus
a- golden yellowy
s- virtually no noticable smell, it lacks the piny/ citrus or even malty aroma of a typical ipa
t- a violent smash of pure hoppiness, it isn't friendly at all, again, there is an absence of citrus or piny charm. The alchohol isn't disguised much either. Bitterness follows
m- very carbonated. bubbles harshly in your mouth
o- unique because it has pure hop taste, but lacks the well rounded ipa flavor, it's like drinking unsweetened soymilk.

Chaz33187, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of CliffBrake
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle, dated best by April 25.

Slightly hazy orange-amber color with a small head that retains a slick of foam and leaves a nearly solid, thin curtain of lace.

Light caramel nose. I am trying to imagine some citrusy hops in the nose, but it is difficult to be sure I can smell it or not.

Toast and caramel dominate the flavor with a light citrus and spice hops flavor that leads to a barely bitter finish. A honey-like sweetness is prominent.

Medium to heavy body with an oily, mouthcoating feel. Slightly juicy but without the fruit flavors to go with it.

More like a barleywine than what I expect from a DIPA, especially one from the west coast. But even as a barleywine, it is a bit heavy and one-noted on the caramel malt.

CliffBrake, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of kflorence
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear copper in color with a fair amount of sticky head that dissipates to a thin film. Plenty of lacing as you drink. Carbonation looks to be mild. Looks like a typical double IPA.

S: Apple, watermelon and apricot with a sweet toffee backbone. Overall, a pretty high, malt-forward astringent note with slight alcohol presence.

T: Bitter and fruity up front, fills in with sweet candy malts towards the middle (with the distinctive Deschutes malty flavor) and finishes bitter once again with the hops finally coming through. Grapefruit rinds are the predominant flavor left in the mouth after swallowing. Oddly, I felt this was overly bitter but didn't feel like it had much of a hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of chewiness and almost a bit syrupy. Quite lively on the tongue.

O: Honestly, not my cup of tea. Overall this was overly bitter and acidic, not very palatable and certainly not sessionable. I'm generally a fan of IPAs and Deschutes brews, but I'm a bit disappointed with this one. Then again, at 10.9% ABV you won't care by the time you finish the bottle.

kflorence, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of badbeer
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored with a white head that had decent retention. Some sulfur in the aroma and floral; hops were a bit catty. Watery, but sweet malt eventually comes in, as well as sap, lemon, and some grainy flavors. Medium body and medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable, though I don't think I'd order another.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of moundbz
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Heavy on the back of the mouth, long after taste

moundbz, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Sazz9, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

brywhite, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of CotterEU
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

CotterEU, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Zbeetleman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of kds2437
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

kds2437, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of habaceeba
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

habaceeba, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

HopsintheSack, May 06, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

GeoffreyM, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a half an inch of off-white head that recedes into a film on top of the brew. A little lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: Caramel malt and pine hops dominate the scent, with a slight floral bouquet. I feel like there's a little citrus floating around, but it's very mild.

T: A great balance of pine hop bitterness and a secondary caramel malt sweetness. The mid-taste is defined by floral hops with lingering sugars and a slight citric hop component (grapefruit), with the finish and aftertaste let the pine, resin, and floral hops take center stage, leaving a sticky bitter feeling.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Well masked ABV and a very sticky presence.

D: It's a good IPA, but not great. I prefer my IPAs to lean toward a crisp citrus flavor, so part of my reaction is just bias talking. I liked the beer but I don't feel compelled to seek out a second bomber of it.

Arbitrator, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of BMos
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

BMos, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Blaze5445
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Blaze5445, Feb 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

bcerv-ca, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Jakep2021
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Jakep2021, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Chucker17, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of BoRaeCho
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

BoRaeCho, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of scot_chale
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a snifter glass with a "best by" date of 4/5/13

A- 2 fingers of bubbly white off-orange head. beautiful bright orange body with very little carbonation flying around. lacing is present and the head disappears to a thing later but some healthy bubbles stay on top.

S- not as scary and pungent as i expect in a double IPA. It's very citrusy, almost like grapefruit juice instead of the zest. the earthy and herbal qualities of the hop comes though nicely too.

T- it's a different kind of hop bomb. it's kind of grainy, kind of grassy, and the alcohol is present and warming. it's experimental for sure.

M- the alcohol sits in the back of your throat. the carbonation sparks the tongue and the body is medium.

O- Very strange. I'm glad I tried it, but the malt bill with the choice of hops really through me off. My favorite part was the appearance and aroma. When it came to actually drinking the beer, I don't think I'll come back to this one. I really like everything I've had from Deschutte's, and this one just simply isn't for me.

scot_chale, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of gregshead
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/22/11 from notes:

A: Pours a reddish copper w/ a good finger and a half of head. Really good head retention.

S: Pine, grapefruit and caramel flavors come through on the nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt tastes up front followed by some subtle grapefruit hops. After taste is sugary.

M: Pretty standard mouthfeel/carbonation w/ a little bit of a syrupy feel.

D: A version of the DIPA that was a little too much on the malty side for the sytle. Still, a well make drink that I'm glad I hoisted.

gregshead, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/29/11

Pours a deep gold with orange tint, frothy head that clings nicely. Aromas are muted, nice piney hops but a cardboardy smell. Flavor is nice, but the malt profile seems stale, hops are present and has a nice level of bitterness, but the cardboard comes back in the finish. A solid Deschutes offering but not my favorite.

Tripphop, Feb 20, 2011
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.