Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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3.24/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
08-16-2013 03:02:48 | More by kflorence
3.25/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
12-28-2008 01:21:18 | More by badbeer
3.25/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
04-12-2009 09:55:04 | More by Arbitrator
3.28/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
03-25-2013 21:30:20 | More by scot_chale
3.3/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
01-31-2011 06:13:15 | More by gregshead
3.33/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
02-20-2011 19:07:52 | More by Tripphop
3.33/5 rDev -19.4%
02.02.10 at City Beer
A: non-descript medium tawny color
S: sweet, like corn; can't really tell what else there is
T: lots of malt and is very sweet, with hops mostly at the finish
M: very nice, very smooth
D: okay, not bad, but not my favorite
02-04-2010 21:33:24 | More by Chambic
3.34/5 rDev -19.1%
Poured out of a 22oz. bottle the beer had a clear copper color with a nice amount of off-white foam that left a nice layer of lace in its wake. The smell is very malt forward with a pungent alcohol presence, however there are some nice bready aromas and slight citrus characters mixed in at the back of the nose. The taste is interesting, not what I expected at all, bitter and fruity up front (fruity not necessarily citrus) with a nice sweet malt flavor and finish with a bitter/acidic aftertaste. For me what is missing is the hops smell and/or taste from what I would expect from this style, not necessarily a bad beer just not what I expect from the style. So overall this is a decent beer and is something worth trying, just did not seem to agree with my pallet as it was a bit bitter, lacked a real hop component, and left me with a bit of a acidic aftertaste (maybe due to the high ABV)
01-29-2014 17:18:38 | More by mjmadden
3.35/5 rDev -18.9%
Pours a golden-orange color with a two finger tall off-white head in my perfect pint glass. Head sticks around fr a bit, but eventually recedes to a film with some islands of foam. Smell is of pineapple, grapefruit, pine, alcohol. In the taste I get a lot of grapefruit. I also get a subtle taste of malt. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but that seems to increase drinkability. Alcohol is pretty high, but you wouldn't know it by the taste. This beer was actually a little dissapointing, the hop taste seems off.
02-13-2012 07:15:07 | More by gkunkle
3.35/5 rDev -18.9%
Rocks in funny formations? Pours a hazy copper to amber color with a slight orange hue. A soft white head with limited retention and lacing.
The nose is more malty with some under lining hop notes. The malt has a sweet almost sugary aroma. Some minor caramel and kettle notes. A hint of bready as well. The hops are present but expecting more for style. More of a earthy meets floral thing. Some minor yeast notes but pretty clean.
The taste is more along the lines of a double IPA. The hops come out more and balance the sweet malt. More of an east coast IPA to me. There is a more floral and citrus notes that come out but finishes with chalky earth taste that is off. The malt has a sweet taste with some minor kettle notes, but limited overall. Some alcohol notes that are boarder line fusel. Some minor esters but not bad.
The mouthfeel is between moderate and full with a sweet finish. Not under attenuated just sweet. Overall would have liked to see more hops in the nose and finish, but you can't win them all.
08-15-2008 14:33:55 | More by Oxymoron
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
Clear amber-orange pour with big two finger head with great retention and crazy lacing. Fruity, candy sweet, malty nose with hints of orange rind and pineapple. The taste is much the same. It has a unique something about it that I can't really put my finger on. It's extremely rich and sweet, almost to the point of being a bit syrupy. Lots of pineapple with hints of caramel and an odd soapiness. Piney, bitter hops attempt to balance out the sweet malt, but come up short. Very thick and chewy mouthfeel that I typically love, but the sweetness coupled with the soapy aftertaste really kill the drinkability for me. This isn't a bad beer, but there's something about it that just rubs me the wrong way. It's got a lot of good qualities, but enough little issues that I really can't give it more than an average review. Really had high hopes for this beer and it really let me down...
05-16-2011 03:08:23 | More by beerdrifter
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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