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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

831 Reviews
THE BROS
92
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Reviews: 831
Hads: 2,395
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 244
Gots: 276 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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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Photo of rarigney
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really good IPA. Great balance of hops and malt. Another winner from Deschutes Brewery. Very easy to drink but the high ABV can sneak up on you. Give it a try!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid, complex ipa. This 2015 bottle is full of citrus and somewhat dank, floral hops. Some tobacco and herbal flavor, but stops short of being medicinal. Biting/ zesty/ moderately dry finish. Well-balanced and never a disappointment, this is one of the best yearly IPA's out there.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a great IPA. Good flavor. Lots of balance, not overpowering, and has a pretty high ABV. Lots of tropical fruits in the smell and in the taste. Easy to drink. Give it a try!!

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Photo of GStone899
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clean hoppy smell but not overwhelming. Taste is fully flavored with citrus & pine notes. Great body on this one with a clean aftertaste. Beautiful looking beer. For the $6.99 price u can't ask for much more from a bomber.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 release, smells of tangerine, other citrus fruits, and pine. The color is golden, very clear with a foamy white head that laced the glass all the way down. The pine is a little more pronounced in the taste than it is in the nose as the citrus flavors come rushing quickly in. The feel is medium, very smooth with a decent amount f carbonation. The is an outstanding IPA! Flavors are balanced very well, the smell draws you in, and the smooth feel of the beer just all combine to make for an excellent experience.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar tonight. Smelled like straight up fruit juice. Mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste was that same tropical fruitiness with a nice bitterness and a dry malt backbone. Drinks super easily for over 9%. My friends couldn't believe it was that high in ABV. Overall a great DIPA. This one deserves more recognition. It's truly a hidden gem.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015/16 release with Mandarina Bavaria Hops
Best by date of 04/06/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white and rocky head that peaks at just under two fingers' width. Good retention, then dies down to a thin, consistent film across the surface. Lacing consists of isolated chunks and a few spots left on the glass.

Smell - Tangerine and orange aroma, with lesser pine and mango. Faint bready malts.

Taste - Tangerine and orange flavor upfront, then big notes of mango with a touch of peach hit hard. Malts are fairly hidden, but a faint bready sweetness manages to sneak in near the finish. Aftertaste lingers with distant citrus pith bitterness and near cloying mango sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture quickly gives way to a mostly dry finish.

Overall - This year's version is good, but it doesn't live up to the near perfect monster that was unleashed upon us a year ago. I believe I gave that one a 4.32 score. This version is a bit too sweet for my preference, to be honest.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a delicious tropical fruit aroma with tons of tangerine mixed with a strong showing of pineapple, mango and papaya. Along with these aromas are some hints of a bready smell as well as some melon and a decent grapefruit hop aroma. There is a touch of an herbal and grassy hop as well as a touch of an onion smell, which actually produce a very inviting and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor mixed with a good showing of some of the tropical fruits that were present in the nose. As the taste advances, the tropical fruits fad however with some lighter fruits of a peach, apricot and melon taking their place. While there was a modest to light showing of grapefruit hop upfront, it grows stronger as the taste moves to the middle of the flavor profile, only to fade a little bit again more toward the end. While the grapefruit fades, the overall hop is amplified due to some herbal and floral top tastes coming to the tongue. A very light vegetal onion taste comes at the very finish, which actually mixes very nicely with the blend of herbal, floral, and grapefruit, as well as the fruit, to produce a very pleasant and smooth hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the interesting mix of fruity, vegetal, and sweet the feel is awesome and makes for a robust medium for all the rich flavors to mingle and be sensed.

Overall- This is a very nice double. It has a great and interesting hop blend all combined with a great feel and an amazing aroma. This brew is somewhat different than the normal double, but very, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Piney and citrus smell and taste. The high ABV was not too detectable, although I would not want to have too many. Nice lacing and nice head.

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Photo of TH28
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with BB date of 4/15/15. Appearance: Cloudy golden with a quickly dissipating white foam head. Aroma: Intense citrus aroma with melon, pineapple, peach, and grapefruit. Taste: Rich malt sweetness with slight breadiness and caramel that quickly leads to a blend of grassy and citrus flavors of orange, peach, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a low to moderate carbonation an slight alcohol warmth. Finish: Leaves a lingering bready malt and grapefruit flavor with slight bitterness. Overall: Very flavorful IPA with a solid malt backbone that balances the high ABV and makes the bitterness very balanced. Drinks like a strong, fruity APA

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Photo of Figit
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This may be the best dipa I've ever had. I found it very balanced. I'm not a huge fan of dry overly bittered hop finishes, so this really hit the spot. I'm not a big deschutes fan but this one hit the sweet spot for me. If you are like beers like founders double trouble and fff dreadnaught, you will enjoy this one. Great balance of hops and malty goodness.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of citrus and floral notes, balanced and smooth but pretty typical for an IPA. not very "experimental". Hops are a little bitter on the end but not crazy. Velvety mouthfeel.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a pilsner glass (why not?).

Appearance - A light orange color. A little hazy. Big, fine head. Good stickage. A nice looking beer.

Smell - Orange zest. Slightly sweet.

Taste - Orange juice flavor (and a corresponding citric acid aftertaste). Sweet. The malt foundation is present but subdued.

Mouth - Good carbonation. Tangy yet buttery. Interesting.

Overall - A fine West Coast IPA. Unfortunately, the beer reminds of a two-dimensional copy of Deschutes' own Fresh Squeezed.

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Photo of magicmoose66
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden color with a little less than an inch of foam. Tastes and smells citrusy and mildly hoppy. Goes down easy. A solid IPA from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of ShaneHarris
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: 10.5oz snifter, on the border between citrusy yellow and malty brown
S: a lot of citrus and hops
T: perfect balance of fruity, citrusy, malty, bitter
F: just smooth, and full-bodied, this one you'll enjoy swishing around in your mouth trying to get all the flavor out
O: This IPA is better than Heady Topper.

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Photo of LilSebastianJr
2.33/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: bottle said it was Best By 4/7/15, 4 days from now. Maybe, like myself, it was better in its youth....

Not impressed. Is it hoppy? Yes. But of course it is, it's an IPA. The high abv seems derived form lesser malts, or perhaps malt extract. It is cloying, which is in direct competition with the big hops.

About those hops.... the profile of the hops seems a little muddled. It doesn't really seem to know what it wants to be.

Again, perhaps it was the age. I bought it from a carry out that sells home brew supplies and has one of the best local selections of beer (and best of all you have to walk into the cooler to but piss water.... I mean bud products, they are not even in sight in the store), so they probably took great care of the beer.

Paid a lot to be disappointed. Finishing it now just for the sheer abv and not waste the cash I spent on it.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am drinking this from a 22 oz. bottle in a craft beer glass 6 weeks before its best by date.
A: Pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a very dense, finely bubbled 1” off white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass leaving thick ledges of lace marking each sip.
S: Citrus, pine, floral, herbal, light malt and light fruit somewhere between melon and tropical.
T: Has a juicy attack with the hoppy citrus flavors riding in on the foam over a light malt graham cracker body. As the foam and body meld together mid-palate the grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness come forward and carry the beer to the finish.
M: Creamy, juicy rich medium full body with a very soft, smooth carbonation.
O: A DIPA featuring a balance between hop citrus, fruit and floral flavors and yeast driven fruit flavors.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 Fluid Ounce Bottle
"Best By" date of April 7th, 2015 printed on the label
Reviewed on March 26th, 2015
Served in an IPA Glass
(2014/2015 Release featuring Millennium, Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook Hops. ABV 9.5%)

Eyes
Poured a dark gold body with a slight orange glow. Fluffy head formed, a little over an inch deep, collapsed, and left a tremendous amount of foamy lacing throughout.

Nose
Sweet notes of tropical fruit were prominent. Notes of grapefruit and lemon peel definitely suggested this brew had bitter tendencies. Herbal and spiced hops mingled with sweet toasted malts. I definitely picked up a whiff or two of alcohol as well.

Mouth
Sweet and juicy hops hit the tongue first. Sweet notes of orange and pineapple took a tart turn, letting bitter notes of grapefruit and lemon break through. Earthier hops settled in the lower levels near the malts. Subtle notes of pine were followed by a very minor presence of toasted grains. Definitely a dry finish with a decent hit of alcohol. Medium bodied, leaning toward the full side of the spectrum. Moderate/low carbonation.

Notes
As far as DIPAs go, this one is certainly not "in your face" as far as hop intensity is concerned. Great focus on the middle tones of the hops, rather than the often overly-bitter takes on this style. My biggest beef with this brew would be the ABV... 9.3% and I definitely tasted it. Regardless, I am looking forward to next year's version!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Red Racer pint glass. A hazy brownish orange amber color with two fingers of resilient milk shake-like creamy white head.

Aroma is predominately tropical fruit with a less developed citrus note ... Pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, almost a hint of banana and coconut. Some bright pine needle notes but nothing overly medicinal. Equal parts gummy candy, dried fruit leather, and smoothie.

Taste features the same combination of features found on the nose ... Big tropical fruit smoothie flavors (including the aforementioned pina colada element), some grapefruit sourness, very crisp and refreshing with a pleasing fresh tropical fruit juice overlay. Not sure what these "experimental hops" are doing exactly but things are working out well. The malts are fairly sweet, recalling caramel and honey. Very smooth, almost creamy. Medium body, just grading into thick territory. Very low key resins. Bitter, but in a well-rounded refined sense. The Chinook spice is discernible but balanced out by Centennial candied citrus and mystery hop tropical flavors. Finishes on the sweet and fruity side. Almost a tinge of chocolate (?!)...

Compelling DIPA. Not a blunderbuss of pine resins and other dank elements ... Artfully fruity and overall on the sweet side.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bomber with a best by date of 4/07/2015.

I am torn on this one. One one hand, the flavors are nice and interesting. A nice mix of hops and tropical fruits, although leaning toward the hoppy and bitter side. Very pleasant look, smell, mouth feel, and main flavors.

Now for the bad part that has me torn, this one is boozy. Either dial back the alcohol or cover it up better. With a bottle labeled as 9.5% ABV, all of that alcohol presence shows. It detracts from the overall experience and leaves you with a warm sensation in your stomach.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull gold with very persistent head. Aroma is strong, balanced and inviting. Malt aroma is of sweet grains and hops are strongest with notes of spice, citrus and slight resin. Tastes strongly of floral and spicey hops with faint notes of citrus, also faint sweet toast from the malt. Well balanced. Feels slick in the mouth, lighter bodied with close to lively, spritzy, carbonation. Finishes long and strong with a good balance between sweet and bitter, however leaning towards bitter. Good beer, very fresh.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a hazy medium straw body.
The aroma is a big blend of citrus (all of them) plus some pine.
The taste is bold and complex. Moderate bitterness throughout held up by a big malt.
The texture is thick.
Really nice.

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Photo of hreb
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle claims 9.5% ABV and best by 04/07/15. Served in a tulip glass. Golden orange color, lightly hazed, with an ample white head. Yeasty aroma. Orange peel, citrus. Really big citrus hop flavor, with an almost grapefruit-like astringency. This bottle conditioned XPA really is all about the hops. There's very little malt backbone, and I think I detect a bit of wheat, perhaps used to deliberately subdue malt flavor. Carbonation is on the high side in this bottle. As previously reported, all-day IPA enthusiasts will probably love this, but otherwise it's just ok.

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Photo of frozen-1984
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. But the price point is a tad high at 6 a bomber. Overall taste has a touch more alcohol burn then I like out of a beer. 9.5 % I expect some but a little less booze would be nicer. Good notes of tropical fruit and citrus but the burning booze killed it.

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Photo of RobTheKnob
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Be careful with this one. It's uber-tasty, so you want to keep sipping on it, but it has the best hidden 9.5% ABV (according to the bottle) I have ever had.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.