Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

823 Reviews
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Reviews: 823
Hads: 2,356
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 234
Gots: 257 | FT: 1
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, 3 months past expiration but only received it in last few months. Carbonation bubbles. Almost a half inch of white foam bubbly head. Lacey, hop aromas are hard to distinguish. Taste held together, initially good hoppiness taste for 95 IBU, palate filler not a shredder. Creamy above average mouthfeel, creamy but also oily. Booziness builds up, so the drinkability is good but not great. (402 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Best by 5/26/12.

Pours a clear honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is pretty much the same and has a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid IPA with some nice hop aromas and flavors. (485 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear to very slightly hazy amber-golden body. Nice lacing.

S: sweet caramel and toffee, almost a candy like fruitness as well.

T: nice malt backbone. sweet caramel malt up front blends into a citrus and mildly pine bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I actually had this one right after a Pliny the Elder. It is a nice example of how different IPAs can be based on the malt profile. In its own right this is a nice brew. (490 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that retains and laces well

Smell: Rich caramel backbone for wafts of piney hops, slightly resinous

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel flavor that lasts for a few seconds until the piney hop flavors overwhelm the tongue; after the swallow, the caramel and the pine are balanced

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a malt backbone than I prefer in my IPAs, but the balance is nice (479 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very nice big ipa, unique too. only 8 bucks for a bomber at a restaurant, great bargain! pours a sticky bright amber orange color with a delicate but lasting lace white head. smells enormous on the hop front. citrusy, tropical, resinous. flavor is almost backwards experientially, which i really adore in this one. starts off bitter and dry, really powerful, then moves to that pineapple/tangerine sappy sugary hops vibe at the end. this is reverse order from most big india pales, that show their sweet side up front and finish bitter. this is quite the opposite. the alcohol became very prominent as it warmed a bit. feel was nice, big bodied and well carbonated, but filling and strong, not sessionable really. a nice bomber to share over gourmet pizza and mussels. another hit from deschutes. (798 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Experimental for sure as the beer surely favors flavor of citrusy hops over bitterness with extreme reliance on late addition and dry-hopping of hops for extreme flavor and aroma.

The typical hazy golden-straw color held a froathy and long-lasting foamstand throughout the session with even and intricate patterns of lace. A very handsome beer!

Poured into a tulip, the beer releases an immense burst of orange, grapefruit, mangos, appricots, and spicy alcohol aromas. Both mouthwatering and appetizing out of the gate.

Flavors bring the same intense hop flavors that the nose promised with a definate emphasis on the all those citrusy notes. A follow of estery mangos, peaches, appriots, and almost pineapple all offer a continuation of the citrusy qualities that the hops deliver initially. The hop and yeast derived fruitiness are supported by a firm, sweet malt pillow that offers just enough extra confectioner's sweetness to keep the hops from complete domination. Slight peppery phenols compliment the sweetness and add intensity to the spicy alcohol to come.

Surprisingly, not as full or as richly textured as many bigger IPA's, but certainly deserving of it's characterization. Alcohols provide thinning, warming, and spiciness without bringing attention to the heat or impact. Bitterness definately does more than just balance the malts, but give a refreshing lemon or grapefruit zest and acidic cleansing deep into the finish.

This is a well balanced and intensely hoppy beer that relies on it's flavorful balance of hops and malts instead of trying to wow you with IBU's, thickness, or alcohol content- simply well done in recipe formulation and brewing execution! (1,681 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber with a fluffy cap of white foam, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Herbal, biting hops, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste: Tropical and citrus fruits emerge first, followed but somewhat harsh, astringent herbal hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. While I'm a pretty big DIPA fan, the hop character of this beer isn't very impressive and becomes somewhat tiring toward the end of the bottle.

Texture: Pretty thick and full-bodied, lively carbonation, a bit heavier than I'd like but still nice.

Drinkability: I can't see myself drinking this much at all, especially when I can just as easily get superior DIPAs from Stone, Alesmith and the like. I'm just not a fan of the hop character of this beer; its only flaw but a rather large one at that. Pretty disappointing - Deschutes is generally an excellent brewery, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Update: Newer batches of this beer are pretty good. Bumping score from 3.3 to 4.0. (965 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark kumquat with a static storm of fine yeast. I like the color of the beer, but the head is out of this world gorgeous. It's creamsicle orange in color and is a sticky mass of bubbles that has absolutely slathered the glass with sandblasted lace. This is one of the best head-lace combinations that I've seen in quite some time.

The nose is nice and hoppy, just as advertised. Given the fact that Hop Henge is a DIPA and that it was dry-hopped with loads of Centennial, Cascade and Northern Brewer, I expected more explosiveness. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable nose, it just isn't an outstanding one given my standards for what has long been my favorite style.

I feel the same way about the flavor. If permitted, both the smell and the taste scores would be 4.25, so I'll massage the final score upward using drinkability. Hop Henge is very close to, but doesn't quite reach the 'special' threshold. It's hard to figure the 95 IBUs. While the beer is impressively bitter, I've learned that 'on paper' and 'in the mouth' are often two entirely different things.

The flavor profile is one of the more typical variations on the DIPA theme. Each mouthful is chock full of candied white grapefruit and orange peel, pine sap and a ganja-like funkiness, riding atop a river of melted caramel. There's plenty of pale malt in use (I'm guessing) since caramel doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. A minor blip of alcohol is noted, but it's pretty tame considering the ABV and the freshness of this particular bottle.

The mouthfeel is just about where it should be in terms of size (medium-full for the style) and carbonation (on the low end). Again, I'm tempted to pull the trigger on the next highest score, but can't quite do it. I've changed my mind on using the drinkability score for anything other than drinkability. The score that I've chosen seems just about right.

I'm sorry that I never got a chance to try the original Hop Henge IPA because I've heard so many good things about it. This Imperial version is pretty good in its own right, but can't quite get over the hump to join my favorites of the style. Hopheads shouldn't hesitate to buy a bomber. Non-hopheads might want to spend their money elsewhere. (2,221 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, from the Lighthouse liquor store in tiny Hawi, Hawaii.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy eggshell-white head, which leaves some randomly blotchy painted lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells of oily grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, sturdy pine resin, and that caramel/toffee blanket that contains, but doesn't douse, the fire. The taste is still big on the big multivaried bitter citrus peel thrust, only to be brought back to earth, but not wholly restrained by the caramel, creme brulee malt, which gets a bit bready as things move on. The biggish ABV does well to keep its head down.

The bubbles are nicely forceful in the background supportive sense, the body a decent medium weight, a little clingy, but generally quite smooth. It finishes less bitter, and more fruity, all under the watchful eye of that caramel goodness.

A pretty stand-up DIPA, the bitterness maybe a tad on the waning side, as the BB date is approaching next month, and I'm drinking this an insanely long distance from that lovely Bond Street brewpub I visited last summer. At any rate, this is a pretty damned fine brew, precariously balanced, another of its numerous selling points. (1,247 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep saturated sunset orange color bleeding into dark copper, with a bright jewel tone clarity. Fluffy head of dense foam, leaving exceedingly drippy lace inside the glass. Nice color, and good retention on display.

Sweet tropical fruity aroma, sticky and lush. Warming up there are some identifiable sweet toffee malty notes.

Unique hop flavor, seems like nelson sauvin lending some lemony, woody notes, and something intensely fruity.

Fruit skins, creaminess, lemon custard, blood orange, bitter dandelion stems, woody leafy hop greenery. Alternate flashes of tropical and citrus fruit, making for a complex hoppy brew that lives up to its name. Ends up with a fairly creamy feel, slightly sticky on the lips with a dry whisper of a finish. Pretty fucking nice. (768 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lone bottle i had managed to acquire and had been resting in my fridge for a good long time. served cold and poured into a pint glass,

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again. (775 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I love the label - Stonehenge with bags of malt.

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly copper/orange color with a thick, cream-colored, rocky head of foam. It left sticky rings of intricate lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grasses and citrus. The nose was a little muted for a DIPA, but still good.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, pine and orange peel. The caramel flavor adds some sweetness but it is secondary to the hop power.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another fine Imperial IPA. It certainly is a hop forward one. (586 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to get a fresh bottle.Poured into an imperial nonic a brilliant burtn orange with a large sticky white crown that settled slowly leaving broken globs of lace behind.Big fruity hop,overripe pineapple,grapefruit,and tangerine aromas abound overtop of a healthy caramel malt base,no alcohol really detected.Citric fruit flavor with not a real bitter edge to the hop profile,not as sweet as way to many of the style are, although there is a caramel sweetness to it,the alcohol stays pretty well hidden for the style but is noticeable.Big and fruity with not really any stinging alcohol,Deschutes kicks ass. (607 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves very nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, sugary malt with notes of caramel and strong pine and orange hop notes.

T - Sweet malt and pungent, fruity hops up front. Notes of orange and candied ginger in the middle. The beer finishes with orange, pine, and thick, toffee malt as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the hop character is very sweet and matches the malt nicely. The finish is too sugary for my taste and it seems like it would help both drinkability and the hop flavor if it finishes a touch dryer. (734 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

You think if the city is ever closed or destroyed for some reason, a local-ish headline might read "Bend, Oregon, over"? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needle, pine resin, grapefruit rind, mild toffee, and fresh grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything buttressed by a foundation of sweet caramel that blends very nicely with the various citrus fruits. (Wait, can a foundation buttress? Oh, well...) The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky-ish finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, indeed, one that includes a lot of hop flavor without overwhelming the tongue with it and without losing a sense of balance. Good times. (785 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Hamilton's Tavern (San Diego, CA) on 3/20/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin head of creamy white head. Retention is just OK. Kind of a fizzy look around the edges, not leaving a whole lot of lacing back at all. Just some thin spotty stuff here and there. The aroma is floral and spicy, with a deep tang to it from robust tropical fruits and thick smelling bready sweet notes.

The taste is resinous and spicy up front, with a big backbone of sticky citrus and caramel malts. Finishes with a good bit of tang and bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big and beefy alcohol feel to it. Lower carbonation gives this a more viscous feel, that when mixed with the big sweetness, bitterness, and heat that is present, emits a somewhat off-putting medicinal feel at times.

Not quite sure what happened here, as I really enjoyed this more in the bottle. Much more heat came out here on draft, which really inhibited the body and drinkibility for me. I'm still glad to have given it a shot, as Deschutes on tap is a rare find in my world. (1,104 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from vasdef42, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good mix of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong bite of floral hops bitterness, which is quickly followed by a hearty malt characters and sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. The beer achieves a better balance as it warms a bit. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better 2IPA's out there but this is still a good hop bomb to drink for a long time. (849 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/29/11

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over clear peach tea orange colored beer.

Nose brings some nice fresh hops, lots of fruit, a touch of a lemony hop character, juicy tangerine and peach, light tropical fruits, and just a hint of sweet malts underneath.

Taste is interesting... it has that hop character still, fresh fruits, peaches and tangerines, bit tropical, slight lemon, but they're all dumbed down a bit, and flowing with a light oaky-like and light vanilla taste but I don't think there is actually oak in it, just an interesting rounding flavor of it, some creamy malts bringing a slight sweetness and just a hint of booze, the citrus and slight orange hops come through more on the finish, it doesn't dry as much as I would expect it to, and leaves a slight sticky feel, it starts fairly bitter and stays there most of the way, not ramping also as I expected it to do, with some malts on the finish as well. It has a slight aged hop flavor, reminding me somewhat of Burton Baton.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, not much of a booze hit either.

Drink is decent, fairly bitter but not too much, it doesn't dry like I expected it to and it stays sticky a bit on the finish, the hop and malt character are balanced well, especially with that vanilla and oaky-like rounding character, but being 9% if def drinks better than that. (1,394 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

So they tweaked the hops on this years version, I am glad they were able to brew it again. Pours a dark orange amber color with a healthy crowning of off white lace. Smells of blood oranges, hemp seeds, papaya and faint evergreen which comes mostly from the hops. Clean bite in the breath of bitter hops and slightly, but very clean, solvent alcohol. Smooth with a deep creamy malt body. Hop bitterness pops but leave a few spots for the malt to come through. Slight caramel and toasted biscuit maltiness pairs well with the fruity esters. Clean warming alcohol throughout. Finishes hoppy and quite bitter but nothing that destroys the taste buds.

Spot on for the style, what ever they tweaked it still stands comparable to the previous version. Love the beer ... make it year round please. (834 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/orange with some effervescence with 4+ fingers of cream colored head. Pretty good lacing & excellent head retention

S: piney & resiny, restrains as is it warms, but gets a second wind the last 4-5 ozs

T: Citrussy (orange & grapefruit) hops, caramel & honey malt up front. Grapefruit& a couple of bales piney hops, boozey warmth, caramel, slight candi sugar & curaco notes as this warms up. Finishes with piney hops, a bit of booze, & loads of dry orangey hops & some grapefruit

MF: Chewy with enough carbonation to get the hop taste up through the giant malt presence. Gets very sticky as this warms, then strangely becomes creamy at the finish

Drinks a little slow, due to the complexity of this ale. The taste draws you in, I believe this beer would sneak up & whoop your ass if you choose to session on this! Super DIPA IMO, won't get hyped too widely available, more for me! (895 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a semi hazed copper brass hue with a large billowing khaki tan head forming thick with a rocky texture rising well above the rim of my pint glass. Very creamy textured dense head of foam, that leaves thick chunky even bands of lacing with each sip. I miss having readily available fresh West Coast hop bombs to partake in, I found my passion in craft brews while residing in So Cal for a summer although Bend is up in the PAC NW I'm still feeling the West Coast aggressive hops within this style.

Aromatics burst with blistering citrus zest and with raucous pine needle scented earth tones, finishing with an unadulterated course of kind bud like robusto. At the same time sugar sprinkled grapefruit peels rise to the forefront, showing of the loads of malt that went into preparing this fine hoppy offering. A touch of alcohol among the huge citrus hop bouquet, tickles the nose with some carbonation and citric qualities. Hop burps almost scorched my nose hairs leaving me with the sense that I just consumed something with garlic, green onion, or wassabi (that's intense).

Flavor is aggressive with layers of hop bitterness and flavor, compromised of bitter pine and citrus peel weighing heavy with dank earthiness. Slaps you around with hops yet gives gentle strokes of malt sweetness not heavy on the caramel but just a deep since of glazed hop buds. As it warms more and more alcohol provides even more depth and character, outstanding hoppy offering. I'm dying to make a pilgrimage to this brewery when my pal Geof and his lady Lindsey get hitched later this summer, I will be sure to show some support and hoist a couple pints with you folks in celebration of your commitment to each other.

Mouthfeel is oily yet filled with tones of residual sugars, never sticky or cloying but well lubricated with hop oils. This beer literally fills up your senses not many beers out there are able to compete on this playing field. An eye opening smooth and natural carbonation bring this brew to a plane of enlightenment, mystery with the Hop Henge...I'm sold just give me more. Increase production and I preach the way of the Deschutes Brewery.

Drinkability is effortless from the moment you sample the first few sips to the second your swirling the last dregs from the bottle, you simply want more. Thanks for the sample, I know 22 ounces should be enough for anybody. In this case a bomber just induces cravings much like the Nugget Nectar that made me purchase back to back cases, this would be my go to hop fix if readily available. (2,546 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Best by date: 04/25/2012. ABV is 8.5%. Purchased at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, a few days ago. Expectations are high; I've never had a bad beer from Deschutes, though IPAs tend to be brewed with little regard for balance - especially by American breweries. Served refrigerator cold and not paired with food.

A: Pours a five finger head of great smooth cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the high ABV. Colour is a clear gold. Carbonation appears sufficient but not overdone. No yeast particles are visible. The head is impressive overall and the colour is strong if typical.

Sm: Fresh hops are dominant, with the clean floral quality presiding over the bitterness. A pleasant inviting aroma. Moderate in strength. One of the most intricate hoppy aromas I've experienced in a long time. They didn't just dump amarillo in and call it a day.

T: The hops are balanced and incredibly deep. The layering is impressive here, with the hop bitterness not at all present, covered by the pleasant floral notes and a sort of nectary honey type tone. No alcohol comes through. A clean pleasant fresh flavour that I quite like. Unfortunately, it's rather simply built overall - which bothers me. It feels like the perfect foundation on which to build a great beer - but it's just the base. As a so called "experiment", it's a success. Now go ahead and brew using this as your start!

Mf: Smooth and wet. Never too sharp or overcarbonated. Suits the flavours quite well. Neither too thick nor too thin. It could use a bit more cream, but I'm nitpicking as some is present on the open. A bit too smooth and silky, sliding down quickly and limiting the flavour exposure.

Dr/Ov: A fantastic start to a beer, but unfinished. Stack and layer more complex notes on top of this and you might have an "A" beer on your hands. This is too simple to be great, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. Even with that unfinished feel, it's still a better IPA than most that I try. Extremely drinkable for the style. Hides its ABV extremely well.

Here's a brewery that understands balance in an IPA. IPAs are not a hop quantity competition, nor are they an opportunity to show how manly you are by having a beer with a higher IBU than any other. Fortunately for us, Deschutes understands that. Give this one a try. I look forward to trying more beers from the brewery.

Would pair very well with spicy food. Don't age this one.

B- (2,605 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle courtesy of russpowell, thanks, Russ!

Clear, dark crimson coloring, big, creamy slab of froth atop, lace leaving.
Intense hop aroma, big pine & grapefruit, & more fruit. Twist of orange, slice of lime, ...bitter, but lovely.

Drinkin'...plump flavor, but surprisingly easy drinking and smooth, though the hop bitterness rises up again. Big blast of hops with each sip, mellow malt below, nice and toasty. Hop bitterness shines above it all, and delights even the most hardened hophead.

Nice one. Maintains a bitter hop edge, but cool, calm, & collected. Delicious. (582 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting by nmann08; thanks Nate.

a - Pours an orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts and maybe some light pine.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, pine, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, smooth body.

d - I enjoyed this DIPA and liked the caramel malts in the taste. I think the malts helped smooth out the mouthfeel as well. Would like to have again. (502 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bitterbill for including in a trade!

22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter glass:

Pours bright orange amber with a thin head that descends to a swirling patch. Dotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citrus - esp. pineapple and pink grapefruit with pine and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of grapefruit, pineapple with some pine. A caramelish/pale-ish malt backing gives it a sweet backing, leading to a dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is well-covered.

Full-bodied without being too thickish or syrupy. A nice carbonation level keeps it smooth. This can disappear way to quickly, as it is so smooth and drinkable. A gem and a hop lover's delight, yet with a nice balance to it.

Thanks again, Bill! And thanks to skourtis for sending two more bottles to me in '09! (788 characters)

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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