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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,077 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,077
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 220
Gots: 132 | 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Sammy, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.1%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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

brentk56, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 04, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

BEERchitect, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Texasfan549, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

mikesgroove, May 08, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.1%

kjkinsey, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  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.

kylehay2004, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

oberon, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

emerge077, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

largadeer, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

zeff80, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

biboergosum, May 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jason, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

RblWthACoz, Jan 17, 2013
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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,077 ratings.