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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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831 Reviews
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Reviews: 831
Hads: 2,395
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 244
Gots: 276 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 831 | Hads: 2,395
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, and citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and slight citrus (kiwi?). Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of weeare138
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tomdecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a hazed light gold with a small, creamy cap that fades into a mild film with a small collar of fluff. Streaky remnants and spots are left around the glass.
Smell is decent enough...containing notes of citrus, herbs, light pine, caramel, and candy.
Taste is overly bitter and mouth puckering with absolutely zero balance going on here with the absence of a malt backbone. Lots of yeast and hops highlight with citrus and herbs standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, gritty, lip smacking of bitterness.

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horsebrass the other night.

The beer pours the expected orange peach color with exceptional head retention and good lacing. On the nose I get a good deal of hoppy citrus, coupled with some interesting cherry and apple. On the palate this beer is just stunning. It's incredibly well balanced and has a lightness on the palate that is just lovely. The beer has the expected orange citrus from the huge hop bill, but Deschutes somehow seems to have blended in just the right amount of malt to give the beer some really nice fruit flavors of cherry, orange, apple and melon. The beer is at most medium bodied and the abv. is so well disguised that it's dangerous. I could easily see myself knocking back several pints of this if I wasn't careful, which would be very unwise given the abv.

Have not had this beer in some time and have to wonder if Deschutes has tweaked the recipe. Granted I've only had it out of the bottle prior to this, but I do not recall this beer previously tasting this good. The current version is exceptional.

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

Picked this up in the US from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought it back to Australia and cracked open with @laituegonflable.

Pours a pleasant coppery gold colour, with a fine, but slightly filmy head of off-white. Lacing is speckled, but decent enough. Body is nicely thick and it leaves some pleasant static carbonation. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is crisp and slightly metallic, it gives me the impression that it's a little bit old, with the grain notes coming through more prominently than you'd expect in an IPA. Still, there's plenty of greenery, some tight citric bite and a fresh, peppery lift that only hops could explain.

Taste is pleasant, but a little weird. Certainly, on the surface, it seems to tick all the boxes stylistically. Big hop bitterness: check. Malty sweetness: check. Big full body: check. But there are odd characters to it as well. A sherbetty character, a sweet lemonade note, even a hint of gatorade powder. It's an odd mix. Even the sweetness has an oddly confectionery tone to it: like a barley sugar lolly. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it has some oddness.

A decent brew, but with some odd twists. I'll put it down to the "Experimental" in the name, and be content with that.

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

A: Poured a clear orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Plenty of grapefruit, fresh hops and booze smell

T: Chewy, plenty of citrus hops upfront, fresh and tasty. Some booze and maybe a light caramel

M: Sordove slick, good carbonation, nice hop bite on the end

D: Would drink again for sure

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Photo of flagmantho
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This bottle is labeled as best by 4/16/10.

Appearance: rich orange color with a slight haze and two fingers of bubbly tan head. This is lookin' pretty good.

Smell: the aroma is delicious. Huge hops that present a bunch of characteristics: citrusy, funky, spicy, floral and peppery. What a glorious-smelling brew.

Taste: quite good indeed. For all the hoppiness, bitterness is not over-the-top (though it is nicely bitter). A nicely caramelly backbone allows the peppery hops in first, which then segue into the citrusy and floral varieties. Alcohol is definitely present here, but it almost complements the flavor profile. This is one damn fine brewski.

Mouthfeel: medium body with carb on the low-end. Acceptable for a DIPA, but it doesn't do a whole lot for me personally. Not bad, though.

Drinkability: dangerously drinkable. My first exposure to this beer was having three pints at my local pub, not realizing the beer's imperial strength. Great stuff.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Best by 4/5/13
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a thick creamy light beige head that last a good bit and a slow carbonation popping to the surface.

S- The juicy green herbal hops has a green citrus pith finish.

T- The pungent herbal hops is supported by a sweetness of malt that comes through as the beer opens up. There is a slightly juicy woody pine hop flavor that grows in the finish. The pungent pith with some bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M- the medium-full mouthfeel has an alcohol heat that is gentle but cuts the bitterness nicely. There is a creamy mouthfeel as long as the head last.

O- This big, hardy double IPA has nice a full hop bill and a nice alcohol heat that cuts some of the bitterness in the aftertaste. There is a nice sweetness for support aswell. This beer is a bit of a punch in the tongue, but that is a good thing. Just not a session beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic west coast-style DIPA if there ever was one.

Nearly clear, light orange/golden colored body, fluffy white head. Good retention and sticky lacing. Big time hoppiness in the nose, with lots of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, orange and lemon, caramel malty sweetness underneath. Flavor follows the aroma; with abundant citrusy hops dominating, but also a tasty and substantial (by west coast standards) malt backbone and some sweetness. Again, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Alcohol is fairly well masked.

Medium body with solid carbonation giving it some life while still retaining a bit of stickiness. Semi-dry finish. Overall a very well made DIPA but not exactly a standout in a very crowded field.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with msubulldog25.

A: The ale pours with a vigorous carbonation, yielding off-white billows that fill the glass and lace throughout. Color-wise, the ale is a lighter amber color with some definite orange highlights.

S: The nose is chock full of hoppy goodness, showing off a vibrant, piquant citrus hop body. The citrus is nicely paired with some thick resiny pine hops.

T: The flavor is surprisingly well balanced; there is a strong hop bite without too much alcohol or unevenness. The hops register immediately, showing off a pronounced citrus sweetness that transitions into strong bitterness in the finish. The malt body matches nicely, adding a grainy element that balances out the early hop body (until the bitterness kicks in).

M: The mouthfeel never quite figures itself out, starting out well-balanced and quickly turning bitter. I'd vote for the well-balanced start over the finish, if my vote carried any weight.

D: The abv is not conducive to pounding, but I think that some age on this beer would serve well, mellowing out the hops a bit for added balance.

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Photo of beertunes
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a bright, clear orangeish-amber color with a thick light tan head. A slightly more than moderate amount of lacing, but not as much as expected from a big hop-bomb. A big, bold hop nose with the floral components upfront. The flavor was not as floral as the aroma, with bittering hops dominating. Solid, multi-dimesional body that leaves a lot hop stickyness on the tongue. Very drinkable for a hop-bomb, but your palate will get tired after a few, as with most hop-bombs. Overall a very good beer that I look forward to every year. Worth some effort to seek out.

I am editing my review to include some on-tap Hop Henge I recently had. The draft version semed to be more copper-colored my review indicates. The floral hop notes were more up-front in both the aroma and flavor. I found the draft to very smooth and drinkable for an ImpIPA. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden bronze with a slightly off-white head, some retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Mango, candied-pineapple, pine, spearmint, dried straw and toffee.

T: Piny resin, papaya, mango, herbal, hints of toffee & biscuit. Although the bitterness is assertive, it's not overly harsh... though it does really linger. Alcohol is obvious, though still balanced.

M: Moderate body has some hop acidity, with a crisp, drying finish.

O: Hell of a brew.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 22oz bottle(room temp) a clear amber gold with a large head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy. I note a lot of grapefruit and, oh, there's some sweet malt hitting my nose as well.

The taste on first sip is hugely hoppy. I get the grapefruit I mentioned in the smell but I'm also getting some caramel sweetness from the malt and what's this that's hitting my palate...it tastes of cherry and..cinnamon? There's also an earthy/bready note in there. Very unusual and interesting tasting DIPA but, the flavours I mentioned along with the noticeable alcohol aren't making for a nice balance and so is limiting the drinkability factor for me.

Bottom line: I'm glad I got to try this but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again.

Edit: I just picked up a couple of bottles locally(US$4.50 apiece) and thought I'd update my review.

I'm now liking the flavours I'm getting with this brew. Big hoppy grapefruit along with some nice caramel malt and some fruitiness that are all tasting just fine...good balance too. Maybe my other sample wasn't up to snuff or my tastebuds that day were "damaged" or what ever. This is a good, solid Impy IPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours an orangish amber with a nice white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet malt with a touch of caramel, citrusy hops and some alcohol is present in the nose as well. The taste is malt and a good dose of citrusy hops. A lot of grapefruit in the nose and taste. Overall, Hop henge Imperial IPA is a pretty good DIPA and another solid brew from Deschutes, I don't think they can make a bad beer. Hell, I don't think they can make an average beer if they wanted, outstanding brewery.

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

650ml bomber poured into tulip 17/2/13, gotta love a long time want just showing up one the shelf where you live

A clear golden copper with some tiny suspended particles being moved around by just a handful of slow tiny bubbles, for so few visible bubbles there's a well sustained two finger foam that leaves a few rings of lace

S melon and orange creamsicle followed by some floral pine, pineapple and orange rind, its not a complete hop runaway with a little caramel malt in the background

T some dry cereal and a little booze and tangerine I didn't smell with slightly more pine and caramel, I can taste booze but I just noticed the 10.6% listed on the label and I'd never had guessed it was that high. it may sound strange but I get a little yellow Pez candy

M thick and creamy, bitter almost enamel stripping, a little heat and slightly sticky on the lips but a little slick on the gums

O solid DIPA for sure, industry standard perhaps, I've had better but I wouldn't get board of this one for a while

I could drink another but for nearly 12$ for 650ml it's not cheap, I suppose I just should be happy that I have another great DIPA I can add to my rotation

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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 Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear copper/amber color; almost orange. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Even lacing around the class. Lightly decanted continuously.

S: Big piney hops and grainy malts. Overall, a very sweet nose. Alcohol in the background.

T: Big pine and citrus hops; much more so than the smell. Big malts dominate the middle. Finish is bitter and sweet.

M: Heavy side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Warming alcohol betrays the ABV.

D: Good taste, remarkable balance. Uni-bomber at best (one and done...at least for tonight)

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

22oz Bottle from City Beer San Francisco for 5.99. Thanks to j for this one.

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also pine/resin mixed with various fruits like grapefruit, strawberries, apricots, and pineapple. I can pick up on the booze as well. It ends with a hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Overall - It definitely got better as it warmed in my glass. Probably the best beer I've had from Deschutes and a lot more west coast in style than their IPA/APA. I'd drink it again for sure, but I'd drink a Sculpin/Pliny/Idiot instead if I could.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, orangish body with rather large amount of head and lace. Aroma is textbook citric hops with touches of spice and caramel/sweet malt. Smooth, a rather flavorful hoppy beer as the hops are not one note. I get not only a strong citric vibe but also some tropical and grapefruit which, along with touches of caramel, give off a little sweetness. Beer is well balanced and also has a bread/cracker like edge just to make sure it isn't too hoppy and aids a rather dry finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH.

This was unknowingly purchased a month past its best by date (3/13/14) so take this review with a grain of salt, and know that this beer does not hold up well with time.

Pours a dark peach color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells include honey, bitter grapefruit, and alcohol.

The hop flavor has faded a lot here, replaced by the typical honey-ish sweetness. The diminished hop flavors have also allowed the alcohol burn to be more present. What hop character is left is of the bitter grapefuit variety. Possibly some pine in there.

Medium bodied, sweet and sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Would like to try this again much fresher.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shimmering copper body with a bubbly ivory white head. Teh beer drops sporadic rings of lace as I drink. Aroma is nice and fresh. Bright citrus with lemon and lime leading the way. Mango, pineapple and papaya as well. Love the aroma. This is my kind of DIPA. Great hop flavor. Bright citrus with grapefruit pulp and tangerine and lemon and mango. Bitterness is fairly clean. A little rough around the edges, but not much. Moderate body and a little prickly carbonation adds a little scrubbing action. Alcohol is ghostly. This is quite drinkable. Similar to Dreadnaught. Right up there. Very close to, but not quite... Damn fine beer though.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on 3.26.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange with a thick creamy head. Amazing lacing left on the glass.

S - Hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T - Slightly acidic, citrus, pine.

D - Drinks very nice with no bitterness.

O - what think and IIPA should be like.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some good stuff here, real copper and orange appearance, big whiff of hops and bitter alcohol.

Taste, the alcohol is muted moreso, very bitter, very citrus, good bite, tastes like more of everything compared to the original Hop Henge. Great mouthfeel, citrus hop gives way to more immense bitterness. Drinkable, good price curve on this stuff.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to see reviews say this is still drinking amazing. Snagged a bomber for $7.99 at the RT 8 Giant Eagle.

A - Digging that unfiltered hazy amber no t so much with the clumps of yeast but I will live. Color is a deep amber brown with sadly just a 1/4 inch of head but damn good looking lacing.
S - Mango, papaya, herbal hop pine tree goodness. Kind of faded but it's to be expected this bomber is 5 months old! No noticeable ABV twang in the smell.
T - Hops are still very pungent and fruity yet no so much that you get that ethanol taste. Wish I knew how to describe it further but all I can say is fruity hop, then bitter edge, and sweet finish. No noticeable ABV.
M - Slightly syrup like but to me it drinks amazing. Like sculpin on steroids.

Overall worth the money and a damn tasty it's the best beer I ever had from them and I had about 5. May pick up another if it's still around.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a glowing orange color. Big, fluffy, white head sits and stays like a good dog. Good lacing. Slight haze.

S-An interesting nose. Perfumey and floral. Loads of botanicals and pine. Also there is a basket of grapefruit. Really stresses the rind of the citrus fruits. A 'gamey' hop aroma. A bit dank. Hops come off in an oddly sweet way. Very hard for me to describe. Boozy, bready, caramel-drizzly malt. Perplexing.

T-The flavor is memorable and different. I really tried my best to like it but it was a bit off to me. The hops are sweet and earthy then sweet again. It has an odd zest and spice to it. One sip would convince me that I really like it; all that citrus and fruit came out. Then the next sip got my taste buds all confused again. I bet if I had a flight of this or even a sip I would have loved it. A whole bomber was a bit too mind-bending.

M-Big and chewy. Bitter and resinous. Took a while to drink this one. The booze was evident but I would have guessed this to be clocking in at 9-9.5% as opposed to nearly 11%.

O/D-Really would like to go back to this one again some day. Definitely an 'experimental' IPA. I loved it then hated it then loved it again…then was confused and decided that I sorta liked it in the end. This one threw me for a loop.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a small offwhite head. Decent head retention. No lacing.

Piney hops on the nose with a good citrus kick. Light malt. Very nice overall.

Crisp, sweet clean malt with moderate bitterness. Citrussy hops but it doesn't knock it out of the park. Actually very balanced.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A very balanced IPA. Nice enough to drink but it lacks the massive hop kick of something like Pliny.

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