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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 225
Gots: 163 | 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 wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/15/2014. Pours light hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, peach, papaya, apricot, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of weeare138
2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter

Pours a beige head. Color is a clear bright golden orange.

Aroma: Big malt taste. Either amarillo hops or english malt. Citrus profile. Piney hops. But so much malt.

Taste: Big and malty. Not what I was expecting. It has a big citrus flavor with nice pine flavored hops.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but creamy from all the malts. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very sticky and dry.

Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing I want very much of or something I would get again. Nothing seems to work for this beer. I was expecting more hops, considering it is from the west coast.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/25/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a copper color with a small white head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing.

S: Nice citrus hops, some apple and a little bit of bread.

T: Sweet flavor, some grapefruit and green apple. Has an earthy/grassy flavor and rounds out with some breadiness.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall it was solid, have had better, but have also had a lot worse. Liked the flavor with the apple.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear and golden with a half inch of white head.

The aroma brings citrus, hops, grapefruit, alcohol, floral scents. Smells very bold and inviting.

Big flavor. A myriad of things happening here. Pine, alcoholic warmth, floral character, dank hops, sweet citrus.

Full bodied for the style. Palate coating and even a bit sticky.

Overall, this was really solid and even better than I thought.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fancy growler, I'm sure the handle makes a difference. Anyways, this is a great example of "balanced" DIPA that you can enjoy without having your tongue shredded by bitterness. Not this brew still has close to 100 IBU's, but it's a smoother bitterness that lends to the delicate fruit flavors. In fact, this beer is almost a little juicy, thanks to the pineapple and citrus punch hops. Check this beer out, it's a great DIPA to have around.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed golden peach color with a white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus, fruit snack and herb. In the taste, citrus, orange, kiwi and a hit of alcohol. Even bitterness and a solid hop flavor. Very drinkable and smooth but its strong assed shit.
Overall, a very good imperial ipa.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this to a BA gathering in a 22oz bomber. I hoped it would lilve up to the other beers there.
Pours a 'glowing' light orange, amber color. Really reflects the light. Foamed up very nicely with a mix of bubble sizes. Swirl the glass and it foams right up again.
Smells of pine and orange peel right off the bat. I can tell this is gonna be an IPA for sure.
Floral and citrus dominate the intake. The pine comes through next and stays throughout. Seems to be a bit of wheat or other grains mixed in.
Feel is nice, yet it isn't as crisp as it could be. I could probably finish the bomber, but the lack of a clean finish hinders this.

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Best by March 29, 2011 we good to go.

A very large off white head of four fingers shines off the pour. Head is a little soapy, but has some good retention. Body is a gorgeous orange amber, really like this color very nice. Some small carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good sticky lacing too.

A typical pleasing grapefruit, but a hint of hop in the background. Nice aromatics, simple and good, not much else. After a few sips a nice grass hop comes out.

Really good body on this beer, malt and bread punch in the middle and it seems mellow. Then on the finish is a nice sharp hop blast on the swallow kind of spicey. Just the right hint of sweet boozyness in the taste with a hint of light brown sugar.

Great tasting American double imperial pale ale here, super easy drinking too. Really like it.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Very dark for the beer style.

Strong hop aroma with a distinctive sour aroma of lemon. Strong citrus aromas Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine seems to be missing. There is a woody and aspirin scent here, Amarillo hops? Aspirin and oranges aroma intensifies as it warms.

Starts out neural and woody with a strong bitter and ash aftertaste. Mellows out and gives a tea flavor fairly quickly. One flaw to this one, the taste just doesn't wow me, it is just a bit too tame.

Mouthfeel is OK.

By the time I got to the bottom of this glass I was frankly bored with it. Somewhere between nose and mouth this beer gets lost.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently Deschutes has recreated a monument in the likeness of Stonehenge on the lawn outside their brewery using wrapped bales of whole flower hops. This beer takes its name from that. Now it's no mystery.

Copper kettle with an orange laminate that makes the complexion glossy but also rather filmy. Steady streams of bubbles race to the surface. Off-white fuzz has grown on top and appears to climb up the glass as the level of beer continues to drop. It sparkles like freshly fallen snow.

The smell is lightly soapy with a kind of hoppy mustiness to it. You certainly can smell that a good dose of pungent green little pellets were used, but it isn't accompanied by much of any citric zest or tangy spice. Seems to me it's an equally ample level of malt congesting them.

My hunch would prove correct. Although each sip would contain a healthy dose of resiny citrus it was quickly stonewalled against a backdrop of cookie-biscuit and gooey toffee. It's kind of like a slice of lemon meringue pie coated in rich creme caramel. Ya, its definitely tasty.

The alcohol isn't entirely absolved by the aforementioned pairing, some makes its way through the cracks. Not enough to complain about however. The bitterness seems completely paved over; acidic hop resins are buffed right out by the sweet caramel-laced malts.

Deschutes is a really great brewery and anything I've ever had from their 'Bond Street Series' has been especially good. 650ml is a nice sized portion for a beer like this. The Hop Henge DIPA isn't anything that'll throw your head back, but it certainly will satisfy your taste buds.

Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

22oz. Bomber
Best By: 4/16/10

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, some citrus/pine notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, nice little touch of citrus/pine notes, nice caramel touch. Medium body. Very Drinkable, it's been 3 years since I've last had this brew, a nice one.

2007 Vintage

Thanks to msubulldog25.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is mostly hoppy, but the malts do come in the middle, the finish is dry, slightly malty and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice/tasty DIPA from Deschutes.

Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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