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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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823 Reviews

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Reviews: 823
Hads: 2,367
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 240
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 823 | Hads: 2,367
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at the Coop yesterday... don't remember the price, but I'm sure it was in the $6 range.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

Easy 2 finger meringue like head is taking forever to die back... the brew is a perfectly clear honey amber.. tons of lace.. really just an amazing amount of lace and the head is a foamy beast that just refuses to actually settle down.

Nose is everything expected in a DIPA.. citrus.. pine.. and a nice smack of floral hops.. caramel maltiness is present but is waay in the background.

Flavor is not as bitter as I remember.. but is very heavily balanced toward the hop flavor side.. grassy and citric with again more floral overones.. much more than the aroma. oily. grapefruit oily... lemony.. again some caramel but not even close to being a player, it's much more of a hop delivery device.. finish is sorta dry with a lip smacking oily tongue coating hoppiness.. body is perfect and so is the carbonation..

Pretty much reminds me of last years. but with a bunch more grapefruit zest and a pleasant albeit unexpected yet appreciated floral note..

Very very good.. I would love to find out the story on the changes.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Hop Henge is a good IPA and is a big beer! It poured a hazy copperis orange with thick head that is lacing nicely. The scent has a great pine and citrus base with sweet malt. The taste from start to finish is very well balanced the sweet malt and bitter citrus/pine flavors carry through and the after taste turns slightly bitter....all covering the 10% ABV. The mouthfeel is a full body with smooth carbonation. Overall...very good.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light haze on an orange gold body. Fine white head has great retention and nice lace.

S - Orange peel, honey, bell pepper, parsley, lemon-lime soda.

T - Honey, peppers, cilantro. Touch of caramel and soft, woody bitters through the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full frame.

O - Surprisingly soft and smooth. On the sweeter side of the style with moderate bitterness for a DIPA.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle for ~$4.50 at Lee's in Vegas. This beer was clear and colored copper like a used penny. The smell is strong with loads of malt along with the hops, making this more of an American barleywine than a DIPA. Tastes a lot like Bigfoot, very very hoppy but thickly sweet with malts. It was OK but honestly I prefer DIPA's that have less of a malt presence than this.

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

Aromas are initially hop centric with mainly citrus standing out with lesser amounts of grapefuit and flowery notes. Upon further whiff you get light caramel sweetness from the thick malt.
The taste begins with sweet orange rind, candy-like sweetness with some mild biscuit, herbal/flowery hops mixed with caramel. The bitterness is perfectly balanced despite the listed 95 IBUs. Alcohol is very disguised behind the sweetness, but the thick appearance indicates you aren't driving anywhere soon. My favorite part of this beer is how the bitterness and fading sweetness linger long into the aftertaste; swapping back and forth almost competing but in the end work harmonous together.
Mouthfeel is quite solid; moderately strong carbonation. Comes off pretty balanced. Bitterness sticks to the tongue in the finish.
Overall this is a great DIPA. The bitterness is never overpowering but the ABV creeps up on you if you consume too rapidly. The beer itself is very complex and interesting; highly recommended.

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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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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.