Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 823
Hads: 2,355
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 235
Gots: 258 | FT: 1
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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 SebD
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, piney resins and caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, grapefruit (tropical hopiness), some piney resins, some sweet caramelly malts and some warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (581 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown to orange in color. Not too cloudy, not too clear - nice carbonation liveliness. A finger of head disappates to a good top and lacing on the glass.

S: Hops, pine, caramel.

T: Bitter up front but trails to a great hopped, sweet & bitter aftertaste. Really nice.

M: Solid beer, although still somewhat normal (not too heavy). High ABV masked really well.

O: Like this beer - glad to see it make its way east fresh. (425 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Hazy coppery orange. Cream colored head calms to a fil with a group of big bubbles. Light lacing.

Aroma: Spicy and boozy giving way to a licorice type of malt note. Spicy hops finish out.

Taste: Hops much more prominent at first, blending with faint caramel maltiness. A dry, alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, dry.

Overall: High alcohol overshadows any complexities on this. Not bad, however. (435 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass

A) Really nice deep amber. Pretty big head, lots of lacing. This bottle seems quite fresh.

S) Your standard citrus, floral and pine. Exactly what you'd expect. Seems well-balanced.

T) More muted citrus than I would have expected (too cold?), plus malt/caramel leading to bitter hops. This isn't as much of a hop bomb as is expected/advertised. High ABV masked pretty well. Well balanced.

M) Light-medium bodied, light-medium carbonation, some alcohol burn on finish (hard to avoid, I would imagine).

O) This is just a really, really nice DIPA. I would call it slightly less floral/citrusy than California DIPAs, but great balance with good flavor. Drink this if you can find one. (726 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 22-ounce bottle says 10.4% ABV. As this is called an experimental IPA, surely Deschutes varies the recipe frequently.

The liquid contents of the bomber stream down the sides and into the bottom of a stemless, bulbous, snifter-shaped glass. Finally, the bottle is inverted and as many of the 22 ounces as can fit are piled into the frothing reservoir of copper-colored ale. The color and initial scent, both covered by a billowing bubble-bath head, suggest massive fruit flavors underlie the retentive foam cap protecting this beer's volatility, hidden treasure, and silent-killer alcohol content.

The smell is of floral and citric hops, just as the label's description promoted. Some caramel sweetness in the malt offering enhances the taste of the esters and hops, wonderfully offsetting the massive bitterness of the beverage. No soapiness is detectable, only a slight spicy and oily supplement to the flavors of tangerine and springtime bloom. The mouthfeel is substantial but not super heavy; the level of carbonation is refreshing but not distracting.

This rendition of Hop Henge is reminiscent of a supper-hopped version of a Belgian Pale Ale, perhaps owing to the character of the yeast, though this one is not bottle-conditioned. Tart, chewy yellow and orange fruits play with your taste buds as bitter evergreen American hop cones ruin them almost unnoticeably. For an American lover of Belgian beer and hops, this is heaven. This review is from memory and I've certainly neglected some flavor components, but sell you soul for a bottle of this experimental IPA batch if need be; it's worth it to experience for yourself. (1,639 characters)

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

Deschutes Brewing 'Hop Henge Experimental IPA' @ 10.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $10

A-pour is a slightly hazy gold with a good size off white head leaving a streaky lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-pine , citrus mostly grapefruit , floral

T-big and crisp tasting IPA , sweet & fruity start with a balanced hoppy bitter finish

MF-low mild carbonation , full bodied + , sneaky strong ABV

Ov-good beer , not a big hop bomb , a big hop & booze bomb

sampled alongside Lagunitas 'Sucks' , Driftwood's 'Twenty Pounder' & Phillip's 'Amnesiac'

prost LampertLand (596 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Happy beer day, to start!! Bottled 5/31/13, drank 4/7/13
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip/snifter/somewhere in there. Not 'actual' beer glass but whatever, it does the job.

A pretty brew, the colour is a translucent light amber. Really appealing looking head (but whatevs). Good retention/lacing.

Fairly sweet smell, with floral and grassy hops? Some malt, but well blended, if on the sweet side for a DIPA. Just a hint of the alcohol, but only at the very end, and only after I jammed my nose halfway down the glass about a dozen times trying to come up with better descriptors than 'sweet and floral.'

This may be hard to believe.... but it tastes similar to the way it smells (I KNOW NO WAY, RIGHT!?) starts off with kind of a creamy sweetness, balanced out with a solid hop presence, but for some reason I can't quite nail down what kind. But, uh, the tasty kind? Like, this beer tastes really good? And leaves an incredibly smoothe mouthfeel. Drinking it you'll be surprised to remember it's over 10% alcohol. the hops linger, but aren't overly abrasive or unpleasant. I really like that.
I'm a fan. My advice: this beer is worth going out of your way to find (especially if you like well balanced DIPAs with a bit of sweetness).

To paraphrase: "This is Hop Henge. I hope you relish it as much as I." (1,318 characters)

Photo of IdahoPA
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a bit prejudice over this IPA not only because I'm a sucker for Imperials, but because this particular IPA has and incredible not too sweet floral hop flavor that finishes a bit bitter not like some IPA's giving you reason to have more and more.

It's a must to pour between a half and a one inch head to give you that creamy aroma as well as the taste in you mouth on that first mouthful. Don't be bashful when pouring into a tulip or snifter glass to get that head built up.

The appearance is golden and and as you drink their is a layer of foam and bubbles left around your glass if clean.

There is only one other Imperial that I can personally compare to this beer and that would be the Firestone Walker Double Jack and it actually finishes in your mouth giving you that feeling of wanting more right away. So why wait. (830 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/31/13.
Poured bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a nice, clear burnt orange. About a finger of head thins slowly until drinking begins. A constant nice ring around the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Smells incredible. I get a ton of orange up front. Some grapefruit, and some peach, which was a treat.

T: Like the smell. Orange and peach up front. Some grapefruit. Nice malty backbone. Good hoppy bitterness that lingers for a bit. Some earthy pine is present as well. The alcohol is masked incredibly well...watch out.

M: nicely carbonated. goes down smooth and easy. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA.

O: would definitely recommend this to anyone IPA lovers. It is a double IPA that is still very hoppy / citrus flavored. The malt doesn't take over. (750 characters)

Photo of jageraholic
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle courtesy of trade with Rizalini. Much appreciated man, loved this beer.

A- poured into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden orange color, very clear, gourgous. An iinch finger creamy white head reduces down to a thin line while drinking. Mild lacing.

S- aroma is deep sweet fruits, mango, lots of orange. Mild grass.

T- taste is very orange, deep citrus color, malt biscuit in the background. Good balance. Caramel hangs on in the finish but pretty overwhelmed by the deep orange taste. Love it.

M- mouthfeel is fantastic. Coats the mouth like orange juice, slightly dry finish leaves me wanting to take another sip.

O- wow, fantastic double IPA. Not sure what hops are used, but never had this taste off them before. Like fresh squeezed oranges. Wheres the pulp?! No hint of the alcohol in the smell or the taste. Really incredible beer. (856 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- poured into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden orange color with a two finger creamy white head with good retention, leaving some nice lace as the head calms.

S- the first thing I notice is huge tropical hoppy notes; fresh pineapple juice & mango, citrus zest with a bit of floral hop as well. Sweet caramel malt with some biscuit note finish. This ones smells very well balanced.

T- bold floral and citrus hops with a bit of grassiness give way to tropical fruit flavors that transition into a bold sweetness. Notes of sugarcane and caramel malt with a toasted biscuit malt finish. The finish is sweet with a long hoppy, fruity linger.

M- medium body with a slightly viscous medium mouthfeel, low carbonation with a slightly creamy finish, warming alcohol on the finish.

O- hoppy and ruthless, yet it has a nice malty sweetness to it. The flavors are pronounced on both ends of the flavor spectrum, making this one a slow sipper. 22oz May be too much for one sitting, but very good overall. (1,003 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Deschutes Teku glass.

The beer pours a great copper color, great hues of orange with a slightly hazy complexion. A lovely, fluffy white head rises out of the glass, nearly 3 fingers high that has nice retention and leaves behind a great web of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, piney hops with some tropical fruit behind it, papaya, mango and some tart grapefruit and tangerine that brings out some sweet malt and boozy alcohol. Lots of fresh tropical fruit on the tongue with some crisp citrus that brings out some herby, minty qualities, that quickly get taken over by the rich, sweet malt bill and pungent alcohol. The body is very juicy with a thick, creamy texture that has a sweet finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A fine DIPA from Deschutes. It does a good job of straddling the line of too sweet and just right and does at times cross into the territory of a boozy, sweet beer. This is definitely a beer worth seeking out for any hop head. (977 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a nice amber color with about 3 fingers of off-white head. Nice head retention and sticky lacing. Rich scent of sugar and tangerine. Simple, clean and hoppy. Full-bodied and very sweet. A nice flavor. The sweetness is accompanied by a good dose of hops. Pretty nice balance, but I think a little too heavy on the sugary caramel flavor. Hits every part of the palate. Strong carbonation, full-bodied, and pretty thick. Very good imperial ipa. I love the hops (which don't overpower at the front or end), but would tone down the sweetness. (548 characters)

Photo of scot_chale
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a snifter glass with a "best by" date of 4/5/13

A- 2 fingers of bubbly white off-orange head. beautiful bright orange body with very little carbonation flying around. lacing is present and the head disappears to a thing later but some healthy bubbles stay on top.

S- not as scary and pungent as i expect in a double IPA. It's very citrusy, almost like grapefruit juice instead of the zest. the earthy and herbal qualities of the hop comes though nicely too.

T- it's a different kind of hop bomb. it's kind of grainy, kind of grassy, and the alcohol is present and warming. it's experimental for sure.

M- the alcohol sits in the back of your throat. the carbonation sparks the tongue and the body is medium.

O- Very strange. I'm glad I tried it, but the malt bill with the choice of hops really through me off. My favorite part was the appearance and aroma. When it came to actually drinking the beer, I don't think I'll come back to this one. I really like everything I've had from Deschutte's, and this one just simply isn't for me. (1,060 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, dated best before 5/31/13, 10.4% ABV, poured into a 25oz snifter the ale is copper-amber with a frothy, off-white head, great retention & lacing down the glass. Aromas are awesome! Fruity, floral, citric aroma with grapefruit, mango, pineapple, caramel, bready malt, super fresh smelling. Some booze comes through as it warms. Terrific meld of hoppy flavors consisting of juicy grapefruit, tropical mango & pinneapple, finishes a bit piny and spicy. Nice backbone of biscuity, caramely malt.
Body is medium-full with pleasant carbonation. Overall, another exceptional beer from Deschutes! (601 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter which reveal a dark golden brew, with about a cm of head. As the head settled it left a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Great floral and citrus aroma

T - A little sweetness at first then grapefruit/citrus and then hops really hit you.

M - Medium Carbonation and very smooth at first but finishes with some hop bitterness, which I like

O - This is a great DIPA that I would glady buy again, especially given it's cheaper bomber price, 5.50, as compared to other DIPAs in bomber only format. (538 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber with a "Best By" date of 04-03-2013. Really cutting it close with this one, for sure. Makes me wonder how it might've been different fresher.

Appearance - Pour renders a three-quarters finger head that dissipates into a thin line of foam sitting on top of a light orange-tangerine hued body. Head takes about 30-45 seconds to shrink, but leaves a silky lacing where the foam came to rest immediately after pouring. Slightly hazy throughout.

Smell - Delicate, but present. The nose is fruity citrus, but dry. Aromas of grapefruit with some subtle complexity of floral undertones. The alcohol comes out in the smell more as the beer warms. I get the sense that the hop aroma would have been more in the forefront if this wasn't so close to it's "best by" date.

Taste - Begins with some hesitation, but then the hops hit you in the mouth. Grapefruit again is present, with a little more bitter edge, almost like the rind of the fruit rather than the flesh. Finish is somewhat boozy and becomes almost too much as the temperature increases.

Mouthfeel - Resinous, lingering and a tad coppery.

Overall a solid and interesting "experimental" IPA that borders on barleywine territory to me, but with less of the earthiness. Not surprising, given the 10.5% abv on this bad boy. Unfortunately I never had it before they changed the recipe, but this one is worth buying again, especially to enjoy with food. This bottle paired well with my spicy BBQ chicken wings. (1,487 characters)

Photo of Jemonster
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hop Henge. The "Experimental" IPA. I don't know what is so experimental about it...It doesn't really *taste*out of the ordinary. A medium hoppy DIPA, light on bittering hops. It's got a nice mellow hop profile, nothing like the usual super floralness of something like Pliny the Elder, or the super bitterness of anything made by Green Flash. High ABV at 10.6%...I should have written this review after a few sips instead of 20 oz. deep into the bomber. Nice color and lacing on this with a lingering head. Some citrus smelling hops and some yeast in the smell. Well rounded with the mouthfeel, doesn't go to one extreme or the other. Well balanced dry/sweet character. Really tasty if not basic/classic example of the style. If one were to come across a DIPA kit in a brewing shop, this is the beer that kit would produce. Not to say it isn't great. I like it. My favorite Deschutes brew thus far. (898 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had to try this beer after the owner of the liquor store I work at sent back a case because it doesn't sell well. This was ludicrous to me because Deschutes kills it in the store and I cannot recall a beer of theirs I did not like. Also this is my first review so bear with me.

Bomber bottle poured vigorously in a Darness Tulip

A- A bright orange amber color with a one finger head that that dissipates quickly. I think it's a rather inviting color yet it is still a slightly murky which is even more inviting to me.

S- A very sweet nose on this ale yet the malt is still very much so present. Not overpowering pine but also still there.

T- The malty sweetness definitely distracts from the big 10.6% abv published on the label yet the hops dry it out perfectly so as I continue to want more. Tropical fruit and hops dominate the palate.

M- This is a medium- full bodied IPA yet dry enough so it doesn't finish syrupy which is quite nice.

O- This ale really grew on me as I enjoyed the first pour as it seemed to grow in the glass as the flavors opened with a rise in its temperature. I can't believe it has taken me this long to taste this ale and feel a bit foolish I haven't been selling this like crazy. At $4.99 for a bomber, I will most definitely be buying this again. Cheers! (1,296 characters)

Photo of RollTide7
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this beer. Smell on the beer is great, of hops and tropical fruit/ citrus. The alcohol on this is hard to notice and is hidden well, the beer is very drinkable. Taste is great and while hoppy the tropical notes really shine through, for me I got a lot of mango flavor. This is the first ipa that I've really picked up up the fruity/tropical flavors and I really enjoyed it. Great beer that I wish made its way out to NJ. (435 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bitter piney hops, caramalts, tropical fruit.

Taste - Bitter piney hops with a nice sweetness provided by the caramalts. Nice accompaniment by the tropical fruit as well. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant stickiness.

Overall - A stellar DIPA by Deschutes. This brewery has yet to disappoint and this brew is a great treat for hopheads. Excellent balance of bitterness and malty sweetness. (543 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Otto's Sausage Kitchen. Shared by me with me.

A: Mixture of copper and gold with a stolid, dense cream colored head. Slips off the sides of the glass. The carbonation is rising through the body.

N: Grapefruit and pine are the dominant flavors from the hops. Has a sweet caramel/toffee base. Hints of the pineapple. Has the kind of nose that sits in the nostrils. Drippings of honey and melon. Some tangerine/oranges.

T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit rounded out at the edges by pine and forest floor. Malty base adds excellent balance to the proceedings, never letting this become too bitter or too sweet. The hops linger on the palate and soak the tongue. More honey. A little bubble gum flavoring detracts some.

M: Sticky and resinous. Starts sweet/ends dry. This beer lingers better than any other DIPA, in my opinion because of the interplay of flavors.

O: This beer never fails to impress me. This is the first time I've rated it, but I've had it in a number of blind tastings and it ends being my favorite because it's the complete package. (1,069 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 04/05/13

A: pours a very nice murky orange that is just slightly transparent. very nice carbonation created about a fingers worth of bright white head formation. lace is decent

S: big grassy hops, slight peat notes, i also pick up a big malt backbone and even some sweet honey. nice citrus/orange peel character brings this one into a pretty nice balance.

T: big malty sweetness right up front with a big punch of grassy hops. again i pick up some nice sweet honey, citrus fruits, an ever so slight hint of mango and a nice creamy finish

M: solid medium bodied brew, and it fits this brew perfectly. no alcohol heat is detectable, and it leaves a nice hop profile, yet a big sweetness on the palate that is delightful. this is the best aspect of the brew in my opinion

O: its a solid brew.... nice complexity, balance and flavor profile. definitely worth a try and its highly drinkable. (900 characters)

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