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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,011 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 2,011
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 215
Gots: 120 | 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:
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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brealbg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-29-2012 17:42:44 | More by brealbg
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amart80

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-29-2012 15:01:13 | More by amart80
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gbrill

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-29-2012 03:14:54 | More by gbrill
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.4%

05-28-2012 18:36:40 | More by brez8791
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dumptruck81

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-28-2012 17:53:46 | More by dumptruck81
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aflies

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-27-2012 02:47:11 | More by aflies
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a narrow tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with a huge soft white head. Leaves some nasty lacing. This one's a looker.

S: Big rindish orange and grapefruit, apricot and pineapple, mild pale malt and dusty yeast.

T: Sweet orange juice and apricot, flash of minor bitterness, dank pith, huge malt backing. Prune, sweet dough, grass, minty bread, warming solvent alcohol behind. Cakey grain and grapefruit in the finish.

M: Nice moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Huge malt backing to it with barleywine-like flavors, but light enough to stay at DIPA. Still makes it a bit too sweet for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 00:49:09 | More by Etan
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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-25-2012 00:47:58 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-25-2012 00:43:49 | More by Hopmodium
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captgus

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-24-2012 14:56:40 | More by captgus
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Rudy

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-24-2012 06:58:54 | More by Rudy
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JPWestCoastIPA

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-24-2012 04:25:06 | More by JPWestCoastIPA
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright orange/light amber. Head is off-white, creamy, rocky, and sticks to the glass with tenacity. Head drops to a tiny collar in very short order. Pours nice and solid with a moderate carbonation.

Smell: Fresh orange flesh mingled with grapefruit flesh. Slightly earthy, touches of mint. Heavy on the citrus. Malts add a nice backbone. Runs a touch biscuity with some caramel sweetness to brighten things up a bit. Pithy with a lingering oily citrus component. A little musty. Touch of alcohol.

Taste: Pith. Orange pith. Nice punches of orange and grapefruit flesh with a tiny hint of pine pulling out of the back. Not exactly bitter, but definitely a distinct pithy bitterness. Malts are sweet and offer a nice balance to the hops. Touches of caramel sweetness, roasted malts, and some undercooked grains. Definitely on the sweeter side. Mint pulls everything together when it warms. Earthy dank bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily with a chewy malt profile. Carbonation is moderate and helps break things up a bit.

Overall: Ultimately falls a little short of grand. Sweeter than I would like with a hop profile that ends up distracting rather than enhancing. Showcases the Deschutes ability to balance flavors, but the balancing act isn't enough. I had the pleasure of drinking this on tap at one point, it really shines in that format.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 20:21:18 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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clutchbeyers

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-21-2012 16:07:22 | More by clutchbeyers
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leodarko

California

3/5  rDev -27.4%

05-21-2012 01:12:08 | More by leodarko
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-20-2012 03:47:55 | More by Kahlerbock
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orangeish yellow beer that is topped by a huge foamy off white head after a fairly aggressive pour. It dissapates very slowly and leaves a lot of sticky lacing with it. Good looking beer. The aroma has a lot of nice hoppy qualities to it, with an earthy citrus that is very aromatic and refreshing. A nice bready malt backs it with hints of caramel. Overall, crisp and very pleasant citrusy nose with touch of earthy resin.

A nice balanced attack of hop bitterness evened out a little bit by a lightly toasty biscuity malt bill. The 8.96% ABV sneaks in there as well, but as an afterthought, just a touch on the breath. The front side is slightly sweet and juicy, orangey citrus coming to mind but not tart at all. There is an herbal, almost minty hop presence that then sweeps in and provides some depth. This is followed by some citrusy and resiny hop flavors that give a nice quick flavor, and then shortly taken over by the resiny bitterness in the back. The combination of flavors from the hops is very nice and has a great balance to it, not overly bitter or sweet. The citrus is the main component but the herbal and earthy flavors make a nice hop profile. Its a little prickly from the alcohol and hops, but actually drinks pretty smoothly. Lingering aftertaste of earthy hops is present and nice.

Good beer all around. Lots of nice hoppy flavors with a pretty good balance for what it is. I definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:40:26 | More by chodinheaven
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/18/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy, dark orange/copper with some gold, pours with a large, creamy, white head - fades to a little cap, nice lacing

Smell: Wet, sticky, and resinous pine - citrus as well, pithy grapefruits and orange peel - simply put, it smells bitter - slightly grassy and herbal, too - cooked malts, caramel malts underneath - smells somewhat sweet, malty, with a touch of booze - some mint appears when this hits room temperature

Taste: Follows the aroma - aggressive hops and heaver-than-average malts - wet, sticky, oily pine - overripe citrus, with a lot of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine - lots of pith - borderline abrasive bitterness, but not overly extreme - caramel malts, cooked malts - caramelized malts, adds some balance, but too sweet for how I like this style

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy, nicely carbonated, smooth but sticky

Overall: Very good, not amazing

I've encountered similar takes on this style - very aggressive and very malty. This is well-done for what it is, but it's not my favorite approach to the DIPA style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 05:23:57 | More by angrybabboon
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-17-2012 23:14:41 | More by jwat
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-17-2012 13:24:12 | More by markasparov
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Disease

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-17-2012 05:54:22 | More by Disease
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 08:49:26 | More by biboergosum
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sevenarts

New York

3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden orange, fluffy off-white head, modest lacing.

S: An earthy malt sweetness, some caramel, mingled with citrus and pine hops.

T/M: Somewhat evenly divided between sweet malts and hops, with lots of pine especially gliding atop the caramel malts up front. The bitterness mostly hits in the lingering aftertaste, which is sometimes a bit off and unpleasant, the one spot this really loses points. Some warming alcohol on the way down.

O: Not a bad double IPA, though nothing about it really stands out too much. Decent balance, decent flavor, a bit too much of an aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 21:42:13 | More by sevenarts
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tizride

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-13-2012 21:45:21 | More by tizride
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Sicem99

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-12-2012 23:18:29 | More by Sicem99
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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