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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,031 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 218
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
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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LianoPerez

Texas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

06-20-2012 00:38:36 | More by LianoPerez
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-18-2012 00:11:11 | More by AlexChillton
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Twrang

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-16-2012 02:32:24 | More by Twrang
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-15-2012 00:29:23 | More by brendaniel
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice complex aroma with initially a kinda' strong hop oil, but it moves quickly to a fruit salad of citrus and tropical aromas with a particularly nice mango. Little shot of oil excess in background takes away a bit for me, otherwise quite outstanding.
Slightly cloudy amber with big full head.
Flavor doesn't quite match the delightful aroma. It's good and solid and really not too far from just a big IPA, however, the excess that IIPA can be known for does show, with a growing grapefruit tartness in the finishing bitterness and shots of hop excess in the flavor. However, the malt balance is nicely done and many hop flavors are nice, although no where near as complex as the aroma.
Fully moderate body with nicely done level of carbonation makes the smoothness enjoyable.
Nicely done IIPA. A couple of spots of excess knock it a bit for me, but the assets are quite strong. The alcohol is concealed well and it drinks a little smaller than what's listed. Recommended.
Thanks Sparky.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:17:14 | More by garymuchow
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L - Pale amber color with a huge 4-finger pillowy cream-colored head. Pretty good retention and excellent lacing. Crystal clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - Big hop bouquet with grapefruit, peach, pineapple, pine, pepper, and lots of grassy, earthy, almost musty notes. Caramel malt and honey aromas are present, as well.

T - Sweet caramel malt and honey flavors followed closely by a bitter blast of hops with grapefruit, pineapple, pepper, pine, earthy, and musty notes. Great hop profile with lots to pick out.

F - Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Black pepper spiciness and earthy hop bitterness linger for a while. The spice complements a nice throat-and-palate-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - Experimental, indeed. This has to have one of the most diverse hop profiles I’ve ever experienced. There are lots hop aromas and flavors to identify. Very tasty and drinkable. I’d say that the spiciness and big earthiness that borders on mustiness cuts down on the drinkability a little, but it’s so intriguing that it makes me want to drink more. Nice offering from Deschutes, and I’d like to try more from them.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:17:42 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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sharks512


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

06-12-2012 21:32:13 | More by sharks512
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Kmccabe33

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-12-2012 02:07:28 | More by Kmccabe33
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gkatsoris


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden, and very honey in color. Cream colored, thick, foamy head. Murkyish.

S: Hops and honey. Pine and citrusy hops. Vanilla and caramel. Grass.

T: Pine and citrus hops. Vanilla and honey. Delicious!!! Caramel.

M: Thick, creamy and smooth. Fantastic!!!

O: Wow this is a great IIPA. Another A+ by Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 19:07:07 | More by gkatsoris
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-08-2012 06:07:30 | More by drewone
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valkyre65

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-07-2012 02:36:48 | More by valkyre65
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WhiskeeTango

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

06-05-2012 15:09:41 | More by WhiskeeTango
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Best by 5/26/12.

Pours a clear honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is pretty much the same and has a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid IPA with some nice hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:00:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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sevenshubby

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-04-2012 23:07:16 | More by sevenshubby
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Bradbury

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-04-2012 22:40:43 | More by Bradbury
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marct

Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-04-2012 16:58:05 | More by marct
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glitchedmind

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-04-2012 04:58:43 | More by glitchedmind
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dannykugler

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-03-2012 01:10:26 | More by dannykugler
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-02-2012 17:49:07 | More by bonez05404
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Mister_Joshy

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

05-30-2012 05:44:18 | More by Mister_Joshy
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brealbg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.5%

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-28-2012 17:53:46 | More by dumptruck81
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.