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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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2,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,270
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 238
Gots: 219 | 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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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out an amber orange with two fingers of creamy white suds that leave lacing around the glass.
Orange peel aroma with bitter hop and strong malt with a tinge of alcohol.
Taste is sweet at first then bam it gets very bitter but not in an overwhelming way. This is balanced quite well and hides the 10.6% abv very well.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part. Some stickyness comes in to play but the hop is right there to wash the palate clean leaving just a hint of phenol that only lasts a short time.
Overall this is a darn good IPA and I wish I lived closer to where this is available. Bad thing is is't only brewed between Jan. and April.

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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from SeaofShells (awesome extra!). Best by 4/6/13 (bottled 1/6/13?). Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a crisp orange hued gold with a tight half finger of vanilla head that leaves small islands of lace.

Nose is rich with citrus and piney hops. A bit of spice and some bready sweet malts.

Big, sweet and malty flavors throughout with plenty of orangey, pine, peach and sweetened citrus rind followed by traces of caramel and white pepper. The booze is there but by taste alone, I'd have guessed 8.5-9% instead of it's hefty 10.6%abv. Nice.

Oily, slick, heavy-side-of-medium feel with nice mild carbonation. Long hoppy sweet finish.

This is good stuff. I really enjoy a malty sweet DIPA and this sure fits the bill. Don't get me wrong, there are still hops-a-plenty but it sure is thick and rich. I highly recommend it to fans of DIPAs on the malty side.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip.

A: Wonderful looking golden whisky color. Finger size bubbly white head that dissipated and left nice lacing on the glass.

S: Big fruity dank hops. Smells of peaches, and lots of them. There is a certain sweetness in the aroma as well.

T: The malt backbone is very sweet on the tip of the tongue, with the hops hitting on the back end for the nice bitter balance. Very peachy this one is. Hints of grapefruit and pine follow nicely. This one reminds me a lot of Avery's Maharaja.

M: Lush and smooth. Like taking a bite out of a big ripe peach, (again with the peaches). This one was going down very nicely. Barely noticed that it was over 10% ABV.

O: Really enjoyable Sunday afternoon DIPA. On the DIPA spectrum, this one is a bit too sweet for me. However, I really did appreciate all the effort that went into making this delicious beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A: Pours a deep golden amber with one finger head white head.

S: Here's where the beer shines IMO. Tons of citrus fruits, esp those tangerine oranges smell. Floral notes hit the nose along with residual sweetness.

T: Bitter sweet citrus hops, slight caramel creamy maltyness coming through. Just a sweet hop punch to the palate.

M: medium malty bodied beer with a sweet dry finish. Little too sweet finish for my taste with a hop bitter finish.

O: Solid solid IPA esp for the price point. Had trouble finishing the bottle as it was pretty sweet.

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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, golden yellow with a hint of redness. Minimal head, very little lacing.

S - Not nearly as complex as I anticipated. Some piney hops and a bit of fruit is pretty well balanced with some pale malt. There simply isn't a lot to the nose here. I noticed that as it warms, the sweetness comes out more and almost presents itself as cloying.

T - Hops, bitterness, and booze upfront. It fades to a nice sweetness that sticks through the finish. Some tropical fruit, some pine, and then a syrup-y sugar-like quality through the end. They may have gone a little too far towards the malt end, and it's slightly unbalanced in the sweet's favor.

M - Although there was little head, and very little visible carbonation, this one hits the right note on the mouthfeel. It's lively without being distracting, and still thick without being syrup in your mouth. Shockingly easy to drink given the 10+% ABV here.

O - A solid "experimental" DIPA, but not ready to play with the big boys of the style. It is a little too over-the-top, and needs to scale itself back a bit and find a balance. It brings some unique flavors to the table in what is a pretty over-produced style. Very good, but still flawed.

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3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus
a- golden yellowy
s- virtually no noticable smell, it lacks the piny/ citrus or even malty aroma of a typical ipa
t- a violent smash of pure hoppiness, it isn't friendly at all, again, there is an absence of citrus or piny charm. The alchohol isn't disguised much either. Bitterness follows
m- very carbonated. bubbles harshly in your mouth
o- unique because it has pure hop taste, but lacks the well rounded ipa flavor, it's like drinking unsweetened soymilk.

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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/31/2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and lively copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big hop forward aroma with lots of tropical fruits in the mix. Citrus hops up front with hints of grapefruit, pulpy orange, mango, pineapple, tangerine, papaya, and lemon. Also some floral and grassy hops with a little pine. Some sweet candied sugar with a hint of honey. Solid malt background with hints of soft biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Some what perfume like smell. Very juicy and good.

Taste: Follows the nose quite well, a big taste of hops with plenty of citrus esters. Nicely ripe and bitter hop taste up front with notes of grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Grassy, floral hops as well as some pine are also present. Notes of sweet sugar and a little hint of honey. Bready soft malts with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, yeast, and cracker. A really nice juicy bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat sticky. Fairly hot booze feel but its not overwhelming.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA from Deschutes. Great bitter citrus flavors with a nice balancing sweetness.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my pappy for this one!

A- Pours a wonderful cloudy orange with a nice white head that leaves decent lacing. This is the PERFECT looking IPA

S- Very bitter smelling and some pale malts in there as well. Not a lot of complexity

T- Very interesting. Like a perfect mixed drinnk, starts out boozy and bitter and the sweetness from the malts cuts through perfectly. Not cloying by any means but well balanced.

M- Nice mouthswish. Some carbonation but not too much. Unremarkable but in a good way. Fuck that makes no sense...

O- If you described Hop Henge to me I wouldnt be too excited to try it. But this is well done and I enjoy drnking it

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650mL bottle

My first review! I'm not very disciplined in my ability to characterize a beer with technical notes. But, it is what it is.

A - A beautiful sunset orange with a decent head that fades promptly.

S - Definitely smelling the hops. I'm catching some fruitiness, but can't pinpoint the scent.

T - Does not taste like a 10.6% DIPA. The hops do not kick you in the mouth, but has a sort of caramelized pine taste with some fruity backdrop.

M - Warm and slightly thick n' sticky.

O - At 10.6%, it's a quality DIPA. A little expensive to toss in my repertoire, but I can see me drinking this more than once in my lifetime.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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