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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 218
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of elNopalero


4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hopgenge best by date of 6/26/2012, purchased and drank early April, 2012.


An experimental IPA from the good people at Deschutes. After tasting, er, testing a few of the experimental hop series from Bell’s it was nice to see other brewers doing the same. Or maybe they’ve been doing it all along… Imagine the possibilities!
This poured a resplendent golden tan color with a generous topping of foam that died down into a tightly compact layer of cottony fluff and released all sorts of hoppy aromas.

I really enjoy the aroma on this. I get citrus, then I get pine and resin, then I get grapefruit essence and then I get some light medicinal notes rounding it out. And then it starts all over again.

This has a fantastic flavor to it, with those complex, nuanced hops making their presence known. There’s a lot of piney resin and grapefruit citrus with a sticky, chewy, dankness that’s balanced by an effervescent lightness.

I haven’t had a lot of their beers while in Texas only because they were regular go-tos during the better part of a decade that I spent in California. Deschutes, I missed ya. This brew reminded me what I’ve been missing. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:54:07 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Lantern

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-22-2012 23:58:32 | More by Lantern
Photo of dmbsteve


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.
A- light copper with a finger of white head. Not much lacing.
S- citrusy hops and sweet malt. Not as complex in the nose as
I had hoped.
T- taste is sweet at first with a good amount of bitterness in the middle and citrusy finish.
M- Body is medium to thick. Sticks to the tongue. Mouthfeel is more like an imperial stout than a IIPA. Pretty exceptional.
O- this is a different kind of beer. Never had an IPA this malty or thick. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 03:48:44 | More by dmbsteve
Photo of dsuedbeck


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-21-2012 23:36:10 | More by dsuedbeck
Photo of Hanzo


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-20-2012 00:46:13 | More by Hanzo
Photo of nickfl


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves very nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, sugary malt with notes of caramel and strong pine and orange hop notes.

T - Sweet malt and pungent, fruity hops up front. Notes of orange and candied ginger in the middle. The beer finishes with orange, pine, and thick, toffee malt as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the hop character is very sweet and matches the malt nicely. The finish is too sugary for my taste and it seems like it would help both drinkability and the hop flavor if it finishes a touch dryer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:35:37 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear to very slightly hazy amber-golden body. Nice lacing.

S: sweet caramel and toffee, almost a candy like fruitness as well.

T: nice malt backbone. sweet caramel malt up front blends into a citrus and mildly pine bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I actually had this one right after a Pliny the Elder. It is a nice example of how different IPAs can be based on the malt profile. In its own right this is a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:33:43 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of waffles


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-18-2012 22:04:08 | More by waffles
Photo of Chou


2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

04-18-2012 21:40:08 | More by Chou
Photo of rlee1390


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, two finger head

S-Lots of hops, some grass, good deal of citrus as well

T-Nice mix of malt and and hops to start, grassy and pine notes, a little bit of citrus and ends with good bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth with some carbonation.

O-Another good beer from Deschutes. A great all round DIPA, not any glaring holes just a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 15:19:37 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Nerudamann


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - almost a light ruby red color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-tan colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - hoppy, but with a subdued quality about it. You can smell a bit of the higher abv too. A bit of a floral scent to it as well.

Taste - definitely hoppy, both in taste at the beginning, and then bitterness in the middle. It seems like there's an element of sweetness somewhere in between the middle and the finish, but the finish and after taste are both quite bitter.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, and fairly interesting to sample and think about.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 03:28:28 | More by Nerudamann
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-17-2012 00:51:16 | More by drh1382
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-16-2012 15:58:41 | More by dufficy0
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-15-2012 01:33:28 | More by steamboatbrewer
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-14-2012 22:37:16 | More by KingStephenR
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-14-2012 13:55:49 | More by 2beerdogs
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-14-2012 02:29:59 | More by karatebartender
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-13-2012 03:22:17 | More by mellowmark
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-12-2012 05:42:15 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Best by 26 June 2012. 1214.

A: Creamy-thick head tops a very clear pale gold beer.

S: Light peachy hops. It doesn't smell very bitter. Full of soft fruit.

T: Full, hoppy, and full of Simcoe-ish garlic/onions. Sweet grapefruit, the afore-smelt peach, and white grape. The interplay between hops and fruit is the main feature (and only interesting part) of this beer. An herbal-bitter aftertaste. The beer improves as time passes.

M: Round, drinkable, sometimes-citrusy, and fairly unremarkable.

O: A good beer. I'd have another few (it's quite tasty) but I'm unsure what makes this beer 'experimental'. Moderately recommended.

ABV: 8.96%
IBU: 95

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 05:07:16 | More by AgentMunky
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-11-2012 05:45:14 | More by calmond72
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Best by date: 6/26/12, with a slightly higher 8.96 percent ABV. Reviewed live. Expectations are high due to my love of Deschutes.

A- Finger and a half thick fluffy white head. Fairly long retention for the ABV, about two minutes long. Ringed, fluffy lacing. Pale orange-gold color with some cloudiness. Nice looking beer.

S- HEAVY citrus hops, grapefruit and cloves. Smells sweet and floral to pair with the citrus aspect of it.

T- Light and malty to start, kicks with the heavy bitter citrusy hops and finishes sweet. Malts, grapefruit, apple, brown sugar. Interesting DIPA.

M- Begins and finishes light with a creamy feel in the middle. Fairly wet feel surprisingly.

O- Beastly hop character, yet surprisingly drinkable. This beer is an enigma. A tasty enigma.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:15:13 | More by Murrhey
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-11-2012 02:46:24 | More by jeff_hare
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-10-2012 22:42:17 | More by DWarcher
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-10-2012 05:51:54 | More by Bowlus803
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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