Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,122
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 222
Gots: 139 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Etan
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.