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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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2,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,070
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 131 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

dac0152, Apr 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

Dan25D, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jjauga, Apr 02, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Cool bottle. Nicer pour. Deep, dark honey-colored gold with a tight white head. Nice haze.

Smells a little green and a little brown, kind of hard to distinguish the hop varieties. Actually, it's kinda hard to distinguish the hops from the malt! Things improved a bit as the beer warmed, got more balanced, but the aroma is still surprisingly muted.

It tastes uniformly great, though. Sweet citrus bounces against more bitter alpha acid nodes, moving into a middle that's more malty with nodes of caramel and dough, ending on sweetly citrusy hop finish that completely belies the beer's high ABV. No thickness issues, no malt syrupyness, and--perhaps most impressive--although it's very hoppy, the hop profile is artfully crafted and so this is not a pallet wrecker.

mynie, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Forb
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 650ml bottle...

Appearance: 8.5%, 95 IBU's and BB date of 04/25/12. Pours a beautiful golden body with a strong, firm head that retains moderately well. Lacing scatters throughout the interior of the glass right up to the finish.

Smell: Absolutely mouth watering fruity hop notes resonating from within with the most faint malt presence.

Taste: A grapefruit, mango, apple fruitiness stands dominant among the bitter grassy hop element. Alcohol and malt are amid the shadows in this one.

Mouthfeel: A stocky medium to light body. Carbonation is very minimal. Finishes with a lingering of the fruit flavors / bitterness.

Overall: An experiment gone beautifully well!

Forb, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jhawkjedi, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Thanks Jules11788 for this gem.

A - Pours a very attractive golden, orange haze with a 1.5" head. Head sticks around for quite some time almost to the end of my pint glass.

S - Great fruit forward scents of apple with some pine and pear. Hints of caramelized sugars and just an overall fresh scent. Really great nose here.

T - Tastes of pine, hops, and tarty apple fruits. Really well balanced with a faint booze taste. Some biscuit/bread-like malts in there too. Again, its all well-balanced and the ABV reminds me to consume more slowly.

M - Sticky but a little dry at first when the carbonation was more present. Still very crisp and tangy.

O - Great IPA. A nice experiment.

brstls4drmrs, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Zaphog, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours an amberish golden with a thumbs width white head. Great lacing. A sweet and hoppy aroma; some peach, and mango, and a touch of bread from the malt. Not super complex aroma but very enjoyable and that's the name of the game. Flavor has more depth to it. A touch of caramel malt as a base, some fruity sweetness that becomes more present as it warms, some piney bitterness that climaxes into the finish alongside some alcohol. A little sticky but still somewhat silky, medium bodied mouthfeel to this. Another enjoyable brew from Deschutes.

denver10, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Duff27, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

oldp0rt, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

JimManybears, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.13/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bomber to a nifty snifter:

A: Pours a beautiful toasted goal with a mild head that lingers as a fine layer of lacing throughout the life of the brew.

S: Smells of bright, zesty citrus and bready yeast. Heavy on the citrus aromas with floral arrangements blossoming just a little bit.

T/M: Lots of going on here, which is what we're looking for in this "experiment." Layers of sour lemon, yeast and butter make up the broad flavors that pass on to a sharp biscuit and hop bite in the back of the palate. Flavor is clean cut and fresh, not overly complex and lovingly balanced. Light enough for easy drinking if not for the high ABV that will knock you back a bit.

O: Worth a shot, balanced but with enough going on to make hop heads swoon at the purchase.

ManuelHerrera, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

dipso123, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Duke
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

(From a tulip)

Appearance: pours a saturated fulvous gold with a head that has a slight touch of amber in the white, and that is a healthy two-finger-thick affair which seems to be showing no signs of dissipation. The walls of my tulip glass are guarded by an insouciant jigsaw of alençon lacing.

Smell: Piney hopes. I think the smell of this beer is quite simple. I'm realising a touch of caramel, and grapefruit is there too, but I only figured out the latter having tasted it.

Taste: The mango almost dominates everything out of the game here, for me. I'm getting a slight citrusy bitterness of grapefruit as well, and there's a bit of caramel which lingers throughout. At the finish, the hops beat the last bubbly remnants of caramel into submission, leaving them to thinly coat my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Hop Henge is surprisingly thick and full. The carbonation is very light indeed, but it fits. The beer leaves a film of mango-sweet hoppiness on my palate.

Overall: Hop Henge is a solid IPA. The flavours pique my interests, and the mouthfeel is lovely.


Duke, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

LaPlaya, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

keenanite21, Mar 25, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

A- clear amber appearance with a thin white head.

S- pine, grapefruit, and floral hop aromas.

T- hops, grapefruit, mango, subtle malt flavors, alcohol somewhat present.

M- nice bitterness and a slippery mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- a great beer from Deschutes! I love the name and it has a nice bitterness and full flavor.

Giovacchini, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

GeoBrewer71, Mar 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

3Hops, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hophead717, Mar 22, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Top of the bottle was slightly frozen from being in the freezer a little too long.

Color was a bright pale-ish amber, hint of yellow, and had a small but sparkly (fizzy) long lasting head.

Smelled of sort of a sweet pine

Taste was of ...pommelo, grapefruit/orange,and had a nice finish of fresh pepperd pine.

Great IPA. Really surprised me, might be my favorite so far that I've tried! Not as different as Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, but not as aggressive as Stone Ruination, or generic.. as say Redhook Longhammer. Just enough bitter, while masking the alcohol content.

martino_cappachino, Mar 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Nightrain87, Mar 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Didgeridoo, Mar 20, 2012
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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