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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,009 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 214
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
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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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depechemode1983

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper/amber. The head is off-white and lasting. Excellent retention. It also leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of tropical fruit in the nose. Sweet Pineapple, orange, mango. Also getting a fair amount of floral notes. Smells delicious.

T - Loads of sweet tropical fruit. Taste exactly how it smells. Pineapple, oranges, lemon. The finish is nice a bitter. Alcohol is mildly present given the 8-9 abv.

M - Mouth feel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is done just right.

O - Damn this beer is delicious. Deschutes never fails to impress me. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 19:02:09 | More by depechemode1983
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass, and the beer produces a formidable two finger thick crown of light tan foam. The body is copper in color and cleanly filtered with no haze.

The aroma is hop dominant, with qualities of grapefruit, spruce, and lemon grass.

The taste seems to be a bit more balanced than other DIPAs I've had lately. Upfront is the taste of sweet toffee, but then the hops come in to kick the door in with grapefruit and bitter lemon.

Feels mildly carbonated, oily slick, dry to the palate in the end with only a mild amount of alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:30:53 | More by TheSarge
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pierceska

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-01-2012 13:53:12 | More by pierceska
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obrike

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber at HEB in Round Rock for just over 6 bucks. First time I've tried it...first time I've seen it there as well.

Pours a light orange in my pint glass...a pretty off-white head leaving a good amount of sticky lace.

Weird...upon first pour, scent was barely there, but after sitting awhile, strong mango, tangerine, and caramel malt begins to escape from my glass.

A big citrusy, hop kick on first sip. Tangerine...maybe even some lemon, lead off...followed by an even dose of sweet malt. A bit surprised the taste did not follow the nose, but not disappointed. The citrus zing is very refreshing. I really like the carbonation and moutheel in this one. Hard to stop sipping.

This is a very good DIPA...maybe Deschutes will release this bad boy in a 4 pack some day.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:53:35 | More by obrike
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kchannel9

California

5/5  rDev +21.1%

01-31-2012 06:27:15 | More by kchannel9
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20ozmonkey

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this last year, but I didn't review it. I think it's time that I do this with this year's batch. I will be drinking this with some teriyaki chicken wings that I just cooked up, but I will try this beer out before I start eating.

Color is a real nice orange with a light amount of bubbles coming up to form a thin film of head.

Good citrus and floral smell. I get a bit of sweetness as well. I know this beer is quite strong but I don't get any alcohol smell at all.

Orange zest and floral notes on the front of the pallet followed by a pleasant bitterness on the back. I remember when I tried this beer last year all I could think of was the bitterness, but now I like it quite a bit.

A fairly medium bodied beer with a bit of stickiness that clings to your mouth for a bit after.

This is good! I think I'm going to have to get at least another bottle to enjoy before we move on to the next bond street beer. I almost wish they would put this in a 6-pack instead of Hop Trip.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 21:33:06 | More by 20ozmonkey
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csiewert

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-30-2012 21:04:08 | More by csiewert
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Brew33

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2012 15:04:12 | More by Brew33
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theempire

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-30-2012 05:02:21 | More by theempire
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scott2269

Ohio

5/5  rDev +21.1%

01-30-2012 04:53:12 | More by scott2269
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2012 03:55:50 | More by slimntubbs
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2012 03:03:32 | More by Joshgonzales79
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-29-2012 17:41:50 | More by KimenTshom
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emerge077

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep saturated sunset orange color bleeding into dark copper, with a bright jewel tone clarity. Fluffy head of dense foam, leaving exceedingly drippy lace inside the glass. Nice color, and good retention on display.

Sweet tropical fruity aroma, sticky and lush. Warming up there are some identifiable sweet toffee malty notes.

Unique hop flavor, seems like nelson sauvin lending some lemony, woody notes, and something intensely fruity.

Fruit skins, creaminess, lemon custard, blood orange, bitter dandelion stems, woody leafy hop greenery. Alternate flashes of tropical and citrus fruit, making for a complex hoppy brew that lives up to its name. Ends up with a fairly creamy feel, slightly sticky on the lips with a dry whisper of a finish. Pretty fucking nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:31:02 | More by emerge077
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bfields4

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear filtered golden body. Nice very tight head very slow dissipation.

Oily herbal hop aroma. Pretty sure I can detect a good bit of the summit ganja aroma. Little bit of citrus. Something is slightly off though a bit rubberish aroma.

Nice sweet caramel toffee malt back provide for a good jumping off point for the resiny herbal hop flavors. Don't detect any of the off aroma in the taste.

Over all a pretty good DIPA. Didn't blow me away, but was a nice middle of the pack DIPA with very good balance. The off aroma wasn't enough to really be a damper; seemed to come and go but wasn't overly present.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:38:20 | More by bfields4
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scootpolute

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1P/6ozs brown bottle...

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Nice & Clean! This is one Mellow (but don't be fooled) the 8.5 creeps in, making this a dangerous and outrageous beer! Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: From Deschute's 'Bond-Street Series.' (wondering when I'll find the Bond-Street Brown...what a beer that is...does anyone have access?!)...Ok back to the beer at hand...An absolutely marvelous beer for all the hop-heads out there, albeit very daunting for those who are not into hops to the extreme. For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 8.5 % abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:44:52 | More by scootpolute
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Draft at Uptown Brothers in Denver, poured into a pint glass.

A - A deep copper/amber color. When poured it had a nice 1/5 white creamy head. By the time it was served the head had dissipated to a 1/4 inch and then to a film which lasted the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Hops: Citrus and Pine. Only detectable aromas.

T/M - The beer starts crisp with caramel malt sweetness. The middle of the beer opens up to a creamy blend of malt and hop characteristics: pine and citrus, which are blended very well. The beer finishes with a hoppy bitterness bite but it's still mellow and smooth. Medium bodied with appropriate medium carbonation.

D - So smooth I could drink a lot. Hides the alcohol well.

Overall, this was a good DIPA. I would recommend it and look forward to another!

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-28-2011 21:54:14

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 21:52:52 | More by hopfacebrew
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MareInfinitus

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-27-2012 02:49:36 | More by MareInfinitus
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jeff97701

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight into a pint glass from the bottle. Pours a dark copper color with about two fingers of bubbly, off-white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles in the body, and gives off a very crisp and clean smell that is hoppy but nothing too distinguishable for me. Strong malty taste up front, but goes down smooth as silk. Leaves thick lacing on the glass, and carbonation bubbles stay around for quite a while, making the experience of the appearance very delightful. Very good bang for the buck.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:15:28 | More by jeff97701
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hopluva1

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-26-2012 23:29:31 | More by hopluva1
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Mappies

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-26-2012 05:26:12 | More by Mappies
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gtermi

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a very nice copper with a thick white head. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of thick lacing on the side of glass.

S: Tons of hops on the nose and a lot of sweet malt.

T: There is a strong bit of malt at first, but then fades to a very hoppy beer. There is a very nice tropical fruit flavor too. It lingers for a very long time with a strong amount of caramel.

M: This beer is so smooth and has a perfect amount of carbonation. There is a slight bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue, but it fits perfect.

O: This beer is very good. It has so many great qualities and wish this was in 4 or 6 packs. Just amazing and I don't know how else to explain it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:10:50 | More by gtermi
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pdeepak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-25-2012 04:13:25 | More by pdeepak
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txwestern

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-25-2012 03:21:08 | More by txwestern
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rschne13

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-24-2012 22:42:32 | More by rschne13
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,009 ratings.