Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,123 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 222
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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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 martino_cappachino
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of CliffBrake
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle, dated best by April 25.

Slightly hazy orange-amber color with a small head that retains a slick of foam and leaves a nearly solid, thin curtain of lace.

Light caramel nose. I am trying to imagine some citrusy hops in the nose, but it is difficult to be sure I can smell it or not.

Toast and caramel dominate the flavor with a light citrus and spice hops flavor that leads to a barely bitter finish. A honey-like sweetness is prominent.

Medium to heavy body with an oily, mouthcoating feel. Slightly juicy but without the fruit flavors to go with it.

More like a barleywine than what I expect from a DIPA, especially one from the west coast. But even as a barleywine, it is a bit heavy and one-noted on the caramel malt.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.
Best by date of 4/25/12

Pours a very deep golden almost orange color, with plenty of foamy off white head that is leaving some good lacing on the glass.

Smells of strong citrus. Very fruity. Extremely pleasant. Lots of fruit up front.

Taste of lots of grapefruit. Not too sour. Like a grapefruit/pineapple taste. Pine in the back. Plenty of bitterness, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is in line with the taste. Not overly thick, but it has an almost creamy mouthfeel. The resiny hoppy flavor sticks. The 8.5 ABV does not really come out. Easy drinkability.

Overall I would recommend this. A solid DIPA. Deschutes has made a good one. Hope they keep them coming.

Photo of Humulus85
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bomber into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a two-finger off white head. Moderate retention with minimal lacing.

A true fruit bomb. Hits all the citrus notes with some pineapple, mango, and melon tossed in. Smells like a fruit salad. Not picking up any malt.

Follows the smell. Layers upon layers of fruity hops. Citrus upfront, with a distinct orange peel taste. Melons and mango round out the hop profile. There aren't any distinct malt notes, but you can tell it's there by the clean, controlled hops. A surprising candy sweetness that really hides the 95 IBUs well.

This is a damn drinkable DIPA even though it is on the lower end of the ABV scale. Smooth, well carbonated. If you wanted a session DIPA, this would be a good one. Well balanced in the finish.

Overall this is another great brew from a one of my favorite breweries. At $5 a bomber you can't beat the price. While not a complete standout in the now expansive DIPA style, it has few flaws. I will being picking up another one of these. Recommended to all hop heads. Cheers!

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

A classic west coast-style DIPA if there ever was one.

Nearly clear, light orange/golden colored body, fluffy white head. Good retention and sticky lacing. Big time hoppiness in the nose, with lots of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, orange and lemon, caramel malty sweetness underneath. Flavor follows the aroma; with abundant citrusy hops dominating, but also a tasty and substantial (by west coast standards) malt backbone and some sweetness. Again, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Alcohol is fairly well masked.

Medium body with solid carbonation giving it some life while still retaining a bit of stickiness. Semi-dry finish. Overall a very well made DIPA but not exactly a standout in a very crowded field.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this beer first at the SLO Xtreme Beerfest. It pours a clear golden color with a white foamy head. It demonstrates good head retention. Lovely grapefruit and candied fruit bouquet. Grapefruit and pine flavors balanced nicely with malt. A very smooth, drinkable IPA with a slick mouthfeel that completes this excellent beer.

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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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with 8.5% ABV listed on the bottle; pours a slight hazy amber orange color with a 2 finger foamy tan head that had tons of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the sides and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of big citrus hops up front, with grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, piney hops, flowers, brown sugar, biscuit, light herbs, caramel, and mild spices like pepper and coriander; this is all citrus in the nose, very sweet and fruity overall, hiding the ABV very well.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon, toasted grains, biscuit, herbs, tea leaf, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, brown sugar, wheat bread and light spices like pepper and coriander. The hops blast your palate up front, then let the bready grains tame them a little which then allows the sweet bitter finish to showcase the hops again with an oily hop and herbal residue lingering.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth, with light carbonation, a medium chewy body and a bitter citrus finish that leaves a combo of hop sweetness and herbs that is almost dry and refreshing. This goes down very easy for a strong beer and hides the ABV very well.

An excellent DIPA which I hope will become more available on the East Coast. Very enjoyable, well balanced and easy to drink: a high recommendation, this beer is a winner.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.