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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,032 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 217
Gots: 121 | 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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DavidST

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, best by 4/24/12. This pours a nice amber color with a nice foamy white head. The smells are of floral hops, caramel and toffee malts and a little alcohol. The feel is medium. The taste is excellent lots of mouth coating hop resin, lots of bitterness, grapefruit, caramel good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:38:56 | More by DavidST
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, fresh, NFL playoffs

appearance: served in ND Soccer shaker pint, dull orange-copper body, foamy white head with a light lace

smell: nice floral nose - tangerine, tropical fruit, toasted caramel malts

taste: interesting hop profile - a touch herbal, tangerine, mandarin orange, lemon rind, tropical fruit. Well balanced with toasted malts, caramel and dough. Alcohol doesn't exactly hide but isnt oppressive. Enjoyable, but a strange mesh of flavor.

mouthfeel: mild bitterness, omnipresent alcohol, medium body

overall: good

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:29:56 | More by dirtylou
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very nice clear strong golden copper color with some nice orange hints. There is a nice little 0.5 inch head that is nice and white with some nice dense bubbles. Very clean looking.

Dense and dank piney hop nose. Very resinous. Nice slightly sweet hop juice in there with some nice biscuity malt notes. Nice slight tropical juice notes as well. Some mango and some pineapple notes to. The nose is good but it doesn't quite pop like I expected.

Starts off with some nice toasty bready malt with some nice slight caramel notes. THen there is some nice and intense citrusy hops with slight mango and tangerine notes. The hops then evolve into a more resinous sticky and piney sweetness. Nice and bitter notes are very well complimented by some nice slight caramel notes. As it warms up a bit the pine notes really open up with some nice slight grapefruit also and some nice, dank, skunky cannabis notes.

Pretty good offering in the DIPA category. It's not amazing but a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:58:25 | More by JoEBoBpr
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jlaw7005

Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-22-2012 17:41:21 | More by jlaw7005
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Deschutes tulip... very appropriate.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold color, with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head, that has some nice staying power. Nice lacing gripping onto the sides as it slowly fades.

S - Bursting with apricot, and citrus aromas.
Mouth watering.

T/M - Smooth and easily drinkable. Still has the great apricot and citrus taste that was in the aroma. Light/medium mouthfeel, great carbonation.

O - A great DIPA that has no hint of alcohol, which is pretty remarkable for 8.5%! If this beer were brewed year round, it easily be my go to IPA. Another great brew Deschutes

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 06:05:40 | More by Rizalini
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poppyjohn

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-21-2012 21:26:49 | More by poppyjohn
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rawfish

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear bronze with a slight half finger head of cream despite a fast pour. Retention is good and leaves a couple bands of solid lace.

Resinous pine predominant, orange and sweet grains and a touch of apple. Not a huge aroma but a nice variation.

Leading cereal grains with a touch of honey and apple. This is followed up by a strong resinous pine and a bit of herbaceous character and vinous fruit. Nice backing of bitterness without much drying.

Easy to drink but somewhat lacking in carbonation and drying, slick across the palate and it stays with the back end bitterness along with a thin maltiness.

Overall a very drinkable brew but nothing groundbreaking in this experiment, the 95IBUs were underwhelming but the hops brought in a unique pattern of flavor. The malt profile could be tightened up some, interesting but I'll stick with Deshutes inversion.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:40:56 | More by rawfish
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear copper color with one finger of quickly fading off-white head. Very light wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of orange peel, mango, pine and earthy notes along with light sweet malts.

The taste was orange and piney hops upfront followed by sweet caramel malts. Finished clean. The 8.5% alcohol was very well hidden.

Medium bodied and sticky with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

A terrific IPA from Deschutes that will always have a place in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:11:58 | More by Monkeyknife
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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

22oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Big citrus/pine hop aroma also some malt sweetness. Hits you right up front with hop bitterness. Carmel maltiness. Lighter side of medium bodied. More citrus. Drying hop finish. Pretty easy drinking at 8.5%. Lots of fresh hop flavor, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:05:23 | More by homebrewhawk
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doughanson78

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium copper color with amazing clarity. Half finger white head with great retention and good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. It's not overpowering. A light caramel sweetness coming through.

T: Caramel upfront. Earthy, piney, and citrusy hops come through with a decent blend but not much bitterness. Finishes very earthy with a touch of caramel.

M: Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Slick and oily.

O: A good IPA. A bit earthy for me. Like more citrus in my IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 18:01:10 | More by doughanson78
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-19-2012 04:45:15 | More by kspongeworthy
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear bronze amber in color. Pours 2 fingers of head and left nice sheets of sticky lacing.

S: Pretty powerful hops aroma, not too overpowering though. Has nice piney hops with some hints of sweet apple and roasted malts.

T: AS the nose leads, nice piney hops with a sweet almost tart bitter finishe. You reall get the sweet malts and nice bitter finish and lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied beer with decent carbonation, really rich and almost creamy. Great bitter taste that lingers well.

O: I can never get enough of the bitter hops so this was right up my alley. Great IPA offering, nice bitter bite, will be getting again... very well priced. Keep it up Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:48:08 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a nice light golden hay color. White head, good couple of inches, fades quickly. Clear, fully transparent with descent amout of carbonation. Smell is sugary and sweet. Light, barely any malt back to the aroma. Citrus, and flowers. Very sweet. The taste is crisp. I keep falling back to an apple, and pear flavor. Very drinkable. For almost 9% it's amazingly drinkable. This is by far the best brew I've had from deschutes. Looking forward to seeing what else they have to offer. Did not like inversion too much, this is a huge improvement.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:36:46 | More by HOPPYKC
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 22oz bottle into a pint

A: Pours a deep golden color. Huge, inch and a half frothy white head. Hangs around for a long time, and never fully dissipates. Sticky lacing around the glass the whole time.

S: Massive citrus aroma. Huge notes of pineapple, orange, and lemon. A pleasant sweetness in the background too.

T: Sweet fruity flavor. Not as pronounced as the nose, but definitely there. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Sticky, oily, medium bodied. Subtle carbonation.

O: Solid, but a bit too sweet and sticky for me. I prefer a dryer, more bitter IPA/DIPA, but this is still refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:52:08 | More by brydeen
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-18-2012 04:26:34 | More by bsuedekum
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CapitalGains

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Deschutes imperial pint glass. Poured and tasted 1/17/12 at my humble abode.

Starts off with a completely transparent, golden body with about an inch of white head that faded quickly. The appearance on this one looks fantastic especially when compared to some of the recent IPAs I've had from smaller, less refined breweries, which have been fairly cloudy.
Aroma is characterized primarily by citrus and sweet caramel notes. A lot less hop dominant aroma than is traditional with the west coast take on this style.
The initial taste comes through with a grapefruit-like floral presence and piney hop resin, which transitions into a sweeter and more crystal malt forward/biscuity, balanced finish. I definitely don't get an astringent or overly cloying hop presence, which is a plus for me.
Mouthfeel does seem a little thin with less head retention that I had hoped for. The alcohol is mostly suppressed with a slight hop bitterness on the tongue. Finish is pleasant; not too dry.
One of the more balanced, less hop bomb incarnations of a west coast double/imperial IPA. Previous versions seemed to have more a boozyness to them but I don't get that as much with the current year's batch. It's an affordable offering (usually $4.50-6 for a bomber) and one of Deschutes' better beers, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:52:16 | More by CapitalGains
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switzer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-18-2012 00:08:36 | More by switzer
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-17-2012 16:25:04 | More by strongaf
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ratedz

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with a huge off-white head. The head fades very slowly and leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Floral notes combine with big cirus hops. Slight bitterness and a mildly sweet caramel backbone.

T - A bit disappointing compared to the nose. Sweet citrus notes, pine needles, and some caramel, but it just isn't as big as the nose.

M - Seems a bit watery and thin. Very little carbonation, but I don't think that affects this brew. Very easy to drink.

O - A very enjoyable DIPA. The taste didn't quite back up the nose, but it was smooth and easy to drink. Another plus was the reasonable price for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:57:50 | More by ratedz
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-16-2012 18:01:30 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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BucannonXC5

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Toronado in San Diego, Calif. Color was caramel honeyish. No head at all. Minimal lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled of citrus hops, mainly lemon and grapefruit.

Tasted similar to the nose. Hoppy. Nice alcohol bite. Grapefruit hops lead the way. Bitter on the tongue after.

Medium body. Slick texture. Flat carbonation. Bitter finish.

Really good beer, which probably would have been better if my pour wasn’t so bad. Pretty flat when I got it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 08:00:24 | More by BucannonXC5
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 04/25/12. Tulip glass.

Pours clear, deep golden color with a finger of off-white, fluffy foam. So-so retention and some lacing. Smell is pineapple and caramel, pine, grass, floral citrus, pretty mild but well integrated. Taste is unusual: very earthy pine, moderate caramel malt backbone, with moderate-high bitterness which persists on the palate. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, an above average, interesting IPA that's a little on the bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 06:18:27 | More by pmarlowe
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jvillefan

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep golden yellow with a one finger head the dissipates very quickly.

S: Awesome. You can tell that they spent a good amount of time and hops on the aroma. There are a variety of hop smells mixed with a little caramel.

T: Intensely bitter. To be expected from a beer with 95 IBUs. The beer has the hops with a lot of citrus and a little caramel.

M: A little under carbonated and the beer has excellent retention.

O: An extremely good beer. Get it before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 04:13:53 | More by jvillefan
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very nice dark amber.

Aroma - Fresh floral scent along with a faint sour tint.

Taste - Pine needles. Lots of hops.

Mouthfeel - Nice short finish that doesn't linger.

Overall - This is a good hoppy beer for hop heads. Sharp and grabs your attention. Lost track of what my girlfriend was saying every time I took a swig from the glass...

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 03:05:01 | More by Hopstout
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-15-2012 21:42:07 | More by Kopfschuss
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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