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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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2,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,091
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 137 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Mverbeck21, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
5/5  rDev +21.1%

bigbeers84, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, and citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and slight citrus (kiwi?). Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of canadianghetto
4.5/5  rDev +9%

canadianghetto, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TicoCali, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of bstave
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz (best by 4/25/12) poured into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A- Clear light copper with nice white 2 finger head. Decent lacing.

S- Big apricot. Reminds me of applets and cotlets. Great smelling beer.

T- Out of this world. Delicious big fruit hops. Big hops up front sweet malt in the middle and ends bitter. Great balance steering more towards hop heavy. Perfect!

M- Perfect carbonation developing a nice creamy easy drinking DIPA.

O- Big fan of this beer. I've had it on tap too. Very good in both servings. My fsvorite IPA from Deschutes. Well done.

bstave, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
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.

depechemode1983, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
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.

TheSarge, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

pierceska, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of obrike
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.

obrike, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

kchannel9, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of 20ozmonkey
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.

20ozmonkey, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

csiewert, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Brew33, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

theempire, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

scott2269, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Joshgonzales79, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

KimenTshom, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Jan 28, 2012
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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.

bfields4, Jan 28, 2012
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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.

scootpolute, Jan 28, 2012
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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

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

MareInfinitus, Jan 27, 2012
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 2,091 ratings.