Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 222
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden amber with orange hints. A huge light tan head left excellent lacing.

Smell is nice, citrus and pine, some sweet malt underneath. Not a strong smell, but good.

Taste is bitter and pithy upfront, some nice orange flesh sweetness in the middle and that bitter comes back in the aftertaste.

Texture is lighter, while still having that hops tang/punch. Easy to drink.

Great beer, a bolder smell would be nice, along with some murkiness and a bit more body, but otherwise, an excellent beer I will enjoy more of. My first Deschutes experience, and it's a winner.


Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazed orange tinged bronze colour with a thick sudsy head. sticky and well supported foam leaves some nice lace. pungent hoppy aroma. a lot of citrus strength complimented by a bit of pine and spruce. smells great. the taste profile is held up by a strong foundation of base maltiness...that girth allows the hops to give off all sorts of bitterness, surprisingly balanced with the sweetness. i get a lot more earthy, woody, pine and herbal flavours from the hops rather than the citric blast that i perceived in the nose, which is just fine and totally appropriate. for 8.5% ABV, there are hardly any boozy notes to be had, although a slight warming sensation can be had in the belly. really impressive. this DIPA has a full, lush, round, ample body with an impressively smooth mouthfeel due to the delicate interplay of slick sweetness and coarse bitterness. fantastic. awesome drinkability...bordering on dangerous. good thing i only have one bomber!

overall i would rate this as definitely one of the better DIPA's i've ever had the pleasure of tasting. incredibly balanced and delightfully tasty. highly recommended. i'll be sure to revisit this one!

Photo of Hoolihan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of natemort13
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Beer pours a straw gold with a good sized foamy white head that leaves good lacing as it dissipates slowly.

On the nose I get some citrus, grass, light mango. Vegetal hops.

Taste follows the nose with a lingering hoppy bitterness that stings my tongue. Pine comes through as it warms a bit. Some peach and honey. Finish has leafy hops on the tongue, a little apparent alcohol.

Mouthfeel verges on syrupy but doesn't cross the line. Stands up well to the big hoppiness.

Overall, it's really tough to tell that this beer has 8.5 abv and 100+ibus. Very understated for such a big ipa. Nice and mellow yet hoppy and bitter. definitely worth a try. Had this a few weeks ago on tap at toronado, hops were definitely juicier and made for a more enjoyable experience, excellent ipa nonetheless.

Photo of Philousa
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed on tap at Good Karma, SJ on 2/7/2012.

Pours a golden amber, clear, with little head. Good lacing after a couple swirls. I think they over-poured it. Very floral, nectary aroma with some pine hops. Sweet grain malt. Very inviting, not too hoppy, well balanced. Bready, a little sweet in flavor. Turns bitter, lingers, but not as bitter as the ABV would suggest. A little too syrupy overall, but balanced MF. Syrupness comes with multiple sips.

This was one that wore on me. Some open up with multiple sips, but I felt like this one's shelf life expired the more I drank it. What started out as interesting and inviting became stale and syrupy. Don't know if I'd get a pint of this again.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear orange body with a good 2-finger off-white head that sticks around for a while before falling to a pretty thick cap. Leaves some nice lacing, too.

S- Grapefruit, mango, some coconut, slightly grassy, and then some caramel maltiness.

T- Piney hops up front, slight citrus, and maybe a slight tangerine flavor thrown in as well. There's also a taste that I can't quite place. It's sweet but also a little metallic. A little bitter bite at the end.

MF- An almost full bodied body, with carbonation that bites at the tongue.

Photo of Cramerican
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Steimie
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of crbooher
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of gkunkle
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange color with a two finger tall off-white head in my perfect pint glass. Head sticks around fr a bit, but eventually recedes to a film with some islands of foam. Smell is of pineapple, grapefruit, pine, alcohol. In the taste I get a lot of grapefruit. I also get a subtle taste of malt. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but that seems to increase drinkability. Alcohol is pretty high, but you wouldn't know it by the taste. This beer was actually a little dissapointing, the hop taste seems off.

Photo of Flatlands
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Blargimus
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Best by 4/22/12.

Pours an amber color with maybe a finger of white head. Not much visible carbonation, but enough. As the beer level falls, it leaves an INCREDIBLE amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Seriously, it looks frosted.

Smells very grapefruity. Not much malt at all, it's pretty much all hops, and bitter citrusy ones at that. Hint of alcohol.

Taste follows the smell pretty much to a T - bitter, sour grapefruit. A tiny bit of malt sweetness hidden in there, too. Finishes dry, and the bitterness sticks around for a while. A fair bit of alcohol sticks behind in the aftertaste and up in the sinuses. At 8.5%, that not surprising, but I've had higher ABV beers that hide it much better.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a DIPA. Not much carbonation to add body that way. Meh.

Overall, I think this is too hop-forward for me to enjoy it too much. I'm all for a double IPA, but the extra hops have to be balanced by some sort of other flavor. To its credit, it does feel lighter than other DIPAs I've had, which can be a plus in some situations. Good beer, could be great with more balance.

Photo of splendidsplinter
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BuffaloBill12
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

This pours full gold with a small frothy head leaving some lace. On the nose there is pretty intense grapefruit rind, very slight ethanol, and little evidence of any malt. Suits me. In the mouth there is huge bitterness up front with dry bread making up the base. There is some heat mixing in with a hops, a really pleasant one, just letting you know this isn't a session brew. The medium body carries down a strong, long bitter finish.

Overall, this is a fine DIPA on the lighter/drier side of the style. It's a good deal drier than their other hoppy seasonals, Hop Trip and Red Chair. I wish Inversion followed this sort of structure.

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

Live tasting, bottle date says best before 4/25/12, into my other new Duvel tulip :D

Appearance; pours a beautiful bright gold color, with 3 fingers of fine bubbles making a thick straw colored head. Retention is minimal, with a smattering of light foam covering the top. Lacing is decent, with thin spiderwebs coating a fair portion of my glass.

Smell; jumped out of the bottle when I popped the cap, definitely a citrus forward ipa, orange, tangerine and pineapple are the standouts for me, I smell some faint bready biscuit kinda action here as well...

Taste; opens right up with orange, tangerine, pineapple and other trace citrus fruits... Slight notes of caramel and biscuit sneak in before the whole thing is concluded with some resinous bitterness.

Mouthfeel; great carbonation on this one, lively on the tongue, with a velvety texture, definitely feels thicker in the mouth when held there with only a slight bubble from the carbonation.

Overall; a rock solid ipa, with a good amount of complexity, I feel like this is one that anyone can enjoy and as such I recommend it to everyone!!

Photo of justinlaz
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

22oz bottle [best by 04/25/12] to tulip.

A: Pours a very pretty, very clear gold. A finger-and-a-half of fluffy soapy head, which dissipates leaving thick lacing along the glass and a permanent thin film on the surface. Some carbonation bubbles present...

S: Strong piney and floral hops with a hint of mint and a malt background.

T: Hops like the nose, but fruitier with warmth. The hops meld so well with the malts. Pleasantly mild, elongated bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body; mild effervescence is a delight. Manages pleasant coating of the palate.

Easy to drink with plenty to enjoy. Solid.

Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass. Best by date: 4/25/12. Special thanks to eclipse54 for this one.

A: Pours crystal clear yellowy-orange color. About a half finger of bright white head. The heads fades fairly quickly and doesn't leave a ton of lacing on the glass. There are some alcohol feet present.

S: The nose of this is a very floral bouquet of smells, both fruit and pine. I also detect some malt sweetness behind all that hop goodness. Grapefruit, citrus fruits, and pine on the dominant parties.

T: This is strange, you don't get the hop agressiveness initially that I was expecting from the nose. You get some bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but nothing too puckering. The malts really snap into action in the middle to smooth this one out quickly. Also too much (I want more hops!). The close is nice and bitter though. Crisp with lots of those pine hints.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Nice mouth coating of hops.

O: This is yet another top flight beer from Deschutes. Love those guys. On a grading scale, probably an A- for me. Delicious. Definitely check it out.

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.