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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,167
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 224
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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
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Photo of Philousa
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
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
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of SIEVS
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of KuehneBe
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beauty out of a 10oz tulip last night at JL Beers in Moorhead.

Appearance
Amber? More like a liquid gold-copper alloy! Absolutely gorgeous.

Smell
At first it smelled similar to most IPAs I've tried, but then I noticed some distinct fruitiness.

Taste
Holy crap, I wasn't ready for how good it was. Starts with a perfect amount of hops, then a nice fruitiness, and ends with a pleasantly bitter finish. It's fruity in a way that almost reminded me of classic german gummibears. Usually, I'd run away screaming after tasting gummibears in a beer (or orange juice like in Shock Top *shudder*), but this was amazingly subtle and well integrated. One of the best tasting beers I've had in the past few months!

Mouthfeel
Like a heavier, creamier IPA, just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall
Unfortunately, I find most IPAs a little too similar to really distinguish them from another. It's not one of my favorite styles, although it's slowly growing on me. But this one absolutely blew me away. One of my new favorites, I'll be sure to hunt for a bottle of this soon.

Absolutely, positively, without a doubt recommended!

Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeforeNoon
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of cjdoerr
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Best by date: 04/25/2012. ABV is 8.5%. Purchased at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, a few days ago. Expectations are high; I've never had a bad beer from Deschutes, though IPAs tend to be brewed with little regard for balance - especially by American breweries. Served refrigerator cold and not paired with food.

A: Pours a five finger head of great smooth cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the high ABV. Colour is a clear gold. Carbonation appears sufficient but not overdone. No yeast particles are visible. The head is impressive overall and the colour is strong if typical.

Sm: Fresh hops are dominant, with the clean floral quality presiding over the bitterness. A pleasant inviting aroma. Moderate in strength. One of the most intricate hoppy aromas I've experienced in a long time. They didn't just dump amarillo in and call it a day.

T: The hops are balanced and incredibly deep. The layering is impressive here, with the hop bitterness not at all present, covered by the pleasant floral notes and a sort of nectary honey type tone. No alcohol comes through. A clean pleasant fresh flavour that I quite like. Unfortunately, it's rather simply built overall - which bothers me. It feels like the perfect foundation on which to build a great beer - but it's just the base. As a so called "experiment", it's a success. Now go ahead and brew using this as your start!

Mf: Smooth and wet. Never too sharp or overcarbonated. Suits the flavours quite well. Neither too thick nor too thin. It could use a bit more cream, but I'm nitpicking as some is present on the open. A bit too smooth and silky, sliding down quickly and limiting the flavour exposure.

Dr/Ov: A fantastic start to a beer, but unfinished. Stack and layer more complex notes on top of this and you might have an "A" beer on your hands. This is too simple to be great, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. Even with that unfinished feel, it's still a better IPA than most that I try. Extremely drinkable for the style. Hides its ABV extremely well.

Here's a brewery that understands balance in an IPA. IPAs are not a hop quantity competition, nor are they an opportunity to show how manly you are by having a beer with a higher IBU than any other. Fortunately for us, Deschutes understands that. Give this one a try. I look forward to trying more beers from the brewery.

Would pair very well with spicy food. Don't age this one.

B-

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

A goblet of beer arrived, from the tap, demonstrating an orange amber color with a small amount of foam. A have hop aroma with citrus rind and pine. The hop assault continues on the palate with more citrus and pine. A little raw, a little oily, a fine beer, but not the best I have had of the style.

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,167 ratings.