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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 2,010
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 215
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
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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 dmfrench


3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acidic, resinous, lemon citrus and spice DIPA - re-review fresh

A:Typical medium pumpkin body, topped with a lacing, somewhat persistent one finger off white head.

S: Certainly I"'m getting this bottle a bit past its prime... date says best by a little over a month from now. Aroma is reduced to mostly bready caramel malt and a bit of hop spice, but off the pour I noticed citrus notes as well. Will need to re-review a fresh bottle

T: As usual for a stale hoppy beer, hops show better on the palate, and what I'm getting are the ruins of what I'm sure was a thriving civilization of acidic lemony citrus and resinous pine. Malt profile is similar to the nose, with a bit more spiciness, almost like rye. Creamy caramel abounds.

M: Nice and weighty, creamy and sweet, but carbonation keeps it from getting to heavy or cloying.

O: Must re-review a fresher sample to know for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 16:37:17 | More by dmfrench
Photo of Liverpool08


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

Pours a dark orange with a thin white head. Nice aroma of citrus, oranges, hops and some sweeter fruit. Taste is very good, more orange and now some pineapple as well. This is a much sweeter DIPA then I have had, but for my taste I like it. Its still got a nice little bitter bite to remind you its an IPA, but the overall beer is a sweeter more citrusy DIPA. I like it a lot, as it prooves not all DIPA's need to be giant hop bombs.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 21:24:22 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of seeswo


3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 06/16/11.

Pours a reddish-orange with a nice whitish head that leaves lacing all over the place. The nose is a soapy, candy-orange-vanilla hop-malt combo. Don't like the soap, love the rest. Never really smelled an IIPA like this before. A low-key hop flavor with just a touch of citrus balances well with a low-key malt flavor. Finishes a lot dryer than expected. Pretty mild in flavor, with just a touch of that soapiness. There is something else in there I am having trouble identifying. Gum is the best I can come up with. I can't seem to describe the flavor legitimately in a positive way, yet I don't think it is bad. Definitely interesting and a bit different than most IIPAs. The mouthfeel is right on, good carbonation and a reasonable amount of residual sweetness. I'm giving it an overall bump because I like it more than the taste rating impies. Certainly not amazing, but not poor by any means, and kind of interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:09:52 | More by seeswo
Photo of AleWatcher


2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Best by 06.16.11
Consumed 05.05.11 in an imperial nonic.

Looks like a standard IPA/DIPA-- an orangey amber color. Off-white head of 1.5 fingers. Decent retention but weak lacing.

Smells pretty good--some sweet malts with citrusy hops... Pretty standard fair here. The taste gets a bit odd to me... What's with the spearmint? Holy hell it's everywhere. This minty (and a little bubble gummy) flavor DOMINATES like Jordan in the 90s.
It is quite off-putting. A soapy bitterness sets in on the finish which is surprisingly dry.

The body is good... Medium full with an oily feel that sticks to my teeth.
Overall-- the beer would be fine if it didn't have these wierd off flavors... I'm not a fan of this at allright now.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:02:06 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of boralyl


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a big fluffy white head that has very good retention and leaves webs of lace. The beer is clear and copper in color with noticeable carbonation.

S - The nose is a pleasant mix of sweet caramel and grapefruit. As it warms citrus and orange aromas become present.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and creamy finish.

T - The beer has a strong caramel malt backbone with a mixture of citrus grapefruit. It has a medium bitter finish. The alcohol content is well hidden.

I thought it was a little too well balanced between the malts and hops. It's a tad sweeter than most imperial IPAs. Despite this it's still a very well crafted brew that is worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:51:58 | More by boralyl
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed deep orange, near amber color. Two fingers of fairly thick, creamy just off-white head. Average retention for the style and a moderate amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Good bit of citrusy and floral hops, with a touch of sugariness. Grapefruit and orange are the strongest aromas, but there's also sweeter tropical fruits such as pineapple and perhaps mango as well. Just a touch of crystal malt underneath, but the hops do a good job of covering it up.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. The crystal malt has a much more pronounced effect on the taste. It's nearly as strong as the hop flavor. Anyway, lots of orange and grapefruit again, but this time the mango and especially the pineapple are at least as strong. Not necessarily boozy, but the 9% ABV is realized. I really liked this and would have given it a higher score if this was a little less sugary.

4.0 M: Medium to slightly greater than medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth.

3.5 D: Pretty good beer. A solid, maltier DIPA. This would be pretty fabulous if the sugary sweetness was knocked down a notch or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:42:33 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of BeerLover99


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep orange/golden body, BIG fluffy 2 finger head, outstanding lacing!

S: mild pineapple/grapefruit/orange peel, grassy/pine aroma

T: sweet pineapple/orange peel front, earthy amazing pine, solid smooth big bitter long finish

M: medium body, nice sticky/oily feel

O: My FIRST Deschutes offering thanks to an excellent online store and I am NOT disappointed! Big, clean hops; amazing sipper. Not for a newbie, but certainly has enough complexity for any beer geek. I can't wait to try more brews from this OREGON brewery.


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 18:57:55 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of ehammond1

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A very dark auburn with a thin white head. Decent and consistent lacing down the glass.

A hoppy nose for sure, but it's lacking the power and the pungency I love in my favorite DIPAs. All the aromas here, while good, seem muted and a bit distant.

A bitter-first DIPA as opposed to sweet or fruity. There's a presence of citrus but this is dominated by hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

A good DIPA, but not one that does anything overtly special. It's certainly a good beer, it's just that the DIPA arena is now so full of world class entries, this one just doesn't quite find its way in.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 01:11:11 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Ironfoot


3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden red with a great head

S: A little bit malty, not very salty

T: O so bitter, can you make it through a bomber or are you a quitter?

M: Never guess it was a niner, could use another steiner.

O: I'd give it a B, but it's always a G.

I need four more letters, I wish I was made of feathers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:06:29 | More by Ironfoot
Photo of dbossman


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bubbly, clear and deep golden--almost copper--hue with a steady, foamy, medium-sized head; lacing is great

S: A bit subdued but a nice citrus hop presence still persists; actually a nice malt undertone is present as well; some tea leaves and subtle toffee, bready sweetness

T: A strong and delicious citrus hop bitterness up front but it fades a bit too quickly; the alcohol is very well masked but there is a touch of a soapy finish--but not unpleasant; some rye perhaps--something spicy at least

F: A bit oily but also a sticky residue clings to the roof of the mouth

D: A decent and not-boozy DIPA; another great offering from the folks at Deschutes

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:26:42 | More by dbossman
Photo of Japerrault


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper amber, with a thick off-white head. Some lacing present.

S: Piney hops at first, also some caramel aromas. Citrus as well.

T: Medium caramel sweetness mixed with pine and grapefruit. A little toasted grain in the finish. A very nice flavored ale. Piney hops take center stage, but not so much as to throw the whole thing out of balance. Not much bitterness noticed, less than expected.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a very nice beer. Great hops flavor with mild sweetness to balance the bitterness. Easy to drink, but not too thin feeling. I will buy more.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 06:05:40 | More by Japerrault
Photo of mater


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, so here goes. Got a 22oz bomber as an extra in a trade with miikezombie(THANKS).

Best by date 3/29/11

A-Nice Orange/Ambery color with a two finger head and good lacing.

S-For being a little past it's prime, it still smells nice. I first smell grapefruit and maybe peach, hops and caramel malt.

T-Very malty at first, then hoppy and finishes with a strong grapefruit taste, I like it!

M-Never would of guessed this was a 9.0 DIPA, I've had regular IPA's that felt "thicker".

D-Good Stuff! Would definitely like to try this fresh, but I'm not complaining about this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:22:32 | More by mater
Photo of bamadog


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 4/18/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a bright orange/coppery color, kind of like a brand new penny; the pour yields a big and creamy 2 and 1/2 finger off-white head with decent retention; body is pretty clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; thick and full webs of lacing are left behind on the sides of glass, along with some large spots.

Smell: Hops abound, as of course, they should in anything from the West; some bitter citric notes, definitely some pine, and something a little stinky, perhaps some Simcoe in there? Smell is good any way you slice it, though.

Taste: Wow, super solid, thank you, Deschutes for another winner! The hops in the mouth definitely aren't as bitter as they are in the nose, as there is a definite sweet and malty presence that provides a fair amount of balance; the hops come across as much more citric (at least they're a little more highlighted in the taste, possibly because of the accompanying malts); back end is a little piney and more bitter, but there is also just a touch of alcohol to it. I'm not sure when this one was bottled, but the best by date is 6/12/11, so I have to wonder if the hops may have faded a little bit since the malts are so much more present than I expected. Actually, I don't care. It still tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it's a little slick; carbonation is just about spot on -- firm, but not the least bit sharp; a thick and moist stickiness is left all over the mouth; gums are left quite tingly and the belly is left warm, both likely from the higher acidity and ABV contained with in.

Overall: I would drink this all year if I could. The only thing slowing me down on this one is the 9% ABV, but hey, every once in a while, you've gotta let it fly.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:30:11 | More by bamadog
Photo of brian44556


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from SolomonGrundy, always appreciate the West Coast goodies. Best by date 3/29/11, poured a 22oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Poured a dark honey color with a thick white head that floats atop the beer for a good while. Carbonation bubbles race to the top as the head diminishes. A great lacing is left around the rim and sides of the glass. This beer is the standard on how a DIPA should look. The beer smells of citrus, tropical fruit, and bitter hops. You can definitely smell the 95 IBUs. I taste bitter hops, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel on the back end. Well balanced carbonation and great texture on the pallet. Overall this beer is a great example of the DIPA style. I think Deschutes hit a home run with this "experimental" beer and this should become one of their regular offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 15:43:26 | More by brian44556
Photo of Schmittymack


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color from a 22oz bomber into the trusty shaker. Nice sticky head and lacing that stays a long time. Caramel, malt, and citrus on the nose; I could also tell by the smell that it would be "kinda" hoppy. Taste is definitely what it's all about: sweeter malt up front, caramel and some citrus (grapefruit?) with a nice bittering end without the "I need to scrape it off the back of my tongue" that some hoppy brews give ya. I'd had this one a couple or more years ago and got another bottle just to see if I liked it more now since palate has grown. Answer is a resounding Yes.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 13:20:45 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of beerman207


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping my IPA kick going on west-coast style

A: light orange color with skim left behind, good lacing. Very clear

S: Probably the strongest citrus nose i have ever encountere- this thing is like grapefruit rind, piney hops, and sweet malt. Wow.

T: Taste is strong hoppy, malty, citrus

M: Good, mild carbonation.

O: this is an excellent offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:09:24 | More by beerman207
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - excellent reddish golden caramel. Two fingers of sticky manila foam that is vey slow to yield.

Aroma - caramel malt, piney with a hoppy pungency, but also juicy orange and mango.

Taste - good malt presence, caramel and grain working out. The hops are big yet not aggressive, my favorite hop profile. A ton of citrus character, grapefruit and pine. The swallow goes dry and I half expect a resiny, medicinal punch, but it never comes. Cool. Some would view this as a flaw and dock the beer for not being a tongue scraper. I appreciate the intense flavor without the harshness. The finish is bitter and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - medium body, plenty crisp, was expecting a little more oomph here.

Drinkability - outstanding stuff. A great sipper to have on hand while I sit through some online training. Thanks to BGThang for the awesome hookup!!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:18:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BertoEwry


3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Overall I expected more from Deschutes. I personally thought it felt a little over carbonated. I was not as bitter as what I had hoped. I would take a Stone Ruination over the hop henge any day. Not a bad beer at all, just not a good as I had expected it to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:49:31 | More by BertoEwry
Photo of JEdmund


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

A nice bronze color and manages a 1” head or so. Head settles down, but leaves some thick lace on the glass.

Smells like a hop monster of a beer. Floral hops and a lot of caramel make up the aroma. Alcohol seems detectable.

Hop Henge is a big beer, packing in lots of hops and malts. Yet the body manages to stay light for being such a hefty beer. I like that about it. There’s a really good consistent bitterness from start to finish, and the sweet malts come in mid-way and ride it through. They have almost a toffee flavor to them. The finish is a bit hot, revealing that near double-digit ABV. It reminds me a bit of Hog Heaven, which is a Centennial hop-laden beer; Deschutes’ website says they use Centennial and Cascade hops in this.

A big and well done double IPA. However, hop-wise, it feels a bit like a one-trick pony. I could have enjoyed some hop spice (Simcoe?) to counter all that floral/perfumey hops and malt sweets. So, one full glass is plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:57:27 | More by JEdmund
Photo of joecast


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a nice light brown foamy head. Low carbonation.

Hop resin aroma. Heavy like concentrated citrus and unfermented wort. Real nice. Very smooth.

Huge hop flavor with a heap of big malt backing it up. Almost to the point that the bitterness takes a bit of a back seat. Not that its not bitter enough but the rest of the beer is so big it nullifies the impact.

Smnooth mouthfeel is just about right. Maybe a touch on the heavy side but it carries the 9% and all the associated flavors nicely.

As with lots of big beers, drinkability suffers a bit from being so much to take in. Still enjoyable as any Deschutes beer would be and glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:06:00 | More by joecast
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Spider889. Enjoy by 6/16/11.

None of us are quite sure what is experimental about this, perhaps its some crazy different method of hopping.

Decently clear toasted red. Lots of white lacing. It really looks great. The color places this among the darkest and reddest IPAs.

There is a huge load of hops in the aroma but these hops are very different and out of the ordinary, they smell experimental! The malts put up a good fight. Deep down there is a fruity, yeasty thing going on. Lots of candied orange. This aroma is a little strange and hard to describe.

Indeed this is quite a different IPA. Hop flavors are very dense, lots of candied orange and some sweet wood pulp.

Full bodied. Dry and oaky.

Unusual, but pretty good. It drinks very easily. There is no sign of that 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:43:15 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(22 oz. bottle). pours an orange hue with a nice chunky head. Citrus aroma is strong. The hoppy mouthfeel is expected, but after I swallowed the beer a sweetness came to the forefront to balance out the hop punch. A really nice beer! Deschutes make some great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 05:50:52 | More by trappistlover
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge, highly agitated and delicate head, mostly larger bubbles with noticeable thin skins as it were, retention is okay given this observation, the lacing is more like big splotches here and there than streaks. Crystal clear light amber to redwood color, hue drops off enough at the rims to evoke more of a metallic rust orange, only a few bubbles floating around. While the nose does present a pinch of white pepper as well as moss, tar and something like volcanic ash, truly it's about being as sweet as possible, caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate team up with orange and grapefruit pulp to fill up your nostrils, the apricot, peach, pear fruit verges on syrupy with a touch of honey, given all this curious lack of staying power. Full-bodied with a sticky, clingy mouth feel, as if it wants to glue itself to your mouth pores. The carbonation is weak, if remaining at a consistent low drone. More bread, pie crust accents here, some custard as well in addition to the base of butterscotch, caramel, coconut and molasses. The tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus wet, juicy and equally sticky itself. Touch of golden raisin and fig to the pear, peach, yellow apple, mango fruit, lacks the tang to get more tropical. The pine element is mostly resin and sap. Its density starts to fatigue the palate once you're halfway through the bomber. Tempted to say it's one for the real hopheads among us but the sweetness factor flies in the face of such a statement.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:00:18 | More by farrago
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

04/05/11- Review of a 22oz bottle marked (Best by 03/29/11, 1434A) thanks to OakedCanuck.
A: Burnt orange, good cream sticky head.
S: Belgo grapefruit, light caramel, cream, green hops. Good.
T: Exactly what you'd expect from the aroma, with an earthy bitterness. The hops are a bit faded from the age. This is still good.
M: Thicker and frothy and then fading to crisp.
O: Pretty good, even though it's a bit past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:21:27 | More by ne0m00re
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Tops during one of Deschutes' Base Camp events. Poured into a shaker pint.

Light orangey amber, perfectly clear, with a frothy one-finger head of light khaki. The foam slowly goes low tide, becoming a thick, creamy top layer and a hefty ring, both of which linger forever. Glorious walls of lace.

The nose: tons of grapefruit, grass, dark caramel and wheat bread. Not too complicated, but enjoyable.

The flavor is equally straightforward. Grapefruit juice, orange peel, fresh grass and a sweet brown sugar finish. Bitterness is rather low, surprisingly, and the flavor isn't heavy or syrupy.

The pillow-soft medium body holds together well, fizzing up just a little as it moves. Medium light, prickly carbonation and a clean finish, with no noticeable alcohol. Nice.

Hop Henge is definitely one of the sweeter West Coast DIPAs, which I like. A bit more complexity would bump this one into the next level.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 20:46:24 | More by Phelps
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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