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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,034 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: Caramel brown color with tints of orange and ruby. A robust off-white head fades quickly, leaving just a ring and some soft lace.

Smell: A little boozy for 9%. Hop-centric, with pine and sticky grapefruit, with some orange peel in the background. Caramel sweetness.

Taste: Pale malt gives some light sweetness up front, then caramelized grapefruit, with sticky pine providing the real hop flavor. Not as pungently bitter as I would prefer, and pretty replaceable actually. A sharp, unpleasant bitterness lingers in the background briefly, but the aftertaste is all pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but it feels heavy on the tongue. Sticky on the lips. Full, creamy carbonation with a body that feels full.

Overall: Pretty good, but I expect more from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 23:47:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Spider889

Ohio

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

This was another JohnGalt1 beer.

One of the coolest labels I have seen in a while. I looked up the story described on the label and saw actual pictures of the brewery recreating Stone Henge with giant bundles of fresh hops. Awesome.

Best by 6/16/11, sampled sometime in April I believe.

Nice caramel color with bright clarity. Tall off-white head with oak or balsa hues to it. Left thick droopy lacing.

Smelled of some pine and lots of grassiness. the others seemed to be really put off by the aroma, but I enjoyed it. I think it has something to do with excessive hop oils in the beer - creating a green or herbal bent to the aroma. I was also getting an oak-like scent, I imagine it was the malts trying to poke through all the hops.

Nice strong bitterness, though not enamel peeling either. I was getting more of the dull sweet caramel malt flavors that were tricking my mind into believing there was some oak here. Dry, sweet citrus finish made my mouth water.

Dry and bitter mouthfeel.

Overall I seemed to be the only one that actually liked this. These more common Deschutes bottles seem to be a good value as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 16:33:06 | More by Spider889
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Picked this up in the US from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought it back to Australia and cracked open with @laituegonflable.

Pours a pleasant coppery gold colour, with a fine, but slightly filmy head of off-white. Lacing is speckled, but decent enough. Body is nicely thick and it leaves some pleasant static carbonation. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is crisp and slightly metallic, it gives me the impression that it's a little bit old, with the grain notes coming through more prominently than you'd expect in an IPA. Still, there's plenty of greenery, some tight citric bite and a fresh, peppery lift that only hops could explain.

Taste is pleasant, but a little weird. Certainly, on the surface, it seems to tick all the boxes stylistically. Big hop bitterness: check. Malty sweetness: check. Big full body: check. But there are odd characters to it as well. A sherbetty character, a sweet lemonade note, even a hint of gatorade powder. It's an odd mix. Even the sweetness has an oddly confectionery tone to it: like a barley sugar lolly. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it has some oddness.

A decent brew, but with some odd twists. I'll put it down to the "Experimental" in the name, and be content with that.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 07:39:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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alexhahn82

California

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Semi copper like amber color, .5 finger quickly dissipating head with some lace down the sides.

S -- Sweet smell and malt.

T/M -- Very sweet and, forgive me for this, Kool-Aid like. The flavor of this IPA is extremely distinct. Do not let the sweetness fool you, its what hits you first, and finishes strong just as the 95 IBU's would imply.

O-- Bought a bottle, went back the next day and bought the last 6 that they had. Impressive brew, please dont change it up next year!!

PP (Price Point) --- $6 for a 22 oz bomber thats 9% to me is a great deal, especially when its a damn good beer like this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:50:53 | More by alexhahn82
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

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

I am really glad I got to try this... on tap in Minnesota no less! Pours a nice copper-amber color with moderate white head... very fine bubbles in the head with decent lacing. Nose is pretty freshly hoppy, with citrus zest and some fresh citrus leaves (does that make sense?) coming to the front. Flavor is pretty good, though I suspect it has mellowed a bit during its trip from Deschutes to Minnesota. It kind of reminds me of my homebrewed Furious clone, which is good for me, but potentially not so good for Deschutes. A bit on the sweet side, not as bracing as I might expect. Overall a pretty good beer, though, one that I was glad to try!

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 04:31:38 | More by LordAdmNelson
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MikeyMikee

New York

4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank back in March served at Fridge Temp.

A- Golden Copper, "sunset-like". Off white, cream-like,fluffy head. Really great lacing and head retention.

S- TONS of sweet grapefruit with some floral and grassy hops as well. Citrus defintely takes the stage though. Theres also some pale and caramel nicely balanced into the mix.

T- Out of this world. Sweet grapfruit and bitter, bitter hops. Theres some sweet caramel malts perfectly balanced into the mix that take nothing away from the hop bitterness. There's a slight alcohol burn but this is a big beer and at 9% its expected.

M- Medium to high carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Very crisp and drinkable. Alochol burns a bit.

O- Really great beer, very drinkable and really great hop bill chosen for this beer. Right now it is the best DIPA I've had to date. Gonna have to trade for a lot more next year.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 22:52:03 | More by MikeyMikee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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

Taken from notes on 3.26.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange with a thick creamy head. Amazing lacing left on the glass.

S - Hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T - Slightly acidic, citrus, pine.

D - Drinks very nice with no bitterness.

O - what think and IIPA should be like.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 23:52:29 | More by HuskyinPDX
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TVolt1

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: good clear golden amber color with finger width of light head. Good lacing throughout the glass as your drink.

S: Good whiff of hops! I am a big hop lover and smelling that amountg of floral and citrus hops makes me excited to try this beer.

T: Not as good of taste as I was expecting. I do enjoy the floral hop and orange citrus flavor balanced by a moderate malt flavor however, I do not like the finish. It sits just a little too long and the bitterness is just a little too bitter.

M: I am not a fan of the mouthfeel. I expected this beer to be light and run over my tongue smoothly. Instead I got a thicker mouthfeel that coated my tongue just a little too much which is what I think gave it the not so great finish.

O: Overall, this is a good beer. Not excellent. I would drink it again but maybe would have my expectations a little lower.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:07:50 | More by TVolt1
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vobr0002

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden amber color with about two fingers of white head.

S- floral smell with a little bit of citrus coming through. Its a very good dry hop smell.

T- bitter hop flavor that lingers on the tongue. Your tongue wants to have more when it finally dies down. Malts go perfect with the hops. Good balance.

M- slicker mouth feel. carbonation feels light but works well with the beer.

O- a delightful beer that would be a good drink at any time. I would always like to have a few of these in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 00:53:08 | More by vobr0002
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CharlieMurphy

New York

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

22oz. best by 3/29/11 - still very good and fresh tasting 5/28/11.

A: Split into a mug and a slender tulip. 1"+off white head in the tulip and 1/2" in the mug. Dark orange amber molasses color.

S: Smells excellent. Rich malts evenly amalgamated with plentiful low aa? hops. Reminds me of summer and grilling. ::Fires up grill::

T: Akin to the smell. Thoroughly enjoyable, heavier in the malts than most IIPAs, hence sweeter. Pairs great with grilled food.

M: Somewhat drying. Moderate mouthfeel. No abrasive hop acid.

O: Wish I could get more of this beer. Would buy regularly

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:17:57 | More by CharlieMurphy
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rand

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip galss

A: Red-orange in color, foamy 1-inch head. Little patches of lacing, but surprisingly little given the style.

S: Fresh, floral hops in the front with honey-grapefruit in tow. Alcohol is quite apparent.

T: Fresh, bitter hops up front. Astringent, really aggressive. But huge malty sweetness quickly balances. Earthy, tea flavors mid-sip. By the end, the beer is more sweet than bitter, with a honey-grapefruit aftertaste lingering

M: Rich and oily. Slick mouthfeel. Lots of carb to wash down the thick residue.

Quite a mouthful, but everything works. Nicely balanced. Not sure why this is dubbed 'experimental' other than the floral and earthy tones, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 07:26:28 | More by rand
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megahurts4

Louisiana

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

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Appearance: honey, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: floral wet hops and spices.

Taste: floral wet hops and some grain with spices.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a nice IPA. You get the full good flavor of an entire hop cone. It is smooth going down as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 04:59:16 | More by megahurts4
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Yagman3000

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bomber bottle from a west coast connection and poured it into a snifter. Impressed with dark orange appearance, thick head turning into a hop slick.

Smells really nice. Big time hops with dime citrus fruits, especially grapefruit.

Tastes pretty delish. Strong bitter hops with a nice fruit balance. Finished a little biscuity.

Enjoy the mouthfeel. Nice thickness with some resinous finish. Nice sweetness without cloying.

Overall done really well. A true tasty west coast 2X IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:41:58 | More by Yagman3000
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tbrown4

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is the last of the "must drink soon" brews I got from my buddy Jeff in Seattle. I've looking forward to cracking this open since the day it arrived.

22 oz bottle stamped "BEST BY 06/16/11 1126 M". I'm assuming that this was bottled in March.

A - Dark amber, copper, slightly hazy, big fluffy two finger head on a moderately aggressive pour, thins out and to the edges but sticks around to the end. Lively carb. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Fairly prominent sweet malt, toasted bread, earthy round hops

T - Strong earthy dark hops in the front. Middle is of slightly sour orange, not quite grapefruit. Caramel sweet finish.

M - Med in body, slick, feels chewy, makes my mouth water

O - This is a very good double IPA. Like all IPAs I'd imagine that this would be incredible when it's super fresh. It's a little aggressive on the hop side of the flavor profile. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, though you really expect it to be a bomb with such a strong hop and malt presence. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:49:58 | More by tbrown4
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flannelman808

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a bright amber color and is topped with an off white head. Fantastic head retention as well as lacing.

S: Juicy! Orange pith and tangerine rind. Subtle grassy/pine note as well.

T: Tastes differently than the aroma would suggest. Very balanced actually this is fairly difficult to pull flavors from (in the way a triple can be). I would pull however a sort of coffee cake crumb sweetness, as well as tickling bitter hop notes which give off herbal flavors. Toasted malt follows in the finish.

M: prickly

O: Good not great but Its nice to drink a bit IPA which isn't malt dominated.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 00:49:18 | More by flannelman808
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a nice foamy head that retained well and left nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus hops are very floral and fragrant. Some sweet malts beneath adds a nice balance. very nice.

Taste: A big hoppy blast of pine and citrus hops up front, with a great balance of sweet malts afterward. Bitter up front but smooth and dry on the finish. Very good flavors here. Like a Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale on steroids!

Mouth Feel: Smooth and medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A delight for hop lovers. This is right up there with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA as a great example of the style. For a beer with 98 IBU's, this one is not overly bitter at all thanks to the great balance of sweet malts. A very good beer than is very easy to session with. Another winner from Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 23:59:13 | More by ChopperSmith
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 4/9/11

Best by 6/16/11

Shared by Spider889

Darker amber color with copper hints. Nice clarity. Poured just under one finger head. Dissipates quickly to a film an collection of bubbles off to the side. Decent amount of drippy lace.

Hits the nose in a strange progression: nips of booze; dense, slick hops, candied malt hints; bread and overtones of mustiness. Hop profile smells a bit odd - herbal, floral and vegetal; almost tomato-like. Smells like it might be astringent.

Tastes better than the nose lets on. Namely, that tomato notion is nowhere to be found. It's plenty bitter; not astringent, per se. However, it does become more so as it warms. Slick, oily hops. Herbal and a bit vegetal. Toasty, bready malts with hints of caramel.

Medium-full body. As mentioned above, it's rather slick. Some booziness is present but not over the top. Carbonation is tilted toward the lower side.

Overall impression - it's pretty decent but the hop profile seems odd.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 05:11:04 | More by Ryan011235
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-orange pour with big two finger head with great retention and crazy lacing. Fruity, candy sweet, malty nose with hints of orange rind and pineapple. The taste is much the same. It has a unique something about it that I can't really put my finger on. It's extremely rich and sweet, almost to the point of being a bit syrupy. Lots of pineapple with hints of caramel and an odd soapiness. Piney, bitter hops attempt to balance out the sweet malt, but come up short. Very thick and chewy mouthfeel that I typically love, but the sweetness coupled with the soapy aftertaste really kill the drinkability for me. This isn't a bad beer, but there's something about it that just rubs me the wrong way. It's got a lot of good qualities, but enough little issues that I really can't give it more than an average review. Really had high hopes for this beer and it really let me down...

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:08:23 | More by beerdrifter
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Airyk12

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber and orange color with a creamy sand-colored head that sticks around and leaves lacing all down the glass.

Smells like citrus hops with a strong floral background. Notes of caramel and a little breadiness show up to keep the hops in check. Alcohol is there, but hardly noticeable.

The hops bring the bitterness, but the malts really help to balance the beer. Sweet, almost fruity notes, as well as caramel keep the bitterness from overwhelming. The alcohol brings some warmth, but not enough to be too boozy.

Smooth, but bitter and well carbonated, it really goes down easy. Medium bodied and a warm from the alcohol.

Overall, a great DIPA. Not as insanely hoppy as some, which I appreciate. The hops are always kept in balance, making this a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Dangerous at 9%. Like Hop in the Dark before it, I wish this was a year-round beer; but it's not, So I'll take it when I can get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:12:50 | More by Airyk12
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cmhicksusmc

Hawaii

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deschutes brewery hop henge IPA the appearance is a dark brown with a honey amber hue. the head is light and almost pure cream. which dissipates after a few moments. the Aroma is sweet and powerful (as with all IPAs) which becomes slightly intoxicating to the nostrils. the taste is bitter and hoppy at first but quickly becomes a fusion of sweet bubbly caramel and smoke. which finishes with the traditional IPA lingering that leave you craving for more.. if you can find this limited treat I recommend you don't hesitate to indulge in its enjoyable aura. and with an ABV of 9.0% it has a bite to go with its bark. I recommend enjoying this bad boy with your favorite starch or cheese. described by the brewery as experimental India pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:14:29 | More by cmhicksusmc
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

22 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass and a snifter.

Appearance - Amber colored that indicates a hefty grain bill. White head that lingers a bit and then leaves healthy lacing.

Smell - Hop dominated at first with citrus and some pine, but the sweetness of the malts come through very strongly. Also, it smells quite boozy for 9%.

Taste - The taste is boozy too, but it's not overwhelming. Again, hops for sure. Great hop flavor, but the malts are very sweet. Lots of unfermented sugars in this guy. Caramel from the malts with some vanilla, but it's just too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Strong carbonation at first, but it manages to feel creamy in the finish. Strong alcohol presence and a syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall - Well, I gave it a 4 on everything, and that's probably descriptive. It's good, but sweet. That's really the only off-putting characteristic about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:23:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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BeerOnTheWall

California

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

22 oz. bomber w/best by date of 6/16/11 picked up at the local Bevmo poured into an imperial pint glass.

Vigorous pour yielded avg. white frothy head that disappeared as quickly as it arrived. Good lacing left behind. Clear light amber in color with a bit of carbonation bubbling in the glass.

Pine, alcohol, lemon zest, oranges. Mellow sweet caramel and fresh baked cookies add a nice malt complement to the sharp hop and alcohol qualities that hit you at first. Comes off fresh and balanced.

All sorts of hops dominate the flavor on this. Green veggies and fresh cut grass, citrus rind; sharp bitter finish hits and then mellows slightly. The sweet malt notes that were there on the nose have taken a big back seat but provide sufficient backbone to give some balance to a beer that leans heavily towards fresh green hop flavors. Alcohol is hidden amongst all that bitter pretty well.

Medium to light bodied for the style with bellow avg. carbonation leads to a bit of a thin feel. It's not bad...but doesn't measure up to the other qualities of the beer. This is where I think a little more maltiness would really balance this beer out and make it great. I will say that for all those hops...there is no astringent finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this one and could easily drink a couple bombers. It's not my favorite Double IPA...but if you are craving a DIPA with really fresh hops, a pleasing bitter finish, doesn't dry out your palate, and can hide 9% ABV, then you should give this a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:56:16 | More by BeerOnTheWall
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

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

A - Pours a rich amber into my snifter with a little over a finger of thick head, moderate retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Lots of malt, citrus hops, grapefruit and orange. The sugary sweetness also brings out some aromas of pineapple and mango.

T - Very sweet and malty, almost too much so. Hop presence is there is help balance it out, again mostly by the way of grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango. Mild bitterness remains on the palate as well as a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M - Medium to heavy in body, very smooth and creamy, excellent balance.

O - Much maltier than most IPA's and a little too sweet for my personal preference. Pretty darn good overall though.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:30:42 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lone bottle i had managed to acquire and had been resting in my fridge for a good long time. served cold and poured into a pint glass,

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 16:44:56 | More by mikesgroove
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dmfrench

Indiana

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
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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
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.