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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,107 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 139 | 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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Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear rust orange with 1/4 inch of off white foam

S - caramel base with nice orange and citrus aroma

T - caramel malt backbone balanced with orange and lemon flavors with a prominent bitter finish

M/D - not an over the top DIPA, but nicely balanced, lots of flavor and just the right about of bitterness

mikereaser, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle got in a trade with mjl21...aka Mike...thanks for the bottle!

A- Poured a nice light hazy deep darker amber color. Good thick one and a half finger eggshell white head. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass that clings after the head finally dies away.

S- This is a good smelling beer. Big smelling citrus hops with hints of piney hops at times. Underbody of this beer is a sweet malt base. Can detect the alcohol in this upon the first couple of smells.

T- Big huge citrus hops upfront that kick me in the teeth! This is followed right by a piney kick. The middle of the beer is a nice balance of caramel malt and piney hops ending with a citrus/piney final blast.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little off I think but it's still enjoyable to say the least. Beer kind of glides over the palate leaving a hoppy oily resin on the tounge and teeth. Aftertaste is of hops which leaves you wanting me more.

D- This is only a one beer at a time beer. I enjoyed it a lot but it's a little too much to drink more than one of. I would love to drink it again if I had the chance.

alleykatking, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy, burnt-copper body capped with a generous and creamy off-white head that features brilliant staying power and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, somewhat juicy and citrusy hops and moderate alcohol character over a substantial caramel base.

Taste: Just as you'd expect from a Double IPA, there's a generous flourish of hops up front. They're citrusy, piney, resiny, and nicely bitter. That nearly nine percent alcohol content is hidden rather well with. Underneath all of this, there's a solid enough caramel malt backbone to keep it all together. Lots of resiny, bitter hops and a few wisps of booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A fuller than medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Perhaps a little above average for the style in this department, despite the high IBU rating. Just watch out for the nearly nine percent alcohol.

Verdict: Hop Henge is a tasty and quite serviceable Double IPA, though I might stop short of calling it "experimental." A definite pickup for the hopheads.

BeanBone, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a Left Hand snifter.

A: Pours dark amber with a small off white head with good lacing that slowly goes away.

S: Piney hops mixed with a earthy/grassy smell. Some citrus as well. Bit of sweetness to the aroma.

T: Again, piney hops up front with some orange and apple hints. Carmel as well which enhances the sweetness but blends nicely with the hops.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Sticky with some bite to it.

D: Good drinkability but probably one bomber is enough. Alcohol is surprisingly present since it's only 8.75% abv. 95 IBU's give your tongue a good work out though.

Would recommend any hop head try. Not one of my favorite IIPA's but still a very good beer.

CosmoHopHead, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from bottle trek or liquid solutions (i forget), by way of stevemcqueenjr.

batch #2 0752 2009 E
tasted in late april/early may 2009

orangey amber. gem clear (decant properly). big off-white foamy head. eventually fades to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: apple and apple skins, grapefruit, both flesh and zest, but a bit subdued. just a touch of pine. sweet caramel malt underneath. slightest whiff of fusel in back.

taste: lots of apple and apple skin again, blending into the caramel, then the fruity citrus of the hops, then quickly into grapefruit rind, resins and pine. nearly bold bitterness peaks towards the finish, but backs off quickly to something more moderate but still resinous, with continuation of the previous apple and malty caramel.

medium body, with faint resins throughout, peaking towards the finish. lightly prickly, moderate carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a tulip/ Batch #3 (brewed in April, reviewed in May)

P: Crystal clear copper with a 2-fingered Khaki-colored head that is thick and dense, with an almost whipped texture to it. Shows good retention and leaves some sticky lace as evidence it was there.

A: Deep, pungeant blast of hops that smell like grapefruit, orange peels, and candied pineapple with some pine thrown in the mix as well. Toasted caramel malt is barely even noticeable, but the sting of alcohol is readily noticed right away.

T: Damn! This is intensely bitter from the jump as the hops ambush the palate with a spicy, citrusy attack that leaves an intense tingling sensation on the bitter region of my tongue. Flavors of grapefruit seem to dominate, but the candied pineapple and orange peels come through nicely as well. The caramel malt arrives late after the initial onslaught of hops to try and restore some balance at the midway point, but the hops quickly jump back on top to reinforce their dominance. Seems like it packs much more of a piney bite on the back end as it works to achieve a sticky dryness upon swallow. While I did the notice the alcohol, particularly with the burn on the finish, I'm not going to dock points as it didn't impede on my experience in the least.

M: Medium-full bodied with a smooth, yet sticky dry feel to it that was perfectly carbonated.

Notes: This is a pretty darned delicious brew! Fresh hops taste clean and spicy, while they deliver an acidic bitterness that would jolt a dead tongue back to life! The malt barely manages to poke its head through the wall of hops in the middle of the mouthful, and that's about it. If you like sweet, easy-going, well-balanced DIPA's then this is not the one for you. As for me, I really liked this one!

sweetbrew82, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of natasharai
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a large smooth and frothy light tan head, which dissipated slowly to a nice 1/4 inch layer leaving some lacing on my glass. The beer is clear with an orangish light brown color.

Smell: Pretty spicy, some citrus hops, a weird sharp astringent smell, some strong caramel and apple/pear sweetness.

Taste: Bitter hops, sweet apples, woody spice that unfortunately doesn't work well with the other flavors, sweet chemical flavor, strong alcohol, and leaves mouth with a lightly sweet and toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, syrupy, alcohol burn, and leaves mouth pretty sticky sweet.

Overall: Good drinkability despite strong alcohol presence. The bitterness is a bit harsh and the spiciness doesn't work very well with the other flavors, but comes close. The aroma is pretty harsh and takes away from the beer for me.

natasharai, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Large light tan head that has awesome lacing and good retention. The beer is a dull copper color.

S- Nice sweet caramel backbone with hints of cinnamon and nuts, balanced by a large pine hop aroma.

T- Very malty sweet up front with caramel and nuts then some nice spice fallowed by big pine hops. Some alcohol warmth in the end. Good balance of flavors.

M- Sweet and juicy up front with some mild dryness as the hops make their presence.

This is a pretty good Double IPA. Not the biggest or hoppiest but still very good.

br3wmeister, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bomber in Austin a few weeks ago and have been sitting on it for way too long. I meant to drink it right away, but it got pushed back into the fridge and almost forgotten about for a while. Anyhow, I wish I'd gotten to it while it was still really fresh, but I'm still excited about it. Nice to see more Deschutes brews making their way down to TX.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Hop Henge is a copper-orange color with a huge two-finger head that yields lots of lace. Seriously. LOTS of lace. The aroma reminds me of plenty of strong IPAs I've had before, but with a much sweeter orange scent than I've ever encountered. I also get a candied beet smell here, and strawberries and caramel too. First beer I've ever had that I could detect beets in the nose. Nice. Weird, but nice. The taste is tangy and bitter, with a sweet-and-sour sensation. Heavy hop content here that I assume was much more noticeable a few weeks ago, but still command attention. Funky aftertaste is reminiscent of barleywine almost.

A solid and delicious beer, for sure. Again, I'm kicking myself for not drinking this sooner, but it still maintains several layers of complexity even this late. At 8.75% ABV, you could probably sit on this guy for several months, but I wouldn't recommend it. Drink it fresh if you can. Another hop-head's love affair.

Atlas1, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of drunkmonk
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really thoughtful extra from Bring. Thanks!

Bath #3 2009

Nice clear tawney reddish amber. Two finger head just doesn't want to lay down and when it finally does it leaves a nice firm sheet of lace in its wake. Herbal tea like hop aromas and a kick of phenol aromas. A nice battle of citrus, pine, and herbal hops fend off a toasted bread and caramel malt backbone. There are some rye like spicy notes. Not sure if rye was used in the malt bill. Finishes with a nice lingering herbal tea leafyness. Somewhat bitter finish, but not over the top. Surprising for a beer approaching 90 Ibu's. Nice full and creamy body. Alcohol is present in a warming spicy manner, but certainly not overstepping it's bounds. Yeah, this one really kicks! Glad I finally got a chance at this one.

drunkmonk, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (this is worthy of a snifter though). Unsure of bottling date ("021 09"?) but fairly fresh as this is the January release.

Liquid pours a dark burnt orange, with amber and rust highlights. Decent clarity, though the darkness makes this difficult to evaluate. No sediment or haze. Head is a light sand/wheat color with adequate retention, and good lacing.

Fragrance is evident from the moment you pour the beer, and is both sweetly floral, somewhat fruity (Rainier cherries and peaches), with a touch of pine.

On the palate, bitterness from the hops strikes first with characteristic grapefruit and pine flavors...this is followed by cedar and a subdued malt sweetness. The full complexity of hops is at play. Finish is lightly bitter with a lingering caramel sweetness...which begins to but never quite drys out. Some spice as well.

Surprisingly light-bodied, average carbonation (though, like I said above: good head formation and retention), fairly crisp with well hidden alcohol. Tasty though not quite refreshing. Not dissimilar to some of their more routine offerings but with a bigger punch of flavor.

Well crafted beer, retaining their signature without going overboard on the hop astringency or bitterness. Not quite mind blowing but very good.

augustgarage, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of brewercraig
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of our shipment from Liquid Gratitude. Overall a very nice beer, amber in color with a nice head. Aroma was spicy with some malt. Flavor was malty up front with hop bitterness in the finish. Body and carbonation were both medium. It was a drinkable beer and I would definitely drink it again.

brewercraig, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A dark orange color with a minimal off white head. Full lacing that disappears back into the glass.

S: Piney grassy earthy hops with some citrus and a hefty malt sweetness.

T: Deep pine hop notes with some floral flavors and some citrus orange/grapefruit. The big caramel sweetness shows through the middle along with the hops. Finish is deep and bitter but with the sweetness staying around and a fairly large alcohol burn.

M: Full, coating, prickly, alcoholy and some sweetness that seems overpowering at times.

D: With the alcohol showing on the finish, I struggled to enjoy the entire beer.

Overall a good DIPA, but not up there with the best of them. Too much alcohol and the sweetness was a bit cloying at the end. Shame, I really wanted to love this beer.

Kadonny, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I love the label - Stonehenge with bags of malt.

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly copper/orange color with a thick, cream-colored, rocky head of foam. It left sticky rings of intricate lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grasses and citrus. The nose was a little muted for a DIPA, but still good.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, pine and orange peel. The caramel flavor adds some sweetness but it is secondary to the hop power.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another fine Imperial IPA. It certainly is a hop forward one.

zeff80, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle courtesy of Dustin (misterdmac) on his return from Colorado, and it's greatly appreciated.

A: Almost bronze with a reddish hue and a slightly blonde head. Like their more modest Inversion IPA, the head is wonderfully creamy and retains well, leaving plenty of lace as a souvenir.

S: Pleasant orange and grapefruit, with an added evergreen aroma. Some soft fruit esters... nice sweet touch.

T: I'm sucked into the flavour of this one. Sweet citrus with a nice dash of puckering of and some hints of tropical fruit. Fruity, and a soft biscuity malt round it all out. There's a little bit of a slightly syrupy sappy like flavour, though not maple.

M + D: The carbonation is rather prickly, but it doesn't have a big sparkling sensation or foaminess to really make it stab at the tongue. Rather, it's a tingle, and it suits the rich body well... it's nice and full, a little thick, even. Even with a little heft in the body, I find myself sipping away quite quickly... the flavour is divine and it is rightfully among the top DIPAs I have had the opportunity to taste. Excellent beer.

Proteus93, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep, dark, transparent honey-amber body with a beautiful frothy tan-light-brown head. great looking beer.

S- smell is of citrus hops, apricot, peach, and other fruits. a slight malt and alcohol smell is apparent, but barely.

T- dry on the palate all the way through. hops everywhere. the fruit flavors are more subtle than would be expected from the smell. for all its hoppiness, the malt is much more prevalent than expected. a warming alcohol sensation on the way down.

M- not quite full-bodied, and lots of carbonation.

jdklks, May 31, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a somewhat dark, clear amber color with an off-white, frothy two-finger head that retains pretty well and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Strong citrusy hop aromas with hints of mostly lemon and slight grapefruit. Also some floral hoppiness in there as well. Slight sugary malt aromas in the background, but very hop dominated on the nose.

T - Has a floral, bitter hop kick on first taste with a very sweet, bready malt backbone. The hoppiness is fairly complex with floral, citrus, and pine notes. The alcohol definitely comes through the flavor a bit in the aftertaste. Overall, a bit sweet for my taste and the alcohol content is not masked incredibly well. The hop profile is really nice though.

M - Medium bodied with a very resinous feel to it. Piney resin seems to coat the mouth completely.

D - Pretty drinkable overall, although i definitely wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting. Not bad at all, just not mindblowing in any aspect besides the smell, which was quite nice.

GarrisWH, May 29, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a hybrid tulip-pint glass. A somewhat vigorous pour creates a massive and incredibly persistent head. Once the head slowly starts to settle it leaves a trail of gloriously intricate lacing. Body is a fairly dark but very clean and clear amber. This is a great looking beer.

Aromas are an interesting tandem of floral and pungent hop bitterness. Although the aromas seem familiar I'm having a difficult time labeling some of the great bitter notes I'm picking up here. Quite complex actually.

More bitter hoppy goodness on the palate and I'm still marveling at the complexity. Some light citrus coming through along with some great pungent, skanky, smoky, and herbal flavors in the aftertaste. The big hop character is illustrated pretty well in the fact I'm more than half way through my review and and haven't yet mentioned the great balanced caramel maltiness that keeps this one from drifting too far off in one direction. Mouthfeel is full but clean and the moderate (for the style) ABV keeps this an easy drink. Found myself gulping it down even with the bitterness.

Overall a very interesting brew from Deschutes. While many DIPA's focus on florals, citrus, pine, or even booze, this one takes it in a slightly different direction and does it well. A welcome change of pace. If this were a year round offering it would almost certainly crack my top ten DIPA's and get a semi-regular rotation in my fridge. If you see this one, try it.

berkey, May 28, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Very dark for the beer style.

Strong hop aroma with a distinctive sour aroma of lemon. Strong citrus aromas Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine seems to be missing. There is a woody and aspirin scent here, Amarillo hops? Aspirin and oranges aroma intensifies as it warms.

Starts out neural and woody with a strong bitter and ash aftertaste. Mellows out and gives a tea flavor fairly quickly. One flaw to this one, the taste just doesn't wow me, it is just a bit too tame.

Mouthfeel is OK.

By the time I got to the bottom of this glass I was frankly bored with it. Somewhere between nose and mouth this beer gets lost.

Zorro, May 28, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3, 1731 2009 is the coding. Courtesy of great trade with ckeegan04. Bomber into Duvel tulip.

Excellent IPA character. Buttery eggshell head of a couple of fingers tops a beautiful caramel/butterscotch body with a hint of haze and a bigger hint of bourbon color. Ample carbonation. Pretty decent retention and lacing.

From the scent initially it's your classic grapefruit hop bomb, but the brisk carbonation and a strong hint of caramel keeps this in a very nice balance...with the malt moderated by a bit of light booziness and viscosity. Overall rather creamy at the outset...maltiness becomes much more prominent after only a hint of warmth...let's see how this all manifests itself on the ol' gullet...

The creamy caramel malt is definitely a big player, but the booze gets a lot drier...less viscosity. Hops mellow out a little bit and leave more rind than grapefruit pulp. Creaminess remains...a fair amount of carbonation keeps this a little drier than expected, which is solid. Finish leaves a decent hop pucker backed by some residual creamy butterscotch.

On the palate the carbonation helps to distribute the varied essence of this thing all over the place. The grapefruit rind of the hops puckers up pretty nicely, but on the back end there's a vanilla creaminess...actually again closer to butterscotch...but it's still light with a booziness that's closer to rum and vodka...(or maybe you have a little Captain in you?) than bourbon. Could use a little more Beautiful Chemistry. Still, in pockets it dries out more and shows more of the hop rind than the maltiness. There's definitely diversity in this applicant pool.

Drinks well enough...gets a little heavy after a while, but that's OK. After a while the rind and creamy malt give the palate a boozy little beatdown that leaves it staggering a bit, but it comes up from the standing 8-count and hangs in to finish the fight. This overall seems like a successful collaboration. There's balance in abundance; maybe not an incredible amount of synergy or new ideas but it works well enough. Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Who knows...but sometimes...who cares? It's good.

IBUnit63, May 28, 2009
Photo of Squelch
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown crystal clear beer. Medium head. Nice retention.

Smell: Best part of this beer. Very floral earthy hop Aroma . Excellent beer.

Taste: Very nice IPA. Excellent malt and hop Flavor. balance is a bit off or I'd give it a 5. A bit too sweet for the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Needs a bit more body. A bit light.

Drinkability: Nice IPA. Will drink again!

Squelch, May 23, 2009
Photo of HoustonTX
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Henge IPA.

Great name by the way.

Pours out effortlessly with a nice copper body. Frothy large white head, with extensive amounts of lacing.

Smell is really, really, spot on. Great essence of almost otherworldly citrus, just phenomenally intoxicating to the nasals. Lovely tantalizing citrus blends of grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple. Amongst some of the finest base of malts, in any IPA.
This ranks up there with the best of the best, and actually kind of reminds me of PTE. Very, very, well done.

Taste once again, is a true treat for the palate. Lots of zesty assertive citrus hop notes - including deep tantalizing grapefruit, lemony zest, and a combination of mango/papaya. Very tropical, very dank, very fresh. Excellent. A bit of spiciness as it transitions from hops to malts. With a nice sweeping balance of earthy carmalley malt. Really nice.

I love the blending of flavors, and the great balance here. This IPA exceeds expectations, and honestly - it reminds and resembles the upper echelon of IPA's. This is a damn fine brew, with really no faults. Amazing all around!

HoustonTX, May 22, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hazed bright red amber body with thick, creamy, sticky, khaki head. Awesome retention and lacing. A steady column of carbonation rises from the center.

Smell: Estery alcohol causes nostrils to flare at first whiff. Loads of sugary malts with red currant accents. Hops are pungent, resinous, and citric. Spicy to boot. Smells B I G.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops! Super bitter, especially in the back. Good deal of alcoholic dryness and warmth in the back as well, which melds together quite well with the strong bitterness. In the front and middle, you'll find caramel and doughy malts. Grapefruit can be tasted throughout, though at a much fainter level than the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Resinous, spicy, warm, and dry. Quite chewy and a leaning toward the syrupy side. Medium to full in body. Mouth-numbing is pretty high. In one word: intense.

Drinkability: This is one powerful I2PA. A hop-head's dream. As for me, I dig it, but it's not nearly as complex as I'd like it to be. A couple months of aging might do this one some good. EDIT: It does smooth out toward the end of the sesh. +0.5

ThreeWiseMen, May 16, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. into a Samuel Adams glass. Batch 2, 0809 2009 E. The body was a hazy deep amber color. The irregular, off-white head left moderate lacing.

Smell was malty in the beginning. Faintly of hard candy. There was a light organic stink. Disappointingly minimal aroma.

Taste was bready underneath a blossoming hops flavor. Alcohol was evident. There was a bright green bitterness that left a long linger.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rounded. Medium in body.

Cresant, May 12, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the new "Experimental IPA".

Pours a bright gold / orange color, slight haze, and a nice big off white head.

Aromas are of citrus, oranges, some pine, and hard candies.

Taste is bitter, with a mineral and aspirin like bite. Bright citrus hops flavors, mostly grapefruit. Some light malt flavors, a little creamy malts, and a bit of sugary sweetness. Finish is dry, with more fresh bitter hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little light and thin, but not bad.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty bitter IPA, but very fresh, with nice hop flavors. I really enjoy Deschutes offerings, but I have always thought that their IPAs weren't quite as good as the rest of their beers. But this one is a keeper. I wouldn't mind seeing this as a year round and in six packs.

flexabull, May 11, 2009
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.