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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 2,086
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 137 | 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 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
Photo of alcstradamus
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Pours a rich copper/orange color with a huge 4 finger head using a somewhat hard pour into a pint glass. The head camps out for quite a while, and leaves thick lacing on the way down

S--Big hop nose...lemon, floral, orange, pine. Typical west coast IPA smell....meaning, excellent

T--The hops are confronted on the tongue by a huge malt backbone that does its best to balance this beer out but it doesn't quite succeed. That's OK, who wants balance in their DIPA's? Not me. Pine resin, orange peel, caramel, grass. Very solid.

M--Medium-to-full bodied and very sticky

D--Very good DIPA that I would buy again if I had better access to it. Drinks very easy without much bitterness, but doesn't have that WOW factor to make it stand out among the absolute best of the best

alcstradamus, May 09, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cream/foamy off white head with nice retention. Deep yet bright amber color.... Orange highlights. Perfect clarity, no visible carbonation. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma very fruity, some pineapple.. light toasted malts.

Flavor is nice. Resin like with lots of pine. Behind the assertive hop notes is a nice layer of caramel and malt. Not some of the fresh hop notes that I would expect, yet still nicely balanced. Hops really grab you in the back of the throat. Nice.

Mouth feel is oily and thick. Hops make this a big presence in your mouth.

Nicely drinkable, and an interesting DPA. Not really a classic though.

tastes slightly dated.... but most reviews are recent. I don't get it. No date on label.
*see code of 021 09 now that I look. If that's Jan '09.... then perhaps this faded a bit.

Reagan1984, May 08, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, recent arrival to Texas, reports 8.75% abv and 95 IBUs, which is impressive as 100 IBUs is the supposed taste threshold of normal humans.

A) Big pour into a big glass produced a two finger sea foam that slowly drops to a thick cap and leaves it's own tidemarks. Body is ruby red with sparkling clarity.

S) Oh momma, deep hop flowers, citric and west coast, grapefruit, orange, tangerine all with a musky honey sweet alcoholic base that encourages the first sip.

T) Bam! Oily bitter waves rich with hop juice. As Ralph would say "Tastes like burning", but in the best possible way. As you start to numb out from the alpha acid bath, a caramel malt base starts to come out with some English Old Ale leather and tobacco. It's a flavor onslaught, almost silly in intensity.

M) Low carbonation, oily as a McDonald's fryer, medium heavy body gives a little smack and chew.

D) Yum. Hard core beer, you've got to love the hops to break into this. I can predict some hop withdrawal symptoms in my future, better stock up on some more.

HardTarget, May 08, 2009
Photo of bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW-what a hop bomb. Pours a dark copper red with a rocky off white head. Pine resin hit me as I went in for my first sip. Initial malt sweetness, but then finishes with a silky smooth piney, hop bitterness, that lingers long after the beer is swallowed. The hops dominate this beer, which is fine by me-and I also appreciate that this beer is also a malt bomb. Drinkability is very good in part because the mouthfeel is slick from the hop oils which fill the mouth with lusciousness.

bradybeer, May 07, 2009
Photo of nathanm
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap as a sampler at Stone Brewery in San Diego.

I sampled two other IPAs along side it (stone and russian river), they were not "imperial", mind you, but pretty close. Deschutes was for me the best.

Mouthfeel was perfect and flavor was great for the style. Not too bitter - had the traditional Deschutes flavor which comes accross as a smooth ever-so-slight sweetness (fruitiness). I happen to enjoy that over and against a big bitterness.

I felt it was quite balanced all around and easily drinkable. I'd return for another without hesitation

nathanm, May 04, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a large frothy beige head that expands tremendously like one of those foam animal capsules when put in a cup of water. Awesome retention and equally impressive lacing.

Mouth watering bright citric and tropical hop aroma is terrific. Biscuity caramel malts are detectable in the background, but the hops easily dominate. Deschutes has a knack for blending beautiful hop profiles, a la Mirror Pond, and this is no exception.

Taste is loaded with hop flavor and bitterness. Resinous tropical flavors assault the palate and finish off dry and bitter with a mild alcohol bite that feels nowhere near the 8.75%. Full body nears the point of syrupy, and there is a decent dose of balancing malt that adds a touch of honey-like sweetness in mid-palate. This brew is pretty drinkable and does not seem as bitter as the 95 IBUs the label claims. Im not the biggest IIPA fan around, but this beer is one of the tastier versions I have had. Very smooth and has a flow to it rarely found in hop bombs, it does not have the rough edges found in many versions of the style. Another winner from Deschutes!

twiggamortis420, May 04, 2009
Photo of route66pubs
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, 2009

Pours an amber color with a thick white head. Head retains very well along the side of the glass. Somewhat surprised by the color ... perhaps not as hoppy as expected?

Aroma seems quite lacking. This is definitely no hop bomb. Slight citrus-y scent there, but nothing noticeable. (Am I stuffed up and don't know it?)

Crispiness with a good deal of oatmeal (?) like front leads to a bitter, indefinable crispness at the back. Slight orange taste at the very back of the mouth.

Perfect IPA mouthfeel. This one has the crispness and bite, especially at the back of the mouth, that you would expect from a rich IPA such as this.

It's seeming lack of hops and bitterness, combined with its perfect dryness, leave me wanting more ... much more ... of this beer. Is there such a thing as an 8.75%ABV IPA session beer? I don't think so, but if there was, this would be it.

Hop Henge is not the standard West Coast, overly-hopped, in-your-face IPA I'm used to drinking. But it is quite an extensive, easy-to-enjoy brew. Its aromas and flavors are not going to get in the way of simply enjoying this brew on a hot summer's day (or a relatively cool, almost-summer's-day such as today). Definitely something I'd look for again!

route66pubs, May 03, 2009
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden translucence. Fat head. Shitload of lace. She's a beaut.

Nose is dripping with hop oils. Smells illegal.

95 IBUs? Where are they? Lacks bitterness and is a bit too sweet. Hop Henge is definitely tasty, just not bold enough to make headlines.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little sharp. Alcohol is well hidden.

A worthy double IPA from Deschutes.

itcomesnpints, May 03, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #3 2009

A- Big, soapy head with an orange tint. The body is a filtered, yet slightly hazy, light copper color with fiery orange on the edges. Slow moving bubbles in a viscous solution.

S- Potent hops. Fresh hops. Juicy hops. Delightful aromas of candied oranges and grapefruits, peppery herbal seasoning, and finally a dollop of sweet potatoes from the mix of malts.

T- The hops don't attack your taste-buds with this beer. They dig in and make buds with your tongue. Gently bitter for an Imperial IPA at 95IBU. Flavors alike the aroma, but the malts make more of an appearance and guide the hops along. I could go for a bit more complexity, but this beer is no slack.

M- Nice and thick. Good and bubbly. Slick and smooth.

D- Almost went too quick for me to review it. Even my dad who thought 120 Minute IPA(Not a standard IPA by any standards, I realize) was disgusting found this delightful.

I have found my DIPA... for now... in a 22oz seasonal available January through April... Well, maybe I'll enjoy the other Bond Series IPAs

EnojysAnyBeer, May 02, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another spectacular beer among many from Deschutes. Keep 'em coming gentlemen.

A - Deep, Rich orangy red amber with a huge, pillowy ivory head. Spotty lacing that probably would have been more pronounced in a pint glass (I'm drinking it from a snifter).

S - Complex for an IPA. Citrus that has elements of grapefruit rind and orange, with a slice of tropical fruit (mango?) thrown in. Crushed spruce needles, and a touch of brown sugary sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose, The flavor is very nice and deep. Moderate fruit esters up front, but the hoppy bite and astringency balances nicely. Very well developed flavor. Hops are dominant, but they don't rule with an iron fist. They are diplomatic hops who prefer compromise to all out violence and tyranny, and are quite often seen in photos shaking hands with the leaders of less powerful malt nations. Clean hoppy bitterness on the finish. Very very good.

M - Slight prickliness on the initial pull, then creamy and soft mouthfeel.

D - The drinkability is incredible, but you have to be careful with these. They are awfully strong.

Beernoisseur, May 01, 2009
Photo of DrMalt
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Poured a dark amber red with a firm thick almost white head.

S) Excellent aroma but not extraordinary. Some floral & pine

T) Excellent taste with loads of grapefruit & bitternes. Definistely a hop explosion.

M) Alcohol warming but not overpowering

D) A superb DIPA but as with many...one is often enough.

Serving type: bottle

DrMalt, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

A - Deep amber tones with thick white head. Retention is decent and there is considerable lacing.

S - Just what I was hoping for, pine, citrus, and some sour grapefruit notes.

T - Slight kick of malt upfront and then it is all hops. Extremely piney and citrusy. However, it was not overly bitter.

M - High carbonation and the hops are almost sticky.

D - Highly drinkable. The first one went down quickly and could have easily had another.

CMW, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Oahu
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Brewers probably spend their nights frustratedly trying to figure out how to make bad beer, and go to sleep unsatisfied, because they don't have an effin' clue.

A) Glorious Phoenix-Flare Amber Red. Not pale, but beautiful. Gobs and Gobs of firm beer foam. Mmmm.

S) Smells like the hops in this beer are about to ride your tastebuds hard and put them up wet. Extremely Accurate Forshadowing.

T) Like getting kicked in the mouth with glorious American Hoppiness. Bitter. Tangy. Mildly Sour. Zesty. Hints of Lemon.

M) Overwhelming. In a good way.

D) This is the palate equivalent of a Metallica Concert. Don't be expecting to taste anything else afterwards. It's a great beer, but I'm not gonna drink six of em.

Oahu, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of Rus - thanks!

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mild grapefruit and pine hop aromas with a good amount of sweet malts that are somewhere in between caramel and pale.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Solid amounts of malt - both caramel and pale - up front followed shortly by grapefruit hops. The ending is bitter but also manages to be more on the sweet side than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got good thickness and solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and I could have another.

Overall this is a good DIPA, but it seems to have too much going on to be very good. Still, it's worth a shot to decide for yourself.

glid02, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Magnolia/21st Amendment Strong Beer Month 2009 glass. Slightly hazed, medium orange in color. Formed a thin off-white head that leaves some lacing behind as I swirl the glass.

S - Intensely hoppy nose. Citrus, resiny, and a little floral too. Esters are present but rather restrained. Wintergreen mint. I'm also detecting some alcohol in the background.

T - Again, hop-dominant flavors here. Some grassy hops mix with fruits and scattered traces of minty herbal. Mostly clean malt with a dash of toast. Alcohol is present but not harsh. Finishing dry with lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - Deschutes has done well with this DIPA. An impressive array of hop flavors in a very palatable brew. I picked up a bomber and will have no trouble finishing it all. Were I at the bar, I'd be glad to order a second or third pint. Alcohol is well-masked but creeps up on you as the session endures.

BrewerB, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of lonestar1836
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep amber brown with creamy colored head with good retention and nice lacing

S: floral hoppy aroma with citrus and pine notes

T: taste of sweet citrus and toasted malts with a hint of pine resin

M: slightly thick with moderate carbonation

D: pretty good,

lonestar1836, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of ikats
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful clear amber with thick good-looking head. Pretty too look at. The best part about this beer though is its aroma. Just plain hoppy goodness. Citrus with some pineapple, maybe a touch grassy. Screams hops for me. The taste is kind of peel-the-roof-of-your-mouth hoppy. Wonderful if you're a hophead. Good hops, but there is quality malty base there too. My glass is a probably a touch too warm, but it is still very drinkable and with a pleasant mouthfeel (for an imperial IPA). Alcohol is not obvious. Medium body. Excellent if you want some quality hops.

ikats, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of ironlung
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber. Batch #3 2009. Into SN etched hop tulip(thanx again Adam)...

A: Dark amber/copper. Big frothy tan head that is there to stay and leave proof of it's presence all the way down the glass.

S: C-hops and some grass with some sweet notes.

T: Oh-man, this is 8.75%!?!? Tastes as smooth as say a Torpedo. I cant tell you how balanced this beer comes off as. After taste is delightful.

M: Perfect. Not syrupy like I was expecting from the ABV.

D: Dangerous. And considering that the bomber was under 5 bucks I'm tempted to go back and buy as much as I can get ahold of! If your a fan of I2PA's you have to get your hands on this!

ironlung, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Nick3
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my Kapittel Watou chalice is translucent and forms a 2 finger off-white head. Beer is a lovely burnt orange color and leaves rings of lacing as you suck it down. Nose is pungeant with a pure floral hops aroma. Taste is well balanced through the start and middle with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and the beer is quite easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one and I'm not a huge IPA or DIPA fan. Another worthy effort from Deschutes.

Nick3, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of ReDave
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2

First sip mmm well Didn't seem so experimental or hopish...

Pours a darkish brownish amber orange.
Nice head larger creamy bubbles at first, then they settle down to nice tiny tiny bubbles with a little lace with a thin ring around the edge...

aroma some pine some floral....

second sip.... OK getting some bitters

OK,,, now it's hitting me... this is different than I've had before..
and the alcohol seems to be creeping up more than advertised!

This is good, glad i got 2, wish i got more!
some oily resin, around my tongue, nice....

ooo, nice burp, the sign of a good ipa, dipa!

someone else said soapiness, yeah i can feel that...

Deschutes moving up in my list!

nice

ReDave, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/16/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a reddish brownish color body. Small white head, diminishing, clearish. Bitter dry hoppy aroma, pine and citrus. Extrmemely strong aroma. Nice taste, nott too bitter, some maltiness and nuttiness too. Some piney taste. Dry aftertaste. Pretty tasty, but too sweet an IPA for me.

jujubeast6000, Apr 18, 2009
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,086 ratings.