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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

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2,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,073
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
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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 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!


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
Photo of atpben
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into my Duvel glass. Beautiful burnt orange color with a nice looking one inch head. Lots of hops in the aroma. Grapefruit dominates with some other citrus in there. Not enough hops initially but it creeps up to you and ends beautifully with perfect hop bitterness. I think that's why I love this beer because of the way the hop flavor creeps up. Enough malts in there to keep it well balanced. Another good beer from Deschutes. They never dissapoint me. Glad we are getting this in texas now. Still my two favorite DIPAs are FFF Dreadnaught and Southern Tier Unearthly.

atpben, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of waldoiverson
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Imperial Pint

A: caramel with offwhite and slightly turbid and medium carbonation with viscous body

B: Citrus grapefruit and apricot and/or peach with very little grain

T: very sweet apricot with an herbal melange with bitterness defeated by the sweetness, strong alcohol at the ed

M: signification carbonation tingles the tongue but the sticky sweetness powers through and wishing for more dryness

D: it's good but almost too sweet for this boy. i'd like to see the carbonation clean the tongue and the bitterness to sink in more

waldoiverson, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of ottovon
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice ruby color with a 2 finger off white head. with lacing

S: a wonderful, citrusy hop smell along with caramel malt and some piney-ness.

T: it has a nice maltiness, but is still bitter. you can definitely taste the hops. it is bitter and piney, and has some citrus in the middle. there is a nice bitterness in the end. it is sticky and coats the mouth.

M: it has a nice medium mouth feel. and it coats the mouth a little.

D: it is a good DIPA, and I could see myself drinking this again. A great addition to Texas' selection.

on a side note: I dominated a windsor knot while drinking this, so if you cant tie a tie, drink this and you will be able to.

ottovon, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from a generous trader abecall98!

A: Pours a quintessential amber color with tow fingers of just off-white colored head that settles down to just under a finger and lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Some hoppiness and some caramel maltiness. The hops dominate but the malt scents are definitely there as a complimentary smell.

T: A subdued hoppy flavor with the caramel malts playing a part on the palate and a little bit of alcohol tinge toward the finish. It's not my usual hop bomb DIPA that I go for, but it's pretty tasty for a balanced one.

M: Solidly full bodied and almost to the point of being "creamy", this DIPA has great mouthfeel for sure.

D: I think the well balanced factor of the hops and malt make this a super drinkable DIPA, maybe even moreso than some of the hop bombs that I love. There is a little alcohol flavor in there though, which takes this down just a notch on being able to session this.

dukedevil0, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

95 IBUs and 8.5 % ABV could spell over the top but no; this is one of the most balanced, smooth and luscious Impy IPA's I have had. Pours quite dark with a massive head. The nose is pure hops but with a lovely refined presence. The beer is very smooth with lots of hops backed with lots of malt. I loved the way the beer melded together into one mouthfeel that showed the brewers art. One of the best Imperial IPA's I have tasted

canucklehead, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a half an inch of off-white head that recedes into a film on top of the brew. A little lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: Caramel malt and pine hops dominate the scent, with a slight floral bouquet. I feel like there's a little citrus floating around, but it's very mild.

T: A great balance of pine hop bitterness and a secondary caramel malt sweetness. The mid-taste is defined by floral hops with lingering sugars and a slight citric hop component (grapefruit), with the finish and aftertaste let the pine, resin, and floral hops take center stage, leaving a sticky bitter feeling.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Well masked ABV and a very sticky presence.

D: It's a good IPA, but not great. I prefer my IPAs to lean toward a crisp citrus flavor, so part of my reaction is just bias talking. I liked the beer but I don't feel compelled to seek out a second bomber of it.

Arbitrator, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bomber.

A - Dark copper brown with a fat 2 finger head that sticks around quite a while. Decent lacing.

S - Rich caramel malts actually hit the nose first, followed up by a boquet of the freshest floral hops. Not large quantities of citrus, but it's there lurking underneath it all.

T - Wow, this is an odd one. Very good, just not like most IPA's. It's delicious. In the front I get the more of the citrus taste that I couldn't detect in the smell, grapefruits come in big. Shortly thereafter I get the hoppiness like a smack across the mouth. The finish is butter with some pepper thrown in with the bitterness. Complex to say the least.

M - Medium to heavy body with higher carbonation. Leaves the mouth tingling.

D - Very drinkable, as with most bottles I would love to have this fresh off the tap.

Great Beer!

surfer4life, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle. Batch #2 (1040 2009 E).

A - A light amber color with good clarity and a moderate off-white head. Very good lacing.

S - Rich malt leads but then piney, citrusy and floral hops start to emerge. A little honey as well.

T - A very rich but balanced blend of malt, hops and alcohol. The piney hop flavors are strong. Not much citrus in this one. More and more subtleties come out at the end as it warms.

M - A good oily consistency with a low to moderate carbonation that lets the flavors shine.

D - I normally prefer citrusy hops over piney hops but this brew is still very impressive. A very complex and rewarding beer.

GJ40, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Frosthazard
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle, into a large mug in the central texas woods.

A - deep amber, darker than some IPA's. decent off-white head that dissipated relatively quickly.

S - MMMmmm

T - delicious, very hoppy, not to bitter, excellent hop aftertaste.

M - nice carbonation and retention, a little tingly but overall smooth, very well balanced.

D - Our thoughts: Somewhere a beer deity thought up the perfect IPA, and it was Hop Henge, the people saw it was good and there was much rejoicing.

Frosthazard, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Since I do most of my drinking on draught at the breweries, it's not uncommon for bottled specialty beers such as this to come and go before I get the chance to drink them. But on a whim I picked up a bottle for home use. That was a good idea.

As I recall, I dished out about $6.50 for a bomber. That's a buck or two more than I care to pay, but these days it almost seems reasonable. You never know about the shelf life of a bottled beer in the market. Just how long has it been gathering dust under those fluorescent lights? But Hop Henge says right on the label, "This experimental IPA will stand the test of time," so my expectations were primed.

I knew from the first that I was going to enjoy this beer. As it tumbles into the glass, the spry, turbulent body foretells of high quaffability. You can actually see the airy, buoyant mouthfeel in advance of drinking it. And it does feel good across the tongue. It feels as smooth as... well, it's as smooth as whatever you really enjoy to think of that's smooth. And it tosses up a defiant, spongy head of off-white foam that retains globular crescents of lace. The color is polished mahogany and the aroma is of sickly-sweet resinous hops mixed with the syrup of canned peaches.

Hop Henge tastes sweeter than I would have anticipated for a beer alleging to hit 95 IBU. The bittering doesn't intrude at all, suggesting the beer must have begun with a formidable grain bill able to ferment to 8.75% ABV and still retain enough sugars to balance those hops. The flavor is hop-sweet, though a distant echo of smokiness captures one's attention and lends a coy measure of intrigue.

In a word, this one's outstanding. Hop Henge is proof that Deschutes loves us and wants us to be happy.

RedDiamond, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of PhiloPsych
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty, hazy, brownish orange in the class--deeper color than most IPAs--almost a barleywine color. Head disappears very quickly to a small ring around the edge. Smell is clean with subtle hops. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and soft--really great mouthfeel! Taste is nicely balanced with toasted malt and hops. I'm not sure what is supposed to be "experimental" about this IPA, but the experiment seems plenty successful to me--nice beer.

PhiloPsych, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours dark copper with a massive head of beige. Three-plus inches into a tulip glass that took forever to settle down to a thick coating. Lacework mania throughout the glass. Ripped webbs of thick lacing. Spongelike.

Pungent citrus and pine blast out of the glass. Herbal, earthy and resinous with a malt backbone. Candied pears and mango skins.

On the full side of medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Tacky and sticky.

Chewy, juicy hops and malt to balance start off the palate. Citrus fruit with bark-like pine sap. Sugared grapefruit, pears, and resinous herbage. Bitterness is substantial and drying but not coarse.

Finishes with a building warmth, lingering bitterness, and an almost numbing lupulin assault.

Great IIPA. Just lacking some of clean, bright hop character found in the best IIPA's.

brewandbbq, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3, 2009.

Pours a clear dark coppery amber. Two fingers of creamy tan head falls into a thin cap. Lots of odd shapes, sheets and stands of sticky lace. Absolutely gorgeous, completely drool-worthy...

Aroma is all hops, though it doesn't hit me until the glass is about 6 in. from my face. Floral, citrus, pine and resin. All my kind of hops. Some caramel malts underneath that first onslaught.

Pretty sweet for a DIPA. Flavor follows up on aroma. I get more pine in the flavor, almost no floral, but everything else is there. A nice upright, but not harsh, bitter finish but also a quite a bit of sweetness lingering as well.

Medium heavy body with lots of creamy carbonation and a nice resiny feel.

While I tend to enjoy the sweeter DIPAs, I don't like that sweetness in the finish. That's the only downside to an absolutely stellar brew.

goatgoat, Apr 03, 2009
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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