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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,233 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,233
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 230
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
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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:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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

Golden yellow, 3 months past expiration but only received it in last few months. Carbonation bubbles. Almost a half inch of white foam bubbly head. Lacey, hop aromas are hard to distinguish. Taste held together, initially good hoppiness taste for 95 IBU, palate filler not a shredder. Creamy above average mouthfeel, creamy but also oily. Booziness builds up, so the drinkability is good but not great.

Photo of HosP
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from some notes that I jotted down. It was late in the evening after a lot of drinking, so for all I know this could have tasted like piss and I still loved it.

A- Poured nice golden color. Slight haze. Lacing some.

S- Citrus hoppy smell. grapefruit and pineapple.

T- Like a typical DIPA. Big hop flavor up front. Citrus flavors. Followed by balancing malts.

M- Medium body. Nice bitterness to it.

D- The next morning my buddy and I did mention that we remember this beer and at the time we really liked it. I remember it was nothing to over the top but a good solid beer. Good beer to share with good friends!

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger head. Color is copper orange. Solid lacing. Good retention.

S. Nice hop smell. Grapefruit and citrus. Some caramel malt. Pretty sweet smelling. Not a huge hop smell, but it is good.

T. Taste is pretty malt heavy. Sweet caramel malt. A little bitterness in the aftertaste. Missing the hops in the flavor dept. Piney hops are what does come through. Borderline Barleywine taste for me.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

D. Drinkable. Drank within the best by date but the hops seemed to have faded away. Still has the bitter finish though. Not exactly what I look for in a DIPA, but still good.

Photo of david131
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid that has a bit of a luminescent quality to it. The off white head is bubbly and has some decent retention.

S- Sweaty gym sock, fruit, cut grass, and a touch of pine. A bit of the lighter side, but not bad.

T- Caramel, fruit, and grass. Fairly malty for the style. Bitter(ish) and sweet.

M- Sticky smooth and sweet. A nice amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish.

D- I can't find anything wrong with this, but I am not in love. A little on the rich side for the alcohol content and style. Good beer, cool label.

Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-26-10
Best before 4-16-10

Pours a a hazy red-orange color, very pleasant, with a thin white head that fades to a ring around the edge. Lacing lasts in wide rings that settle slowly down the sides.

Smell is super sweet, tart fruit aromas and caramel dominate. I can tell there's a little age on it, but not in a bad way. The finish has a hint of vegetable, with a whiff of booze and hop bitterness.

Taste is all thick hops, bitter and piney all the way. The hop resin never quits, giving way slightly to the light caramel malt. The finish is sweet and bitter, a little booze and a nice sweetness. The age has mellowed the hops a bit, but allowed the sugary flavors to develop some complexity.

Mouthfeel is good, very thick and syrupy, but the carbonation adds an enjoyable tartness.

Drinkability is also good, hoppy but not overpowering, with a great malt character.

Overall, a very good DIPA that I wish I could try fresh. I'd expect it to be one of the best.

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

Pours a dark orange amber with a thick vanilla colored head. Smells like a hop bomb, taste is more complex, quite a bit of malt discernable, this is surprisingly sweet, the pine and citrus hops are predominant but not overwhelmingly so. While some DIPAs with strong malt/hops balance don't work, this does for me, the sweetness and bitterness integrate well with the hops playing first violin as they should. This beer is heavy yet smooth, something to savor.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Amber to dark golden with a 1 finger white head.

S - Strong hop aroma but not as floral as I would expect. A bit musty.

T - Hops dominate for sure but there is a sweet, caramel character also akin to what I would normally expect from an aged beer.

M - Viscous on the tongue and a bit thick for an IIPA but still pleasant and doesn't hinder the experience.

D - Drinks very well with alcohol definitely in the background.

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

A: Poured a clear orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Plenty of grapefruit, fresh hops and booze smell

T: Chewy, plenty of citrus hops upfront, fresh and tasty. Some booze and maybe a light caramel

M: Sordove slick, good carbonation, nice hop bite on the end

D: Would drink again for sure

Photo of Duttonic
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A- Copper/Amber in hue, 1 1/2 fingers of off-white head, nice lacing.

S- Hoppy, sweet, floral, faint citrus, malty.

T/M- Sweet, malty, hoppy, medium bodied, smooth, clean finish, lingering aftertaste.

D- I could easily polish off a couple of these in one sitting, but the high alcohol content negates this falling in the session category. Definitely worth trying.

It's an imperial all right. I liked it and I would recommend it to complement a dessert or any kind of spicy food. Random, but this beer will pair well these foods since it is sweet, but not overpowering. Enjoy.

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

has the proper color of an imperial... lipton lemon tea color. with a small white head. nice lemony malt bit o honey nose. a thinner palate than expected of with a nice sweet ester quality. this would be a fantastic beer if it has more malt to sit on. it lack the frothy body and yeasty earth and for some could seem syrupy.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an a cloudy amber with a big off white head that stays and stays and stays, then leaves lace everywhere.

Smell: Blasts of grapefruit, peach and some underlying pineyness. A sweet malty undertone lies in the background.

Taste: Grapefruit and peach again, and the pine is under the blanket here. The malt is definitely there and leaves a big sweetness on the middle of the palate. The beer finishes with a strong bitter kick.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and heavy with a creaminess that leaves the mouth feeling a bit wet.

Drinkability: The biggest fault in this beer is that it has trouble hiding it's alcohol. Other than that, this brew is a great example of a super hopped up west coast DIPA, overall excellent.

Photo of Axic10
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber/rruby reddish with two fingers of head.

Smell: Hops, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and some malt.

Taste: Similar to what the nose presented. Hop forward with heavy flavors of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and a nice malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: Very solid beer that I would drink again if Deschutes ends up coming out to Philly full time. Very enjoyable.

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

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a cloudy dark butterscotch color with about a finger of relatively quickly dissipating head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Nice light grassy, citrus, and hop notes emerge from the glass as it beings to warm up. Bitter grapefruit, orange peel, and a decent malt caramel backbone.

Taste - Quite a bit more bitter than I was expecting. A puckering bitterness right off the bat with some heavier floral notes - the citrus is more so downplayed in the taste. I will say, there is a noticeable tinge of alcohol bite that I mistaken at first to be part of the bitterness but it began to become more noticeable once the beer warmed up. Also, not as heavy of a malt backbone as I would have thought due to the somewhat heavy sweet caramel and malt I smelled in the nose. [edit] heavy bitter grapefruit citrus emerges later on.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied (creamy), decent carbonation, finishes a tad dry.

Drinkability - Relatively so, though there is a somewhat noticeable alcohol bit that is not really boding well with me right now. To think PtE is less than a percent lower than this and there is zero noticeable alcohol, whereas this is currently warming my throat and stomach. Not a bad beer by Deschutes, but not something I would pick up again.

Photo of rampole
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was in Portland for work and stopped by Deschutes for a round. I had this beer originally on tap poured into a snifter and had to have more so I bought three of their growlers that night and had them filled. One with hop henge one with inversion and one with black butte. I kept them in my fridge at the hotel and sent them back next day air the next morning. When I got home the next day they were waiting on me on my back porch so I called a few friends over for a tasting.

A Beautiful deep rich copper color with a nice full 1 finger head. nice lacing.
S Sweet citrus with nice pine accents
T Malty up front followed by well balanced hoppiness. Very floral (which my wife loved)with pineapple and grapefruit.
M Smooth dry and not very bitter for a double IPA. Nice carbonation but not overcarbonated very good balance
D Probably one of the most drinkable 2xIPAs I've had. four of us finished a growler before we went to dinner and would have probably had another with dinner if I had sent more back. Although I liked the other two Deschutes offerings that I shipped back I wish i would have sent more of this home.

Photo of philbe311
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep rich inviting copper color... A stellar rich creamy unrelenting egg shell colored head... Modest carbonation... Could be love at first sight...

S - Textbook DIPA... Strong piney hop presence complimented by a very rich malty base... Caramel... Toffee... Butterscotch....

T - Rich toasted malt base is surprisingly assertive... Caramel... Toffee... A strong piney hop presence is laying beneath the surface and is far from shy... Wonderful balance...

M - Medium bodied... Dense, but lively... Sturdy... Super rich... Super creamy.... Super smooth... Absolutely perfect mouthfeel...

D - An insanely drinkable DIPA that I was available to me on a regular basis... Perfect balance... Perfect feel... Oh so good...

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

22 oz bottle poured into Delirium tulip 6.19.2010.

One finger white head, relatively quick dissipation with above average lacing. Clear orange amber body, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Big hop hit upfront in the nose, citrus and piney resins, caramel malt sweetness for balance. Huge hop attack on the tastebuds, grapefruit and some tropical fruits guava, caramel malts in the middle, and a quite bitter noble pine finish. Mouthfeel is medium not sticky, above average effervescence. This is a quite tasty and drinkable DIPA.

Photo of gibby
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 bombers courtesy of olmatty, thanks Matt. Best by 6/24/10 on bottles.
Poured bomber into my DFH snifter glass. Deep dark amber color with 1 finger head. Nice pine smell, caramel/toffee, and a bit of grapefruit/citrus. Taste has a nice bit of pine, maltiness and a hint of grapefruit. It's a hoppy beer but not a hop bomb by any means, well balanced. Really nice mouth feel and great carbonation. Its a big dipa abv wise but drinks like a much lighter beer. No hint of alcohol and very enjoyable. Drinking 2 bombers of this would be an easy task. Very well done by Deschutes.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle best by 4/16/10 poured into Hoegaarden tumbler.

Thanks tturaiders!

A: Clear copper with some red highlights. Bright white head that sticks around for the life of the beer and laces nicely.

S: Hidden. Upon searching there is some sweet carmel soaked pine foliage. Maybe a bit of butterscotch and vanilla. Citrus in there as well...Orange dreamsicle?

T: None of the pine that I detected in the aroma is present in taste. The orange-vanilla combo is back in even bigger quantities. There is also a slight oakiness. Carmel malt. Just a bit of bitter in the back of my mouth during the finish. Quite unique.

M: Soft, well done carbonation.

D: Pretty high. This bomber won't last long.

I definitely enjoyed this one. I consumed it about 2 months after the best by date so I'm certain some of the fresh hoppy characteristics have vanished, but what remained was a very enjoyable beer. I'd love to try a fresh bottle. Go get this if you have access.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Tap House, 6/6/10.

A-A hazy honey amber with a fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-Peach sweetness with grapefruit and orange citrus notes along with some hops.

T-Sweet malt in the front followed by a crisp citrus hop punch. Full flavored grapefruit and pineapple hoppy goodness.

M-Medium bodied with nice lingering bitterness.

D-Deliciously drinkable. My notes say "sessionable". If the ABV really is 8.75% as noted above, I may have to amend this to say "dangerously sessionable".


Photo of Jimbo07
2.07/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Very strange IPA, that I'm sorry to say, I just don't like. It smells good by itself, looks good (has great head actually), but the taste... Starts out with some malty goodness, then comes the hops, which ain't that bad either. It's mainly floral tasting, which I'm not a big fan of, but not overwhelming. Then comes the final aftertaste. I don't know what it tastes like but it doesn't taste good and as I'm smelling the beer while taking a sip, the taste worsens.

Photo of TomBrewnansky
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer was on tap at Sea Salt Eatery and it went along fantastic with my calamari tacos and tilapia tacos. The pour is almost a copper color and the hops aromas hit hard. I couldn't stop smelling this beer, let alone drinking it. The aroma is strong and citrusy and very hoppy. The taste is a bit fruity, very hoppy, and surprisingly does not kill your taste buds. I really, really loved this beer. The ABV creeps on this one. I was well aware of the 8.75% in this one, but it still crept up on me. Deschutes really did well on this one. One of the best IPA's I have tried and possibly the best double I've had. Great beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second beer in Mia's Lounge, Flagstaff and yet another hoppy US brew.

Deep amber body, a slight haze within, cream coloured head, thin from the start, a collar very quickly.

Citrus hop aroma, some malted biscuits hidden at the back, but mostly hops with added hops.

The hops impart a true bitterness that the malted biscuits (from the small) can't cope with and the beer just becomes 'yet another hoppy beer', one of too many I came across during my road trip to the US. The alcohol comes through towards the end of the taste, but otherwise it could have been almost any IPA based beer I came apon.

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

Drank 5/30/10
Reviewed from notes
Poured from 22 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip
Bottle best by date 6/24/10

A - This beer pours a dark amber color that has no cloudiness to it. It has a good lasting head of about a half inch and, nice lacing.

S - Very hop forward smell, balanced by some sweet malt, specifically a caramel malt. Citrus and pine notes are also present.

T - Very hoppy with lots of malts as well. Some citrus and pine taste from the hops. The taste is very similar to the smell. Also has malty caramel sweetness to balance the flavor.

M - Thin/medium in the mouth with not to much carbonation. Quite dry and smooth, but also has some creaminess to the mouthfeel. Not to bitter for the IBU.

D - Fairly balanced for a DIPA, a nice sipping beer, and doesn't destroy your taste buds as quickly as other DIPA so it is drinkable over a longer period.

Overall I would have it again especially for the price. Not a crazy hoppy as other beers of the style, and because of the maltiness it comes out much more balanced the other DIPAs while retaining a lot of hops and a high IBU. Good beer and an interesting take on the DIPA style.

Photo of OttoBomb
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (May 30, 2010). The label is stamped "Best By 06/24/2010."

I picked this up on a trip to Denver, it's my first sampling of the famed Deschutes Brewery.

Eyes: Pours a darkish orange with significant haze. The ridiculously thick, fluffy tan head fills the glass and forces a measured pour to avoid overflow. The lacing is ridiculous.

Nose: A solid pop of hops as expected from a solid DIPA, but not as potent as I expected. A good mix of citrus and grassy notes.

Tongue: This is easily the bitterest beer I've ever had that carries the most flavor with it. I've had less bitter offerings that are much harsher on the tongue, but Hop Henge delivers with a rich flavor profile to tame the high IBU count. Aggressive mango, grapefruit, and citrus flavors combine with a healthy malt character. Delicious!

Mouth: Lots of malt and the ample carbonation provide a good mouthfeel.

Libation: What an impressive beer! Aggressively flavorful, bitter, and the best balanced DIPA I can remember. A great offering from Deschutes.

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

Able to try this courtesy of trade with emmasdad.
Bomber poured a dark amber into a Duvel tulip with a two-finger head which quickly dissaped. Lacing was ample and lasting. Nose was biscuity and sweet malts and some citrus and floral hops, though subdued for what I expected. Not a lot of carbonation is visible nor affects mouthfeel or taste. Mouthfeel was medium, not terribly oily and almost chewy. Taste was well balanced, some citrus (pineapple, lemon, orange), some hoppy bitterness giving way ultimately to a syrupy sweetness. It's maybe a bit to cloying and sticky for my liking but all-in-all a decent, well-balanced brew.

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,233 ratings.