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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 225
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
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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 beagle75
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (best by date: 04/16/10) into a tulip. This is the third bottle I have enjoyed from this batch.

A: Clear reddish-amber color with one finger of white head that quickly diminishes to a persistent residue. Very little lacing left behind.

S: Sweetness pervades, with intense (but not too much) floral and pine smells. This smell has a tangibility to it that makes me surprised I cannot see volatile fumes swirling around and out of my glass. Truly noteworthy.

T: Sweet to start, with increasing bitterness and just the right, slight, amount of alcohol in the finish. The malt does not stand out, but there is an element of balance present despite the hops showcase going on. The taste matches well with the smell.

M: Rich, slightly viscous texture is heavier than normal for the style. For this reason this beer bears some similarity to a barleywine (it really makes me recall SN Bigfoot). Carbonation is detectable but not distracting or inappropriate.

D: The beer is rich and delicious, it begs to be consumed and savored--but the high abv (while not inappropriate for the style) is a limiting factor. All of the attributes of this beer combine together to provide an extremely rich and satisfying double IPA. It reminds me of the Shipyard XXXX IPA, which I tasted for the first time recently. It is not as overtly piney as a special brewery-only version of Hop Henge that I tasted at the Deschutes pub in Portland last summer.

Photo of Kaiser81
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first IPA I've had in a month. Actually, I had no alcohol for a month. So, we'll see if/how my tastes might have changed in a month.

Poured from a bomber into my Delirium Tremens snifter glass

A - Pours a light amber color with ruby hues in it. There's a nice fluffy pillow of head. nice lacing left on my glass.

S - It smells fantastic. I get bready malts that just make it smell very sweet. Lots of sweet tropical fruit balanced in. This rivals Sculpin...wow! Just more sweetness than hops in it.

T - Lots of grapefruit and pine tastes. I'm out of practice with my IPAs! I can't pick out much else in there at first.

M - Prickly carbonation hits the tongue and continues to prick. The body is light to medium.

D - Not bad...though there are better IPAs.

Photo of dwilson01
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a new lost abbey pint glass.

This is a beautiful bronze brownish brew with a nice creamy off white head.

Pretty good smell, smells of mellow hopping for an imperial ipa, some citrus in there like freshly picked orange when you take a smell of the peel.

The taste is great, very smooth for an ipa but also extremely full and bursting of flavor. The hopping comes through, it's bitter and has a solid amount of malt to keep it thick and smooth enough to remind me of the way deschutes brews their stuff. Citrus is there but not orange it's something a little sweeter and different. That combined with the pinier flavoring hops make this one interesting smooth and flavorful. Definitely a deschutes ipa.

The malt makes this ipa solid feeling in the mouth, pretty thick compared to most lesser quality ones and the spice in it gives it a great aftertaste which begs for some more to be drank...yes, there's some drinkability in this bad boy.

Experimental? Well I think this experiment is conclusively a good one and should be brewed again!

Photo of emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Deep bronze, almost orange color, with a thick, creamy off-white head. The nose if full of huge hops, citrus, grapefruit and pine. On the palate I notice some sweetness, but again mostly hops--orange and grapefruit. Nice mouthfeel. The alcohol in this one is well hidden, making this one dangerously drinkable.

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Deschutes pub in Portland.

A= This ale poured a deep gold color with a 3/4" foamy white head. Good retention and lots of sticky lace down my glass.

S= Malt smell was light and sweet. Good aromas of West Coast citrus/pine hops with soft floral and light ester notes.

T= Much like the aroma, with plenty of sweet malt running underneath west coast hops. Bitterness was right for the style, puckery without being too over the top. The hop flavor was about equal parts pine and citrus, with the soft floral bits weaving in and out. Finished dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderately crisp carbonation feel.

D= Highly drinkable despite the huge ABV. I would drink this regularly if I could.

Photo of vkv822
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a golden-orange hued amber color with a nice foamy off white head with decent retention and good lacing. The nose is a very pleasant mix of light pine, citrus and floral notes. It tastes of floral, piney hops with notes of light citrus and a nice hint of slightly sweet, bready malts are able to come trhough as well. It has a nice bitter hoppy ending with a crisp resiny, medium to full bodied mouthfeel.
I had put off buying this for one reason or another for awhile and I must say I regret it, because although it is no "take-all" beer I am very happy with it and hope to have it again, and I'm glad the ABV isn't any higher because it is an incredibly drinkable beer.

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

Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Usually in describing the color of a DIPA that has amber in the color I say honey/amber in color, but this is definitely amber first then a bit of honey. Pretty clear. Fairly hard pour yields a three finger off white head. Calms to a bubbly layer of foam. Crazy lacing.

Smells of honey and very sweet malts. Apricots, peach and mango in the nose.

Taste follows smell. Honey and sweet light malts. Hops come through as apricots, peach, mango, lemon, dank, resin and pine. Very good, but it is a little unbalanced on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied, and viscous. Medium carbonation with sharp tiny bubbles.

Drinkability. Hops come through a lot more bitter than other DIPA's of this caliber. Still very solid and delicious. Highly recommended.

Pretty drinkable, but a little bitter, even for a DIPA. The best DIPA's exhibit their hops as tropical fruits, not so much as bitterness. Hop Henge definitely gets the tropical fruits across, but it is a bit excessively resiny. It is still a must try for fans of the DIPA style.

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bernardus chalice, this is a nice orange-tinted amber beer with a small head. The nose is pleasant, full of resinous hop notes, but it's not particularly big for a DIPA. Excellent flavor, though, with very high bitterness, a lot of citrusy hop flavor, sticky sweet malt, and a nice fruitiness at the close, along with a lignering dryness. Alcohol is detectable but does not detract. Big bodied--I assume it's all-malt.

Photo of cbros
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber color. There is a small one finger white head after the pour with a fair amount of carbonation activity present after the pour. There is some decent cling to the glass after the pour as well. A very nice looking beer overall.

S- I am catching hints of piney overtones as well as some citrusy notes near the end. A good smelling beer but nothing extraordinary.

T- I really enjoy the taste of this beer. It starts off some bitter notes that finish with a little mellowing out. This beer finishes rather smooth for a Double IPA. A think this is a very tasty IPA.

Overall this a very nice beer that I would like to have again.

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

Some good stuff here, real copper and orange appearance, big whiff of hops and bitter alcohol.

Taste, the alcohol is muted moreso, very bitter, very citrus, good bite, tastes like more of everything compared to the original Hop Henge. Great mouthfeel, citrus hop gives way to more immense bitterness. Drinkable, good price curve on this stuff.

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Ripe fruity flavors are up front and center. Orange, lemon peal, pineapple, and bitter grapefruit. Some sweetness linger and maybe some toasted malt as well. Very enticing.
T: Lots of fruit flavors that follow the nose. Orange, lemon, bitter grapefruit again. The bitterness lingers on for a while. There is an odd musty flavor as well.
M/D: A lighter body than I would like. A little thin. Sticky, soapy and oily. A bit of hot alcohol, and a lot of bitterness makes this slow sipper.

This is a good DIPA. Nothing all that special, but solid (like pretty much everything from this brewery). Worth a try, especially for the hop heads.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored body. The head is short but dense, with no lacing.

The scent is ruby red grapefruits, a touch of pine, dank, and some sweet toffee malt. Scent is good, but it could come across stonger.

The taste on the other hand, does come across strong. Citrus and pine hops are the theme. It has a grassy middle with sweet and biscuit malt. The malts are a little heavier than I expected, but make no mistake. This is a hoppy, bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and gets a little oily as it warms.

The abv does show up slightly with a light alcoholic burn. Other than that, I loved this one to the last drop.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a clear amber color and the head dissipates quickly with a few larger bubbles.
Smells of major citrus and bitters. I expected more sweet smells.
The taste as well is citrusy and bitter from hops, but not as much sweetness that is common with the double and imperials.
I am pleased with this beer and hope Deschutes continues with their great beers in the coming years.

Photo of afausser
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark and muddy burnt sienna, tinted with green highlights, and with about a finger of creamy tan head, which is highly inconsistent: comprised of foam and the occasional large bubble here and there. Half of this disappears within the first few minutes, but leaves behind about a half a finger of bubbles of varying sizes. Nice sticky lacing, and the bubbles make it look quite interesting. I want to rate this one well, because it IS pretty, but I really wish there was more in terms of the head and lacing.

Smell: Smells delicious. Honey and floral hops, with heavy citrus--typical hoppy grapefruit, but also a fairly dominant orange juice. Pretty standard notes to get out of the style, but it's very solidly crafted and smells absolutely delicious--it's hard to review the smell without wanting to take a drink. You should savor the smell as much as possible, however, because the aftertaste on this one will make it nearly impossible to smell the sweet honey notes again after you've tasted the brew.

Taste: Oh so many hops. The floral notes from the nose fade into the background, leaving heavy pine and spice. There's still a slightly sweet and floral element, along with some apple juice, but you've got to get past the spicy hops to taste that, along with a slight amount of alcohol heat. A bit of lemon zest and pepper mix in, as well as orange, though it's very much buried beneath everything else. As it warms a few more of the sweet notes come out, perhaps even some of the honey from the nose. It is advertised on the label as having "an immense hop flavor and bitter finish," which is extremely accurate (though I'm not entirely sure this is a good thing, as halfway through the beer my tongue is just about destroyed). This one's a uniquely crafted brew, though, which I really appreciate, and it's nicely done.

Mouthfeel: The first two things I think of for mouthfeel on this one are heat and aftertaste. There's a fair amount of heat here, though not entirely out of line for the ABV. The aftertaste, like it or not, is huge and piney, and the hop taste absolutely does not fade away. It's a good level of carbonation and medium bodied, and goes down smoothly. While I love the hop aftertaste, it may be just a touch too much, and I think actually overwhelms the flavor of the rest of the brew when you go for the next sip. The carbonation itself, though, is just about perfect, but I've gotta knock it a little for heat and aftertaste, though I did expect both.

Drinkability: Very drinkable--the alcohol presence is very low for the ABV, and this one's good enough to make you want to finish the bottle pretty quickly. The one thing that inhibits this is the heavy aftertaste, but it's still extremely drinkable. While I probably wouldn't try to trade for it a second time, I think that if I were somewhere it were available locally I would definitely have it again without hesitation.

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

22 oz. bottle as an extra from Bardwashrind - thanks!! Poured in to a wide-mouthed cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a deeply malty-hued, lusty persimmon orange, translucent and transparent, with a pour of average ferocity yielding a solid one-finger of eggshell head. The retention on this one is fairly solid, but perhaps a little substandard in the realm of DIPAs - it maintains its fluffy, erratic height for a few minutes, but ultimately fades down to a thin whirl atop the surface, fed by a slow, fine, and steady stream of bubbles. The lacing left by the fade and by subsequent sips is a step up, flashy, thin, light, and rocky, creeping upwards from the foamy, soapy collar around the rim of the glass. Agitation that disturbs the sheets left in the wake of the receding head still leaves plenty of nice, pock-like cling.

Aroma: Bright citrus and tropical fruits dominate the landscape in a fairly neutral way - slightly acidic and tart, mildly pithy, mostly juicy - though when I say "domiante," perhaps I mean "stand out in a distinguishable way." There's really a very strong, almost harsh underlying hop note that's equal parts abrasive and authentic - alpha acid extract, perhaps - which is, naturally, both endearing and intense, though I'm a fan. A slightly lactic quality to the underlying malt foundation adds an interesting twist.

Taste: A wonderfully fresh and glorious array of hop notes here. Similar to the nose are the clean, crisp, juicy citrus notes - tons of orange, some grapefruit - and the tropical fruits, mostly characterized by mango, strawberry, and that quintessential bubble gum-esque fruity note that every person born after the age of 1981 gets out of double IPAs hopped like this. This beer's hop profile is mostly about the remaining notes, however. A slew of thick, chewy herbal, piney, and earthy notes have their way with your helpless tongue, intermingling with a moderate amount of bitterness (for the style). Resiny and earthy tobacco, mint, rosemary, spruce tips, and chives round up an impressive array of leafyness, which - along with the sharp, piney bitterness and bright, estery floral notes - are more than a match for the moderately heavily roasted caramel and toast foundation. A slight milky quality (milk caramel?) is a little offputting, but on the whole this is a very robustly and enjoyably flavored brew.

Mouthfeel: An oily, resinous, chewy brew, dirty and rough, with a moderately but pleasantly thick body with a near perfect amount of carbonation. The end result is a pleasantly fluffy, even, and slightly creamy beer which does the flavors here a fair amount of justice.

Drinkability: A reminder of why my favorite style is and likely always shall be the DIPA. The hop profile on this one is pretty thorough, hitting all the highlights - citrus, flowers, herbs, leafyness, pine - and then some. I wouldn't have guessed a simple combination of Centennial and Cascade (from the Deschutes website) would produce this robust a hop flavor, so I'm pleasantly surprised - it's good to know simplicity can still produce such complex results. A very solid DIPA at a stylistically-reasonable 8.75% abv, Hop Henge is a beer worth seeking out, particularly for fans of the style.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a recent trade.

A: deep amber to crimson hue with a cream colored head that retains quite nicely. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Hops are dominant, but not typical of any paticular style of IPA. Floral and piney, also with some citrus, pineapple, and a unique earthy character, which reminds me of a beach. Malt is noticable in the back, with carameland toffee-like notes.

T: Very well balanced. Not as intense flavor as what I got from the nose. Caramel and honey-line hints rise from the malt, along with some fresh bread. Hops flow in with a blast of citrus, green fruit, and floral character. The finish is dry and clean.

M: Silky texture on the palate. This beer is full bodied and very flavorful from start to finish.

D: Deschutes makes some of the most drinkable beers with the most intense flavors. This is another fine example of what they are capable of.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear orange-amberish color to it, seemingly filtered, with a creamy but small white head.

Lovely floral hoppy aroma to it, very nice.

The taste is more of the same, sweet hoppiness up front, fading to a more bitter feel as it rolls across the palate. A very nice DIPA, but not the best I've ever had.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large 22oz brown bottle, the brew is mostly clear with a slight haze to it. Color is a brightened amber on the way to coppery yellows and orange. Capped with sudsy white bubbles that grip the glass until they fade to a collar.

The nose starts out great but fades fast. As I pop the cap I get a punch in the nose with big American C-hops. After the pour though it never quite has that initial luster. In the glass it smells mildly citrusy with hints of pine and malts. Kind of disappointing after the first opening.

Taste is along the lines of the in glass smell. Muted hops and grains compose it and honestly it's a let down. The flavor dips into a malty metallic rut and never regains it's composure. The hop awesomeness must have been only in the head space of the bottle and now it's vanished on a breeze of co2.

Mouthfeel delivers and slightly redeems. Hop bitterness is all over this puppy to the point where your teeth feel gritty and you get a twinge of acid reflux quenched by silky smooth liquid with a medium body and sizzley carbonation. All in all a decent beer slightly lacking in the nose and flavor departments. There is a best by date of 04/16/10 which I'm well within. A shift of some bittering hops to the flavor and aroma side of the boil would make this one a lot more satisfying.

Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to sirdrinknp for this fantastic example of my favorite style.

A one inch, beige head reduces quickly to a skim island and thin ring, leaving skeleton arms of lace above an amber, almost clear beauty of a IIPA.

It has a full aroma of crazy complexity. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, nectarine, lighter notes of sweet neutral grain, floral hints, even a bit of tangy yeast, and an earthy herbal scent beneath it all. Smells like they were trying to create a bouquet of all that is good in the best of this style. They did. It is a fantastic smell.

Where to start. This is clearly a talented hop artist's tribute to excess, but it is painted on a canvas of some really estery yeast, sweet neutral grain, and spicy alcohol. It isn't excess in the way of sledgehammers carrying blowtorches, it is excess in the way of having a full range of hop flavors. Tangerine and grapefruit front the sip, joined quickly by a complex, fruity sweet that melts through a range of citrus, is joined by tangy yeast notes, and morphs slowly through notes of herb, florality, and finishes with the spicy alcohol splashing delicious citrus and pine bitter across the palate. Man this is astoundingly delicious.

Low carb., perf. for style, drinks lighter and creamier than its full body, and sports a clean resiny cling that is just right.

Drinkability is off the charts. Sobriety would be a permanent victim were I to gain unfettered access to large quantities of this.

Impression: Deschutes needs to start shipping all their fantastic beers to NY pronto!

Photo of APetitfils
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A nice clear amber complexion with slight tints of orange and red. Off-white or ivory head that retains very well.

S: More going on here than I initially thought. Fruity aromas range from apricot, orange/tangerine, lemon, and even a slight hint of grapefruit when you give it a real wiff. There is also a nicely balance touch of hops that resonates through the fruity aromas and makes you clearly aware that your drinking a hoppy beer, but more of a friendly reminder than a slap to the smeller. Also the alcohol plays well in the overall aroma (another pleasant reminder of the fun to come).

T: A very well balanced mix of husky hops, fruity sweetness, solid malt, alcohol and even a slight slight bit of smokiness towards the end. The hops blend so well with the fruit signatures (the same of which are present in the smell) that you instantly forget your putting back 95 IBU's, but as you go through the several stages of flavors you end up right back with a refreshing hoppy taste. So don't worry about taking your eye off the ball. The alcohol also accompanies the hops very well.

M: To be honest it really surprises me how this beer is able to hold such a medium bodied feel when looking at it on paper. The carbonation that remains very well intact keeps the beer balanced through and through, even when it opens up. This pleasant mid-body allows one to really enjoy the great balance of the hoppy bitterness, fruit and malt taste.

D: The first time I had this beer was off tap and man oh man did I love it. But now that I have sat down at home and had it out of the bottle at my own leisure I have to say it surpassed what I remembered from before. This is a great great example of what Deschutes has to offer. But more than that this beer can break down a lot of doors for tentative drinkers who have misconceptions of what higher IBU beers can be about. Its balance will find a wide variety of fans in my opinion, and if you can snag one definitely try it!

Sorry this is long, but I really liked this one...

Photo of WOTO97
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy burnt orange with 2-finger cream head, nominal lacing

S: light citrus and floral nose with hint of banana, alcohol becomes more and more noticeable as beer approaches room temperature

T: some sharp pepper on back end from alcohol, 50/50 bar on the mid-palate, sharp grapefruit on front, very nominal malt character

M: a little too watered strictly in terms of texture

D: a bit too harsh on the back end and too little character for the style on the front end

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

A - Rich amber with fluffy ivory-colored head with really nice retention... thick and luscious with bubbles in a state of suspended animation and thick sheeting lace hanging all over the glass.

S - Oh, sweet hoppy goodness; notes of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, tangerine, and pine. There is a nice dose of malt as well in the background providing some sweet caramel and biscuit flavors. Secondary herbal flavors also emerge with a bit of black pepper, and a decidedly crisp mintiness lingering on the finish.

M - Moderate, nearly medium-light body with fairly light carbonation. Pretty smooth and silky with a bit of prickliness.

D - This is a nice drink to be sure... well done.

Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to RedBrewer83 for throwing this one in in a recent trade. Thanks, Evan!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a luscious, frothy, off-white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace on the glass. Sweet tones of tangerines, pineapple, and candy in the nose. Lots of floral, hoppy notes. Smells great!

Body is crisp and firm, but there is a light oily feel on the back end. This isn't as hoppy and bitter as I would expect, but it is delicious. Bittersweet grapefruit right away, with a light graham cracker in the middle. Mild bittering finish. This isn't anything that'll knock your socks off, but it is what it is: A well-made DIPA that I could have most any day.

Photo of bret27
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Tangerine, spice, pine (almost identical to Red Chair from Deschutes actually.)

A: Amber/brown, good light fluffy head

T: Honey, malt, piney bitter American hops, making a big bitter presence. Malt also very present but balanced. Interesting spiciness or malt taste, almost tastes like rye.

M/D: Just bitter enough to be refreshing. Med. and slick mouth.

Overall: Good, very similar to other Deschutes IPA/PA's. Don't remember the rye-like spicy presence from last year, but it's still good.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber/light brown, poured with a half inch of off-white head that fades within two minutes leaving behind scattered lacing.

Fruit and caramel malt sweetness hits the olfactory centers first, followed by some subdued pine aroma. A little lacking.

Toasty, rich caramel, light pine flavor and a bitterness that bursts early leaving behind a sweet aftertaste. Oranges are slightly noticeable as well. Malt heavy with a decent balance from bittering hops. Alcohol well masked.

Creamy and mouth enveloping feel. Medium carbonated and a medium body from the residual sugars. Very sip-able for a high ABV beer, but lack of hop flavor makes this brew less crave-able.

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,171 ratings.