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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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2,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 218
Gots: 122 | 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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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $4.69 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. According to the BevMo description, it is new as of this year and includes a new hop strain that has yet to be named/disclosed. Certainly a great marketing ploy that got me to buy it. But hell, a new DIPA from Deschutes? Certainly I'm going to give it a try!

I pour into a smaller snifter with two pours. Leaves a nice, frothy, white, inch-long head after a standard pour. Transparent amber/orange color. Some carbonation visually present. Pretty good head retention and thick lacing.

Standard quality IPA/DIPA; pine, grapefruit and citrus. Pretty quality ingredients, but with the stiff competition on the NW Coast right now for this style, there certainly are better.

A well balanced DIPA that isn't overly hopped by the complaints I've heard from others. Strong malt backing. I'm more into the fresh, dank hop bombs, but if you are looking for something better balanced, this would be your ticket. Alcohol very well masked.

The mouth is alive, smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Nice finish leaving a well balanced hop aftertaste. Good drinkability.

Certainly glad I tried it. I won't be getting this again as there are better, but as I said before, I'd highly recommend this to someone looking for a well-balanced DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:50:03 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of JBogan


3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark copper color with a thick tan head which sticks around a while and leaves good lacing. Nice looking brew.

The aroma is the familiar grapefruity citrus and pine.

Taste is also the standard hoppy citrus with a bit of malt to temper the bitterness somewhat, although it still had a finish on the bitter end of the scale. Nothing new here, but decent for this type beer.

Mouthfeel seemed on the thicker side at first, yet after it was in the mouth for a moment and then going down the throat, almost felt as if it was on the thin side. A strange sensation. Also, it was a very sticky beer. My lips felt almost glued together.

IPA fans will probably enjoy this one, although there are better brews of that style around.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 00:40:03 | More by JBogan
Photo of iasanlee


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with large off-white head and some good lacing. Hop aroma is lacking big time. What is there is citrus and pine. A bready/toasty character malt aroma. Flavor displays a bit more hop character than the nose, but still not outstanding. Orange and pine. Bitterness is through the roof. Almost harsh. Some caramel notes and sweet. Alcoholic/warming. Medium-full in body. Bitterness is a bit out of hand, and the hop aroma/flavor are holding this back from being a great IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 18:54:13 | More by iasanlee
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice caramal, apple juice-like color.

A two-finger foamy head greets me with very light carbonation.

The aroma is fruity, hoppy and a hint of grapefruit.

A very hoppy taste though not as much as some Imperial and DIPA's. There is a malty backbone which keeps the bitterness at a distance. The bitterness does linger on the tongue though.

Creamy mouthfeel with the foam staying throughout the experience.

The 8.75% is pretty well masked but the bomber was enough for me in this particular setting. I wasn't craving another one after.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 02:02:59 | More by kaseydad
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa before my monthly pilgrimage to Russian River. Deschutes puts out so much good stuff that I couldn't pass up their IIPA.

Pours a caramel-orange with a short-lasting off-white head. A small amount of lacing sticks around.

Nose is a nice balance of malt and piney hops, with the balance tilted slightly in favor of the malt. Very sweet smelling. Think more DFH 90 than Pliny. Alcohol notes slightly perceptible.

Taste is huge on the hops, much more so than what the nose would lead one to expect. Lots of pine and citrus, but the strong malt backbone gives it slightly less of a 'crisp' feel than most West Coast IIPA offerings. Finish is bitter and sweet.

Body is medium to heavy for the style, with a relatively low level of carbonation. The nearly 9% abv is noticeable.

One bomber will be plenty for me tonight. Tasty beer, but in my opinion not the brewery's best effort.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 07:08:07 | More by ThirdLap
Photo of herbalist


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep copper color with a distinct ruby red hue to it. It almost looks as if it would be rasberry flavored. The head is thick and cream colored. It sticks with the beer as you drink it and leaves a thick creamy lace.

It has a complex aroma that is a mix of freshness, hops, light citrus, pine and alcohol. The alcohol scent is more predominant than most other IPAs and it kinda caught me off guard. The background is distinctly that of malt and it offers a nice sweet background to this particular beer's scent.

The flavor is heavy and complex. Very hoppy initially with a light malt background. It tastes distinctly of pine and has a nice floral overtone to it. It is not overwhelmingly bitter but it is certainly hop dominant. The alcohol offers a certain level of warmth to the beer and like the scent it can be tasted which is actually very nice. Sometimes people like to cover the taste of alcohol but this beer allows it to shine through and incorporates it into the other tastes well. The malt background is more on the caramel or toffee side but it is very light.. it still has that creaminess to it though.

In regards to mouthfeel the beer is very effervescent. It has a nice amount of carbonation and it tickles the tongue. It is a little heavier than medium bodied but is certainly easy to drink because of how tasty it is. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 22:10:16 | More by herbalist
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a super fresh one for this review.

Pours a beautiful amber red color. It's got a super nice head and has sticky lace all over.

Smell is very plesent. Smells sort of sweet with a very nice pine hop smell. The hops are very unique in this brew and it smells great.

Taste is also very unique. All from the hops though. Although the malt adds a sort of sweet taste to it that is pretty nice. I like it. The buttering hops could be reduced a little though.

Mouthfeel is a little low on carbonation. Could use a bump.

Overall a great brew. One of the top IPA's. I'm gunna buy it whenever I can get some fresh ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 07:43:10 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Red amber liquid with a healthy, soapy head. I like this look for a DIPA.

S: Pine, spruce, caramel, grapefruit. Great hop aroma.

T: Much like the aroma. Gets a tad boozy, but the bitterness of the hops keep it from going overboard. The malt backbone is there and the bitterness level is very good. In other styles, a beer this good would certainly get a 4.5 for taste. There are so many excellent DIPAs here in California, so every half point is a struggle.

M: Pretty good. Oily with hop essence.

D: Drinkable for a DIPA, but it gets a bit alcoholic after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 06:42:51 | More by popery
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West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a semi hazed copper brass hue with a large billowing khaki tan head forming thick with a rocky texture rising well above the rim of my pint glass. Very creamy textured dense head of foam, that leaves thick chunky even bands of lacing with each sip. I miss having readily available fresh West Coast hop bombs to partake in, I found my passion in craft brews while residing in So Cal for a summer although Bend is up in the PAC NW I'm still feeling the West Coast aggressive hops within this style.

Aromatics burst with blistering citrus zest and with raucous pine needle scented earth tones, finishing with an unadulterated course of kind bud like robusto. At the same time sugar sprinkled grapefruit peels rise to the forefront, showing of the loads of malt that went into preparing this fine hoppy offering. A touch of alcohol among the huge citrus hop bouquet, tickles the nose with some carbonation and citric qualities. Hop burps almost scorched my nose hairs leaving me with the sense that I just consumed something with garlic, green onion, or wassabi (that's intense).

Flavor is aggressive with layers of hop bitterness and flavor, compromised of bitter pine and citrus peel weighing heavy with dank earthiness. Slaps you around with hops yet gives gentle strokes of malt sweetness not heavy on the caramel but just a deep since of glazed hop buds. As it warms more and more alcohol provides even more depth and character, outstanding hoppy offering. I'm dying to make a pilgrimage to this brewery when my pal Geof and his lady Lindsey get hitched later this summer, I will be sure to show some support and hoist a couple pints with you folks in celebration of your commitment to each other.

Mouthfeel is oily yet filled with tones of residual sugars, never sticky or cloying but well lubricated with hop oils. This beer literally fills up your senses not many beers out there are able to compete on this playing field. An eye opening smooth and natural carbonation bring this brew to a plane of enlightenment, mystery with the Hop Henge...I'm sold just give me more. Increase production and I preach the way of the Deschutes Brewery.

Drinkability is effortless from the moment you sample the first few sips to the second your swirling the last dregs from the bottle, you simply want more. Thanks for the sample, I know 22 ounces should be enough for anybody. In this case a bomber just induces cravings much like the Nugget Nectar that made me purchase back to back cases, this would be my go to hop fix if readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 22:18:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer very smooth and very drinkable. It is also very aesthetic. It has a beautiful color nice lacing and good head retention. The taste is very nice with a good hop bitterness. I expected more of a big hop aroma than this bottle produced

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 03:12:07 | More by peck95
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to screamforme for this one...

Pours a deep golden orange with a big 2 inch head... Very hazy and hoppy looking...

Huge pungent aroma of citrusy hops rolling off of this one... Smells juicy and pungent, just like I like em...

Every bit as hoppy as the aroma implies... Juicy, sweet, citrusy hoppy goodness that is actually supported pretty well by an underlying maltiness... Finished dry and bitter, lingering on the palate...

Well, this was a great brew all the way around... It put me on my keister quick too... Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 17:52:01 | More by Tilley4
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - wonderful deep orange, two fingers of dense off-white head, sticky lacing left all over the sides of the glass, head dwindles down to a thin persistent layer

Aroma - huge hop aroma full of tropical fruits and pine

Taste - juicy hop flavors that match the aroma profile and add in a spicy characteristic, hops dominate but are backed buy a strong malt presence

Mouthfeel - full-bodied with a bite, vaguely creamy

Drinkability - great DIPA, would definitely drink again

NOTE: This was a bottle of Batch #2.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 08:25:04 | More by DoShek
Photo of meatyard


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear, ruby, amber/honey with a short head that leaves quickly but leaves lacing.
The smell is fruity sweet hops. After a long, slow inhale there is some malt at the end. As this beer warms I start getting the malt sweetness throughout.
The taste is... whoa, bitter, then citrus hops, then more bitter and some malt.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick & sticky.
Drinkability is fine even with the fairly high ABV. More than 1 of these bombers is, likely, too much for me. Plus the bitterness deadens the palate pretty quickly so I don't see any reason to have more than 2 glasses, 1 glass would provide the maximum enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 01:35:20 | More by meatyard
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey, small head reduces to ring, soapy, coating lacing.

S - Light banana, hops, malt.

T - More subdued banana, honey, creamy sweet malt, dry bitter finish.

M - Creamy, medium body, coating, well carbed.

D - Would have more than one...

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 07:39:50 | More by srandycarter
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Lowenbrau mug. Thanks to jadamski1 for the trade! Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a fiery, burnt-orange hue with a decent carbonation level. Sticky lacing left behind on the mug as the massive head of tightly-knit, light tan bubbles recedes to a foamy cap. Excellent aroma on this IIPA, with piny resin and citrus leading the hop charge. Fresh, west coast hops in this beer, probably dry-hopped at some point, and my nose is loving it. Firm backbone of caramel and biscuit malt adds a nice balance.

The taste is aggressively and un-remorsefully bitter, with sticky, resinous hops laying a hurt to nearly every part of the palate--front of the tongue, roof of the mouth, back of the throat. It's a literal hop explosion, but I could use a bit more balance from the malts and/or flavor complexity to the hoppiness, as the bitterness nearly wipes out the taste buds after half a glass. Still, it's one helluva ride! Body is big and chewy, with a moderate carbonation level that adds some pep to the long lingering of bitter hop resins. All in all, a solid IIPA from Deschutes, but I think I like their more restrained Inversion IPA better.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 05:18:58 | More by wagenvolks
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Delerium snifter. Listening to Mark Lanegan's Bubblegum on a cold and rainy day in Northern California.

Pours a deep rust/copper like color with a big and bubbly 2 finger deep off white colored head.

Big hioppy aroma of pine, grass, earth, tropical aromas of pineapple, lemon/lime zest, and some toastiness.

Massive bitterness, pine, spruce, tropical flavors, strong sweet maltiness evens things out. I found the bitterness to be somewhat harsh, and not as juicy as the nose suggested. Unique flavors.

Medium bodied, dry, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

A 22oz bottle was a good serving size. The harshness was slightly off putting to me. Still a great hop bomb if you're looking for your hop fix. Which I usually am.

Nice value for the $4.99 I paid. Will have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 22:03:35 | More by bbothen
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op (the only one, oddly...perhaps it was just the last of their first round of shelving). Pours a rich red amber with a beautiful creamy head that laces like a thin white fleece and sticks all over the glass. Aroma is clean with lots of floral citrus hops...i get mostly grapefruit with some tangerine/peach in there too. Flavor is a right-on balance of malt body with tangerine and grapefruit and a strong, but not overwhelming, bitterness. Bitterness lingers in a satisfying manner. Creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Drinks very well, a nice, extremely well crafted treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 03:00:42 | More by aforbes10
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a mahogany with a nice white head. Smell is very piney, with some really nice floral and some citrus (grapefruit). Some sweet malt. Taste is really intense. Really attacks the taste buds. Quite a lot of malt to balance out the hops and give the beer a bit more sweetness than ideal. The aftertaste if very bitter and fairly intense. The nearly 9 % abv is very evident. Definitely one to try. For me, the nose really stands out, but not necessarily the beer itself. Good, but not in the upper echelon of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:30:41 | More by yeastsipper
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Bistro Double IPA Festival 2009, but it was too late in the session to fairly judge it. This review is from a bottle.

Great looking beer. Reddish amber with a chunky off white head. Complex aroma-- ripe citrus and herbal notes with some toasty malt in the background. Initially has a little bite of pungent, bitter hops. Recognizable Deschutes malt bill comes through mid-palate, with toasty/spicy flavors and vague hints of fruitiness, almost woody-- similar to the Inversion. Hops are bitter throughout, mostly a white grapefruit pith bitterness that lingers well beyond the clean, dry finish. Sort of an old school hoppiness: rough, bracingly bitter and completely lacking the trendy tropical fruit juiciness that is showing up in so many IPAs lately. Not a quaffer; this is a good one to sip and ponder, as it is tough to nail down and it improves as it warms. This is well done, complex, and hits the spot for a hearty double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:34:12 | More by bcm119
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4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a bright, clear orangeish-amber color with a thick light tan head. A slightly more than moderate amount of lacing, but not as much as expected from a big hop-bomb. A big, bold hop nose with the floral components upfront. The flavor was not as floral as the aroma, with bittering hops dominating. Solid, multi-dimesional body that leaves a lot hop stickyness on the tongue. Very drinkable for a hop-bomb, but your palate will get tired after a few, as with most hop-bombs. Overall a very good beer that I look forward to every year. Worth some effort to seek out.

I am editing my review to include some on-tap Hop Henge I recently had. The draft version semed to be more copper-colored my review indicates. The floral hop notes were more up-front in both the aroma and flavor. I found the draft to very smooth and drinkable for an ImpIPA. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:17:29 | More by beertunes
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3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark orange color with and ever-so-slight haziness. The just off-white head recedes quickly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Citrusy hops in the nose with a touch of bready and caramel malt

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. It is a little watery for my tastes.

Taste: Subdued at first taking a second for the hops to take hold. The hops are citrusy, a bit more orange than grapefruit. The malt is caramel mostly, but there is some bready malt as well. I certainly feel the alcohol as it goes down.

Overall impression: Not my favorite DIPA. A little thin and watery without a lot of the character I've come to expect from really good DIPAs. I probably held onto this one for too long.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:06:18 | More by jkendrick
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Poured copper, with a 2 finger white head. Doesn't dissipate, but leaves nice lacing.

S - Toffee, flowers and grass.

T - Toffee, flowers, grass, and alcohol.

M - Full bodied, well-balanced, lightly dry with moderate alcohol. The hops just don't stand out or have much flavor for a DIPA.

D - Not bad, but would like to see something with more oomph.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 03:52:26 | More by MisterClean
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2. Poured with vigor into a tulip glass. Hop Henge is orange/amber in color and pours out with a two-finger head which readily dissipates, leaving behind just a wisp of foam and spotty, sticky lacing. Smell is of candied citrus hops: the caramel malt backbone adds the sweetness to the tangerine-like, slightly piney hop profile. One whiff reminds me of juicy fruit gum. This a seriously hoppy brew, as the taste betrays. There is a significant malty backbone, however Hop Henge is all about citrusy, spicy hops with a dash of pine. It's damn tasty, and the tangy finish lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel is near perfect IMO, medium thick with an oily, resiny texture wrapped around lively carbonation. At this point - not quite halfway through the bomber - i'm also finding highly drinkable and hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 05:05:11 | More by unclederby
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that clings to the sides as it recedes to a collar leaving good lacing.

The aroma is outstanding with tons of sweet citrus fruit hoppiness - grapefruit, mangos and especially pineapples. There are some floral hops mixed in with enough malts to balance it out in the nose. A fantastic aroma overall.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma for me, a much more bitter representation of the smell. The hops are dominated more by the floral than the citrus and have a fairly abrasive feel to them, especially building up in the finish. There is only a slight malt presence in the background, mostly bready.

The mouthfeel is sticky with the hop juice with good carbonation and, as earlier stated, a slight abrasiveness throughout.

The nose is great on this one and the rest of it is very good. Another very good IPA from the west coast.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 01:14:01 | More by gford217
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 pours a nice amber/copper color with a thin head and minimal lacing. Smells super fruity with heavy citrus notes and an overall sweet finish. Has an initial sweet, syrupy taste that ends in a bitter, tongue snapping way. Very well balanced for the amount of hops that in this brew. While high in alcohol, definitely not overbearing while still maintaining a strong malty character. A memorable ale from an amazing brewery. Way excited to try batch #2 for any discrepancies/surprises.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 04:12:27 | More by Meandmymonkey
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.