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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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2,051 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 220
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is their new version of Hop Henge Imperial IPA, the hops have been modified as of 1/2009.

Available: January to April
Alc. by Vol.: 8.5 - 9.0% range
IBUs: 95

(Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009)
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Solid 4's for me, a good beer but nothing really stood out as "great." Pours a nice copper color with thick rocky head, good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is a blast of hops, very nice fresh hops. I personally didnt really notice too much of a citrus smell, just good ol bitter hops. Taste is on par with smell. It wasnt as bitter as I expected (or maybe I'm just getting used to IPA's). Dominating hops, a touch of sweetness too it, but a very small touch. Bitter, somewhat oily feeling left on the back of the tounge. Moderately carbonated which seemed perfect, somewhat full bodied.

04-23-2008 00:08:38 | More by bunnyhustle
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SAS

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Deschutes 22oz Bond Street Series Hop Henge. Drank out of my Pabst pint glass.

Appearance: Nice golden copper color. No hope haze at all, crystal clean color.
Full two finger of heads. Fades, but still sticks around. This is an absolutely beautiful beer!

Aroma: HUGE Floral and citrus nose!! Big grapefruit notes. Definetly a big boned PNW IPA.

Flavor: Very balanced malt and hop notes. Fades into a very floral hoppy taste with a nice bitter lingering finish. Hints of caramel malts, but it gives way quickly hoppy goodness.

Mouth Feel: Little bit of a watery feel. It's coats you mouth nicely with hops..

Drink ability: This a great summer beer. Easy drinking. I'm having to no problems with polishing of the bottle. I would definitely recommend this beer. I look forward to heading down to Bitter Creek and having a draft. I am big Dechutes fan and Hop Henge is no exception.

04-20-2008 20:32:28 | More by SAS
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bomber bottle courtesy of russpowell, thanks, Russ!

Clear, dark crimson coloring, big, creamy slab of froth atop, lace leaving.
Intense hop aroma, big pine & grapefruit, & more fruit. Twist of orange, slice of lime, ...bitter, but lovely.

Drinkin'...plump flavor, but surprisingly easy drinking and smooth, though the hop bitterness rises up again. Big blast of hops with each sip, mellow malt below, nice and toasty. Hop bitterness shines above it all, and delights even the most hardened hophead.

Nice one. Maintains a bitter hop edge, but cool, calm, & collected. Delicious.

04-20-2008 09:51:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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tpd975

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

The wife brought me this one home from a business trip in Denver.

A: Dark amber pour with a rather wimply head. Few bubbles and light lacing.

S: Tons of fresh pine. The aroma reminds me of christmas. Beneath the pine there is a definite citrus aroma. Not much malt or sweetness. All about the hops.

T: The aroma comes thru in the taste. Once again all about the hops. Tons of nice floral hop flavor. Tinges of flowers and wet grass. Lemon followed by pine come cutting thru in the middle. A nice pine sweetness brings this one to a finish. I really like it.

M: Mildy carbonated, very smooth.

D: Very smooth, very tasty, not a hint of the ABV. This one packs quite a punch but drinks like a 4% IPA. Masterful.

Overall: Another great brew by Deschutes. One of the best DIPA's I have had in quite sometime, and by far one of the most drinkable.

04-13-2008 23:47:14 | More by tpd975
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SargeC

Japan

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: Dense, dark gold beer with a thick and sticky off- white head.

Smell: Light hints of hops. Less aromatic than expected by looking at the brew.

Taste: Great balance and restraint displayed by the brewer. An imperial IPA that finds the right profile of hop flavor while maintaining superior drinkability. This gets better during each taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very dense oily quality.

Drinkablity: Very enjoyable and drinkable brew. Plenty of hop power.

04-12-2008 23:12:47 | More by SargeC
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA pours up with a large fluffy, creamish-white head that tops the slightly hazy, deep orangish-copper body. Good lacing and head retention. The clean, slightly fruity aroma shows some fresh citrusy (grapefruit, pommelo) dry hops (Cascade, Centennial) with a touch of peppery spiciness overlaying a muted toasted maltiness. Hint of alcoholic warmth. The flavor starts off with a quick touch of toasted caramel sweetness that quickly gives way to a defined, slightly resiny hop bitterness that deliver a surprisingly smooth, crisp, yet bold finish with some warming alcohol presence. Medium-full bodied with a great creaminess and just the perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable and pleasant for such a monumental IPA!

CHEERS! Beertracker

04-10-2008 06:45:07 | More by Beertracker
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hammy

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

This bottle has been in the cellar for almost a year and a little bit of time has been very good to it. It pours a deep amber, smells of ruby grapefuit and flowers. The taste is mellow and comforting. For 8.1% ABV this IPA is pretty soft on the palette. Mouthfeel is full and drinkability is (in my opinion) far greater than many imp. IPA's. I love this beer. Another fine limited release from Deschutes.

02-27-2008 21:53:36 | More by hammy
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to flexabull for this brew.

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper hue with a nice two finger fluffy white head that qucikly dies down to a thin layer leaving a very impressive lacing. Let's just say I can smell this one from across the room. Powerful creamy hops of mostly pine mixed well with a very noticable caramel malt that created a very unique DIPA scent. Taste is a very earthy hop flavor of dirt, woody pine, and grass. A tiny bit of alcohol on the tongue towards the end, but doesn't over-power at all. Aftertaste is a bit dry, but a nice mild citrus hop flavor with a creamy malt balance. Mouthfeel is somewhat full and thick with a great combination of just enough carbonation. Pretty solid DIPA, definitely can't complain. Good one to enjoy for sure.

08-21-2007 01:21:16 | More by BeerTruth
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

22oz. bottle

Mainly clear, brown/orange in color. Developed a large, rocky, light tan colored head.

Pine and caramel greeted the nose almost before the bottle was opened. Peaches, and an overall sweet fruitiness wafted out of the glass. Pepper was mixed in there, as well as a hint of alcohol.

Taste was, initally, the barleywine style DIPA -- very sweet and very hoppy. Biscuits and caramel seemed to comprise the malt. Initially, the hops were most noticeable in the finsh and aftertaste, but, as it warmed, they hammered you pretty well throughout the whole experience. Hops were almost oily/resiny and pine like in character. Alcohol remained well hidden.

Body was a bit more than medium. Carbonation was medium to high. It was quite dry.

A very good beer, which seemed to show off the hops more as it warmed. My general experience has been that malt is what usually comes forward with increasing temperature, so this was a nice surprise. Not a "top shelf" DIPA for me (like 'em a little less sweet), but one I would certainly drink again.

07-26-2007 14:52:24 | More by
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Amber in color with a decent white head that laces my pint glass and leaves that lovely sticky film. Aroma is hoppy but not at all piney or grassy. I have to disagree with the previous reviewer in that this doesn't quite fit the bill of "West Coast IPA". Sure, it is hoppy (with a nice fruity flavor) but there is no citrus or pine flavor that always jumps out of the San Diego IPA's. This is closer to an Inversion style IPA. Either way, this is an excellent value for $3.50 per bottle.

06-29-2007 15:54:42 | More by ArrogantB
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: Hazy amber with a fluffy cap of white foam, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Herbal, biting hops, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste: Tropical and citrus fruits emerge first, followed but somewhat harsh, astringent herbal hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. While I'm a pretty big DIPA fan, the hop character of this beer isn't very impressive and becomes somewhat tiring toward the end of the bottle.

Texture: Pretty thick and full-bodied, lively carbonation, a bit heavier than I'd like but still nice.

Drinkability: I can't see myself drinking this much at all, especially when I can just as easily get superior DIPAs from Stone, Alesmith and the like. I'm just not a fan of the hop character of this beer; its only flaw but a rather large one at that. Pretty disappointing - Deschutes is generally an excellent brewery, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Update: Newer batches of this beer are pretty good. Bumping score from 3.3 to 4.0.

06-13-2007 01:47:54 | More by largadeer
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Cascadia

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

2006 version.

Pours a deep amber with a good half inch head settling nicely on top. Clear and clean looking. Good retention too.

Smells like nice hops up front with a little toasty bread at the back. Malty aroma is well hidden within a hop envelop.

Good malty taste at first, which was interesting considering the style, but the ending is all about the hops. The bitterness is balenced will with the sweetness, and the higher-ish ABV is really well hidden. I need to be carefull, this is really easy to drink. Warms the belly after the first few sips.

Good mouth, nice and full, with bits of piney oils hanging on to remind you what you're drinking.

Highly drinkable double IPA. Almost too drinkable. Glad I'm at home with only one bottle to finsh, if I was at the brewery, I'd be in trouble.

06-11-2007 00:22:09 | More by Cascadia
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with msubulldog25.

A: The ale pours with a vigorous carbonation, yielding off-white billows that fill the glass and lace throughout. Color-wise, the ale is a lighter amber color with some definite orange highlights.

S: The nose is chock full of hoppy goodness, showing off a vibrant, piquant citrus hop body. The citrus is nicely paired with some thick resiny pine hops.

T: The flavor is surprisingly well balanced; there is a strong hop bite without too much alcohol or unevenness. The hops register immediately, showing off a pronounced citrus sweetness that transitions into strong bitterness in the finish. The malt body matches nicely, adding a grainy element that balances out the early hop body (until the bitterness kicks in).

M: The mouthfeel never quite figures itself out, starting out well-balanced and quickly turning bitter. I'd vote for the well-balanced start over the finish, if my vote carried any weight.

D: The abv is not conducive to pounding, but I think that some age on this beer would serve well, mellowing out the hops a bit for added balance.

06-10-2007 02:15:42 | More by akorsak
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Vancer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Sent by Secret Bunny - The rayjay, thanks!

No problem sipping on this 8.1% bad boy, the alcohol is hidden scarily well. A slick and crisp drinking brew, I did like the way it started oily, but finished fairly clean.

Had a nice lookinÂ’ pour, amber orange with a small but commanding lace generator. Plenty of citrusy orange to go around, and a bit of woody vine to balance it out. Fine hop bomb, glad to have had the chance to try it.

05-29-2007 14:41:00 | More by Vancer
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Slats

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Pours a nice orange-ish brown color with a slight haze. Head starts out big then settles thin and does not like much until you notice how sticky it is. I lightly swirled it a few times just to watch how long it took the head to even out again.

Smell: The hops smell is surprisingly(considering the name) dominated by malts.

Taste: Malt dominates at first but once the alcohol warms the hops is revealed. This is definitely not the palate destroyer I expected. Sweet wheat toast with a nice bite of hops. You would hardly know this is 8.10% until it warms a bit. With some time to breath the malt becomes stronger as does the warming bite.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Well balanced for the full 22oz but much more would grow tiresome. Nice beer to sip on and let the flavors sink in. You can really savor this one.

Grab one and stretch it out to get the most from the evolving flavors.

05-25-2007 04:02:26 | More by Slats
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Deep colored with a slight haze, almost like a blood orange. Thin foam lays on top; I was expecting more foam from the 95 IBU's. Tame nose, probably from the lack of vigor in the carbonation department. Malts outcompete the hops, with lots of carmel malts and citrus-inspired hops. Disclaimer: it's not undercarbonted, it just isn't very bubbly; there are definately lots of hops in here, but they're almost over-balanced my the deep malts.

On to the flavor. More rich carmel malts, and a decent body of pale malts as well. Very modest carbonation, which works nicely with this beer; no soda-pop appeal at all, and far from the cask beer feel as well. A very British-inspired IPA. Hops arise mostly in the bitter aftertaste, but are completely balanced out by the malts and residual sweetness within seconds. Not much of a 95 BU hop monster, but a good beer in it's own right. I would have preferred more aroma hops. The highlight for me is the gentle carbonation that carries the body quite well. Any less and the malts would just walk all over it. Alcohol is well hidden, but the big malts should be a clue as to the strength.

Recommended, but don't expect a hop mutilation, expect a friendly malt and hops get-together. Cheers!

05-23-2007 21:50:25 | More by rayjay
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Dark kumquat with a static storm of fine yeast. I like the color of the beer, but the head is out of this world gorgeous. It's creamsicle orange in color and is a sticky mass of bubbles that has absolutely slathered the glass with sandblasted lace. This is one of the best head-lace combinations that I've seen in quite some time.

The nose is nice and hoppy, just as advertised. Given the fact that Hop Henge is a DIPA and that it was dry-hopped with loads of Centennial, Cascade and Northern Brewer, I expected more explosiveness. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable nose, it just isn't an outstanding one given my standards for what has long been my favorite style.

I feel the same way about the flavor. If permitted, both the smell and the taste scores would be 4.25, so I'll massage the final score upward using drinkability. Hop Henge is very close to, but doesn't quite reach the 'special' threshold. It's hard to figure the 95 IBUs. While the beer is impressively bitter, I've learned that 'on paper' and 'in the mouth' are often two entirely different things.

The flavor profile is one of the more typical variations on the DIPA theme. Each mouthful is chock full of candied white grapefruit and orange peel, pine sap and a ganja-like funkiness, riding atop a river of melted caramel. There's plenty of pale malt in use (I'm guessing) since caramel doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. A minor blip of alcohol is noted, but it's pretty tame considering the ABV and the freshness of this particular bottle.

The mouthfeel is just about where it should be in terms of size (medium-full for the style) and carbonation (on the low end). Again, I'm tempted to pull the trigger on the next highest score, but can't quite do it. I've changed my mind on using the drinkability score for anything other than drinkability. The score that I've chosen seems just about right.

I'm sorry that I never got a chance to try the original Hop Henge IPA because I've heard so many good things about it. This Imperial version is pretty good in its own right, but can't quite get over the hump to join my favorites of the style. Hopheads shouldn't hesitate to buy a bomber. Non-hopheads might want to spend their money elsewhere.

05-04-2007 21:38:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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GClarkage

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

05/01/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Kettlehouse Blonde Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Deep honey golden colored pour. 1/2 inch very creamy white head forms leaving a nice creamed ring behind. Almost a complete sheet of lace around the entire glass.

Smell- Fragrant fruity and sugary hops are detected, plus a nice toasted malt nose.

Taste- Tale of two tastes. At first there is a strong orange and grapefruit hop bite. Very sugary and very sweet. Then a fairly high toasted bready and caramely malt taste comes into play. The more it warms, the thicker it gets and the more the malt comes into play. Pretty well balanced, if not leaning towards the malt.

Mouthfeel- Darn thick for an 8% beer. Perfect carbonation and a nice sugary lip smacking.

Drinkability- Really impressed with this one. A nice change to have a DIPA with a bit of malt attitude. Well balanced with a best of both worlds. Excellent as usual from Deschutes.

05-02-2007 03:49:56 | More by GClarkage
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TexIndy

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Re-review of 5/2/07 review on 4/18/10. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/16/10 on side of front label. Was a slightly hazy orange amber color with slight carb streams. It had a small head that quickly settled into a good collar and partial film top. Good sheeting that slides back into the drink with none sticking.

The aroma was good but not quite as strong as most ADIPA's. Loads of citric hops, pine resin and sweet malt. Good sniffer. The taste was really good as well. Good hops flavor and mine wasn't very bitter but that may be due to it being at the very end of the best by date. The only knock is that it was extremely sweet which distracted. Needed some more bitter to balance. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation and good after-taste.

Overall, a really good ADIPA that I'm glad I re-tried and will need to try next year when very fresh to see if it's even better. Another great one from Deschutes. High recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - several per season. [R;Y;sesaonal]

Original: 5/2/07 review:Poured from a 22oz bomber with no dating system but know it was fresh when I shipped it back from Colorado since it was just released. Poured into a pint glass. It was a nice cooper color and slightly hazy with tiny bits of yeast floating around. It has a couple fingers of foam that settled into a thin collar with good lacing. The smell was strong on hops as to be expected especially since they jammed it full with three different types. The taste was pretty good but it has was just over the line on too much of a bitter finish. Not bad but have had many others that didn't have as much bitterness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Overall, not bad for an ADIPA and recommend trying but once is enough for me on this one. (3.5, RB, T, O)

. 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

05-02-2007 01:47:47 | More by TexIndy
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -7%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that retains and laces well

Smell: Rich caramel backbone for wafts of piney hops, slightly resinous

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel flavor that lasts for a few seconds until the piney hop flavors overwhelm the tongue; after the swallow, the caramel and the pine are balanced

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a malt backbone than I prefer in my IPAs, but the balance is nice

04-29-2007 20:29:07 | More by brentk56
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%

Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber at 47 degrees

A - Pours an translucent amber orange with a sturdy 3 inch head that over-runeth my glass. Head eventually calms and stays strong at about 1/3 inch. Lacing is dynamite. - 4

S - Surprisingly, a large amount of breaded malt and alcohol make their to the front lines of this brew. Of course, there is a nice hop scent, but not quite as floral or fruity as I expected. I can see this beer being dry and bitter, but with the malt largely contributing to that fact. - 3.5

T - Large hop flavor, but not huge or that enticing. Malts play a subservient role, noticeable but only as a complement to the large hop flavor. Alcohol is slightly present as it warms, strange for a beer with only 8.1% ABV.

M - Dry breaded bitterness with more of the same in the aftertaste. Slight alcoholic sting.

D - While this DIPA comes through in a big way on a kind of lopsided balance, its hop flavor is not as fruity and flowery as I generally prefer. I would still recommend that you give it a try, but I doubt it will be among your favorite DIPAs.

04-26-2007 15:43:52 | More by gmcfarre
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loren01

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Pours a clear orange color, lots of carbonation in the glass. Huge frothy white head, lots of lacing down the glass.
S; Very complex. Earthy, grapefruity, slight malty smell also slight fruity scent.
T: Malty, fruit flavors up front. Nice hoppy/grapefruity taste toward the back. Finishes dry and bitter. Almost a little too bitter toward the end.
M: Slighly thick, oily, full/creamy mouthfeel, not too much however
D: I was craving a good hoppy beer and this satisfied for sure. Hopheads will most likely dig this beer. Would get this again for sure.

04-19-2007 05:20:06 | More by loren01
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sockeye101

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Not bad at all....quite tasty.

Appearance is a nice clear orange/amber color with a huge head that doesn't really stick around...moderate lacing. The is a smell of sweet brown sugar and a touch of spiciness. Thefirst flavor that smacks you is a super sweet malty molassas flavor, but is quickly smashed by an abundance of hoppy bittereness. There's a nice melding of sweet and bitter on the back end that gives way to a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and thickly sweet. Drinks mighty easy for a 95ibu 8% beer...

04-14-2007 02:44:50 | More by sockeye101
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woemad

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Big-ass bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4.29. Was most happy to be able to buy the Imperial version in bottle. I've previously had this on-tap at The Viking. No freshness date on the bottle. I wonder if the artist used the Columbia Gorge Stonhenge near Maryhill as the inspiration for their work.

This beer poured a somewhat dark, hazy orange, with a big, creamy white head that took it's time dropping. Lots of sticky white lace left on the sides of my Bass imperial pint glass.

The smell is evenly mixed between peppery bitter hoppiness and citrusy notes. There's a mildly sweet maltiness as well, but it's crouched in the shadows, weeping from hop-fear.

In the battle for the tastebuds, the bitter hops win out over their citrusy brethren. That's not to say you have to hunt for the latter - they are definitely present, but they are subordinate. It's not, in my opinion, unbalanced. This is bitter hop brew that nevertheless has grapefruit and orange-like citrusy flavors in a strong supporting role. The malts are there but strictly for contrast purposes. I've been in the mood for a sharp hoppy beer and this fits the bill admirably.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. The mouthfeel is oily without being too thick for the style, and the carbonation is exactly where it should be for an IPA.

Very tasty beer. Definitely one I would drink again. This will probably not appeal to non-hopheads, however, whou would probably be better off with someting more mild. Me, I could drink this all night, but if I did the abv would kick my ass come the next day, so maybe it's not quite sessionable.

04-12-2007 16:39:38 | More by woemad
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IntriqKen

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured a medium dark amber with a half finger of white that melted to slightly sticky lacing.
Aroma was sweet amber malts with a hint of fresh citrus hops.
Flavor was more about the hops than the malts. Sweet amber malts to start with then melted to slightly bitter hops, then nicely citrus peel.
Aftertaste was clean with little residual sticky sweetness from the malts.
Just enough bitterness from the hops to make you want another sip...then another.

04-09-2007 06:26:12 | More by IntriqKen
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.