Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 2,122
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 223
Gots: 139 | 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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Photo of MrBendo
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour; clear deep orange with a large creamy head. Aroma of wet pine needles, earth and orange laden spices. Big malt backbone that screams 'not another California IIPA'.

Fairly big body with a spicy end. I prefer my IPA's to be more in the California style, but this is a nice break that seems to fit into the (fall) season a bit more. Thanks, Toby.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horsebrass the other night.

The beer pours the expected orange peach color with exceptional head retention and good lacing. On the nose I get a good deal of hoppy citrus, coupled with some interesting cherry and apple. On the palate this beer is just stunning. It's incredibly well balanced and has a lightness on the palate that is just lovely. The beer has the expected orange citrus from the huge hop bill, but Deschutes somehow seems to have blended in just the right amount of malt to give the beer some really nice fruit flavors of cherry, orange, apple and melon. The beer is at most medium bodied and the abv. is so well disguised that it's dangerous. I could easily see myself knocking back several pints of this if I wasn't careful, which would be very unwise given the abv.

Have not had this beer in some time and have to wonder if Deschutes has tweaked the recipe. Granted I've only had it out of the bottle prior to this, but I do not recall this beer previously tasting this good. The current version is exceptional.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle for ~$4.50 at Lee's in Vegas. This beer was clear and colored copper like a used penny. The smell is strong with loads of malt along with the hops, making this more of an American barleywine than a DIPA. Tastes a lot like Bigfoot, very very hoppy but thickly sweet with malts. It was OK but honestly I prefer DIPA's that have less of a malt presence than this.

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/28/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, 2 finger thick, rocky head. Clear copper in color. Good lacing.

Smell is slightly spicey, floral and citrusy. Nice sweetness as well.

Taste has a fair amount of spiceness from hops. Nice citrus presence as well. Good sweet malt backbone. Caramel. Slight resin taste and good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is sticky. Medium in body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good although the stickiness makes it seem bigger than it is.

Overall its a good Imperial IPA. Not the best i've had but it is a nice change from the citrus dominated IPA's.

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

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

Hop Henge IPA's big brother, "Imperial," has been released from its shackles. Centennial, Cascade and Northern Brewer hops are the catalysts for a bitter onslaught. A rating of 95 IBUs is the result of about three pounds of hops per barrel (31 gallons).

Chestnut in color with good clarity and small bubbles in advance. Full-looking head drops a sticking trim on the glass and has commendable retention. Deep herbal, spearmint, blond tobacco and citric-accented aroma from the hops. Creamy, semi-smooth mouthfeel with a dense medium body. Tangerine fruitiness moves on to a citric rind flavor, and the full-on hop bitterness sets in. The 8.1 percent ABV is a bit hidden but warms up the mouth after several sips. Bready, dry malt backbone holds strong even though a ceaseless bitterness barrels over it. Finishes with a dry, herbal character.

Deschutes really knows how to throw down. They may as well stop playing around and make this a year-round brew. Let's go the meat-and-potatoes route for this one; a pot of Hell's Fire Stew is fitting.

Check out http://beeradvocate.com/cookbook/recipe/8

Photo of erikm25
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark tangerine and burnt scarlet orange color. The head is fluffy and off white with minimal dusky banana tinting. Lacing is sticky and lathered across the glass.

S: Great citrus and freshly squeezed grapefruit aromas. Floral with subtle pine sap hops and a sweetened malt backdrop. Slight hint of alcohol coupled with peppering spices. Became more flowery in aroma as it warmed to room temperature.

T: Tangy citrus and fresh pine. Solid and heavy malt spine. The malts seems to be a little more on the pale side and play a strong role. While hops is still at the forefront of the taste it is not as huge as I expected. Even with the 8% plus ABV the alcohol is well hidden behind sweet malts. Like the nose, a little ginger and relished kick.

M: Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation.

D: Extremely easy drinking DIPA. I would recommend this for someone who is not a huge fan of the style or new to it. I love trying this style of beer and all the unique approaches. This is one that I will continue to pick up in the future and it couples nicely with Sleep's sixty plus minute magnum opus.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from vasdef42, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good mix of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong bite of floral hops bitterness, which is quickly followed by a hearty malt characters and sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. The beer achieves a better balance as it warms a bit. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better 2IPA's out there but this is still a good hop bomb to drink for a long time.

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

Apparently Deschutes has recreated a monument in the likeness of Stonehenge on the lawn outside their brewery using wrapped bales of whole flower hops. This beer takes its name from that. Now it's no mystery.

Copper kettle with an orange laminate that makes the complexion glossy but also rather filmy. Steady streams of bubbles race to the surface. Off-white fuzz has grown on top and appears to climb up the glass as the level of beer continues to drop. It sparkles like freshly fallen snow.

The smell is lightly soapy with a kind of hoppy mustiness to it. You certainly can smell that a good dose of pungent green little pellets were used, but it isn't accompanied by much of any citric zest or tangy spice. Seems to me it's an equally ample level of malt congesting them.

My hunch would prove correct. Although each sip would contain a healthy dose of resiny citrus it was quickly stonewalled against a backdrop of cookie-biscuit and gooey toffee. It's kind of like a slice of lemon meringue pie coated in rich creme caramel. Ya, its definitely tasty.

The alcohol isn't entirely absolved by the aforementioned pairing, some makes its way through the cracks. Not enough to complain about however. The bitterness seems completely paved over; acidic hop resins are buffed right out by the sweet caramel-laced malts.

Deschutes is a really great brewery and anything I've ever had from their 'Bond Street Series' has been especially good. 650ml is a nice sized portion for a beer like this. The Hop Henge DIPA isn't anything that'll throw your head back, but it certainly will satisfy your taste buds.

Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in early July 2008 for $4.99. Reviewed 4.08 on 10-4-08.

Beer poured a copper color with a strong 2 finger head that is clinging as i sample-4.5

Nose is a hint of floral hops and malts that are to come - 3.5.

Taste is actually pretty well balanced considering this is a 95 ibu brew. Heavy malts seque nicely into a citrus hop finish - 4.0.

Mouthfeel is very nice, quite full bodied and smooth - 4.5. Overall drinkability is very good. At 8.1 abv, the alcohol is not noticeable or overwhelming. Would recommend to hop heads to try - 4.5.

Re-review 2/5/12. Best by 4-25-12.

Beer poured golden-orange with an ok head that is leaving lacing behind - 3.5.

Nose is wonderful, fresh citrus and mango are in abundance - 4.0.

Taste is very well balanced, malt backbone is strong allowing it to hold up to the 95 ibus. Hops win in the end as the citrus and mango leave a lasting sharpness behind- 4.5.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth for the style making every sip a pleasure - 4.5.

Overall this is a solid beer, very representative of the style. One of the better ones from this solid brewery! 4.5.

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

22 oz. bomber into a "La Fin Du Monde" specialty tulip...

A: Poured a nice copper color with a huge 3 finger rocky head. Super sticky lacing throughout with moderate head retention. A very nice looking beer.

S: Lots of citrus hops in the nose, specifically orange rind and grapefruit followed by a nice little blast of pine. Noticeable trace of alcohol upon warming. The malts get lost in the hops.

T: Sweet and malty backbone with a long hop bitterness that hangs into the semi-dry finish. Good balance for an Imperial IPA. Lots of citrus tones with some spice thrown in. Slight alcohol burn as it warms in the glass.

M: Strong medium body with lots of oils and resin from the hops. Very slick in the mouth with a good amount of carbonation.

D: The alcohol is fairly well hidden in the balance of malts and hops, however as I neared the end of my bomber, I could definately tell this beer had every bit of its 8.75% ABV rating. This one will sneak up on you.

I really enjoyed this beer, and I will say it paired well with a peppered bacon & swiss grilled cheese sandwich on artisan bread at 12:35am!!!

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

Okay so I am a sucker for just about any DIPA out there! Yes I am a "Hop Head."

Anyhow, here is what I thought of this brew.

On the pour, the appearance is a clear copper/amber with a nice 2 inch head that leaves a little lacing after it retreats.

There is a smooth maltiness to the brew and for a beer with 95 IBU's I was expecting a bit more of that telltale Cascade hope nose.

The taste is nice, but I have had a more in your face DIPA's. Nice maltiness and an orange rind type finish with plenty of hops to round out the finish!

I have let the beer warm just a bit and the carbonation has diminished a bit, but a still a nice mouthfeel!

I got this beer on a special trip to Denver since I can't get it at home. So that being said, I will probably not pick up another when I am up next time, but yet I am intriqued to try this on draft at the brewery! We'll see...a nice effort nonetheless!

Photo of opwog
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Now watching: DVR of Ted Kennedy's speach at the DNC

Thanks to HB Liquor Warehouse for this bottle.

A- Clear, dark amber color with a two inch head with an average pour into a 20oz glass. Head almost immediately turned from smooth to rather lumpy and then down to a level disc.
S- More malt than hops and something odd, almost like wet leather.
T- Does not taste like an almost 9% beer. Also doesn't really taste like an Imperial IPA or even an IPA. More like a roasty, orangey Pale Ale.
M- Hops come through more in the mouthfeel than anywhere else, as it bites slightly on the sides of the tongue and the back of the throat. Solid carbonation.
D- drinks like a friend's decent home brew.

Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

A- pours a pretty dark amber into my nonic english pint glass. An off-white fluffy head that sticks around for a long time. Even towards the end of the glass it keeps a nice cap.

S- the smell at first is Very Sierra Nevada'ish. It's a smell that's hard to describe to me cause it's not really that piney, or that grapefruity, but ti's more like really sharp greenery. There is a lot of malt sweetness in the background... lots of caramelized sugars and toasted malt.

T- It has a big sweet and toasted maltiness to it. That never gets overshadowed. The hops are there, but overall it's "balanced" which isn't my favorite type of DIPA, but it's still tasty.

M/D- it's got a body on it, that's for sure. With the high maltiness and the almost 9% abv it doesn't go unnoticed.

Although I really don't like sweet DIPA's this one just goes down pretty easy. The extra sweetness combines with the fairly soft hoppiness enough to make it mesh pretty well together. Only Deschutes could do that.

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

This is a a beer worthy of Deschutes' exquisite Mirror Pond. In fact, it is so different from your average Imperial IPA that it should be called an "Imperial Mirror Pond."

Pours a clean amber with a very lively head. The aroma has a slight bitter soapiness to it that put me off at first, but it comes together as it warms, with a delicate malt and a slight whiff of floral hops. The flavor is amazing - floral, well balanced, delicate. It has hints of apricot. There is a small bite of alcohol, but nothing offensive. The hop character suggests a full, ripe flower. The mouth feel is clingy, leaving a beautiful, delicate bitterness on the finish. If you want a hop bomb, this is not your beer. If you want a subtle, balanced, floral double IPA, like a fine strong cup of expensive tea, this is for you.

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

Many thanks going out to dmeadows for this one...

Pours a fairly clear light honey colored amber with a stiff inch deep off white head that resists fading in the 'perfect pint'. Light amount of lacing observed. The smell is nice orange and grassy hoppy with a balanced sweet malty character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth has a tangy hop feel. Medium bodied, the sweet malty piece lingers nicely. Full flavored, there is a fruity orange tangerine grassy taste that indicates tons of quality ingredients went into this product. A real nice drinker...the 8.75% ABV is well integrated. Really glad to have the opportunity to consider this one! A great 20th anniversary effort from Deschutes.

Photo of BlindPig
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 1" tan head on a pretty clear orange/amber body.
S- Hops upfront with sweet malts following right behind, fruits like orange and grapefruit are blended with a grassy aroma.
T- Strong orange peel with grass hops comes through first. Sweet malt soon follows covered by a strong bittering and covering of tongue from orange peel. Slight grass notes come through in aftertaste along. Just a touch of alcohol comes through on back of throat also.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It's a solid DIPA with a lot of orange and grass notes to it just nothing really to separate it from the crowd.

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

Poured from a bottle into a frozen thick walled glass. Poured a copper hue, with a very little head. Lacing was present halfway down the glass. Has a very powerful aroma of grapefruit, pine, and a little floral. Hits the roof of your mouth almost immediately with a floral after taste.

Interestingly some of the posters have stated this to be a DIPA, and it's labeled as an Imperial IPA. Imop it's every bit of an Imperial and then some. A good find and being a hophead I truly recommend this one you will not be disappointed. This was a really enjoyable drink very cold, still enjoyable as it came to room temp. Enjoy!

Photo of Oxymoron
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rocks in funny formations? Pours a hazy copper to amber color with a slight orange hue. A soft white head with limited retention and lacing.

The nose is more malty with some under lining hop notes. The malt has a sweet almost sugary aroma. Some minor caramel and kettle notes. A hint of bready as well. The hops are present but expecting more for style. More of a earthy meets floral thing. Some minor yeast notes but pretty clean.

The taste is more along the lines of a double IPA. The hops come out more and balance the sweet malt. More of an east coast IPA to me. There is a more floral and citrus notes that come out but finishes with chalky earth taste that is off. The malt has a sweet taste with some minor kettle notes, but limited overall. Some alcohol notes that are boarder line fusel. Some minor esters but not bad.

The mouthfeel is between moderate and full with a sweet finish. Not under attenuated just sweet. Overall would have liked to see more hops in the nose and finish, but you can't win them all.

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

Pours a crisp copper with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is a plethora of citrus hops with a hint of pine, slight caramel malts linger in the back. The taste is a nice amount of citrus with the malt right behind providing a decent balance. The beer is medium bodied with some sticky alcohol. This is an enjoyable IIPA, but there are better ones that I can get in my area.

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

Von Fuss in Lost wages. Poured into a goblet the liquid is copper and foamy. The head is large tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is typical for the style lots of grapefruit and other citrus.

The taste follows adding a nice malt back bone. Nice caramel malt a hint of lemongrass in the yeast, with a resiny finish that is just right not overdone.

The mouthfeel is great excellent carbonation and great body. Smooth and creamy with a bit of sizzle as well.

The drinkability is very good indeen a must try for any hophead.

Prosit, MK

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

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours slightly hazy (-), has a deep amber color, the foamy white head lasts a long time (+) and decent lacing (+).

S- sweet malts (+) with mild citrus (+) followed by a well balanced aroma from hops although I think I'd like to smell more hops.

T- sweet malts (+), wonderfully balanced and noticeable but not overpowering hops (+), and a slight finishing touch of alcohol... the bite will fall short for die hard hop heads.

M- medium bodied (+) with the perfect combination of carbonation (+) which nicely compliments the oils from hops.

D- well balanced and flavorful Imperial IPA that can be enjoyed by all, lacks the knock your heart out hop hit that other double IPAs target, but that probably makes it more drinkable for most (watch the alcohol, it is hidden quite well).

Overall, I'd recommend it, but for those die hard tear your heart out hops lovers, this one will fall slightly short. For those like me who enjoy hops enough, but not enough to sacrifice the heart, a very good dIPA.

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

Pours a nice red/orange color with a fluffy head, but still diminished fairly quickly. nose is pure cascade and malts. Taste is similar, Cascade to the max and a nice malt presence. A very smooth brew here, but it really doesnt excite me all that much. A good beer, and one I would certainly drink if offered, but I can think of numerous DIPAs I would rather purchase. However, if you are a big cascade lover, this is probably the one for you. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, could be slightly thinner I think. Drinkability is excellent, very smooth. Another solid beer from deschuttes, but nothing really mindblowing. A staple like DIPA, that I would probably purchase every so often if it was regularly available. Sweet label art. Good beer. Give it a try.

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

A- deep golden straw color, excellent retent on an impressive fluffy white head, attractive lacing

S- leafy, mild citrus, floral, cookie like malts, hoppy

T- very well balanced, cookie like malt sweetness, toasted malts, citric and earthy hops with raw hop oils

M- soft yet full with faint stickiness

D- great flavor and amazing balance, complex, recommended, best when fresh

Photo of beachbum1975
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting labeling, I like the whole stone hedge theme for a beer! No freshness date to be seen.

A: Pours with a two finger thick, off-white and chunky head. The beer is clear, bright, deep amber with small bubble streams raising to the top - an attractive beer to look at. Suds rings form through the duration of the drink, leaving a hard crusty film on my imperial pint glass.

S: Sweet and creamy malts mixed with hops falling into the realm of grapefruit rind, apricot and some light, indefinable herbs. Not an overly powerful aroma - but definitely worthy of being a IIPA.

T: Medium to heavy pounding of sweet, lightly toasted malts mixed with a light and enjoyable bouquet of pine and citrus hops. The most noticeable hop flavor is definitely the resinous, sticky pine. As the beer warms in the glass, it gets warmer with hot alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied with a semi-crisp finish - highly vicious overall. There's ample carbonation on the mouthfeel throughout. Overall, this was a nice example of a IIPA, but unfortunately it won't fall into my "Fav 5" for IIPA's.

Many thanks go out to PIMPP for the opportunity to try this one!

Photo of naterock
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One that I happened upon in Las Vegas. poured into a tulip.
C: orangy copper, thin yet consistent head, cloudy from the yeast
S: typical hop aroma, doesn't smell like an Imperial.
T: WOW, totally unbalanced hops kicking me in the mouth. completely reckless hop usage. any malt in there?
M: way too overcarbonated.
D: I would buy this one again. I would like to try some more from Deschutes.

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.