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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,108
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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.

jjayjaye, Aug 21, 2008
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.

BlindPig, Aug 20, 2008
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!

HopJr, Aug 16, 2008
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.

Oxymoron, Aug 15, 2008
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.

atsprings, Aug 15, 2008
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

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 13, 2008
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.

Sticket, Aug 09, 2008
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 09, 2008
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

tonistruth, Aug 05, 2008
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!

beachbum1975, Jul 27, 2008
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.

naterock, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/24/08.

Pours a clear dark-orange amber color, producing nearly three fingers of soft beige foam The head settled very slowly leaving behind lots of beautiful sticky lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy, piny, and grassy hops along with grapefruit and a bit of caramel malt.

Taste starts with a sweet bread-like malt sweetness. That quickly turns over to plenty of bitter hops. Grassy hops, citrusy hops, piny hops, it's full of hop flavor. The bitterness is just a tad intense (95 IBUs).

The feel is pretty good. Fairly full body and plenty of creamy carbonation. A bit slick from all the hops, but leaves just a bit of stickiness on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is decent. The alcohol (almost 9%) is pretty well hidden. The bitterness is a bit much for me though.

Another very solid brew from Deschutes. If you like bitter and hoppy IPAs, give it a shot.

bkilpatr, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Ruby red cloudy body, thin white had.

s: Sweet and hoppy.

t: Sweet malt. Its strange, but I taste strawberries. An odd, but wonderful flavor. Love the hops too. Piney, oily, rich and juicy. High IBUs and it has a ton of hops in it, but it doesn't seem all that bitter for a DIPA.

m: Sticky, oily, grabs the tongue.

d: Not what I expected. Hop Henge is quite a beer. An excellent flavor, quite unlike other DIPAs. Love the strawberry notes. Another great brew from Deschutes.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. There's a ton of bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Lots of thick sheets left behind with each sip.

Smell is floral hops, citrus fruit, herbal mint, and a hint of pine, with a background of toasted bread.

Taste starts with some bitter floral and piny hops. Toffee and toasted bread flavors try to keep the bitterness in check, but some orange peel and grapefruit rind bring back the bitter bite. Finishes bitter and semi-dry with more pine notes and a hint of toffee.

Medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability, and a real pleasure to share with a friend.

MrMonkey, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper in color. Slight hoppy smell in the nose. This has a huge malt backbone to support the hops. Quite possibly the maltiest IIPA that I've had. Very bready and bittering in the flavor. Decent, but I prefer more Citrusy and juicy flavors.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep orange/red. Some floaties/carbonation. Nice thick head with great lacing.

Smells of sweet malts/hop balance. Bready. There is a mild off flavor I do not like.

Tastes of pineapple, apricots, typical pine bitterness of the style, and alcoholic.
A very sweet double IPA. With a good balance of
bittering. What is lacking is the sense of very fresh green hops along with a floral smell.

Good, but not great. Cool looking bottle and name.

Trueant1, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a bomber, this is on the darker side for the style-a brownish, hazy copper with a just off-white head and good lacing. aromas of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, nuts, pine, and resin come on strong. taste is a moderate malt sweetness appropriately overpowered by the significant hop bitterness. nicely carbonated, creamy and prickly, almost full-bodied. long finish, althought the hop bitterness is a bit rough.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one is big on hops, and a real nice ipa, it pours a slightley orange color with minimal head, this ine is not to thick or cloudy, this is a great repersintation of how an ipa should be, i espechaly like the aftertaste that stickes with you for awile, i wish that i had more than one of theese. if you can find this, buy it.

orcasteve, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours an orangish amber with a nice white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet malt with a touch of caramel, citrusy hops and some alcohol is present in the nose as well. The taste is malt and a good dose of citrusy hops. A lot of grapefruit in the nose and taste. Overall, Hop henge Imperial IPA is a pretty good DIPA and another solid brew from Deschutes, I don't think they can make a bad beer. Hell, I don't think they can make an average beer if they wanted, outstanding brewery.

cjgator3, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., June 2008.

Pours a nice orange-amber in a new Samuel Adams glass; a very nice fluffy head emerges but does not take over the proceedings.

Aroma is really a rich deep complex malt profile, with a decent fruity hops overtones, but actually, the malt is more solid than expected.

Flavor is dominated by sweet oranges/nectarines on top of a very tasty malt base. Some other dark cherries combine with a bit of alcoholic notes (sherry? cough syrup?) to be interesting. Is there hop bitterness? To be sure, but not a massive wow DIPA like some I've had.

I actually like this one a fair amount. The alcohol burn is a tad strong, but that's the only thing I really don't care for.

Dukeofearl, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of rkuhnel
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a copper to amber with a moderate white head and light lacing. Nose is mostly of citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is fizzy and the flavor is caramel malts and citrus hops. Alcohol burn kind of present in the finish. Decent IIPA.

rkuhnel, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear pale copper with a massive creamy head. Nice.

Smells of cascade hops. Lots of citrus aromas like lemon rind and grapefruit. A bit of pine. Not dank like other DIPAs, think more bright.

Starts sweet with plenty of crystal malt flavors coming through. Graham cracker, caramel and candy orange. Grapefruit rind and some interesting cedar notes are present a little later. The hops are also pretty spicy. The finish is bitter and spicy. Pretty unique little DIPA.

Mouthfeel is chewy, full, and very luxurious. This DIPA has great flavor and is overall a very good beer. It won't knock your socks off, but is very good. Recommended.

Update 3-2009

Picked this bad boy up on my latest trip to the Pacific Northwest. Haven't had it since I moved to the east.

Pours a beautiful copper color crystal clear with a thick and gratuitously chunky head.

Smells pungent and full of tangerine skin, mango, pineapple skin, pine and more tangerine. Lovely.

Starts with beautiful malt flavors, none of that sticky sweet stuff, but just the right amount of caramel candy sweetness. Hops follow imparting mango, tangerine, grapefruit juice and cedar flavors. Bitterness is assertive but not really. Beautiful flavors here.

The beer is silky smooth with not too much carbonation. Hop Henge reminds me a lot of the SN Harvest Ales as far as mouthfeel and hop profile, thats some good company. I can drink this for hours. Beautiful beer. Highly recommended.

bosco7, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a delirum snifter

A-Off copper a bit cloudy with no real big head about 1 finger.

S-Typical ipa notes here pine,citrus, hops a little less earthy than alot of IPA's

T&M-For me the flavor of this beer was the strangest part, i'll be honest when i took my 1st drink i didnt like it and that didnt change untill i realized i was nurseing it and as it warmed up it borught out a very floral quality in the beer, the hops got more noticable and the finish smoother, so if u dont like it at 1st let it warm up a bit see what u think.

D-There are to many IPS's out there for me to grab this one on my own but i wouldn't turn one down and would love to try it on tap.

SpecialK088, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light burnt orange in color, and poured 2 solid fingers of thick creamish head lacing very nicely.

Smell - Piney hops smell, and a surprising amount of malt in the nose. A little bit of caramel and citrus as well.

Taste - The malt in this one was more than I was expecting. The hops start to take a back seat a little bit, and I was expecting the opposite to be true of an Imperial IPA. There's a sugary sweetness in there though that at first seems out of place, then finds its way into everything nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium and oily, actually kinda compliments the sugariness well.

Drinkability - I'm kind of undecided on this one. I was expecting a hop explosion of some sort, and instead I've been greeted with other flavors, none of which are bad. I'm not sure if this is my idea of an Imperial/Double IPA, but I have to say I am enjoying it a lot.

sevopie, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of ghostwalker
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at the Liquor Collection in Honolulu, HI.

Nice reddish-gold body with a fluffy off-white head. Thick, interesting lacing.

Nose is tangy, piney hops.

Flavor is sweet, piney and herbal, not so much the citrus flavor I might expect from a West-Coast DIPA. Alcohol is present, but not over-whelming.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and tooth-stripping.

Drinkability is pretty good. A nice DIPA and very enjoyable.

ghostwalker, Jul 04, 2008
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,108 ratings.