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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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2,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,072
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 219
Gots: 131 | 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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Photo of tayner
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

22 oz bottle purchased days after it was availble in arizona and stored in my DBF cold to preserve the hops.

Pours a burnt amber color wiht a white foamy head that stayed at about 1/4 inch for the whole glass. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom to help maintain the head as well. lots of sticky lacing. very appealing.

Smell was hop dominated, as expected. Floral, citus, and even a touch of spicy peppery hops were noted on deep smell. Smell is vibrant and fresh yet clean.

Taste was initially hop oil bitter. The floral and citrus hops are most dominant up front. Midpalate finds some sweet malt flavors trying to balance out all the hops. They dont quite succeed, but they get close. This is still a hop dominated beverage, as the name implies. On the finish the spicy hops make themselves heard, finishing spicy and yet dry.

Mouthfeel was creamy for a brew of this intensity. It has some oily feeling up front, but the hops dry nicely at the finish and make you want to come back for more all too soon.

This one is a monster at 8.75% but you would never know it, very, very well hidden. this one would be one easy to get in trouble with as it goes down fast, smooth, and all too easy, and at 4.99 a bomber a good value as well.

tayner, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of jakon
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz. bottle purchased for $4.19 on 6-5-8 at Orenco New Seasons.

Pours a light reddish/dark orange hue with an average sized head.

Aroma shows big pine, grapefruit, mango, orange rind, pineapple juice, and alcohol.

The taste is mildly bitter and surprisingly balanced, while the aforementioned aromas come through somewhat subdued. This probably had a sharper overall flavor profile when it was fresh.

The mouthfeel is thick and massaging. Carbonation on the lower side. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that i will be purchasing more of. An IIPA with individual character.

jakon, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%

22 oz. bottle, from Whole Foods in Tustin, CA,

A: Pours a dark maroon red, with a thick rich cap of white foam, great head retention, extensive thick lacing.

S: Light for the style, stone fruit, and caramel malt.

T: The overall flavour is very idiosyncratic for this style, but still pretty tasty. Get a lot of sweet pine, almost a spruce character. Malt is of burnt toast and caramel. Sour cherry also plays a role, tree sap, light alcohol character.

M: Light in carbonation, long aftertaste, overall a pretty medium body, very resiny as per the style.

D: An interesting beer from Deschutes, love the label. Wasn't blown away, just a good Double IPA for me.

Halcyondays, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Avryle
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Picked up a couple bottles at a Lee's in Vegas

A- Dark amber colored with a thin off-white head

S- Fruity & citrusy hops with a sweet malty backbone.

T- A lot of fruity, citrusy hops. Nice caramel sweetness in the middle with a overly bitter hop finish.

M- medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Really the best part of this beer.

D- Pretty easy drinking but for the very bitter finish

Avryle, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Deschutes- Hop Henge

Big THANKS go out to Pimpp for this 1. Patrick hooks me up with great beers!

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with a huge thick frothy head. Chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Big strong oily pine hops with sweet grapefruit rind.
T- Sweet creamy caramel malt with a huge kick of grapefruit and oily sappy pine.
M- Thick and sweet malt are up front and center with a creamy mild hop finish. Not as bitter or puckering as it would or could be.

Overall- A smooth DIPA that doesn't overpower you with hot alc. or hops. Smooth and just right. Another excellent beer from Deschutes!

Thanks Patrick!!

NJpadreFan, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of BrewMonkey
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours deep orange to amber with slightly off-white head that develops a pretty big bubbled block on top of the ale. Head recedes leaving nice regular lacing.

The juicy aroma almost bites at the nose, almost taunting your pallate. Lots of sweet citrus with some pine in the nose, slight hint of alcohol heat. Very pleasant to sniff in a tulip glass.

Wow, first sip is like a giant wave of juicy hop goodness. As immense as the first sip is, the finish is suprisingly smooth, with while not exactly low levels of bitterness, a level that is balanced and smooth unlike many over the top hop bombs. This is a major plus in my book, as I never got the point of making a beer so bitter you can't even enjoy all the hops in it after the first three sips. Some candy like sweetness present, slight warming from the ABV, clean finish, juicy aroma from start to finish. Just tasty tasty stuff. Missed out at a brewfest, and glad I picked up half a case.

BrewMonkey, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of BeerDonkey
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

A big fan of Deschutes beers. Nice creamy head. Suprisingly, not a huge hop aroam. Imperial IPA and no hop aroma? Maybe it's the particular bottle I opened. Taste: hops are there, but mostly in the bitterness. Again suprised, was imagning this was going to be a "hop bomb".

Overall, extremely drinkable. A very balanced beer. Not quite as much hops as I would expect for an imperial IPA, but a very good beer nonetheless

BeerDonkey, May 26, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Fairly dark orange color, clear but for a bit of yeasty sediment floating about. Very attractive tan colored head is over two inches high, thick and frothy, and showing no signs of receding. Lacing should be great. And it is as it turns out.

Strongly malty aroma here, but with a firm backing bandof Centennial and Cascade hops. There's actually more caramel and toffee malt on the nose than hops, which is surprising. What's there is citric and piney fresh.

The citrics in the flavor lean toward grapefruit and orange zest, with a healthy dose of pine resin to play ball with. There's some candi sugar and thick caramel sweets on the malt side, but also a strong pale malt (light sweetness) presence which has a good cop/bad cop effect, as it leads the mouthfeel to be slightly below average but also provides a relief from the uber-stickiness that would otherwise result.

Thus, I would say the mouthfeel is just about right, medium for style, with carbonation definitely on the lower side of average. The finish showcases the hops nicely, and there's a concomitant bump in the score. Alcohol is only mildly noted, especially when chilled. Nicely hidden, and a good brew overall. Would have liked to have tried l'Henge originale, as it's been highly touted to me personally as well as on the internets. Que c'era, as they say. This one should satisfy the hop head set.

BretSikkink, May 25, 2008
Photo of Hoopster4hire
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Pours a reddish hue. What head there was dissipates quickly with minimal lacing afterwards.

Smell: Typical herby aroma of hops, but with mild tones of citrus

Taste: Solid amount of hoppiness, although not overwhelming for a beer with such a high IBU count. Nice malt undertones, somewhat of a woody like taste hidden in there.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is very pleasant, not flat, but not over done.

Drinkability: Great Imperial IPA. Can't quite session this as the 8.75% abv might catch up with you, but the alcohol is hidden very well.

Highly recommend this beer for the hop heads out there, it should spark a lively debate about it's taste

Hoopster4hire, May 25, 2008
Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz Bomber

Best by: 8/6/08

Yet another brew received in a trade with russpowell, thanks Russ! Hop Henge pours a beautiful clear copper without any visible carbonation. The head is bright white and two fingers tall on the pour. The head fell rather quickly to a skimming but left thin sheet lacing on its way with fingers toward the top of the glass.

There's not a lot of aroma right upfront but each swirl brings out the layered hop complexity. A good deal of slightly overripe pineapple is the first that comes to mind followed by lightly sweetened grapefruit and a peppery spiciness that is reminiscent of plantains. An interesting hoppiness grows on me the more I smell. All of this has a light drizzling of caramel and a mild booziness that accentuates the hop profile.

The hop profile comes together more singularly in the flavor then the aroma. The caramel maltiness lays a solid foundation. The pineapple isn't as bold as the nose suggested nor is the grapefruit. Caramel rides all the way through with the hops flashing here and there showing characteristics of each flavor described. The plantain does show itself on the swallow with a slight spiciness that the alcohol fumes intensify. Hop Henge is very unique IIPA that I'm really enjoying.

The body upfront is medium but as it works through has a slight stick on the swallow. I can appreciate this kind of stick in a big IIPA. The hop profile leaves a lingering bitterness that tends to grow with each successive sip. I'm teetering between 4-4.5 so I'll stick with the 4.

This is an easy one to put away, especially when the abv is taken into account. I can already feel my cheeks warming up but it drinks as easily as I less alcoholic brew.

I really appreciate Deschutes beers and this is no exception. The deeper I dive into this one the more I like the uniqueness. Hop Henge is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, and a yet to be named variety that I'm guessing adds the spiciness. Hopefully this unnamed hop gets used in other brews along the way because it's out of the ordinary and I'd like to get to know it a little better.

joe1510, May 25, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a clear dark orange hue, big dollops of white shaving cream-like head sustains, thick lacing

Aromas of grassy hops and sweet bread malts, light alcohol

Taste is initially characterized by very bitter and grassy hops, sour grapefruit and citrus, warming alcohol, biscuit and bread malts slowly open up in the middle, tones of pine, oranges, lemons, caramel, finishes very dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery thin texture with slight bitter resin, moderate-high carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, the alcohol presence is mixed into the front of the taste and is mostly gone in the finish, a very bitter DIPA with low hop taste profile, nice malt balance, wished this had a bit more body and texture, okay but nothing great for this style

Stoneman78, May 23, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Had on tap at the City beer store in SF.

A: Deep amber with a thin tan head

S: Sweet witha lot of fruit - pineapple, orange and a little mango and banana

T: Medium body with a lot of fruity hops. Caramel sweetness in the middle with a nice finish

M: Great body and finish with good bitterness. Good carbonation

D: The only way the alcohol shows is in your BAC

DefenCorps, May 22, 2008
Photo of NBake
4.13/5  rDev 0%

Billowing beige head floats atop an amber cap. Head is persistent and leaves trails of sticky lace.

Pine and flowers fill the nose. It's a bit subdued for an imperial.

Complex flavor. There's some orangey citrus action going on with a generous caramel malt backbone. The finish is clean and the resiny bitterness lingers. There's a touch of warming alcohol as well. Some nice toastiness appeared a little later as well. After several swallows, I noticed a slight grainy note in the finish that really added to the complexity of the beer.

Hop Henge is a bit thin, making this a very drinkable beer for a 9%er. Carbonation also seems to be on the medium to low side, which seems to work well.

Overall this is I beer I really enjoy, and have gone back to a couple times. It is way too easy drinking for it's strength as I could down several in a row. It is just complex enough to keep you yearning for more, and at around 4 bucks a bomber it's deal.

NBake, May 20, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Served on-tap at the Toronado in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly brownish red, a very unusual color for the style.

S: Lots of hops in the nose, also quite a bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of candied oranges and sweet caramel malt. This beer is really sweet, probably the sweetest DIPA/IPA I've ever had. It's really not all the bitter.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation.

D: This beer is just way too freaking sweet. It overwhelms the palate and dominates the other flavors. Not my favorite DIPA by a long shot.

willjschmidt, May 19, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

On tap @ Tenaya Creek in Las Vegas. Served in a chalice.

A - Absolutely gorgeous brew, dark amber coloration, nice thick head of froth, excellent retention, sedimentary lacing. Overall presentation - perfect.

S - Sweet aroma, a bit of grapefruit perhaps, citrus tones mostly, with a decent hop backing.

T - Awesomely bitter hop body, with a sweet sticky malt backing. The hops can seem slightly muted at times, but with the high abv and ibu levels I'm sure it just damages your taste buds. Not that I'm complaining.

M - Sticky sticky medium body, coats the palate. Nice carbonation level which perks this one up and keeps it from being too syrup-like.

D - Outstanding. I was done after two glasses, but I was craving more. Came back to have another a few days later, and the keg had blown. The bartender said it was their second one and were not likely to get another, what a shame. If you find this baby, don't hesitate.

PhageLab, May 15, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%

pours a rich golden amber in color, darker than most IPAs

aromas of pine and citrus hops, malt, bread

on the palate the beer is super smooth without too much hop aggression. subtle pine dominates the hops and sweet malt balances it out in the end.

decent body, no trace of the alcohol, and the finish is nice

a very smooth IPA with a finish that lingers long after the sip, but the beer is never too aggressive or upfront.

bitterthebetter, May 14, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Had another one 3/31/09. Yeah, this is a middle of the road DIPA, fairly two-dimensional bitter citrus flavor, not as much complexity as some others I've had since the first tasting. I like most of what Deschutes puts out, but I am downgrading this one a tad.
Pours a deep orange copper color, with a bit of a white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells of citrus, and tastes of grapefruit and orange with a mild bitter aspirin aftertaste. There's a lot of citrus tingle on the palette. Not the most intense DIPA I've had; in fact, it's on the mild side for a DIPA. More like a good solid IPA. At any rate, while it's not the most powerful DIPA I've had, it's a solid entry from Deschutes and very drinkable. Too bad they don't make this one all year, as Inversion is not that big of a deal.

PhxHorn, May 03, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Medium to darkish amber body with a nice thick white head. No visible carbonation.

S: Grassy earthy hop aroma. Fairly mild with a touch of floral.

T: Very light for an IIPA. The bitterness is decent but I don't get the advertised 95 IBU's. The hops are pretty much all in flavor. The malt sweetness is strong enough to overcome the bitterness and balance it very evenly. The aftertaste is very sweet at the end with only a touch of hop flavor.

M: The sweetness seems to give it more body but it still is only medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable for an IIPA. I would consider it a heavier IPA, but it's a stretch to call it a double.

drseamus, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

A: copper color with minimal white head.

S: Grassy hops. Earthy and hints of flowers.

T: Super sweet for a DIPA. Hop bitterness is almost a side note to the sweetness. Suprised at how balanced this is.

M: Nice med body. Not as creamy as I would like with a DIPA.

D: Very drinkable. Tastes like it is around 6%.

aerozeppl, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Big thanks to inflatablechair for this trade.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. 086 08

A: Pours a ruby tinted orange that's deep enough to distort visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of dense, yet fluffy, off white head forms and holds nicely. Pretty decent lacing in the snifter.

S: Bottle says the ABV is 8.75%(apparently boosted from the original 8.1%). This is pretty high, but not extreme for a DIPA. However, the alcohol is very present in the nose. Almost Quad like alcohol, deep, rich, mingles throughout all the scents. Behind the alcohol lies a pleasant citrus hop resin and light pine. Malts are DIPA dense, bready, biscuity, chewy, and super sweet.

T/M: This is one odd brew. The alcohol is much less present in the mouth. I expected much more from the nose. Also, the taste is here and gone to a very dry and lingering bitter finish before you can blink. What I do get is good, not outrageous, but good. A nice assertive hop bitterness right up front with slightly muted citrus and peppery pine. The malts rush and in leave instantly; Super sweet, doughy, and turning the brew viscous.

D: Very odd but still tasty. The more controlled alcohol in the taste helps drinkability. I probably won't seek this out again but that's because it's terrible.. there are just so many equally good, and even more better DIPAs that are much easier to find. Thanks for the opportunity to try this brew, Sam.

pwoods, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours amber/orange with some effervescence with 4+ fingers of cream colored head. Pretty good lacing & excellent head retention

S: piney & resiny, restrains as is it warms, but gets a second wind the last 4-5 ozs

T: Citrussy (orange & grapefruit) hops, caramel & honey malt up front. Grapefruit& a couple of bales piney hops, boozey warmth, caramel, slight candi sugar & curaco notes as this warms up. Finishes with piney hops, a bit of booze, & loads of dry orangey hops & some grapefruit

MF: Chewy with enough carbonation to get the hop taste up through the giant malt presence. Gets very sticky as this warms, then strangely becomes creamy at the finish

Drinks a little slow, due to the complexity of this ale. The taste draws you in, I believe this beer would sneak up & whoop your ass if you choose to session on this! Super DIPA IMO, won't get hyped too widely available, more for me!

russpowell, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
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.

bunnyhustle, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of SAS
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.

SAS, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of tpd975
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.

tpd975, Apr 13, 2008
Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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