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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 2,268
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 238
Gots: 219 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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
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Photo of Llewellyn9
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- creamy two-finger tan head with slight lacing, brew is honey/copper in color and ever so slightly hazy.

s- bright citrus and floral hops with hints of caramel, very appetizing

t- heavy on the hops, but malt come through nicely, supporting hops very well; a well balanced IIPA. alcohol is present and pleasantly warming. finishes with a firm bitterness and a subtle hint of residual sweetness.

m- carbonation is lacking slightly, still, its creamy and pleasant though a little oily. good but IMO, there is room for improvement.

d- this is a must try for the IPA fan, and stands as an excellent example of the style.

Photo of jantonius
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing Imperial IPA, I love the bouquet of hops you gain from the nose. The feel on the back of your tongue, and the bubbly finish.

Amazing I found it at Santa Monica Liquor for $3 a 22 oz Bottle today, 11/6. One of my favorite Deschutes Brews, next to dissident!!!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is quite hoppy - American pine resin and herbal. Moderate fruit and malty/fruity sweetness. Some citric tones and spice. Smells good.

Pours clear bright amber with massive lasting head. Looks great.

Thick and smooth with solid malt back bone and good hop bite. Soft malty sweetness is kind of like raw malt. Spicy hop is peppery and herbal/earthy - kind of English. Impressively viscous. Taste good. Feels very good. Good drinkability.

Doesn't tastes all that hoppy for an IPA, but it is very spicy in mouthfeel and has lots of nice bitterness. I'm not sure what is experimental about it... it's just another pretty good IPA.

Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Clear, active, deep copper with fluffy white head with a bit of retention. Very attactive. SMELL huge bouquet of citrusy, spicy and floral hops blend and balance enticingly with an assertive maltyness. Some booze too. TASTE citrusy and floral hops, sharp bitterness overpowers strong malty sweetness that balances fairly effectively. Bitterness lingers, and some dryness in the finish. FEEL med carb and fiz, rich, full body, warming and a drying bitter finish. OVERALL an honest attempt is made to balance this classic example of the Great NorthWest Hop Bomb. It was a staple over the summer when it was here. Also very reasonable at $5.50 a bomber, even all the way up in the northern most reaches of southeast Alaska. A worthy brew.

Photo of edmedina
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours one finger high. There is are large bubbles and a lot of lace left by the beer. The aroma is very floral, almost a fresh pine smell. To me it's very much akin to fresh oranges, sweet and piney. The appearance is slightly hazey, probably due to a cold haze in my glass. It's a reddish copper color with a lot of carbonation happening. The first taste I get a mild malt character overwhelmed by a piney character. I also get a strong citrus taste in my second taste of the beer. It does leave a bitter after taste.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. For the ABV, I don't get any hints of the alcohol. The hop character covers all of that up pretty well. If I could find it out my way regularly I would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Version #4, Infused with Fresh Centennials. On-Tap @ the Portland Public House poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a cloudy orange with a creamy white head that is long lasting before creating a nice crown of foam atop the glass and leaves nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is citrus hops and citrus hops in their freshest form. Wow. The flavor is more of that citrus goodness and is zesty and bitter with a semi-dry finish. The body is full and mildly carbonated. This is some potent stuff. I really feel that their should be separate ratings for each of the versions since the hop characters of each are different and meld differently with the malts and have highly variable ABV's. This is certainly my favorite version and is highly drinkable.

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

pours a beautiful brown red with a thick head and copious lacing

Smell is a lot of ripe apples and cherries, a bit like a grenache or mourvedre wine, with a finish of citrus hop

Taste is a bit of sour fruit, strange for an ipa, big warm alcohol, and solid, bitter fresh tasting hops

It's a very fruity, almost sour bready malted beer with big sticky hops, interesting and good

Ps - every time I put "bready" in my iPhone it says "breast" LOL

Photo of northaustin
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 22oz into a pint glass. pours a dark copper with about two and a half fingers of nice off white head that hangs around for a long time and leaves alot of lacing. looks beautiful.

smell is great. a piney blast that i can smell as soon as the bottle is opened. once poured a bit of the yeast comes out in the nose but balances well with the hops.

taste is pretty bitter. the malts are very hidden and the hops are the star. no alchohol heat in this one and overall it is balanced very well.

mouthfeel is sticky at first but quickly turns into a hop induced dryness. fairly typical but enjoyable nonetheless.

drinkability: goes down very easy and doesnt have any heat. a must for all hop heads or just fans of ipas in general. hopefully this one comes around again.

Photo of hobojon
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App- off white head. clear. copper.

Aroma- pungent, citrus, floral, clean, malt- light caramel.

Taste- huge hop flavor and bitterness with resinous finish. pine, citrus, herbal, tropical fruit and grapefruit. alc in throat. very clean.

M- balanced. dry. med carb.

D- very good. have bought many times.

Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A nice three finger head that is foamy and creamy. There is some retention to the head. The body of the beer is a rich copper red colors with hues of orange.

Nose: The malt is rich with a touch of sweetness. The hops in the beer give off a fruity esters, grapefruit, and wood.

Taste: A rich hoppy beer. The flavor is piney, fruity esters and grapefruit. The malt completes this beer with a touch of sweetness deep in the background of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is smooth, astringent, and rich. The body of the beer is medium to medium full. This is a wonderful experiment by Deschutes. Its flavors are uniformed the malt gives this beer a very good backbone. Enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of HiAIPA
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bond series out of 22oz. bomber. Pours a dark amber with a head the size of the liquid. Excellent aromas and flavor profile. Malt backbone props this up, and some nice bitterness on the finish. I didn't know what to expect on this one but was pleasantly surprised. Similar to Smutty Big A. Much better than some of the west coast hyped up IPAs as well.

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

A - pours a clear rust orange with 1/4 inch of off white foam

S - caramel base with nice orange and citrus aroma

T - caramel malt backbone balanced with orange and lemon flavors with a prominent bitter finish

M/D - not an over the top DIPA, but nicely balanced, lots of flavor and just the right about of bitterness

Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle got in a trade with mjl21...aka Mike...thanks for the bottle!

A- Poured a nice light hazy deep darker amber color. Good thick one and a half finger eggshell white head. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass that clings after the head finally dies away.

S- This is a good smelling beer. Big smelling citrus hops with hints of piney hops at times. Underbody of this beer is a sweet malt base. Can detect the alcohol in this upon the first couple of smells.

T- Big huge citrus hops upfront that kick me in the teeth! This is followed right by a piney kick. The middle of the beer is a nice balance of caramel malt and piney hops ending with a citrus/piney final blast.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little off I think but it's still enjoyable to say the least. Beer kind of glides over the palate leaving a hoppy oily resin on the tounge and teeth. Aftertaste is of hops which leaves you wanting me more.

D- This is only a one beer at a time beer. I enjoyed it a lot but it's a little too much to drink more than one of. I would love to drink it again if I had the chance.

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

Appearance: A slightly hazy, burnt-copper body capped with a generous and creamy off-white head that features brilliant staying power and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, somewhat juicy and citrusy hops and moderate alcohol character over a substantial caramel base.

Taste: Just as you'd expect from a Double IPA, there's a generous flourish of hops up front. They're citrusy, piney, resiny, and nicely bitter. That nearly nine percent alcohol content is hidden rather well with. Underneath all of this, there's a solid enough caramel malt backbone to keep it all together. Lots of resiny, bitter hops and a few wisps of booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A fuller than medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Perhaps a little above average for the style in this department, despite the high IBU rating. Just watch out for the nearly nine percent alcohol.

Verdict: Hop Henge is a tasty and quite serviceable Double IPA, though I might stop short of calling it "experimental." A definite pickup for the hopheads.

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

22oz. bomber poured into a Left Hand snifter.

A: Pours dark amber with a small off white head with good lacing that slowly goes away.

S: Piney hops mixed with a earthy/grassy smell. Some citrus as well. Bit of sweetness to the aroma.

T: Again, piney hops up front with some orange and apple hints. Carmel as well which enhances the sweetness but blends nicely with the hops.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Sticky with some bite to it.

D: Good drinkability but probably one bomber is enough. Alcohol is surprisingly present since it's only 8.75% abv. 95 IBU's give your tongue a good work out though.

Would recommend any hop head try. Not one of my favorite IIPA's but still a very good beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from bottle trek or liquid solutions (i forget), by way of stevemcqueenjr.

batch #2 0752 2009 E
tasted in late april/early may 2009

orangey amber. gem clear (decant properly). big off-white foamy head. eventually fades to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: apple and apple skins, grapefruit, both flesh and zest, but a bit subdued. just a touch of pine. sweet caramel malt underneath. slightest whiff of fusel in back.

taste: lots of apple and apple skin again, blending into the caramel, then the fruity citrus of the hops, then quickly into grapefruit rind, resins and pine. nearly bold bitterness peaks towards the finish, but backs off quickly to something more moderate but still resinous, with continuation of the previous apple and malty caramel.

medium body, with faint resins throughout, peaking towards the finish. lightly prickly, moderate carbonation.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a tulip/ Batch #3 (brewed in April, reviewed in May)

P: Crystal clear copper with a 2-fingered Khaki-colored head that is thick and dense, with an almost whipped texture to it. Shows good retention and leaves some sticky lace as evidence it was there.

A: Deep, pungeant blast of hops that smell like grapefruit, orange peels, and candied pineapple with some pine thrown in the mix as well. Toasted caramel malt is barely even noticeable, but the sting of alcohol is readily noticed right away.

T: Damn! This is intensely bitter from the jump as the hops ambush the palate with a spicy, citrusy attack that leaves an intense tingling sensation on the bitter region of my tongue. Flavors of grapefruit seem to dominate, but the candied pineapple and orange peels come through nicely as well. The caramel malt arrives late after the initial onslaught of hops to try and restore some balance at the midway point, but the hops quickly jump back on top to reinforce their dominance. Seems like it packs much more of a piney bite on the back end as it works to achieve a sticky dryness upon swallow. While I did the notice the alcohol, particularly with the burn on the finish, I'm not going to dock points as it didn't impede on my experience in the least.

M: Medium-full bodied with a smooth, yet sticky dry feel to it that was perfectly carbonated.

Notes: This is a pretty darned delicious brew! Fresh hops taste clean and spicy, while they deliver an acidic bitterness that would jolt a dead tongue back to life! The malt barely manages to poke its head through the wall of hops in the middle of the mouthful, and that's about it. If you like sweet, easy-going, well-balanced DIPA's then this is not the one for you. As for me, I really liked this one!

Photo of natasharai
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a large smooth and frothy light tan head, which dissipated slowly to a nice 1/4 inch layer leaving some lacing on my glass. The beer is clear with an orangish light brown color.

Smell: Pretty spicy, some citrus hops, a weird sharp astringent smell, some strong caramel and apple/pear sweetness.

Taste: Bitter hops, sweet apples, woody spice that unfortunately doesn't work well with the other flavors, sweet chemical flavor, strong alcohol, and leaves mouth with a lightly sweet and toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, syrupy, alcohol burn, and leaves mouth pretty sticky sweet.

Overall: Good drinkability despite strong alcohol presence. The bitterness is a bit harsh and the spiciness doesn't work very well with the other flavors, but comes close. The aroma is pretty harsh and takes away from the beer for me.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Large light tan head that has awesome lacing and good retention. The beer is a dull copper color.

S- Nice sweet caramel backbone with hints of cinnamon and nuts, balanced by a large pine hop aroma.

T- Very malty sweet up front with caramel and nuts then some nice spice fallowed by big pine hops. Some alcohol warmth in the end. Good balance of flavors.

M- Sweet and juicy up front with some mild dryness as the hops make their presence.

This is a pretty good Double IPA. Not the biggest or hoppiest but still very good.

Photo of Atlas1
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bomber in Austin a few weeks ago and have been sitting on it for way too long. I meant to drink it right away, but it got pushed back into the fridge and almost forgotten about for a while. Anyhow, I wish I'd gotten to it while it was still really fresh, but I'm still excited about it. Nice to see more Deschutes brews making their way down to TX.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Hop Henge is a copper-orange color with a huge two-finger head that yields lots of lace. Seriously. LOTS of lace. The aroma reminds me of plenty of strong IPAs I've had before, but with a much sweeter orange scent than I've ever encountered. I also get a candied beet smell here, and strawberries and caramel too. First beer I've ever had that I could detect beets in the nose. Nice. Weird, but nice. The taste is tangy and bitter, with a sweet-and-sour sensation. Heavy hop content here that I assume was much more noticeable a few weeks ago, but still command attention. Funky aftertaste is reminiscent of barleywine almost.

A solid and delicious beer, for sure. Again, I'm kicking myself for not drinking this sooner, but it still maintains several layers of complexity even this late. At 8.75% ABV, you could probably sit on this guy for several months, but I wouldn't recommend it. Drink it fresh if you can. Another hop-head's love affair.

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

A really thoughtful extra from Bring. Thanks!

Bath #3 2009

Nice clear tawney reddish amber. Two finger head just doesn't want to lay down and when it finally does it leaves a nice firm sheet of lace in its wake. Herbal tea like hop aromas and a kick of phenol aromas. A nice battle of citrus, pine, and herbal hops fend off a toasted bread and caramel malt backbone. There are some rye like spicy notes. Not sure if rye was used in the malt bill. Finishes with a nice lingering herbal tea leafyness. Somewhat bitter finish, but not over the top. Surprising for a beer approaching 90 Ibu's. Nice full and creamy body. Alcohol is present in a warming spicy manner, but certainly not overstepping it's bounds. Yeah, this one really kicks! Glad I finally got a chance at this one.

Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (this is worthy of a snifter though). Unsure of bottling date ("021 09"?) but fairly fresh as this is the January release.

Liquid pours a dark burnt orange, with amber and rust highlights. Decent clarity, though the darkness makes this difficult to evaluate. No sediment or haze. Head is a light sand/wheat color with adequate retention, and good lacing.

Fragrance is evident from the moment you pour the beer, and is both sweetly floral, somewhat fruity (Rainier cherries and peaches), with a touch of pine.

On the palate, bitterness from the hops strikes first with characteristic grapefruit and pine flavors...this is followed by cedar and a subdued malt sweetness. The full complexity of hops is at play. Finish is lightly bitter with a lingering caramel sweetness...which begins to but never quite drys out. Some spice as well.

Surprisingly light-bodied, average carbonation (though, like I said above: good head formation and retention), fairly crisp with well hidden alcohol. Tasty though not quite refreshing. Not dissimilar to some of their more routine offerings but with a bigger punch of flavor.

Well crafted beer, retaining their signature without going overboard on the hop astringency or bitterness. Not quite mind blowing but very good.

Photo of brewercraig
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of our shipment from Liquid Gratitude. Overall a very nice beer, amber in color with a nice head. Aroma was spicy with some malt. Flavor was malty up front with hop bitterness in the finish. Body and carbonation were both medium. It was a drinkable beer and I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A dark orange color with a minimal off white head. Full lacing that disappears back into the glass.

S: Piney grassy earthy hops with some citrus and a hefty malt sweetness.

T: Deep pine hop notes with some floral flavors and some citrus orange/grapefruit. The big caramel sweetness shows through the middle along with the hops. Finish is deep and bitter but with the sweetness staying around and a fairly large alcohol burn.

M: Full, coating, prickly, alcoholy and some sweetness that seems overpowering at times.

D: With the alcohol showing on the finish, I struggled to enjoy the entire beer.

Overall a good DIPA, but not up there with the best of them. Too much alcohol and the sweetness was a bit cloying at the end. Shame, I really wanted to love this beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I love the label - Stonehenge with bags of malt.

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly copper/orange color with a thick, cream-colored, rocky head of foam. It left sticky rings of intricate lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grasses and citrus. The nose was a little muted for a DIPA, but still good.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, pine and orange peel. The caramel flavor adds some sweetness but it is secondary to the hop power.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another fine Imperial IPA. It certainly is a hop forward one.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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