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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
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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
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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 RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my favorite goblet. A nice glowing dark orange color with 2 fingers of thick cream-colored froth. Head dissipated after 3-4 sips leaving a pretty cobweb of lace. A shiny film of bubbles stayed throughout.Aromas of pine sap, deep citrus fruit and lots of hops. Very interesting hop flavors and lots of them. Touch of citrus on the front, which is quickly smacked down by the piney hop syrup. I somehow noticed a presence of sweet caramel malt in the mouthfeel, with just a touch of phenol.

Very good, very big DIPA but yet so drinkable!

Reviewed again on 02.11.09
Gorgeous copper pour, with a slow rising solid 2 fingers of manilla froth. Bubbly, lacy, bright bubbly goodness. Bright copper in appearance with some chill haze. Perfumey aroma featuring pinesap & grapefruit pie.
Chewy piney flavor on the first take. Hop bitterness slowly entering every corner of my mouth. I get a chewy, chalky hop resin flavor that I often get with Sierra beers, and I like it! Hop flavor, bitterness and alcohol sing together wonderfully. Super solid DIPA.

RustyDiamond, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with 3 fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention leaves nice sticky lacing. Smells of caramel, citrus, biscuits, and pine. Tastes of caramel and biscuit up front followed by citrus fruits like lemon, tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. Finishes with a touch of pine and a slight hint of the alcohol. Medium to medium full in body with a nice oiliness and well balanced between sweet malts and citrus. An excellent balanced IIPA that isn't too high in abv but packs in the flavors.

HopDerek, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bitterbill for including in a trade!

22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter glass:

Pours bright orange amber with a thin head that descends to a swirling patch. Dotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citrus - esp. pineapple and pink grapefruit with pine and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of grapefruit, pineapple with some pine. A caramelish/pale-ish malt backing gives it a sweet backing, leading to a dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is well-covered.

Full-bodied without being too thickish or syrupy. A nice carbonation level keeps it smooth. This can disappear way to quickly, as it is so smooth and drinkable. A gem and a hop lover's delight, yet with a nice balance to it.

Thanks again, Bill! And thanks to skourtis for sending two more bottles to me in '09!

jwc215, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of westweasel
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

The appearance is a clear, medium amber color with a thin beige head. Lacing is left all along the glass. The aroma is dominated by malty sweet smells including toast and a little caramel. A lemony citrus component is also present. As the beer warms I was able to also pick up an alcohol smell.

The mouthfeel is between medium and full with moderate carbonation. The flavor is predominately malty with toast and toffee notes present. There is also a citrus flavor similar to lemons and oranges. The beer finishes hoppy and a bit bitter.

This is a very drinkable double IPA, with a smooth (not harsh) bitterness.

westweasel, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle to a sam perfect pint. Pours nicely with a huge fluffy white head which leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Nice orange color associated with west coast IPA's. Aromas of piney hops, but also of some sweetness- maybe a caramel type malt in the backround. Smell is not over the top hops, like I would think for a imperial IPA. Taste is similar- I get the hop bitter blast up front, but then it smoothes rather nicely, then leaves the bitter aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. Good version of a DIPA. Pretty drinkable as well. Somewhat thick for a hot night, though.

DrDogbeer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, light, coppery amber color. It poured with a sticky, long lasting, creamy head.

s: Very malty nose on this one; swet, clean simple syrup with a touch of caramel. The hops are leafy, grassy, and a bit piny. Some mild alcohol as well.

t: Here again, I think the malts take center stage. Simple syrup, brown sugar, and a little vanilla. The hops are roughly bitter and grassy with just a hint of lemon. Moderate amounts of alcohol blanket everything. At times I swear I tasted sugar cookies.

m: Medium body and very well carbonated. It leaves a bitter, sugary aftertaste.

d: Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this treat. This was good, but sweeter than I like my IPAs.

DIM, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head that just rises above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. Lots of lace is produced by the sticky, hop laden head. The beer is a clear, deep amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is of course quite hoppy, though I wouldn't characterize it as being aggressively so for a Double IPA. Sweet, fruity citrus notes of lychee, apricot, candied grapefruit zest, tangelo and mandarin orange are the most noticeable note, but there is a greener hop note of light herbal notes that are just barely noticed under the surface. Biscuit like grain notes and a touch of toasty malt round out the finish, though this again plays a secondary role to the more fruity hop notes.

Soft feeling and almost creamy feeling up front, but a prickly carbonation quickly provides some texture and bite that evens this out. The beer is fairly bitter, but it takes a few sips before the effect gets magnified throughout the entire flavor profile; originally it was most noticed as a biting, lingering note in the finish. Very hoppy, yet somehow I feel like it is restrained; the fruity hop notes are most noticed, but a substantial herbal hop character plays a much bigger role than it did in the aroma. Flavors of lychee, mandarin orange and tangelo are coupled with a sharply herbal note reminiscent of a mix of hemp oil, menthol and perhaps something a touch harder like chive (this last is very light though). The finish gets a bit astringent with the mix of herbal hop character, hop bitterness and lightly perceptible, hot alcohol.

I like the body on this beer, it is not so heavy as many examples that seem confusingly like a hoppy Barley Wine, instead it just about has that drinkable character that something with IPA in the name needs. It does have a medium heft to it that is lightly viscous, and certainly palate coating; this quality serves to temper the hop character and accentuate the fruit focused notes. Speaking of the body, this is the spot where the malt character is most noticed; an accentuating sweetness that is not distinctly malt flavored helps to accentuate the hop character. There is perhaps a touch of a caramel edge to this beer, but the bitterness and alcohol heat keep this from developing any toasty malt character in the finish.

This is a pretty good Double IPA. It can get a little hot in the finish from the alcohol, especially as it warms up, but it does have a nice mix of hop notes that ultimately are what this style of beer is about. This is not the most scathingly hoppy example of this style and does actually achieve some balance despite the malt character really note playing an overtly noticeable role in the flavor.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs Pharmacy, Imperial Beach CA

Gueuzedude, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of ChillMike
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice orange color with a small white head that does leave some lacing around the glass.

S: hops, hops and more hops, very piney smell with a bit of a caramel overtone.

T: Very bitter beer, but a very nice light taste oh man I really dig this one very earthy taste.

MF: Nice and very light no problems here.

D: Very drinkable beer, not an everday beer but definitely very drinkable.

Overall great beer, I really really enjoy Desschutes brews, quickly becoming one of my favorites.

ChillMike, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very clear, light copper color. Head is foamy, caramel colored, and roughly two and a half fingers deep. It's very slow to dissipate and leaves a thick, sticky coat of lace lining the glass.

Smell: The nose is a little left of center for DIPA. There's some nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple and orange. It's sweet and refreshing. There's plenty of hop aroma to go around. It smells bitter and a little piney. But, it's not over top in the hops department like many DIPAs out there. There's a pretty strong presence of caramel malt. Slight yeasty and alcohol aroma on the tail.

Taste: There's a little citrus sweetness up front (mostly grapefruit). It's not as pronounced as the smell suggests. Hops are pretty bold and mostly piney. They still taste a little weaker than what's typical for the style. Definitely not my preferred style of DIPA, but it's far from bad. Caramel malts are sweet and balance out the hop flavor a little too much. Alcohol is not very noticeable in taste. Slightly yeasty. Dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and carbonated very well. Mouthfeel is good, but not spectacular. It's smooth, but not creamy or silky. Drinkability is good. It'd be higher if I was more into the flavor. But, this bomber's still going down pretty easy.

Hop Henge is a pretty good DIPA, but I can't help but feel it's a little disappointing. It's hoppy and bitter, but not enough for my taste. I'd almost characterize this as an English DIPA if such a thing were to exist. It's just a little too malty in character and lacks the bruising hop punch it needs. It's still pretty good and definitely worth checking out. But, it's not quite an elite DIPA.

prototypic, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverages and More in Redlands for less than five dollars yesterday, split with my girlfriend's dad last night, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden amber with an orange tint, big 1 inch foamy but also creamy white head, stuck around for five minutes or so, decent retention, not much lacing

S-Hops and lots of them, grapefruit, floral accents, lemon juice, bread, sweet malt, a little caramel, grass, spruce, a little pepper, other spices, and some oranges

T-Started off with a big bitter taste and could immediately tell this DIPA was not going to be too sweet thankfully, the middle had some almost chewy parts but a hint of citrus and some malt, finish was dry and bitter, could tell all those IBUs were definitely in there, got a little sweeter as it warmed but hops were there all the way through, nice hop variety and could tell that I have never tasted one like that before since it was indeed the first time this combination was used, nicely balanced and more in favor of hops in which I enjoyed

M-Dry, somewhat sweet, and cottonmouth-like feel, medium body, good amount of carbonation, complaint here is that the dryness in the aftertaste did not seem to go away

D-Could have drank this bomber by myself and then some, goes down easy, smooth for how bitter it is, alcohol is well hidden for the most part, nearly nine percent so it could catch up to you

Always willing to try a new Deschutes beer, especially an IPA, this was part of the same Bond Street Series as Hop Trip so I had pretty high expectations and they were met for the most part, did not have to go through much trouble to purchase it this time either, will drink again especially for its low price, recommended

Floydster, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, solid beer, particularly at 3.99.

Poured a dark burnished amber. Moderately large white fluffy head. The smell was dominated by a floral aroma. The taste, on the other hand, was grapefruit, a touch of citrus, and some balancing malt. Nice and thick mouthfeel. It does indeed have an alcohol kick to it.

Just a pleasant, all-round brew. Nothing to memorable about it, but I'd revisit it (particularly at that price-point).

Overlord, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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