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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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).

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