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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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831 Reviews

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Reviews: 831
Hads: 2,394
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 16.59%
Wants: 244
Gots: 273 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 831 | Hads: 2,394
Photo of mac31
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber in a tulip glass.

Was very excited to try this beer, the excitement fell off somewhat quickly. This beer over all is a good beer, not a great beer IMO. I appreciate the huge burst of floral, fragrant, and piney hops that come through, then disappear quickly. This is followed by a pleasant, medium hoppy bitterness that carries through the palate. I believe this along with the higher maltiness of the beer makes this beer very drinkable. I pick up some minimal dankiness along with some nice resinous notes. There are some regularly occurring citrus/grapefruit notes. There are faint hints of pineapple/tropical I perceive in this brew as well. I love the low carbonation and creamier mouthfeel of each sip. However, I am not too big on the residual sweetness left over from fermentation. The caramel and minimal grainy flavors near the end of the palate are welcomed. If you like your DIPA's on the sweeter side, this is a brew you should have, if available.

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Photo of stewart124
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a nice amount of dense white head.

Nose has guava, papaya, citrus notes and a slight biscuity note. Love it already.

Taste is bigger than I expected and a bit maltier. Delicious nonetheless. Some fruitier characters from the experimental hops I suspect. Blueberry and peach come to mind. This has a even amount of hop bitterness to couple with the aroma. Really a very nice representation of the style.

Deschutes obviously knows what they are doing.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle from 2013 at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of flowery hops
Head large (5 cm), off-white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing fair – clots and partial rings with varying bubble sizes
Body light orange, clear
Flavor – starts off with light hop flavor, mostly flowers, slightly sweet. No malt, no diacetyl, no alcohol tasted. Ends with sweetness and a stomach alcohol burn.
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft.

This was bottled in 2013 for the Deschutes 25th anniversary. The hoppiness is mostly gone, but this has cellared well and become very like a barleywine without the overwhelming sweetness. I would recommend it if you are not too demanding about hoppiness.

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Photo of dank203
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap into a 10 oz snifter. aromas mostly candied fruit. taste has more of the fresh juicy fruit. not too much dankness. little carbonation. went down pretty well, might've enjoyed the beer's characteristics with just a hint less alcohol involvement, less maltiness

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the Brewery & Public House, Portland

Bright bronze with rings of snowy white foam.
Musty grapefruit rind nose - Citra? - with some Pledge.
Creacked wheat crackers then pink grapefruit, resin, and Cointreau hops.
Dried pineapple finish and sugared grapefruit linger.
Medium, chewy, some oil.

Big fruity hops - all the sweetest parts of citrus from Amarillo, Cascade and Citra. No burn, light enough, and wears its IBUs easily. But too sugary to quaff.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boathouse in Conshy.

Pours tangerine-orange with minimal head

Aroma not to prominent of fruity hops

Taste is citrusy hops and tangy. Not overbearing but subtle. Bitterness overtakes the citric qualities.

kind of light bodied with good carbonation.

My wife asked me how it was and the word that came to mind was ordinary. A good beer for sure but nothing that hasn't been done before.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Off white, thick, foamy head, beautiful lacing throughout tasting. Hazy golden orange mixed with a deep yellow honey...nice.

WOW...a big hit of sweet citrus, caramels and fresh baked bread with an apple butter spread on the nose.

First swallow and I'm overcome with molasses, juicy, creamy and sweet. The mouth feel is nice, somewhat heavy but not overpowering, medium carbonation. Bready malt and hops play together with caramels and toffee creating a rich even middle. The finish is big...dry and bitter, orange peel and peppery...a warm alcohol sensation lingers with the bitterness.

I love this Imperial IPA! I enjoy my IPAs a little on the sweet side...with a caramel/molasses center...this is spot on. Bold flavors and it's ampt up alcohol, (9.3%) along with its 99IBUs makes this a great hop bomb with a nice warm finish.

The only downside that I see...at over 500 calories for one 22oz bomber...you've just eaten a meal...and in my case...breakfast...enjoy...again and again and again!

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just did a side by side comparison with the enjoy by. Very close to identical. Bought a growler fill so was pretty fresh. Very clear in appearance. The aroma was not as pronounced considering this was a dipa but the taste is spot on. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of StrictlyB
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a 2 finger head into a pint glass that turned to an off white froth and gave light lacing. The color is a slightly translucent orange. The smell is strong with citrus, notably orange, as well as hops. The taste has citrus and a strong hop flavor, and the hops taste slightly different from normal which explains why the bottle says experimental hops, and has a strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy with strong carbonation. Overall it is very good and I would recommend.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours from 22oz to tulip glass a bright orange to light amber color with slight haze. Head is a thick frothy white mass that settles out slowly to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is abundant on the glass as you drink.
A: Ample floral and pine aromas and a ripe mango burst from the hops. Some herbal and grassy notes are layered amongst a rich bready and toasted grain base. Light crackers and honey are present too. A noticeable alcohol kick under the nose too.
T: Fresh bread, light crackers and toasted malt are under a big blanket of hops. The hops bring pine, floral and grassy flavors, under-ripe mango, and passion fruit. These ingredients dance back and forth between sweet and bitter and in the end the hop bitterness takes over and dominates.
M: Medium body with a crisp yet moderate carbonation and a warming alcohol burn.
O: A super, well balanced imperial iPa that just makes me think of summer sun and fresh delicious hops in a sweet nectar. This beer demands another try. On a warm day in particular. Hop heads will be pleased with this one!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, tan tint with a foamy thick 2 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric fruits like orange, tangerine, lemon, mango. Also a has a more classic pine and grapefruit aroma. A little herbal/grassy with some added spices and sugars.

Taste - As I was expecting with the aroma, a mix of hops giving it a west citric note, mixed in with some classic grapefruit and pine ipa hops. Sweet, yet bitter also, has a little caramel backbone, along with some heat from the alcohol. Herbal like flavor, almost a green tea flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Many sweet fruits nail the tongue, along with some herbal flavor. Palate gets more hops, some malts and spices. Aftertaste is citric, piney and bitter.

Overall - This is good stuff. It really tastes like a west coast meets east coast ipa with its multiple hop flavors. Its actually balanced well since the bitter and sweet work together and nothing gets too overbearing. Drinks easy also. Its a little warm but not too much. Excellent beer, and very affordable, I paid 6.99$ at a more pricey bottle shop even, so I will be drinking this one again.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold, with a whirlwind of carbonation bubbles. Mountainous, foamy white head! Lacing streaks the backside of the glass and cakes on!
Smell - strong grapefruit nose with some faint malt notes.
Taste - much more hop forward, heavy citrus flavor.
Feel - very bitter hops, ABV is hidden very well; easy drinking!
Overall - much more aggressive hop character than I expected; enjoyed this offering from Deschutes!

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Photo of Omnium
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 12-25-13
Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange gold with one finger of creamy white foamy head, nice medium lacing.
S - Huge peach white grape, grassy, lemon, pine. Amazing
T - Light caramel malt, pine hop resin, big peach mango and white grape, definitely some alcohol though.
M - Things let you down right here, lots of alcohol burn, very dry and soapy, a little slick, lots of bitterness though.
O - Amazing aroma, good taste, but the mouthfeel is terrible.

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Photo of lochef81
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first experience with Deschutes and I am quite excited. Had to travel out of state to pick up a few of their bottles. The appearance is a handsome golden amber color with a thick white head that gives way to a very substantial film and lacing. The nose is surprisingly subtle for this style of ale. There are alot of piney and floral hops with a substantial malt background. You can definitely tell the beer is super fresh but not of the traditional west coast California variety. The flavor follows suit beautifully. Not too bitter, not too malty; just super balanced. This reminds me more of some of the awesome ipas produced by dogfish head than the typical west coast ipas. If this is any sign of the quality of the other offerings from this brewery, I cant wait.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - This beer is a nice golden-amber color with a thick white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.5 - That's a great smelling IPA. Very citrusy, with grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange all in there. It even gives you a hint of berries, like strawberry or blackberry. It definitely has the piney-ness of an IPA too. The malt backbone is a more caramel-sweet one, which is great for me.
T - 4.5 - Follows the nose. Citrusy first, with grapefruit, orange/lemon/lime zest, even bits of pomegranate and berries. Piney taste from the hops. Sweet caramel backbone. You can tell there's a little something extra from the "experimental hops", possibly the berry taste?
M - 4.5 - Light-medium. Alc is present but understandible at 9.3 percent. Aftertaste is hop bitterness.
O - 4.5 - Nice. And very interesting. A dfferent kind of IIPA/IIIPA.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright golden orange color with a massive head with big bubbles and good retention.

S: Big tropical notes, pineapple , mango, citrus some floral hop as well. When I first opened it there was a nice dank pine to it as well. Sweet caramel malt with some biscuit note finish.

T: Floral up front then some citrus hops with a bit of grassiness. Then a bold caramel and biscuit malt on the back end.

M: Medium body with dry finish on the tongue that was almost a powdery feel.

O: The aroma was good up front and wished the the taste was just as good. Good beer though.

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Photo of bsyoung
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear copper, orange color with minimal head and good lacing.
S: Stong aroma of citrus and tropical fruits
T: Similar to the smell. Huge amounts of grapefruit and papaya hop flavor and nice bitter finish
M: moderate mouthfeel
O: Overall a great ipa

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Photo of nqdell
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Perfect balance

a- golden amber, thin head but it lingers

s- hoppy earth tones

t- very hoppy, but not too citrus-y like your typical strong hop

m- creaming and smooth, great aftertaste

overall this is one of the best 'experimental' beers I have ever had and wish it would be put into product year around.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium copper color with a creamy/foamy white head.

S: Orange, pine, papaya and pineapple in the nose.

T: Pine is the strongest flavor, a touch of malt, some sweet citrus, mango, orange, pineapple.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough for a DIPA.

O: A fresh bottle of this would probably be outstanding. Mine was a bit past it's prime, but still delicious. I love tropical IPAs and that's exactly what this is.

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Photo of Dohdaman
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dated 3/14/14, purchased from Binny's Beverage Depot for $5.99, great deal. Poured a moderately cloudy orange/copper color, head dissipated to leave a nice lacing. A nice mango, citrus and malt aroma. Nice hoppy taste, bitter to start but a great finish. Very good DIPA, high abv not really noticeable, will have to get me more of these. Prost!

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a modest cream head that dissipates quickly to a tiny ring of foam.

Floral hops, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange pith form the aroma. A hint of caramel malt is subtle.

Resin and floral hops underlie the flavor profile, which finishes bitter and earthy. High notes of muted grapefruit and orange pith add complexity. Malt is an afterthought. Very floral and perfumey. Becomes soapy in the aftertaste.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a slightly astringent finish lingering, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Very floral and perfumey, hop dominant, with nice accents of citrus. Refreshing change of pace from the usual west coast varieties. The bitterness is a little much for my palate.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a half finger of white head, nice lacing

Smell is hop heaven!!! Tropical fruit, guava, tangerine, mango, pineapple, citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine needle, bready malt, slight black pepper component in the nose.

Taste is decent, not up to par with the nose by any means... More spicy pepper hop then I'd like, a lot of pine flavor and bitterness, tropical and citrus seem to be on the more subtle side here with a quick hitting orange and pineapple, grapefruit and pine bitterness take you home and dry you out.

Mouthfeel is medium full, sticky carbonation, very dry

Good DIPA, would be interested to know what the other hops used in this are, it tastes good and it smells amazing, glad I grabbed one to try!

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Photo of BB1313
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/14/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep hazy golden with a huge fluffy eggshell white head. Beautiful head that leaves awesome lacing and retention. Great looking beer. The aromas have alot of soap and pine. There's some subtle tropical notes. Some citrus as well. Sweet caramel malts are there as well. The flavors start off pretty bitter. Lots of pine needles and pine resin. Some orange zest. Sweet caramel comes through. Solid malt backbone. There's a bit of heat and warmth to this one, but it's definitely not boozy. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied with light active carbonation. Creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink. I mentioned about the subtle warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed.

This is a solid DIPA. It's not something that knocked my socks off, but it's well crafted and fun to drink.

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Photo of mjmadden
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz. bottle the beer had a clear copper color with a nice amount of off-white foam that left a nice layer of lace in its wake. The smell is very malt forward with a pungent alcohol presence, however there are some nice bready aromas and slight citrus characters mixed in at the back of the nose. The taste is interesting, not what I expected at all, bitter and fruity up front (fruity not necessarily citrus) with a nice sweet malt flavor and finish with a bitter/acidic aftertaste. For me what is missing is the hops smell and/or taste from what I would expect from this style, not necessarily a bad beer just not what I expect from the style. So overall this is a decent beer and is something worth trying, just did not seem to agree with my pallet as it was a bit bitter, lacked a real hop component, and left me with a bit of a acidic aftertaste (maybe due to the high ABV)

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light haze on an orange gold body. Fine white head has great retention and nice lace.

S - Orange peel, honey, bell pepper, parsley, lemon-lime soda.

T - Honey, peppers, cilantro. Touch of caramel and soft, woody bitters through the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full frame.

O - Surprisingly soft and smooth. On the sweeter side of the style with moderate bitterness for a DIPA.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.