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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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2,232 Ratings
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92
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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 229
Gots: 197 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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 rhinonau
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of VincentFrey
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour / Appearance: Well carbonated, but not overly so.A thick white head that recedes very quickly, so not much aroma absorption to worry about. Very clear gold, with hints of straw around the edges. Very nice and exemplary of both American IPA and DIPA styles. At the hop rates and 10.6% alcohol, it probably falls into the latter.

Aroma: Tons of hop aroma when the bottle opens; hints of peach, grapefruit, and grassiness. Lasts well after the pour, with the fruit notes taking precedence nicely. No real malt character to speak of, though there is a bit of alcohol heat.

Taste: What a beer. This is probably my favorite IPA of any sort since Enjoy By first hit Maryland. Definite alcohol heat, although with the (stylistically accurate and enjoyable) lack of malt sweetness it become a part of the taste and mouthfeel that keeps you from downing the glass in the first sip. Still want to though. Any experimental hops aren't necessarily running to the front, although I'm starting to think Multihead is in here with the continuous notes of peach.

Overall: A very fine IPA that comes close to defining what I like about the double style. Light residual sugars and lack of any noticeable malt are the only flaws, making it a bit too light for such a powerful beer. That's really my only complaint though.

Bottom Line: Buy. Order it online or trade if you can't find it locally. Drink fresh, obviously. If you don't like IPAs I don't know why you'd be bothering with this, but it is pretty extreme in terms of alcohol to body.

Photo of shredder83
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mrjshock
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

white foamy head that slides down the glass. golden color that lightly bubble and slight haze.

an upfront leafy hop aroma. with citrus touches.

a nicely balanced flavor that matches the aroma. with grapefruit and spicy notes.

moderately dry with slight tingle and slickness to the tongue.

A very balanced beer for 10.6 ABV, that I could drink several of. Will buy and drink again. Very soon.

Photo of MrBoz21
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice golden yellow with sudsy white cap that falls into peaks, settles into persistent thick cap. Lace rings dissapate by beer's end. Good carbonation.

Aroma - nice hops, citrusy and pine.

Taste - Orange on the tip of tongue, grassy in the middle, and spicy hop finish. Balanced.

Mouth - Creamy and substantive. Moderately dry.

Overall - Full and balanced flavor with good hop profile. A dangrously drinkable heavy beer.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jpaulsen
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bright effervescent golden. thick foamy white head which leaves thicker foam on the sides as it trails down. lots of hop bitterness in the smell and the taste. wondering what the 'experomental' hops are but this one already has a major share of them in it. a little bready, a little chewy, a little oily and slick. i'm not partial to the hops but after the Chasin' Freshies I wanted to try another on from Deschutes. overall, this is decent and, like the other guy said, for the price it is a great brew with a nice abv. a little more bitter and dry than I prefer, also, but still very good.

Photo of sjanowiak
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Shawner
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of markhobbs1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of egoo33
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Jslay013
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of drewfull
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of skynyrdbyrd
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of skubas86
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Norseman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of dedbeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.