Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

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

Added by SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,744
Reviews:
849
Ratings:
2,509
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmatthews
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

LOOKS: Amber with a half inch of white head that settles to a cap and leaves a small amount of lacing.
AROMA: Strong astringent smell, and under that, some stone fruit and apricot. I can't get past the ick to pick up any malt in this. Smells like giant Simcoe to me, which I'm not a fan of.
TASTE: Same deal, but, I get some caramel malt in the flavor, and some citrus rind bitterness. The bitterness is not over the top.
FEEL: It feels a little thin for a 9+ abv beer, to me. a little sticky, but, dry on the finish, and the carbonation is full.
OVERALL: I like their Fresh Squeezed and Jubelale. Others may get more fruit flavors and aromas; all I really get is that harsh Simcoe vibe. Sorry, Deschutes. Will not buy again.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium orange-golden color. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, evergreen, and pine. Big malt flavors give way to a citrusy hop finish. Mango, orange, and peppercorn spice add to a dry finish.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evanschaaf
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear orange body with a frothy white head that leaves sheets of white lace, lazy bubbles floating all around. The nose gives a strong scent of citrus; tangerine, orange, mango, lemon. There's a faint backbone of sweet toasted caramel malt and spicy pine that integrates nicely with the fruits. Marvelous. The flavor evens the field between all of these flavors, balancing them all into an intense, bitter, resinous, fruity, off-dry composition. The feel is fluid, medium body with assertive carbonation whose zip adds to the intensity of the bitterness.
This fantastic shelf beer is why tasty IPA's get 3.5's; the craft beer game has stepped up in a big way. Five years ago I would have been happy to buy this as a bomber for $8.99, nowadays I'm happy with it as part of a mix-a-six. It offered most everything a hop head could want; fruit in spades, pine, bitterness, balance, spice. it only lacked dankness and earthiness, but let's focus on the positive. This is a henge I'm happy to hedge my hops on.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Enjoyed on tap at the Cary Ale house in Cary IL

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Photo of dokhollidai
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeIquiades
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tulip. Best by 04.04.18 on label.

A: Burnished amber with 1-finger off-white head with average retention and lacing.

S: Dank, meaty-umami hop aroma with a lot of light-medium crystal malt character. Hops are also minty and herbal with some honeysuckle qualities.

T: Flavor is on the sweeter side with a lot of medium crystal malty sweetness and kilned melanoidin flavors coupled with pine, pineapple, and a grassy finish. Moderately bitter. Alcohol character is present mainly in the finish but seems less than the old days.

M: A bit sticky and heavy with medium-high body and medium carbonation. Not super drinkable, especially when you put the alcohol character in there.

O: Not one of Deschutes’ strongest offerings. Needs to be overhauled (again) with a lot less crystal malts, a toned down alcohol character, and a less muddled hop profile.

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Photo of madelf66
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noles9585
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MMOSNN
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a white head. Smells of hops, caramel, malt, and citrus. Tastes of bitter hops, citrus zest, tropical fruits, pine, booze, and sweet malts. Medium resinous body with medium carbonation. Overall a very good DIPA.

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Photo of gandres
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sunday, November 12, 2017 2:15 PM From tap to taster glass at the Bend Brewery Tasting room
Sight: Light amber, hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: very good, hoppy aroma
Taste: bitter, some sweetness, bold taste
Feel: good follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radcpa
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clightly cloudy amber with significant white head that disipates quickly. Very mild hoppy aroma. Taste is a bitter hoppy that is nothing special. I am disappointed

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Photo of tshute
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkenagy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,509 ratings