Hop Henge | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With an immense hop flavor and bitter finish, this monumental IPA is an enigma worth pondering (see what we did there?). Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, and Galaxy hops come together to create a hop sanctuary. Revere the almighty hop!

This is their new version of Hop Henge Imperial IPA, the hops have been modified as of 1/2009.

IBU: 97

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Reviews: 873 | Ratings: 2,590
Photo of pianoguy
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 Oz bottle. Best before 05/07/2019
I don't normally review a beer that's past it's expiration date but somehow a review of this one slipped through the cracks when I started buying it a while ago. While this seasonal beer is no longer made, Winco continues to sell it (and I've continued to drink it!) Haven't noticed much of a drop off.

Pours a solid orange-gold body . White head yields good retention and lacing. Some visible carbonation

Smell is a little hop forward. Papaya and peach mostly with an underlying malt presence

The taste is what keeps me coming back. The malts provide an exceptional backbone. I have trouble discerning any alcohol. I know it's there but I don't taste it. It's such a smooth beer.

Excellent feel. Smoother then a baby's bottom. And it's an IPA?!

Overall a WOW beer for me.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden with an excellent head that quickly leaves the party, but good lacing throughout. Nothing spectacular, but solid.

The nose is awash with tropical and citrus fruits. Ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, mango. Hints of peach and white grape. Just a hint of pine and grass. No alcohol noticeable in the aroma. The aromas are very pleasing, balanced, and strong.

The brew has a solid caramel/toffee/biscuit malt base, with good fruity citrus and tropical flavors. Dangerously sweet for the style as a result, but with an excellent hop presence at the finish. The ABV is very well hidden. The flavor isn't as complex as the aroma, but it is still tasty.

Medium bodied, this brew has excellent carbonation, which balances the strong malt presence. Not "crisp" by any means, but never sticky.

A good DIPA that balances malt and hops very well. One of the best-hidden ABV's I've had.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 3/13/19. Poured into pint glass, a slightly cloudy orange, with a one finger head that moves instantly to a thin layer of lace. Aroma of orange citrus, stone fruit, and some dirt/grass. Taste is right in line, with a zesty vegetal bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full, with a medium amount of carbonation. Overall, an interesting imperial ipa. It takes a little getting used to, must be a certain hop variety to get the he stone fruit and grass notes.

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

Soft, golden and hazy orange, topped with 2 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells of caramel, orange-citrus notes, and grapefruit pith.

Tastes of oranges, caramel, pine, citrus, and a big yellow grapefruit pith.

Thick body, with little to moderate carbonation.

Got this in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Dec 6th, 2018.

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Photo of TMoorePA
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really love this IPA. A little sweet and creamy with an excellent balance. ABV is a very high and you can tell. I always get this whenever it is available.

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Photo of Gavage
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: citrus and pine rise from the glass.

Taste: nice malt profile with grapefruit, orange, pine, and a biting bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother towards the finish. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Overall: really good beer. Slower sipping DIPA that is satisfying.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single bottle - a little past “best by” date. Pours a slightly hazy crisp golden orange with 1 finger off white head. Sweet bready citrus aroma - orange, tangerine. Taste starts with fairly sweet citrus, caramel malt, but quickly turning to a bitterness of red grapefruit, orange peel with touch of astringency. Finishes moderately full with citrus sweetness and lingering coating bitterness that persists long past beer being gone.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy caramel brown, creamy off white head with good retention. All hops on the nose, not a lot of depth. Taste is pine-y, grassy, a malt backbone presence without being too sweet. Slight alcohol taste. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Well made, but not a DIPA I'll get again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Best by 10/02/18.

Appearance - Hazy amber body. Big offwhite head with thick lacing and long retention.

Smell - Mostly grassy and slightly floral but not pungent.

Taste - Strong alcohol and grass.

Mouthfeel - Deceptively smooth on the first pull, but increasingly astringent kick in the finish and aftertaste.

Overall -

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer! Very citrusy with a strong orange and lime flavor.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Great head and lacing atop a orangish gold color. Fragrant citrus smell. Nice rich feel and a bit of honey sweetness and pleasant bitterness. Will get again and hope I can find it on tap!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As you might intuit, New Catch-Up Beer Sunday (Week 696) is not exclusive to CANs (although I wish that it was). I am now shifting gears to continue what amounts to a short brewery horizontal dating back to Saturday.

From the bottle: "Family & Employee Owned since 1988"; "Bottle Conditioned for Quality [-] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat."; "Profile - With an immense hop flavor and bitter finish, this monumental IPA is an enigma worth pondering."

Dang! I wish that I had pondered it a few days ago during the Summer Solstice. Ah well, no time like the present to Pop! the cap and get things started. I performed a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass, followed by an in-glass swirl that raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber, enticing a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Jeez-O, man! Nose came at me with a strong dose of pine, leading with a L hook as the grapefruit citrusiness followed with a R uppercut! Man, when did I agree to this? I dodged & weaved, but next, the dry, biscuit malt hit me inna breadbasket with a straight R. Ooof! Man, it's like this one is trying to put me down for the count. I'm no slouch, though, & so I counter with a flurry of Ls & Rs that backs this bad boy off & now it's just a matter of the bell. DING! Back in my corner, my trainer & my manager want me to give it up. The smelling salts can't penetrate whatever this did to my nose & I am seeing double. Bump that! I jump to my feet, bang my gloves together to signal readiness & here he comes again, full throttle, fusel heat, pine & grapefruit, unrelenting & now my strategy seems sorta cockeyed & cattywompus. No, that's just me, taking a brief horizontal respite onna comfy canvas! Stop the count. I stagger to my feet since I still have a half a glass to polish off & there's gas in this kid's tank. Slugger looks me dead-square inna peepers, smiles, pulls back his powerful R and just as he unloads, I surprise 'im with a L jab! Surprising since I drink L, although I'm a Righty. Blood everywhere! It may not have been kosher, hitting him with a glass, but I was horribly outclassed up until then. This time, he drops back & I fall for it. I'm about a step towards him when he steps into a straight R, bringing heat, pine, grapefruit, emerging mango and papaya & it's over! It piledrives into my unsuspecting tongue & I drop like the Dow Jones on Black Tuesday. I can barely stand as this beer's fist is upraised in utter victory. My tongue lolls outta my head like that was what was intended. The finish was dry, bitter & left me looking forward to a rematch! YMMV.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep cloudy amber, with a nice off-white head and wall of lace.

Aroma: Big hops. Fruity and piney. Wonderful.

Taste: Sweet tropical fruit. Very nice with a warming bitter finish. Quite a good IPA. Would never turn this one down.

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Photo of slusk
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with an off white that dissipates to a thin but persistent head. Decent legs and lacing.

S: Pine nose up front with some citrus rind. floral/earthy hops dominate with a background reminiscent of wet leaves. Lightly sweet malt background. Moderate dankness.

T: Nice balance of sweet malt and upfront Hops flavor. Pine and lemon peel/citrus dominate the palate. It gives way to a long lasting bitter finish. A wee bit minerally, but it does not detract. It hides it's ABV well, nice alcohol warming. Finishes towards the dry side.

F: Medium body, medium carbonation. A little slick on the palate.

O: A great representation of what I feel is a west coast style Double/imperial IPA. The beer is well balanced. The malt backbone gives way to a big, complex hop flavor and aroma. Just a well done beer all around.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5/12/18: 16 ounce draft pour into a pint glass at Finley Dunnes $7. Hazy blond pour, thin white lacing. Light citrus aroma. Pine hop bitter, not much balance with the citrus and fruit. Medium thin mouth feel, light carbonation, bitter finish. Overall OK offering.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy beige head that settles to a firm layer that hangs around and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Piney, herbal, citrus, a little tropical fruit, toasty bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Spicy pine, peppery herbal notes, citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit, some tropical fruit hiding in there, passion fruit, mango, peach, and lychee, toasty biscuity bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Classic west coast with a tropical twist. Tasty.

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Photo of hman43
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours orange and has a definitive cloudiness to it. The head is slightly off white and has good head retention.

Smell: There are strong aromas of floral and citrus. There are other interesting notes of bread and a wee bit of tropical elements.

Taste: There are strong citrus, floral, and stone fruit elements. The citrus elements almost tastes as if it was fresh squeeze. There are also grapefruit notes and bready notes in the finish.

Feel: It has a moderate body on the full size with a strong bitter finish that is not harsh, but pleasant.

Overall, a very intriguing combination of flavor elements with a top notch finish.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

American IIPA poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Very hazy and burnt orange in color with a thin head and average retention. The nose is a mix of over-ripe tropical fruits along with cedar, pine, and hemp.

Medium body with a firm feel. Lots of hoppy flavors, but well-balanced by a firm malt backbone. Up front I get quick hits of orange peel, marmalade, and lemon rind. A little cedar comes in at mid-palate and it doesn't go well with the tropical fruit. Hops maintain their intensity across the palate and result in a nice, oily finish with sustained bitterness lingering behind.

Something for those who like punishingly hoppy beers, even if they don't taste all that great (you know who you are). Not that this one is extremely punishing, but it's well above average.

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Photo of tigg924
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap. Pours clear gold in color with minimal head. Taste is big pine, lemon and light orange. Medium bodied and carbonation, bitter. Big piney blast. Wow Deschutes does ipa well. All day.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a chilled six pack while on Oahu. Best By date a couple months from now so should be in good shape. Deschutes doesn’t make it to MA so I look forward to their beer when I’m traveling west, especially their classic NW profiles.

Copper orange hue with limited clarity; hazy, dare I say it. Moderate head that fades quickly.

Aroma of guava, orange, passionfruit and stone fruit. Barely any pine. Light toasted malt buried beneath. Pungent; damp fauna.

Taste is heavy on the tropical fruit - stone and passionfruit, guava and lychee. Fruit-forward and saturated.

Slightly sticky and the overripe fruit sticks around on your palate. No alcohol present but the beer feels thick and chewy.

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Photo of mntlover
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper orange color small white head not much lace.

Aroma is nice old fashioned wet coat style, with some fruity hips thrown in too.

Taste is like the nose, big west coast hops along with tropical fruit notes riding on a bready malt base. Finish lingering citrus bite along with some pine resin that lingers.

Mouhfeel is pretty big medium lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall pretty solid big IPA, would have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft at BitterCreek. Medium amber, streaky lacing. Hoppy aroma, taste brings some astringency. Iney, medicinal, botanical. Rerate at Taphouse. Nice looking pour on a full pint. Big hoppy aroma, thick mouth feel. Still hoppy and herbal.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a thin white head that quickly goes to a light dusting that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - sweet candied fruity hops with a little sulfur.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with fruit and earthy spicy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA.

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Photo of matcris
3/5  rDev -27.7%
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 +2.2%
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 1000lbgrizzly
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Hop Henge from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,590 ratings