Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of beertunes
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a bright, clear orangeish-amber color with a thick light tan head. A slightly more than moderate amount of lacing, but not as much as expected from a big hop-bomb. A big, bold hop nose with the floral components upfront. The flavor was not as floral as the aroma, with bittering hops dominating. Solid, multi-dimesional body that leaves a lot hop stickyness on the tongue. Very drinkable for a hop-bomb, but your palate will get tired after a few, as with most hop-bombs. Overall a very good beer that I look forward to every year. Worth some effort to seek out.

I am editing my review to include some on-tap Hop Henge I recently had. The draft version semed to be more copper-colored my review indicates. The floral hop notes were more up-front in both the aroma and flavor. I found the draft to very smooth and drinkable for an ImpIPA. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 pours a nice amber/copper color with a thin head and minimal lacing. Smells super fruity with heavy citrus notes and an overall sweet finish. Has an initial sweet, syrupy taste that ends in a bitter, tongue snapping way. Very well balanced for the amount of hops that in this brew. While high in alcohol, definitely not overbearing while still maintaining a strong malty character. A memorable ale from an amazing brewery. Way excited to try batch #2 for any discrepancies/surprises.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid, complex ipa. This 2015 bottle is full of citrus and somewhat dank, floral hops. Some tobacco and herbal flavor, but stops short of being medicinal. Biting/ zesty/ moderately dry finish. Well-balanced and never a disappointment, this is one of the best yearly IPA's out there.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1P/6ozs brown bottle...

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Nice & Clean! This is one Mellow (but don't be fooled) the 8.5 creeps in, making this a dangerous and outrageous beer! Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: From Deschute's 'Bond-Street Series.' (wondering when I'll find the Bond-Street Brown...what a beer that is...does anyone have access?!)...Ok back to the beer at hand...An absolutely marvelous beer for all the hop-heads out there, albeit very daunting for those who are not into hops to the extreme. For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 8.5 % abv.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light amber/orange with a finger of white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Citrus, piney hop and tropical dried pineapple, subtle caramel malt.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit and resinous pine hop forward with a nice balancing of malty, caramelly sweetness of an almost tropical nature. Long finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect level of carbonation refreshes the palate and there is a medium slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: No evidence of the 9% ABV. Very nicely balanced. Excellent and way too easy to gulp down.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've loved this beer since the first release, a good few years before I was writing reviews. This one is the 2011 bottle release. Best before 03/29/11

Pour is deep gold, mostly clear. Smells of common sweet fruit, apples and pears, a bit or orange, a touch of more exotic tropical citrus. Sweet malt sits in the background.

Taste delivers same but with immediate bitterness. Wonderful hop bitterness at that. Tropical citrus sits on top of a solid sweet caramel malt. Plenty of room for all these flavors though, mouthfeel doesn't get too thick. Finish is pleasant, relatively quick, and speaks to all the flavors tasted throughout.

ABV is really well hidden on this one. There is a bit of a sting on the finish, but it is flavor more than booze.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, dated best before 5/31/13, 10.4% ABV, poured into a 25oz snifter the ale is copper-amber with a frothy, off-white head, great retention & lacing down the glass. Aromas are awesome! Fruity, floral, citric aroma with grapefruit, mango, pineapple, caramel, bready malt, super fresh smelling. Some booze comes through as it warms. Terrific meld of hoppy flavors consisting of juicy grapefruit, tropical mango & pinneapple, finishes a bit piny and spicy. Nice backbone of biscuity, caramely malt.
Body is medium-full with pleasant carbonation. Overall, another exceptional beer from Deschutes!

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4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown to orange in color. Not too cloudy, not too clear - nice carbonation liveliness. A finger of head disappates to a good top and lacing on the glass.

S: Hops, pine, caramel.

T: Bitter up front but trails to a great hopped, sweet & bitter aftertaste. Really nice.

M: Solid beer, although still somewhat normal (not too heavy). High ABV masked really well.

O: Like this beer - glad to see it make its way east fresh.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar tonight. Smelled like straight up fruit juice. Mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste was that same tropical fruitiness with a nice bitterness and a dry malt backbone. Drinks super easily for over 9%. My friends couldn't believe it was that high in ABV. Overall a great DIPA. This one deserves more recognition. It's truly a hidden gem.

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Photo of hammy
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle has been in the cellar for almost a year and a little bit of time has been very good to it. It pours a deep amber, smells of ruby grapefuit and flowers. The taste is mellow and comforting. For 8.1% ABV this IPA is pretty soft on the palette. Mouthfeel is full and drinkability is (in my opinion) far greater than many imp. IPA's. I love this beer. Another fine limited release from Deschutes.

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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Top of the bottle was slightly frozen from being in the freezer a little too long.

Color was a bright pale-ish amber, hint of yellow, and had a small but sparkly (fizzy) long lasting head.

Smelled of sort of a sweet pine

Taste was of ...pommelo, grapefruit/orange,and had a nice finish of fresh pepperd pine.

Great IPA. Really surprised me, might be my favorite so far that I've tried! Not as different as Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, but not as aggressive as Stone Ruination, or generic.. as say Redhook Longhammer. Just enough bitter, while masking the alcohol content.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Since I do most of my drinking on draught at the breweries, it's not uncommon for bottled specialty beers such as this to come and go before I get the chance to drink them. But on a whim I picked up a bottle for home use. That was a good idea.

As I recall, I dished out about $6.50 for a bomber. That's a buck or two more than I care to pay, but these days it almost seems reasonable. You never know about the shelf life of a bottled beer in the market. Just how long has it been gathering dust under those fluorescent lights? But Hop Henge says right on the label, "This experimental IPA will stand the test of time," so my expectations were primed.

I knew from the first that I was going to enjoy this beer. As it tumbles into the glass, the spry, turbulent body foretells of high quaffability. You can actually see the airy, buoyant mouthfeel in advance of drinking it. And it does feel good across the tongue. It feels as smooth as... well, it's as smooth as whatever you really enjoy to think of that's smooth. And it tosses up a defiant, spongy head of off-white foam that retains globular crescents of lace. The color is polished mahogany and the aroma is of sickly-sweet resinous hops mixed with the syrup of canned peaches.

Hop Henge tastes sweeter than I would have anticipated for a beer alleging to hit 95 IBU. The bittering doesn't intrude at all, suggesting the beer must have begun with a formidable grain bill able to ferment to 8.75% ABV and still retain enough sugars to balance those hops. The flavor is hop-sweet, though a distant echo of smokiness captures one's attention and lends a coy measure of intrigue.

In a word, this one's outstanding. Hop Henge is proof that Deschutes loves us and wants us to be happy.

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Photo of anon
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ABV listed 8.9%. Orange/copper hue, sediment traces floating about, capped with a finger width head and lacing galore. This brew basically smells like a tropical island covered in fruit baskets. Absolutely fantastic! Pineapple, mango, guava and papaya being the home run hitters. Taste is like a tsunami of tropical fruit and earth. Pineapple, guava, papaya, mango, navel and mandarin oranges, lemon zest, grapefruit, pine resin, a melding of hop varietals, dankness, grassiness, stickiness and ickiness, caramel and candy goodness are just some of the traits picked up here.

Smooth going down, soft carbonation and a good creamy feel. Slight bitterness but wholly juicy. ABV undetectable. Throuroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of Squelch
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown crystal clear beer. Medium head. Nice retention.

Smell: Best part of this beer. Very floral earthy hop Aroma . Excellent beer.

Taste: Very nice IPA. Excellent malt and hop Flavor. balance is a bit off or I'd give it a 5. A bit too sweet for the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Needs a bit more body. A bit light.

Drinkability: Nice IPA. Will drink again!

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter which reveal a dark golden brew, with about a cm of head. As the head settled it left a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Great floral and citrus aroma

T - A little sweetness at first then grapefruit/citrus and then hops really hit you.

M - Medium Carbonation and very smooth at first but finishes with some hop bitterness, which I like

O - This is a great DIPA that I would glady buy again, especially given it's cheaper bomber price, 5.50, as compared to other DIPAs in bomber only format.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle courtesy of Dustin (misterdmac) on his return from Colorado, and it's greatly appreciated.

A: Almost bronze with a reddish hue and a slightly blonde head. Like their more modest Inversion IPA, the head is wonderfully creamy and retains well, leaving plenty of lace as a souvenir.

S: Pleasant orange and grapefruit, with an added evergreen aroma. Some soft fruit esters... nice sweet touch.

T: I'm sucked into the flavour of this one. Sweet citrus with a nice dash of puckering of and some hints of tropical fruit. Fruity, and a soft biscuity malt round it all out. There's a little bit of a slightly syrupy sappy like flavour, though not maple.

M + D: The carbonation is rather prickly, but it doesn't have a big sparkling sensation or foaminess to really make it stab at the tongue. Rather, it's a tingle, and it suits the rich body well... it's nice and full, a little thick, even. Even with a little heft in the body, I find myself sipping away quite quickly... the flavour is divine and it is rightfully among the top DIPAs I have had the opportunity to taste. Excellent beer.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoyed thanks to SanFranJake.

A: Pours a mostly clear orange color with a two finger head and excellent lacing.

S: This smells wonderful! Tons of citrus and floral hops with a bit of bready malts and alcohol in the end.

T: Yummy!! Nice hoppy flavors very much like the smell as well as a smooth malt backbone. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Super smooth!!

O: What a winner!! The bottle isn't fresh at all, but it's still very nice. I can't wait to try a fresh bottle.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy orange copper color you can tell there are gonna be some nice ibu's in this one just looking at it. The smell is of a nice hop aroma, fruity and piney. Hop bitterness on the back of the tongue leaves a sticky feeling on the mouth this beer really sticks with you and leaves you wanting more and more. Great bitterness and piney flavor. Would easily buy this IPA again and again

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Photo of canucklehead
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

95 IBUs and 8.5 % ABV could spell over the top but no; this is one of the most balanced, smooth and luscious Impy IPA's I have had. Pours quite dark with a massive head. The nose is pure hops but with a lovely refined presence. The beer is very smooth with lots of hops backed with lots of malt. I loved the way the beer melded together into one mouthfeel that showed the brewers art. One of the best Imperial IPA's I have tasted

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Copper-orange-amber in color with a fluffy, pillowy, white head. Good lace and little retention.

S: Crisp, refreshing hops with some malt at the end.

T: Very fruity hops. Bready malt in the finish. A very balanced Double IPA. Dry but refreshing.

M: Smooth with very little carbonation. Great flavors. Easy drinker.

O: Amazing on draft just as it is in a bottle. Can Deschutes make a bad beer? I think not.

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Photo of MCain04
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz bottle on 1/21/13. Bottle dated best by 4/6/13, so assuming bottling date of 1/6/13, making this 2 weeks fresh. Poured into a 13 oz Spiegelau snifter.

Appearance: Pours an amber to orange color. Cloudy and opaque. About a one-finger white head on this one. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Oranges dominate the nose here, but pleasantly mixed with pine, lemon, and floral notes. Even without a large head the hops are nicely displayed.

Taste: A nice crisp hop taste right up front, consistent with the flavor profile on the nose, which doesn't back down throughout and includes a nice bitter finish. As big as the ABV is on this one I was expecting something more malty but true to the description on the bottle, the hops dominate throughout. No alcohol evident here - this will get you into trouble fast if you're not careful. A slight bit of sour funk on the aftertaste takes this from a 5 to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp, but smooth and dangerously drinkable. Not terribly light or terribly heavy, right in the sweet spot.

Overall: A fantastic imperial IPA. Not much that I would change here - definitely a top 20 IPA for me, pushing for the top 10. I will drink it whenever available.

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Photo of Chaney
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a wonderful Pacific Northwest monster box provided by harrymel. Thanks Harry!

This in one of the beers I split to share with my friends during the Super Bowl.

A: Poured an almost crystal clear, mildly dark golden color, with a fair amount of bubbles rising up from the bottom. At two fingers thick, the solid, cloud white head was a force to be reckoned with.

S: Wow! The dry hopping did this one some good! However, I wouldn't call this an outright West Coast hop bomb at all, but a very balanced, fruit intensive experience.

T: Simply awesome! The blend of crystal, pale, and carastan malts gave this a nice caramel, almost toffee-like undertow. The real star here was the fruity finish which was a very unique mix of pomegranate and pineapple.

M: Creamy indeed, and with just the right amount of carbonation. This was a West Coast IPA that was very disciplined in its approach. It could have very easily been a syrupy, sugar bomb with all the fruit flavors going on here... but Deschutes pulled it off nicely!

D: I would say that this is now my second favorite Deschutes beer... right behind "The Abyss."

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4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was had in a snifter. Best by 03/13/14 bottle dating.

A generic glowing copper body on this beer, the head is a finger in width, off-white, puffy, and recession leaves a solid sheet of lacing on the glass.

Very sweet nose, the candied orange swirls with a general hop soapiness. A waft of grapefruit occasionally seeps out, all the better! WIth the sweet tropical bouquet, an earthiness backed up with black pepper is noticeable. Mostly, this beast is sweet with a soapy, and subtle herbalness. Wow!

This, this beer right here is juicy! Well done. The palate starts with very sweet citrus fruit, orange and grapefruit, then some guava and peach join the fray. A slight herbal-like flavor, kind of earthy, kind of tea-like, hits on the finish with a subtle resin-y bite that lingers instead of builds. After a few sips, this beer is still incredibly sweet, with more hints of mango and peach. The pepper finally does begin to become apparent after the swallow, but it takes a while. This is incredibly impressive, right up there with the best of the best.

The bubbles on the tongue offer some sharp tingles with each sip, and the bitterness is not overwhelming, leaving this beer feeling more crisp than dry. Luckily, there is also good retention of flavor after the swallow on this medium-light bodied offering.

Hop Henge is the real deal. The hops are bold; the hops are tropical; the hops are decadent. They make me feel like a young-alpha-acid-palate-free-IPA-newbie experiencing Two-Hearted for the first time. Thanks for making a DIPA feel like new again Deschutes!

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

100th Beer review! Best by 4/16/10, also tagged with a 1208 (perhaps dec 8th bottling date). Enjoyed on Jan 7th, 2010.

Bright clear orange copper with golden orange highlights. Big frothy tan tinted chunky head. Gorgeous dripping creamy organic laces.

Bright crisp cirtus and floral. A bouquet of hops Grapefruit, orange, dank, pine, herbal, peppery. Sweet pie crust and toasty caramel.

Juicy and crisp and refreshing. A Merry-Go-Round of hop flavors. You notcie another flavor with each sip. Ruby grapefruit, blood oranges, floral, herbal, peppery, minty, ganja, piney, resins. mmmm. Toasty caramel, pie crust, and a touch of vanilla tries to emerge from the Hop Henge. But then comes the big peppery resinous and floral bitterness to smash any balance. So many hop flavors!

Super sticky mouth coater, very dry, smooth and silky body, well carbonated, and oh so crisp and refreshing.

Super drinkable. Juicy, bitter, refreshing. If you are a hophead: Take a ride on the Hop Henge's Merry-Go-Round of Hops! You won't be disappointed.

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

WOW-what a hop bomb. Pours a dark copper red with a rocky off white head. Pine resin hit me as I went in for my first sip. Initial malt sweetness, but then finishes with a silky smooth piney, hop bitterness, that lingers long after the beer is swallowed. The hops dominate this beer, which is fine by me-and I also appreciate that this beer is also a malt bomb. Drinkability is very good in part because the mouthfeel is slick from the hop oils which fill the mouth with lusciousness.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,479 ratings.
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