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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beet pours a warm orange color and very hazy. Great head that is strong and turns into lovely lacing.

Aroma is intense, packed with hops, so.much so it is hard to pick out any notes.

Bitter at the first sip and right to the end. Finish is bright and fruity with a bit of pine right at the end.

Medium body and sticky mouth feel.

Overall am ok IPA, it is too harsh in the finish to really be enjoyable for anyone but am extreme hop head. The hops in the beer are different than what I have had before which is nice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to see reviews say this is still drinking amazing. Snagged a bomber for $7.99 at the RT 8 Giant Eagle.

A - Digging that unfiltered hazy amber no t so much with the clumps of yeast but I will live. Color is a deep amber brown with sadly just a 1/4 inch of head but damn good looking lacing.
S - Mango, papaya, herbal hop pine tree goodness. Kind of faded but it's to be expected this bomber is 5 months old! No noticeable ABV twang in the smell.
T - Hops are still very pungent and fruity yet no so much that you get that ethanol taste. Wish I knew how to describe it further but all I can say is fruity hop, then bitter edge, and sweet finish. No noticeable ABV.
M - Slightly syrup like but to me it drinks amazing. Like sculpin on steroids.

Overall worth the money and a damn tasty it's the best beer I ever had from them and I had about 5. May pick up another if it's still around.

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

Hoppy haze scrums up a glow of tangerine amber, with a crown of fluffy white.

More herbal than standard Chinook. Picking up stone fruits (peach, nectarine, pluot), along with the usual grapefruit, hop spiciness, and light pine. There's a hint of tropical fruit, also. Malts are biscuity, but not as dry as they could be. Somewhat husky, as well.

Great flavor. The Experimental Hops are making all the difference. I pick up some spicy pith and pine from the Chinook, but this ale is dominant with bitter unripe peach, raw hop leaf, tropical rinds, hint of melon, and dank citrus. Super awesome intensity. Just bordering on too bitter. An extreme level. Tasty as hell. Malts are lightly toasted and semi-dry, but more importantly, out of the goddamn way.

Good body, substantial in the feel. Carbonation is excitable. Alcohol is just south of DIPA feel. You can still drink this freely.

A great IPA. One that I want again and again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, orangish body with rather large amount of head and lace. Aroma is textbook citric hops with touches of spice and caramel/sweet malt. Smooth, a rather flavorful hoppy beer as the hops are not one note. I get not only a strong citric vibe but also some tropical and grapefruit which, along with touches of caramel, give off a little sweetness. Beer is well balanced and also has a bread/cracker like edge just to make sure it isn't too hoppy and aids a rather dry finish.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into Stone IPA glass at about 45 degrees, bottle’s drink by date is 7/15/14. Color is golden with plenty of floaters making it look rich and creamy.

Upon first smelling the pour, while the head is still present, I get an aroma reminiscent of Bavarian lagers – something I never expected from a PNW DIPA. Behind the malt presence, aromas of dried apricots, honey and ripe pineapple emerge as the head starts to settle into a thin layer that continues to cover the beer’s surface.

Sipping this beer makes me realize my first observation of its smell was right – it’s no typical PNW IIPA, it’s something different, something unique. Hoppy flavor? Hoppy bitterness? Nope. There’s a malty sweetness to it and fruity explosions composed of fresh pineapple, apricot and a faint tamarind taste all packed into the beer’s medium body (more typical of a DIPA) that’s almost absent of any carbonation (mouthfeel reminds me a little about cask/real ales).

Overall, I like the brew. I understand why it’s from an experimental series, though and find it interesting that its categorized as an IIPA. It definitely is refreshing and great for hot summer days if properly chilled – its also dangerous as you can barely feel the 9.1% ABV.

Hard to review this one thinking in the IIPA style - but I like the brew.

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Photo of Bone53
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 (expires 7/15/14) into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Golden orange hue with a gorgeous frothy two finger off white head

Smell: Mixed fruits of the tropical and citrus variety with pineapple being dominant. Right away I know this is going to be a good (great) beer.

Taste: Same as nose but with a sweet bready malt undertone that comes in the middle of the palate and follows throughout the aftertaste. Another great example of a superbly balanced IIPA without sacrificing hops for malt

Mouthfeel: Low medium body; Lighter than most IIPA's but extremely smooth with slight bitterness

Overall: With Deschutes on my "breweries to try" list, I randomly ran across this bomber next to the regulars in my local gorcery store. I picked it up without hesitation and glad I did. I don't get the prominent malt bill that others mention. It was almost all hops with a sweet malt undertone which I prefer in an IPA/IIPA. This must be due to this bottle still having a few months before the expiration date. It reminds me a lot of Two Hearted actually. At first, the taste didn't quite match the smell with it's subtleties, but as it warmed, it became bolder. Also one of the smoothest IIPA's I've had in recent memory. Lastly, at $6.99 a bomber, it's reasonably priced. Really an excellent beer across the board and looking forward to trying their other stuff.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH.

This was unknowingly purchased a month past its best by date (3/13/14) so take this review with a grain of salt, and know that this beer does not hold up well with time.

Pours a dark peach color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells include honey, bitter grapefruit, and alcohol.

The hop flavor has faded a lot here, replaced by the typical honey-ish sweetness. The diminished hop flavors have also allowed the alcohol burn to be more present. What hop character is left is of the bitter grapefuit variety. Possibly some pine in there.

Medium bodied, sweet and sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Would like to try this again much fresher.

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Photo of mudbug
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from the freshness dated bomber "best by 07/14"
Into a Sam Smiths perfect pint glass results in a slightly hazy golden body capped by a 1" head that has longevity and leaves delicate lacing and rings of foam as the level drops,nice!
Aroma is not subdued or powerful, kind of in the middle, I get weed, fresh cut grass, grapefruit rind, pine sap, very appealing.
Taste starts with some tropical fruit but quickly morphs into typical hop bitterness, there is a fine cracker bread sweetness that attempts a show, but it ends with bitter hops and a hint of blood orange.
Carbonation is subdued, slightly creamy
Overall this is another stellar brew by a brewery that does it right. Bravo!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Light amount of tropical fruits - mango & pineapple.

T - Starts out with tropical fruits and a nice caramel malt sweetness. The finish has an earthy lingering hop bitterness. There is also a light pepper bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a crisp bite.

O - Tasty DIPA. Glad I was able to try this. Recommended.

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Photo of Brenden
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A bright, flaring sort of medium orange shows consistently the same flair and shade through its entire body. The pale yellow-gray head it develops is extremely frothy, a full finger's height with some density to it. The big-bubbled but creamy and tight remainder sticks around the rest of the way and drops down some nice, thick and sticky patches pretty plentiously.
The smell, while not conveying all of the beauty the flavor offers, does deliver most of it. The hops bouquet is a beauty with some pine and citrus forefront, a light touch of dankness and earth, flora and a hint of perfume. A ghost of mint on the finish mingles with the rest, while some tropical fruits, a hint of a honey note and caramel add balance from the malts.
Masterful balance is shown on the tongue; the sweetness the malts provide from caramel, toffee, honey and fruits is just enough to really keep the bitterness strong but not overpowering or astringent. The hops provide a wonderful variety in excellent melody, nothing clashing. All the herb, dank (almost mossy?) earth, pine and citrus pith and zest make for new discoveries on the tongue almost sip by sip. There's a hint of cheddar and maybe uncured, fresh tobacco leaf in the middle, while it finishes with the pine and herb while malts continue to balance.
The feel is nearly perfect for an IPA of any kind. Alcohol, which for its strength was virtually undetectable in the aroma and flavor, takes nothing away from the feel and makes for dangerous drinkability. One honestly could drink more than a bomber thinking nothing of it before getting hit with it. It's frothy and unbelievably creamy on the palate. A little dryness kicks in to give the balance many don't consider when thinking about mouthfeel, and a bright sort of crispness stays with it while letting the creaminess rule.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber pour. Thick white head.

Minimal aroma. Hops. Pine. Spice. Really surprising there isn't more of an aroma.

The taste is fantastic. Sweet malt. Some floral characteristics as well. A bit of tropical fruit and piny hops. Very well balanced.

Typical IPA mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

A great overall brew. Very atypical of the style but in a good way.

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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
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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