Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA
BA SCORE
89.8%
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4.13 w/ 2,487 ratings
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:
#1,631
Reviews:
841
Ratings:
2,487
Liked:
2,233
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
9.69%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
254
Gots:
319
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, 3 months past expiration but only received it in last few months. Carbonation bubbles. Almost a half inch of white foam bubbly head. Lacey, hop aromas are hard to distinguish. Taste held together, initially good hoppiness taste for 95 IBU, palate filler not a shredder. Creamy above average mouthfeel, creamy but also oily. Booziness builds up, so the drinkability is good but not great.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear to very slightly hazy amber-golden body. Nice lacing.

S: sweet caramel and toffee, almost a candy like fruitness as well.

T: nice malt backbone. sweet caramel malt up front blends into a citrus and mildly pine bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I actually had this one right after a Pliny the Elder. It is a nice example of how different IPAs can be based on the malt profile. In its own right this is a nice brew.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Best by 5/26/12.

Pours a clear honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is pretty much the same and has a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid IPA with some nice hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very nice big ipa, unique too. only 8 bucks for a bomber at a restaurant, great bargain! pours a sticky bright amber orange color with a delicate but lasting lace white head. smells enormous on the hop front. citrusy, tropical, resinous. flavor is almost backwards experientially, which i really adore in this one. starts off bitter and dry, really powerful, then moves to that pineapple/tangerine sappy sugary hops vibe at the end. this is reverse order from most big india pales, that show their sweet side up front and finish bitter. this is quite the opposite. the alcohol became very prominent as it warmed a bit. feel was nice, big bodied and well carbonated, but filling and strong, not sessionable really. a nice bomber to share over gourmet pizza and mussels. another hit from deschutes.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Experimental for sure as the beer surely favors flavor of citrusy hops over bitterness with extreme reliance on late addition and dry-hopping of hops for extreme flavor and aroma.

The typical hazy golden-straw color held a froathy and long-lasting foamstand throughout the session with even and intricate patterns of lace. A very handsome beer!

Poured into a tulip, the beer releases an immense burst of orange, grapefruit, mangos, appricots, and spicy alcohol aromas. Both mouthwatering and appetizing out of the gate.

Flavors bring the same intense hop flavors that the nose promised with a definate emphasis on the all those citrusy notes. A follow of estery mangos, peaches, appriots, and almost pineapple all offer a continuation of the citrusy qualities that the hops deliver initially. The hop and yeast derived fruitiness are supported by a firm, sweet malt pillow that offers just enough extra confectioner's sweetness to keep the hops from complete domination. Slight peppery phenols compliment the sweetness and add intensity to the spicy alcohol to come.

Surprisingly, not as full or as richly textured as many bigger IPA's, but certainly deserving of it's characterization. Alcohols provide thinning, warming, and spiciness without bringing attention to the heat or impact. Bitterness definately does more than just balance the malts, but give a refreshing lemon or grapefruit zest and acidic cleansing deep into the finish.

This is a well balanced and intensely hoppy beer that relies on it's flavorful balance of hops and malts instead of trying to wow you with IBU's, thickness, or alcohol content- simply well done in recipe formulation and brewing execution!

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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, from the wee Lighthouse liquor store in equally tiny Hawi, Hawaii, on the northern tip of the big island.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden hue, with two fat fingers of puffy and densely foamy eggshell-white head, which leaves some randomly blotchy painted lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells of oily grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, sturdy pine resin, and that caramel/toffee blanket that contains, but doesn't douse, the fire within. The taste is still big on the heady, multi-varied bitter citrus peel thrust, only to be brought back to earth, but not wholly restrained by the caramel and creme brulee malt, which gets a bit bready as things move on. The biggish ABV does well to keep its head down, I gotta say.

The bubbles are nicely forceful in that background supportive sense, the body a decent middleweight, and perhaps a little clingy, but generally quite smooth. It finishes less bitter, and more fruity, all under the watchful eye of that caramel godfather goodness.

A pretty stand-up DIPA, the bitterness maybe a tad on the waning side, as the BB date is approaching next month, and I'm drinking this an insanely long distance from that lovely Bond Street brewpub I visited last summer. At any rate, this is still a pretty damned fine brew, and precariously balanced - another of its numerous selling points.

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3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Best by date: 04/25/2012. ABV is 8.5%. Purchased at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, a few days ago. Expectations are high; I've never had a bad beer from Deschutes, though IPAs tend to be brewed with little regard for balance - especially by American breweries. Served refrigerator cold and not paired with food.

A: Pours a five finger head of great smooth cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the high ABV. Colour is a clear gold. Carbonation appears sufficient but not overdone. No yeast particles are visible. The head is impressive overall and the colour is strong if typical.

Sm: Fresh hops are dominant, with the clean floral quality presiding over the bitterness. A pleasant inviting aroma. Moderate in strength. One of the most intricate hoppy aromas I've experienced in a long time. They didn't just dump amarillo in and call it a day.

T: The hops are balanced and incredibly deep. The layering is impressive here, with the hop bitterness not at all present, covered by the pleasant floral notes and a sort of nectary honey type tone. No alcohol comes through. A clean pleasant fresh flavour that I quite like. Unfortunately, it's rather simply built overall - which bothers me. It feels like the perfect foundation on which to build a great beer - but it's just the base. As a so called "experiment", it's a success. Now go ahead and brew using this as your start!

Mf: Smooth and wet. Never too sharp or overcarbonated. Suits the flavours quite well. Neither too thick nor too thin. It could use a bit more cream, but I'm nitpicking as some is present on the open. A bit too smooth and silky, sliding down quickly and limiting the flavour exposure.

Dr/Ov: A fantastic start to a beer, but unfinished. Stack and layer more complex notes on top of this and you might have an "A" beer on your hands. This is too simple to be great, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. Even with that unfinished feel, it's still a better IPA than most that I try. Extremely drinkable for the style. Hides its ABV extremely well.

Here's a brewery that understands balance in an IPA. IPAs are not a hop quantity competition, nor are they an opportunity to show how manly you are by having a beer with a higher IBU than any other. Fortunately for us, Deschutes understands that. Give this one a try. I look forward to trying more beers from the brewery.

Would pair very well with spicy food. Don't age this one.

B-

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep saturated sunset orange color bleeding into dark copper, with a bright jewel tone clarity. Fluffy head of dense foam, leaving exceedingly drippy lace inside the glass. Nice color, and good retention on display.

Sweet tropical fruity aroma, sticky and lush. Warming up there are some identifiable sweet toffee malty notes.

Unique hop flavor, seems like nelson sauvin lending some lemony, woody notes, and something intensely fruity.

Fruit skins, creaminess, lemon custard, blood orange, bitter dandelion stems, woody leafy hop greenery. Alternate flashes of tropical and citrus fruit, making for a complex hoppy brew that lives up to its name. Ends up with a fairly creamy feel, slightly sticky on the lips with a dry whisper of a finish. Pretty fucking nice.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that retains and laces well

Smell: Rich caramel backbone for wafts of piney hops, slightly resinous

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel flavor that lasts for a few seconds until the piney hop flavors overwhelm the tongue; after the swallow, the caramel and the pine are balanced

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a malt backbone than I prefer in my IPAs, but the balance is nice

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I love the label - Stonehenge with bags of malt.

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly copper/orange color with a thick, cream-colored, rocky head of foam. It left sticky rings of intricate lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grasses and citrus. The nose was a little muted for a DIPA, but still good.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, pine and orange peel. The caramel flavor adds some sweetness but it is secondary to the hop power.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another fine Imperial IPA. It certainly is a hop forward one.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

Appearance: Hazy amber with a fluffy cap of white foam, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Herbal, biting hops, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste: Tropical and citrus fruits emerge first, followed but somewhat harsh, astringent herbal hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. While I'm a pretty big DIPA fan, the hop character of this beer isn't very impressive and becomes somewhat tiring toward the end of the bottle.

Texture: Pretty thick and full-bodied, lively carbonation, a bit heavier than I'd like but still nice.

Drinkability: I can't see myself drinking this much at all, especially when I can just as easily get superior DIPAs from Stone, Alesmith and the like. I'm just not a fan of the hop character of this beer; its only flaw but a rather large one at that. Pretty disappointing - Deschutes is generally an excellent brewery, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Update: Newer batches of this beer are pretty good. Bumping score from 3.3 to 4.0.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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