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Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA
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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 Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass and a snifter.

Appearance - Amber colored that indicates a hefty grain bill. White head that lingers a bit and then leaves healthy lacing.

Smell - Hop dominated at first with citrus and some pine, but the sweetness of the malts come through very strongly. Also, it smells quite boozy for 9%.

Taste - The taste is boozy too, but it's not overwhelming. Again, hops for sure. Great hop flavor, but the malts are very sweet. Lots of unfermented sugars in this guy. Caramel from the malts with some vanilla, but it's just too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Strong carbonation at first, but it manages to feel creamy in the finish. Strong alcohol presence and a syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall - Well, I gave it a 4 on everything, and that's probably descriptive. It's good, but sweet. That's really the only off-putting characteristic about it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Hop Henge is a good IPA and is a big beer! It poured a hazy copperis orange with thick head that is lacing nicely. The scent has a great pine and citrus base with sweet malt. The taste from start to finish is very well balanced the sweet malt and bitter citrus/pine flavors carry through and the after taste turns slightly bitter....all covering the 10% ABV. The mouthfeel is a full body with smooth carbonation. Overall...very good.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear and golden with a half inch of white head.

The aroma brings citrus, hops, grapefruit, alcohol, floral scents. Smells very bold and inviting.

Big flavor. A myriad of things happening here. Pine, alcoholic warmth, floral character, dank hops, sweet citrus.

Full bodied for the style. Palate coating and even a bit sticky.

Overall, this was really solid and even better than I thought.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

You think if the city is ever closed or destroyed for some reason, a local-ish headline might read "Bend, Oregon, over"? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needle, pine resin, grapefruit rind, mild toffee, and fresh grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything buttressed by a foundation of sweet caramel that blends very nicely with the various citrus fruits. (Wait, can a foundation buttress? Oh, well...) The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky-ish finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, indeed, one that includes a lot of hop flavor without overwhelming the tongue with it and without losing a sense of balance. Good times.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/29/10. Thanks go out to JohnGalt1 for the chance to try this one.

Split with Hoser81 and poured into a pair of snifters. This brew appears a perfectly clear, polished amber color. A finger of yellowish stained froth appears across the top. The hea retains well leaving leggy fingers of lace as it recedes. A swirl revives the cap to almost a finger's strength.

The aroma is composed of juice hop character smelling like grapefruit mixed with sweet citrus an fruits. A note of flowers, pine and grass evolve as the brew warms.

The taste includes a lot of hop character that tastes floral, fruity, pine-like and grassy. A long herbal bitterness tasting quite grassy resides in the mouth. There is a pleasant residual sweetness that balances this breakout and makes the fruity and moral aspects become quite bright. As this brew warms, it picks up a light candy sweetness that contrasts the fusel warming aspect in the throat.

This is a medium bodied offering with modest to light carbonation. It is lightly prickly on the tongue. Very drinkable and well balanced. The alcohol was not hidden in this brew but it was well incorporated. Worth a try for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a semi hazed copper brass hue with a large billowing khaki tan head forming thick with a rocky texture rising well above the rim of my pint glass. Very creamy textured dense head of foam, that leaves thick chunky even bands of lacing with each sip. I miss having readily available fresh West Coast hop bombs to partake in, I found my passion in craft brews while residing in So Cal for a summer although Bend is up in the PAC NW I'm still feeling the West Coast aggressive hops within this style.

Aromatics burst with blistering citrus zest and with raucous pine needle scented earth tones, finishing with an unadulterated course of kind bud like robusto. At the same time sugar sprinkled grapefruit peels rise to the forefront, showing of the loads of malt that went into preparing this fine hoppy offering. A touch of alcohol among the huge citrus hop bouquet, tickles the nose with some carbonation and citric qualities. Hop burps almost scorched my nose hairs leaving me with the sense that I just consumed something with garlic, green onion, or wassabi (that's intense).

Flavor is aggressive with layers of hop bitterness and flavor, compromised of bitter pine and citrus peel weighing heavy with dank earthiness. Slaps you around with hops yet gives gentle strokes of malt sweetness not heavy on the caramel but just a deep since of glazed hop buds. As it warms more and more alcohol provides even more depth and character, outstanding hoppy offering. I'm dying to make a pilgrimage to this brewery when my pal Geof and his lady Lindsey get hitched later this summer, I will be sure to show some support and hoist a couple pints with you folks in celebration of your commitment to each other.

Mouthfeel is oily yet filled with tones of residual sugars, never sticky or cloying but well lubricated with hop oils. This beer literally fills up your senses not many beers out there are able to compete on this playing field. An eye opening smooth and natural carbonation bring this brew to a plane of enlightenment, mystery with the Hop Henge...I'm sold just give me more. Increase production and I preach the way of the Deschutes Brewery.

Drinkability is effortless from the moment you sample the first few sips to the second your swirling the last dregs from the bottle, you simply want more. Thanks for the sample, I know 22 ounces should be enough for anybody. In this case a bomber just induces cravings much like the Nugget Nectar that made me purchase back to back cases, this would be my go to hop fix if readily available.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of imbibehour
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Best by March 29, 2011 we good to go.

A very large off white head of four fingers shines off the pour. Head is a little soapy, but has some good retention. Body is a gorgeous orange amber, really like this color very nice. Some small carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good sticky lacing too.

A typical pleasing grapefruit, but a hint of hop in the background. Nice aromatics, simple and good, not much else. After a few sips a nice grass hop comes out.

Really good body on this beer, malt and bread punch in the middle and it seems mellow. Then on the finish is a nice sharp hop blast on the swallow kind of spicey. Just the right hint of sweet boozyness in the taste with a hint of light brown sugar.

Great tasting American double imperial pale ale here, super easy drinking too. Really like it.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
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 RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,493 ratings
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