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Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
#1,671
Reviews:
844
Ratings:
2,493
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
253
Gots:
321
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,493 |  Reviews: 844
Photo of rossracing
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Really good IPA. Great balance of hops and malt. Another winner from Deschutes Brewery. Very easy to drink but the high ABV can sneak up on you. Give it a try!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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 wisegreensoul
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wuthrichj15
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a great IPA. Good flavor. Lots of balance, not overpowering, and has a pretty high ABV. Lots of tropical fruits in the smell and in the taste. Easy to drink. Give it a try!!

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Photo of GStone899
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clean hoppy smell but not overwhelming. Taste is fully flavored with citrus & pine notes. Great body on this one with a clean aftertaste. Beautiful looking beer. For the $6.99 price u can't ask for much more from a bomber.

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Photo of C_Adams
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Meyers1023
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 release, smells of tangerine, other citrus fruits, and pine. The color is golden, very clear with a foamy white head that laced the glass all the way down. The pine is a little more pronounced in the taste than it is in the nose as the citrus flavors come rushing quickly in. The feel is medium, very smooth with a decent amount f carbonation. The is an outstanding IPA! Flavors are balanced very well, the smell draws you in, and the smooth feel of the beer just all combine to make for an excellent experience.

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Photo of jmiah22
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OKFine
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gjzdaniel
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Release. Fruity odor initially, early hops, and excellent ending for such a strong IPA. Deschutes never fails.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KShophead
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Betajeff
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GTJayG
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Purified
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhaverstick
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015/16 release with Mandarina Bavaria Hops
Best by date of 04/06/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white and rocky head that peaks at just under two fingers' width. Good retention, then dies down to a thin, consistent film across the surface. Lacing consists of isolated chunks and a few spots left on the glass.

Smell - Tangerine and orange aroma, with lesser pine and mango. Faint bready malts.

Taste - Tangerine and orange flavor upfront, then big notes of mango with a touch of peach hit hard. Malts are fairly hidden, but a faint bready sweetness manages to sneak in near the finish. Aftertaste lingers with distant citrus pith bitterness and near cloying mango sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture quickly gives way to a mostly dry finish.

Overall - This year's version is good, but it doesn't live up to the near perfect monster that was unleashed upon us a year ago. I believe I gave that one a 4.32 score. This version is a bit too sweet for my preference, to be honest.

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Photo of M-Jez84
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a delicious tropical fruit aroma with tons of tangerine mixed with a strong showing of pineapple, mango and papaya. Along with these aromas are some hints of a bready smell as well as some melon and a decent grapefruit hop aroma. There is a touch of an herbal and grassy hop as well as a touch of an onion smell, which actually produce a very inviting and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor mixed with a good showing of some of the tropical fruits that were present in the nose. As the taste advances, the tropical fruits fad however with some lighter fruits of a peach, apricot and melon taking their place. While there was a modest to light showing of grapefruit hop upfront, it grows stronger as the taste moves to the middle of the flavor profile, only to fade a little bit again more toward the end. While the grapefruit fades, the overall hop is amplified due to some herbal and floral top tastes coming to the tongue. A very light vegetal onion taste comes at the very finish, which actually mixes very nicely with the blend of herbal, floral, and grapefruit, as well as the fruit, to produce a very pleasant and smooth hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the interesting mix of fruity, vegetal, and sweet the feel is awesome and makes for a robust medium for all the rich flavors to mingle and be sensed.

Overall- This is a very nice double. It has a great and interesting hop blend all combined with a great feel and an amazing aroma. This brew is somewhat different than the normal double, but very, very tasty and enjoyable.

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

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