Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
841 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 841 | Ratings: 2,473
Photo of MrBoz21
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice golden yellow with sudsy white cap that falls into peaks, settles into persistent thick cap. Lace rings dissapate by beer's end. Good carbonation.

Aroma - nice hops, citrusy and pine.

Taste - Orange on the tip of tongue, grassy in the middle, and spicy hop finish. Balanced.

Mouth - Creamy and substantive. Moderately dry.

Overall - Full and balanced flavor with good hop profile. A dangrously drinkable heavy beer.

 430 characters

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber golden yellow-orange with a fair amount of thick and sticky foam.

Pine, toasted oats, herbal/spice notes, citrus, and resin. It's hard to put my finger on what it is, but the aroma of this brew is unlike any other, very good, but I just can't pinpoint what it is.

Earthy, resinous, piney, citrus, cereal/grain, herbal/spice, and some slight caramel sweetness.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, perfect balance of sweet cereal like malt and very interesting unfamiliar hop bitterness. Very smooth.

Overall, just a damn good brew. ABV is very well hidden, this one will definitely creep up on you if you aren't careful. The unique aroma and flavor qualities as well as the $5 price point makes this worth grabbing a few of.

 738 characters

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bright effervescent golden. thick foamy white head which leaves thicker foam on the sides as it trails down. lots of hop bitterness in the smell and the taste. wondering what the 'experomental' hops are but this one already has a major share of them in it. a little bready, a little chewy, a little oily and slick. i'm not partial to the hops but after the Chasin' Freshies I wanted to try another on from Deschutes. overall, this is decent and, like the other guy said, for the price it is a great brew with a nice abv. a little more bitter and dry than I prefer, also, but still very good.

 591 characters

Photo of ajmitch4
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this out of respect for Fresh Squeezed. Drinks like an imperial, and the 9.3% alcohol hints that it should be. Great hop notes - floral, piney and citrus. Not overly bitter and surprisingly drinkable. Great beer for the price too, not a $15 bomber like others have tried to make their beers be that are nowhere near worth it.

 332 characters

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just chillin' out nice and easy sleazy on a "coldish" California winter Sunday night. And with this tranquil state of being, Hop Henge is along with every beat. Delicate tropical fruits like Hemingway navigating the Caribbean in his schooner, and with that, is a nice gentle bite of bitterness - like Jessica Alba teething. Smooth and mellow like Snoop Lion's dressing room...
Yeah, my children, I am feeling this one.

 422 characters

Photo of BastardKing24
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First of all, 5.99 is a good price for a double IPA. I really enjoy Deschutes beers and they never disappoint. This one is 2013 @ 9.3% alc.

Pours a bright golden color with a decent head that falls to an edge with some lacing. Sticks to the side of the glass. excellent. When you look through the beer to the light you can see specks of sediment, i think its probably hops haha..

Smell is of pine and citrus, orange, lemon, grapefruit, malt. I enjoy grapefruity beers and this one hits the mark.

Taste is much of the same, big hop presence, orange, lemon, grapefruit, some caramel, just a big malty IPA, balanced flavors between malt and hops. A small lingering bitterness that i enjoy in IPA's.

Mouthfeel is slick with decent carb, low head but still bubbly. Just slightly viscous with it's high abv, but still drinkable, wont be hard to finish a 22oz solo. I could probably have 2 in a sitting!

Over all this is a nice double IPA that i personally think kicks loads of ass and has a hop bill that makes it a must try. Get it as fresh as you can, the better it is. Recommended to any fan of hops or big beers in general

 1,125 characters

Photo of brurevu
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: It poured an orange gold with a decent head and loads of citrusy hops in the aroma. The taste began with a grapefruit hop profile with sweet vanilla malt tones and a slightly piney finish that lingered on the palate. There malty spine kept the Hop Henge from becoming completely overwhelming and gave it the perfect balance to make this a fantastic IIPA. There was a medium to full body on that made the brew satisfying and well rounded.

 460 characters

Photo of kflorence
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear copper in color with a fair amount of sticky head that dissipates to a thin film. Plenty of lacing as you drink. Carbonation looks to be mild. Looks like a typical double IPA.

S: Apple, watermelon and apricot with a sweet toffee backbone. Overall, a pretty high, malt-forward astringent note with slight alcohol presence.

T: Bitter and fruity up front, fills in with sweet candy malts towards the middle (with the distinctive Deschutes malty flavor) and finishes bitter once again with the hops finally coming through. Grapefruit rinds are the predominant flavor left in the mouth after swallowing. Oddly, I felt this was overly bitter but didn't feel like it had much of a hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of chewiness and almost a bit syrupy. Quite lively on the tongue.

O: Honestly, not my cup of tea. Overall this was overly bitter and acidic, not very palatable and certainly not sessionable. I'm generally a fan of IPAs and Deschutes brews, but I'm a bit disappointed with this one. Then again, at 10.9% ABV you won't care by the time you finish the bottle.

 1,114 characters

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

Copper color,white one finger head,lively carbonation.

Aroma is sweet malts,straight up: bready & candied.

Taste is the same as the nose unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is medium,minimal bitterness,syrupy sweetness.

A bit of a letdown after really enjoying Fresh Squeezed by Dechutes.

 281 characters

Photo of bcsbeer
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received by special delivery from Chicago thanks to Mr Vega.

Bomber poured in to my DFH signature glass. Best by date 5/31/13 10.4% ABV

A: Dark hazy apricot trapped under a heavy two finger head. Impeccable retention and lacing. A barley bubble bath. .

S: A nice rich malty aroma. Biscuit, orange blossom

T: Was just like the nose. Big malt presence. Heavy biscuit with honey. As the beer warmed up the flowery hops started appear with orange and apricot.

M: This had a nice weight to it. Thick and creamy. Sweetness in the front and a light hop bitterness in the finish. After 30 seconds the taste buds were craving another bath of liquid bliss. (no reference to Terrapin)

O: This is a heavy weight like the masonry at Stonehenge. It tastes smells and feels like Deschutes used 50 lbs of ingredients for each bottle. The hops and bitterness were very subdued. Can we rename it Malt-Henge? If waiting 37 days past the best by date created what I had, I would recommend it, and if you plan on sharing this with a friend, buy two bottles.

 1,044 characters

Photo of Sark
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- orange copper, plenty of carbonation, thin whispy head

Smell- bready and grain mixed with earthy hop notes, herbal spices and lemongrass come to mind

Taste- light caramel on the front, grain malts on the middle, and a delightful earth hop on the finish

Mouthfeel- medium body with milky texture, slow mannered fade out

Overall- Solid brew, not an extreme IPA for the hop heads, hardly noticeable alcohol warmth. The balance is key.

 447 characters

Photo of mrw1zard
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy amber with very little to no head, slight lacing down the glass as I drink it.
Interesting nose to this - not as punchy as most IPAs, smell is mingled with caramel and malt.
That being said, it doesn't deliver the hop bitterness and is a little smoother than I thought it would be. Not a bad beer, but probably not something I would seek out on a regular basis.
Worth a purchase if you haven't had it.

 417 characters

Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from 2013 split with a friend; poured into my FFF teku glass and quaffed today 6/2/2013.

Aroma: Toffee, honey, breadiness with a bit of dank earthiness and a good bit of citrus. Very hefty nose, typical aroma profile.

Colour: Clear, dark golden orange body with 2cm fluffy white head, gone in minutes. Becomes a thin film on top of the otherwise clean looking beer. A little bit of lacing but not a whole lot.

Flavour: Lots of honey and biscuits here; plus some toffee that makes this beer an overly malty one. There is a nice hop presence- some grapefruit, orange and a little farmhouse earthiness. It's tasty and definitely a more interesting flavour profile than most typical West Coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew with very good carbonation; finish is resinous and sticky yet dry. Aftertaste is sweet honey mixed with some orange peel. Does not drink particularly boozy at 10.9%

Overall: A nice different kind of DIPA from the west coast that isn't necessarily a single hop bomb without a malt backbone. It was certainly an interesting experience to try this one. Good beer, good company.

 1,120 characters

Photo of vic21234
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Best by 8/27/13.

A- Pours a hazy orange with a small amount of an off-white head that quickly fades toward the sides of the glass. Some lacing is apparent also.

S- Nice citrus aromas hit hard. Orange and grapefruit along with an overall sweetness.

T- In the front of the taste I get big citrus hop notes, along with some pine too. The hops dominate this one and there's not much more to speak of.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very hoppy with a bitter finish. Does not drink like 10.9% ABV, very easy sipper.

Nice job by Deschutes on this one. Pick one up if you can.

 618 characters

Photo of Kuaff
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber of Hop Henge into a snifter at cellar temperature. My bottle says 10.9% ABV, but I could swear the last one I had said 10.4%. This is so-called "experimental IPA" is indeed variable.

A pour of this beer creates a one-finger, slightly off-white head which sits atop a surprisingly clear, dark golden orange liquid. The head dissipates to a leasing sheet of soft-looking froth in a couple minutes or so.

It smells like I just peeled an orange! In no other IPA or DIPA have I smelled such a strong orange scent. I also detect a sweet honey aroma and fresh hops. Pretty darn nice.

The orange is in the taste as well, along with something that reminds me of sweet, bready biscuits with honey. Piney hop bitterness comes out in the aftertaste. I can definitely tell that this one has a high ABV, but I think the other great things going on here suffieciently distract me from any unwelcome booziness.

It's got potent carbonation which goes well with the tangy orange flavor. Kinda like orange soda in a way! And, once again reminding me of honey, there is a bit of stickiness.

An awesome beer for sure. And appropriately named too, as I would say it's as unique a DIPA as Stonehenge is a landmark.

 1,217 characters

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the Beer Store, Southampton, PA

Heavily hazed orange body, topped by a fist worth of almost-snow-white micro-bubbles. Terrific lacing.

Big orange aroma, backed by a chorus of other citrus fruits. Highly inviting.

Huge sweet slather upfront. Exploding oranges, apricots, and other citric grenades. Big bitter bite. Hidden alcohol. Nice lingering finish with the fruit returning.

Medium plus mouthfeel is smooth.

Everything you can ask for in an IIPA.

 466 characters

Photo of andyfrancis
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like an IPA, bordering on amber color, nice off white head.

Heavy pine and citrus with some whiffs of cerealy malt on the nose.

Pretty good, definitely a mouthful of flavor. Would be a nice compliment/combatant for some stinky blue cheese.

A little heavy on the tongue, with a bite of boozey aftertaste. Despite that, I hadn't noticed the ABV on the bottle, and was really surprised it was so high when I saw 10.6% here, so that says something. Actually I think I'm starting to believe it.

I'd drink it again with some potent cheese, but one glass is enough.

 568 characters

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

22oz bottle into tulip.

A - Orange copper with a bubbly white head, slightly hazy.

S - Tropical fruit, mango, pine, sweet caramel.

T - Mango, peach, tropical fruit, caramel, sweet toasted malt. A mild earthy hop bitterness creeps in towards the finish. Hints of alcohol and grassy hops on the back end.

M - Extremely smooth and creamy, full bodied, mild carbonation. Warming alcohol, a little dry.

O - This is an incredible double IPA. One of the best I've had. Great balance and hop flavor. Alcohol is hidden well.

 520 characters

Photo of SebD
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, piney resins and caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, grapefruit (tropical hopiness), some piney resins, some sweet caramelly malts and some warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

 581 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

 437 characters

Photo of Oakenator
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.

 425 characters

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Hazy coppery orange. Cream colored head calms to a fil with a group of big bubbles. Light lacing.

Aroma: Spicy and boozy giving way to a licorice type of malt note. Spicy hops finish out.

Taste: Hops much more prominent at first, blending with faint caramel maltiness. A dry, alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, dry.

Overall: High alcohol overshadows any complexities on this. Not bad, however.

 435 characters

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass

A) Really nice deep amber. Pretty big head, lots of lacing. This bottle seems quite fresh.

S) Your standard citrus, floral and pine. Exactly what you'd expect. Seems well-balanced.

T) More muted citrus than I would have expected (too cold?), plus malt/caramel leading to bitter hops. This isn't as much of a hop bomb as is expected/advertised. High ABV masked pretty well. Well balanced.

M) Light-medium bodied, light-medium carbonation, some alcohol burn on finish (hard to avoid, I would imagine).

O) This is just a really, really nice DIPA. I would call it slightly less floral/citrusy than California DIPAs, but great balance with good flavor. Drink this if you can find one.

 726 characters

Photo of sam_bliss
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 22-ounce bottle says 10.4% ABV. As this is called an experimental IPA, surely Deschutes varies the recipe frequently.

The liquid contents of the bomber stream down the sides and into the bottom of a stemless, bulbous, snifter-shaped glass. Finally, the bottle is inverted and as many of the 22 ounces as can fit are piled into the frothing reservoir of copper-colored ale. The color and initial scent, both covered by a billowing bubble-bath head, suggest massive fruit flavors underlie the retentive foam cap protecting this beer's volatility, hidden treasure, and silent-killer alcohol content.

The smell is of floral and citric hops, just as the label's description promoted. Some caramel sweetness in the malt offering enhances the taste of the esters and hops, wonderfully offsetting the massive bitterness of the beverage. No soapiness is detectable, only a slight spicy and oily supplement to the flavors of tangerine and springtime bloom. The mouthfeel is substantial but not super heavy; the level of carbonation is refreshing but not distracting.

This rendition of Hop Henge is reminiscent of a supper-hopped version of a Belgian Pale Ale, perhaps owing to the character of the yeast, though this one is not bottle-conditioned. Tart, chewy yellow and orange fruits play with your taste buds as bitter evergreen American hop cones ruin them almost unnoticeably. For an American lover of Belgian beer and hops, this is heaven. This review is from memory and I've certainly neglected some flavor components, but sell you soul for a bottle of this experimental IPA batch if need be; it's worth it to experience for yourself.

 1,639 characters

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

Deschutes Brewing 'Hop Henge Experimental IPA' @ 10.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $10
A-pour is a slightly hazy gold with a good size off white head leaving a streaky lace film along the pint after every sip
S-pine , citrus mostly grapefruit , floral
T-big and crisp tasting IPA , sweet & fruity start with a balanced hoppy bitter finish
MF-low mild carbonation , full bodied + , sneaky strong ABV
Ov-good beer , not a big hop bomb , a big hop & booze bomb
sampled alongside Lagunitas 'Sucks' , Driftwood's 'Twenty Pounder' & Phillip's 'Amnesiac'
prost LampertLand

 583 characters

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,473 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!