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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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of Oakenator
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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