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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Happy beer day, to start!! Bottled 5/31/13, drank 4/7/13
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip/snifter/somewhere in there. Not 'actual' beer glass but whatever, it does the job.

A pretty brew, the colour is a translucent light amber. Really appealing looking head (but whatevs). Good retention/lacing.

Fairly sweet smell, with floral and grassy hops? Some malt, but well blended, if on the sweet side for a DIPA. Just a hint of the alcohol, but only at the very end, and only after I jammed my nose halfway down the glass about a dozen times trying to come up with better descriptors than 'sweet and floral.'

This may be hard to believe.... but it tastes similar to the way it smells (I KNOW NO WAY, RIGHT!?) starts off with kind of a creamy sweetness, balanced out with a solid hop presence, but for some reason I can't quite nail down what kind. But, uh, the tasty kind? Like, this beer tastes really good? And leaves an incredibly smoothe mouthfeel. Drinking it you'll be surprised to remember it's over 10% alcohol. the hops linger, but aren't overly abrasive or unpleasant. I really like that.
I'm a fan. My advice: this beer is worth going out of your way to find (especially if you like well balanced DIPAs with a bit of sweetness).

To paraphrase: "This is Hop Henge. I hope you relish it as much as I."

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a bit prejudice over this IPA not only because I'm a sucker for Imperials, but because this particular IPA has and incredible not too sweet floral hop flavor that finishes a bit bitter not like some IPA's giving you reason to have more and more.

It's a must to pour between a half and a one inch head to give you that creamy aroma as well as the taste in you mouth on that first mouthful. Don't be bashful when pouring into a tulip or snifter glass to get that head built up.

The appearance is golden and and as you drink their is a layer of foam and bubbles left around your glass if clean.

There is only one other Imperial that I can personally compare to this beer and that would be the Firestone Walker Double Jack and it actually finishes in your mouth giving you that feeling of wanting more right away. So why wait.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/31/13.
Poured bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a nice, clear burnt orange. About a finger of head thins slowly until drinking begins. A constant nice ring around the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Smells incredible. I get a ton of orange up front. Some grapefruit, and some peach, which was a treat.

T: Like the smell. Orange and peach up front. Some grapefruit. Nice malty backbone. Good hoppy bitterness that lingers for a bit. Some earthy pine is present as well. The alcohol is masked incredibly well...watch out.

M: nicely carbonated. goes down smooth and easy. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA.

O: would definitely recommend this to anyone IPA lovers. It is a double IPA that is still very hoppy / citrus flavored. The malt doesn't take over.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle courtesy of trade with Rizalini. Much appreciated man, loved this beer.

A- poured into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden orange color, very clear, gourgous. An iinch finger creamy white head reduces down to a thin line while drinking. Mild lacing.

S- aroma is deep sweet fruits, mango, lots of orange. Mild grass.

T- taste is very orange, deep citrus color, malt biscuit in the background. Good balance. Caramel hangs on in the finish but pretty overwhelmed by the deep orange taste. Love it.

M- mouthfeel is fantastic. Coats the mouth like orange juice, slightly dry finish leaves me wanting to take another sip.

O- wow, fantastic double IPA. Not sure what hops are used, but never had this taste off them before. Like fresh squeezed oranges. Wheres the pulp?! No hint of the alcohol in the smell or the taste. Really incredible beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- poured into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden orange color with a two finger creamy white head with good retention, leaving some nice lace as the head calms.

S- the first thing I notice is huge tropical hoppy notes; fresh pineapple juice & mango, citrus zest with a bit of floral hop as well. Sweet caramel malt with some biscuit note finish. This ones smells very well balanced.

T- bold floral and citrus hops with a bit of grassiness give way to tropical fruit flavors that transition into a bold sweetness. Notes of sugarcane and caramel malt with a toasted biscuit malt finish. The finish is sweet with a long hoppy, fruity linger.

M- medium body with a slightly viscous medium mouthfeel, low carbonation with a slightly creamy finish, warming alcohol on the finish.

O- hoppy and ruthless, yet it has a nice malty sweetness to it. The flavors are pronounced on both ends of the flavor spectrum, making this one a slow sipper. 22oz May be too much for one sitting, but very good overall.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Deschutes Teku glass.

The beer pours a great copper color, great hues of orange with a slightly hazy complexion. A lovely, fluffy white head rises out of the glass, nearly 3 fingers high that has nice retention and leaves behind a great web of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, piney hops with some tropical fruit behind it, papaya, mango and some tart grapefruit and tangerine that brings out some sweet malt and boozy alcohol. Lots of fresh tropical fruit on the tongue with some crisp citrus that brings out some herby, minty qualities, that quickly get taken over by the rich, sweet malt bill and pungent alcohol. The body is very juicy with a thick, creamy texture that has a sweet finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A fine DIPA from Deschutes. It does a good job of straddling the line of too sweet and just right and does at times cross into the territory of a boozy, sweet beer. This is definitely a beer worth seeking out for any hop head.

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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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