Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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Ratings: 2,487 |  Reviews: 841
Photo of RollTide7
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this beer. Smell on the beer is great, of hops and tropical fruit/ citrus. The alcohol on this is hard to notice and is hidden well, the beer is very drinkable. Taste is great and while hoppy the tropical notes really shine through, for me I got a lot of mango flavor. This is the first ipa that I've really picked up up the fruity/tropical flavors and I really enjoyed it. Great beer that I wish made its way out to NJ.

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Photo of JakeMorgan13
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of leaddog
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bitter piney hops, caramalts, tropical fruit.

Taste - Bitter piney hops with a nice sweetness provided by the caramalts. Nice accompaniment by the tropical fruit as well. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant stickiness.

Overall - A stellar DIPA by Deschutes. This brewery has yet to disappoint and this brew is a great treat for hopheads. Excellent balance of bitterness and malty sweetness.

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Photo of Corey17
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Otto's Sausage Kitchen. Shared by me with me.

A: Mixture of copper and gold with a stolid, dense cream colored head. Slips off the sides of the glass. The carbonation is rising through the body.

N: Grapefruit and pine are the dominant flavors from the hops. Has a sweet caramel/toffee base. Hints of the pineapple. Has the kind of nose that sits in the nostrils. Drippings of honey and melon. Some tangerine/oranges.

T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit rounded out at the edges by pine and forest floor. Malty base adds excellent balance to the proceedings, never letting this become too bitter or too sweet. The hops linger on the palate and soak the tongue. More honey. A little bubble gum flavoring detracts some.

M: Sticky and resinous. Starts sweet/ends dry. This beer lingers better than any other DIPA, in my opinion because of the interplay of flavors.

O: This beer never fails to impress me. This is the first time I've rated it, but I've had it in a number of blind tastings and it ends being my favorite because it's the complete package.

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Photo of tut2528
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 04/05/13

A: pours a very nice murky orange that is just slightly transparent. very nice carbonation created about a fingers worth of bright white head formation. lace is decent

S: big grassy hops, slight peat notes, i also pick up a big malt backbone and even some sweet honey. nice citrus/orange peel character brings this one into a pretty nice balance.

T: big malty sweetness right up front with a big punch of grassy hops. again i pick up some nice sweet honey, citrus fruits, an ever so slight hint of mango and a nice creamy finish

M: solid medium bodied brew, and it fits this brew perfectly. no alcohol heat is detectable, and it leaves a nice hop profile, yet a big sweetness on the palate that is delightful. this is the best aspect of the brew in my opinion

O: its a solid brew.... nice complexity, balance and flavor profile. definitely worth a try and its highly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of htdoerge
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden bronze with a slightly off-white head, some retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Mango, candied-pineapple, pine, spearmint, dried straw and toffee.

T: Piny resin, papaya, mango, herbal, hints of toffee & biscuit. Although the bitterness is assertive, it's not overly harsh... though it does really linger. Alcohol is obvious, though still balanced.

M: Moderate body has some hop acidity, with a crisp, drying finish.

O: Hell of a brew.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from bomber, orange with little head, carbonation bubbles
Smell: fairly mellow, hoppy fruity esters, pineapple, some pine.
Taste: so complex yet balanced and smooth. delicious fruity hoppiness- pineapple, grapefruit, sweet maltiness almost appley, and bready, with honey. Finishes with a nice biscuity malt with some pine and a bright lemon-juice leaving the lips puckered. Warm booziness and bitterness that's perfectly subdued and smooth
Feel: fair carbonation, booze is there but very drinkable

Great DIPA from Deschutes, a nice showing of the "Northwest" style, malt complexity with traditional west coast hop-barraging

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

64 oz growler poured into a pint glass (repeatedly).

A - Pours a semi-murky burnt orange with 2 fingers of off white head, which lingers for a good while.

S - The predominant aroma is grapefruit, with other citrus fruits hiding behind that. There is a good amount of sweetness in the aroma.

T - The grapefruit hop profile is at the forefront, followed by subtle pineapple and other citrusy fruits. There is a good amount of bitterness, balanced by sweet caramel malt. There is also a hint of orange. I would describe the overall hop profile as juicy. Really nice citrus notes.

M - The mouthfeel is sticky with a moderate body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste consists mainly of sticky bitter grapefruit.

O - This is a fantastic DIPA. Deschutes never disappoints. The alcohol is deceptively hidden, and the balance in this is great: not too bitter, not too sweet, not very boozy.

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Photo of RandyPuckett
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of SirBentham
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RTrain12
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of KZE80
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of peabody
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out an amber orange with two fingers of creamy white suds that leave lacing around the glass.
Orange peel aroma with bitter hop and strong malt with a tinge of alcohol.
Taste is sweet at first then bam it gets very bitter but not in an overwhelming way. This is balanced quite well and hides the 10.6% abv very well.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part. Some stickyness comes in to play but the hop is right there to wash the palate clean leaving just a hint of phenol that only lasts a short time.
Overall this is a darn good IPA and I wish I lived closer to where this is available. Bad thing is is't only brewed between Jan. and April.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 89.8% out of 100 with 2,487 ratings
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