Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

2,486 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of andys_war_hall
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip.

A: Wonderful looking golden whisky color. Finger size bubbly white head that dissipated and left nice lacing on the glass.

S: Big fruity dank hops. Smells of peaches, and lots of them. There is a certain sweetness in the aroma as well.

T: The malt backbone is very sweet on the tip of the tongue, with the hops hitting on the back end for the nice bitter balance. Very peachy this one is. Hints of grapefruit and pine follow nicely. This one reminds me a lot of Avery's Maharaja.

M: Lush and smooth. Like taking a bite out of a big ripe peach, (again with the peaches). This one was going down very nicely. Barely noticed that it was over 10% ABV.

O: Really enjoyable Sunday afternoon DIPA. On the DIPA spectrum, this one is a bit too sweet for me. However, I really did appreciate all the effort that went into making this delicious beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A: Pours a deep golden amber with one finger head white head.

S: Here's where the beer shines IMO. Tons of citrus fruits, esp those tangerine oranges smell. Floral notes hit the nose along with residual sweetness.

T: Bitter sweet citrus hops, slight caramel creamy maltyness coming through. Just a sweet hop punch to the palate.

M: medium malty bodied beer with a sweet dry finish. Little too sweet finish for my taste with a hop bitter finish.

O: Solid solid IPA esp for the price point. Had trouble finishing the bottle as it was pretty sweet.

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Photo of ESPNman
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, golden yellow with a hint of redness. Minimal head, very little lacing.

S - Not nearly as complex as I anticipated. Some piney hops and a bit of fruit is pretty well balanced with some pale malt. There simply isn't a lot to the nose here. I noticed that as it warms, the sweetness comes out more and almost presents itself as cloying.

T - Hops, bitterness, and booze upfront. It fades to a nice sweetness that sticks through the finish. Some tropical fruit, some pine, and then a syrup-y sugar-like quality through the end. They may have gone a little too far towards the malt end, and it's slightly unbalanced in the sweet's favor.

M - Although there was little head, and very little visible carbonation, this one hits the right note on the mouthfeel. It's lively without being distracting, and still thick without being syrup in your mouth. Shockingly easy to drink given the 10+% ABV here.

O - A solid "experimental" DIPA, but not ready to play with the big boys of the style. It is a little too over-the-top, and needs to scale itself back a bit and find a balance. It brings some unique flavors to the table in what is a pretty over-produced style. Very good, but still flawed.

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Photo of Chaz33187
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus
a- golden yellowy
s- virtually no noticable smell, it lacks the piny/ citrus or even malty aroma of a typical ipa
t- a violent smash of pure hoppiness, it isn't friendly at all, again, there is an absence of citrus or piny charm. The alchohol isn't disguised much either. Bitterness follows
m- very carbonated. bubbles harshly in your mouth
o- unique because it has pure hop taste, but lacks the well rounded ipa flavor, it's like drinking unsweetened soymilk.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/31/2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and lively copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big hop forward aroma with lots of tropical fruits in the mix. Citrus hops up front with hints of grapefruit, pulpy orange, mango, pineapple, tangerine, papaya, and lemon. Also some floral and grassy hops with a little pine. Some sweet candied sugar with a hint of honey. Solid malt background with hints of soft biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Some what perfume like smell. Very juicy and good.

Taste: Follows the nose quite well, a big taste of hops with plenty of citrus esters. Nicely ripe and bitter hop taste up front with notes of grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Grassy, floral hops as well as some pine are also present. Notes of sweet sugar and a little hint of honey. Bready soft malts with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, yeast, and cracker. A really nice juicy bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat sticky. Fairly hot booze feel but its not overwhelming.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA from Deschutes. Great bitter citrus flavors with a nice balancing sweetness.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of pschul4
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my pappy for this one!

A- Pours a wonderful cloudy orange with a nice white head that leaves decent lacing. This is the PERFECT looking IPA

S- Very bitter smelling and some pale malts in there as well. Not a lot of complexity

T- Very interesting. Like a perfect mixed drinnk, starts out boozy and bitter and the sweetness from the malts cuts through perfectly. Not cloying by any means but well balanced.

M- Nice mouthswish. Some carbonation but not too much. Unremarkable but in a good way. Fuck that makes no sense...

O- If you described Hop Henge to me I wouldnt be too excited to try it. But this is well done and I enjoy drnking it

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of coders
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650mL bottle

My first review! I'm not very disciplined in my ability to characterize a beer with technical notes. But, it is what it is.

A - A beautiful sunset orange with a decent head that fades promptly.

S - Definitely smelling the hops. I'm catching some fruitiness, but can't pinpoint the scent.

T - Does not taste like a 10.6% DIPA. The hops do not kick you in the mouth, but has a sort of caramelized pine taste with some fruity backdrop.

M - Warm and slightly thick n' sticky.

O - At 10.6%, it's a quality DIPA. A little expensive to toss in my repertoire, but I can see me drinking this more than once in my lifetime.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of weonfire
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - WOW, thats a lot of head. 2 inches. Lots of lacing, pours a golden/copper.

S - Sweet flavor. Almost a bubble gum. Grapefruit and Biscuits.

T - Real mellow flavor. Sweet carmel hops. Grapefruit. Much less bitter as most IIPAs.

M - Frothy thick flavor. Beautiful. Coats the mouth very nicely.

O - Very Good. Every flavor combines superbly. Head lasts the entire time of sipping this beer. Very impressive. Only knock maybe that its a bit too mellow. IIPA i expect huge flavor that pops. This reminded me of something aged in which flavors started to blend together. Regardless, very very good.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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