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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Photo of sammygt
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a Bomber poured into a pint glass. Good head, about a finger thick, and it clung to the glass pretty well. It had a beautiful orange hue. the taste wasn't too aggressively hoppy, but had good flavor, definitely still an IPA. overall, great beer, ill be bringing some of this back to GA with me.

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Photo of bca115
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of laurastradford
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

You think if the city is ever closed or destroyed for some reason, a local-ish headline might read "Bend, Oregon, over"? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needle, pine resin, grapefruit rind, mild toffee, and fresh grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything buttressed by a foundation of sweet caramel that blends very nicely with the various citrus fruits. (Wait, can a foundation buttress? Oh, well...) The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky-ish finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, indeed, one that includes a lot of hop flavor without overwhelming the tongue with it and without losing a sense of balance. Good times.

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Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a glowing orange color. Big, fluffy, white head sits and stays like a good dog. Good lacing. Slight haze.

S-An interesting nose. Perfumey and floral. Loads of botanicals and pine. Also there is a basket of grapefruit. Really stresses the rind of the citrus fruits. A 'gamey' hop aroma. A bit dank. Hops come off in an oddly sweet way. Very hard for me to describe. Boozy, bready, caramel-drizzly malt. Perplexing.

T-The flavor is memorable and different. I really tried my best to like it but it was a bit off to me. The hops are sweet and earthy then sweet again. It has an odd zest and spice to it. One sip would convince me that I really like it; all that citrus and fruit came out. Then the next sip got my taste buds all confused again. I bet if I had a flight of this or even a sip I would have loved it. A whole bomber was a bit too mind-bending.

M-Big and chewy. Bitter and resinous. Took a while to drink this one. The booze was evident but I would have guessed this to be clocking in at 9-9.5% as opposed to nearly 11%.

O/D-Really would like to go back to this one again some day. Definitely an 'experimental' IPA. I loved it then hated it then loved it again…then was confused and decided that I sorta liked it in the end. This one threw me for a loop.

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Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep gold/amber with a nice head on top. Fairly good lacing and retention for such high abv.

S: Prominent tropical fruits and some noticeable booze. The hops are very pleasant but do not jump out of the glass like I would have expected. The malt is almost entirely un-noticable in the aroma.

T/M: Firm but smooth bitterness upfront, followed by well rounded tropical hops, mango, citrus, maybe a little banana or something. The alcohol is noticeable on the back end, and cuts the hop flavor short. Malt is noticable as well, a nice crackery pilsner character. The mouthfeel is dry, but not as much as some west-coast DIPAs.

Overall: I appreciate the complexity of the beer, using a lot of experimental hops and achieving a very cool hop profile. I just can't help but feel that the abv is to high for the amount of hop character in this beer. The booze seems to cut the hoppy aftertaste short. Other than that, it is an awesome hoppy beer, I am digging the mosaic hops.

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Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of 1234Jack
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Smell is sweet orangey hops.

Nice vibrant orange color.

Taste is nice, assertive. Still orange, fruity notes in the taste.

Head or lacing isn't too prominent.

I like this. Well done IPA. Different than your everyday IPA, this has uniqueness to it with the fruity orangeness and bite.

Noticeable alcoholic taste as well.

10.6% alcohol (street cred)

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AleEnthusiastSorensen
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a light amber/orange colour with a 1-1.5 finger head that vanished quickly and left little to no tracing. Has a slightly fruity smell with traces of pine resin and caramel. The body is on the medium side, not too heavy but not too light. Taste is heavy on the hops with a medium to heavy bitterness on the aftertaste. A great beer for those hop heads like myself. Goes well with roasted garlic hummus. Recommend any ale enthusiasts try at least once.

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Photo of Swervine44
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of philerman
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of baconman91
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of beer2day
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey orange pour with 1.5 finger manilla head. Not much retention or lace. Very light bubble stream.

Nose is big. Pine, mango, straw grass, alcohol burn all hit pretty hard. Nice job on the aromatics.

Taste follows the nose, with mango and grassy hops. Pine comes on in the finish, but mellows against the mango fruit. Hint of white pepper and a blast of the abv round things out. Pretty delicious.

Feel started out a bit on the thin side, but really starting to fill out as the glass warms.

Really glad I got to try this, thanks to my trading partner in Bend.

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Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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