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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear honey-gold with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with decent lacing.

S: Tons of sweet citrus here--oranges, tangerines, apricots, melons, and pineapple dominate. There are also some more earthy pine notes and actually some bubblegum aromas. Smells quite nice.

T: Sweet citrus up front followed by a nice, earthy pine flavor. Sweeter melon and pineapple flavors come through again toward the finish with a light bitterness and alcohol presence.

M: Medium body with slightly low carbonation, this beer could use some more carbonation and a slightly lighter body.

O: A good DIPA overall. Nice and citrusy with lots of tropical notes instead of being brutally bitter.

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Photo of cheetsmageets
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of KFBR392
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark copper orange color. Consistent carbonation that came in waves after taking a drink. About three fourths of a finger of head on the pour. Average lacing.

Smell: A darker syrupy hop aroma. A lot of pine and resin. Nice additions of dark fruits. You get a pretty good amount of heat from the alcohol here.

Taste: My overall feeling of this brew is that it is pretty hot. At the front you get a mild alcohol sting which is one of the main factors throughout the brew. You get some nice hop character in the body. A nice malty sweetness tries to battle through at the end of the beer but a sticky dryness from the high abv burns through. There are a lot of pin accents in the front and body as well.

Mouthfeel: Again the spicy alcohol accents rule supreme. Dries out the palette in a hurry. I more pronounced hop body would be appreciated here.

Overall: I've been very impressed with Deschutes, but I do not think I would buy this brew again. The high abv had me curious and just dominated too much. But I will continue to advocate for Deschutes.

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Photo of OMsweetOM
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of J10Jordan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of daysinthewake
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of MCain04
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz bottle on 1/21/13. Bottle dated best by 4/6/13, so assuming bottling date of 1/6/13, making this 2 weeks fresh. Poured into a 13 oz Spiegelau snifter.

Appearance: Pours an amber to orange color. Cloudy and opaque. About a one-finger white head on this one. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Oranges dominate the nose here, but pleasantly mixed with pine, lemon, and floral notes. Even without a large head the hops are nicely displayed.

Taste: A nice crisp hop taste right up front, consistent with the flavor profile on the nose, which doesn't back down throughout and includes a nice bitter finish. As big as the ABV is on this one I was expecting something more malty but true to the description on the bottle, the hops dominate throughout. No alcohol evident here - this will get you into trouble fast if you're not careful. A slight bit of sour funk on the aftertaste takes this from a 5 to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp, but smooth and dangerously drinkable. Not terribly light or terribly heavy, right in the sweet spot.

Overall: A fantastic imperial IPA. Not much that I would change here - definitely a top 20 IPA for me, pushing for the top 10. I will drink it whenever available.

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Photo of DooshBagalow
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of doho95fu
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Hog's Apothecary, Oakland, CA. Solid beer all around from Deschutes up in old Bend Oregon. Listed as an experimental imperial pale but seems rather tame from a hops profile. Pours very clear with a frothy head. I was expecting a punch in the hop face, none came. An above average pour.

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Photo of ajkiser12
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 4/6/13:

Beautiful honey gold body with scattered beading topped up by a full finger of eggshell head that retains pretty well and doesn't hide the ABV - great lacing mixed with oily booze legs from beginning to end.

Smells right up my alley. Tropical fruit aromas - mango, banana and pineapple with some sweet hop candy and orange juice. Faint caramel malts are buried in there somewhere. Some floral qualities... no discernible alcohol presence in this regard. Nice.

Those topical flavors dominate the palate along with some honey flavors, bitter citrus, a splash of conifer at the end blends well with a now apparent alcohol character.

Give this one a go.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,483 ratings.
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