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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3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Brilliant orangey gold with two fingers of tight laced head. Mod-heady carbonation. Clarity is good with a slight chill haze. A healthy layer of lacing coats the glass.

A lot of grapefruit, some papaya, light notes of toffee and caramel, pine and a hint of mint.

Upfront – Caramel, pine, lemon juice, papaya
Mid-palate – Grapefruit pith, drops of toffee
Finish – Grapefruit zest, resinous pine needles, lemon zest

Medium bodied, slick and sticky.

Moderately heavy bitterness reliant on notes of grapefruit and pine. The malt bill seems to be tilted towards toffee notes rather than caramel. Decent drinkability. Not necessarily my favorite flavors in a DIPA, but overall a solid brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

A - Pours a clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and biscuit malts with strong grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical hops with some citrus and pine hops as well.

T - Starts off with grapefruit, pineapple, and other citrus flavored hops with some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and resiny hops and more bitterness comes through alongside some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of pine hops with some sweet caramel malts and some bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good hop profile and bitterness with enough malt flavor to balance things out.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip
Best by 06/26/12 .... Well crap. Need to remember to look for bottle dates.

A- Pours hazy golden orange. A two finger bubbly white head with decent lacing and nice alcohol legs. A beauty.

S- Extremely sugary, sweet bready caramel notes. Lots of resin and pine. Pineapple and a lot of grapefruit and grape. An extremely sweet smelling DIPA. I think the hop profile would be much more potent had this been fresh.

T- A sweet bitterness up front. Hop profile has faded. Still has a nice pine and citrus character. There is a lot of resin and lemon as well as overly ripened grapefruits from the aged hops. Malt profile is sugary sweet. It's a bready beer with some caramel and toffee notes. Not as bitter as I was expecting.

M- Drinks pretty easy considering that this beer has plenty of feel to it. The alcohol is well disguised. Nice carbonation and rather refreshing. Dry and hoppy aftertaste.

O- Im impressed by this one, considering that this is an IPA that is past its best by date, I am impressed and optimistic that the fresh version is quite the masterpiece. Wish I didn't find this 5 hours outside of where I live because I want more, and when I find it, I hope its not a single outdated bottle. For those who can get a fresh bottle, I envy you.

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

Pours a medium amber colour with nice off-white head and respectable lacing. Smells quite floral, quite complex but I can't put a name on any of it. The taste is phenomenal, beautifully balanced malt and hops, despite its bitterness. There's some pine in the taste that wasn't present in the smell. Very dry finish. Overall, this is an excellent example of a double IPA. Good stuff!

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a darker (yet clear) orange color with a single finger of stable off-white head, minimal lacing. Smells of candied orange peel, hibiscus, pineapple, and overripe papaya with just a hint of mango. The tropical fruits carry the majority of the flavor, with plenty of caramel / toffee malt to compensate and orange peel coming in third place on the tongue, kicking in about mid-sip alongside a mild sort of peach and nectarine sweetness. Like drinking a fruit basket, but amazingly smooth and creamy in texture, and with a snappy carbonation to boot. Really well done and definitely worth trying.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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