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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Photo of sevenarts
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden orange, fluffy off-white head, modest lacing.

S: An earthy malt sweetness, some caramel, mingled with citrus and pine hops.

T/M: Somewhat evenly divided between sweet malts and hops, with lots of pine especially gliding atop the caramel malts up front. The bitterness mostly hits in the lingering aftertaste, which is sometimes a bit off and unpleasant, the one spot this really loses points. Some warming alcohol on the way down.

O: Not a bad double IPA, though nothing about it really stands out too much. Decent balance, decent flavor, a bit too much of an aftertaste.

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Photo of tizride
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cvm4
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange color with a great 2 finger off white head. Pretty good lacing.

S - Hoppy and slightly malty. Citrus flavors come through (tangerine, orange).

T - Not overly hoppy but a refreshing citrus hop profile with a light malt background.

M - Crisp and dry finish. Medium body and high carbonation.

O - What a solid offering from Deschutes! I love an IPA that's not overly malty and this fits the bill.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from City Beer San Francisco for 5.99. Thanks to j for this one.

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also pine/resin mixed with various fruits like grapefruit, strawberries, apricots, and pineapple. I can pick up on the booze as well. It ends with a hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Overall - It definitely got better as it warmed in my glass. Probably the best beer I've had from Deschutes and a lot more west coast in style than their IPA/APA. I'd drink it again for sure, but I'd drink a Sculpin/Pliny/Idiot instead if I could.

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Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of JesteR14
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A orange with no bubbles. Very foamy head that stays for a while

S I don't smell much but nothing special

T so good! Orange and bitter hops. So refreshing I need to drink this on a hot summer day. Very smooth and refreshing. Although! The alcohol stands out to me. Not a bad thing. My opinion but I know other people would disagree

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Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very nice big ipa, unique too. only 8 bucks for a bomber at a restaurant, great bargain! pours a sticky bright amber orange color with a delicate but lasting lace white head. smells enormous on the hop front. citrusy, tropical, resinous. flavor is almost backwards experientially, which i really adore in this one. starts off bitter and dry, really powerful, then moves to that pineapple/tangerine sappy sugary hops vibe at the end. this is reverse order from most big india pales, that show their sweet side up front and finish bitter. this is quite the opposite. the alcohol became very prominent as it warmed a bit. feel was nice, big bodied and well carbonated, but filling and strong, not sessionable really. a nice bomber to share over gourmet pizza and mussels. another hit from deschutes.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of raynmoon
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this earlier in the night. I remember it being very cloudy and hazy in the bottle, it looked nice.

And I remember it smelling amazing. It smelled like really really fresh hops. As If I had rubbed some hops together in my hands, delish.

But it did not quitem deliver. It had a nice juicy taste, but the alcohol came through way too much and way too often. Every sip was IPA + alcohol. Really disappointing.

Maybe I should try it more fresh, but the alcohol was not well hidden. Shame on you Deschutes,

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy orange copper color you can tell there are gonna be some nice ibu's in this one just looking at it. The smell is of a nice hop aroma, fruity and piney. Hop bitterness on the back of the tongue leaves a sticky feeling on the mouth this beer really sticks with you and leaves you wanting more and more. Great bitterness and piney flavor. Would easily buy this IPA again and again

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

My first beer from Deschutes, let's see how deprived I am living on the other side of the country.

It pours out a nice, hazy orange with two fingers of persistent, sticky head. The aroma is full of full, sticky, piney hops with some strong, yet watery grapefruit. The taste is very well balanced, with sticky pine hops and nice caramel malts. The aftertaste is the beer's strongest suit, with a late hit of tropical fruits and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is on the fuller side with an appropriate level of carbonation. It coats the mouth very well. The drinkability is very good. A great first brew from Deschutes. That late hit of tropical fruits gets me every time, and makes this something unique in the DIPA game. It's enough to get a man excited about opening his Abyss in a few months.

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Copper-orange-amber in color with a fluffy, pillowy, white head. Good lace and little retention.

S: Crisp, refreshing hops with some malt at the end.

T: Very fruity hops. Bready malt in the finish. A very balanced Double IPA. Dry but refreshing.

M: Smooth with very little carbonation. Great flavors. Easy drinker.

O: Amazing on draft just as it is in a bottle. Can Deschutes make a bad beer? I think not.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,486 ratings.
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