Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

2,487 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 strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ratedz
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with a huge off-white head. The head fades very slowly and leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Floral notes combine with big cirus hops. Slight bitterness and a mildly sweet caramel backbone.

T - A bit disappointing compared to the nose. Sweet citrus notes, pine needles, and some caramel, but it just isn't as big as the nose.

M - Seems a bit watery and thin. Very little carbonation, but I don't think that affects this brew. Very easy to drink.

O - A very enjoyable DIPA. The taste didn't quite back up the nose, but it was smooth and easy to drink. Another plus was the reasonable price for the bomber.

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Toronado in San Diego, Calif. Color was caramel honeyish. No head at all. Minimal lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled of citrus hops, mainly lemon and grapefruit.

Tasted similar to the nose. Hoppy. Nice alcohol bite. Grapefruit hops lead the way. Bitter on the tongue after.

Medium body. Slick texture. Flat carbonation. Bitter finish.

Really good beer, which probably would have been better if my pour wasn’t so bad. Pretty flat when I got it.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 04/25/12. Tulip glass.

Pours clear, deep golden color with a finger of off-white, fluffy foam. So-so retention and some lacing. Smell is pineapple and caramel, pine, grass, floral citrus, pretty mild but well integrated. Taste is unusual: very earthy pine, moderate caramel malt backbone, with moderate-high bitterness which persists on the palate. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, an above average, interesting IPA that's a little on the bitter side.

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

A: A deep golden yellow with a one finger head the dissipates very quickly.

S: Awesome. You can tell that they spent a good amount of time and hops on the aroma. There are a variety of hop smells mixed with a little caramel.

T: Intensely bitter. To be expected from a beer with 95 IBUs. The beer has the hops with a lot of citrus and a little caramel.

M: A little under carbonated and the beer has excellent retention.

O: An extremely good beer. Get it before it's gone.

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Photo of Hopstout
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very nice dark amber.

Aroma - Fresh floral scent along with a faint sour tint.

Taste - Pine needles. Lots of hops.

Mouthfeel - Nice short finish that doesn't linger.

Overall - This is a good hoppy beer for hop heads. Sharp and grabs your attention. Lost track of what my girlfriend was saying every time I took a swig from the glass...

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of mfavoino
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter on 1/14/12.

Appearance: A clear amber color with white head that left plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very nice.

Smell: Smells piney and sensed that a sweet malty backbone might take center stage instead of the hops.

Taste: Hops hit hard to begin with, but there is a sweetness that takes over once it travels over the tongue. Not exceptionally bitter, and tastes a bit boozy to me. Gave me that warm alcohol feeling into my chest. I expected more complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a higher than average level of carbonation.

Overall: While I enjoyed this, I would say that nothing really stuck out to me while drinking it. I expected a more complex beer that was more about the hops, not the malty sweetness. In any case, still a good offering from Deschutes and worth a try if you enjoy higher abv IPAs.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly fresh bottle, purchased the day it came in last week. Poured into Boulevard tulip in multiple servings.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with solid carbonation. While a nice looking beer, it looks like it could be a bit thin. Head is as to be expected, just a shade off-white and about 1 finger, fading quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells of resinous pine hops, some juicy fruit gum, and sweet malt. A bit of that earthy onion flavor, are there Summit hops in this? Kind of reminds me of the wet hopped Mirror Pond.

T: The hops nor the malts dominate this one, with the somewhat sticky pine and onion-y hops hitting up front, a bit of sweet malt to balance it out, and a mild bittering hop finish.

M: Fairly sticky, especially considering the appearance, though The legs give it away when agitated. The mf is probably the only indication this would be an imperial, as everything else points to a very well made IPA.

O: This is a well-made IPA, with great balance and character. The malts and hops work very well together, making for an easy bomber to take down.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a honey color. White head. A small but steady stream of bubbles rise to the top of the glass steady throughout.

Smell: Lost of juicy fruits. White grape, grapefruit, some floral hop aroma as well but not that noticeable. The aromatic aspect of this beer is really impressive.

Taste: More grapefruit in the taste but still light. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light for a DIPA. Good amount of carbonation and the bitterness is hidden very well.

Overall: This is a must try DIPA if you can get it fresh. I'm glad this one is a seasonal release. I'm also glad this is a rotating beer for them in that its a different recipe each year just like BBXX series. Good job Deschutes.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 22oz bottle, poured into large ale glass.

A: Clear amber in color. Very bright (for lack of a better word). Pours with a good amount of head. Lace sticks to the side well (even drying on it).

S: Very strong hops aroma. Lots of hay, pine resin and yeast. Some green apple. Nice sweet, roasted malt aroma lingers. Impressive balance of bitter hops and sweetmalt.

T: Robust, alcoholy flavor with some esters. Sweetness of malt is apparent at the front. Finishes tart, with bitter astringency of the hops lasting long. Some coppery, metallic character long after.

M: Substantial mouthfeel. This is a light-medium carbonated beer. Very rich and creamy. Improves as it warms.

O: Very impressive "experiment". I think this should evolve into a permanent offering. Keep it up Deschutes.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a big snifter

Pours coppery and clear, very little head (just a ring), small amount of very fine carbonation going on. Smell is hoppy and honeysuckle sweet.

Taste up front is sweet and then slams you with hoppy bitterness a moment later. Lots of citrus rind flavor, some spice, some floweriness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, surprisingly not-sticky. Overall, very good.

Having it again 7 June 2013. "Best by" 08/27/13 1437. According to the bottle, abv 10.9%.

Still love this beer. I might give it better ratings this time, but I'll leave my originals alone.

Having it again 5 April 2014. 2013-2014 Experimental IPA, "Best by" 07/15/14 1606. According to the bottle, abv 9.1%.

Not the same hop profile I remember. Do they use different hops each time? This one seems slightly oniony. Thick, creamy,

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Photo of mhabas
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a HOTD tulip. Best buy date of 4/25/12.

Appearance- Clear, dark, orange color with a dirty white head. Very nice lacing. 4/5

Smell- The smell is a very balanced pine and sweet malt aroma. Some orange and citrus. Bits of alcohol comes out as well. 4/5

Taste- Malt sweetness. Orange flavor and a medium to heavy bitterness that seems to disappear after only a minute. The malt starts to come out even more as it warms. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium that turns heavier as it warms. Good carbonation. 3.5/5

Overall- Decent IIPA. A little on the sweet side for me. I would like the hops to shine a bit more. A little too heavy for me as well. 3.5/5

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MarshallMan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MBrausen
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A. Golden red color, great thick 1" head, retains well and rests at a 1mm head that stayed to the end of the glass.

S. Smells of sweet hops, pine, and florals. Full bold hop profile. Easily could freshen my room.

T. Taste is sweet, heavy floral, sweet almost candy, pine and slightly bitter finish.

M. Medium body, dry finish, a little coarse on the tongue.

O. Very good beer. The smell preaches high and it comes through with the promise of sovereignty. I highly recommend this beer to anyone. Fresh is great, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Photo of darkmoon66
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of pixieskid
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda odd reviewing this beer here as it was the very first beer I took notes on just 3 years ago. It's an annual favorite of mine that I make sure to grab a bottle of each year in January...bought time I got around to reviewing it on BA.

Pours a typical IPA color, dark-ish orange with a 3 finger head. Dissipates to a thin white head that lingers throughout the duration of the beer with some decent lacing.
Nose; pretty solid & straightforward. Notes of citrus and caramel, a touch of fruitiness.
Taste; tons of citrus upfront. Lime and grapefruit upfront with a touch of peach fruitiness. Strong hop presence throughout with a nice malt presence, a bit on the sweet side, but the balance is admirable. Finishes with a lingering malty sweetness, a touch of cane sugar in fact, and nice limeade note; bitterness is solid but somewhat subdued in the finish.

Overall; seemingly the best of the 3 annual releases I have tasted, but then again I only have this beer once or twice a year. If it's available, Hop Henge is a no-brainer and worth a try especially for the average price-point of 5 bucks or less...

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

22oz bottle (best by 4/25/2012) into a tulip. Pours an orange-amber w/ a thick creamy off-white head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma is tropical, piney, citrusy, resinous and boozy.

Taste leads w/ caramel sweetness, balanced by floral bitter hops. Tropical mango and alcohol also prevalent.

Overall a good balance between plentiful malt and hops - but everything doubled. Maybe a little on the sweet/malt-forward side for my taste, but a solid DIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of towlea25
5/5  rDev +22%

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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