Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPAHop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA
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Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPAHop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With an immense hop flavor and bitter finish, this monumental IPA is an enigma worth pondering (see what we did there?). Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, and Galaxy hops come together to create a hop sanctuary. Revere the almighty hop!

This is their new version of Hop Henge Imperial IPA, the hops have been modified as of 1/2009.

IBU: 97

Added by SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep saturated sunset orange color bleeding into dark copper, with a bright jewel tone clarity. Fluffy head of dense foam, leaving exceedingly drippy lace inside the glass. Nice color, and good retention on display.

Sweet tropical fruity aroma, sticky and lush. Warming up there are some identifiable sweet toffee malty notes.

Unique hop flavor, seems like nelson sauvin lending some lemony, woody notes, and something intensely fruity.

Fruit skins, creaminess, lemon custard, blood orange, bitter dandelion stems, woody leafy hop greenery. Alternate flashes of tropical and citrus fruit, making for a complex hoppy brew that lives up to its name. Ends up with a fairly creamy feel, slightly sticky on the lips with a dry whisper of a finish. Pretty fucking nice.

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Photo of bfields4
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear filtered golden body. Nice very tight head very slow dissipation.

Oily herbal hop aroma. Pretty sure I can detect a good bit of the summit ganja aroma. Little bit of citrus. Something is slightly off though a bit rubberish aroma.

Nice sweet caramel toffee malt back provide for a good jumping off point for the resiny herbal hop flavors. Don't detect any of the off aroma in the taste.

Over all a pretty good DIPA. Didn't blow me away, but was a nice middle of the pack DIPA with very good balance. The off aroma wasn't enough to really be a damper; seemed to come and go but wasn't overly present.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1P/6ozs brown bottle...

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Nice & Clean! This is one Mellow (but don't be fooled) the 8.5 creeps in, making this a dangerous and outrageous beer! Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: From Deschute's 'Bond-Street Series.' (wondering when I'll find the Bond-Street Brown...what a beer that is...does anyone have access?!)...Ok back to the beer at hand...An absolutely marvelous beer for all the hop-heads out there, albeit very daunting for those who are not into hops to the extreme. For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 8.5 % abv.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Draft at Uptown Brothers in Denver, poured into a pint glass.

A - A deep copper/amber color. When poured it had a nice 1/5 white creamy head. By the time it was served the head had dissipated to a 1/4 inch and then to a film which lasted the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Hops: Citrus and Pine. Only detectable aromas.

T/M - The beer starts crisp with caramel malt sweetness. The middle of the beer opens up to a creamy blend of malt and hop characteristics: pine and citrus, which are blended very well. The beer finishes with a hoppy bitterness bite but it's still mellow and smooth. Medium bodied with appropriate medium carbonation.

D - So smooth I could drink a lot. Hides the alcohol well.

Overall, this was a good DIPA. I would recommend it and look forward to another!

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-28-2011 21:54:14

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Photo of MareInfinitus
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jeff97701
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight into a pint glass from the bottle. Pours a dark copper color with about two fingers of bubbly, off-white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles in the body, and gives off a very crisp and clean smell that is hoppy but nothing too distinguishable for me. Strong malty taste up front, but goes down smooth as silk. Leaves thick lacing on the glass, and carbonation bubbles stay around for quite a while, making the experience of the appearance very delightful. Very good bang for the buck.

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Photo of hopluva1
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mappies
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of gtermi
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a very nice copper with a thick white head. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of thick lacing on the side of glass.

S: Tons of hops on the nose and a lot of sweet malt.

T: There is a strong bit of malt at first, but then fades to a very hoppy beer. There is a very nice tropical fruit flavor too. It lingers for a very long time with a strong amount of caramel.

M: This beer is so smooth and has a perfect amount of carbonation. There is a slight bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue, but it fits perfect.

O: This beer is very good. It has so many great qualities and wish this was in 4 or 6 packs. Just amazing and I don't know how else to explain it.

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Photo of pdeepak
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rschne13
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a shaker.

A: Clear effervescent gold, foamy white head with good lace.

S: Bright citrus notes and sweetness. Some spices pop out, as well as sweet floral notes..the caramel malt makes a nice underlying backbone.

T: Surprisingly decent bitterness after the sweet/floral aroma...citrus and floral notes dominate; spices, orange & blood orange, mango, papaya....bit of an herbal character too. Bready caramel malt.

MF: Nice medium-light mouthfeel. Good bitterness and dryness.

O: Its definitely a solid DIPA and an easy drinker. Not as grand as I remember last years version being, but this is still aces.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out a transparent orange/amber body that sat beneath 2 full fingers of moderately dense,bone white foam.Average retention but nice wide ribbons of lacing were left on the glass.

S-This beer smells super fresh and clean.Juicy citric hops,stonefruit,some floral hops reminiscent of honeysuckle or jasmine,pine and light caramel.Really inviting.

T-Super fresh here as well.Flavors of baked peach,musky mango,creamsicle,fresh flowers,toffee,pine and spearmint were all present.

M-Strangely but pleasantly creamy with a slick oiliness and probably the smoothest and most seamless hop bitterness that I've experienced in a beer.

O-This is my second Deschutes offering after Mirror Pond and I was more than impressed by this one

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Photo of DavidST
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, best by 4/24/12. This pours a nice amber color with a nice foamy white head. The smells are of floral hops, caramel and toffee malts and a little alcohol. The feel is medium. The taste is excellent lots of mouth coating hop resin, lots of bitterness, grapefruit, caramel good stuff.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, fresh, NFL playoffs

appearance: served in ND Soccer shaker pint, dull orange-copper body, foamy white head with a light lace

smell: nice floral nose - tangerine, tropical fruit, toasted caramel malts

taste: interesting hop profile - a touch herbal, tangerine, mandarin orange, lemon rind, tropical fruit. Well balanced with toasted malts, caramel and dough. Alcohol doesn't exactly hide but isnt oppressive. Enjoyable, but a strange mesh of flavor.

mouthfeel: mild bitterness, omnipresent alcohol, medium body

overall: good

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very nice clear strong golden copper color with some nice orange hints. There is a nice little 0.5 inch head that is nice and white with some nice dense bubbles. Very clean looking.

Dense and dank piney hop nose. Very resinous. Nice slightly sweet hop juice in there with some nice biscuity malt notes. Nice slight tropical juice notes as well. Some mango and some pineapple notes to. The nose is good but it doesn't quite pop like I expected.

Starts off with some nice toasty bready malt with some nice slight caramel notes. THen there is some nice and intense citrusy hops with slight mango and tangerine notes. The hops then evolve into a more resinous sticky and piney sweetness. Nice and bitter notes are very well complimented by some nice slight caramel notes. As it warms up a bit the pine notes really open up with some nice slight grapefruit also and some nice, dank, skunky cannabis notes.

Pretty good offering in the DIPA category. It's not amazing but a solid offering.

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Photo of jlaw7005
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Rizalini
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Deschutes tulip... very appropriate.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold color, with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head, that has some nice staying power. Nice lacing gripping onto the sides as it slowly fades.

S - Bursting with apricot, and citrus aromas.
Mouth watering.

T/M - Smooth and easily drinkable. Still has the great apricot and citrus taste that was in the aroma. Light/medium mouthfeel, great carbonation.

O - A great DIPA that has no hint of alcohol, which is pretty remarkable for 8.5%! If this beer were brewed year round, it easily be my go to IPA. Another great brew Deschutes

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Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear bronze with a slight half finger head of cream despite a fast pour. Retention is good and leaves a couple bands of solid lace.

Resinous pine predominant, orange and sweet grains and a touch of apple. Not a huge aroma but a nice variation.

Leading cereal grains with a touch of honey and apple. This is followed up by a strong resinous pine and a bit of herbaceous character and vinous fruit. Nice backing of bitterness without much drying.

Easy to drink but somewhat lacking in carbonation and drying, slick across the palate and it stays with the back end bitterness along with a thin maltiness.

Overall a very drinkable brew but nothing groundbreaking in this experiment, the 95IBUs were underwhelming but the hops brought in a unique pattern of flavor. The malt profile could be tightened up some, interesting but I'll stick with Deshutes inversion.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear copper color with one finger of quickly fading off-white head. Very light wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of orange peel, mango, pine and earthy notes along with light sweet malts.

The taste was orange and piney hops upfront followed by sweet caramel malts. Finished clean. The 8.5% alcohol was very well hidden.

Medium bodied and sticky with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

A terrific IPA from Deschutes that will always have a place in my fridge.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Big citrus/pine hop aroma also some malt sweetness. Hits you right up front with hop bitterness. Carmel maltiness. Lighter side of medium bodied. More citrus. Drying hop finish. Pretty easy drinking at 8.5%. Lots of fresh hop flavor, good stuff.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium copper color with amazing clarity. Half finger white head with great retention and good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. It's not overpowering. A light caramel sweetness coming through.

T: Caramel upfront. Earthy, piney, and citrusy hops come through with a decent blend but not much bitterness. Finishes very earthy with a touch of caramel.

M: Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Slick and oily.

O: A good IPA. A bit earthy for me. Like more citrus in my IPA's.

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Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,519 ratings