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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Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Tops during one of Deschutes' Base Camp events. Poured into a shaker pint.

Light orangey amber, perfectly clear, with a frothy one-finger head of light khaki. The foam slowly goes low tide, becoming a thick, creamy top layer and a hefty ring, both of which linger forever. Glorious walls of lace.

The nose: tons of grapefruit, grass, dark caramel and wheat bread. Not too complicated, but enjoyable.

The flavor is equally straightforward. Grapefruit juice, orange peel, fresh grass and a sweet brown sugar finish. Bitterness is rather low, surprisingly, and the flavor isn't heavy or syrupy.

The pillow-soft medium body holds together well, fizzing up just a little as it moves. Medium light, prickly carbonation and a clean finish, with no noticeable alcohol. Nice.

Hop Henge is definitely one of the sweeter West Coast DIPAs, which I like. A bit more complexity would bump this one into the next level.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good mix of sweet and bitter here, imperial but not a ton of boozey taste overpowering things. a fairly easy drink but with a serious bitter bite on the back end.

pours a rich orange, not much of a head at all, but it's the right amount of carbonation for the brew. nice hop smell, but not blowing me away -- slight pine and spice in the nose. the rich malt character is what makes this beer work for me -- it has a bucket load of hops and IBUs, which can be a little raw/harsh without this kind of sweet base. if the texture were just a little richer.... this beer would be over the top.

as usual, even for an IPA, these kind of Imperial/Doubles really open up as the beer warms.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold coppery gold color with a densely capped white foam sitting on top with a staying power. Finally after swifting down the foam keeps itself to a thick skim always present and mega amounts of caked on lacing coats the glass.

Aroma is pungent of orangy oiled hoppy citrus. Quite fresh, dark, oily, and orange. A bit of peach and mango can be found within the nose as well.

Solid firm taster for a Dbl. IPA. Nothing over the top or super extreme here. But moderately present with big dark orange tones. Lightly doughy bready maltyness flows underneath. Clean, respectful, and well rounded with a very natural sweetness that floats right down. Lightly floral finish with leftover orange oiled hoppyness.

Body is a solid medium if not more so. Clean, firm, and smooth with a nice mild tang of orange flavors delicately kept together with soft chewy-esque bready malts.

Hell of a solid brew and a great price too! $4.98 a bomber is a excellent deal for this Deschutes beauty.

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Photo of Kornoms
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is our very first rating of a beer, we're not claiming that we know exactly how to rate beers yet, but are excited to pay more attention to the actual characteristics of a beer we drink (and let's be honest, we got the drinking part down).

A: Very clear copper color, small head with moderate retention.

S: Mild floral notes with a hint of pine. Could have a stronger aroma.

T: Well balanced, with the bitterness of the hops nicely complimented by the sweet malt. Very good drinkability for such a strong IPA.

M: Fairly light feeling that is [a little coarse - korey] [a bit smooth-aaron]. Ha. Overall it has a good feel.

O: We thought it was an excellent double IPA, especially for the cost.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to theskinny, my BA Buddy and Pacific NW connection in Salem, Oregon I'm able to sample this fine beverage.

A - Golden copper body with a thick frothy head with real nice stamina.

S - I can smell this brew as it sits more than two feet away. Piney and citrus laden hops fill the air.

T - Rich, mildly sweet malt which is very well ballanced against the firm presence of bitter cutrusy hops.

M - Very mild coarse feel throughout lending to a texture that brings out all the flavors evenly without hesitation.

~ This is a good beer and one that I would recommend to ny friend that enjoys a good imperial IPA.

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Photo of Rutager
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a glowing clear deep amber-orange with two fingers of sticky, light orange-tan head. Nice thick lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel, ripe red grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops and tropical fruits.

Taste. Sweet caramel and oily, piney tree sap. Some pink grapefruit juice and a nice long bitter citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-light smooth carbonation.

Overall. Really nice west coast dipa. Smell is amazing, tastes pretty damn good too.

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

a: poured into a wide snifter, producing a finger-width head off-white in color, retaining a nice layer, the beer itself is a deep, aged copper amber in color

s: lots of sweet tropical juices atop a body of aromatic, appropriately sweet caramel, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, candied pine sap, peach and apricot, the hop aromas are really quite fantastic - fresh, vivid, and juicy, and the malt body is perfectly supportive, lovely alcohol presence, great start

m: carbonation just under moderate, the body around medium in weight

t: loads of sweet tropical fruits - mango, grapefruit, tangerine, great malty caramel flavor adds a nice grainy complexity, sweet peach and apricot, lip-coating sugary in the best way possible, extremely tasty

o: love the sweetness here - it's not gratuitous and provides a great candied aspect to the tropical hops, skillful malt/hop interplay and high complexity, abundantly available and not bad for a $6 bomber

bomber from the Liquor Store in Jackson

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Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Brewbro000 and sirdrinknp. Best by 06/16/2011 on label. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a 1/2 finger off white head. Decent head retention, about two thirds of the way through it becomes a foamy ring around the glass that leaves slight lacing.

Extremely balanced nose despite the obvious huge amount of hops. A good dose of floral and herbal hops are noticed first. Grapefruit and pine quickly follow and a huge malt sweetness brings it all together.

The floral and herbal hops that were in the nose are the first thing to hit the tastebuds and are even stronger. The fruity hops are much more subdued and come from a lingering grapefruit taste on the back end. The malt is more substantial in the taste as well. Sweet caramel malt balances out the floral hops before a hint of pine brings a slightly bitter finish. There is also the aforementioned touch of grapefruit towards the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and oily, but not as much as one would come to expect from a beer of the style. Medium body with low/medium carbonation. Bitter hops stick to the tongue but don't linger long.

Overall this is an extremely well balanced and pretty drinkable DIPA. Very surprised to see that the ABV is 9% as it is very well hidden. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of julian
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an almost crystal clear copper color with a decent 1 finger off white head, that fades quickly but leaves a nice oily lacing around the edges and a bubbly film on the surface.

S: Nice fruity aroma, some mild tropical fruits, a hint of piney hops complimented by a waft of sweet malty goodness to balance it out.

T: It's like a pine cone filled with tropical citrus fruit wrapped in caramel. All of these flavors are in perfect harmony and none of them outdo or overwhelm the other. This is probably one of the most balanced DIPAs (is that any oxymoron?) I've ever had.

M: Man this just feels like it belongs in my mouth. This might be one of the best MOUTH FEELING IPA/DIPAs I've had. Creamy, smooth. perfect.

O: Excellent taste, exceptional mouthfeel and just an overall amazing experience. The only thing I'd change is the intensity of the aroma. Everything else is top notch, I just want to smell how amazing this beer is more than I am.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with 1.5 fingers of off-white. Good retentention.

S - Pine, sweet grapefruit, thick caramel, alcohol.

T - Rich caramel malt off the top, then comes candy grapefruit, pineapple, lychee, strawberries, turns to an herbal pine flavor toward the end. Finishes fruity and bitter.

M - Full bodied, smooth carbonation.

This isn't a bitter-bomb but the hops provide alot of juicu fruit flavor. Alcohol is heavy in the nose but doesn't come through when drinking it. Very good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to Shango42 for hooking this one up in trade as an extra! best by date of 3/29/2011, just in time!

a - cracked the 22ozer and poured into my oversized snifter. beer poured a deep orange...almost an amber orange. lively carbonation on pour that built a nice ipa-ish frothy white head which subsided relatively quick. nice transparent look, rich...swirlls of the glass rebuilt the head on command...lacing was slippery and left sparse evidence as it slid down the glass side.

s - just how i like it...balanced with good malt presence but not overbearing sweetness. hops are there but the malt balance them out giving a soft vanilla toffee smell. very nice. classy.

t - starts off with the vanilla toffee then jumps to a quick burst of hop bitterness which finishes with a super cooling alcohol tingle. nice bready-ness...really nice.

m - alcohol is very present in the mouth. leaves a bready vanilla cooling with some hop bitterness.

o - deschutes is rapidly becoming my favorite brewery as i explore their catalog. another really impressive beer. this is kind of like hop in the dark without the dark. has a nice vanilla almost oaky quality to the hop flavor. i really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with average body. Dense amber color and clear. Moderate carbonation. Almost red in color. Off-white head that can stand three fingers tall. TONS of lacing. Head that goes down slowly and is shimmery/shiny.

S HOPS! Hop oils are prevalent. Floral and piney. Alcohol is there along with spec malts.

Getting a 'soapy' aroma and some in the taste. Attributable to fresh hops. Not as well balanced with the malt as hoped. This is an IIPA even though it is called an IPA.

Alcohol bites a bit at 9%. Hops flavor is on the after and the malt is on the front of the drink. Aftertaste is clean and pleasing.

Hard to drink a lot of as an IIPA; split among friends. Very well crafted. Decrease the abv to around 7.8% to let the hops shine a bit more.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: amber orange with a half finger head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, malts

taste: floral, citrus, little dry back end, warms up little sweet

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

drinkability: very tasty IPA. definitely will seek it out again.


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Photo of Brewbro000
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep amber with hints of red from the tap. Lacing is minimal and head is reduced to a thin ring very quickly
S: piney resinous hops up front with some sweet carmel malt to back it up
T: Flavor is very similar to smell. Hops up front that finishes dry and better. Some residual sweetness but not enough to stand up to the hops. Just the way I like it.
M/D: medium mouth feel with a crisp carbonation that helps cut the bitterness. Alcohol is only mildly apparent. This beer is well balanced. An awesome representation of a NW IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Best by March 29, 2011 we good to go.

A very large off white head of four fingers shines off the pour. Head is a little soapy, but has some good retention. Body is a gorgeous orange amber, really like this color very nice. Some small carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good sticky lacing too.

A typical pleasing grapefruit, but a hint of hop in the background. Nice aromatics, simple and good, not much else. After a few sips a nice grass hop comes out.

Really good body on this beer, malt and bread punch in the middle and it seems mellow. Then on the finish is a nice sharp hop blast on the swallow kind of spicey. Just the right hint of sweet boozyness in the taste with a hint of light brown sugar.

Great tasting American double imperial pale ale here, super easy drinking too. Really like it.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of head which settles to small islands, with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Bitter citrus hops, orange peel, bubble gum and some caramel on the finish.

T - Uniquely hopped ale, which dominates with very sweet citrus hops and a nice dose of buttered bread and caramel malts. Solid balance, but a pleasant floral hop presence with a wheaty finish. A bit of a juniper gin taste to the hops as well. Fantastic!

M - Medium bodied ale the goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Given the hop presence, this one was not overly dry.

D - At 9% this stuff is incredible! The ABV is very well hidden, the flavours are bold yet nicely balanced. The sweetness makes this one unique, and the hops would be well appreciated by any hop head. If you can find a bottle, be sure to grab one!

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to wisconsinality for sharing this bottle.

A: Orange amber hue, small light beige head, soapy lace.

S: Mild citrus fruits, fresh cut grass clippings, pale malts and hint of apple juice.

T: Mild citrus and grassy hops. The bitterness is sharp but pleasant. Earthy finish.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

D: A decent double IPA. Nothing worth seeking out but if you have a buddy who has a bottle. Ask him to share.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/25/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a copper color with a small white head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing.

S: Nice citrus hops, some apple and a little bit of bread.

T: Sweet flavor, some grapefruit and green apple. Has an earthy/grassy flavor and rounds out with some breadiness.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall it was solid, have had better, but have also had a lot worse. Liked the flavor with the apple.

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

A: Dark amber in color with a cream-colored head that thins out but lasts pretty well.

S: Slight citrus hop smell along with something tropical that I think smells like lychee.

T: Sweetness upfront and a peppery hit of hops followed by some biscuity malt flavors. Finish is pure hop bitterness. Good but not great.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lighter copper in color...relatively clear, as far as beers go. Slight lacing on top. Looks good.

Smell: Buttery and some pine comes through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth. Medium in body, but very easy to drink with a buttery feel. Some warmness to it, but the 9% abv is very well hidden (close to dangerous). The pine flavor doesn't really shine until the end (also getting an ever so slight, sweet flavor too) and mixes with some bitterness, leaving your mouth with a dryness. Very intriguing!

Drinkability: It's been awhile since I've had a Deschutes beer and even longer (1 year?) since I've had Hop Henge. I guess the tried and true beers get overlooked sometimes. Deschutes, I'm sorry I've neglected you for some time...it won't happen again. If you haven't guessed, I like it and you should try one when you get a chance.

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Photo of turfy
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN tulip.

A- A deep copper color with a nice creamy white 1.5 finger head. Nice lacing throughout and a solid 1/4" head until the end

S - Good piney/floral scent

T - Some bitter hoppiness but more smooth caramel malt showing through.

M- moderately syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D - A nice Imperial IPA. Somewhat on the heavy side, so 1-2 would be my limit with this one during a session, but the quality is apparent.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear copper amber, tall tan head that retained extremely well, random lacing
S - grapefruit and herbal hops, candied fruit, caramel
T - herbal hops with an unexpected black licorice flavour, some caramel malt, and some light citrus
M - well carbonated and thin, finishing slightly bitter and spicy
D - 'experimental' is a nice qualifier for this brew, while having a pleasant hop character, the black licorice flavour is very unique and dominating, even if a little out of place, props for taking a chance, and very drinkable at 9%

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Photo of LazyL
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A florescent orange with a an almost pale peach foamy head. The nose is fantastic and pronomintly pine scented. There is some citrus in the background and a bit of vanilla. The taste has a nice mildly bitter, boozyness about it. A little bitter and then a sweetness on the finish. Creamy and fairly dry there is a nice change from nose to taste to finish. This is a superior brew and at 9% sneaks up on you quickly. Deschutes does it again.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear copper color with a fair off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma offers mild citrus grass biscuit. Nice but slightly mysterious. The flavor says honey grass and a touch of pine peanut. Grass dominates with a scintillating carbonation in a medium bodied brew. There is a slight alcohol note with lemon biscuit. The feel is slightly viscous with very subtle carbonation. Fair drinkability. Not in my wheelhouse for an IPA but a decent version worth a try.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a schooner; best before March 29th,2011 - got a month to get more and drink it!

A - deep clear amber topped with a light head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing down the glass. Small amounts of rising carbonation in the glass

S - lovely wet hops/grassy nose with a hint of juniper

T - exceptionally surprising; simultaneously solid grassy/juniper hops counterbalanced with sweet!!! malts that resolve with a nice toasty, fruity flavor intermixed with traditional hoppy bitterness. This is a first for me!

M - nice and light; crisp with light carbonation

D - slightly boozy, but still very, very drinkable

This is quite an amazing IPA; high on the experimental scale for sure; would love to have it again. A real find!

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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