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 megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Appearance: honey, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: floral wet hops and spices.

Taste: floral wet hops and some grain with spices.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a nice IPA. You get the full good flavor of an entire hop cone. It is smooth going down as well.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bomber bottle from a west coast connection and poured it into a snifter. Impressed with dark orange appearance, thick head turning into a hop slick.

Smells really nice. Big time hops with dime citrus fruits, especially grapefruit.

Tastes pretty delish. Strong bitter hops with a nice fruit balance. Finished a little biscuity.

Enjoy the mouthfeel. Nice thickness with some resinous finish. Nice sweetness without cloying.

Overall done really well. A true tasty west coast 2X IPA.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is the last of the "must drink soon" brews I got from my buddy Jeff in Seattle. I've looking forward to cracking this open since the day it arrived.

22 oz bottle stamped "BEST BY 06/16/11 1126 M". I'm assuming that this was bottled in March.

A - Dark amber, copper, slightly hazy, big fluffy two finger head on a moderately aggressive pour, thins out and to the edges but sticks around to the end. Lively carb. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Fairly prominent sweet malt, toasted bread, earthy round hops

T - Strong earthy dark hops in the front. Middle is of slightly sour orange, not quite grapefruit. Caramel sweet finish.

M - Med in body, slick, feels chewy, makes my mouth water

O - This is a very good double IPA. Like all IPAs I'd imagine that this would be incredible when it's super fresh. It's a little aggressive on the hop side of the flavor profile. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, though you really expect it to be a bomb with such a strong hop and malt presence. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a bright amber color and is topped with an off white head. Fantastic head retention as well as lacing.

S: Juicy! Orange pith and tangerine rind. Subtle grassy/pine note as well.

T: Tastes differently than the aroma would suggest. Very balanced actually this is fairly difficult to pull flavors from (in the way a triple can be). I would pull however a sort of coffee cake crumb sweetness, as well as tickling bitter hop notes which give off herbal flavors. Toasted malt follows in the finish.

M: prickly

O: Good not great but Its nice to drink a bit IPA which isn't malt dominated.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a nice foamy head that retained well and left nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus hops are very floral and fragrant. Some sweet malts beneath adds a nice balance. very nice.

Taste: A big hoppy blast of pine and citrus hops up front, with a great balance of sweet malts afterward. Bitter up front but smooth and dry on the finish. Very good flavors here. Like a Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale on steroids!

Mouth Feel: Smooth and medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A delight for hop lovers. This is right up there with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA as a great example of the style. For a beer with 98 IBU's, this one is not overly bitter at all thanks to the great balance of sweet malts. A very good beer than is very easy to session with. Another winner from Deschutes!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 4/9/11

Best by 6/16/11

Shared by Spider889

Darker amber color with copper hints. Nice clarity. Poured just under one finger head. Dissipates quickly to a film an collection of bubbles off to the side. Decent amount of drippy lace.

Hits the nose in a strange progression: nips of booze; dense, slick hops, candied malt hints; bread and overtones of mustiness. Hop profile smells a bit odd - herbal, floral and vegetal; almost tomato-like. Smells like it might be astringent.

Tastes better than the nose lets on. Namely, that tomato notion is nowhere to be found. It's plenty bitter; not astringent, per se. However, it does become more so as it warms. Slick, oily hops. Herbal and a bit vegetal. Toasty, bready malts with hints of caramel.

Medium-full body. As mentioned above, it's rather slick. Some booziness is present but not over the top. Carbonation is tilted toward the lower side.

Overall impression - it's pretty decent but the hop profile seems odd.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-orange pour with big two finger head with great retention and crazy lacing. Fruity, candy sweet, malty nose with hints of orange rind and pineapple. The taste is much the same. It has a unique something about it that I can't really put my finger on. It's extremely rich and sweet, almost to the point of being a bit syrupy. Lots of pineapple with hints of caramel and an odd soapiness. Piney, bitter hops attempt to balance out the sweet malt, but come up short. Very thick and chewy mouthfeel that I typically love, but the sweetness coupled with the soapy aftertaste really kill the drinkability for me. This isn't a bad beer, but there's something about it that just rubs me the wrong way. It's got a lot of good qualities, but enough little issues that I really can't give it more than an average review. Really had high hopes for this beer and it really let me down...

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Photo of Airyk12
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber and orange color with a creamy sand-colored head that sticks around and leaves lacing all down the glass.

Smells like citrus hops with a strong floral background. Notes of caramel and a little breadiness show up to keep the hops in check. Alcohol is there, but hardly noticeable.

The hops bring the bitterness, but the malts really help to balance the beer. Sweet, almost fruity notes, as well as caramel keep the bitterness from overwhelming. The alcohol brings some warmth, but not enough to be too boozy.

Smooth, but bitter and well carbonated, it really goes down easy. Medium bodied and a warm from the alcohol.

Overall, a great DIPA. Not as insanely hoppy as some, which I appreciate. The hops are always kept in balance, making this a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Dangerous at 9%. Like Hop in the Dark before it, I wish this was a year-round beer; but it's not, So I'll take it when I can get it.

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Photo of cmhicksusmc
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deschutes brewery hop henge IPA the appearance is a dark brown with a honey amber hue. the head is light and almost pure cream. which dissipates after a few moments. the Aroma is sweet and powerful (as with all IPAs) which becomes slightly intoxicating to the nostrils. the taste is bitter and hoppy at first but quickly becomes a fusion of sweet bubbly caramel and smoke. which finishes with the traditional IPA lingering that leave you craving for more.. if you can find this limited treat I recommend you don't hesitate to indulge in its enjoyable aura. and with an ABV of 9.0% it has a bite to go with its bark. I recommend enjoying this bad boy with your favorite starch or cheese. described by the brewery as experimental India pale ale!

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

22 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass and a snifter.

Appearance - Amber colored that indicates a hefty grain bill. White head that lingers a bit and then leaves healthy lacing.

Smell - Hop dominated at first with citrus and some pine, but the sweetness of the malts come through very strongly. Also, it smells quite boozy for 9%.

Taste - The taste is boozy too, but it's not overwhelming. Again, hops for sure. Great hop flavor, but the malts are very sweet. Lots of unfermented sugars in this guy. Caramel from the malts with some vanilla, but it's just too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Strong carbonation at first, but it manages to feel creamy in the finish. Strong alcohol presence and a syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall - Well, I gave it a 4 on everything, and that's probably descriptive. It's good, but sweet. That's really the only off-putting characteristic about it.

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Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber w/best by date of 6/16/11 picked up at the local Bevmo poured into an imperial pint glass.

Vigorous pour yielded avg. white frothy head that disappeared as quickly as it arrived. Good lacing left behind. Clear light amber in color with a bit of carbonation bubbling in the glass.

Pine, alcohol, lemon zest, oranges. Mellow sweet caramel and fresh baked cookies add a nice malt complement to the sharp hop and alcohol qualities that hit you at first. Comes off fresh and balanced.

All sorts of hops dominate the flavor on this. Green veggies and fresh cut grass, citrus rind; sharp bitter finish hits and then mellows slightly. The sweet malt notes that were there on the nose have taken a big back seat but provide sufficient backbone to give some balance to a beer that leans heavily towards fresh green hop flavors. Alcohol is hidden amongst all that bitter pretty well.

Medium to light bodied for the style with bellow avg. carbonation leads to a bit of a thin feel. It's not bad...but doesn't measure up to the other qualities of the beer. This is where I think a little more maltiness would really balance this beer out and make it great. I will say that for all those hops...there is no astringent finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this one and could easily drink a couple bombers. It's not my favorite Double IPA...but if you are craving a DIPA with really fresh hops, a pleasing bitter finish, doesn't dry out your palate, and can hide 9% ABV, then you should give this a try. Cheers!

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

A - Pours a rich amber into my snifter with a little over a finger of thick head, moderate retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Lots of malt, citrus hops, grapefruit and orange. The sugary sweetness also brings out some aromas of pineapple and mango.

T - Very sweet and malty, almost too much so. Hop presence is there is help balance it out, again mostly by the way of grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango. Mild bitterness remains on the palate as well as a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M - Medium to heavy in body, very smooth and creamy, excellent balance.

O - Much maltier than most IPA's and a little too sweet for my personal preference. Pretty darn good overall though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lone bottle i had managed to acquire and had been resting in my fridge for a good long time. served cold and poured into a pint glass,

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acidic, resinous, lemon citrus and spice DIPA - re-review fresh

A:Typical medium pumpkin body, topped with a lacing, somewhat persistent one finger off white head.

S: Certainly I"'m getting this bottle a bit past its prime... date says best by a little over a month from now. Aroma is reduced to mostly bready caramel malt and a bit of hop spice, but off the pour I noticed citrus notes as well. Will need to re-review a fresh bottle

T: As usual for a stale hoppy beer, hops show better on the palate, and what I'm getting are the ruins of what I'm sure was a thriving civilization of acidic lemony citrus and resinous pine. Malt profile is similar to the nose, with a bit more spiciness, almost like rye. Creamy caramel abounds.

M: Nice and weighty, creamy and sweet, but carbonation keeps it from getting to heavy or cloying.

O: Must re-review a fresher sample to know for sure.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a thin white head. Nice aroma of citrus, oranges, hops and some sweeter fruit. Taste is very good, more orange and now some pineapple as well. This is a much sweeter DIPA then I have had, but for my taste I like it. Its still got a nice little bitter bite to remind you its an IPA, but the overall beer is a sweeter more citrusy DIPA. I like it a lot, as it prooves not all DIPA's need to be giant hop bombs.

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Photo of seeswo
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 06/16/11.

Pours a reddish-orange with a nice whitish head that leaves lacing all over the place. The nose is a soapy, candy-orange-vanilla hop-malt combo. Don't like the soap, love the rest. Never really smelled an IIPA like this before. A low-key hop flavor with just a touch of citrus balances well with a low-key malt flavor. Finishes a lot dryer than expected. Pretty mild in flavor, with just a touch of that soapiness. There is something else in there I am having trouble identifying. Gum is the best I can come up with. I can't seem to describe the flavor legitimately in a positive way, yet I don't think it is bad. Definitely interesting and a bit different than most IIPAs. The mouthfeel is right on, good carbonation and a reasonable amount of residual sweetness. I'm giving it an overall bump because I like it more than the taste rating impies. Certainly not amazing, but not poor by any means, and kind of interesting.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.89/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Best by 06.16.11
Consumed 05.05.11 in an imperial nonic.

Looks like a standard IPA/DIPA-- an orangey amber color. Off-white head of 1.5 fingers. Decent retention but weak lacing.

Smells pretty good--some sweet malts with citrusy hops... Pretty standard fair here. The taste gets a bit odd to me... What's with the spearmint? Holy hell it's everywhere. This minty (and a little bubble gummy) flavor DOMINATES like Jordan in the 90s.
It is quite off-putting. A soapy bitterness sets in on the finish which is surprisingly dry.

The body is good... Medium full with an oily feel that sticks to my teeth.
Overall-- the beer would be fine if it didn't have these wierd off flavors... I'm not a fan of this at allright now.

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Photo of boralyl
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a big fluffy white head that has very good retention and leaves webs of lace. The beer is clear and copper in color with noticeable carbonation.

S - The nose is a pleasant mix of sweet caramel and grapefruit. As it warms citrus and orange aromas become present.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and creamy finish.

T - The beer has a strong caramel malt backbone with a mixture of citrus grapefruit. It has a medium bitter finish. The alcohol content is well hidden.

I thought it was a little too well balanced between the malts and hops. It's a tad sweeter than most imperial IPAs. Despite this it's still a very well crafted brew that is worth the price of admission.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed deep orange, near amber color. Two fingers of fairly thick, creamy just off-white head. Average retention for the style and a moderate amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Good bit of citrusy and floral hops, with a touch of sugariness. Grapefruit and orange are the strongest aromas, but there's also sweeter tropical fruits such as pineapple and perhaps mango as well. Just a touch of crystal malt underneath, but the hops do a good job of covering it up.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. The crystal malt has a much more pronounced effect on the taste. It's nearly as strong as the hop flavor. Anyway, lots of orange and grapefruit again, but this time the mango and especially the pineapple are at least as strong. Not necessarily boozy, but the 9% ABV is realized. I really liked this and would have given it a higher score if this was a little less sugary.

4.0 M: Medium to slightly greater than medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth.

3.5 D: Pretty good beer. A solid, maltier DIPA. This would be pretty fabulous if the sugary sweetness was knocked down a notch or two.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep orange/golden body, BIG fluffy 2 finger head, outstanding lacing!

S: mild pineapple/grapefruit/orange peel, grassy/pine aroma

T: sweet pineapple/orange peel front, earthy amazing pine, solid smooth big bitter long finish

M: medium body, nice sticky/oily feel

O: My FIRST Deschutes offering thanks to an excellent online store and I am NOT disappointed! Big, clean hops; amazing sipper. Not for a newbie, but certainly has enough complexity for any beer geek. I can't wait to try more brews from this OREGON brewery.


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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A very dark auburn with a thin white head. Decent and consistent lacing down the glass.

A hoppy nose for sure, but it's lacking the power and the pungency I love in my favorite DIPAs. All the aromas here, while good, seem muted and a bit distant.

A bitter-first DIPA as opposed to sweet or fruity. There's a presence of citrus but this is dominated by hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

A good DIPA, but not one that does anything overtly special. It's certainly a good beer, it's just that the DIPA arena is now so full of world class entries, this one just doesn't quite find its way in.

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Photo of Ironfoot
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden red with a great head

S: A little bit malty, not very salty

T: O so bitter, can you make it through a bomber or are you a quitter?

M: Never guess it was a niner, could use another steiner.

O: I'd give it a B, but it's always a G.

I need four more letters, I wish I was made of feathers.

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

A: Bubbly, clear and deep golden--almost copper--hue with a steady, foamy, medium-sized head; lacing is great

S: A bit subdued but a nice citrus hop presence still persists; actually a nice malt undertone is present as well; some tea leaves and subtle toffee, bready sweetness

T: A strong and delicious citrus hop bitterness up front but it fades a bit too quickly; the alcohol is very well masked but there is a touch of a soapy finish--but not unpleasant; some rye perhaps--something spicy at least

F: A bit oily but also a sticky residue clings to the roof of the mouth

D: A decent and not-boozy DIPA; another great offering from the folks at Deschutes

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

A: Copper amber, with a thick off-white head. Some lacing present.

S: Piney hops at first, also some caramel aromas. Citrus as well.

T: Medium caramel sweetness mixed with pine and grapefruit. A little toasted grain in the finish. A very nice flavored ale. Piney hops take center stage, but not so much as to throw the whole thing out of balance. Not much bitterness noticed, less than expected.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a very nice beer. Great hops flavor with mild sweetness to balance the bitterness. Easy to drink, but not too thin feeling. I will buy more.

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Photo of mater
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, so here goes. Got a 22oz bomber as an extra in a trade with miikezombie(THANKS).

Best by date 3/29/11

A-Nice Orange/Ambery color with a two finger head and good lacing.

S-For being a little past it's prime, it still smells nice. I first smell grapefruit and maybe peach, hops and caramel malt.

T-Very malty at first, then hoppy and finishes with a strong grapefruit taste, I like it!

M-Never would of guessed this was a 9.0 DIPA, I've had regular IPA's that felt "thicker".

D-Good Stuff! Would definitely like to try this fresh, but I'm not complaining about this bottle.

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Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,520 ratings