Hop Henge | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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 tjkinate
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latest review from my favorite brewery at the moment.

A: It displayed an orange amber hue that remained primarily transparent and after a hard pour into a traditional pint glass the brew produced a beautiful 2+ finger off white head that dissipated quickly, but left behind good lacing.

S: Due to the beers age (best buy 03/29/11) I believe the hoppy notes left this one. Instead of detecting floral and citrus notes I was left with sweet malts with scents of caramel.

T: As the smell indicated, sweet malts was most prevalent, but it also maintained its bitterness which was most noticeable during the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation.

O: Another great beer that I hope to have again fresh (my bad) even though it was still great, if not different, several months old.

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper colored ale

Aroma: strong piney aroma

Taste: strong piney hop flavor upfront, ,malty sweetness in the middle and ends with dry hop bite

Mouthfeel: good carbonation medium body

a nice IPA, not mind blowing but better then average. I got this bottle In San Fran months after the release so that could skew my review

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Photo of distantmantra
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

Best by: 6/11/2011.

A: Opaque copper in color with a one-inch head of white foam. Minimal lacing clings to the glass.

S: Hop aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Other reviews have mentioned a bubble gum aroma, which I also noticed.

T: The prototypical Deschutes malt flavor is present, but is quickly overtaken by a hop streak that won't let go. Very smooth with a fantastic hop flavor.

M: Medium carbonation with a dry mouth feel. No hint of bitter aftertaste.

O: Awesome Imperial IPA. It's a month past the "best by" date, but still incredible. I am sad that I'll have to wait until next January for more.

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

About four months past the "best by" date. Let's see how this goes.

A - Pours a beautiful clear red-tinted brown with one and a half fingers of head, which leave a nice trail of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of hops, mostly citrus, but some florals as well, and what seems to be a bit of spearmint. Interesting and quite nice aroma. Also quite a bit of biscuit malts.

T - Despite being four months past best by date, this still has a healthy hop presence in the taste, again lots of citrus with some florals mixed in. Also has some sweetness up front. Finishes quite bitter, again with a faint taste of mint.

M - Very creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced hops and malt, finishes dry. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

O - Would love to try a fresh bottle, but even well past the best by date I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle in a 16 oz pint.

A- Pours a luminescent copper color, with a modest white head. Retains fair, but lacing is a little below par. Whisps of oils dance around amidst a mezmorizing swirl of bubbles that eventually subsides.

S- Massive hop aroma rolls off this even before you get the glass close to your nose. As the brew warms, a peculiar bubble-gum aroma shows up, but its not unpleasant. Just a little odd.

T- You would never guess this is 9% Alcohol is totally masked by a grainy malt profile and a sustained hop bitter streak that powers its way across your tongue from start to finish. Very smooth finish with a full flourish of hop as you breath out after a healthy gulp.

M- Oily and smooth. Carbonation is right on the mark.

O- Excellent display of brewing innovation and mastery. Extremely drinkable for an unabashed high-octane hop-bomb.

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Photo of gpogo
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, slightly hazy orange amber body with fluffy off white head. Left a nice lacing.

A- Lots of fruity citrus hops and caramel.

T- Instant hop bitterness and citrusy flavor. Very full sweet malt body. Lots of caramel flavor. I expected a bit more in the hop flavor here, it was there but not as much as I expected. Malt flavor with a bit of bitterness dominates the aftertaste. No noticeable alcohol.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

D- Very tasty, but watch out for the alcohol. Probably won't pick it up again, but it is worth it at least once.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Copper orange color with little head or lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts, lots of citrus, and some alcohol.

T- Very sweet malt flavor, with a big citrus (orange, grapefruit) taste. Bitterness is there but not a huge pine or grass aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied. Fairly smooth and easy to drink for 9%.

O- Good DIPA. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer but did not make my top 10.

Appearance was an amber orange with a decent head.
Smell was fruity and sweet, hints of citrus and hoppiness.
Taste was a little of everything. Fruity, hoppy, sweet but not enough of any of them.
Mouthfeel was also a little thin.

Not a bad beer but not one I would buy a case of.

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

Shared with Klym on a "good-bye you're leaving to London" afternoon session.

750ml Poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Mandarin infused amber, a beautiful marriage of tree sap and honey. A Two and a half finger head left some nice fine gossamer lacing. Looks quite jolly.

S: Sweet fruity malt with a fine hop character that I will describe as "green" hops. The malt enjoys a bath in apricot, nectarine, and tangerine juices. A bit more unusual notes from the typical citrus/tropical nose DIPAs. some ambiguous grove blossoms float off in the distance, too far too identify by name.

T: A real tangerine/mandarin flavor that bursts in your mouth. When you get the full blast of the flavor it's really quite nice, but it goes a bit too fast. A floral mix of blossomed and unblossomed flowers dominate the middle; leaving just enough of an opening for last for medicinal hops to team up with fruit rinds to bitter the juices. pineapple provides a fair amount of acid to the beers overall drinking experience.

M: A very light mouth, where the carbonation leaves more of a dry grittiness than any sensation of bubbles. It's different, and seemingly quite controlled. I have to say that I like it quite a bit, and that it really reinforces more unusual tastings of fruit in the flavor. A welcomed alternative to the carbonation norms of oh so many IPAs.

O: This one really drinks quite well. I would say all in all the sessionability is hurt a bit by the lack of intensity. There's a lot of delicate fruitiness that is intriguing in the first few sips, but after a half-glass you wish the volume was turned up a bit. Other than that, I think this one is pretty yummy. Despite my slight gripe with the flavor, I don't think anyone can deny how refreshing this beer is. I smack my lips together after every sip. Deschutes wins with an experimental IPA worth savoring.

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

Shared with Cavery. Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Like a pineapple covered with cinnamon, soft clay brown with orange and yellow shading peeking through. Head is full and helps make this beer look tasty. Lacing is generous but temporary.

S: Mango-pineapple slush with floral scents, hops, and pine in the background. Very intensive, full, meatiness to the fruit smell.

T: Surprisingly biting in the initial taste with the previously mentioned fruit flavors coming in soon after to apologize. Much less fruity that anticipated with more hop, pine, and floral notes taking the centerfold. Tropical fruits (but less pineapple emphasis than that usually indicates) are still the big backbone of this beer. Different, and tasty.

M: Pretty creamy in the mouth for an IPA but the carbonation seems a little off. Refreshing mouthfeel but it could be better.

O: I like this beer! I've been really curious to try this out of Deschutes and I wasn't disappointed. Everything about it is worthy, and if you're searching for a new kind of IPA that doesn't suck, then this is one to pick up.

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Photo of readbaron
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kickinthechalice for sharing this one.

A - Pours out a dark orange w/ plentiful white foam.

S - Smells hop forward - citrus, some resinous dank aromas, a bit of pine. Also smells a bit boozy.

T - Starts off with a sweet orange flavor, then mellows into some caramel malts before ending with dry, bitter hops.

F - Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O - Not a bad DIPA, but not top notch either. I bit more bitter/malty, and less crisp than I'd prefer it to be.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, rather hazy and almost no head. Very nice aroma of woody hops, caramel malt, some alcohol and more floral hops. Quite a nice flavor as well. Plenty of sweet caramel malt, followed by the piney hops and a nice, dry finish that manages to stay away from harshness. Pretty full body, but slickly smooth and clean at the finish. A very nice experimental IPA.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red metallic colour with pleasant beige head that dissipates fairly quickly, but with a nice cloud left behind. Lace decent. Beer good.

Smell is very nice and sweet. Good toffee character with a tangy citric hop overlying, provides a slight metallic aroma and a bit of cream cheese. Overall effect is sweet, with a good bent towards tangy.

Taste is unusual, really. Nice malty note upfront with a touch of caramel, becomes quickly citric with those tangy hops asserting themselves good and early. And yet, no bitterness - just fruit and floral notes with a hint of sherbet. Finish becomes bitter, but not very hoppy, it's more of a roasty character, with minor resinous hop oil and lots of wood. Again, a bit odd, but there's nothing to complain about, it's all jolly pleasant.

Really rather lacking texture-wise, there's a bit of a pull on the back towards puckering dryness, but otherwise thin. I'd call it an oily feel.

Decent, beer, could have upped the early hopping and malt and I wouldn't be complaining. I'm not actually complaining though.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: Caramel brown color with tints of orange and ruby. A robust off-white head fades quickly, leaving just a ring and some soft lace.

Smell: A little boozy for 9%. Hop-centric, with pine and sticky grapefruit, with some orange peel in the background. Caramel sweetness.

Taste: Pale malt gives some light sweetness up front, then caramelized grapefruit, with sticky pine providing the real hop flavor. Not as pungently bitter as I would prefer, and pretty replaceable actually. A sharp, unpleasant bitterness lingers in the background briefly, but the aftertaste is all pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but it feels heavy on the tongue. Sticky on the lips. Full, creamy carbonation with a body that feels full.

Overall: Pretty good, but I expect more from Deschutes.

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Photo of Spider889
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another JohnGalt1 beer.

One of the coolest labels I have seen in a while. I looked up the story described on the label and saw actual pictures of the brewery recreating Stone Henge with giant bundles of fresh hops. Awesome.

Best by 6/16/11, sampled sometime in April I believe.

Nice caramel color with bright clarity. Tall off-white head with oak or balsa hues to it. Left thick droopy lacing.

Smelled of some pine and lots of grassiness. the others seemed to be really put off by the aroma, but I enjoyed it. I think it has something to do with excessive hop oils in the beer - creating a green or herbal bent to the aroma. I was also getting an oak-like scent, I imagine it was the malts trying to poke through all the hops.

Nice strong bitterness, though not enamel peeling either. I was getting more of the dull sweet caramel malt flavors that were tricking my mind into believing there was some oak here. Dry, sweet citrus finish made my mouth water.

Dry and bitter mouthfeel.

Overall I seemed to be the only one that actually liked this. These more common Deschutes bottles seem to be a good value as well.

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

Picked this up in the US from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought it back to Australia and cracked open with @laituegonflable.

Pours a pleasant coppery gold colour, with a fine, but slightly filmy head of off-white. Lacing is speckled, but decent enough. Body is nicely thick and it leaves some pleasant static carbonation. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is crisp and slightly metallic, it gives me the impression that it's a little bit old, with the grain notes coming through more prominently than you'd expect in an IPA. Still, there's plenty of greenery, some tight citric bite and a fresh, peppery lift that only hops could explain.

Taste is pleasant, but a little weird. Certainly, on the surface, it seems to tick all the boxes stylistically. Big hop bitterness: check. Malty sweetness: check. Big full body: check. But there are odd characters to it as well. A sherbetty character, a sweet lemonade note, even a hint of gatorade powder. It's an odd mix. Even the sweetness has an oddly confectionery tone to it: like a barley sugar lolly. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it has some oddness.

A decent brew, but with some odd twists. I'll put it down to the "Experimental" in the name, and be content with that.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Semi copper like amber color, .5 finger quickly dissipating head with some lace down the sides.

S -- Sweet smell and malt.

T/M -- Very sweet and, forgive me for this, Kool-Aid like. The flavor of this IPA is extremely distinct. Do not let the sweetness fool you, its what hits you first, and finishes strong just as the 95 IBU's would imply.

O-- Bought a bottle, went back the next day and bought the last 6 that they had. Impressive brew, please dont change it up next year!!

PP (Price Point) --- $6 for a 22 oz bomber thats 9% to me is a great deal, especially when its a damn good beer like this one!

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

I am really glad I got to try this... on tap in Minnesota no less! Pours a nice copper-amber color with moderate white head... very fine bubbles in the head with decent lacing. Nose is pretty freshly hoppy, with citrus zest and some fresh citrus leaves (does that make sense?) coming to the front. Flavor is pretty good, though I suspect it has mellowed a bit during its trip from Deschutes to Minnesota. It kind of reminds me of my homebrewed Furious clone, which is good for me, but potentially not so good for Deschutes. A bit on the sweet side, not as bracing as I might expect. Overall a pretty good beer, though, one that I was glad to try!

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Photo of MikeyMikee
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank back in March served at Fridge Temp.

A- Golden Copper, "sunset-like". Off white, cream-like,fluffy head. Really great lacing and head retention.

S- TONS of sweet grapefruit with some floral and grassy hops as well. Citrus defintely takes the stage though. Theres also some pale and caramel nicely balanced into the mix.

T- Out of this world. Sweet grapfruit and bitter, bitter hops. Theres some sweet caramel malts perfectly balanced into the mix that take nothing away from the hop bitterness. There's a slight alcohol burn but this is a big beer and at 9% its expected.

M- Medium to high carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Very crisp and drinkable. Alochol burns a bit.

O- Really great beer, very drinkable and really great hop bill chosen for this beer. Right now it is the best DIPA I've had to date. Gonna have to trade for a lot more next year.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on 3.26.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange with a thick creamy head. Amazing lacing left on the glass.

S - Hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T - Slightly acidic, citrus, pine.

D - Drinks very nice with no bitterness.

O - what think and IIPA should be like.

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Photo of TVolt1
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: good clear golden amber color with finger width of light head. Good lacing throughout the glass as your drink.

S: Good whiff of hops! I am a big hop lover and smelling that amountg of floral and citrus hops makes me excited to try this beer.

T: Not as good of taste as I was expecting. I do enjoy the floral hop and orange citrus flavor balanced by a moderate malt flavor however, I do not like the finish. It sits just a little too long and the bitterness is just a little too bitter.

M: I am not a fan of the mouthfeel. I expected this beer to be light and run over my tongue smoothly. Instead I got a thicker mouthfeel that coated my tongue just a little too much which is what I think gave it the not so great finish.

O: Overall, this is a good beer. Not excellent. I would drink it again but maybe would have my expectations a little lower.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden amber color with about two fingers of white head.

S- floral smell with a little bit of citrus coming through. Its a very good dry hop smell.

T- bitter hop flavor that lingers on the tongue. Your tongue wants to have more when it finally dies down. Malts go perfect with the hops. Good balance.

M- slicker mouth feel. carbonation feels light but works well with the beer.

O- a delightful beer that would be a good drink at any time. I would always like to have a few of these in my fridge.

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

22oz. best by 3/29/11 - still very good and fresh tasting 5/28/11.

A: Split into a mug and a slender tulip. 1"+off white head in the tulip and 1/2" in the mug. Dark orange amber molasses color.

S: Smells excellent. Rich malts evenly amalgamated with plentiful low aa? hops. Reminds me of summer and grilling. ::Fires up grill::

T: Akin to the smell. Thoroughly enjoyable, heavier in the malts than most IIPAs, hence sweeter. Pairs great with grilled food.

M: Somewhat drying. Moderate mouthfeel. No abrasive hop acid.

O: Wish I could get more of this beer. Would buy regularly

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Photo of rand
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip galss

A: Red-orange in color, foamy 1-inch head. Little patches of lacing, but surprisingly little given the style.

S: Fresh, floral hops in the front with honey-grapefruit in tow. Alcohol is quite apparent.

T: Fresh, bitter hops up front. Astringent, really aggressive. But huge malty sweetness quickly balances. Earthy, tea flavors mid-sip. By the end, the beer is more sweet than bitter, with a honey-grapefruit aftertaste lingering

M: Rich and oily. Slick mouthfeel. Lots of carb to wash down the thick residue.

Quite a mouthful, but everything works. Nicely balanced. Not sure why this is dubbed 'experimental' other than the floral and earthy tones, but it's tasty nonetheless.

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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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