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 brian44556
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from SolomonGrundy, always appreciate the West Coast goodies. Best by date 3/29/11, poured a 22oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Poured a dark honey color with a thick white head that floats atop the beer for a good while. Carbonation bubbles race to the top as the head diminishes. A great lacing is left around the rim and sides of the glass. This beer is the standard on how a DIPA should look. The beer smells of citrus, tropical fruit, and bitter hops. You can definitely smell the 95 IBUs. I taste bitter hops, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel on the back end. Well balanced carbonation and great texture on the pallet. Overall this beer is a great example of the DIPA style. I think Deschutes hit a home run with this "experimental" beer and this should become one of their regular offerings.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color from a 22oz bomber into the trusty shaker. Nice sticky head and lacing that stays a long time. Caramel, malt, and citrus on the nose; I could also tell by the smell that it would be "kinda" hoppy. Taste is definitely what it's all about: sweeter malt up front, caramel and some citrus (grapefruit?) with a nice bittering end without the "I need to scrape it off the back of my tongue" that some hoppy brews give ya. I'd had this one a couple or more years ago and got another bottle just to see if I liked it more now since palate has grown. Answer is a resounding Yes.

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Photo of beerman207
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping my IPA kick going on west-coast style

A: light orange color with skim left behind, good lacing. Very clear

S: Probably the strongest citrus nose i have ever encountere- this thing is like grapefruit rind, piney hops, and sweet malt. Wow.

T: Taste is strong hoppy, malty, citrus

M: Good, mild carbonation.

O: this is an excellent offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - excellent reddish golden caramel. Two fingers of sticky manila foam that is vey slow to yield.

Aroma - caramel malt, piney with a hoppy pungency, but also juicy orange and mango.

Taste - good malt presence, caramel and grain working out. The hops are big yet not aggressive, my favorite hop profile. A ton of citrus character, grapefruit and pine. The swallow goes dry and I half expect a resiny, medicinal punch, but it never comes. Cool. Some would view this as a flaw and dock the beer for not being a tongue scraper. I appreciate the intense flavor without the harshness. The finish is bitter and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - medium body, plenty crisp, was expecting a little more oomph here.

Drinkability - outstanding stuff. A great sipper to have on hand while I sit through some online training. Thanks to BGThang for the awesome hookup!!

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Photo of BertoEwry
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Overall I expected more from Deschutes. I personally thought it felt a little over carbonated. I was not as bitter as what I had hoped. I would take a Stone Ruination over the hop henge any day. Not a bad beer at all, just not a good as I had expected it to be.

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

A nice bronze color and manages a 1” head or so. Head settles down, but leaves some thick lace on the glass.

Smells like a hop monster of a beer. Floral hops and a lot of caramel make up the aroma. Alcohol seems detectable.

Hop Henge is a big beer, packing in lots of hops and malts. Yet the body manages to stay light for being such a hefty beer. I like that about it. There’s a really good consistent bitterness from start to finish, and the sweet malts come in mid-way and ride it through. They have almost a toffee flavor to them. The finish is a bit hot, revealing that near double-digit ABV. It reminds me a bit of Hog Heaven, which is a Centennial hop-laden beer; Deschutes’ website says they use Centennial and Cascade hops in this.

A big and well done double IPA. However, hop-wise, it feels a bit like a one-trick pony. I could have enjoyed some hop spice (Simcoe?) to counter all that floral/perfumey hops and malt sweets. So, one full glass is plenty for me.

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Photo of joecast
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a nice light brown foamy head. Low carbonation.

Hop resin aroma. Heavy like concentrated citrus and unfermented wort. Real nice. Very smooth.

Huge hop flavor with a heap of big malt backing it up. Almost to the point that the bitterness takes a bit of a back seat. Not that its not bitter enough but the rest of the beer is so big it nullifies the impact.

Smnooth mouthfeel is just about right. Maybe a touch on the heavy side but it carries the 9% and all the associated flavors nicely.

As with lots of big beers, drinkability suffers a bit from being so much to take in. Still enjoyable as any Deschutes beer would be and glad to have tried it.

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

Shared by Spider889. Enjoy by 6/16/11.

None of us are quite sure what is experimental about this, perhaps its some crazy different method of hopping.

Decently clear toasted red. Lots of white lacing. It really looks great. The color places this among the darkest and reddest IPAs.

There is a huge load of hops in the aroma but these hops are very different and out of the ordinary, they smell experimental! The malts put up a good fight. Deep down there is a fruity, yeasty thing going on. Lots of candied orange. This aroma is a little strange and hard to describe.

Indeed this is quite a different IPA. Hop flavors are very dense, lots of candied orange and some sweet wood pulp.

Full bodied. Dry and oaky.

Unusual, but pretty good. It drinks very easily. There is no sign of that 9% abv.

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

(22 oz. bottle). pours an orange hue with a nice chunky head. Citrus aroma is strong. The hoppy mouthfeel is expected, but after I swallowed the beer a sweetness came to the forefront to balance out the hop punch. A really nice beer! Deschutes make some great beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge, highly agitated and delicate head, mostly larger bubbles with noticeable thin skins as it were, retention is okay given this observation, the lacing is more like big splotches here and there than streaks. Crystal clear light amber to redwood color, hue drops off enough at the rims to evoke more of a metallic rust orange, only a few bubbles floating around. While the nose does present a pinch of white pepper as well as moss, tar and something like volcanic ash, truly it's about being as sweet as possible, caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate team up with orange and grapefruit pulp to fill up your nostrils, the apricot, peach, pear fruit verges on syrupy with a touch of honey, given all this curious lack of staying power. Full-bodied with a sticky, clingy mouth feel, as if it wants to glue itself to your mouth pores. The carbonation is weak, if remaining at a consistent low drone. More bread, pie crust accents here, some custard as well in addition to the base of butterscotch, caramel, coconut and molasses. The tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus wet, juicy and equally sticky itself. Touch of golden raisin and fig to the pear, peach, yellow apple, mango fruit, lacks the tang to get more tropical. The pine element is mostly resin and sap. Its density starts to fatigue the palate once you're halfway through the bomber. Tempted to say it's one for the real hopheads among us but the sweetness factor flies in the face of such a statement.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

04/05/11- Review of a 22oz bottle marked (Best by 03/29/11, 1434A) thanks to OakedCanuck.
A: Burnt orange, good cream sticky head.
S: Belgo grapefruit, light caramel, cream, green hops. Good.
T: Exactly what you'd expect from the aroma, with an earthy bitterness. The hops are a bit faded from the age. This is still good.
M: Thicker and frothy and then fading to crisp.
O: Pretty good, even though it's a bit past its prime.

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Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +1.7%
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 +4.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +11.9%
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 +2.2%
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 -9.2%
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 +5.8%
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 -9%
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 +5.8%
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 -0.2%
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 -3.1%
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 Schnapsidee
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,519 ratings