Hop Henge
Deschutes Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #438
Ranked #2,240
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 874 | Ratings: 2,592
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear orange body with a frothy white head that leaves sheets of white lace, lazy bubbles floating all around. The nose gives a strong scent of citrus; tangerine, orange, mango, lemon. There's a faint backbone of sweet toasted caramel malt and spicy pine that integrates nicely with the fruits. Marvelous. The flavor evens the field between all of these flavors, balancing them all into an intense, bitter, resinous, fruity, off-dry composition. The feel is fluid, medium body with assertive carbonation whose zip adds to the intensity of the bitterness.
This fantastic shelf beer is why tasty IPA's get 3.5's; the craft beer game has stepped up in a big way. Five years ago I would have been happy to buy this as a bomber for $8.99, nowadays I'm happy with it as part of a mix-a-six. It offered most everything a hop head could want; fruit in spades, pine, bitterness, balance, spice. it only lacked dankness and earthiness, but let's focus on the positive. This is a henge I'm happy to hedge my hops on.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tulip. Best by 04.04.18 on label.

A: Burnished amber with 1-finger off-white head with average retention and lacing.

S: Dank, meaty-umami hop aroma with a lot of light-medium crystal malt character. Hops are also minty and herbal with some honeysuckle qualities.

T: Flavor is on the sweeter side with a lot of medium crystal malty sweetness and kilned melanoidin flavors coupled with pine, pineapple, and a grassy finish. Moderately bitter. Alcohol character is present mainly in the finish but seems less than the old days.

M: A bit sticky and heavy with medium-high body and medium carbonation. Not super drinkable, especially when you put the alcohol character in there.

O: Not one of Deschutes’ strongest offerings. Needs to be overhauled (again) with a lot less crystal malts, a toned down alcohol character, and a less muddled hop profile.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a white head. Smells of hops, caramel, malt, and citrus. Tastes of bitter hops, citrus zest, tropical fruits, pine, booze, and sweet malts. Medium resinous body with medium carbonation. Overall a very good DIPA.

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Photo of gandres
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sunday, November 12, 2017 2:15 PM From tap to taster glass at the Bend Brewery Tasting room
Sight: Light amber, hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: very good, hoppy aroma
Taste: bitter, some sweetness, bold taste
Feel: good follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of Radcpa
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clightly cloudy amber with significant white head that disipates quickly. Very mild hoppy aroma. Taste is a bitter hoppy that is nothing special. I am disappointed

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one of those appearances falling in between a copper-amber-orange color range. Nice solid 1/2" white head. Hops and booze in the nose.

Taste allows the alcohol to hide a little, all that crystal malt and citrus hops keep it in the background. Very bitter. Not bad price for a bomber, better as a 12oz bottle. Sticky malt and hops on this one. Not dry, caramel like resin stickiness.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Best by 04.06.16. consumed 07.15.16. oh well.

A: Dark orange honey coloring with a big haze and big amounts of carbonation bubbles feverishly stirring within. One and one half inch solid oatmeal colored head is towering and sturdy, firm in hold but low in lace coverage.

S: Fresh oranges, sweet honey suckle, light toast with a light to moderate awareness factor. Short duration maybe age a factor?

T: Mandarin oranges are bright and spicy with a honey glazed malting and spicy pine factor. Good twang of citrus hops chime in with toasted grains, flowery hops of moderate strong ibus full of both flavor and bittering appeal. Sweet tropical hops meets grassy pine west coast influence with some alcohol spicing of all spice. The finish finds a respectable grapefruit-lemony citrus twang at knockout.

M: Medium full body, syrupy, sticky and warming alcohol spiciness glows on the tongue and inner cheeks. Carbonation feels much calmer then visual appeal.

O: An alcohol fueled hoppy ipa with a big, sticky and syrupy malt backbone. The alcohol plays it a bit strong on the finish. Very good try. Age seemed to play little factor in my enjoyment, you might find this even more so fresh.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at The Deli in State College. Amazing citrus smell and robust flavor on the tongue. Loved this. Very refreshing! Gotta love Deschutes Brewery!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant sunfire Orange with a creamy, one finger, off-white nearly tan head. No carbonation.
Smells a balanced citrus hop and malt.
Safe of balance with the dankness on top. A thinner mouthfeel than expected for a dank beer. Pine resonates. A nice beer.

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Photo of EMV
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass, approximately 1 month prior to it's 'best by' date.

L: Pours a medium orange-golden color. Two fingers of off-white head leave sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus... evergreen and pine.

T/F: Big malt flavors at the outside give way to a fruity/citrusy hop blast. Lots of mango and orange... a dash of peppercorn spice and finish is dry and bitter. Medium carbonation... sticky and resinous leaving my tongue coated and tingling.

O: A fantastic double IPA from Deschutes... a no-brainer pickup whenever I see it.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous clear golden-copper. 1 finger of sticky persistent creamy off white head.

Aroma is faint, mostly grassy with a touch of citrus peel, a little bread

Flavor is nicely balanced, some orange peel like bitterness, sweet toffee, bread. Pine, lemon and juniper hiding in the back end.

Body is full and creamy, with good carbonation

Overall just a wonderful big IPA, complex and complementary hop flavors, good balance, fantastic body and head retention. Aroma strikes me as uninteresting, which is the only thing at all negative I have to say about this one.

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Photo of Roby923
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Complex "experimental" IPA. Pours cloudy amber. Soft hops and honey on the nose. Mandarins Bavaria and Experimental hops in this release. Smooth and thick to taste. Hints of honey and oranges linger on the palette. Very memorable and unlike anything previously tasted from this Bend powerhouse. Bottled from grocer in King of Prussia.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I found a bomber of this at my local Stein's Liquor in Rhinelander. The freshness stamp states that this one is still good for another two months. Poured right from the refrigerator into my nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a deep orange blossom honey color with about an inch-and-a-half of off-white head that stays for a while, dissipates to a healthy film, and leaves considerable lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy, with minimal visible carbonation after the initial pour.

S: This one has a definite dank/pot-like quality to the nose. Some pineapple and mango fruit notes. There's definite earthiness/wet horse blanket/gym shoe funk in the mix. It's quite assertive and much better than the prior description makes it out to be.

T: Bread-like and caramel malts are present at the start--sourdough and cracker notes predominantly. There's some rich tropical fruit that follows, with mango and pineapple the most assertive. This IPA brings the sweetness. There's some definite floral/herbal/pot-like hop notes that build through the middle and back end--this one could certainly be characterized as funky/dank in that regard. The fruit and the floral hop notes really meld quite seamlessly with the malt profile. There's a bit of clear alcohol that emerges toward the back, but it's concealed quite well. The close is marked by citrus rind/pine hop bitterness, but there is still considerable lingering sweetness from the malts.

F: This is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has a bit less stick than I was expecting from an IPA of its ABV. There's some nice creaminess, though toward the end it started to feel a bit too watery. It brings the bitter without completely coating the palate with it. Quite pleasant feel.

O: This is a very flavorful IPA that has some great depth and complexity. The nose implies a very dank/funky flavor, but there's a ton of straightforward fruit to complement the more herbal notes. I was almost put off by how sweet this one is, but the hops do balance things out nicely in the end. If you like your IPAs more fruit-forward than bitter, be sure to check this one out.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice super-fresh hop taste. A good combo of pine and citrus. There was a solid malt background that added a nice underlying sweetness and made you know that you were drinking a DIPA.

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Photo of IronLover
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a thick, tight, white foam with excellent retention. Medium high hop aromas of freshly sliced pineapple, mango, meaty tropical fruit. Medium light malt aroma beneath. Tropical citrus flavors up front with a solid medium malty backbone beneath. Medium light bodied and creamy smooth with medium light, soft carbonation. Pineapple and mango flavors are present, but not as discernible as in the aroma. Malty sweetness begins to ramp up just as the medium hop bitterness balances it out through the middle. Pleasant, smooth, boozy warming sensation from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with a ripe, citrusy hop bitterness. Well balanced and complex aromas for the style. Pleasant, slightly intense hop flavors with pleasant boozy warmth. Not the typical bitter bomb for a big DIPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of anon
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ABV listed 8.9%. Orange/copper hue, sediment traces floating about, capped with a finger width head and lacing galore. This brew basically smells like a tropical island covered in fruit baskets. Absolutely fantastic! Pineapple, mango, guava and papaya being the home run hitters. Taste is like a tsunami of tropical fruit and earth. Pineapple, guava, papaya, mango, navel and mandarin oranges, lemon zest, grapefruit, pine resin, a melding of hop varietals, dankness, grassiness, stickiness and ickiness, caramel and candy goodness are just some of the traits picked up here.

Smooth going down, soft carbonation and a good creamy feel. Slight bitterness but wholly juicy. ABV undetectable. Throuroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of rarigney
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really good IPA. Great balance of hops and malt. Another winner from Deschutes Brewery. Very easy to drink but the high ABV can sneak up on you. Give it a try!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid, complex ipa. This 2015 bottle is full of citrus and somewhat dank, floral hops. Some tobacco and herbal flavor, but stops short of being medicinal. Biting/ zesty/ moderately dry finish. Well-balanced and never a disappointment, this is one of the best yearly IPA's out there.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a great IPA. Good flavor. Lots of balance, not overpowering, and has a pretty high ABV. Lots of tropical fruits in the smell and in the taste. Easy to drink. Give it a try!!

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Photo of GStone899
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clean hoppy smell but not overwhelming. Taste is fully flavored with citrus & pine notes. Great body on this one with a clean aftertaste. Beautiful looking beer. For the $6.99 price u can't ask for much more from a bomber.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 release, smells of tangerine, other citrus fruits, and pine. The color is golden, very clear with a foamy white head that laced the glass all the way down. The pine is a little more pronounced in the taste than it is in the nose as the citrus flavors come rushing quickly in. The feel is medium, very smooth with a decent amount f carbonation. The is an outstanding IPA! Flavors are balanced very well, the smell draws you in, and the smooth feel of the beer just all combine to make for an excellent experience.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar tonight. Smelled like straight up fruit juice. Mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste was that same tropical fruitiness with a nice bitterness and a dry malt backbone. Drinks super easily for over 9%. My friends couldn't believe it was that high in ABV. Overall a great DIPA. This one deserves more recognition. It's truly a hidden gem.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015/16 release with Mandarina Bavaria Hops
Best by date of 04/06/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white and rocky head that peaks at just under two fingers' width. Good retention, then dies down to a thin, consistent film across the surface. Lacing consists of isolated chunks and a few spots left on the glass.

Smell - Tangerine and orange aroma, with lesser pine and mango. Faint bready malts.

Taste - Tangerine and orange flavor upfront, then big notes of mango with a touch of peach hit hard. Malts are fairly hidden, but a faint bready sweetness manages to sneak in near the finish. Aftertaste lingers with distant citrus pith bitterness and near cloying mango sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture quickly gives way to a mostly dry finish.

Overall - This year's version is good, but it doesn't live up to the near perfect monster that was unleashed upon us a year ago. I believe I gave that one a 4.32 score. This version is a bit too sweet for my preference, to be honest.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a delicious tropical fruit aroma with tons of tangerine mixed with a strong showing of pineapple, mango and papaya. Along with these aromas are some hints of a bready smell as well as some melon and a decent grapefruit hop aroma. There is a touch of an herbal and grassy hop as well as a touch of an onion smell, which actually produce a very inviting and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor mixed with a good showing of some of the tropical fruits that were present in the nose. As the taste advances, the tropical fruits fad however with some lighter fruits of a peach, apricot and melon taking their place. While there was a modest to light showing of grapefruit hop upfront, it grows stronger as the taste moves to the middle of the flavor profile, only to fade a little bit again more toward the end. While the grapefruit fades, the overall hop is amplified due to some herbal and floral top tastes coming to the tongue. A very light vegetal onion taste comes at the very finish, which actually mixes very nicely with the blend of herbal, floral, and grapefruit, as well as the fruit, to produce a very pleasant and smooth hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the interesting mix of fruity, vegetal, and sweet the feel is awesome and makes for a robust medium for all the rich flavors to mingle and be sensed.

Overall- This is a very nice double. It has a great and interesting hop blend all combined with a great feel and an amazing aroma. This brew is somewhat different than the normal double, but very, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Piney and citrus smell and taste. The high ABV was not too detectable, although I would not want to have too many. Nice lacing and nice head.

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