Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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2,483 Ratings
Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,483
Reviews:
841
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
Wants:
250
Gots:
318
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 swierczt
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 420Dude
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like something Sam Adams would put out. Good enough to drink but not buy again.

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Photo of tmappenzeller
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chip26
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brushkanna
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bufleraj
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djchrismac
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jemarent
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kristenb514
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MCJiggles
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acuity
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of simonj01
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,483 ratings.
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