Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of ISmith87
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - This beer is a nice golden-amber color with a thick white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.5 - That's a great smelling IPA. Very citrusy, with grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange all in there. It even gives you a hint of berries, like strawberry or blackberry. It definitely has the piney-ness of an IPA too. The malt backbone is a more caramel-sweet one, which is great for me.
T - 4.5 - Follows the nose. Citrusy first, with grapefruit, orange/lemon/lime zest, even bits of pomegranate and berries. Piney taste from the hops. Sweet caramel backbone. You can tell there's a little something extra from the "experimental hops", possibly the berry taste?
M - 4.5 - Light-medium. Alc is present but understandible at 9.3 percent. Aftertaste is hop bitterness.
O - 4.5 - Nice. And very interesting. A dfferent kind of IIPA/IIIPA.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright golden orange color with a massive head with big bubbles and good retention.

S: Big tropical notes, pineapple , mango, citrus some floral hop as well. When I first opened it there was a nice dank pine to it as well. Sweet caramel malt with some biscuit note finish.

T: Floral up front then some citrus hops with a bit of grassiness. Then a bold caramel and biscuit malt on the back end.

M: Medium body with dry finish on the tongue that was almost a powdery feel.

O: The aroma was good up front and wished the the taste was just as good. Good beer though.

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Photo of bsyoung
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear copper, orange color with minimal head and good lacing.
S: Stong aroma of citrus and tropical fruits
T: Similar to the smell. Huge amounts of grapefruit and papaya hop flavor and nice bitter finish
M: moderate mouthfeel
O: Overall a great ipa

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Photo of nqdell
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Perfect balance

a- golden amber, thin head but it lingers

s- hoppy earth tones

t- very hoppy, but not too citrus-y like your typical strong hop

m- creaming and smooth, great aftertaste

overall this is one of the best 'experimental' beers I have ever had and wish it would be put into product year around.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium copper color with a creamy/foamy white head.

S: Orange, pine, papaya and pineapple in the nose.

T: Pine is the strongest flavor, a touch of malt, some sweet citrus, mango, orange, pineapple.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough for a DIPA.

O: A fresh bottle of this would probably be outstanding. Mine was a bit past it's prime, but still delicious. I love tropical IPAs and that's exactly what this is.

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Photo of Dohdaman
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dated 3/14/14, purchased from Binny's Beverage Depot for $5.99, great deal. Poured a moderately cloudy orange/copper color, head dissipated to leave a nice lacing. A nice mango, citrus and malt aroma. Nice hoppy taste, bitter to start but a great finish. Very good DIPA, high abv not really noticeable, will have to get me more of these. Prost!

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a modest cream head that dissipates quickly to a tiny ring of foam.

Floral hops, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange pith form the aroma. A hint of caramel malt is subtle.

Resin and floral hops underlie the flavor profile, which finishes bitter and earthy. High notes of muted grapefruit and orange pith add complexity. Malt is an afterthought. Very floral and perfumey. Becomes soapy in the aftertaste.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a slightly astringent finish lingering, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Very floral and perfumey, hop dominant, with nice accents of citrus. Refreshing change of pace from the usual west coast varieties. The bitterness is a little much for my palate.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a half finger of white head, nice lacing

Smell is hop heaven!!! Tropical fruit, guava, tangerine, mango, pineapple, citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine needle, bready malt, slight black pepper component in the nose.

Taste is decent, not up to par with the nose by any means... More spicy pepper hop then I'd like, a lot of pine flavor and bitterness, tropical and citrus seem to be on the more subtle side here with a quick hitting orange and pineapple, grapefruit and pine bitterness take you home and dry you out.

Mouthfeel is medium full, sticky carbonation, very dry

Good DIPA, would be interested to know what the other hops used in this are, it tastes good and it smells amazing, glad I grabbed one to try!

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Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/14/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep hazy golden with a huge fluffy eggshell white head. Beautiful head that leaves awesome lacing and retention. Great looking beer. The aromas have alot of soap and pine. There's some subtle tropical notes. Some citrus as well. Sweet caramel malts are there as well. The flavors start off pretty bitter. Lots of pine needles and pine resin. Some orange zest. Sweet caramel comes through. Solid malt backbone. There's a bit of heat and warmth to this one, but it's definitely not boozy. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied with light active carbonation. Creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink. I mentioned about the subtle warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed.

This is a solid DIPA. It's not something that knocked my socks off, but it's well crafted and fun to drink.

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Photo of mjmadden
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz. bottle the beer had a clear copper color with a nice amount of off-white foam that left a nice layer of lace in its wake. The smell is very malt forward with a pungent alcohol presence, however there are some nice bready aromas and slight citrus characters mixed in at the back of the nose. The taste is interesting, not what I expected at all, bitter and fruity up front (fruity not necessarily citrus) with a nice sweet malt flavor and finish with a bitter/acidic aftertaste. For me what is missing is the hops smell and/or taste from what I would expect from this style, not necessarily a bad beer just not what I expect from the style. So overall this is a decent beer and is something worth trying, just did not seem to agree with my pallet as it was a bit bitter, lacked a real hop component, and left me with a bit of a acidic aftertaste (maybe due to the high ABV)

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light haze on an orange gold body. Fine white head has great retention and nice lace.

S - Orange peel, honey, bell pepper, parsley, lemon-lime soda.

T - Honey, peppers, cilantro. Touch of caramel and soft, woody bitters through the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full frame.

O - Surprisingly soft and smooth. On the sweeter side of the style with moderate bitterness for a DIPA.

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

We toured the Deschutes Brewery in June of 2013. I was really impressed with the dedication to good beer and all the employes we met. It certainly is a medium sized brewery, with a craft beer heritage. I have always liked their Inversion IPA and most of their selections. Brewforia, one of the many great beer pubs in Boise, has the Henge on tap. I happened into Whole Foods to try a bottle of this "Experimental IPA" before I fill a growler with this brew. Poured tall into a 12 oz glass, stunning head , creamy white and tall as the mountains in the near distance. Lacing lingers and stalls and falls slowly down the glass sides. Taste is smooth, very smoth, caresses the palette, citrus hints of grapefruit, not as much as other reviewers describe, orange, hints of lemons, finishes clean...At 9.3 ACL no whispers of the high alcohol, but after a 22 ouncer got a sweet buzz going on. Not as complex as some IPA's but still a great IPA! Keep the experiment going. Cheers.

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Photo of garuda
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange/gold body, murky, white head has some retention and little lacing.

S/T - Heavy on the grapefruit flesh. Some floral notes, pineapple. Little bitterness, considering the style. Stays a little sweet, with some astringency and booze.

M - Solid medium body, medium carbonation. Consistency stays smooth, with some hop prickliness across the palate.

O - While still a good DIPA, I was a little let down by this one considering how much I've enjoyed the other beers in their lineup. Just not quite enough depth of hop character to hang with the best in the category.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: A cloudy honey-orange with a two fingers thick cream colored foam. The head shrinks down leaving excellent lacing and a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet honey and Brach's Orange slice gummy candy. Undertones of island tropical fruits and malt. This is a complex and luscious smelling DIPA. Fantastic!

Taste: More luscious fruits - orange-pineapple with piney hop bitterness. A floral sweet finish is icing on the cake. The more sips you take the more you notice on this one. A lot of flavors linger around after the finish making this one heck of an experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a luxurious flavorful stickiness coating the mouth. A bit of alcohol vapor floats around but only add to the experience.

Overall: This is a damn fine DIPA. Absolutely fantastic! Any fan of sweet orange citrus DIPAs will love this.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2011-02-01 in Torrance, CA in a bomber. Bottle says best by 2011-03-29 so it is fresh. Had this again on 2014-01-16 from a bomber in Columbia, PA and finally on 2014-04-19 on-tap in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge. Ratings reflect the 2014 tastings.

A - Clear reddish-orange with 1-finger white head that fades pretty quickly leaving very nice lacing.

S - Pineapple, ripe musk melon, light orange, moderate dankness, crushed hop buds. Inviting, strong but not bombastic.

T - Gooey, sweet hop oils, orange flesh and zest, honey covered toasted biscuit, mint, light caramel, Finishes with an enjoyable, dryish mix similar to some hop candy I got in my Christmas stocking combined with a dash of orange zest tea and moderately lingering bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Syrupy, clingy and resinous.

O - A very fine DIPA. The flavors are pretty balanced with leanings to the dank side and somewhat like an amped-up Fresh Squeezed (which I preferred when having it side-by-side with this beer on 2014-04-19.

Review from 2011

A - Clear reddish-orange with short white head that fades quickly.

S - Tropical fruit, grassy, hop floral, pine.

T - Sweet orange candy, mild biscuit, herbal / medicinal, caramel, moderate bitterness despite the listed 95 IBU's. Alcohol is very disguised behind the sweetness. The bitterness and fading sweetness linger long into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Syrupy and moderately resinous. Clingy and a little prickly after the sweetness fades.

D - I enjoyed this brew. It has many of the characteristics I like in a DIPA but it isn't quite as fully-actualized as say a Bell's Hopslam or a Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark, golden orange with a huge white head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell: tropical fruits and some sweet malt. Not a strong aroma but smells great.

Taste: Citrusy, grapefruit rind, minty finish. Becomes more fruity and it warms. Strong malt presence balances it out.

Mouthfeel: juicy, touch of alcohol.

Overall, this beer improves significantly as it warms. A great IPA. Seems quite a bit different than last years to me. Wonder if they used different experimental hops in this years batch? The minty flavors must be coming from some new variety of hops. This one is unique because of this. Think I preferred last years batch but maybe it is just different because my palate has shifted in the past year.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holly Molly, Do Not buy this beer if you are not a Seasoned Craft Brew drinker. You need a knife to cut it. Excellent for a Seahawks vs Saints Playoff Game! top Hopped for Sure,
Way better than a fine Port Wine. Oregon should be proud. Have not seen a Washington brewery go this bold.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was had in a snifter. Best by 03/13/14 bottle dating.

A generic glowing copper body on this beer, the head is a finger in width, off-white, puffy, and recession leaves a solid sheet of lacing on the glass.

Very sweet nose, the candied orange swirls with a general hop soapiness. A waft of grapefruit occasionally seeps out, all the better! WIth the sweet tropical bouquet, an earthiness backed up with black pepper is noticeable. Mostly, this beast is sweet with a soapy, and subtle herbalness. Wow!

This, this beer right here is juicy! Well done. The palate starts with very sweet citrus fruit, orange and grapefruit, then some guava and peach join the fray. A slight herbal-like flavor, kind of earthy, kind of tea-like, hits on the finish with a subtle resin-y bite that lingers instead of builds. After a few sips, this beer is still incredibly sweet, with more hints of mango and peach. The pepper finally does begin to become apparent after the swallow, but it takes a while. This is incredibly impressive, right up there with the best of the best.

The bubbles on the tongue offer some sharp tingles with each sip, and the bitterness is not overwhelming, leaving this beer feeling more crisp than dry. Luckily, there is also good retention of flavor after the swallow on this medium-light bodied offering.

Hop Henge is the real deal. The hops are bold; the hops are tropical; the hops are decadent. They make me feel like a young-alpha-acid-palate-free-IPA-newbie experiencing Two-Hearted for the first time. Thanks for making a DIPA feel like new again Deschutes!

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Henge IPA poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Medium thick head that fades quickly but adheres well to the glass. Appearance is your classic IPA copper with surprisingly high transparency. A pleasant citrus hop IPA aroma wafts to the nose and upon first sip an overpowering bitterness hits the palate. Bitterness through and through that starts and finishes hard. Mouthfeel is soft and light. To me it seems the beer has the bitterness of a double IPA without much of the additional complexities or depth of flavor. On the other hand, the 9.3% alcohol is masked incredibly well. This is a strong and bitter IPA without much flavor and a thin mouth feel. Not bad, not great, this is another Deschutes beer that you can tell is high quality but makes you think the brewers played it safe. Someone will have to explain to me why this is an experimental IPA.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber nearly golden in color with a fizzy one and a half finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is great. Tons if citrus hop aromas along with an interesting aroma that almost reminds me if bubblegum. Very interesting and candy like.

Taste is good. Lots of herbal and grassy flavors forward with a moderate resiny bitterness. Slight citrus flavors and grainy malt near the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and tons of hop oils and sticky resin.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a clear golden orange with a small white head.

S: Citrus and piney hops. Pineapple, grapefruit. Big aromatic beer.

T: Tropical fruit with a lot of grapefruit and a piney aftertaste. Some malt sweetness, but the bitterness dominates. I get the orange flavor as it warms.

M: Medium bodied. Very easy to drink as I don't detect the alcohol. Average carbonation.

Overall a great beer, definitely worth trying. I think the aroma is this beer's greatest strength.

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Photo of tmm313
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Clear, amber body. Poured about a half finger of head that dissipated pretty quickly. Creamy with good lacing and trailing.

S- Awesome. Peach, tropical fruits, mango, orange, grapefruit, bubble gum, pine and caramel. Dank comes out with a swirl.

T- Holy shit, that's great! Big Tropical fruit and peach up front, followed by grapefruit, orange, pine, oily resin, and rich caramel. Also a little dank and peppery, earthy character. Exceptionally balanced and flavorful. Piney grapefruit rind aftertaste. I've been looking for one that tastes like this. I would've given this category a 5, but the piney aftertaste is just a touch too overpowering to assign it perfection. 4.75

M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Oily on the tongue. Dry, piney grapefruit rind aftertaste.

O- This is my 300th rating/review, and I couldn't have picked a better one to use! HUGE aromas and flavors! If I were forced to describe what I want an IPA to taste like, this is probably what would come out. I am impressed (and bummed I have to order from Cali to get). Awesome IPA!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a good IPA, if not one of the best that I've had personally.

Pours nice golden yellow, but goes amber soon after.
Aroma - nice hops, citrusy and pine.

Taste - This is pine tastic, not malty, and I liked that about this one. It was all pine, with some grapefruit. I didn't capture any other fruit notes on the taste of this beer. As the beer warmed more orange came out.

I Like this IPA, and it was a nice one by a top brewery.

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Photo of VincentFrey
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour / Appearance: Well carbonated, but not overly so.A thick white head that recedes very quickly, so not much aroma absorption to worry about. Very clear gold, with hints of straw around the edges. Very nice and exemplary of both American IPA and DIPA styles. At the hop rates and 10.6% alcohol, it probably falls into the latter.

Aroma: Tons of hop aroma when the bottle opens; hints of peach, grapefruit, and grassiness. Lasts well after the pour, with the fruit notes taking precedence nicely. No real malt character to speak of, though there is a bit of alcohol heat.

Taste: What a beer. This is probably my favorite IPA of any sort since Enjoy By first hit Maryland. Definite alcohol heat, although with the (stylistically accurate and enjoyable) lack of malt sweetness it become a part of the taste and mouthfeel that keeps you from downing the glass in the first sip. Still want to though. Any experimental hops aren't necessarily running to the front, although I'm starting to think Multihead is in here with the continuous notes of peach.

Overall: A very fine IPA that comes close to defining what I like about the double style. Light residual sugars and lack of any noticeable malt are the only flaws, making it a bit too light for such a powerful beer. That's really my only complaint though.

Bottom Line: Buy. Order it online or trade if you can't find it locally. Drink fresh, obviously. If you don't like IPAs I don't know why you'd be bothering with this, but it is pretty extreme in terms of alcohol to body.

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Photo of mrjshock
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

white foamy head that slides down the glass. golden color that lightly bubble and slight haze.

an upfront leafy hop aroma. with citrus touches.

a nicely balanced flavor that matches the aroma. with grapefruit and spicy notes.

moderately dry with slight tingle and slickness to the tongue.

A very balanced beer for 10.6 ABV, that I could drink several of. Will buy and drink again. Very soon.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,479 ratings.
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