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 erikm25
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark tangerine and burnt scarlet orange color. The head is fluffy and off white with minimal dusky banana tinting. Lacing is sticky and lathered across the glass.

S: Great citrus and freshly squeezed grapefruit aromas. Floral with subtle pine sap hops and a sweetened malt backdrop. Slight hint of alcohol coupled with peppering spices. Became more flowery in aroma as it warmed to room temperature.

T: Tangy citrus and fresh pine. Solid and heavy malt spine. The malts seems to be a little more on the pale side and play a strong role. While hops is still at the forefront of the taste it is not as huge as I expected. Even with the 8% plus ABV the alcohol is well hidden behind sweet malts. Like the nose, a little ginger and relished kick.

M: Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation.

D: Extremely easy drinking DIPA. I would recommend this for someone who is not a huge fan of the style or new to it. I love trying this style of beer and all the unique approaches. This is one that I will continue to pick up in the future and it couples nicely with Sleep's sixty plus minute magnum opus.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from vasdef42, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good mix of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong bite of floral hops bitterness, which is quickly followed by a hearty malt characters and sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. The beer achieves a better balance as it warms a bit. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better 2IPA's out there but this is still a good hop bomb to drink for a long time.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently Deschutes has recreated a monument in the likeness of Stonehenge on the lawn outside their brewery using wrapped bales of whole flower hops. This beer takes its name from that. Now it's no mystery.

Copper kettle with an orange laminate that makes the complexion glossy but also rather filmy. Steady streams of bubbles race to the surface. Off-white fuzz has grown on top and appears to climb up the glass as the level of beer continues to drop. It sparkles like freshly fallen snow.

The smell is lightly soapy with a kind of hoppy mustiness to it. You certainly can smell that a good dose of pungent green little pellets were used, but it isn't accompanied by much of any citric zest or tangy spice. Seems to me it's an equally ample level of malt congesting them.

My hunch would prove correct. Although each sip would contain a healthy dose of resiny citrus it was quickly stonewalled against a backdrop of cookie-biscuit and gooey toffee. It's kind of like a slice of lemon meringue pie coated in rich creme caramel. Ya, its definitely tasty.

The alcohol isn't entirely absolved by the aforementioned pairing, some makes its way through the cracks. Not enough to complain about however. The bitterness seems completely paved over; acidic hop resins are buffed right out by the sweet caramel-laced malts.

Deschutes is a really great brewery and anything I've ever had from their 'Bond Street Series' has been especially good. 650ml is a nice sized portion for a beer like this. The Hop Henge DIPA isn't anything that'll throw your head back, but it certainly will satisfy your taste buds.

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Photo of arizcards
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in early July 2008 for $4.99. Reviewed 4.08 on 10-4-08.

Beer poured a copper color with a strong 2 finger head that is clinging as i sample-4.5

Nose is a hint of floral hops and malts that are to come - 3.5.

Taste is actually pretty well balanced considering this is a 95 ibu brew. Heavy malts seque nicely into a citrus hop finish - 4.0.

Mouthfeel is very nice, quite full bodied and smooth - 4.5. Overall drinkability is very good. At 8.1 abv, the alcohol is not noticeable or overwhelming. Would recommend to hop heads to try - 4.5.

Re-review 2/5/12. Best by 4-25-12.

Beer poured golden-orange with an ok head that is leaving lacing behind - 3.5.

Nose is wonderful, fresh citrus and mango are in abundance - 4.0.

Taste is very well balanced, malt backbone is strong allowing it to hold up to the 95 ibus. Hops win in the end as the citrus and mango leave a lasting sharpness behind- 4.5.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth for the style making every sip a pleasure - 4.5.

Overall this is a solid beer, very representative of the style. One of the better ones from this solid brewery! 4.5.

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Photo of ckaufman
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a "La Fin Du Monde" specialty tulip...

A: Poured a nice copper color with a huge 3 finger rocky head. Super sticky lacing throughout with moderate head retention. A very nice looking beer.

S: Lots of citrus hops in the nose, specifically orange rind and grapefruit followed by a nice little blast of pine. Noticeable trace of alcohol upon warming. The malts get lost in the hops.

T: Sweet and malty backbone with a long hop bitterness that hangs into the semi-dry finish. Good balance for an Imperial IPA. Lots of citrus tones with some spice thrown in. Slight alcohol burn as it warms in the glass.

M: Strong medium body with lots of oils and resin from the hops. Very slick in the mouth with a good amount of carbonation.

D: The alcohol is fairly well hidden in the balance of malts and hops, however as I neared the end of my bomber, I could definately tell this beer had every bit of its 8.75% ABV rating. This one will sneak up on you.

I really enjoyed this beer, and I will say it paired well with a peppered bacon & swiss grilled cheese sandwich on artisan bread at 12:35am!!!

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Photo of denflyr
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay so I am a sucker for just about any DIPA out there! Yes I am a "Hop Head."

Anyhow, here is what I thought of this brew.

On the pour, the appearance is a clear copper/amber with a nice 2 inch head that leaves a little lacing after it retreats.

There is a smooth maltiness to the brew and for a beer with 95 IBU's I was expecting a bit more of that telltale Cascade hope nose.

The taste is nice, but I have had a more in your face DIPA's. Nice maltiness and an orange rind type finish with plenty of hops to round out the finish!

I have let the beer warm just a bit and the carbonation has diminished a bit, but a still a nice mouthfeel!

I got this beer on a special trip to Denver since I can't get it at home. So that being said, I will probably not pick up another when I am up next time, but yet I am intriqued to try this on draft at the brewery! We'll see...a nice effort nonetheless!

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Photo of opwog
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Now watching: DVR of Ted Kennedy's speach at the DNC

Thanks to HB Liquor Warehouse for this bottle.

A- Clear, dark amber color with a two inch head with an average pour into a 20oz glass. Head almost immediately turned from smooth to rather lumpy and then down to a level disc.
S- More malt than hops and something odd, almost like wet leather.
T- Does not taste like an almost 9% beer. Also doesn't really taste like an Imperial IPA or even an IPA. More like a roasty, orangey Pale Ale.
M- Hops come through more in the mouthfeel than anywhere else, as it bites slightly on the sides of the tongue and the back of the throat. Solid carbonation.
D- drinks like a friend's decent home brew.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

A- pours a pretty dark amber into my nonic english pint glass. An off-white fluffy head that sticks around for a long time. Even towards the end of the glass it keeps a nice cap.

S- the smell at first is Very Sierra Nevada'ish. It's a smell that's hard to describe to me cause it's not really that piney, or that grapefruity, but ti's more like really sharp greenery. There is a lot of malt sweetness in the background... lots of caramelized sugars and toasted malt.

T- It has a big sweet and toasted maltiness to it. That never gets overshadowed. The hops are there, but overall it's "balanced" which isn't my favorite type of DIPA, but it's still tasty.

M/D- it's got a body on it, that's for sure. With the high maltiness and the almost 9% abv it doesn't go unnoticed.

Although I really don't like sweet DIPA's this one just goes down pretty easy. The extra sweetness combines with the fairly soft hoppiness enough to make it mesh pretty well together. Only Deschutes could do that.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a a beer worthy of Deschutes' exquisite Mirror Pond. In fact, it is so different from your average Imperial IPA that it should be called an "Imperial Mirror Pond."

Pours a clean amber with a very lively head. The aroma has a slight bitter soapiness to it that put me off at first, but it comes together as it warms, with a delicate malt and a slight whiff of floral hops. The flavor is amazing - floral, well balanced, delicate. It has hints of apricot. There is a small bite of alcohol, but nothing offensive. The hop character suggests a full, ripe flower. The mouth feel is clingy, leaving a beautiful, delicate bitterness on the finish. If you want a hop bomb, this is not your beer. If you want a subtle, balanced, floral double IPA, like a fine strong cup of expensive tea, this is for you.

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

Many thanks going out to dmeadows for this one...

Pours a fairly clear light honey colored amber with a stiff inch deep off white head that resists fading in the 'perfect pint'. Light amount of lacing observed. The smell is nice orange and grassy hoppy with a balanced sweet malty character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth has a tangy hop feel. Medium bodied, the sweet malty piece lingers nicely. Full flavored, there is a fruity orange tangerine grassy taste that indicates tons of quality ingredients went into this product. A real nice drinker...the 8.75% ABV is well integrated. Really glad to have the opportunity to consider this one! A great 20th anniversary effort from Deschutes.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 1" tan head on a pretty clear orange/amber body.
S- Hops upfront with sweet malts following right behind, fruits like orange and grapefruit are blended with a grassy aroma.
T- Strong orange peel with grass hops comes through first. Sweet malt soon follows covered by a strong bittering and covering of tongue from orange peel. Slight grass notes come through in aftertaste along. Just a touch of alcohol comes through on back of throat also.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It's a solid DIPA with a lot of orange and grass notes to it just nothing really to separate it from the crowd.

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Photo of HopJr
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a frozen thick walled glass. Poured a copper hue, with a very little head. Lacing was present halfway down the glass. Has a very powerful aroma of grapefruit, pine, and a little floral. Hits the roof of your mouth almost immediately with a floral after taste.

Interestingly some of the posters have stated this to be a DIPA, and it's labeled as an Imperial IPA. Imop it's every bit of an Imperial and then some. A good find and being a hophead I truly recommend this one you will not be disappointed. This was a really enjoyable drink very cold, still enjoyable as it came to room temp. Enjoy!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rocks in funny formations? Pours a hazy copper to amber color with a slight orange hue. A soft white head with limited retention and lacing.

The nose is more malty with some under lining hop notes. The malt has a sweet almost sugary aroma. Some minor caramel and kettle notes. A hint of bready as well. The hops are present but expecting more for style. More of a earthy meets floral thing. Some minor yeast notes but pretty clean.

The taste is more along the lines of a double IPA. The hops come out more and balance the sweet malt. More of an east coast IPA to me. There is a more floral and citrus notes that come out but finishes with chalky earth taste that is off. The malt has a sweet taste with some minor kettle notes, but limited overall. Some alcohol notes that are boarder line fusel. Some minor esters but not bad.

The mouthfeel is between moderate and full with a sweet finish. Not under attenuated just sweet. Overall would have liked to see more hops in the nose and finish, but you can't win them all.

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Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp copper with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is a plethora of citrus hops with a hint of pine, slight caramel malts linger in the back. The taste is a nice amount of citrus with the malt right behind providing a decent balance. The beer is medium bodied with some sticky alcohol. This is an enjoyable IIPA, but there are better ones that I can get in my area.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Von Fuss in Lost wages. Poured into a goblet the liquid is copper and foamy. The head is large tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is typical for the style lots of grapefruit and other citrus.

The taste follows adding a nice malt back bone. Nice caramel malt a hint of lemongrass in the yeast, with a resiny finish that is just right not overdone.

The mouthfeel is great excellent carbonation and great body. Smooth and creamy with a bit of sizzle as well.

The drinkability is very good indeen a must try for any hophead.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of Sticket
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours slightly hazy (-), has a deep amber color, the foamy white head lasts a long time (+) and decent lacing (+).

S- sweet malts (+) with mild citrus (+) followed by a well balanced aroma from hops although I think I'd like to smell more hops.

T- sweet malts (+), wonderfully balanced and noticeable but not overpowering hops (+), and a slight finishing touch of alcohol... the bite will fall short for die hard hop heads.

M- medium bodied (+) with the perfect combination of carbonation (+) which nicely compliments the oils from hops.

D- well balanced and flavorful Imperial IPA that can be enjoyed by all, lacks the knock your heart out hop hit that other double IPAs target, but that probably makes it more drinkable for most (watch the alcohol, it is hidden quite well).

Overall, I'd recommend it, but for those die hard tear your heart out hops lovers, this one will fall slightly short. For those like me who enjoy hops enough, but not enough to sacrifice the heart, a very good dIPA.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice red/orange color with a fluffy head, but still diminished fairly quickly. nose is pure cascade and malts. Taste is similar, Cascade to the max and a nice malt presence. A very smooth brew here, but it really doesnt excite me all that much. A good beer, and one I would certainly drink if offered, but I can think of numerous DIPAs I would rather purchase. However, if you are a big cascade lover, this is probably the one for you. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, could be slightly thinner I think. Drinkability is excellent, very smooth. Another solid beer from deschuttes, but nothing really mindblowing. A staple like DIPA, that I would probably purchase every so often if it was regularly available. Sweet label art. Good beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep golden straw color, excellent retent on an impressive fluffy white head, attractive lacing

S- leafy, mild citrus, floral, cookie like malts, hoppy

T- very well balanced, cookie like malt sweetness, toasted malts, citric and earthy hops with raw hop oils

M- soft yet full with faint stickiness

D- great flavor and amazing balance, complex, recommended, best when fresh

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting labeling, I like the whole stone hedge theme for a beer! No freshness date to be seen.

A: Pours with a two finger thick, off-white and chunky head. The beer is clear, bright, deep amber with small bubble streams raising to the top - an attractive beer to look at. Suds rings form through the duration of the drink, leaving a hard crusty film on my imperial pint glass.

S: Sweet and creamy malts mixed with hops falling into the realm of grapefruit rind, apricot and some light, indefinable herbs. Not an overly powerful aroma - but definitely worthy of being a IIPA.

T: Medium to heavy pounding of sweet, lightly toasted malts mixed with a light and enjoyable bouquet of pine and citrus hops. The most noticeable hop flavor is definitely the resinous, sticky pine. As the beer warms in the glass, it gets warmer with hot alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied with a semi-crisp finish - highly vicious overall. There's ample carbonation on the mouthfeel throughout. Overall, this was a nice example of a IIPA, but unfortunately it won't fall into my "Fav 5" for IIPA's.

Many thanks go out to PIMPP for the opportunity to try this one!

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Photo of naterock
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One that I happened upon in Las Vegas. poured into a tulip.
C: orangy copper, thin yet consistent head, cloudy from the yeast
S: typical hop aroma, doesn't smell like an Imperial.
T: WOW, totally unbalanced hops kicking me in the mouth. completely reckless hop usage. any malt in there?
M: way too overcarbonated.
D: I would buy this one again. I would like to try some more from Deschutes.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/24/08.

Pours a clear dark-orange amber color, producing nearly three fingers of soft beige foam The head settled very slowly leaving behind lots of beautiful sticky lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy, piny, and grassy hops along with grapefruit and a bit of caramel malt.

Taste starts with a sweet bread-like malt sweetness. That quickly turns over to plenty of bitter hops. Grassy hops, citrusy hops, piny hops, it's full of hop flavor. The bitterness is just a tad intense (95 IBUs).

The feel is pretty good. Fairly full body and plenty of creamy carbonation. A bit slick from all the hops, but leaves just a bit of stickiness on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is decent. The alcohol (almost 9%) is pretty well hidden. The bitterness is a bit much for me though.

Another very solid brew from Deschutes. If you like bitter and hoppy IPAs, give it a shot.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Ruby red cloudy body, thin white had.

s: Sweet and hoppy.

t: Sweet malt. Its strange, but I taste strawberries. An odd, but wonderful flavor. Love the hops too. Piney, oily, rich and juicy. High IBUs and it has a ton of hops in it, but it doesn't seem all that bitter for a DIPA.

m: Sticky, oily, grabs the tongue.

d: Not what I expected. Hop Henge is quite a beer. An excellent flavor, quite unlike other DIPAs. Love the strawberry notes. Another great brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. There's a ton of bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Lots of thick sheets left behind with each sip.

Smell is floral hops, citrus fruit, herbal mint, and a hint of pine, with a background of toasted bread.

Taste starts with some bitter floral and piny hops. Toffee and toasted bread flavors try to keep the bitterness in check, but some orange peel and grapefruit rind bring back the bitter bite. Finishes bitter and semi-dry with more pine notes and a hint of toffee.

Medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability, and a real pleasure to share with a friend.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper in color. Slight hoppy smell in the nose. This has a huge malt backbone to support the hops. Quite possibly the maltiest IIPA that I've had. Very bready and bittering in the flavor. Decent, but I prefer more Citrusy and juicy flavors.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep orange/red. Some floaties/carbonation. Nice thick head with great lacing.

Smells of sweet malts/hop balance. Bready. There is a mild off flavor I do not like.

Tastes of pineapple, apricots, typical pine bitterness of the style, and alcoholic.
A very sweet double IPA. With a good balance of
bittering. What is lacking is the sense of very fresh green hops along with a floral smell.

Good, but not great. Cool looking bottle and name.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,481 ratings.
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