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Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

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823 Reviews

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Reviews: 823
Hads: 2,367
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 240
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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
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Reviews: 823 | Hads: 2,367
Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just did a side by side comparison with the enjoy by. Very close to identical. Bought a growler fill so was pretty fresh. Very clear in appearance. The aroma was not as pronounced considering this was a dipa but the taste is spot on. Glad I picked this one up.

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

Poured with a 2 finger head into a pint glass that turned to an off white froth and gave light lacing. The color is a slightly translucent orange. The smell is strong with citrus, notably orange, as well as hops. The taste has citrus and a strong hop flavor, and the hops taste slightly different from normal which explains why the bottle says experimental hops, and has a strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy with strong carbonation. Overall it is very good and I would recommend.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours from 22oz to tulip glass a bright orange to light amber color with slight haze. Head is a thick frothy white mass that settles out slowly to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is abundant on the glass as you drink.
A: Ample floral and pine aromas and a ripe mango burst from the hops. Some herbal and grassy notes are layered amongst a rich bready and toasted grain base. Light crackers and honey are present too. A noticeable alcohol kick under the nose too.
T: Fresh bread, light crackers and toasted malt are under a big blanket of hops. The hops bring pine, floral and grassy flavors, under-ripe mango, and passion fruit. These ingredients dance back and forth between sweet and bitter and in the end the hop bitterness takes over and dominates.
M: Medium body with a crisp yet moderate carbonation and a warming alcohol burn.
O: A super, well balanced imperial iPa that just makes me think of summer sun and fresh delicious hops in a sweet nectar. This beer demands another try. On a warm day in particular. Hop heads will be pleased with this one!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, tan tint with a foamy thick 2 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric fruits like orange, tangerine, lemon, mango. Also a has a more classic pine and grapefruit aroma. A little herbal/grassy with some added spices and sugars.

Taste - As I was expecting with the aroma, a mix of hops giving it a west citric note, mixed in with some classic grapefruit and pine ipa hops. Sweet, yet bitter also, has a little caramel backbone, along with some heat from the alcohol. Herbal like flavor, almost a green tea flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Many sweet fruits nail the tongue, along with some herbal flavor. Palate gets more hops, some malts and spices. Aftertaste is citric, piney and bitter.

Overall - This is good stuff. It really tastes like a west coast meets east coast ipa with its multiple hop flavors. Its actually balanced well since the bitter and sweet work together and nothing gets too overbearing. Drinks easy also. Its a little warm but not too much. Excellent beer, and very affordable, I paid 6.99$ at a more pricey bottle shop even, so I will be drinking this one again.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold, with a whirlwind of carbonation bubbles. Mountainous, foamy white head! Lacing streaks the backside of the glass and cakes on!
Smell - strong grapefruit nose with some faint malt notes.
Taste - much more hop forward, heavy citrus flavor.
Feel - very bitter hops, ABV is hidden very well; easy drinking!
Overall - much more aggressive hop character than I expected; enjoyed this offering from Deschutes!

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Photo of Omnium
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 12-25-13
Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange gold with one finger of creamy white foamy head, nice medium lacing.
S - Huge peach white grape, grassy, lemon, pine. Amazing
T - Light caramel malt, pine hop resin, big peach mango and white grape, definitely some alcohol though.
M - Things let you down right here, lots of alcohol burn, very dry and soapy, a little slick, lots of bitterness though.
O - Amazing aroma, good taste, but the mouthfeel is terrible.

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Photo of lochef81
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first experience with Deschutes and I am quite excited. Had to travel out of state to pick up a few of their bottles. The appearance is a handsome golden amber color with a thick white head that gives way to a very substantial film and lacing. The nose is surprisingly subtle for this style of ale. There are alot of piney and floral hops with a substantial malt background. You can definitely tell the beer is super fresh but not of the traditional west coast California variety. The flavor follows suit beautifully. Not too bitter, not too malty; just super balanced. This reminds me more of some of the awesome ipas produced by dogfish head than the typical west coast ipas. If this is any sign of the quality of the other offerings from this brewery, I cant wait.

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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
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | 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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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.