amneziak (18) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Right off the bat, this is one of the most beautiful looking beers Iíve ever poured. Itís the most amazing dark burnt orange color and is virtually clear. There is a stupid amount of lacing that hangs on to the side of the glass, which is accompanied by a nice soft off-white three finger head. This is really a remarkable looking beer.
Smell: Oh boy! Right out of the glass I get an enormous amount of pungent and fragrant hops. There is a nice amount of grapefruit, but any other citrus component youíd find in other IPAs is virtually non-existent. Point blank, Hop Henge is huge on hops. Let me tell youÖthis beer smells AMAZING! Hop lovers will rejoice in its glory.
Taste: This is going to sound completely ironic considering what Iíve said so far, but the taste is probably the weakest aspect of this beer. This by no means is to say itís anything short of brilliant. But it doesnít have as hoppy of a flavor right up front as the aromas would lead you to believe. The bitterness is more prevalent than the citrus and hop components. However, the back end of the drink really delivers a nice amount of hops. Subtlety is key here I suppose.
Mouthfeel: Iíll make this section simple and easy for you - Hop Henge coats the mouth about as nicely as any beer Iíve had. Itís not overly sweet or bitter. Itís not heavy, yet itís certainly not light. Itís balanced extremely well and thatís really all you can ask for from a good beer.
Overall: This beer is not as ďexperimentalĒ as the label would suggest. This is a good thing, though. Hop Henge is an extremely solid IPA. In fact, itís perhaps one of the best Iíve had; my score is definitely proof of that. It just does about everything right. This one was also an especially nice treat because it was driven back from Denver for me. I will definitely be on the lookout for more Deschutes beers in the future. A replacement for this is also going on my wish list.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours transparent red-amber with a seriously thick, fizzy tan head. Good piny hop aroma. Flavor sweet and citrusy. The hops are up front, but not very bitter. Not much of the piny hops suggested by the aroma. The alcohol is quite noticeable.
smprochak (23) - Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The flavor of this beer hit my mouth at full force! I literally tasted the flavors "hopping" around my mouth. Very smooth, flavorful, and I especially enjoyed the aroma.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours a nice amber with cream head. Aroma is very hoppy, but flavor is very balanced. Hardly any bitterness and a very clean finish. Great IPA, especially with that ABV.
jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy copper and amber coloured body with an orange and ruby glow - nice. All atop a very thick and luscious tan head. Aroma of pure hops, fresh grapefruity, floral and even slightly nutty. Medium-bodied; Strong astringent hops up front that lead to a massive sweetness, a lighter citrus flavour and a less-than-expected bit of hoppiness. Aftertaste is perhaps a bit too alcoholic, definitely sweet, but lacking any real hops - very interesting. Overall, Iíd say this is somewhere in between an Imperial IPA and a Barley Wine, but in reality, it doesnít work too well. Contrary to these reviews here - I didnít like it so much, but it was interesting to sample. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased on 21-March-2009 at City Beer in San Francisco, California sampled today (less than a week later) on 27-March-2009 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange hue with a big, thick off white head that last for a long time. Lacing is above average. Aromas of mild pine, citrus, more pine, floral and grapefruit. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied with flavors of pine, citrus, with a lingering, tangy finish that stays on the palate. There is a pleasant sweetness on the palate, which is balanced well with the hop finish.
Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Fkn tasty stuff right here. Generous hop character, as to have been expected. Very "pine" flavored. Tastes strong and finishes the same way and leaves the palate dry, begging for another sip. Delicious.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 3/24/2009. This Imperial IPA pours a deep dark orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and good lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy hops, caramel and fruity malts. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of apricot and pineapple flavors. The hops are floral, citrusy and piney. Kind of juicy tasting. Lots of hop flavors and hop bitterness. Nice lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with an off white head. Smells of sweet nectarines, grapefruit, melon, resiny, metallic, soapy. Tastes of layered citrus and has some bitterness on the finish.
robinvboyer (3409) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
depp orange pour with a sticky beige head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, oranges, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is intense! Hops, hops, and more hops! Wow, ok this should be in the Double IPA category, no way is this a run of the mill IPA. The hops are relentless. Sticky oily resinous hops with notes of pine, and citrus. Wow, VERY bitter finish. An intense beer. Iím not getting much malt, this seems pretty one sided to me, its just thrashing my taste buds. Hop head seek this beer out!! i love it!