joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best by: 8/6/08
Yet another brew received in a trade with russpowell, thanks Russ! Hop Henge pours a beautiful clear copper without any visible carbonation. The head is bright white and two fingers tall on the pour. The head fell rather quickly to a skimming but left thin sheet lacing on its way with fingers toward the top of the glass.
There’s not a lot of aroma right upfront but each swirl brings out the layered hop complexity. A good deal of slightly overripe pineapple is the first that comes to mind followed by lightly sweetened grapefruit and a peppery spiciness that is reminiscent of plantains. An interesting hoppiness grows on me the more I smell. All of this has a light drizzling of caramel and a mild booziness that accentuates the hop profile.
The hop profile comes together more singularly in the flavor then the aroma. The caramel maltiness lays a solid foundation. The pineapple isn’t as bold as the nose suggested nor is the grapefruit. Caramel rides all the way through with the hops flashing here and there showing characteristics of each flavor described. The plantain does show itself on the swallow with a slight spiciness that the alcohol fumes intensify. Hop Henge is very unique IIPA that I’m really enjoying.
The body upfront is medium but as it works through has a slight stick on the swallow. I can appreciate this kind of stick in a big IIPA. The hop profile leaves a lingering bitterness that tends to grow with each successive sip. I’m teetering between 4-4.5 so I’ll stick with the 4.
This is an easy one to put away, especially when the abv is taken into account. I can already feel my cheeks warming up but it drinks as easily as I less alcoholic brew.
I really appreciate Deschutes beers and this is no exception. The deeper I dive into this one the more I like the uniqueness. Hop Henge is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, and a yet to be named variety that I’m guessing adds the spiciness. Hopefully this unnamed hop gets used in other brews along the way because it’s out of the ordinary and I’d like to get to know it a little better.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Clear, ruby color. Large, light tan head. Rich, malty aroma compliments the grassy hops. Moderate lacing. Flavor is a nice mixture of earthy hops and a chewy, bready malt. Finish is slightly hoppy with a touch of warming alcohol. Nice beer.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber body with a nice head, and it just looks really tempting. However, the aroma’s a bit skunky with a hint of grassy hops. The flavor follows through with some grass hop character. However, it’s quite subdued. I’m afraid I may have got a hold of a bad bottle or simply an old one.
DTM (780) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Market of Choice in Ashland, OR. Decent brew with a considerable amount of hops. A little blend of citrus and pine hops, but a little screwy on the palate. Not bad, would probably drink again.
timfoolery (1123) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Market of Choice in Ashland, OR. It was hoppy, but nothing like the droves of TIPA’s I’ve had. Malty, but it wasn’t very balanced. Misfire here.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as much hoppiness as I was expecting although I might have had an LTS. Despite the apparent lack of hops, this is still a tasty brew. Mild hop aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine and a lingering sweet malt that is more present in the taste where the hops take a back seat. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. Cheers!
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great color, low head. Odd malt flavor...English? Strong hop aspect with bold bitter. Could be dryer, its a bit too sweet. Great spectrum of hop taste.
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Poured a copper orange with a one finger creamy orange head. The nose was very hoppy. More of an herbal piny hop. Very fresh, some fruityness, caramel, sweet malt balance. The flavor was very earthy and herbal with the hops, lightly warming, after a while I found the malt presence in this to be especially balanced and gratifying. Very rounded well balanced DIPA.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with emacgee. Bright amber pour with small but creamy off-white head. Not surprisingly, big hops on the nose -- grapefruit/citrus and spruce; but also some nice biscuity malt presence. A well-balanced IIPA.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark orange hue, big dollops of white shaving cream-like head sustains, thick lacing. Aromas of grassy hops and sweet bread malts, light alcohol. Taste is initially characterized by very bitter and grassy hops, sour grapefruit and citrus, warming alcohol, biscuit and bread malts slowly open up in the middle, tones of pine, oranges, lemons, caramel, finishes very dry and bitter. Medium-bodied, watery thin texture with slight bitter resin, moderate-high carbonation. The alcohol presence is mixed into the front of the taste and is mostly gone in the finish, a very bitter DIPA with low hop taste profile, nice malt balance, wished this had a bit more body and texture, okay but nothing great for this style.