Brew Review: Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

by Kelli H. on February 28, 2012

Name: Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge IPA
Date: 2- 3-12
Location: Bend, OR
Alcohol: 8.5%
Type: Experimental IPA
Price: $4.99
IBU’s: 95

 (I always love Deschutes labels. This one is thicker rough paper — very unique!)

Aroma: Sweet hops

Appearance: Very clear, can see right through it. Pale Amber color, creamy white head.

Body & Texture: Bitter upfront with a sweet ending. Very smooth — surprisingly smooth! Low carbonation.  Left great Brussels lacing on the glass.

Aftertaste: Sweet. A little alcohol taste but not much for an 8.5% abv.

Overall Impression:
I prefer more carbonation in my beer, so that was a let down for me. If you’re not a huge carbonation freak, like I am, then you’d probably be happy with it. The low carbonation works pretty well with this beer. This beer is definitely worth a try at $4.99. I think it’s an excellent price. For 95 IBU’s I was shocked it wasn’t more hoppy. All I can say really, is it was so sweet. I don’t think I’d buy this beer again, but this was David’s second time buying it. He really enjoyed this beer, and the first time he bought it exclaimed, “This is my favorite beer right now!”. Of course, he does say that about a lot of new beers…haha. As for claiming it as an experimental IPA (which I’ve never seen before, so that’s cool!), I think that’s a good idea. It’s not a typical hoppy IPA. Although, its aroma is sweet hops, it left me wanting more of the hops, and less of the sweet.

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David Wells March 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I really enjoyed this beer a LOT. The first time it seemed like I got it at the perfect time. Carbonation and everything was perfect. This time (the second time) it was a great beer, but it wasn’t as magical as the first time. I love Deschutes though, and i’ll definitely support all of the awesome brews they put out. 🙂

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