Deschutes brewery ‘hop henge’ IPA


image“Stonehenge is a mystery. Hop Henge is a discovery. Millennium, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops come together to erect a hop sanctuary. Revere the almighty hop!”

We are fast becoming big fans of this North-west coast American brewery. We poured into an IPA glass and the appearance shows a clear gold with a tightly packed two finger head. Brilliant clarity on show here. Good retention and good lacing is being omitted also. Off the nose we get a big resinous pine dominated aroma, with all thanks to the aromatic Chinook hops. Subtle zesty undertones of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel are beautifully balanced out by the sweeter caramel malts. Lively carbonation with an assertive bitterness (95 IBU) and a slightly chalky mouth feel. Big, bitter grapefruit initially on the palate. Pine, citrus and a touch of biscuit malt to balance out through the mid-palate. A subtle booze astringency adds depth and intensity to a long, dry bitter finish. Good length. We were quite surprised to realise this is an imperial IPA. With the ABV sitting at 9.3% it’s extremely well disguised. Another one to add to the ever growing list of superb West Coast ales. Quality IIPA here.