Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Day 13 Drink: Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA
Deschutes Brewery is located in Bend, Ore., along the scenic Deschutes River. The brewery traces its roots back to 1988 and now also has a location in Portland.
Deschutes has a number of year round beers and seasonals, plus a couple of special series. Hop Henge Experimental IPA is part of the Bond Street Series and is available from January to April.
According to the brewery, Hop Henge Experimental IPA is their "annual exercise in IBU escalation." And you can certainly taste the substantial amount of Centennial and Cascade hops, plenty of floral and pine needle notes. The beer pours a golden amber color with a robust off white head. Even at 95 IBUs there is a good amount of background malt in this beer for balance.
Hop Henge weighs in at 8.75 percent alcohol by volume.