Beer Release: NW: Get It Now … Deschutes’ Hop Henge Experimental India Pale Ale

Another year of Hop Henge Experimental India Pale Ale is upon us and with it the prospect of praise or condemnation. For many years Deschutes has supplied us that India Pale Ale with an asterisk attached to it. If you’re up to the challenge here is what the brewery had to say about this year’s release.

Brewery Description

The 2012 version of Hop Henge examines the virtues of high alpha hops in concert with less malty sweetness. Six bold hop additions make this imperial IPA a force to be reckoned with. This year’s creation includes Cascade and Centennial hops and the rare Columbus variety added to an all-star profile already boasting heavy hitters like Millennium, Citra and Simcoe. Generous quantities of high alpha hops were added at every turn, guaranteed to make any hop lover pucker. The brewery also changed the malt profile, lowering sweetness to allow even more hop flavor, aroma and bitterness to shine through. Unencumbered by the usual malt muscle, Hop Henge chisels a dynamic monument to hops.

Deschutes Brewery has been experimenting with high alpha hops for some time. They not only possess more bitterness, but also more flavor and aroma potential. It is a question of choosing the right high alpha hops. New Brewmaster Cam O’Connor admitted there is something intangibly irresistible about them as well. It is clear that he and hop fans everywhere share the same love for the almighty hop.

Hop Henge is the result of a daring, daily effort to create a unique, desirable drinking experience.

Beer Geek Information

ABV: 9.0% IBUs: 90 Calories: 275/12 oz

Malt: Pale, NW Pale, Munich

Hops: Millennium, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Brewers Gold, Citra, Columbus

Look for Hop Henge Experimental India Pale Ale to be featured on draft and on shelves, wherever you find Deschutes Jubelale, Mirror Pond, or Black Butte sold.

About Deschutes Brewery

Located in beautiful Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is in the business of daring people to expect more from their beer. That's why we started off in 1988, on the banks of the Deschutes River here in Bend, Oregon, by selling Black Butte Porter at a time when others were sure a dark beer would never catch on. Our brewers love to push the envelope, especially if it makes someone nervous.  But for us, the highest praise is a raised glass and a toast of "Bravely Done!"  For more information about Deschutes Brewery and its courageously crafted beers, please visit


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