Beer: Hop Henge IPA
Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Location: Bend, OR
In Three Words: hoppy, bitter, strong
The opening page for the Deschutes Brewery website says “The meek shall inherit, well, some pretty dull beers.” Boy, they aren’t kidding when they live by that as their motto. This beer, their “Hop Henge IPA” as they call it (very witty, indeed) is an intense IPA if I have ever tasted one. Definitely hopped up on on, well, hops, you can taste the bitterness from the moment you hold the glass up to your nose. The aroma hits you and you know you’re in for a big one. But man, does that flavor go far. It’s like a pinch to your cheeks and a wake me up call all in one.
Besides all the intensity in flavor, this is actually quite a light beer and very delicious and easy to drink. There is a fruitiness to it and a light almost floral aroma that swirls around your head as you drink it. Absolutely delicious. It’s very natural and organic tasting, encompassing many different citrus flavors to bring out the hops and also complicate the pallet to allow for an experience.
Not too bubbly, and certainly not boring, this beer opens up an awesome world of what an IPA can be. As someone who doesn’t always fall head over heels in love with the bitterness of IPAs, this is one beer I can get behind. Because of the additional flavors created by the fruits and sweetness, everything seems to even out into one strong flavorful twist of a beer.