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Like Hops?

Oregonian’s know hops…good ones…found in one of the many craft brews created throughout the state.  Oregon has more craft breweries per capita than other other state, and the enthusiasm continues to grow.  Why?  The incredible nature’s bounty in an Oregon brewers back yard, like incredible heirloom hops.  One of the best from Deschutes Brewery, located in the heart of Oregon, named after the Deschutes River (a fly fisherman’s paradise,) can be found right now at a handful of Sigel’s locations.  I received this note today and am running  to grab some….

Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge IPA
$6.99 (22oz bottle)
8.75%                        95IBU                        93pts-Ratebeer.com
First brewed in 2006, Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA reappears this year with more extreme hop flavors than ever before. The new formulation is the epitome of the brewery’s experimental style and commitment to innovation, while gratifying their unquenchable thirst for beautifully balanced hoppy beers. The newest incarnation of Hop Henge uses several new hop processes and techniques to create a truly unique and unexpected beer.  Several pounds of Centennial & Cascade  hops are in each barrel with a heavy dry-hop presence to top it off. A blend of crystal, pale and carastan malts creates an overall biscuity characteristic that is dense and muscular, building the alcohol base to support the monstrous hop profile.
Available only at the following Sigel’s locations:
Sigel’s-Elite (3209 N Fitzhugh)
Sigel’s-Addison (15003 Inwood Road)
Sigel’s-Buckingham (909 Abrams Road)
Sigel’s-Greenville (5757 Greenville Avenue)

4 comments on “Like Hops?

  1. It’s also at Central Market and Vickery Park.
    Its 95IBU is well balanced with rich malt body and rounded out by notes of toffee, vanilla and toast while still managing to finish with assertive grassy, green hop character. At 95IBU, it’s a “hop bomb”, but its balance certainly makes this very drinkable for fans of the Imperial IPA style. Not for light beer drinkers–they’d be better off just sticking with water. Also, at 8.75% alcohol and a 22 oz size–it only takes one…

  2. Yes, it’s at Wholefood’s on Lomo Alto as well.
    I had an opportunity to try this IPA the other night when a friend brought a bottle to a Vietnamese restaurant.
    I enjoyed it very much and it was a perfect match for the Vietnamese dishes.

  3. Stopped by CM @ Lovers / Gville this afternoon and secured 2 big bottles for consumption. I might have taken the last two. Sorry.

    Delicious. Considering the 95 IBUs, this is much more drinkable than a Stone or Hopdevil. There is almost a creamy element, giving me a washing relief from the assault upon it hitting my tongue. For light beer drinkers, the issues with IPAs are the overwhelming initial shock and especially aftertaste – this beer could overcome that by giving one an initial hoppy burst, but easily backing it off, leaving one almost.. refreshed…… for an IPA.