Last year’s version of Hop Henge was a stop on the way to developing a new American IPA replacement for its now-discontinued Quail Springs IPA. It was good … one of those “drop your jaw and hold the glass to the light at arms length to get a better look at this marvel” kind of beers. Thank God Deschutes released it in 22 oz bombers. They went quickly, and everyone I knew hoped it would become the new IPA recipe. The brewers kept tweaking, however, and Inversion (now a workhorse favorite among American IPA lovers), was born.
So when a friend came into work raving, “Hop Henge is back … and it’s an Imperial! I had it last night at the pub,” I had no choice but to go try it for myself. On tap it was excellent. I got a fresh case from the brewery, and this tasting is from one of those bottles.