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Bend Hop Head Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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You’ve got to try this gold-medal winning Imperial IPA! Over 100 IBUs and 8.7% abv

HopHead won a Bronze medal at the 2008 GABF!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, piney & resinous hops, butter and substantial caramel malt backing. Flavour is more subdued on the fruits, with more herbal / hempy hops, some pine and resin, with buttery malts. Beautifully balanced and finishes with herbally hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 26, 2011
22 oz bottle. Clear golden with a white head and visible carbonation. Big citrus, pine and cotton candy aroma. Flavor is lots of bitterness with a balanced, smooth malt presence. Medium body with average carbonation and a clean, bitter finish. This is a nice IIPA, big citrus/pine character and very balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4124) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle... Poured pale golden with a white head. Nose had a lovely, NW hop floralness. In the flavor the hops played like pine, citrus, and grass. Wonderfully balanced with a decent malt flavor going on too. Crisp and refreshing with some cereal grains, yeast esters, peppercorns, root-grass, and earthy hop spice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2011
Malty nose, not as hoppy on the aroma. Hazey gold in color. Sweet with a lightly earthy hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
tasting on 3/19/11. golden pour with a 1/4" white head. citrus hop nose. big hop flavor throughout the mouth but falls a bit towards the back. grapefruit notes linger. dry bitter finish with more citrus notes. overall a hop forward IIPA w/o a lot of malt.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (7201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
A decent IPA, not as West-Coast as it could be with the big malt backing it gets.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CelticBrew (752) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours from can, huge grapefruit notes, tropical flowers. Formed nice beige foamy head. Flavour was of grapefruit and pine resins with tropical fruity notes with a bit of field grass. Lacing nice and alcohol has small hint of burn, with a slight caramel character. Mouthful is full bodied and sticky. Huge beer, very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2372) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy deep golden, lighter than I expected for a DIPA. Fine creamy off white head with nice lasting lacing. Modest hop aroma and some sweet maltiness. Hop flavors were a little muted but it was plenty bitter. Actuall I am not sure it can keep up with the Imperial Red in this department. Syne they were trying to be careful not to infringe on being a BW but this only a small notch above many IPAs I’ve had. Nicy bitter, fairly balanced and good, just not very daring.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Smells like marmelade on toast with more hops, a little more assertive. Earthy and lightly fruity. Pours hazy orange golden, not much head or lace. Marmelade, toast, dough, mango, peach, earthy, floral/peppery notes, light alcohol. Light citrus as well. Clean, dry, pleasantly fruity iipa. Drinks well, tastes nice, is enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2010
thanks bvc! Little gummy spongy aroma, caramel base is almost too strong. thin bodied, weak sauce. pine and sunflower seeds. lovely lingering leafy finish.


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