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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2010
22oz capped brought back by a co-worker. Clear bright caramel golden with white small head and larger fish eyed bubbles. Nose is quite light for a dipa...cramel grapefruit, hints of pineapple, bread, resinous pine and grass. Light orange tea, bitter pine, citrus pith, zest, bready malt, caramel. Warms quite a bit on the way down. Taste like a bitter. Solid and glad to try it, but don’t feel an urge to seek it out again soon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2010
22. Thanks alex! Pours a cloudy orangeish medium amber. Loose creamy tan head. Big toast orange and grapefruit nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Marmalade on toast on the mid palate. Long bitter piney resin finish.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kaneohebay (2) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2010 does not count
Excellent IPA. Compares to Maui Big Swell IPA BUT NOT AS AGRESSIVE. I love this beer and will be back. At the Brew Pub in Bend, the servers were top notch. The food was excellent. For a small brew pub you Ave got to stop here and try it. Aloha your Maui Beer snob, Kenika

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by my nephew on a recent trip to Denver - Thanks Andy!! Beautiful pour that shows a large off white head and an orange/yellow body. Nice citrus rind aroma that is not overstated, and blends well with some lighter fruity aromas and hints of toffee. Very clean palate, deliciously smooth with a medium body. What really struck me about this beer was the balance. Solid, light malty backbone holds up well to the predominately citrus rind bitterness. Very nice all the way around. Too bad the distribution is so limited, but at least the folks in Bend have got a winner with this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2010
22 oz bottle
Thanks to buffalohead for sharing a bottle of this that he picked up on a recent trip to the West Coast. Bend Brewing must be a well kept secret because until now they were not on my map. If I ever make it out that way again I will be sure to stop by. If this beer is any indication they deserve more press.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy mandarin body sparkled by the light of the fire. Mildly carbonated it smelled of oranges, peaches, vanilla, and other pleasant citrus notes. This was bright and lively with even a cursory sniff.

Flavor / Palate - Oranges and melon filled the mouth with a chewy sweetness. The hops are balanced and apparent without being overly aggressive. If this is an imperial IPA it is well balanced and much easier drinking than some with a higher rating.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2010
22oz bottle-pours a big retaining off white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is sweet pineapple/resin, some medium malt. Taste is sweet pineapple/resin hops bite, nice light/medium malt-caramel backbone. Slick mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle:   Golden straw, cloudy, large frothy white head, sticky lacing.   Sweet citrusy hop nose.   A little candyish in its sweetness.   Smooth sweet citrusy hoppiness on the tongue.   Now this stuff is good!   Hops linger, but also this citrus zing that’s rather sweet.   Rather well balanced between bitterness and sweetness.   Lingering citrus bitterness at the finish.   Glad this has a sweet aspect for an IIPA.   Could stand to be a bit maltier, but as is its well balanced.   I could drink several of these. Yeah!!!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Strong biscuity malt backbone with light sweet caramel accents. Thin looking copper body with zero head off the daft. Big citrus components highlighted by grapefruit. Piney with a slight resinous aspect.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4oz taster. slightly cloudy orange hue aroma is slight pines, taste seemed much more like a normal IPA. didnt feel imperial to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2009
(Draught) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, light pine, and melon. Flavor of hops (earthiness, pine, tangerine) and caramel malt.


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