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Bend Hop Head Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3275) - 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 (11587) - 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 (1166) - 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 (1401) - 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 (12314) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
On tap at the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, melons, and some malts. Tastes of citrus, melons, caramel, and pines.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Draft at Belmont Station. Perfectly adequate for an I2PA, though I didn’t catch onto the Award-Winning characteristics.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured an almost clear golden yellow color with a medium off-white head. Hop forward citrus aroma with some biscuity malt underneath. Big but not overdone. The flavor had a great mix of big citrus and piny hop on top of malt. Medium to full bodied and nice warming in the chest. This was one of the better IIPA and beers I had at the fest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/13/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF

hazy dark yellow, creamy off white head, big sweet crystal malt aroma with lots of citrus and pine hops plus a bit of sweet fruity tangerine, creamy body, lots of liquid hop flavor, sweet tangerine and citrus character, crystal malt adds sweetness, a nice bitterness comes in to balance it,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4


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