Bend Hop Head Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Via trade with angeloregon. This beer froze inside the styro shipper and had leaked out about 1/4 of its contents. I salvaged to the best of my abilities...Nice floral hop aroma with a candy-like caramel scent in the background. Very murky orange/brown color. Medium palate. Very little carbonation left due to the bottle issue, but you can still get a sense of the hop flavor--which is only slightly bitter and is balanced to perfection with the malts. Not quite hoppy enough for me for the style--but I would welcome the chance to rate this one again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 This beer is a quintessential IPA. Its big without being unbalanced and the color is as delectable as the nose and the taste. A perfect orange hue with a magnificent head that demands your pallet’s attention. I can’t say enough good things about this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Stingingly hoppy. Hop tea. Hop zama looma, a hop bam boom. Hopadelhia. Better HOP to it. HopNoScotch. Soporiffically hoppy. Well hopped.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Hazy unfiltered golden appearance, monster white rocky head that dissipates into some beautiful clingy lacing. Big funky hop aroma that can only be described as tantalizing. Hugely hoppy this is how I want my Imperials to taste. Still has a kicking malt backbone to tackle the impressive hop profile. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Tasted on tap at the 2006 Bistro 2xIPA festival. Pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, caramel and pine. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity (apricots and peaches), with some caramel. Hops are floral and citrusy, Medium bitter IPA. Nicely balanced. Very easy drinking, this beer would almost work as a session IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3480) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2005
GABF05 (one of my first stops): Nice orange hue; fluffy head. Creamy and very rich texture. Flavorful malts really seemed to linger in the back of the throat. Pleasant amount of noticeable yeast. Notes of tangerine, spruce tips, and sweet grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Nothing sharp or over the top. Just rich and flavorful and balanced. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 5, 2005
on tap at OBF 2005, on tap at the brewpub, on tap at GABF 2005. This is the best double IPA ever made. I tasted this side-by-side with Pliny the Elder at GABF and was blown away by how much better this one hides the alcohol%, how much less overbearing the hops are in this. This is a double IPA for non-hopheads (despite the name). Pleasant citrus and herbal aroma blend into a nice medium bodied flavor of great hops. However, no huge lingering bitterness. No unpleasant overpowering aftertaste. If you can ship me bottles of this beer when it comes out in November, I will compensate you considerably.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2005
On tap at the Sasquatch Brewfest 05. Pours a clear orange with a tall off-white head. Tons of big fruity citrus hops in the aroma. Nice caramel malts up front, but they get quickly rocked by the big hop finish. Nice crisp finish with a lighter body and not excessive bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Golden colour with slight haze. No shock - lots of resiny hop notes and crystal malt as per the style archetype. Thankfully, the attenuation is respectable and the body thus leaner than many examples of the style. I prefer this (disagreeing with Jordan, apparently). The finish leans I think a little more to the malt, though it’s hardly a doppelbock. It’s just that the finish is only slightly hoppy but fairly chewy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Bend Brewing Company, Bend
Light hazy copper, thin head. Nose of ant hill amounts of simco or cascade, very piney & earthy & citrusy at the same time. Very awesome nose. The flavor is also well acclimated to the hop essence, low alcohol threshold but watery finish. Moderate body too, like .002 higher FG would do this wonders.

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