Bend Hop Head Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 63   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!

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   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (145) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bomber from brewery. What a find. Nice fruity and juicy aroma. Smells fresh as you can expect. Slightly resony but not overwhelming. In love with this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2933) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
31 oct 2014, bottle. Amber. Nose is granola malt and mild pine hops. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Grassy hops, mildly sweet. Nothing special for a double ipa but decent enough for a pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2977) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2014
On tap at Bend pub. Pours out a crisp golden color topped with a white head. Nose is pine onion and citrus hops. Taste is as the nose with a good hop mix onion tropical fruit and sweetness from the malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2014 "pretty light in color and medium bodied. very floral piney aroma with an undercurrent of tropical fruit (i say peach)...also present in the flavor. reminded me a little of sculpin but not as refined. it was quite good, though, and highly quaffable for a double."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
In short: A smooth and very fruity blonde IPA.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh soon after receiving it from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Cloudy glowing blonde body topped by a small white head.
In long: The hoppy nose is mostly fruity-tropical with also floral notes. In mouth the beer has a doughy texture and with a lively carbonation, kind of a belgian-like mouthfeel. Taste is rather smooth for the style and size of the beer. Soft white bread, very juicy pale color fruits of all kinds, flower petals. A bit sweet but the sweetness is very sweet fresh fruits so at the end I really didn’t mind the sweetness. Bitterness intensity is relatively low for the style which makes the small alcohol bite more apparent. An enjoyable offering. This is not a Double IPA for the bitterness and intensity lover, this is not an intense beer, smooth and round, both refreshing and nourishing at the same time. Two things USA are great at, brewing IPAs and playing baseball, USA makes the best IPAs in the word and they have won each and every baseball World Series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1466) - Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2014
On draught at Tin Bucket. Slightly hazy yellowish golden color. Aroma is sweet tropical fruit and pine. Taste is caramel, guava, mango, pine, and grapefruit. Sweet, resinous palate with a pleasing dose of bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1181) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Straw hue with fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of sugar, citrus, melon, strawberry, pine. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a nice hop bitterness following and sweet dry finish with a CO2 bite. Overall this is really nice I2PA that is in no way overly bitter but instead has a great hop essence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11918) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours translucent gold with a creamy white head. Aroma has lots of fruit, and a little pine/citrus. Full bodied. Instant hop burn beginning. Flavor is fruit, citrus, gets some caramel, then goes fairly earthy. And then resin/pine pops up. It’s quite fruity, has fair amount of caramel, and is bitter indeed, tho not bitingly so. Amazing good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Bomber. Bend is one of the hot breweries in PDX it seems. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A nice nose of caramel, resin, lemon. The flavor is certainly good: big resinous fruity sweet hops, balanced with biscuit and honey malt. Lingering big bitterness. Damn nice IIPA. Big bitter and orange finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2509) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 17, 2013
Draught at the Bend Brewing Co. in Bend, OR. Big citrus/pine mix in the nose, with some sweetness behind that. Dark streaky blonde. Massive hop hit in initial / fizzy mid with some balance and continuing orange/grapefruit notes / finish grooves the tongue with bitterness. Heavy body. Good stuff. Gets a bit sticky, near cloying in finish -- but overall this was the best (out of ten beers) I had at the brewery restaurant.

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