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Bend Hop Head Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 61   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!


4.9
   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.

4.9
   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!

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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2007
GABF 2007. A very good beer. Huge, piney hop presence w/ a alcohol bite. Very dry finish.

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.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - AUG 13, 2012
Delicious. This one works really well. The nose is floral hops, grassy resins, slight malt at the back end. Well balanced hops take over but its awesome, they got the recipe just right

4.2
   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.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11113) - 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.


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