Hophead Imperial IPA - Bend Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -23.2%
A pint at the brewpub on the Deschutes river in Bend.
This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of thin creamy white head, which leaves a wall of broken painted lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of caramel cream, and a bit of grapefruit and orange hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, equally sweet alcohol, and orange liqueur. The carbonation is fairly light, the body a solid medium weight, and smooth. It finishes with a thinning booziness uber alles.
A bit strange, even given the style, to see an alcohol-dominated IIPA - the hops and malt just seem stamped down. Not particularly drinkable.
07-14-2011 06:35:16 | More by biboergosum
3.4/5 rDev -17.9%
Clear orange colour with a small, off-white head. Fair head retention.
Light piney character with a touch of citrus. Lacking.
Big bitterness with a crisp, resinous hop character. Mild malt with a hint of syrupy sugar. Decent.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Fair.
An okay IIPA. It's a little thick and syrupy but still good.
08-27-2011 06:15:16 | More by dgilks
3.45/5 rDev -16.7%
The bartender at the BBC cant pour this beer fast enough. It reminds me of those scenes from the 1930s when there were runs on the banks. Hophead has a big juicy aroma and haunted lace and tastes surprisingly mild and light bodied. It is bright orange-gold, clouded, and has a slightly chalky mouthfeel. Strong in demeanor, yet casual in appeal, it serves the style well enough but is not a big scary hop monster by any means.
10-01-2005 04:21:24 | More by RedDiamond
3.5/5 rDev -15.5%
22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.
Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Wisps and a collar.
Smell - Grassy pine hops. Sweet malts. Kinda musty.
Taste - Pine and grapefruit up front. Sweet caramel and then it dries out. Bitterness kicks in. Builds into a piney hop bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - A touch heavy, but drinkable. Quite bitter.
Overall - Pretty good beer. Tasty but bitter.
06-02-2013 20:01:11 | More by Alieniloquium
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a respectable head that leaves some lacing behind
Smell: Floral and sugary, with pithy and piney undertones
Taste: Definitely in the piney side, with a lot of pith as well; underneath, the sugary malts come on strong by mid-palate and into the finish, ringing pineapple flavors, as well
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated; a bit sticky
Overall: A pretty darn good DIPA, though I would prefer a bit more attenuation or a bigger hop bill (may have been my fault for sitting on the bottle for a month and a half)
Thanks, chumba526, for the opportunity
02-15-2012 00:11:01 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev -11.8%
22oz bottle picked up in Bend, OR.
A - Pours a slightly cloudy, medium orange with a small cream-colored head that fades slowly, leaving lacing on the glass.
S - Citrusy, oranges mostly, sweet malts, slight pine.
T - Sweet malts hit me first, then some oranges and carmel flavors. Where did the hops go?
D - Lower carbonation, a bit chewy and thick for an Imperial IPA.
O - Sweeter, citrusy. OK.
11-19-2011 04:25:21 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.65/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a relatively light golden yellow with about a half-inch of white head that had moderate retention and lacing.
The aroma was strongly pine hops with some citrus in the background. There wasn't any noticeable malt in the nose. On the tongue, there there was pine and citrus hops. The malt was barely noticeable.
The body was far thinner than I like for the style. Drinkability was very good, far above average for the style. Overall, a very nice example of the style, worth seeking out.
07-03-2010 22:14:22 | More by beertunes
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a decent clear copper, white head chilling on top.
Aroma of slight citrus pine and a decent amount of lemon. Sharper bitterness than sweet smells
Taste is bitterness up front falling to a very well rounded cOmbo of northwest hops has quite a bit of natural lemon sticky pine and some orange
Great mouthfeel very clean nutral yeast, smooth and quite easy drinking
Overall a great dipa but needs a bit of drying out to make it better
08-14-2011 18:38:34 | More by Elimination
3.85/5 rDev -7%
On-tap at the brewery in Bend:
This looks like a wheat beer: It's cloudy with a white head.
It has a big hoppy aroma, much bigger than their IPA, which should not be a surprise.
It's very bitter and has the piney quality that lots of Chinook hops import. The taste makes me think this was dry-hopped with lots of Chinook. I don't think that extra malt was used because it doesn't taste that heavy.
This is not the best Double IPA I have ever had, but it is still pretty good. The brewery's info said it has more than double the hops of their regular Elk Rock IPA, and I can believe it. But the brewer should have bumped up the malt some more, too.
09-30-2006 22:54:07 | More by Shaw
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Bomber bought at the brewpub last night, poured into a shaker pint, Hophead DIPA is a pale auburn gold with a white head that leaves decent lace.
Smell is tangerine hops, kind of over ripe vibe, maybe a bit of cat pee. I just had the Elk Lake and the smell and flavor are basically the same, but obviously cranked up here. It's robust, but has a similar smell of over ripe apricots or tangerines, right as they've started to turn. Maybe the mix of cat pee I get from centennials with the citrus variety hops, perhaps an English ale yeast ester as well. The ABV is clear here as well, no fusels, just sweet.
Taste is pretty hoppy, big orange creamsicle, accentuated by a clean, but obvious, sweet alcohol note, which is pleasantly spicy on the finish, with a little resiny pine hops on the lingering aftertaste. Betetr the the smell, the hops are still a little too orange tasting for me, but there's just enough pepper and pine to balance it out.
Mouthfeel is sticky with sugars and hop oils, medium bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good, a big ass DIPA, well balanced within the genre, typical PNW style, just not quite to my taste with the sweet, overripe fruits.
12-19-2010 01:40:41 | More by ccrida
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours a light golden color, almost amber, small bubbly head, but with good lacing.
Nice big whiffs of floral hops, some hints of citrus, mostly orange.
Nice hop bite up front, mostly earthy and floral but has some light more hidden fruity characteristics. Nice, very well balanced sweet malty backbone. This beer has a good drinkability, the fact that this is a very well balanced DIPA helps this beer to find its way in your glass more than once in a night. A pretty straight forward DIPA that is very tasty.
11-17-2006 05:12:47 | More by Matthew
Hophead Imperial IPA from Bend Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.