Hophead Imperial IPA - Bend Brewing Company
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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
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
Bought from the brewery the day after Thanksgiving: my only purchase of the day.
Was a little nervous after opening to hear only a little "phhft" from the growler. Poured it at a good pace to get a finger's head. Very nice color; pale as IPA/IIPAs would go, but to my liking. Not too much caramel color, very nice.
Smell was all hop, obviously, but a very interesting mix. Citrus bite up front with the carbonation, giving way to some real nice floral notes, and as it rests a little bit herbal. This is actually a really nice hop-head nose.
Very well balanced. Flavor is all about the sweet sticky hop, but never abrasive. Somewhat resinous, and not coating the tongue, it does weigh it down a bit. I think this is a good thing for a beer of its size. When it is a little cooler, you can taste a little of the alcohol. It doesn't detract per se, but gives an extra diminsion, though it does impede the "easy drinker" perception.
I'd had this at a fest before and wasn't terribly impressed, but on its own, this is a nice brew that opens up the more you let it. Well done to Bend's "other" brewery.
11-25-2007 05:59:42 | More by unklesyd
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Shared a bomber hand carried from BBC on recent visit, all the way back home to The Big, shared with homeboy during recent Eastern Oregon craft brew tasting 9.8.10, poured into Chimay chalices.
One finger creamy white head, medium-fast dissipation with above average lacing. Clear gold body, multiple trails of carbonation. Nose is tropical fruit, some breadiness, not overly sweet, a bit try on back end. Taste mirrors the tropical fruit aspect of nose, once again not overly sweet, nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. Not sure of the bottling date, seemed to have lost a bit of the hop aggresiveness from the last time I had it on tap. One of the PNW's best IIPAs, and certainly one of the hardest (other than Barley Brown's) to obtain. It it wasn't so frickin' hard to get, I'd go pour the other bottle right now. Along with Outback X, a true expression of Tanya Cornett's brewing art. Check it out.
09-09-2010 03:01:11 | More by jdense
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
This cost me a whopping $5 for a pint at my local, but it may have been worth it.
It was cloudy and fairly light coloured (can't be rpecise givien the lighting in the bar) with a little residue in the bottom of the glass. There is very little head - just a rim around the glass which leaves some minimal lacing.
It has a dirty (in the way cider tastes and smells like dirty apple juice) autumnal citrus smell. It has a very sweet grapefruit and white sugar flavour with just a hint of brown sugar and some herbal hop flavour. This is a delight for those who are keen on citrus IPA's, but its name is rather misleading. It certainly doesn't have enough hop bitterness to make you wince. This brew does boast enough alcohol for one pint to have a significant effect, yet is drinkable enough that one will leave you wanting more.
10-14-2005 09:53:04 | More by charlatan
Hophead Imperial IPA from Bend Brewing Company
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