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Hophead Imperial IPA - Bend Brewing Company

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Hophead Imperial IPAHophead Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bend Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-01-2005)
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kbrown, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Nunya, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

shelby415, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Adamostella, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of SMITHAND
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SMITHAND, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

johnnyboy76, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of BendBrent
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

BendBrent, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of PortlandSunDevil
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

PortlandSunDevil, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of woodenbones
4/5  rDev -3.4%

woodenbones, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev -3.4%

BYOFB, May 04, 2013
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -3.4%

strongaf, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

bluckbeyes, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerNW, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

kylemckinnis, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

bumchilly25, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

WaydeRafnel, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

litheum94, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ahalloin
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

Pours a slightly opaque hazy dark yellow color with a hint of orange. Initial voluminous head of bright white recedes to nice ring over the liquid with plenty of lacing attached to the glass. 4

The is a combination of bitter citrus pith and piney undertones. Some floral bits and even a touch of tobacco or cannabis smoke. A slight sweetness rests underneath the hop aroma. The smell leaves a little to be desired in that it isn't real pungent like some IIPAs. 4

Resiny taste matches the smell with bitter citrus peel and pith from orange and grapefruit. I get a slight hint of the pucker factor one would get from fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with lots of pulp. Malt body is very simple and very subdued to let the hops shine. Finish is quite dry and bitter but balanced pretty well. 4.5

Good medium low carbonation really lets you enjoy the hop resins. 4

This is quite a good IIPA that I would buy regularly if I could, given I don't live in the distribution area. 4

ahalloin, May 15, 2012
Photo of Brodybeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden yellow. Nice color
N sweet aromatic. Bread
T excellent. Tiny bit carmely banana bread upfront turning to hoppy. Good amount of hops but the beer allows the tongue time to basque in the flavors before they arrive. Man it's a good ride to the hop. When the hoppy flavor comes its there just long enough to enjoy the flavor then all come together as one in the end. Awesome. Edit. Pineapple! Got that from another review. Yes
M syrupy first then carbonated. Lingers slightly then leaves you wanting more
O man solid beer. I love the complexity. Had to mouth it quite a few times to figure out what was going on. Yet it's smooth at the same time. I love interesting. The bottle says leaves you wanting more. I agree

Brodybeer, Apr 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

marine1975, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kchannel9, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Feb 15, 2012
Hophead Imperial IPA from Bend Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.