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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

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

I had this one on tap. I see from the picture this one is bottled, so I'll have to try that one too!

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, melons, and some malts. Tastes of citrus, melons, caramel, and pines.

12-09-2008 04:59:28 | More by hopdog
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

First beer of San Diego beer week with Danwho!

A- golden orange with white head around the edges

S-nice sweet hop taste that invites me in for a drink

T- bitter hop resine that coats my mouth and slides down with a nice and smooth ffinish. Very nice

M-medium body and oh so smooth!

O-very nice beer and a good way to kick off the week!

11-03-2011 23:08:36 | More by brew3crew
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Brodybeer


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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

04-30-2012 05:03:59 | More by Brodybeer
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charlatan

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
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jdense

Oregon

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
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unklesyd

Oregon

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
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-24-2012 08:49:46 | More by WaydeRafnel
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-08-2014 01:05:35 | More by mc4z
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-18-2012 01:13:53 | More by bumchilly25
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BeerNW

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2012 16:38:55 | More by BeerNW
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litheum94

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-22-2012 04:06:14 | More by litheum94
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2013 15:54:11 | More by kbrown
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-15-2014 04:18:52 | More by Mebuzzard
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-17-2013 00:17:41 | More by Adamostella
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Nunya

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2013 03:01:38 | More by Nunya
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NW_IPAHEAD

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-15-2014 02:19:38 | More by NW_IPAHEAD
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kchannel9

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-20-2012 03:44:12 | More by kchannel9
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woodenbones

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-08-2013 06:36:07 | More by woodenbones
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-21-2013 05:16:08 | More by shelby415
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-07-2013 08:13:29 | More by strongaf
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-04-2013 18:26:59 | More by BYOFB
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-06-2014 05:27:32 | More by rab53
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Matthew

Connecticut

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
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ccrida

Oregon

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
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Shaw

Florida

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
Hophead Imperial IPA from Bend Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.