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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

PA-Michigander, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -3.4%

kbrown, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Shaw, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Nunya
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Nunya, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

johnnyboy76, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

litheum94, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

bluckbeyes, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of marine1975
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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

BYOFB, May 04, 2013
Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

brew3crew, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of loren01
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice clear orange, not much head with no lacing down the glass
S: Big blast of citrus, slight pineapple and piney scents as well
T: Much the same as the smell, lots of citrus and pineapple
M: Medium bodied beer perfect amount of carbonation
O: This is one good double IPA!!!

loren01, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

kylemckinnis, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good IIPA. Nice orange hue, a bit cloudy.

Aroma is juicy citrus, spicy. Pine, juniper and other fruits in the background.

Pure IIPA goodness. Nice bite too it, a bit of resin feeling, but not to sharp.

Really like the finish on this one. It lingers and coats the mouth, and the only thing it seems would compliment it...is another sip!

This ones over 8%, deceptivly enough...so watch yourself!

SurlyDuff, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of charlatan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

charlatan, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly the best DIPA I've every had.

Off white cream head, burnt orange color which is a bit lighter at the bottom. full lace all the way down the side. Sharp, spicy aromda, not citrusy, but fruity, grapefruit and apricot, and same fruit in the beer as well to balance the hops. New direction for the beer, at least that I've drank. Instead of monster malt, Belgian like yeast fruitiness to offset the bitter. Super smooth hop bite, like a great hot salsa that hot but not stupid hot and full of flavor--the hop is strong but drinking the bite is so balanced and smooth that it's effortless. Might be wheat tang in there as well. Would love to see this recipe.

Love this beer. Website has it releasing on Nov 21, but it says "another" so must release in multiple batches. Can see why it's Gold Medal, and the website is advertising it's release so it must be a local favorite. I'd get in line.

FightingEntropy, Nov 11, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SMITHAND, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Matthew
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Matthew, Nov 17, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerNW, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice lightly hazy golden orange color with a bright white head that fades to some lacing and lots of spotting.

Leafy hops and pine dominate the aroma at first followed by strong grapefruit citrus smell. This might be one of the best smelling IIPA's I've encountered from Oregon if not ever.

A quick sharp citrus blast upon first sip backed up by a dry bitterness. A mild sweetness in the background balances all the flavors together perfectly. Crisp, a little dry, fruity and very drinkable for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall is an excellent beer. Solid and easily drinkable. Really stand up to some of the big popular IPA's out there. I went out and bought another bottle the next day after having this one.

daveytheformer, Sep 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kchannel9, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Elimination
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Elimination, Aug 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

woodenbones, Jun 08, 2013
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
Hophead Imperial IPA from Bend Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.