Hophead Imperial IPA - Bend Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.
Serving type: growler
11-25-2007 05:59:42 | More by unklesyd
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2011 22:11:44 | More by daveytheformer
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
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2012 05:03:59 | More by Brodybeer
4.8/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Something magical about this beer when I first tasted it in 2005 at the Sasquatch Beer Festival in Eugene, Oregon. Hughly hoppy with a feminine finesse. No rough edges here - just as it should be as it's brewed by the loveliest lady brewer in America. (I'm a huge fan of this style as I used to travel to Sierra Nevada in Chico so I could be the first non - SN employee to taste Celebration every year). Hophead made me forget about Celebration except for the uncontrollable subconcious lip smacking they both induce. This beer is very limited as it's brewed by a small lady in an equally small brewery. If you land a taste, pint or pitcher consider yourself one of the luckiest beer consumers in America.
Serving type: on-tap
10-01-2006 02:00:11 | More by bobbrew
4.83/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased from the brewpub in Bend, Oregon in November 2008.
This beer has been aging in my 'cellar' for five months.
Pours a dark gold blond, a little cloudy, but still very transparent. Head is a tiny, 1mm ring around the outside, and a patchy, very thin cover throughout the top.
Nose is fragrant, very fragrant of floral hops, and very kind, calming hops with a bit of malty sweetness.
Front is crisp, very sharp, and tingles a little bit after I swallow. Finish is assertive, but not attacking; very straightforward.
Bittering hops are strong, a little bit citric, and a tiny bit piney, but never unpleasant. Sweetness exists on the finish, but overall, the beer finishes like a very pleasant, quaffable 5% pale, but still lingers like an IPA.
It is unfathomable that this beer is 8.7% alcohol. It feels so pleasant.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2008 05:27:08 | More by Neilbeermaster
Hophead Imperial IPA from Bend Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.