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Hophead Imperial IPA | Bend Brewing Company

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4.13/5
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78 Ratings
Hophead Imperial IPAHophead Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bend Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
bendbrewingco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 10-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,875
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
78
pDev:
8.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 32
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber color with a rapidly dissipating foam in the Ciney snifter. Lovely aroma of peach. Some prickle on the tongue, but less carbonated than most beers. Medium body and a little sticky. Some fumes of alcohol but not overly hot.

Malty and a little sweet. Apricot flavor, and tart-edged ripe peach. Moderate bitter aftertaste at first that gets more intense as you sip. A clean, strong hoppy brew with wonderful aromatics. It would benefit from more spritz. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Platypus in Bend. This current version is 9.00%.

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Photo of Elimination
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bailey's Taproom, Portland, OR

A: The beer is somewhat hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues—it is too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral, citrus, and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that there is a little more pineyness along with hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a Double IPA as it does a very good job at hiding its alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Hophead Imperial IPA from Bend Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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