Bend Brewing Hophead Imperial IPA
What the brewers say
"Loaded with copious amounts of our favorite hops."
What our panel thought
"Soft aroma; dank, sweaty, Szechuan-peppery notes partly overtake tropical-citrus. Easily likeable flavor makes up for it—round, crackery-malty, juicy—with firm bitterness that plays well with alcohol, lingering as zesty resin. Danker, rougher aspects in hop flavors contained by nice malt blanket."
What our editors thought
"Weedy, dank nose, with pronounced PNW hops-meet-dispensary vibe. Sip is boldly bitter yet alluring in its rounded herbal edges—an outlier among citrus- and fruit-forward IPAs but entertaining for that reason."