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Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPAIncredible Hop Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emmasdad on 03-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 35
Photo of amorpork
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured with virtually no head. Deep brown with little lacing. Flavor is nice and acidity with an open boozy finish. I don't find it hoppy enough to carry the name "incredible hop" but whatever. It's good but do not know if I would buy again. Probably not but I can be persuaded if what around it is worse!

Photo of ahommell
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chimay Chalice

A: Poured a deep amber to what I would call a "chocolate orange." Head isnt exceptional, but pours at a finger and dissipates to half a finger in sticky lovely foam.

S: This hits you in the face. Let me tell you that I am typing as it sits within hands reach and I can smell it from here. I don't even have a good sense of smell... and I'll be damned if I am pregnant. It smells delicious from here... let's get a closer scent.

Orange. Grassy hops, almost earthy. Chocolate malt. Coffee. Toffee. Carmel. Roasted barley?

T: WOW. Roasted and Toasted flavor. Barley. Chocolate malt. Toffee. Carmel. Hops are not right in your face. They are more of a subtle balancing act. That does not mean that there is a lack of hops... but they aren't hitting you in the face over and over as you sip. Entireably sessionable from a taste standpoint. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: Medium bodied. Malt taste makes this seem thicker than it is. Although... it is a heavy beer.

O: I like this... but it is not what it is advertized to be. Expected more hops. Expected an in your face and punching you at will hop experience. However, for the style, this is pretty damn good. It is no Green Flash Brewing... bur it is tasty. Sessionable - even at 10%. High marks.

Photo of lsummers
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super black amber with a half finger chocolate head that dissipates fairly quickly. Has some apparent alcohol legs, as I'm not surprised seeing as this is 10 percent!

Smells of roasted grains and some cocoa with a touch of burnt brown sugar and raisins. Kinda reminds me of some quads only very hoppy. Herbal hedgerow hoppy notes with a touch of citrus. A little bit of alcohol comes though.

Taste comes through with the citrus and herbal hop notes that leads to brown sugar and roasted burnt chocolate grain. Bitter-sweet is a great way of describing it. Alcohol comes through on the after-taste.

Mouth-feel is fairly velvety with a lower carbonation. Reminds me of a stout more than the usual stickiness from double ipa's.

Overall, it's an interesting double black ipa. One I'm glad to have tried, especially since I do like exploring the black ipa's. The off-putting were the excessive amount of roasted burnt notes. Which I know is a characteristic of black ipa's but this one didn't match up. Also the Alcohol note was a detraction.

Photo of bschinelli
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fair warning, I have a slight cold, so the rating could be affected.

A - Poured a nearly opaque deep bittersweet chocolate black and brown into the glass (a Dogfish Head strong ale glass), with an inch of dark tan foam that very slowly sinks into a tidal pool swell on top of the beer and thick lacing on the glass.

S - Here's where I may not be giving a fair review. I'm no picking up much of anything other than the hops. I was thinking i'd get some roast barley, but really just a light orange aroma with some hop astrengency.

T - The beer shines for me here, now I pick up the roasted barley, maybe some chocolate, burnt coffee in a good way, and molasses, with a lot of hop bitterness in the back of the throat. Oddly, very little warmth from the alchohol.

M - Relatively light on the palate for a beer of this type, in a pleasing way. Relatively crisp, you could drink this on a hot day.

O - I like the beer, even though I really didn't get the aroma, it has a pleasing taste and mouthfeel, and is dangerously easy to drink.

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a frothy inch and a half tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Roast malt and chocolate leap from the tulip, along with nutty aromas. Earthy hops and a bit of citrus and pine are present, but I struggle to find additional hop character. Malt overwhelms.

Flavor is more hop focused, with extremely tart citrus fruit at the base giving way to deeply roasty, bitter malt at the finish. Dank cannabis and fresh cut grass accompany grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine initially, and coffee grounds surface at the finish. Herbal, tea-like hops surface in the aftertaste.

Body is smooth and lush, a little full, with moderate to low carbonation, significant astringency, and moderate to high alcohol warmth.

Must be an old bottle or not have been dry hopped. Definitely dry and roasty, with enough hop character to keep the palate intrigued. Doesn't meld as well as some examples of the style, but good on several levels. A little bitter for my palate.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at King's Table on 8/13/12

Faded, hazy gold. It's a pretty color. A fluffy one finger head rises above the glass.

Soapy, herbal aroma - smells an awful lot like lemon pine-sol. Brutally sharp zesty citrus notes. Sugar cookie and biscuit dust. The taste is a wash of juicy orange, tangerine and lemon. Very herbal with lots of leafy tea. Ripe and dense. Strong hop crackle with a moderate bitterness. Some alcohol. Medium body for a DIPA. Oily slickness is balanced by sticky resin. Carbonation has a lively fervor that sets the overall tone for the hops. The carbonation is too vigorous.

Overall impression: Not my choice hop profile but it's pretty drinkable.

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on trade, this Imperial. Pours a fine, deeply foamy, pitch black brew...moderate light does not penetrate. Smells of coffee, and late fruit, and chewy malt, that mostly hides the hoppiness. Taste is the same, the hop is strong, almost mono-dimensional, and warmth of alcohol. Bitter notes don't sustain much. I think an OK black IPA, but a bit heavy on the booze, and too unbalanced in its elements, keep it from being great.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i didnt like this as much as the wet hop, but another good ipa in the series. pours a midnight black color with a small and fleeting off white head. the nose is charred malt and one of the C hops, but not sure which. flavor brings good balance between both malt and hop, and its a nice showcase of how a dark toasty malt can be good with a sweeter, oily hop variety. finish is bitter as. mouthfeel works, plenty of mellow bubbles, and a full body. its a good bomber to share really, as its quite strong, but the alcohol is well hidden, and its a very palatable brew. havnt loved everything from fort collins, but this whole series has been good so far.

Photo of gpogo
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Black. Tan head that dissipated.

A- Wow, quite a awesomely pungent aroma. The beer is a few feet away as I type this and I get some wonderful sweet dark fruit smells.

T- Vinous sweet malt flavor. Spicy bitterness upfront, but not as much hop flavor as I would expect for this beer.

M- Medium-full body with a thick sweet body. Sticks around into the aftertaste. Low carbonation.

D- Enjoyable beer, but not as hopppy as I would expect for an "Incredible Hop." The malt side of the equation is badass otherwise.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This strikes me as a one dimensional black ale. Yeah, it's got all of the standard characteristics going on. Nothing really beyond that though. It does its job and gets it done well enough. Nice enough to drink, but not really leaving an impression that means much of anything. Very "standard."

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head on a surprisingly clear dark brown body.

S: very strange as this one as a dark fruit aroma in the realm of dark fruit with mostly cherry, cocoa and raisin.

T: lots of chocolate, earthy hops, hints of dark fruit, roasted malts and Resin/pine. Nicely complex and diverse. Although, not what I want from a black IPA.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: definitely the best of the three or four brews in this series. Complex and different. A must try if you can find it at this point.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a regular ol pint glass.

This brew pours a pitch black with a reddish hint around the edges and a 2 finger deep tan head. A classic looking black IPA but going by the name only, i was expect a standard IPA. The aroma on this beer is very hoppy and strong, the hop profile is rather herbal and onion-y with a touch of pineapple. Going by the nose only, this beer is all IPA. The taste is mostly how it smells, very herbal hops and some skunkyness and a touch of citrus. The flavor is more IPA then black ale with a light presence of chocolate malts and caraffa although they dominate the appearance. As this beer warms, the hop flavors disappear and a smokey caramel begins to stand out as well as the 10% alcohol presence that I did not notice when it was colder. This beer isn't easy to drink but has a silky feel and full body that isn't overwhelming.

A solid imperial Black, not as up to par with Inequity or Sublimely Self Righteous but a solid example that isn't too far behind its leaders.

Photo of mjvos
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 650mL bottle dark black with a creamy tan-colored head. It dissipates quickly but leaves behind a lot of lacing in the glass.

The hops definitely emerge in the smell with more subtle grain and chocolate notes.

Thicker mouthfeel than I expected but is kind of refreshing combined with the malt balancing with the bitterness of the hops. Nothing totally stands out, but the taste is solid all around.

I have been on a mini-black IPA binge of late (totally means I've had 3 in the last few weeks) and overall this is a good one.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: A very dark and deep brown with a tan head.

Smell: Earth hops and chocolate come through first. Followed by orange, toasted malts and coffee. Then peach on the end.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, Smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Love black IPAs. All IPA types for that matter. This is one in it's own. Balance seems a little off but still a good brew. Cheers.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours deep black with ruby edges and an off white one finger head. Aroma of big pine cones, really focusing on the hops. I don't get much roast but that's ok. Flavor follows with bitter pine, a nice yet very slight roasted malt backing, and a bit of grapefruits. This really focuses on the hops for the style. Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry, and plenty of carbonation. A very solid black IPA. Pretty good.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mouth-watering aroma is hoppy like a good IPA yet smoky like a good stout or porter. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Scrumptious flavor has strong hoppy, fruity and mocha notes with a burnt undertone and firm but not fierce hoppy bitterness and a noticeable alcohol bite. Firm-bodied texture is smooth yet lively, leaving a hoppy, edgy, bitter, and subtly fruit-sweet finish. I look forward to sampling more black IPAs. (Wait a minute - if you think about it, "Black IPA" is an oxymoron. How can something be black and pale at the same time?)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep black color. Opaque. No highlights or colors on the corner. The head was a nice 1 1/2 finger tan had. Thick lacing not a ton of lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front though not nearly as strong as I anticipated. Some chocolate and coffee tones as well. Not as much here as I anticipated or expected.

T - Well the beer starts pretty sweet. Not much roast, chocolate, or resin flavors immediately. The middle of the beer brings a strong bitterness and the malt flavor, though not a terrific blend. The alcohol cuts through on the back end. A little stiff, not a great blend.

M - It starts smooth and quickly fades to sharp. Good carbonation.

D - A little strong in the alcohol flavor for much drinkability.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-15-2011 02:20:27

Photo of GJ40
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the brewery as part of the sampler. I thought the aroma was fantastic. The flavor wasn't quite as good but was enjoyable. I thought about picking up a bottle to take home but I'm a little tight on space so I passed. But it's worth a try.

Photo of coldriver
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours opaque black with adequate head and lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, alcohol, and citrusy hops. Taste of cocoa, licorice, and lemony hops with alcohol pretty well hidden for 10%. A bit metallic. Thin mouthfeel with rather wet finish. This beer really warms the belly at 10% but it's rather subdued for a beer this strong.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint. Deep black, three finger tan head, very nice lace.

The smell is mostly charred coffee and chocolate, there is a touch of citrus near the end.

The taste starts with creamy mocha and a small blast of the booze. Citrus hops end up in the middle followed by a chocolate/mineral/booze taste. Not bad, but a bit mineral and booze heavy. Goes down pretty smooth.

This beer will mess you up. The booze is there, but not noticeable enough until the chuckles hit. Overall I say grab one, it might be more up your alley than mine. I prefer a lower ABV and a bit more balanced ABlackA. Not bad though.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa. That will teach me not to read the bottle. Expecting an IPA, I poured it and almost jumped in shock at the deep, dark black colour coming out of the bottle. Deep and black it is, with a very fine and creamy head of milk-chocolate brown. Body is a little thinner than it would be for an imperial stout, but in all other respects it rather resembles one. Pretty impressive.

Nose is presented twice. First, still it gives off deep roasty and chocolate tones, with a deep dark sweetness that almost epitomises a big American stout. Then, when it's swirled, the resinous hop characters get released, giving a pine fragrance and sharp grapefruit aroma. Oddly enough, you never seem to get both at the same time—the hops overpower the dark characters when they're present, and when still, the hop fragrance isn't activated. It's interesting.

Taste is smooth enough, but missing something key. Here, the dichotomy of styles means that neither reaches its full potential: it's neither hoppy, crisp and bitter enough to be an IPA, nor full, rich, and deep enough to be a big stout. Instead, we get this middling ground of muddled chocolate, a bit of roast character and a lingering hop oil character on the back palate. Feel is smooth and pleasant, though, and the 10% is well hidden under the big confused flavours.

A nice beer, but not one that's particularly well integrated, and one that perhaps doesn't justify the existence of this style. And it's a style that continually needs to be justified when there's perpetually confused examples of it like this one.

Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near lightproof black colored beer with a small brown colored head that doesn't last.

Smells interesting more than just overpowering hops in this. Strong wheat grain with raisins with some carrot in it. Lesser smells of smoke and chocolate. Hop scent is mostly herbal like British Beer. Savory smell with one weird one, this smells of tomato!

Starts out sort of bittersweet with a little more of the bitter. Carrot and wheat husk flavor comes next. This is a little stingy on the tongue you can perceive the alcohol level. Bitter is stronger than sweet all the way through the glass. All that remains of the patent malt is an aftertaste. No strong hop flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style.

Overall this was a very worthwhile purchase. Bittersweet beer with an emphasis on the bittersweet part. No single strong flavor, a very interesting beer.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: black and totally opaque with a red ring at the bottom. Great 1 inch plus tan head with great retention and some circle lacing as the head resides

Smell: piney hops mixed with the carafe malt creates a very unique scent that I can only compare to like a fruity pebbles cereal smell

Taste: upfront is quite a bit of alcohol followed by very sweet I'm assuming from the carafe malt in the middle and finishes off with that same fruity pebbles smell and obviously taste very unique

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and leaves the mouth just a bit sticky and dry

Overall: Very unique black IPA. I actually enjoyed the beer quite a bit. Not my favorite of the style but definately worth a try and well worth the price at 10% alcohol

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch bubbly dark khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. Random streaks and curtains of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Looks very much like a thick stout in the appearance. Smell is of roasted malt, grapefruit, and citrus zest. Taste is of pretty much one-sided with grapefruit and citrus zests up front with a minor malt presence on the finish. The taste is all about the hops and a bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good black ale that has somewhat overpowering hop flavors that don't allow the malt to really balance them out.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. It pours like a typical Black IPA, brown-black with a tan head, akin to a Porter. The nose is roasty and pungently bitter, offering general notes of pine sap and citrus pith. The flavor is more of the same; quite nice, but its also fairly run of the mill for this suddenly oft-produced style. Specifics include green grassy notes, pine tar, burnt coffee and unsweetened cocoa, with the whole package focusing on robust and bitter elements. The feel is fuller of body and softly carbonated. Overall, pretty nice, but not much different from the glut of ABAs.

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Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.