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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

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 03-04-2011)
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Photo of jbierling
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy creamy brown head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is bitter, slightly charred, roasted malts with a little black licorice and chalky alcohol.

The flavor is a little sweet chocolate and heavily roasted malts with a big harsh charred bitter bang in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, too much harsh charred bitterness, with not a lot redeeming for me. This was a bit more balanced and pleasant on draft.

Photo of jtyson
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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 RangnaR
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of sevenmoist
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of DuffMan23
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of lsummers
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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 SamN
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black, but not as solidly black as a porter or stout. Almost seems like you can see through it if you really star hard. Dark billowy head of fine bubbles with a slightly bubbly surface. Fades quickly, doesn't last long. Aroma is odd, like a fishy hop smell. I can't really identify what I'm smelling. It's definitely hoppy, but a hop aroma like I've never smelled before. Sort of piney and raw. Taste is hops dominate, the malts don't really come through all that much, but the taste is fresh, juicy and resiny without any real palette-shredding alpha-oil madness. After sipping a bit more, I can detect a subtle coffee and roasty flavor, but it moves along with the hops pretty well, so it stays in the background mostly. Not a bad tasting beer, better than the smell. A bit too hoppy for me personally, but I can objectively say it's not a hop bomb at all. Mouth feel is bigger bodied and pretty robust, almost stiff. Smooth, but really, you can almost feel the tensile strain when sipping.

This is my first cascad...oh, wait, sorry, "American Black Ale".

Brief jag: I hate what they named this style. Of the three intial names of this new style, Cascade was the best, Black IPA second and American Black dead last. Why did we go with the most boring and unoriginal name out of the three?

End jag.

Overall, not a bad beer. Hoppier with a very subtle malt background. I'd have another, sure.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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 hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Myst
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rxthree
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Freeod
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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 ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Heatwave33
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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 gpogo
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.