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The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale - The Fort Collins Brewery

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The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat AleThe Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale

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very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of EricT
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me this is easily the best of the "Incredible Hop" series that I have had.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear medium golden with a one finger sticky white head atop.Aromas really burst out at ya with overripe tropical fruit,floral,and slight pine hop notes,a little sweet alcohol is present.A fruity hop attack on the palate with again the tropical fruit and orange notes being predominant,not bitter at all really,a sweet biscuit and mild alcohol in the finish.This was a great beer,juicy with just enough sweetness.I like the mild tartness that the wheat malt gives in the finish,the best Fort Collins beer I think I have had to date.

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4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: clear golden, nice thick off white head. This guy has legs. some messy clinging lacing.
smell: Wow, this is redolent with fat citrus, supporting floral and sweet candy.
taste: all the full flavors of the nose with a bit of a bitter counterpoint.
overall: The label calls it a "love child of a Dipa and a Wheat". Exactly but I'd go further, a gestalt. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Bright gold. Fine bubbled white head with nice lace and retention.

S - Awesome nose. Loaded with floral jasmine, sweet honey, orange citrus, soft malt, green tea, and lemon zest.

T - Fantastic flavor profile; we've got a real winner here. Honey, green tea, nectar, pollen, and orange zest roll into a crisp green hop note accented with a kiss of booze. A bright, delicious herbal bitterness balances the sweetness. Finishes dry and floral.

M - Full body with a bright carbonation and bitterness that makes it shockingly refreshing.

O - A DIPA hefe or an imperial white IPA, whatever it is I love it.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of schoolboy
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very special beer. It hsa an exteremely pleasant nose, taste and aftertaste and creaminess. I would have not guessed the alcohol content nearly as high as it is because it is so smooth and creamy.

I've had great Ft. Collins stuff before, but I didn't know they were capable of things this good. First Klass.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours clear, light golden yellow with nearly two fingers of fairly tight white head, good retention. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Candied stone fruits, citrus, lots of floral aromas. Smells fairly sweet.

T: Follows the nose to a T. Lots of the candied fruits, citrus, and flowers up front with sugar cookie in the middle, moderate to slightly high level of sugar sweetness. Light level of bitterness, fairly sweet finish.

M: Medium body, very slick and smooth, carbonation is on the low end though and it doesn't have the crisp finish I'd be looking for.

O: Not a bad DIPA, but definitely too sweet for my taste and not enough carbonation. That said, it's still quite enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey yellowish amber color with a nice fluffy white soapy head that leaves some spotty lacing on the chalice.

Aromas begin with candied citrus fruit segments with a rich floral undertone and some malty notes of bready pale and slightly sour wheat malts.

The tastes begin quite citrusy and sweet, almost like a lemon head candy. Sweet candy hops with a hint of simple syrup on the tip of the tongue. As it warms you get more of the base malts highlighted by bread pale and slightly sourish wheat malt flavors just as in the aroma. I get some nice ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, lemon and fresh floral flavors from the hops as well; bitterness is throughout but it is very mild compared to other examples of the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel. The finish is slightly drying, citrusy, and with a light dusting of white pepper on the palate.

Overall I enjoyed this beer; it's not a world beater by any means but just a nice solid interpretation of the traditional DIPA style. I enjoyed this more than the Indiana Krunkles from Terrapin, which was also supposed to be a wheat IPA. The mouthfeel was really good here and although the tastes weren't revolutionary, they were solid enough to go with the higher quality aroma and mouthfeel. Worth a go to try something different, but don't break your back to find it.

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

Strong aroma is both wheaty and hoppy, with about equal parts of both, something I do not believe I have encountered before. I love to find beers with distinctive flavors and combinations; I don't always like 'em, but I'm glad to give 'em a fair shake. It pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a fairly thick and rather persistent fluffy white head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Hoppy flavor has a wheaty undertone, a sweet fruity note, and just a touch of bitterness. Texture is smooth, on the thick side, just a little fizzy, leaving a hoppy, fruity, slightly wheaty and slightly tingly finish. Incredible? Maybe not, but still darn good!

Photo of rangerred
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with not much head or lacing. Smells very citrusy with pineapple, lime and orange being prominent. Also a slight hint of malt.

Taste is very hop forward with the citrusy hops dominating the flavor and mouthfeel with just a hint of malt at the end. You can tell there is wheat here but it doesn’t stand out.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and appropriate for the style.

I must admit I am not a huge fan of imperial IPA’s and this one was just ok to me. Glad I got to try but probably won’t seek out again.

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

Working through some notes...these are fresh.

This beer is a gold-amber color. A white crown of head takes some time to fade and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing.
A good dose of citrus hops is prevlent in the nose behind a stury wheat backbone. A bit of orange zest rests underneath and the hops go a touch resinous beneath the citrus as well.
The two best adjectives to describe this beer would be hoppy and tart. The citrus character of the hops contirubtes to both, of course, and the wheat makes for a bit of balance and depth. There's an interesting sweetness in this beer as well, and the citrus rind in the aroma also continues through the flavor. There's a bite of spiciness and some alcohol lingering in the sip.
The body is medium with a nice balance of crispness and smoothness and a moderate amount of carbonation.

Photo of zimm421
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Could not find a date on the bottle. Appears a golden orange color with fluffy white head. The head leaves good lacing.

Nose is very hoppy; lots of citrus and pretty bitter. There's also hints of wheat and the nose is pretty light, but smells great. Taste is very bitter at the end. The wheat base is very light underneath, but the citrus is overpowering at the end. I think the wheat base really helps to accentuate the hops and put them forward. I like what they've done here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, below average carbonation and goes down easily. Overall, this is a nice beer that really focuses on the hops and its light base makes it easy to drink in any type of environment. Glad I picked this up.

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The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
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