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The Incredible Hop Imperial India Pale Ale - The Fort Collins Brewery

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The Incredible Hop Imperial India Pale AleThe Incredible Hop Imperial India Pale Ale

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 05-10-2012)
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Reviews by daledeee:
Photo of daledeee
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 16 oz bottle.

Pours pretty nicely. Dark clear orange with good white head and lacing.

Nose is musty and brandy.

Taste is musty which I find strange for this style. Also a good dose of apricot and malt. Overall pretty warming due to the high alcohol content as well.

This beer has average mouth feel. I have had many better. I had trouble getting past the earthy musty taste. The rest was OK.

More User Reviews:
Photo of stampfler07
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a FunkWerks globe glass.

A real nice amber orange body, pretty texbook, with a big four finger head off the pour. Quite soapy looking with a light tan color and swiss cheese appearance, but lots of retention. Some slow rising carbonation, maybe a little hazy, lots of obvious yeast chunks and floaties, but otherwise pretty solid.

Nice grainy sweet malts, with a mellow hop presence. Hints of earth and grass come out a bit, but this is pretty tiny for hops on the nose it's quite closed.

Palate is a big thick rush of sugars. Thick oil slicking and syrupy hop juice, with lots of sweetness. Coating the palate with lots of oil and stickiness, hints of pine, but lots of white sugar also. Malt is completely indistinguishable.

Overall this is just way too sweet for my tastes, with hardly any classic aromatics or balanced flavor. Unfortunately it's also too much of a chore to finish a big bottle of this at 10.8% it's big and feels like it, but not in an enjoyable way.

Photo of mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Trish
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JG-90
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Bomber into glass gives with a fairly aggressive pour gives a small head with moderate lacing. Beer is a nice bright copper color with a hazy golden copper. Aroma smells of heavy caramel malts, breadiness, and syrupiness.

Tastes of a heavy, dark, syrupy, caramel malts, with dark bread, extra syrupy, hop-less beer. (may be plenty of hops, but over-ruled by maltiness). Mouthfeel is very heavy, extremely low carbonation, overly creamy. Beer is way too malty and heavy for what I want.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a dark, clear copper-orange color with two fingers of rich off-white head. Nice amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine along with caramel mats.

Tasted of caramel malts upfront with an overload of sweet syrupy notes of honey, lighter piney hops and a big boozy bite.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Too sweet and syrupy and caramel malt-drive for me as an IIPA. The 22oz bottle was too much. Twelve ounces would have been a bit better.

Photo of lochef81
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is brownish-copper with half a finger of head. There is the definite presence of hops in the nose. The taste is dominated by a super hop blast that comes upfront. While this offering remains bitter throughout, the bitterness actually wanes on the finish - quite unusual. In between all the hop bitterness, a faint hint of malt sweetness creeps in. Also, there is a residual alcohol burn on the finish.

This is a nice effort, but even big, over-the-top beers need to have some sense of balance.

Photo of rkarimi
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of brez8791
1/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of bdonnelly45
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it at Gracie's Place in a bomber and shared it with a buddy, the appearance was not very consistent with other DIPA's just slightly darker than wet straw. The aroma of the hops is great, very pungent but the actual flavor does not stay true to the smell. A quick burst of hop flavor possibly amarillo but it fades very quickly. The aftertaste is good though it lingers slightly but not overwhelming, just a hint to remind you of the initial smell. Overall not bad but it is very light for being a DIPA

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap in Philly.

The Incredible Hop Imperial India Pale has a nice look to it. Bright gold with some bronze tint within. A good amount of off white foam rises up leaving an inch cap. Some squiggly lace patterns left on the glass. Off the bat, this smells sweet and boozy. A good amount of earthy piney hops in there as well, but the malt addition is large. The 10.8% is up front too, unmistakable. As expected, the malt is driven up to the max, leaving for a sweet DIPA, the hops are muted and the booze comes through in the finish. Semi hot, with no hops in the aftertaste. Body is medium, carb is there and helps some. All in all, not something I will be going back for, but willing to try other things from this brewery.

Photo of appetiteforparis
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of mikerieder
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MrBuckHigh
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of wbischof
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of blameo
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Looks "incredible" from the beginning with a semi-hazy amber body, heavy bubbles with a off white head rising to about 1/3".

Smell: Hoppy scent with the strength of roasted caramel that overpowers the rest. Good smell that comes off just a little light.

Taste: To give all of you the heads up this beer is one of the maltiest I have ever had. Personally I think it's perfect for a BBQ. Hoppy and floral, sweet citrus makes this easy to like. On top of all of that caramel shot that you can feel...why are people complaining i do not know.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, with heavy stickiness to it. Slight heavy and I would love to say smooth, sharp malts.

Overall: This is either your hate it or love it beer, and I quite do not have a problem with it at all. It might overwhelm some but what hurts this brew the most is the price. For roughly twelve bucks a bottle, there might be better choices but would be hard for me not to recommend this brew. Grab a glass and drink up. Salud!

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The Incredible Hop Imperial India Pale Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
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