Hoptitude Imperial Extra Pale Ale - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Hoptitude Imperial Extra Pale AleHoptitude Imperial Extra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Beaver13 on 04-25-2013

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Photo of Beaver13
1.88/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - some bready malts and a little grassy, almost skunky, hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little fruit and a lot of bitter grassy hops that taste a little noble-like. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and a little watery.

Overall, I don't really care for it. It has good bitterness - but it's more like a imperial pils.

Photo of slader
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pros: Smooth. Cons: Hints of malted milk balls when it first hits the palette. To brewers credit they post an accurate description of the taste on the label: "Bready malt backbone..." Sorry to say that the balance of the 4-pack from the great FCB brewery is destined for the lower shelf in the back of my fridge.

Photo of Circles413
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 4 pack at a local bottle shop for $2.99. The beer is okay at best but when you look at the price point it's great! Would I pay $9.99 for a 4 pack? Maybe. But at $2.99, you can't beat it! This isn't the best or worst IPA I've ever had but again, at the price it's at, I can't complain. Definitely a pretty solid session IPA even though it's rated ad an IEPA. For my taste & standards, I consider this a higher ABV, IPA. Nothing more, nothing less.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A hazy, murky burnt orange body holds up a foamy cream colored head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: A nice blend of citrus and pine.

Taste: Really sharp pine, a malty backbone, with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sticky.

Overall: Tasty and straight to the point.

Photo of Zaktcc
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Hazy, golden amber color, little head though good retention.
S - Pleasant aroma, very lemony and some hops present.
T - Starts strong and finishes strong; very piney taste with bitter aftertaste.
F - Very little carbonation, medium-heavy body.
O - Great beer. Unique but pleasant flavors and scents.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Living in a world of double negatives where everything is done and then undone- Fort Collins jumps on this year's trend of brewing up not just a Pale Ale, but a hoppy extra-pale Pale Ale. And in true American-ized form, they imperialize it. In other words, it's an IPA.

And in true IPA form, the beer starts with a golden-copper hue that's mostly clear, showing off the ample carbonation that streams from below. As a fluffy off-white head builds, it shows firm retention and light spotted lace on the glass. Yep, it looks like an IPA.

Perhaps a bit more balanced on the nose than your standard IPA, the scents of grapefruit and orange peel ride along side of caramel and graham cracker maltiness. The more rustic scent of fresh kilned barley and a hint of grass emit from the depths of its aromatics.

The taste is a very direct carry over from its aroma. Malty sweetness and dry grain taste lays on the early palate with a shift to full on grain at middle palate where the sweetness trails. And its that middle that allows for the zesty nature of grapefruit peels, orange zest, pine, and fresh cut grass to command its taste. Its late charge is decidedly citrusy bitter with resinous pine and grassy bite to complement. Still a modest linger of malt impressions last in aftertaste.

Medium-bodied early, its malt sweetness carries a bit of weight that bleeds into the zesty carbonation in true Pale Ale character. But the hop and alcohol dryness closes the beer sharply and mostly clean and refreshing; but a tinge of grain and hop-derived astringency distract from the hops mildly.

As an IPA, the beer will struggle to compete with more classic, cleaner, and more hop-forward examples. But as undone and then overdone Pale Ale, its marketing may carry it a bit further with the craft beer crowd.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness and complexity of citrus/pine hops and balanced bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really solid Imperial pale ale style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased 6/17 for $2.50 as a single
No freshness date available.

Honestly I was excited to see this beer because it was a new offering from FoCo.
It was a let down.

The smell was basic at best, smells like faint hops/yeasty. Little alcohol smell coming as it clocks in pretty high as a "imperial"

The mouth feel is pretty thin, a bit of bitterness but not a lot going on in the beer.
The look is just a boring and basic.

Overall, I'd drink this beer if I needed something to pound prior to going to a concert that would go down smooth and make me feel good about drinking craft beer. It'll probably become prime bargain rack material.

Photo of beergoot
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow body with lively carbonation rising; head is white, thin yet persistent. Melon and citrus hop aromas; some freshly mowed grass. Mild malt grain flavors with a strong hop bitterness throughout; subtle light fruitiness buried in the background. Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry finish.

A good IPA though nothing extraordinary. Slightly better than the sum of its parts.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.6/5  rDev +5%

bright golden color...aroma has a ton of citrus, taste is unique. double pale is the best way of describing it. yeasty, bready, grapefruit. interesting, not necessarily recommendable but worth trying..

Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%

Aroma is lemony and piney, with slightly sweet caramel malt. Flavor reveals a sweet, lightly toasted malt backbone, with underpinnings of grapefruit pith and a touch of resin, leading to a fairly bitter finish. Good malt and hop balance, though the finish is a bit bitter for me.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Stella in Denver. Bright yellow color, maybe almost orange. aroma was this weird fruity strangeness, not very appealing and I didn't really get it. Flavor was sort of weird, malty, I guess it had some hops but this was really below average when it comes to an IPA or pale ale especially considering the beers we have access to. I can;t see anyone picking this over Odell IPA.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

people hate on these guys for no reason sometimes, they arent all as forgettable as z lager you know, no need to hold a few lousy beers against them for life, i think they have evolved nicely, and the stuff in the bombers is always good. my only real critique of this is that its overly bitter, like the time the old brewmaster at wynkoop let me dabble with his hop extracts, and i put some on my finger and licked it. it burned my palate so bad, made me cough and wheeze for a minute, and turned me off to the beer i was drinking. this stopped well short of that mark, but thats a high mark, and this exhibited some of the same qualities. its hot to drink for that reason, but its not hop bitter at the expense of flavor, its fresh and vegetal and big on the palate without having a ton of caramel malt to weight it down. the idea of imperial pale ales has recently become extremely appealing to me, and while this is more of a double ipa than anything else, its the simplicity and lightness of the grain bill that makes it good. carbonation is there too, and the body seems light for how strong it is. its not perfect, but its not bad either. this definitely deserves some better marks on here. i also had mine super fresh, so maybe it doesnt hold up well, but i liked this one well enough, i could happily do a bomber, two if the bitterness got dialed back a few turns.

Photo of HamdenHector
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy; pale amber in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a thin film that was gone in 30 seconds; moderate lacing;

S: subtle, but what was there was mostly floral hops;

T: a little earthy up front; alcohol is noticeable; floral, then a little tart in mid-palate; a little metallic with minimal bitterness on finish;

M: medium bodied; light carbonation; a little syrupy;

O: This is a style I enjoy, but I can't see myself seeking this one out again;

Photo of joe12pk
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, lemony, hoppy, clean and dry. Makes me want to session it, but at 7.5 ABV, probably not a good idea. Delicious!

Photo of henrichsj
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy, golden, yellow in color; Fizzy white head that hangs around before drinking

S - Didn't get much here other than lemony hops

T - A sweet, fresh, yet bitter taste; not very complex, a little malt taste beneath the hops

M - Sweet malty feel up front, bitterness on the back end

O - Not a bad beer, but with so many Extra Pale Ale choices out there, not sure I would revisit this one. But it's not a bad beer.

Photo of Omnium
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > 2xIPA glass

A - Pours a nice clear yellow, 1.5 finger head, soapy white, little lacing.
S - Big bready malt, some herbal hops, a little mango, some pepper
T - Sweet and tart malt forward, some floral and herbal hops mid way ends very much so on the bready side of things.
M - A weird aftertaste, not really appealing. Kinda has a slippery buttery texture.
O - I dont think this should be in double/imperial IPA as far as category goes, its neither. American pale would fit better, or imperial pilsner.
Doesnt really make a good presentation for either side though. Lots of malt thats complex in a way, but not a good way. Not going to get again.

Photo of Ego
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

an audible sizzle settles about, rising up a tide of clean white foam, about one finger high and then it quiets itself, usually audible head fizzles into nothingness in no time flat - not so here, lacing is really nice with sticky white hop web clinging for dear life all over the damn place, the color is a bit odd for this style as it maintains a golden almost straw hue, there is a carbonation party going on inside the glass as well, tons of bubbles grinding against each other in spirals racing around to the top, good looking.

juicy fruit seltzer with pine notes, some wafts of lemon, pretty straight forward if not a little tame for a double

taste etc...
much like the nose (how often do I type that, sheesh), kind of a mild mannered IPA that roams into a mango-ish one with a definite ABV kick, the bitterness is pretty mild and the hops seem more prevalent in the afterglow, medium thick in the mouth with a nice little kiss of carbonation to keep it light enough, this thing drinks light flavor wise but has big body and ABV... kind of a little bit of a strange combination

good beer, nothing special, I prefer a more robust DIPA but there is nothing bad here and it does pack its punch well. if this had the balls flavor wise to back up the body it would be world class

Photo of rajendra82
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear, pale amber body, two finger foamy head, and streamers of light carbonation were all typical for the style. The smell of floral, citric, and tropical hops was perhaps a touch mild for the style, but was very enticing. The taste was unusually sweet for the style at first, but the hops showed up with spicy, herbal bitterness, with a touch of metallic finish. The bitterness lingered on in the aftertaste. The body was medium dense, and there was a good bit of alcohol warmth. At first sip, I wasn't quite sure I was going to like it, because of the sweetness up front, but the beer turned out to be quite nice in the end.

Hoptitude Imperial Extra Pale Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.