The Incredible
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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American Imperial IPA
4.38 | pDev: 7.31%
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 27 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours a clean one finger white head into my tulip glass. The head looks....just, yeah, clean, good, solid. The body is a dark orange, almost copper color. Visibility is low, though it is not cloudy. Medium carbonation. Head retention is average, didn't hang around too long. Overall it looks good so far.

The nose is great, big, fresh hop aroma when I cracked the can. Now it has settled into a fruit bomb. Mango, papaya, very tropical. A little citrusy, and just a taaad dank. Pretty sweet overall, mostly from the fruity hops, but also backed by a malt sweetness, definitely not over the top sweet. Dankness comes through a little more as time goes by, almost a little spicy. It's a good nose, kinda standard from Block 15, but that's not a bad thing.

The flavor is big, that's for sure. Does a pretty darn good job of hiding that 10.5% though I can still tell it's there. It kinda hits me with an overall sweet, slightly astringent feel when it hits my palate. Hops are there, but take somewhat of a back seat to the overall feel. Fruity, but again, the flavors are not coming through as much as on the nose. A tad spicy. I hope things come out more as it warms. For now, it's good, nothing more.

The mouthfeel is good, I think. I’m not too stoked on the astringent, sweet, booze feel, but that is somewhat expected with a 10.5 beer, and all things considered, it does a great job of hiding the alcohol. Also, let me be perfectly clear, it's definitely not too sweet, it's just has that sweet boozy character to it. The good part - is that while the flavors are not (yet?) coming through very much, you still get a lot of flavor in general, which really fills up my mouth. The carbonation is nice, medium carbonation. The body is there, it has girth to it. And it overall just fills my mouth with flavor, and some sticky hops.

The drinkability is pretty good considering this is 10.5% you can tell there is some booze here, but it's not much of a factor, and that deserves recognition.

The appearance turned out...nothing amazing. Lacing was not really a thing here. I had some bubbles on top of the body, in formation, to remind me it's not like, flat, but it wouldn't even constitute as film. Head left pretty fast. Overall not bad, below average Id say though.

Overall this is an impressive job of hiding abv. But as far as I'm concerned, that's not enough to get this beer crazy ratings. It's a good beer, but there simply isn't enough going on in the flavor for me to really love it. The nose had some action, and the flavor is just pretty vanilla. All the flavors are kinda there, just not fully there.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had slightly higher hopes for this, being Block 15 and all...But it was more malt-forward/sweeter and heavier than expected, and the hops sort of drifted into the background and became more nondescript as a result. Still a really good, largely balanced, and dangerously drinkable beer, but something, in my opinion, a little short of 'incredible.' Sometimes, perhaps, Block 15's outstanding track record works against them...

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, coppery color. Foamy head, dissipated quickly. Left a fair amount of streak lacing. Aroma is floral and ripe fruit with sweet malt. A bit of dankness to it. Flavor is melon, tangerine and hints of pine. Very resinous and thick. This is all made quite smooth by the malt. Very well balanced for such a big DIPA. The alcohol is well hidden and I could easily drink another because it's that good.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tin Bucket. Nice sweet hop aroma. Crystal clear amber with light head. Very malty, almost a syrupy feeling after a Hubert. Good beer, starting to think IIPAs are always going to be too sweet for me.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tin Bucket.

A clear copper with a dense with head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a rather intense hop blast. Eschewing the more aromatic and fruity hops, this beer focuses on the dank weed-like and pine-like hops. Moderate malt character is present with caramel and some sugar, though this is quite hop dominant. Unlike some other B15 IPAs, this doesn't resort to haze to "amplify" its hoppiness, which is something i appreciate. The palate opens moderately bitter, hella resiny and moderately sweet. Caramel pine, weed and some bitter mango are present, along with a noticeable alcohol note. The mid palate is sticky and resiny, allowing the soft carbonation to gently prod the weed and pine into a sweet and boozy finish. While not as refined as the Pfriem or Barley Brown's 3x IPAs, this is a very worthy addition to the style. Quite excellent.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Small white head and a thin collar. Leggy.

Smell - Boozy. Caramel malt sweetness. Lots of orange hop aroma.

Taste - Orange hops. Not that sweet, but lots of caramel malt flavor. Boozy and a little astringent in the back.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tastes good, but it's a little too big for me.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly the best imperial IPA that I've ever had, but by far the best 11% ABV IPA that I have ever had! The entire package is near flawless, and definitely, Incredible!

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Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a copper amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer is a bit darker than I normally like to see in a DIPA, but that's not a huge surprise from B15. On the nose, there's a very nice array of dry citrus, light sweet malt, and a hint of dank weed. The nose is pretty aromatic in this well crafted DIPA. The flavor profile is more of the same, buy what really struck me about this beer was how smooth and well balanced this beer is. There is a fairly substantial malt back bone to this DIPA. but the beer is still fairly dry and not overly sweet, and the finish is long, dry and quite bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and drinkability is very good, considering the abv. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and this beer is far, far too drinkable for the abv.

Delicious stuff. Probably the best IPA/DIPA I've ever tasted from B15.

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Photo of anteater
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the only other 11%+ IPA I've had that is in the same ranks as Notorious and The Younger. Impossibly smooth taste, grapefruit explosion, WAY too easy to drink. Can't think of many ways to improve it. Huge home run from Block 15!

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The Incredible from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 27 ratings