Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPAIncredible Hop Imperial Black IPA

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emmasdad on 03-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of jtyson
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of avalonct
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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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.

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Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of gpogo
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of sevenmoist
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Maseitz
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This strikes me as a one dimensional black ale. Yeah, it's got all of the standard characteristics going on. Nothing really beyond that though. It does its job and gets it done well enough. Nice enough to drink, but not really leaving an impression that means much of anything. Very "standard."

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of twkirkby
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kharkov
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head on a surprisingly clear dark brown body.

S: very strange as this one as a dark fruit aroma in the realm of dark fruit with mostly cherry, cocoa and raisin.

T: lots of chocolate, earthy hops, hints of dark fruit, roasted malts and Resin/pine. Nicely complex and diverse. Although, not what I want from a black IPA.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: definitely the best of the three or four brews in this series. Complex and different. A must try if you can find it at this point.

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Photo of fisherbray
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of xHopHeadx
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of flayedandskinned
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Brewsed
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a regular ol pint glass.

This brew pours a pitch black with a reddish hint around the edges and a 2 finger deep tan head. A classic looking black IPA but going by the name only, i was expect a standard IPA. The aroma on this beer is very hoppy and strong, the hop profile is rather herbal and onion-y with a touch of pineapple. Going by the nose only, this beer is all IPA. The taste is mostly how it smells, very herbal hops and some skunkyness and a touch of citrus. The flavor is more IPA then black ale with a light presence of chocolate malts and caraffa although they dominate the appearance. As this beer warms, the hop flavors disappear and a smokey caramel begins to stand out as well as the 10% alcohol presence that I did not notice when it was colder. This beer isn't easy to drink but has a silky feel and full body that isn't overwhelming.

A solid imperial Black, not as up to par with Inequity or Sublimely Self Righteous but a solid example that isn't too far behind its leaders.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 84 ratings