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Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPAIncredible Hop Imperial Black IPA
BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
84 Ratings
Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPAIncredible Hop Imperial Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emmasdad on 03-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
84
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of mjvos
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 650mL bottle dark black with a creamy tan-colored head. It dissipates quickly but leaves behind a lot of lacing in the glass.

The hops definitely emerge in the smell with more subtle grain and chocolate notes.

Thicker mouthfeel than I expected but is kind of refreshing combined with the malt balancing with the bitterness of the hops. Nothing totally stands out, but the taste is solid all around.

I have been on a mini-black IPA binge of late (totally means I've had 3 in the last few weeks) and overall this is a good one.

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Photo of Chopman50
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Myst
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Pat
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RonnieRotten
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jivecap
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Heatwave33
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: A very dark and deep brown with a tan head.

Smell: Earth hops and chocolate come through first. Followed by orange, toasted malts and coffee. Then peach on the end.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, Smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Love black IPAs. All IPA types for that matter. This is one in it's own. Balance seems a little off but still a good brew. Cheers.

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Photo of Freeod
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mgroothuis
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Ritstyx
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours deep black with ruby edges and an off white one finger head. Aroma of big pine cones, really focusing on the hops. I don't get much roast but that's ok. Flavor follows with bitter pine, a nice yet very slight roasted malt backing, and a bit of grapefruits. This really focuses on the hops for the style. Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry, and plenty of carbonation. A very solid black IPA. Pretty good.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mouth-watering aroma is hoppy like a good IPA yet smoky like a good stout or porter. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Scrumptious flavor has strong hoppy, fruity and mocha notes with a burnt undertone and firm but not fierce hoppy bitterness and a noticeable alcohol bite. Firm-bodied texture is smooth yet lively, leaving a hoppy, edgy, bitter, and subtly fruit-sweet finish. I look forward to sampling more black IPAs. (Wait a minute - if you think about it, "Black IPA" is an oxymoron. How can something be black and pale at the same time?)

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep black color. Opaque. No highlights or colors on the corner. The head was a nice 1 1/2 finger tan had. Thick lacing not a ton of lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front though not nearly as strong as I anticipated. Some chocolate and coffee tones as well. Not as much here as I anticipated or expected.

T - Well the beer starts pretty sweet. Not much roast, chocolate, or resin flavors immediately. The middle of the beer brings a strong bitterness and the malt flavor, though not a terrific blend. The alcohol cuts through on the back end. A little stiff, not a great blend.

M - It starts smooth and quickly fades to sharp. Good carbonation.

D - A little strong in the alcohol flavor for much drinkability.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-15-2011 02:20:27

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Photo of GJ40
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the brewery as part of the sampler. I thought the aroma was fantastic. The flavor wasn't quite as good but was enjoyable. I thought about picking up a bottle to take home but I'm a little tight on space so I passed. But it's worth a try.

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Photo of coldriver
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours opaque black with adequate head and lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, alcohol, and citrusy hops. Taste of cocoa, licorice, and lemony hops with alcohol pretty well hidden for 10%. A bit metallic. Thin mouthfeel with rather wet finish. This beer really warms the belly at 10% but it's rather subdued for a beer this strong.

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Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint. Deep black, three finger tan head, very nice lace.

The smell is mostly charred coffee and chocolate, there is a touch of citrus near the end.

The taste starts with creamy mocha and a small blast of the booze. Citrus hops end up in the middle followed by a chocolate/mineral/booze taste. Not bad, but a bit mineral and booze heavy. Goes down pretty smooth.

This beer will mess you up. The booze is there, but not noticeable enough until the chuckles hit. Overall I say grab one, it might be more up your alley than mine. I prefer a lower ABV and a bit more balanced ABlackA. Not bad though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa. That will teach me not to read the bottle. Expecting an IPA, I poured it and almost jumped in shock at the deep, dark black colour coming out of the bottle. Deep and black it is, with a very fine and creamy head of milk-chocolate brown. Body is a little thinner than it would be for an imperial stout, but in all other respects it rather resembles one. Pretty impressive.

Nose is presented twice. First, still it gives off deep roasty and chocolate tones, with a deep dark sweetness that almost epitomises a big American stout. Then, when it's swirled, the resinous hop characters get released, giving a pine fragrance and sharp grapefruit aroma. Oddly enough, you never seem to get both at the same timeā€”the hops overpower the dark characters when they're present, and when still, the hop fragrance isn't activated. It's interesting.

Taste is smooth enough, but missing something key. Here, the dichotomy of styles means that neither reaches its full potential: it's neither hoppy, crisp and bitter enough to be an IPA, nor full, rich, and deep enough to be a big stout. Instead, we get this middling ground of muddled chocolate, a bit of roast character and a lingering hop oil character on the back palate. Feel is smooth and pleasant, though, and the 10% is well hidden under the big confused flavours.

A nice beer, but not one that's particularly well integrated, and one that perhaps doesn't justify the existence of this style. And it's a style that continually needs to be justified when there's perpetually confused examples of it like this one.

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near lightproof black colored beer with a small brown colored head that doesn't last.

Smells interesting more than just overpowering hops in this. Strong wheat grain with raisins with some carrot in it. Lesser smells of smoke and chocolate. Hop scent is mostly herbal like British Beer. Savory smell with one weird one, this smells of tomato!

Starts out sort of bittersweet with a little more of the bitter. Carrot and wheat husk flavor comes next. This is a little stingy on the tongue you can perceive the alcohol level. Bitter is stronger than sweet all the way through the glass. All that remains of the patent malt is an aftertaste. No strong hop flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style.

Overall this was a very worthwhile purchase. Bittersweet beer with an emphasis on the bittersweet part. No single strong flavor, a very interesting beer.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: black and totally opaque with a red ring at the bottom. Great 1 inch plus tan head with great retention and some circle lacing as the head resides

Smell: piney hops mixed with the carafe malt creates a very unique scent that I can only compare to like a fruity pebbles cereal smell

Taste: upfront is quite a bit of alcohol followed by very sweet I'm assuming from the carafe malt in the middle and finishes off with that same fruity pebbles smell and obviously taste very unique

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and leaves the mouth just a bit sticky and dry

Overall: Very unique black IPA. I actually enjoyed the beer quite a bit. Not my favorite of the style but definately worth a try and well worth the price at 10% alcohol

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch bubbly dark khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. Random streaks and curtains of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Looks very much like a thick stout in the appearance. Smell is of roasted malt, grapefruit, and citrus zest. Taste is of pretty much one-sided with grapefruit and citrus zests up front with a minor malt presence on the finish. The taste is all about the hops and a bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good black ale that has somewhat overpowering hop flavors that don't allow the malt to really balance them out.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. It pours like a typical Black IPA, brown-black with a tan head, akin to a Porter. The nose is roasty and pungently bitter, offering general notes of pine sap and citrus pith. The flavor is more of the same; quite nice, but its also fairly run of the mill for this suddenly oft-produced style. Specifics include green grassy notes, pine tar, burnt coffee and unsweetened cocoa, with the whole package focusing on robust and bitter elements. The feel is fuller of body and softly carbonated. Overall, pretty nice, but not much different from the glut of ABAs.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer pours a dark jet black coloring with a milk-chocolate colored head that makes a pretty decent cascade as it pours and settles. The final product is a foamy, dense, thick two inch head. This beer has a great lacing effect as it settles and you drink. The beer does have some ruby highlights in it when up to light...sexy beer. The nose is resinously hoppy, with robust flavors of sappy cedar, spicy pepper, and pine needles. This smells delicious. The first flavor punch hits the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat at the same time, and it is coffee and milk chocolate. Wait, what? Lemme take another sip...oh yeah, bitter coffee and a silky, smooth milk chocolate. Shortly after the initial shock, the hops kick it up a notch on the bitterness scale, as well as spicing it up quite a bit. This beer has a great blend with all the spicy, sweet, and bitter flavors. It keeps the tastebuds guessing with feel and flavor. Delicious! All this leads to an interesting mouthfeel, with some creamy characteristics, but also an effervescent, sharp, and crips feel to it as well. The creamy milk chocolate flavor comes through the aftertaste with a bit of the peppery hops, and the finish is crisp and a bit dry, amazingly enough. What a unique and interesting brew. I look forward to "studying" this concoction further!

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