The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale | The Fort Collins Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat AleThe Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale
Very Good
35 Ratings
The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat AleThe Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bluejacket74 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of schoolboy
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very special beer. It hsa an exteremely pleasant nose, taste and aftertaste and creaminess. I would have not guessed the alcohol content nearly as high as it is because it is so smooth and creamy.

I've had great Ft. Collins stuff before, but I didn't know they were capable of things this good. First Klass.

 318 characters

Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Bright gold. Fine bubbled white head with nice lace and retention.

S - Awesome nose. Loaded with floral jasmine, sweet honey, orange citrus, soft malt, green tea, and lemon zest.

T - Fantastic flavor profile; we've got a real winner here. Honey, green tea, nectar, pollen, and orange zest roll into a crisp green hop note accented with a kiss of booze. A bright, delicious herbal bitterness balances the sweetness. Finishes dry and floral.

M - Full body with a bright carbonation and bitterness that makes it shockingly refreshing.

O - A DIPA hefe or an imperial white IPA, whatever it is I love it.

 607 characters

Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: clear golden, nice thick off white head. This guy has legs. some messy clinging lacing.
smell: Wow, this is redolent with fat citrus, supporting floral and sweet candy.
taste: all the full flavors of the nose with a bit of a bitter counterpoint.
overall: The label calls it a "love child of a Dipa and a Wheat". Exactly but I'd go further, a gestalt. Very nice.

 374 characters

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me this is easily the best of the "Incredible Hop" series that I have had.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear medium golden with a one finger sticky white head atop.Aromas really burst out at ya with overripe tropical fruit,floral,and slight pine hop notes,a little sweet alcohol is present.A fruity hop attack on the palate with again the tropical fruit and orange notes being predominant,not bitter at all really,a sweet biscuit and mild alcohol in the finish.This was a great beer,juicy with just enough sweetness.I like the mild tartness that the wheat malt gives in the finish,the best Fort Collins beer I think I have had to date.

 642 characters

Photo of dcloeren
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bomber at Midtown Wines and Spirits in Nashville

Poured a beautiful crisp golden honey with 2 fingers of frothy white head. The head slowly faded and produced some solid lacing

This beer smells great! Getting blasted with bold citrus hops! Orange peel mainly with some pineapple and grapefruit in the mix. The rest of the scent doesn't matter, it is in submission from hop dominance

The taste follows the nose. Great citrus hops. The bottle boasts of perfect synergy between a Citrus hop bomb and a refreshing wheat beer and I could agree more.

Medium bodied with just enough carbonation. Could possibly use some more in my opinion but I think this is where the wheat is shining through the most. Smooth, Like a hot comb on nappy ass hair.

This beer was amazing in my opinion! Thank God the girl helping me at the store talked me into buying two. This is a perfect summer time IPA. I definitely recommend picking it up if you see it in stores.

 964 characters

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Greeneagle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of EricT
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of zimm421
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Could not find a date on the bottle. Appears a golden orange color with fluffy white head. The head leaves good lacing.

Nose is very hoppy; lots of citrus and pretty bitter. There's also hints of wheat and the nose is pretty light, but smells great. Taste is very bitter at the end. The wheat base is very light underneath, but the citrus is overpowering at the end. I think the wheat base really helps to accentuate the hops and put them forward. I like what they've done here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, below average carbonation and goes down easily. Overall, this is a nice beer that really focuses on the hops and its light base makes it easy to drink in any type of environment. Glad I picked this up.

 753 characters

Photo of Fitwitchik
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pub glass.

Nice golden orange colour with a creamy head.
Spicy hops scent of lemony grapefruit with a touch of sweet malty wheat.
Definitely strong hops in the foreground with a subtle maltiness. The bitter finish tells me this is less wheat ale while more IPA. Can't help but notice a pleasing blend of the flavors
Nice carbonation & amazingly smooth.
Surprized by this brew since I exected much less. Nice knowing I have another bottle stashed away.

 487 characters

Photo of bastu
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness info on bottle. (Pretty sure it was brewed around the 1st of August)

Color is a bit lighter than your typical IPA. Totally clear with a nice tight 2 finger head.

Citrus hop aroma with a touch of spice. (maybe from the wheat?)

Taste is definitely hop forward, with the wheat coming through just enough to let you know it's there. Decent bitterness throughout and a nice dry finish. No hint of the 9.5% ABV.

Medium bodied and very easy to drink.

I was worried that I wouldn't like this beer because of the wheat. Now I wish that I had cracked it open 2 weeks ago when I bought it. I will grab another bomber of this the next time I hit the beer store.

 668 characters

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working through some notes...these are fresh.

This beer is a gold-amber color. A white crown of head takes some time to fade and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing.
A good dose of citrus hops is prevlent in the nose behind a stury wheat backbone. A bit of orange zest rests underneath and the hops go a touch resinous beneath the citrus as well.
The two best adjectives to describe this beer would be hoppy and tart. The citrus character of the hops contirubtes to both, of course, and the wheat makes for a bit of balance and depth. There's an interesting sweetness in this beer as well, and the citrus rind in the aroma also continues through the flavor. There's a bite of spiciness and some alcohol lingering in the sip.
The body is medium with a nice balance of crispness and smoothness and a moderate amount of carbonation.

 832 characters

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z. "bomber' bottle into a stand ard pint glass,
Chill-hazed bright gold in color,with an attractive two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Bold citrussy hops
Taste-Spicy wheat,full-on hops, faint sweetness, nicely balanced and flavorfull. Easy drinking but beware the high ABV.

 294 characters

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is both wheaty and hoppy, with about equal parts of both, something I do not believe I have encountered before. I love to find beers with distinctive flavors and combinations; I don't always like 'em, but I'm glad to give 'em a fair shake. It pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a fairly thick and rather persistent fluffy white head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Hoppy flavor has a wheaty undertone, a sweet fruity note, and just a touch of bitterness. Texture is smooth, on the thick side, just a little fizzy, leaving a hoppy, fruity, slightly wheaty and slightly tingly finish. Incredible? Maybe not, but still darn good!

 646 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a little white head. In the aroma, hops and a small orange citrus. In the taste, lemon citrus hops and a mellow malt backing. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Big hops and refreshing, very nice.

 294 characters

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- extra light in color, slight head

S- intensely hoppy smell, citrusy; but with a hint of wheat

T- extremely wheaty flavor for an IPA; nice contrast between the hops and the wheat. Nice hoppy profile

M- Extremely smooth finish

O- This beer has a lot of character to it, I enjoyed it quite a bit

 342 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, $6.99 at Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Fort Collins calls this an Imperial India Style Wheat Ale, should be interesting. Served in a snifter, The brew pours a golden orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (pineapple, tropical fruit, grapefruit), wheat and bready malt. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's a bit of peppery spice noticable too. It's definitely a hop forward brew, but the hop flavors are smooth and not harsh. There is a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with good carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew. I haven't been impressed with what I've tried from Fort Collins in the past but I'm glad I picked this one up, I liked it.

 845 characters

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey yellowish amber color with a nice fluffy white soapy head that leaves some spotty lacing on the chalice.

Aromas begin with candied citrus fruit segments with a rich floral undertone and some malty notes of bready pale and slightly sour wheat malts.

The tastes begin quite citrusy and sweet, almost like a lemon head candy. Sweet candy hops with a hint of simple syrup on the tip of the tongue. As it warms you get more of the base malts highlighted by bread pale and slightly sourish wheat malt flavors just as in the aroma. I get some nice ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, lemon and fresh floral flavors from the hops as well; bitterness is throughout but it is very mild compared to other examples of the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel. The finish is slightly drying, citrusy, and with a light dusting of white pepper on the palate.

Overall I enjoyed this beer; it's not a world beater by any means but just a nice solid interpretation of the traditional DIPA style. I enjoyed this more than the Indiana Krunkles from Terrapin, which was also supposed to be a wheat IPA. The mouthfeel was really good here and although the tastes weren't revolutionary, they were solid enough to go with the higher quality aroma and mouthfeel. Worth a go to try something different, but don't break your back to find it.

 1,391 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce serving - $6.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, light copper-hued body in appearance with an inch up top of whitish foam.

Smell: Candied citrus fruit segments with a rich floral undertone, a drip of booze, and some malty notes of bready pale, wheat malts.

Taste: Sweetish hint of simple syrup enveloping the tip of the tongue entering in tastes of bready wheat and a thin sliver of toffee. Ruby red grapefruit, lemon, and fresh floral flavors, all fairly vibrant and alive, along with some pithy, citric notions and a medium-high level of bitterness. Slight alcohol. Drying, citrusy, and with a light dusting of white pepper on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: It's good! And here I was, worried this would be a repeat of the Terrapin Indiana Krunkles but with more alcohol. Thankfully, that wasn't the case at all!

 910 characters

Photo of Wmbolling
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 35 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.