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

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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)

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Added by bluejacket74 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 20
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear gold with a frothy creamy white head that retain sits head well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - some wheat with piney hops and a little rye.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with some resiny spicy(rye) hops that have a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting concept. I don't really care for the flavor profile though - the spicy hop flavors or the sweet grainy malts.

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Photo of aanakinskywalker
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ratman. On tap at Hops and Pies poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of wheat,orange, pink grapefruit and light pine. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of wheat, tropical fruit, orange zest and light grapefruit with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.

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Photo of appetiteforparis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours clear, light golden yellow with nearly two fingers of fairly tight white head, good retention. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Candied stone fruits, citrus, lots of floral aromas. Smells fairly sweet.

T: Follows the nose to a T. Lots of the candied fruits, citrus, and flowers up front with sugar cookie in the middle, moderate to slightly high level of sugar sweetness. Light level of bitterness, fairly sweet finish.

M: Medium body, very slick and smooth, carbonation is on the low end though and it doesn't have the crisp finish I'd be looking for.

O: Not a bad DIPA, but definitely too sweet for my taste and not enough carbonation. That said, it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rangerred
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with not much head or lacing. Smells very citrusy with pineapple, lime and orange being prominent. Also a slight hint of malt.

Taste is very hop forward with the citrusy hops dominating the flavor and mouthfeel with just a hint of malt at the end. You can tell there is wheat here but it doesn’t stand out.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and appropriate for the style.

I must admit I am not a huge fan of imperial IPA’s and this one was just ok to me. Glad I got to try but probably won’t seek out again.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of bastu
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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