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

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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
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 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 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 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 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 dcloeren
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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 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 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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Photo of bluejacket74
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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The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
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