The Incredible Hop Imperial Belgian Style IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

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The Incredible Hop Imperial Belgian Style IPAThe Incredible Hop Imperial Belgian Style IPA

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AmericanGothic on 10-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 13
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that diminishes to a thin film and laces the glass some.

The aroma is stinky earthy yeasty hops with some grassiness.

The flavor is a punch in the mouth of some sweet malt, bubble gum and a lot of hops that are tempered by the belgian yeast (banana and clove, funky earthiness). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I just am not getting the Belgian IPAs. I don't care for the mix of hops and belgian yeast. This is like others I've had, just more amped up.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonic pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly average.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Mildly hoppy, with clean barley and light lemon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Stale hops, awful malts, and a wretched all-around balance. Poorly built alright. I'm not keen on this whatsoever. A bit like laundry soap.

Mf: Slightly coarse, and wet. Suits the flavours generally, but the flavours are so intolerable.

Dr: Hard to drink due to the bad flavours. I don't dig this at all. $6.99 pricetag is extortion. I'd never have this again.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of blakelive784
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color, with a thin white head of 2 fingers that recedes really quickly. I expected much, much more.

S - Musty, stale hops; mild floral notes and a strange soapy aroma. It's mild, but strange all together.

T - The hops are certainly overbearing, but there are mild banana and clove notes reminiscent of a Belgian. The brewers should have focused more on the delicate floral tones of the hops rather than bittering.

M - Crisp and light. I'd like more body.

D|- I'm certainly not advocating this beer, but I applaud the effort. With some work this one could reach new levels.

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Photo of shand
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugh. Picked this one up off the shelf seeing "The Incredible Hop" and "India Pale Ale." Should have read closer to find that accursed Belgian indicator, since I'm usually not a big Belgian IPA guy. Let's give it a shot anyway.

Looks pretty generic, golden color with plenty of carbonation and a finger of white head that quickly drops to wisps. Aroma is way more belgian-y than IPA-like. Huge spicy and yeasty nose. The taste? I can do this, but I won't love it or anything. It's got a decent hop taste at first, but is quickly overtaken by a slightly medicinal yeasty flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit too slick and creamy, and the drinkability is alright, I guess. This brew isn't bad, but it's not great either. Not worth the bomber price.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Swim424
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into pint glass

A-Looks like a yellow gold with lots of carbonation. Decent head. As my girlfriend said "it looks like a miller lite"

S-smells like a little hops and mostly straw, corn and carbonation

T-Tastes like plain fruit with a bit of hops. fairly weak. Not much to this. Very plain flavored. nothing really stuck out to me.

Mf- weak. pretty thin and carbonated. Not much to this.

O-this is not what i was hoping for when i saw the words "the incredible hop" on it. Very dissapointed. I will have this over a BMC but honestly give me a PBR, cheaper and tastes fairly similar.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of babaracas
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with one finger of fast-fading fine white head, a few spots of lace on the glass. Smell: sparse - grainy, a little salty corn chip, medicinal and slightly spicy. Taste: semi-sweet pale, esthery, grape skin, a bit salty. Hopping is spicy and medicinal with some lemon rind. Would have been creamy, but too much carb and hard water feel. Slick into a drying, bitter finish. Highly hopped, not bad, but not good either.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a clear medium tarnished gold with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that receded down to a thin film and small collar, creating some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a mild grain malt, grassy hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (orange peel), caramel and a mild peppery spiciness.

The taste was a bold bitter sweet with a hint of caramel up front, and then mellowed slightly into a hoppy citrus taste with a spicy yeast flavor on the back end. The flavor was short lived but very enjoyable, and had a mild spicy hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry and somewhat watery texture and a good strong carbonation.

Overall I found this to be a rather light brew for an Imperial IPA. Although the balance of hops and yeast seem to work very well together in this beer, making it quite easy to drink and enjoy…

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather typical clear yellow with an average white head that does not last long. Fortunately, this is the beer's weakest point. Strong, hoppy aroma is crisp and has a firm fruity note plus a yeasty hint. Flavor is - whoa! Sharp, hoppy, a little fruity, slightly yeasty, with an almost shellack-like overtone. Definitely not for the faint of heart - or tongue! Texture has slightly above-average body but plenty of tingle, leaving a rather distinctive hoppy and sour fruity finish. Distinctive, and if not the best I have had, certainly a worthy brewski.

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The Incredible Hop Imperial Belgian Style IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
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