Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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747 Ratings

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rowew on 06-07-2007

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a clear copper/amber with a thinner but well retained soapy-like white head that left shotty lace as it settled pretty quickly.A mix of caramel and citrus-pine,and floral hop aromas neither really win out but it is quite appetizing.A little thinner and sharp in the mouth,first off it seemed a little soapy flavors seemed a bit off than they came around a little this is pretty bitter with sharp grapefruit hop flavors over top of a toasted lightly sweet malt base.A sharp tasting IPA not a quaffer I think the sharp bitterness may keep you from drinking alot of this,Iam a hophead but this is even a bit to sharp for me in saying that it has some good qualities to it,whoa big hop burp.

Photo of brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a nice reddish-amber color.

The nose is slightly vegetal with spicy, floral hops. I have to say, it doesn't smell very good.

It tastes better than it smells but it is too sweet to drink much of, diacetyl perhaps. Has a nice floral hop character without much bitterness, which isn't really a plus for this one.

Tastes o.k. just don't smell it.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rocky Mountain IPA from Fort Collins Brewery.
Colorado. 6.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a crisp amber-orange fluid with fluffy offwhite head that leaves decent froth on the top. Hold some random lacing on the rims of the glass.

S- Musky floral hops, burnt caramel malts, earthy pine and mild alcohol fumes.

T-M- Wow... there is alot going on here. First it taste like the beer is unsure if it wants to be hoppy or malty dominate. Upfront is a large danky hop funk with heavy notes of caramel and even chocolate like flavors of malts. Lightly citrusy hop flavor more or less earthy or dirtlike hop charactor. Mouthfeel is less than appealling with a medium malt thickness that holds its feel for a few seconds leaving an almost forced bitterness that follows.

D- Unbalanced and not even enough drinkablity to have in a bar if found. Might try tap... will not have bottle.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours clear from the bottle, a nice coppery color with about 3/4" head of tight white bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Floral hops fight with an earthy malt aroma. Sort of an odd smell, but not necessarily bad.

T&M: The hops present in this are quite bitter and hang out on the tongue for a while. The malts are the co-star of this show, and they also unique in that they have a very earthy grain flavor, almost like peat or heavy grass. Carbonation is fine and abundant. The finish is relatively dry and malty to start with but ends with that earthy hoppy bitter linger.

D: For an IPA, this was less flavorful than many and that strong earthy grain presence was honestly just a little distracting. It certainly wasn't bad by any stretch but it wasn't really great either. The body was solid and the flavors that are there stay strong and stay together throughout the experience. Not bad.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Massive head from a steady pour, the lacing is pretty amazing as it leaves a coating down the glass. Bright and clear amber color. Bittersweet aroma of caramel and toasted malt with a thick blanketing of wildflowers and blonde tobacco from the hops. Medium-bodied with a sufficient crispness. Sizable hop flavor with thick herbal, minty, orange rind and black tea flavors. Bitterness is strong but more of an astringent pucker than a sharp bite. Maltiness is present with a good amount of breadiness and caramel malt middle to end, though the hops do stay way on top. Quick fume of clean alcohol in the semi-dry bitter finish.

Any true hophead will be able to take this American IPA on, a sure pick and a great example of what US mountain region breweries do for their IPAs.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a dark amber color with a thick off-white head. There was abundant lacing. It had a floral aroma, with a bit of bready malt. Mostly pine in the taste, but balanced by the malt. This beer was milder in taste than I got from the aroma, but still was a pretty decent beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with an off-white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is some sweet malts and grassy (slightly piney) hops and a touch of fruit.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and melon followed by a good sized bitter grass and tar hop finish, that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery.

Overall, it has good bitterness, but I don't care for the flavors (grass and tar). I liked their other 2 IPA attempts better. It is nice to see the local breweries using more hops though. I greatly prefer Odell's IPA to this.

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, pours darker honey amber, clear, typical medium tan, loose head, with some spotty lacing. The sniff reveals lots of pine and resiny hops and some bready malts. This is a better then decent ale, caramel, toasty malts, coexisting with grainy, pine sap hop notes. Respectable if not transcendant. Decent everyday type pale ale

Photo of Homebrew35
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of white foamy head. Good lacing, some head retention, nice clear reddish orange body.

Smells quite floral, fruity, earthy and very yeasty.

Tastes very earthy, somewhat floral and herbal. A firm piney, earthy and resinous hop bitterness. An interesting tangy yeasty note sweeps in mid palate.

Medium thin bodied, medium carbonation. Dry finish, resinous and coating.

Overall this is a solid IPA. Good appearance, nice smell and firm dry bitter finish.

$1.75 a single

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to buckeyenation for this brew. Foamy pour. Amber in color and rather clear. Smell is mostly floral hops. Tastes again is mostly floral which I am not a fan of. Mouthfeel is Ok but the drinkability is affected for me since I am not a floral fan.


Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle served into a nonic glass.

Cloudy,glowing medium amber with a generous off-white tannish head. Very good retention slowly falling into a chunky/pillowy layer leaving thick rings of lace around the glass.Well carbinated with strinking from the sides and constiant streams of bubbles from the center of the glass.

Strong,tempting hop aromas very floral with citrus and a good earthyness. Would guess lots of cascade hops. Turns grassy as the beer warms with subtle honeyied carmell malts.

Strong hop taste,very tangy citrusy turning gtapefruity. Not much malt presence in the taste. Hopsided is a good call. Good hop taste although finishes with tongue swelling grapefruittyness.

Light body,some grainyness,suprizingly smooth. Easy drinking,would have liked more malt presence. Good ipa for the hopheads.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed honey amber with a low frothy head of off-white foam.

Aroma of bready malt and cinnamon, some citrus and honey notes.

Well-balanced flavor of malt and hops, fairly similar to the nose. Bready malt, citrus hops and grapefruit rind bitterness. Notes of ripe apple and honey, finishes with some peppery and clovey spiciness, mildly yeasty, punctuated with some pine.

Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tasty and drinkable beer. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for throwing this one eastward.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from my old homestate; poured into my trusty becker pint glass. Slightly hazy golden amber with a medium tight fluffy white head that sticks around without dissipating at all, leaving tons of delicate lacing. Smell is lots of herbal hops, with some citrusy flavors hidden within. Good crackery malt presence as well. Taste is very nice; big biscuity malt supporting minty herbal hops, with some bitterness that follows well into the rather dry finish. A delicious take on the American IPA; personally I prefer more citrusy beers, but this one is great too.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an amber ale. Smells like an amber ale.

Taste, a little more hops are noticeable, definitely would describe this as balanced. Some slight pine and wood flavor to it. Toasty malt. Bitterness is a little more than I like when contrasted with the hop mouthfeel. Warming effect of the alcohol here, not over the top, but not hiding either.

At times I wondered if this had a 20% or less rye composition. A decent offering.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep copper slightly clouded hue with a head that is a light begie hue with two inches worth of foam. Scant uneven lacing is left behind. Aromatics offer up deep layers of floral and citrus hops with ample malt sweetness for balance. Flavor has a slight sweet and sour note goion on with bitter citrus peel and floral hop notes. The tart flavor going on in the malts just didn't work for me. Mouthfeel had a nice dry puckering hop finish with slightly slick hop oils streaking freely. Carbonation was even and definitely not a problem in any way. Drinkability overall is pretty solid although I could have done without the tart malt character opposing the nice hop character they kind of clashed together.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Modicum of sediment in bottle added mid-taste.

Pours with ample 1-finger head that has good duration. Hazy amber/orange color.

A - Fine aroma that is markedly fruity and floral, with a lightly toasted malt background. Some but not all, of the fruitiness seems to be from citrus-toned hops. Slightly earthy.

T- Substantial malt sweetness is initially evident but quickly gives way to a good hit of bitter hops, although malt flavor remains. Slightly woodsy (neither good nor bad IMO). A piney aspect is less obvious in the aroma than in the flavor. Excellent citrus/pine tinted hoppy finish where the remaining malt sweetness wears off quickly leaving a more bitter, but not unpleasant, lingering aftertaste dominated by hops. Rating near 4.25.

The mouthfeel is good, being typical for style. Moderate (i.e., well chosen) carbonation. Rather crisp with a semi-dry finish.

O - a very pleasant and easy to recommend IPA.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am getting ready to show some love!
Poured a beautiful rich amber plus orange marmalade color. A chilled bottle to room temp glass. Head rose quickly but not far and then subsided to a thin perimeter of bubbles.
Aroma-some caramel notes meld with the floral bouquet that gives way to some coniferous hops. Very rich and you know this one is going to be juicy!
Mouthfeel-medium carbonation lets this one coat the tongue where a multitude of astringent and floral hops finally fade to reveal some pale malt flavors. A froth on the palate sweetens it up and lets the citrus come through. This is tasty, refreshing and captures a lot of hop profiles from smell to taste to finish. Killer IPA and at 6.2% keeps it quaffable to at least three pints. Much respect to FC brewery whose recipe on this one kicks ass!

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a mixed 12-pack picked up from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear honey-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with a good deal of piney hop aromas. As it warms the caramel malt flavors come out even more.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit less intense. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined by pine hop flavors that carry through until a solidly bitter ending. As it warms the flavors wane a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could probably have a few of these.

Overall this is a pretty good beer - I'd recommend drinking this one cold as it loses a bit of flavor as it warms. Worth a shot.

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big lasting off white head with a lasting lacing atop a murky honey golden beer.

Piney citrus hops and light caramel malt aroma.

Citrus and pine hops with a added light bitter taste.

A citrusy dry aftertaste on a medium bodied drink.

Decent stuff with a enjoyable light citrus hops taste.

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a mildly hazed dark gold/amber color. A nice white head forms a bit taller than one finger. Head retention is good and some patchy lacing remains behind.
The aroma is nicely balanced, a sturdy caramel malt set in balance with fresh, pungent hops. There's a steady sweetness with some strong bread notes and lots of citrus. This one's deep and raw with the hops, bringing an herbal, earthy aroma along with the citrus, and very well countered by the underlying sweetness and strong malt.
The flavor follows suit with almost the same level of complexity but not quite. The flavors meld themselves together well and the balance is just as good. The bitterness leads to a very slight astringency in a lingering finish.
The mouthfeel is thick and firm with a medium-full body. Carbonation is enough to keep it quite lively without going overly spritzy. A nice, crisp bite gives way to a good smoothness. Good mouthfeel.
There's plenty of drinkability here.

Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First in a six-beer sampler: an attractive orange-brown body hoists a thick white foam that leaves picture-perfect lacing in the snifter... floral, pine bouquet, bright, vivid and substantial... a bit of complexity on the tongue: hops surround and form a gentle pillow, but the weight is both palpable and palatable.... hops flutter as cirrus smears the glass; by mid-drink, alcohol is still imperceptible... malts are somewhat balanced and ends with a sense of fruity above-average American IPA ad one I'd redrink but not to rerate (and to thinK: Fort Collins must be modest in saying they are "new" to the style!)...

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky Mouhtain IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

Appearance- Deep reddish brown with a small but heavy lacing head.
Smell- Strong floral/ green hops.
Taste- Sweet floral hops with an even balance of sweet caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet in the front end but becoming drier and bitter in the end.

Overall- Never heard of this beer so when I saw it on tap I had to try. What a find! I hope this appears more often.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle > 16 0z dimpled mug

This one has a really nice look, it's a vibrant, crystal clear amber with a rightous crown that is extra thick and sticky for this style. Slightly off-white, standing 1" high, very slow dissipation, leaving huge clumps of sticky foam all around the glass.

Extremely herbacious aroma, all spice, earthy hops, dried leaves in the summer sun, slightly tangy, I would'nt call it floral or fruity.

The taste is also dominated by an earthy, herbal and spicey hop flavor. good complexity, eventhough It's lacking the sweet-fruity edge of most IPA's that I really enjoy. The malt is actually very much in good balance with the rest and provides a smooth, buttery, yet mild sweetness.

The feel is medium bodied but hefty and robust for the style. don't worry, it's got plenty of life and plenty of bite too.

If you like the more herbal "English" style Pale ale's and IPA's this one is for you.

Photo of jmz62565
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery color with a giant tan foamy head. The head is very large and leaves great lacing. A fine looking brew. the smells alittle on the light side with some hops,sweet malt,and bread yeast. The taste has a bitter crisp hop bite with bread yeast,citrus hops,and some creamy carmel flavors. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer,not great,but an IPA that you'll want to try.

Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was part of the lunchbox variety pack and the one I was most looking forward to (but really just because I love the style.)

Served cold into a pint glass, it has a dark redish amber color with unusually good clarity for an IPA. The head is creamy but short-lived though it does leave a little lace behind.

Aroma is really enjoyable. Like the bottle says, it definately has a nice floral smell but there is also some great citrus.

Flavor is pleasant too. It's surprisingly bitter but it isn't completely out of balance. A nice caramel malt base supports the strong hop presence. Hops seem to come from all over the world - citrusy (west coast), earthy (PNW), and grassy (UK)... or something like that.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body but bigger than it needs to be in carbonation. That and the bitterness and the alcohol burn all hinder the drinkability.

This beer is up and down but overall tasty. If they could improve the mouthfeel I think it would be a strong offering in a crowded category.

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.