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Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

364 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 364
Hads: 757
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 71 | 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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Reviews: 364 | Hads: 757
Photo of akolb
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours amber, a bit darker than the typical IPA. White head quickly dissipates. Hop aroma is subdued for the style. It has a decent bitter bite but is also pretty malty. Mouthfeel is average. This beer is a bit different than the average IPA. Darker, maltier, and less hoppy. Still a good beer, but not necessarily what I want when I grab an IPA. (345 characters)

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

looks murky amber with head that stats a few minutes then leaves thick lacing.

Bit of hops for the nose,not much.

Pleasant , not overpowering, hop bite.

Smooth mouth feel, not that much substance.

Not spectacular, but I could drink a few of these. (251 characters)

Photo of Merticois
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - It pours a cloudy honey amber with a 3-4 inch foamy head that dissipates at a fairly average speed. Looks very nice in the beer glass.

Scent - Mild and Hoppy with slightly sweet/sugary scent that carries through.

Taste - The hops flavor comes through medium-strong and for the most part dominates the flavor palate. It has a malty sweetness that almost feels out of place, like it doesn't quite meld with the beer correctly. It's not very dry compared to other IPAs and has a slightly metallic after-note.

Mouthfeel - Very thick with high carbonation. It stays on the tongue well after the swallow, to the point were it's a little unpleasant.

Overall - Not my favorite IPA, it's not as dry as I would like and despite reading other reviews, I could barely detect any citrus notes and ended squeezing a little bit of lemon juice into it to give it a slightly less bread-syrup aspect. I would recommend Hop Stupid or Lake Erie Monster well over this IPA. (969 characters)

Photo of Rutkiller
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice IPA. Mild hop aroma and taste. Well balanced with some malty goodness. Pours and orange/rust color with a thin creamy head. Average feel in the mouth. (159 characters)

Photo of mazo
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. If you like IPA you can't go wrong. I love it. Will be buying a lot of this. Not going to go overboard in description. Beautiful color, nice head. Awesome smell. Awesome taste. Buy it and try it! (204 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from The Fort Collins Brewery, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - It pours a very murky golden caramel orange colored body with about a finger of frothy khaki head. Leaves behind random strands of thin lacing. Fairly standard in appearance for the style. 3.5

S - The aroma is lightly herbal / twiggy / pithy / grassy, with a strong caramel malt presence. An average, yet pleasant aroma. 3.5

T - Taste follows the nose - herbal, twiggy, and full of bready caramel malt. A lightly piney / citrus bitterness takes over on the finish. 3.5

M - The feel is crisp, smooth, and sticky / bitter/ resinous on the finish. Medium-bodied with okay carbonation. Easy drinking, I suppose.

Overall, an average IPA offering from The Fort Collins Brewery. Flavorful and easy to drink, but nothing to write home about with this one. Glad to have tried it, but I will not seek it out again.

The Fort Collins Brewery Rock Mountain IPA -----3.5/5 (1,070 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

Thanks bryan for the 12oz bottle. Poured into snifter, the brew appears a clouded copper color with an off-white cap that is quick to fade leaving patchy lace.

The smell is caramel malt upfront with a fruity hop accent that is minorly vegetative and green with a yeastiness. Despite having this somewhat atypical nose, it isnt bad.

The taste is toffee/caramel malt upfront with a pleasant pine-like and herbal bitterness. It gets somewhat fruity and floral but feels dated/faded for the most part.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not bad but not that good either. (591 characters)

Photo of danvanmat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

I was pleasantly surprised by this one - I had never heard of Fort Collins Brewery prior to trying this American IPA, so I had zero expectations. Being a huge fan of IPA's in general, I would definitely recommend this one to a friend and pick it out again if given the option.

It's definitely a smoother IPA, not as hoppy as some of the most revered IPA's out there - and if that is your style of IPA, then I'd give this one a shot. Worthy of the low/mid 80's ranking that it currently has - maybe even worth a higher ranking. (530 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: dark for an IPA; copper colored; thin off-white head; moderate lacing;

S: caramel with some pine; not a lot of hops in the aroma;

T: caramel malt forward with a spiciness to it; long finish, minimally bitter with a little spiciness, some pine and the caramel malt;

M: medium bodied; prickly carbonation; dry finish;

O: tasty, but maltier than I expect from an IPA (370 characters)

Photo of NurseTurkleton
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pumpkin orange, pretty hazy, 1'' head
S: Very herbaceous, notes of citrus, burnt pizza crust
T: Aloe, floral, grainy wheat bread
M: Solid, pleasant, coats your tongue in a good way
O: Wasn't blown away at first but halfway through I'm really appreciating its balanced flavor. I'm definitely tasting the hops but it's fresh and drinkable rather than overly bitter. (367 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: a 1" bubbly off white head dies awake quickly with some moderate lacing. Color is a quite hazy orange-copper with a bit of sediment in suspension.

Aroma: sweet orange, grapefruit, and nice malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, frothy, and quite sticky with a fairly dry finish.

Flavor: Sweet orange, grapefruit dominate with some caramel and whole wheat bread flavor. There is a strong lingering grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness in the finish.

Overall: very good ipa. (535 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-The beer had a hazy and cloudy deep amber-straw color with a good-sized foamy off-white head with good retention, lacing, and cling.

S-Aroma had a blend of floral and citrus notes with some grainy and earthy tones and a bit of caramel malt.

T-It had a mostly bitter flavor featuring a blend of floral, citrus, and grainy flavors and mild sweet and sour components.

M-Mouthfeel is fairly wet and watery body with average carbonation and fizz, yielding to a dry finish.

O-Overall an ok IPA needs some work. (556 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper red with 1 finger offwhite head. Slight haziness. Excellent head retention and lacing

S - No hops. All malt. Caramel and raisins. Not much to it.

T - Toffee, Caramel, Coofffee, chocolate and other malts. Not bad tasing but not an ipa

M - A medium body beer. Lots of burn with this one. Can def feel the alcohol

O - This is not an IPA. Its not a bad tasting beer, buts its all malts.Taste like a dopplebock to me (434 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy copper color. The head is about a finger high, with an eggshell shade. Retention isn't amazing, and the head only leaves a modicum of lacing behind.

S: Just as I feared, the nose is really malty and sweet. Having said that, there are some enjoyable notes to be found - it also brings some decent apricot and pineapple notes. Still, the hops here are way too mild for me.

T: The flavor threw me a curveball - this is kind of bitter all around. Actually, no, it's kind of GENERICALLY bitter all around. Despite the bitter presence, it remains rather malty from the start to the finish. There is one aspect I enjoy, though: the finish has a good stone fruit flavor. Otherwise, this one is meh.

M: There's some good news on the feel: it's fairly dry, allowing it to go down fairly easily. However, it isn't particularly crisp or clean. Much of the dryness seems astringent more than anything, and combined with the sharp carbonation, makes it a bit harsh in the mouth.

O: This tastes really old school. It's somewhat malty, pretty bitter, yet devoid of hop flavors. It isn't an awful beer, just...way behind the times for an IPA. I'm getting a picture in my head of this beer singing "old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be..." while more modern IPAs like MBC Lunch walk past the old man, wondering why he's making a fool of himself. (1,393 characters)

Photo of centurian62
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a nice smooth IPA, this one is great! It's not too hoppy, it's not too unhoppy. It's a very balanced, smooth, easy drinking IPA. This is one that could turn a non-IPA fan into one. It would be great on a hot summer day and it's good on a cold winter one as well. I will definitely go back to this one when given the chance! Great job FCB! (342 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a thin white head. Decent retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of bready malts, with some fruity notes. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is lightly hoped, with a malty presence throughout. Hints of fruity, grassy hops in the finish. Really nice version of the American IPA. (311 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dirty amber color, murky. The cream colored head is short and dense. Settles into a sparse cap with a small wall of lacing.

The aroma is sweet. Lots of tropical fruit notes. Pineapple and a heavy apricot presence. The malt provides some honey notes. Too sweet for my liking.

The taste is of apricot hops, some pineapple. Grassy notes as well. The malt is bready and provides some honey and toffee flavors. Not my favorite hop profile.

Moderate body with semi fizzy carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

It's an ok IPA just not my favorite hop profile. (581 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into wine glass. Bought a random single of this stuff, cause I liked the elephant on the label. What can I saw, I love animals.

A - Pours a light brown-amber, with a very large amount of carbonation visible. A fairly thick head appeared and dissipated slowly. Lot's of lacing stuck to the glass. A very good looking beer.

S - A fair amount of hops. Didn't notice much of the floral hops the description on the bottle spoke of, but noticed a good amount of grapefruit-scented hops. Also a touch of a lemon-lime citrsy aroma.

T - Wow. A very good beer. Figured this would be a run-of-the-mill IPA, but this is a great beer. Plenty of hops, big in the grapefruity taste. Very bitter, but not just for the sake of bitterness, it's darn tasty. Can also detect the malts, which balance out with the hops well. Assuming carapils malt is present, as the mouth gets a bit coated. I prefer a "wetter" IPA in a perfect world, but that's the only downside to this beer.

F - Not bad. A good carbonation ting, and it's easy on the throat and stomach. Only thing I'd prefer would be a wetter malt than carapils. Certainly easy to drink.

O - A very good IPA, is now among one of my favorite non-Imperial IPA's. Lot's of hop flavor without being overly bitter for bitter's sake. Malt is in good harmony with hops. Very drinkable and tasty. Hope I can find this beer again. (1,381 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a thin head but produces a lot of lace nonetheless. Color is hazy orange amber. Aroma is citrus and floral hops and creamy, grainy malts. Flavor delivers the promise of the smell with resinous hops in the flavor, nice malt backup, and a clean, bitter alpha acid finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light and carbonation is good. Overall, a decent IPA that probably tastes better on tap. (391 characters)

Photo of Father_Raybob
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Bright amber with a slight haze. Thick, dense fine white/tan head that dissipates by second sip to fine lacing.

Nose - Citrus and floral aromatic hops followed by a wave of earthiness and black tea notes.

Taste - citrus hop on the attack with a earthy middle palate and then finishing with simple bitter hops.

Overall - Not impressive but a fine bitter IPA for pizza and the like. (396 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a really nice orange tinted gold, nice two finger of thick off white head, nice lacing
S - Really dank floral aroma, nice fresh bread and a little caramel malt, pine, dried flowers.
T - Very good floral hop bite in front, smooths out to a sweet malt in the middle and finishes with a good palatable bitterness.
M - Gets a little watery in the end, but not bad.
O - Good floral IPA, thats definitely sessionable. (453 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden coppery hue short off white head

Aroma- fragrant hoppy floral bouquet, sweet caramel malt

Taste- aggressive floral hops hit with an underlying orangey citrus note, rose pedal, caramel malt, finishes with a subtle citrus tinge

Feel- nothing crazy

Solid IPA, well balanced, I enjoy the floral character (319 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange color with a dense foam topping. The aroma is piney and full of pith. In the taste, grapefruit, resin, orange rind, and pine. There is a caramel malt backing. Earthy and citrusy, enough malty body, agreeable IPA. Bitterness is spot on and the beer finishes more or less even. Medium bodied ale with well rounded flavors. Overall, this is a high quality IPA. Nice hoppyness and solid body. (410 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fort Collins Brewing - Rocky Mountain IPA, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours hazy amber orange with a small soapy head that dissipates quickly. Chunky sliding lacing.

Smell - Malt bready sweet with some floral and some citrus hops but not nearly enough.

Taste - Snappy carbonated sweet caramel malt and ends with some (read: not much) of the resin/floral hop here.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and malty on the palate. Drinkability is OK. Not overly boozy but it's there and you would think at above 6% you'd get some hops to go with your malt, but this is not the case.

Overall - OK, decent, easy enough to drink but lacking on almost all fronts in terms of the style and the competition. Malt bomb, would not recommend to hop heads. (742 characters)

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.