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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

656 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 06-07-2007)
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TwoForty

Florida

1/5  rDev -72.6%

03-04-2013 21:55:03 | More by TwoForty
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WeckBrew

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

01-06-2012 22:07:29 | More by WeckBrew
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Sande

Kansas

1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

10-08-2013 20:39:52 | More by Sande
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jtyson

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.2%

01-13-2013 01:20:56 | More by jtyson
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Tnkemist

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -45.2%

01-13-2013 01:49:39 | More by Tnkemist
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

12-29-2013 20:53:50 | More by carteravebrew
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jjayjaye

New York

2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear and light amber color with a big fluffy yellow tinted head that fades to lacing. The smell seems off. This one is potential oxidized. Some floral notes but a lot more of a roasted lager character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. The flavor is complex, but IMO not necessarily in a good way. I get a pungent soapy licorice over the roasted lager malt. Not getting it for me at all...pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 21:13:13 | More by jjayjaye
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours an unspecial amber hue, and has a moderate ecru head. Smelling it, it seems to have a bit of pine and some caramel sweetness; not dissimilar to a faded SNPA. The first sip is honestly bewildering. My initial reaction is that this stuff must be old, and terrible. Subsequent quaffs do nothing to assauge that. The taste is sweetly caramelized with hints of peat moss and cypress; earthy in a borderline unpleasant way. Not good. The feel is okay, but overall the beer is not.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 05:08:50 | More by ktrillionaire
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amstelcat

Ohio

2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light burnt orange color. Average size head for the style. Taste seems off- grassy notes up front but then I got a harsh metallic aftertaste that lingered for a while. Tried it with three hophead friends and all agreed it was barely above a drain pour. That aftertaste had to be washed out with a Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 01:52:29 | More by amstelcat
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into my Harpoon European style glass.

A: Nice golden amber color with a creamy off white one finger head. Not much lacing from the head.

S: Some pine floral citrus smell with a hint of malt. For me really there was not a heck of a lot of nose for an IPA, I was underwhelmed.

T: I tried this on a recommendation from Matt at Capone's and I must say this is the first beer that I really thought was below average. The taste was that of a muted IPA, not much hops at all. I did get some light citrus with some malt and maybe a hint of floral taste, but again really very muted. Maybe I had a bad bottle but there really wasn't much taste to me compared to all the other great IPAs I have been tasting lately.

M: Not a lot of alcohol in the mouth, so normally this should be very drinkable, but the taste kept my mouth wanting more.

D: For me, if all the bottles are like this one the drinkability is low. I really didn't even want a second one, and that is a rarity.

Overall, again very disappointed and maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer to me was really below average for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 13:55:25 | More by Kadonny
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

09-15-2012 00:26:30 | More by brez8791
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-24-2011 11:45:26 | More by jophish17
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PhawkYu

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-31-2012 01:20:43 | More by PhawkYu
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beerslushy

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

01-09-2012 06:40:03 | More by beerslushy
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alli4051

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There was a rep from the Fort Collins Brewery in the beer section who sold me on this and I can't help but feel deceived. It's not that it was a bad beer, I actually liked it, its just that it doesn't really seem to be an IPA. It doesn't look like an IPA, it barely smells like an IPA, and it certainly doesn't taste like an IPA. It wasn't even that it was too balanced, that would have been ok, the malt just dominates here and the hops are really muted. I just didn't find this to be a good representation of the style, maybe I got a bad batch, I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 18:48:28 | More by alli4051
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HalfFull

California

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass. The Rocky Mountain IPA pours a light amber/deep golden in color. Half an inch of soapy off white foam settles quickly to, and maintains, a surface cap, throwing off bits of lacing here and there.

Smell is mostly gooey malts, with some woody hops participating after some agitation. Appearing almost sour at times, the hops/malts are not my favorite. Orangey malts and cascade hops dominate the show.

Flavor follows the nose with rancid citrus and a bit of spice. Ignoring the other details for me, the brew does offer a decent feel, but in the end the drinkability is limited by the abundance of hop oils and residual malts which clash all the way home.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:27:26 | More by HalfFull
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kush6875

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pale amber in color with no sediment. foamy white which dissipates and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

smell: mild floral hop aroma

taste,mouthfell,and drinkability. tastes like a weak ipa. drinks more like an amber ale. mouthfeel is thin. not that much body. very average beer. not good not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:44:07 | More by kush6875
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dirty looking auburn tone. Looks more like a brown ale. Creamy dirty white head. Decent retention and lacing. Kind of a weird aroma for an IPA. Cookie dough malt base aromas with slight sprinklings of spicy hoppiness. On the palate, I notice a substantial bready and doughy malt base. The hops....well, where are the hops? Not a lot to report on regarding the hops. Some cinnamon like spiciness that might allude to some hopping. But otherwise, this beer lacks hop flavor and bitterness. Two things critical to an IPA. The bottle says they ventured into unfamiliar territory in order to create this IPA. Word of advice: Stay out of unfamiliar territory.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 02:52:32 | More by Bighuge
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Goliath

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking clear amber color with a one inch off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is ok. Some floral hop notes and a dominating maltiness. It's kind of hay like, seems like caramel and choclate.

Taste is not that great. A subtle hoppiness. Hops completely masked by the malt profile really destroying this "IPA". The malt reminds me of hay kind of, some caramel in there and something more aggressive and not pleasing that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to low. This brew is sessionable, but the flavor is just wrong. Not very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 04:13:07 | More by Goliath
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ryanismean

Missouri

2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep translucent amber, with a good 3/4" of foam that doesn't recede too quickly. When it finally dissipates, it leaves a lacking layer of bubbles on top of the brew, but a thick, clingy foam down the sides of my glass. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is strongly reminiscent of mediocre homebrew, with a sharp hop character and surprising alcohol odor that completely dominate everything else. Just a vague hint of sweet, bready malt lies underneath. Not a huge fan, I've made brews that smelled better.

If the brew hits the tip of the tongue just right, you can get a nice upfront sweetness before the hop bitterness appears. The bitterness is not as pronounced as the aroma might indicate; it's there, but it's almost more APA with an attitude than what I would normally call an American IPA. It's not bad, but neither is it great. There is a distinctly astringent, bitter aftertaste that forms a few seconds after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is fairly weak, thin and watery. I've had worse but was expecting better.

Drinkability is fairly low, mainly due to the increasingly unpleasant aftertaste. After I've had a couple of these I want to rinse my mouth out with water and switch to iced tea.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 07:15:30 | More by ryanismean
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Jbucky

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

06-08-2012 01:21:10 | More by Jbucky
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CWhite

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

09-07-2012 20:26:10 | More by CWhite
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khargro2

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

01-12-2013 23:02:02 | More by khargro2
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jkball01

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-13-2013 16:32:41 | More by jkball01
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joezak5

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got as part of a "Brewer's Lunchbox" variety pack from Fort Collins; props to them for including 6 varieties and not 4. This was the selling point for me. $14.99 for a 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a cyrstal clear burnt orange, huge off white dense head with champagne like bubbles right up the middle, ok retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and sticky and oily hops with a spicy citrusy malt bite to it.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, sweet with low carbonation.

Taste: Oily and bitter orange peel hops, unbalance finish though where an almost sour malt takes over ruining the initial feel, not a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it, a good shot after some real winners from Fort Collins, but I wouldn't have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 03:04:35 | More by joezak5
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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.