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Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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364 Reviews

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 06-07-2007

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Reviews: 364 | Hads: 757
Photo of Hendry
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep murky amber hue,creamy one finger head,tons of tiny bubbles rising up,lacing is all there.

Others detect tropical fruits, but all I get is bready sweet malt shrouding whatever hops exist.

Taste is sweet and caramel to start with, midway, and into the finish as well with just a faint bitterness that arrives too late with too little intensity.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, syrupy, overwhelming malt presence.

As a fan of hop forward IPAs with a citrus vibe, Rocky Mountain IPA offers the polar opposite.
Major league malt bomb only for those that like their IPA syrupy sweet with the hops getting trampled by the mighty elephant on the bottle! (655 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance: Poured into a new belgium globe glass from bottle with freshness date. Two fingers of slightly white head cover a cloudy amber/orange brew with lots of carbonation visible. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, caramel, clove. A very sweet and malty aroma. Not picking up any hops in the aroma.

Taste: Malt forward with not much hops. Wonder if this beer is fresh? Tastes sweet but wanting more hops. After all this is an IPA. Some fruity hops with a slightly bitter finish come through a little when the beer warms but is mostly overpowered by the malt. Still very tasty just not hoppy enough for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, hint of alcohol, crisp and easy drinking.

Overall: Maybe this beer isnt fresh. The lack of hoppiness points to that. Have a few more of these and will be interested to see if they are lacking hops as well. Still a very tasty brew but not what I expect from an IPA. Seems like other reviewers have not been getting as much hop flavor in this beer either. (1,023 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours medium dark amber, white foam, rings around the side. Islands float on top. Malty pine nose. Chewy toffee grass taste, with a firm bitter. Subtle citrus underneath. The bitter grows, and sticks in the aftertaste. Soft tasting malt as it warms. Pretty solid across the board. (320 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts. The caramel becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the caramel malt flavors are more prominent and the hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While the taste is not overly complex, it has a particularly good balance between the malts and hops and is neither too bitter nor too sweet. (838 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Peach dark orange amber body, with some hints of dark brown, and faint carbonation. Head manages barely two fingers tall, and a light tan color. Very little lacing, and falls to a simple collar, it's fluffy head disappearing quickly.

Nose is mostly biscuit malt, and no hop action. Some faint citrus warmth and garden herb like quality but very faint. A noticeable sense of caramel like malts and white sugar but nothing too big.

Palate is wet, and finish is even more fleeting when looking for flavors. Watery body. Muted malts and a grainy finish. Interesting as their is a good herbal mint and mouthwash like aftertaste but it also feels mediciny as well. Strangely also seems very flat, in taste and feel.

Overall aside from this minty like finish, I am really not feeling this. (866 characters)

Photo of diddly
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass (dishes are piling up)

Dark color for the style, caramel with ruby highlights. White, thin head, dissipates quickly, eaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is lacking for an IPA - certainly some hoppiness, but not what I'm looking for. It's more that you can smell the actual bittnerness of the beer, rather than the hops themselves. The bottle promises "massive floral aroma," which, quite honestly, couldn't be much further from the truth.

Taste follows the aroma - the hop flavor is definitely lacking in comparison to the bitterness imparted to the beer. The IBU's are there, but the hops aren't - what is there has an earthy flavor to it, but more would be better.

Light to medium mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Overall I wouldn't buy this one again. Based on some of the other reviews, it appears I may have gotten a bad batch or 6-pack here. My issues could definitely relate to an aged sample, but it's still pretty disappointing, as unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any sort of date code. (1,050 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of jcbogantes
4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: pours a nice caramel color, with a white two finger head that stays for a while leaving a nice thick lacing on the glass

S: Very sweet aroma and earthy hops

T: Sweet molasses, bready notes, very sticky on the lips combined with the perfect balance of hops and bitterness

M: full body (289 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy, deep caramel color. Cream colored head leaves a soapy film. Decently thick lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, thick with caramel and finished with piny hops.

Taste: Really rich with caramel sweetness, then a spicy bitter hop finish infused with pine and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick.

Overall: Almost a dessert beer with it's sticky, spicy, sweet richness, but bitter as well. (424 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass orange color with nice head.
a: Orange color, 2 finger width head
s: Light hop smell, slight bitterness
t: Very smooth hoppy taste, some bitterness, slight aftertaste
m: Medium body, smooth mouth feel
o: Very good IPA, some bitterness, worth buying again.
Purchased single bottle, but will buy a six pack next time. (336 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a hazy medium gold with a one finger off white head, not much retention, and not much lacing. Nose is mostly floral. Taste is very hop forward with the malt kind of buried in the mix. No matter. I sort of like the hop bombs. Mouthfeel is abour average, not thick, not thin, with a normal amount of carbonation. Overall I dig this beer. (406 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear deep gold with a rim of white head and some lacing. The nose has a deep earthy hop aroma with a bit of resinous pine paired with caramel malt and bready grains. Taste is light on bitterness but full of hop flavor. Sweet fruity notes of apple and lemon with mild bitterness to finish. Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, decent but no depth. (378 characters)

Photo of Chalkhead
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Very Nice. Pours a hazy orange/copper with diminishing tan head, some lacing. Aroma is bitter, fruity and floral hops, hints of pine. Taste is nice and hoppy up front, then fades to a gentle sweetness provided by the honey. Moderate carbonation and medium body with a slightly oily finish. An interesting IPA (318 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange pour, frothy heather colored head is moderate in stay. A thick frothy lacing is the result of the healthy head. a bunch of macro bubbles adhere to the vessel walls with spontaneous release.

S: The nose was sticky pine, sweet resinous citrus, grapefruit and toasted bread. Deep sticky hoppy tones. Flavor was sticky malt, a zing of lemony hops, amarrillo perhaps, with some sticky pine. Toasted depth is evident, a touch dry with a soothing piney hoppiness. Hops tastes like warrior and amarrillo.

M: Mouthful is sticky, with a nice depth substance wise, a bit of silty rought texture (marris otter?). Boozy scotchy caramel leave off the tongue.

O: Overall nice mellowing but deep lemon pine hoppiness. Not gonna smack you around upfront but is more barry white with deep soothing bass like tones behind a malty and toasted backing. Hops warm up beautifully. Overall a solid B rated experience. (914 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot copper color with a dense half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheety lacing.

Fresh herbal and floral hops dominate the aroma, becoming piney, and leading into a very present bready, caramel malt backbone. Notes of citrus are secondary, but add complexity. Fair balance between malt and hops.

Citrus hops are more prevalent in the flavor, with lemon and grapefruit underlying the profile throughout. Toasted breadcrust, slightly sweet, carries into the fairly bitter finish, which is somewhat resiny and minty. Develops a bit of a stale character as out warms.

Body is moderate to light, with substantial carbonation, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fairly balanced brew. Good hop character, fairly simple, with substantial malt backbone and a relatively bitter finish. Nothing exceptional, but could be sessionable. (867 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my friends in Colorado. Pours a slightly murky, dark, burnt orange brown. Smells malty and sweet, and bready but not getting too much hops on the nose. Taste is roasted malt, but not sweet, bitterness emerging mid-taste. Balance is solid, and mouth-feel is substantial, carbonation moderately big. A solid IPA, a little more on the heavier, but not sweet roasted malt side. (378 characters)

Photo of bzach
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! As the bottle says. The massive floral aroma lures you in while the hop bitterness and malty sweetness mingle in symmetry. Very surprised at how many different flower-like flavors are present in this near perfectly balanced brew. At first taste its almost overpowering, but once into you realize FCB has created one of the best ipa's. Near perfect full flavored hoppy/ floral creation! Will buy more! (405 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber, with an average head of carbonation. Lace is light and unimpressive.

Nose is sticky hops. I get citrus and pine notes. Not bad.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, but with a fairly substantial malt backbone. It's a crisp and refreshing IPA, and probably pretty sessionable. Still, this one doesn't seem to have a lot of character, so I won't have much interest in re-tasting unless it's fresh and on-draft. (415 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep golden color with a nice fluffy white head that had pretty good retention.

The scent was of strong citrus, sweet malts were noticeable also, and dry herbal hops.

The taste is also of citrus, bitter herbal hops are dominant in the flavor, there are also some notes of bread.

Medium body, pretty smooth feel with a very dry finish, moderate to high carbonation.

This was one of the better IPA's I've had in a while. (442 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, lazy amber brew with a cloudy complexion. The head is average but dense. The carbonation is also average and gentle.

I'm not picking up much in way of hops, just sweet caramel malts.

Drinks smooth and sweet malts. I've yet to detect any hops, no brew date so who knows.

Even without any evidence of hops this beer still tastes might fine. like an EIPA. (361 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack sampler.
6.2% ABV, 81 IBU, 12 SRM. No ingredients listed per the website or bottle.

Pours out to a slightly hazy copper, forming a tall yellow head with excellent retention and really nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is really nice. Pine, tropical fruit, strawberries, biscuit malt and toasty grain husks. The mouthfeel is bright, with a medium hoppy acidity, a drying astringency in the aftertaste, and a medium body. The taste opens with the piney hops (something I prefer in IPA,s over the grapefruit variety) with a touch of skunkweed hops, then is followed by the toasted grain husk, a hint of biscuit, and some strawberries in the finish. Bitterness is medium-firm, but not overbearing. Finishes pleasantly dry re:body as well as astringency. Aftertaste of black tea. No appreciable off-flavors or aromas.

A really nice IPA. I really enjoyed this, and it was definitely the best out of the sampler. With the piney hops, this reminds me of something Stone would brew. Well-balanced as far as IPA's go..definitely has a west coast vibe. Would buy it again when in the mood for something like this. (1,166 characters)

Photo of dbell23
4.67/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Decent retention and very good lacing. Looks like a malty ipa.

Smell is real good. Citrus hops dominate with maybe some malt sweetness. Grassy sweet hop smell that makes you want to take a quaff.

Taste is outstanding. Great hop start, hop middle, and hop finish. Really good balance. Full bodied and nearly perfect hop malt balance. Lingering hoppiness that reminds you what you're drinking.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation. Maybe a little more carbonation would be nice but still good. Because of the great malt backbone it seems full bodied.

Overall a very good ipa. Balanced and definitely enough hop for a hop head to enjoy. I haven't had this in a few years because of distribution problems and I'm glad it's available. Highly recommended. (853 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-An transparent copper color. Head is whitish and settles down to a respectable size. Head remains for the entire glass. Lacing rings are constant.

S-Balanced with a good amount of rich caramel and floral hops. A bit perfumey. Sweetness almost seems to beat out the hoppiness. Its mostly pleasant but barely memorable.

T-Hops start off with flower buds and a bit of spicy herbal notes. Then the flavor is washed out by some serious sweetness. A bit of pine kicks in on the back end and it finishes moderately bitter. Very balanced in overall flavor.

M-Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Light bubbles. Bitterness lingers.

O/D-Not my favorite take on the style but it fell into the 'mediocre' tier. Lacks the citrus and assertiveness I crave in the style. But it was one of the better brews I had in the state of Mississippi. (835 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of medium sized thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange peel, pine/resin, and floral hops along with a very light caramel malt sweetness.

T: There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but the flavor is dominated by hop flavors. There are citrus/orange (more like orange peel) hops, pine/resin hops, and some lighter amount of floral hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Just a hint shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery but still crisp.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and is enjoyable. A little too hoppy and a little too high in ABV to be a session beer, you could still have a couple in a day. Not the greatest American IPAs but certainly a very drinkable one. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$11.99 for a 64ozer @ joe canals

3 fingers of fluffy whiteness on a normal pour, lacing and head retention is superb, a good amount of bubbles feed the cap on a consistent basis, clean orange hue, a good lookin' brew.

piney and citrus-y (towards orange peel), the malt is detectable but barely, mainly this is just a really nice floral hop aroma leaning towards the alpha heavy american varieties we have all come to love and grope in the shower inappropriately. this delivers, it doesn't wow you but it is what it should be, which is fine for me this evening.

taste etc...
a little thin up front, the flavor seems to kick more in at the end, wow this is underwhelming, the great hop character in the nose is not the same in the flavor, there is some sweetness, some lingering bitterness, er, and not much else, this is a tribute to average APAs, the after taste is perhaps the best part, where you finally get some nice bitter notes, but sipping itself... this leaves me wanting more of something.

looked good, but not so much, the hot chick with the head case... (1,093 characters)

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