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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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cantfindme

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 01:28:57 | More by cantfindme
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- From a semi-heavy pour comes a one and a half finger head that retains nicely and boasts some cool lacing. The brew has a solid medium copper color. The head eventually slumps down to an 1/8 inch with full surface coverage from the foam as the lacing continues.

S- Wafts of cereal grain sweetness at first over top of citrusy hop aromas. Also has some biscuity tones and a strange "off" smell that's kind of funky but not in a yeasty way. Hard to describe, but I like it.

T- More cereal grain sweetness that accompanies the hops which, in turn, create only a mild bitterness that lingers for the perfect amount of time. Enough power to prove that it's a good IPA with enough restraint to know when to say "when." Well done.

M- Medium-high carbonation provides plenty of soft foam that massages the tongue with a delicate touch. A creamy body with plenty of snap from the hops and alcohol.

O- My first FCB purchase is a great one! Very satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:46:41 | More by Immortale25
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stevecooks

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-07-2011 23:32:08 | More by stevecooks
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-05-2011 21:31:57 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure where the brewery was trying to take this beer, but I wasn't crazy about the direction they wound up going. A very malt-forward IPA, with roasted malt notes that carried an (intentional?) chocolate malt aspect that did not marry well with the hops. Firm bittering at the end at last overpowered the malt, but I'm not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 15:04:45 | More by Brent
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-05-2011 12:59:02 | More by ROGUE16
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-01-2011 06:03:23 | More by rab53
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Dmart1223

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Based on reviews, I may have gotten a bad batch. Or I don't know what I'm talking about.

The beer's a dark amber, bordering on cherry with a thick creamy head that stays forever.

Where it got weird for me was in the taste. Drank quickly, Rocky Mountain was clean and smooth with a slight dull bitterness, slightly sweet and slightly bready. But the longer I kept the beer in my mouth, the more burnt it tasted and the longer that burnt taste lingered in the back of my throat. Good mouthfeel though.

Drinking this beer was like eating a tasty grilled cheese sandwich with bread that had been toasted about 30 seconds too long. It may be palatable and all of the elements of a delicious sandwich might be there, but the charcoal dusting in the back of your throat makes you wish you'd washed it down with a cup of tomato soup.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 05:09:19 | More by Dmart1223
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

11-29-2011 03:39:59 | More by brandoman63
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Amalak

New York

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

Nice cloudy color to this with a foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Very bold citrusy scent mixed with some hops and an air of watermelon.

This has almost a burnt hop taste to it. Mild citrus taste to it that doesn't quite reach the smell. Smooth with a bit of carbonation. Fruity taste to it. Mix of citrus and watermelon, like the smell. Refreshing. Mild sour aftertaste.

I'd say that this is a very solid beer. Flavorful and refreshing. Nothing totally jumps out, but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:49:28 | More by Amalak
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joelBfrasier

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-25-2011 16:43:46 | More by joelBfrasier
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-25-2011 05:15:38 | More by barnzy78
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chuckiecss

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-24-2011 06:57:37 | More by chuckiecss
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-24-2011 00:15:26 | More by jenray
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Geordie Schooner glass. No date. There was a slight haze in the leather/amber/orange body. The off white head faded to a cap and remained throughout.

The smell was of sweet orange marmalade.

The taste was oily citrus hops. Fruity with a sharp bitterness. Alcohol and bready.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Modest carbonation. This one seemed a bit to heavy and malty to me. I prefer a zestier, brighter happiness in an IPA. Not bad, just not my favorite interpretation of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 16:07:27 | More by Cresant
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Finatic

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-19-2011 12:14:45 | More by Finatic
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-19-2011 04:16:31 | More by jmdrpi
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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 02:47:13 | More by loupap
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a lot better than some of the other FCB beers ive had. pours a honey colored and textured hay color with stinky hop overtones in the nose. taste it almost of a fresh hop ale, but backed up with considerable pale or crystal malts. light, but satisfying. this is a classic american ipa with a heavy handed hop aroma and taste. it goes well with a gourmet pizza. nice mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation. better than expected...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 07:19:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is bright, cloudy orange; with thin head and lacing.

Nose is fragrant floral hops and sugary citrus.

Taste is perfectly summed up by the bottle description: "hop bitterness blended with malty sweetness."

Mouthfeel is creamy for an IPA, with mild carbonation and a nice hop bite.

Overall, it is a great, creamy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 18:27:07 | More by dorianmarley
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber with an orange hue and 1/4" of foamy head with decent retention. The nose has notes of barley malt and bread with citrusy, earthy hop aromas. The taste is bready and biscuity with some bitter but citrusy hops in the finish. There's a faint lemon note here that's pretty pleasing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

Not a bad beer. There could be a little more in the hop character, but the malt is solid. At times this feels a little unbalanced, but I'd get it again if I wanted an IPA at a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:14:26 | More by tdm168
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly bubbled out of the bottle. Forms a dense head that lasts and leaves a blanket of lace. The beer is orange-amber in color with a mild chill haze.

Good floral hop is slightly stronger than the earthy malt flavor. Drier smell than most with a light white pepper nose.

Smooth start from the above average body and the strong slightly toasted malts. Notes of butterscotch. The hop is not sharp, even at the swallow. The aftertaste is brief. The bitterness compliments this mostly malty IPA. The body is full and the carbonation is low.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:39:43 | More by smcolw
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a solid foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops sis dominating but well balanced with some floral notes. Taste is a nice mix between some hoppy and citrus hops and some floral undertones with a solid dry caramel malt base. Resinous hops are traceable though not excessive. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and easily drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 17:18:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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kaseydad

California

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

Pours a beautiful colored amber brew with almost no head whatsoever. Hmmm. It does come through when agitated though....and disappears again. I am getting a huge amount of caramel in the aroma and some major malt and light hops. Not getting any of the citrus fruits normally associated with an IPA. The smell is good though. VERY malty taste with some biscuit and bread in there too. More malt on the swallow and and light bitter aftertaste. Smooth brew. Overall this is not what I was expecting from an IPA. I am used to the tangy, citrus and this is on the opposite end of the IPA scale. Worth checking out to see what's going on but I feel this was almost like an Amber/IPA hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 17:47:30 | More by kaseydad
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yesyouam

New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ft. Collins Rocky Mountain IPA is a slightly hazy amber ale with a thin, dense, off white film of a head that leaves decent lacing. It smells sweet, grainy and resinous. It kind of smells like fresh cut pine. It's medium bodied, soft and smooth. The finish is a little silky and it leaves the tongue a little stunned. It has a big, resiny pine flavor. It has plenty of bitterness to offer. Yeah, bitter, piny hops, cranked to ten. The bitterness is omnipresent and long lasting. Wow, this seems pretty crushing for a plain ol' IPA. I'm impressed and will try more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 20:48:43 | More by yesyouam
Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.