Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

363 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 363
Hads: 752
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 65 | 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: 363 | Hads: 752
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Slight piney hops & grapefruit as this warmed up

T: Piney, oily hops & then grapefruit. Breadyness & some orangey hops + caramel sneak in as this warms. Finishes with a little warming booze, tons of hops smack & a little pepper

MF: Chewy, oily, medium bodied with medium carbonation

Very drinkable, a nice IPA that hopheads should really enjoy (471 characters)

Photo of Graebner
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a finger of head that settles but doesnt disappear. moderate-heavy bubble columns.

Esters, smoke, lemon, teriyaki?, lots of hoppy goodness. Mmmm

Sweet up front, a little thin feeling, lots of hop backbone, and that teriyaki again...like a fried wing with teriyaki sauce. Unexpected, but quite good.

Refreshing, but plenty of hops and carbonation. Really good.

Sessionable though nicely bitter. A really good IPA, only thing from Fort Collins Brewing that's impressed so far. Here's looking forward to more! (545 characters)

Photo of ClassicBrad
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got two of these bottles in a case split with some fellow Pennsylvanians. I have been a fan of Fort Collins ever since I had their Pomegranate Wheat on tap @ The Riverstreet Alehouse in Pittston, Pa. Needless to say, I'm ready to dig in.

The label gives interesting background to the IPA style in describing its initial benefits of durability to spoilage... very interesting.

I poured the bottle into a Yuengling Lager Tumbler Pint and the body of the brew is actually pretty dark for an IPA. Even darker than a Yuengling Lager is, in fact. It has a very clear dark copper hue. The cream colored head holds up very well in a bubbly but eventually frothy state with some of the best lacing I've seen in an IPA. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is typical for the IPA style with very strong herbal and earthy hop notes. Some malt characteristics found in the back of this beer's nose are beautifully balanced with the hops and suggest of light caramel.

The taste doesn't really peak above average for the style. Don't get me wrong, when I want an IPA and see this on the menu, there's a good chance I'll get it. It represents the style very well but does so without putting any sort of outstanding trait into it. Immaculately average.

No complaints about mouthfeel or drinkability. Both are essentially summed up well in my opinion of the beer's taste. Average and enjoyable all around.

Maybe my first impression of the Fort Collins brewery making a Pomegranate wheat beer got my hopes up that they were a standout brewery looking to push the envelope but I think their IPA is a fair representation of the style and I'm sure this won't be my last bottle. (1,669 characters)

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

On-Tap JP MacGrady's

It was nice, but didn't really hit the spot for me. There's a big mellow citrus and juicy fruit hop flavor, but that's it. There's no tasty malt backbone and the hops finish on an unpleasant fruit seed note. Still it's easy drinking, but the flavor isn't that enthralling. (296 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, with coppery coloration, good 1/4" creamy cap on top.

Soft, yet spicy, aroma, estery, fruity...Cascades, centennials, maybe...fairly standard IPA nose, goody'n'hoppy, lightly bitter.

Bitterness greet the tongue at first, lip-smacking, and persistent puckering. Caramel malt sweetness below makes a bit of balance. Rather juicy, sappy malt content. Feels like a blend of an English IPA, from malts, and an American, from the hops. But I may be wrong, that's just how it feels to me.

Full bodied, long, bitter finish, with malt sweet still sliding in below it. Easy-drinking, good taster. A rewarding, if not too challenging IPA.
I picked up a cold 6-pack from Surdyk's cooler, putting back the warm one to the shelf, because I wanted to drink one right when I got home, it's so hot out.
(one of the helpful hints on the label reads: "Drink Cold--When You're Hot.")
Well, it's doing the trick. Quite nice. Good job, Ft. Collins! (947 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my contributions to NEPA BC split #6.

Pours a pale amber with good clarity and about a finger and a half of fluffy light beige head. Head recedes to a thin lace and leaves quite a bit of stick on the sides.

Smell is primarily piney hops, but there is some citrus and caramel malt sweetness in there, as well.

Taste begins with a really robust malt backbone that provides a perfect canvas for lots of tasty hops. Hops have a nice blend of citrus and pine flavor, and plenty of bitterness, as well. The caramel malt sweetness does a nice job offsetting some of the hop bitterness and provides some balance. It's medium-bodied and really coats the palate, very creamy. Carbonation level is just right. Drinkability is high because there is enough malt to make sure that the bitterness doesn't overwhelm and get out of hand.

This was a really pleasant surprise. I've only had one Fort Collins brew to date and it was nothing special, but this is a very tasty IPA. Give it a try! (994 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A: Coppery orange, big thick head (about an inch), very prominent lace

S: Fruity hop aroma, very pungent. Heavy piney smell really hits the nose.

T: Strong malt backbone hides the hops on the initial sip. Hop bitterness kicks in thereafter.

M: Smooth and light.

D: Fairly drinkable, alcohol presence is noticeable, but can hurt you in later rounds.

O: Well-rounded IPA, nicely balanced. Not bad in a pinch. (459 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is amber in color with a spotty white head that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is piney, sweet. The flavor is piney, sticky, bitter, nicely hopped with a very strong flavor. This beer really coats your mouth and tongue. The more I drink this beer the more I find myself buying it again and again.Odell's IPA is still my favorite but this one is a winner for sure. (384 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a deep amber color with eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast. lots of lacing on the side of the glass
s: floral and pinny hop aroma, very inviting. a little malt sweetness
t: wow, starts off with a sweet malt taste but leads into a very nice bitter hop flavor, very enjoyable
m: meduim bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, got it at Hy-Vee in Ames Iowa, I wish it was available around here a very nice ipa (473 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good IPA new from Fort Collins. I kind of like these guys. The beer reminds me quite a bit of a middle ground between Dogfish Head 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPA.

The beer pours to an amber brown color with a light golden hue. Fairly clear with little carbonation. Huge off-white head with good retention. Excellent lacing. Looks good.

Smells great. Lots of grapefruit and apricot. Definitely a bit of Amarillo in there. A bit of bready, biscuity malt underneath. The hops bouquet is absolutely wonderful.

The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma, unfortunately. The malt shines out quite a bit more. The hops are not nearly as shining. Just a bit of that grapefruit and apricot. Not too bitter. Could be much better. I don't know how the hops aroma shines so well but hardly shows up in the flavor.

The body is fairly thin. Not too much carbonation on the palate. The finish is very clean. Very little bitterness. No alcohol detected. Would be much better if that beautiful hops aroma would show itself in the flavor. Not bad, though. (1,053 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. No ABV or freshness info on the label. Label is an abstract elephant winding down a trail from the mountains.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color (a bit darker than I would expect), with a nice firm white head. Fades to leave quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of hop aroma - floral and a bit of resinous pine.

Taste: Medium to thin mouthfeel, starts off with a malty sweetness, then the hops take over. Floral and a bit spicy.

Overall impression: Balanced and drinkable - not my favorite IPA, but this one is a solid offering. (570 characters)

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.