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Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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703 Ratings

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The two inch pale yellow foam lasts a long while as it drops an even coat of lace over a hazy golden copper beer.

Tangerine wafts from the Harp nonic and becomes more pronounced as one sips. This is a one-note beer with a faint hint of malt in the background, but that one note is well done.

Hop flavors and bitterness are up front. Citrus rind punctuates an otherwise earthy beer. This one is fairly muddy with a long, bitter finish.

The body is full with a strange texture and lively carbonation. There is a mix of metallic notes and chalk as it dries.

This beer is definitely better with food.

SLeffler27, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BellsFan
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

BellsFan, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Homebrew35
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of white foamy head. Good lacing, some head retention, nice clear reddish orange body.

Smells quite floral, fruity, earthy and very yeasty.

Tastes very earthy, somewhat floral and herbal. A firm piney, earthy and resinous hop bitterness. An interesting tangy yeasty note sweeps in mid palate.

Medium thin bodied, medium carbonation. Dry finish, resinous and coating.

Overall this is a solid IPA. Good appearance, nice smell and firm dry bitter finish.

$1.75 a single

Homebrew35, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of craftbeer31
4/5  rDev +9.9%

craftbeer31, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ryantho00
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The appearance has a bright orange, terra cotta, straw yellow hue with a white 2 finger head that leaves a nice lacing throughout the drink. I get hops, pine, some sweet toasted malts, caramel/toffee hint, and some small spice in the nose, some citrus I think.

This brew has medium body, and right up front I get a really balanced, hop and pineapple/grapefuit, pine, malts, grain, grass, bread; which is followed by a very well balanced sweet toasted malt and toffee ending. I love this aftertaste, get that mellow toffee and sweetness from the malts, and I still have a good bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This isn't as hopbombish as say Hopslam or even crooked tree, less of that hoppy, grassy freshness, and a more elegently balanced take on an American IPA. AGAIN, wondferfully balanced brew. Well done. Could drink this all night!!!!

Would be interested to see if they do a double/imperial take on this IPA, I bet it'd be really good!


ryantho00, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Edgewater, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ltdantheman, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of corrrance
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +9.9%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jjholt
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

jjholt, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of drawbackwards
4/5  rDev +9.9%

drawbackwards, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a compact off-white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, pine, and biscuits are present on the nose.

T: The entry is predictably hoppy, revealing notes of bitter orange, mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and sage underscored by caramel and biscuits. The finish is bitter and hoppy with citrus, pine, and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, firm, and chewy. Carbonation is crisp, yet expressive. Very drinkable for the style.

O: This is a really solid American IPA that impresses me more and more as I get closer to finishing the glass. Compared to many other takes on the style, Rocky Mountain IPA is very clean, balanced, and floral, but still displays a considerable depth of flavor. I can definitely see myself coming back to this one.

mrfrancis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of denver10
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a slight white head. A sweet and citric aroma. Flavor is a somewhat citric and floral and with a strong malt presencet, medium level bitterness here. Medium bodied and a syrupy creaminess to this that benefits greatly from the carbonation. Overall, I like this beer but not a session beer by any means. One and done. Maybe two if the mood really strikes.

denver10, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jstewart1130
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jstewart1130, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky Mountain IPA is an attractive brew that has a nice copper hued medium amber color to it. The head is on the whiter end of beige and fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is classic American IPA with a nice floral citrus character, as well as a bit of earthy spice. Digging deeper I get some nice caramel and toasted malt like aromas. Well done, but pretty standard.

The flavor is definitely on the tame side for a beer of this style. I get some citrusy and floral hops that are mingled in with the malts, but they seem pretty subdued. The bitterness is well placed though and this is a very balanced brew.

The mouthfeel is dead on with a medium body and a good amount of carbonation. The beer finishes cleanly with just a bit of sticky hop bitterness in the finish.

This is the first beer I have tried from FCB and I have to say that it did nothing to disappoint me. It was clean and well made with some nice flavors. It was not what I usually look for in this style, but it was very drinkable and balanced. It actually reminded me a lot of Harpoon IPA, a beer that I enjoy, but do not generally seek out.

zoso1967, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Jamstone714
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Jamstone714, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of cssosprey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

cssosprey, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent amber color with a 1/2 finger bubbly white head with decent retention though little lacing.

S - The aroma is that of toasted malts, some caramel, and an earthy hop character.

T/M - A nice hop flavor immediately on the palette: earthy pine and herbal in nature with a hint of mint and citrus fruit. A decent malt character wit the toasted malt blends well the medium bitterness. A fairly dry finish that leaves a mild hop bitterness on the tongue.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer though I think there are several other breweries in Fort Collins, CO that do a better job with the IPA. Still this isn't a bad beer, just wouldn't be near the top of my list for choices.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 14:34:47

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immediately on the nose I get a blast of fresh pressed tangerine juice. I also get this background malty note that smells like those Sweet Rolls that you buy at the grocery store and heat up for dinner. The two scents combined make for a nice melody of aroma.

This really is a nice looking IPA. It's a nice medium, pleasing amber color topped by a light tan head that is comprised of both very large and medium sized bubbles supported by plenty of visible carbonation bubbles . Lacing is amazing.

Rocky Mountain IPA is a bit nutty in taste, like toasted nuts are the first thing I get. Mid palate and finish is a nice light citrus flavor. I would akin it to as if you just ate a tangerine and the after-taste is what this is like. Bitterness seems low for an IPA, but the beer is still balanced on the hoppy side. I'm surprised the malt shines through as much as it does.

A bit lighter in body than I'm used to in an IPA, but it's a nice change of pace. Carbonation is on the low to nonexistent side. It's defiantly there, but despite the visible bubbles, this is VERY lowly carbonated. Finishes a tad dry. You wouldn't think this combination would work for an IPA, but I like it, it's different, and pleasing to see a change of pace.

Easy drinking to top it off. It is refreshing, flavorful and "aroma-ful", and it also feels quite new. I really enjoyed it.

tlazaroff, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Lee45102
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Lee45102, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

tclapper, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of karatebartender
4/5  rDev +9.9%

karatebartender, Jan 15, 2012
Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.