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Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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651 Ratings

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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 arizcards


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

Picked up in late September while vactioning in the Grand Junction area. The Brewer's Lunchbox was $16.99 for a 12 brew sample.
Beer poured an amber-orange with a nice head initially that is leaving a lacing behind. Nose is nicely perfumed by the floral hops. Taste is slightly toasted caramel malts finishing with a nice citrus hop. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good. This would make for a nice tailgate beer. At 6.2 abv it is fairly sessionable. Nice beer that does not have the wow factor but is definitely worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 23:22:05 | More by arizcards
Photo of Morey


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

This beer poured a somewhat hazy copper-orange color. One finger head following a medium-hard pour, but has quickly settled to a thin lace. There is some head retention hanging around though.

Smell is malt heavy, but hop aromas are definitely present as well as some bread and grain.

Taste is more of the same. Very malty with plenty of hops thrown in as well. Big earthy flavors. Reminds me of Titan Ipa, but not quite as hoppy or carbonated.

Mouthfeel is medium with a low carbonation level (which I tend to like).

I could drink a couple of these, but then I'd be ready to switch it up.

Morey's Bottom Line: A decent Ipa, but not in line with what I like most in an Ipa....which is HOPS. The light carbonation makes it taste more like "real ale" which is always a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 21:21:20 | More by Morey
Photo of Mavajo


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/amber color with a fairly thin white head that retains for a bit of settles into a whispy film. The aroma and taste were a bit atypical for the style, in my opinion. Strong caramel and malty notes coming through in the nose, with more subtle undertones of citrus - didn't catch much hops in the aroma. Taste si quite malty and sweet for the style with big notes of caramel - the hops make a bit more appearance here than in the nose, with floral notes. All in all, it's tilted a bit more in the direction of the malts than you would expect from an IPA - reminded me quite a bit of a scotch ale (which I conveniently tried for the first time the day before). Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

The taste in general is good, but it seems to stray a bit too far outside of the boundaries for the style, so I marked it down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 20:57:31 | More by Mavajo
Photo of bosox941827

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass; started off fairly cold but tasted over a period of time which allowed it to warm up.

A - Good indications from the color; hearty amber/orange color - looks like an IPA. Some head present after pour, which fades fairly quickly.
S - Bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts, but not much in the way of hops...uh oh....
T - Caramel malts, resolving into toasted malt at the start, which finally resolves into some tasty hops, but just not enough of them, touch of alcohol at the end, especially as it warms up. The pleasing bitterness does linger for a bit, but I wish there were more of it at the front too.
M - Medium carbonation, right for an IPA
D - Easy going down, could session this.

Overall not bad, and the more sips I had the more I liked it. However for an IPA, it needs more of a hop-punch at the front and a stronger finish, which prevents me from giving it a higher grade. The hops here that you can discern are very tasty - I just want more of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 23:33:30 | More by bosox941827
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Mike at Cole's. A mushroom cloud of hop aromas from my Samuel Adams glass. Medium golden, with lots of lace left. A bit creamy mouthfeel, but also above average aggressive carbonation. Very drinkable, perhaps a tad thin. Decent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:37:40 | More by Sammy
Photo of HalfFull


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
Photo of far333


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed honey amber with a low frothy head of off-white foam.

Aroma of bready malt and cinnamon, some citrus and honey notes.

Well-balanced flavor of malt and hops, fairly similar to the nose. Bready malt, citrus hops and grapefruit rind bitterness. Notes of ripe apple and honey, finishes with some peppery and clovey spiciness, mildly yeasty, punctuated with some pine.

Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tasty and drinkable beer. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for throwing this one eastward.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 22:28:50 | More by far333
Photo of SFLpunk


3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quick review:

12oz brown glass pry-top. No date. Hazy amber with thin off-white head. Nose smells a little oxidized, with lots of caramel and fading hop presence. Palate is bitter and medium bodied with low carbonation. Caramel dominates with hints that remind me of rye beers. Finish is bitter, but lacking hop flavors.

Ok, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 20:31:01 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking one of two samples from the Brewers Lunchbox

A - Amber color with off-white head, medium retention
S - Very flowery and spruce-like
T - Hints of citrus, only mildly hoppy
M - Has a really flowery aftertaste
D - Probably one of the smoothest IPAs I have sampled

A beer that is reminiscent of the area where it came from!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 21:40:45 | More by tjd112
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a beautiful strong amber color that is still pretty clear. Nice off white head that recedes to a film and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nice flowery and piney hop smell, with some sweet grapefruit mixed in there. Some malt grain and nice caramel sweetness is also felt.

T - A nice grapefruit and pine hop character is immediately present. There is also a nice caramel malt taste almost like its going to turn into a scotch ale. My only gripe is that the flavors don't interlock well. Very good flavor though but not my fave.

M - Creamy and light to med body.

D - Refreshing and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:05:01 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of morimech


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a pleasant pine and citrus hop aroma that we have come to know well in West Coast IPAs. But this has something else, a touch of sweet malt. The flavors mirror the aroma. Pine and citrus hop flavor that is nicely balanced with sweet malt. Moderate bitterness. More balanced than most IPAs done in the West Coast style. Body is a little thin. Carbonation is well matched and able to maintain a nece texture. Enjoyed this IPA much more than other reviewers. Not as big, bold, and badass as the famous IPAs. But has some balance which I appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 21:49:23 | More by morimech
Photo of KarlHungus


3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a a hazy pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and a hint of pine, and a nice bitterness. The taste is like the aroma, but not as pronounced. The bitterness is also considerably less. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent IPA at best, but with all the great IPAs out there I can't see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:21:28 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of rkrisstewart


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this from Woody's Ales in Frankin, TN.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy orange-amber color. Seems to have a bit of a chill haze from the fridge. Decent carbonation, with a thin off-white head. Half-inch after the pour, the head thins to roughly a centimeter, but persists. Excellent lacing, from start to finish.

Smell: Fairly balanced aroma. Hops provide a floral aroma, with notes of sweet caramel malts floating in the background. Slightly dank, with a citrus and orange rind character. Not as strong as advertised, but certainly pleasant.

Taste: Initial taste is sweet, but watery. Picking up the malt background quite a bit: brown breads mostly. Bitterness kicks in, providing zesty citrus, pine, resin. Getting more of that orange rind kick. Hops sort of fade in and fade out rather quickly. Finish is slightly dry, with a hint of sweetness and only the slightest touch of bitterness---no astringency. Light heat from the alcohol, but barely noticeable. Well-balanced, but seems slightly watered down in comparison to other beers of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low to medium bodied. Not overly carbonated, just about right. Smooth like velvet.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. My few negatives of this beer tend to make me think that it's a pretty sessionable IPA.

Overall: Fort Collins makes a reliable beer. The Rocky Mountain IPA may not be the best representation of the style, but it's one you can fall back on. If I were looking for an easy IPA to end with on a Saturday night, this beer would do. If you're looking for an amazing beer, deep with complexity and high in bitterness...you won't find it here. No significant off-flavors and the excellent lacing tend to make me believe this was a fresh bottling. Would be a great gift for a new hophead or coming-of-age craft enthusiast, or as a fall-back from other bigger IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 00:09:54 | More by rkrisstewart
Photo of HeroJH


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich gold - great lacing and head
S - rich hops, spices, fresh clover honey, pine, vanilla. complex for an IPA, not just hops in this aroma.
T - malty body, great hop fullness, faint lingering bitterness
M - thick malt and refreshing hop finish
D - great

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 16:09:37 | More by HeroJH
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, slightly ugly light brown color but with a nice dense head with good retention.

Both aroma and taste are heavily phenolic, which immediately reminds me of the old crappy bitters I used to try to brew using bleach as a sanitizer which is a huge negative for me. There is some redeeming malt quality towards the finish of the ber but it's not enough. It's a nice crystal malt flavor that gets overridden by the muddled bitterness with little in terms of hop flavor or aroma...

Overall, I'm not a huge fan. This seems like it was sort of thrown together and is in need of a major recipe overhaul.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 07:40:44 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of paco1029384756


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with a smooth white head.

Scent of grassy hops, caramel and malts with a bit of an alcohol bit on the end. Really nothing special, unfortunately.

Taste of caramel, grass, earth, and grain with some bitterness finishing. A decent beer, but I doubt I'll buy it again.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a sharp bit of carbonation, very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 22:41:23 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of gmfessen


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a 12 FCB pack mixer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a pretty, golden-copper color with a thin, soapy off-white head. The nose is a nice floral mix of herbal and citrus hops balanced with a caramel, toasted bready malt. The flavor really isn't nearly as hoppy as I was expecting from this "AIPA". It is pretty well balanced with the caramel and lightly toasted malts taking the forefront with the citrusy, resinous pine hops taking the finish and a lingering but not overpowering bitterness. The mouthfeel is a light-medium body with a minimal carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Overall, a decently drinkable beer - not bad by any means but not what I was looking for in an AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 22:37:37 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - Grapefruit aroma from the hops.
A - Four fingers of rocky white head that collapse with some nice lacing on the side. Medium amber with slight haze.
M - light to medium body, medium carbonation.
T - Floral and fruity hops from the aroma are forward but very well balanced with the malt. Very slight harsh bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.
D - Very drinkable IPA. I like this better than many over-the-top IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 00:39:23 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of yuenglings


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden color with a finger sized head that leaves a small amount of laceing.
S: Sweet citrusty folwer smell ass soon as i opened the bottle when poured in glass you can smell the sweet slightly roasted maltyness.
T: Like it smells with a very pleasent sweet/ bitterness to it.
M: Very smooth with a good balance to it not heavy at all but not to light.
D: Very drinkable beer love the taste but i had to give it a 3.5 due to the fact i have to be in the mood to drink alot of this beer but i would still buy this brew agian.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 21:02:31 | More by yuenglings
Photo of jsh420


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

pours clear amber copper with a 1 finger head that left notches all down the glass

smell has a good amount of pine and some grapefruit

taste really reminds me alot of DFH 90 but with more pine - has great balance - lots of pine upfront then comes the sweet malt backbone

mouthfeel is medium - clean with a slight crisp finish

srinkability is great - tastes like a dipa but with a light feel and lower abv%

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:50:19 | More by jsh420
Photo of alexgash


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden peach. Fat finger of light beige head. Good lacing. Nose of honey, buttery toffee malts, black pepper, and herbal, piny hops. Not crazy about the buttery aspect. Light metallic, mineral-y bitterness up front. Mildly sweet toffee and fruit malt base kicks in. Resinous, herbal hop flavors follow, contributing a nice, even bitterness. Hop bitterness linger in the dry finish. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Not bad!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:33:21 | More by alexgash
Photo of redneckchugger


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronze color, tan head, spotty lacing.
Decent nose, nice piny hop aroma, with some grapefruit in there as well, and maybe a little bit of a floral note, but maybe not.
The taste is a let down to an extent tho. Its nice, but more bitterness than flavor. Nice bit of malt creeping in for balance.
Its a nice little beer, and if the price is right i might have it again, but it needs more complexity in the hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 22:46:01 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of CampusCrew


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice beutiful red amberish color

smell: light hop smell. disapointing....

taste: not a loaded IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, slightly awkward aftertaste

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA

drinkability: overall a decent IPA, not ht ebest by far

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 21:27:47 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of scruffwhor


3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish coppery amber underneath a two finger head that slowly recedes to a nice film o' foam. OK bubbling. Very orange zesty hop aroma with just a dab of Earth with some tiny toasted caramel malt aromas. Not much balance to this IPAs aroma or flavor. Full on hops at the forefront of evry sip. Strong orange peel and some toasted, faintly bready sweet malts in the middle. The finish is more of wet grass and soil, earthy hop bitterness. The palate is resiny to start, syrupy in the middle, and watery at the finish. Not a sessionable IPA for me. Too much lingering bitterness and not enough balance to make me want more than one in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 05:03:48 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of wspscott


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: On the dark side for IPA, old penny color, nice white head that lingers, lots of lace, crystal clear.
S: Flowers, honey, lots of hops, slightly bitter nose, very nice.
T: Taste doesn't match the nose, I expected more flavor/aroma hops given the nose. Nicely bitter, very style appropriate.
M: On the "round" side, could use a little more attenuation, good level of carbonation.
D: A very nice IPA, not world class, but I would have no problem picking up again. No alcohol presence at all, could be dangerous. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 01:52:55 | More by wspscott
Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.