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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
82
good

704 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
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 ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep orange...light white lace

S-Very floral and fresh....nice...some candied tropical fruitiness too..

T-I like the flavors on this IPA...hops are clearly evident but sweeter in nature...not juicy, but a sweeter take...the malt blends nicely with some biscuit like characteristics....I'd call it English style IPA...and Very good!!

M-About right for the style...medium...low-to-medium carbonation...

D-Very good IPA. Just a notch below the greats..

ZAP, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a surprisingly dark amber/copper color, with a good half inch of light tan head. Huge floral aromas waft up from the glass, one of the better IPA noses I've enjoyed in awhile. On the palate, I get more floral hoppiness up front, leading to a biscuity finish. This one really starts off great, but fades to mediocrity buy the finish.

Had this one on tap last night, and I fairly unimpressed. My scores have been adjusted accordingly.

emmasdad, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of jt31914
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is decent; it is amber/pale with no lacing or head and a sweet honey/hoppy smell. Some clove flavor on the palate. Like an even weaker version of GI's IPA. It is just too weak in flavor. Tastes of honey, clove, and hops, but the sweetness is too dominant and the hops to weak. This is an okay brew, but overall I am unimpressed.

jt31914, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a hard day and needed a good tasting IPA

A - Dark amber with very little head due to slow pour. Semi sticky lacing on glass sides.
S - Mostly mild floral and grapefruit hops. Doesn't smell very aggressive.
T - Mostly malty with a bitter citrus and floral hop bite. Moderate bitterness carries flavor along nicely.
M - Very light and sticky. Really expected more bitter but its still balanced.
D - Well I got it in a variety and it really did wow me more than Blue points "hoptical illusion" so I guess drinkability is good.

DrDemento456, May 25, 2010
Photo of haddon
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing.

The aroma is good... The hop aroma is pretty aggressive. It's got a floral nose that's quite bitter.

good taste. It has a very bitter hop bite up front with a nice malty flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation.

good IPA. It's intensely bitter with just enough malt balance. very drinkable with a good pizza or on a hot summer nite!

haddon, May 23, 2010
Photo of asabreed
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A nice color here, on the darker side with some amber in one light and orange in another. Sheets of raindrops on some sides, nothing on others.

Smell: Caramel and toffee sweetness, with some fruit esters, mixed with some leafy green hops. But all of it feels way too watered down in a sense, as it's balanced, but there hasn't been a lot of care taken to do everything up right here.

Taste: Initial fruit esters, minor sourness, and mild bitterness, with lingering toffee and caramel flavors and some grass and earthiness. Not much more than that.

Mouthfeel: Way too watery overall, which is deceiving since there's some decent lacing around the glass.

Drinkability: Overall this is an earthier, less hoppy IPA than many, with fruit esters mixing in nicely enough, but it reminds me of too many that don't seem to worry about complexity very much. I could drink a few, but there are a ton of clones out there, so it's up to you if you're interested in trying it.

asabreed, May 12, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Nonic. Poured a nice copper with a one-finger white head. The aroma of this brew was overwhelmed with hops and masked anything else that was present. Upon tasting I could pick up on a malty and nutty flavor with the hops really only showing up at the end upon swallowing. This was a welcome characteristic as it didn't mask the other flavors present as they did in the aroma.. Brew had a medium feel on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. The lacing was nice throughout. Overall this was a nice beer from Fort Collins that was very drinkable. The aroma had me worried that it would loose some of it's other flavors, but the hops played a secondary role toward the end. Worth trying for any IPA fan.

thagr81us, May 10, 2010
Photo of Gooball201
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will say it is average. Not great but $8 after tax for a six pack was reasonable. Woody smoky flavor is acceptable after buying cases of Nugget Nectar (best beer on the planet - shame it is only a seasonal!) Glad I tried it but will not go back for more!

Gooball201, May 07, 2010
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggressive pour into a Ghost River Brewing pint results in a dark orange amber color with a moderate, two-finger head.

S: Floral hops with wet cardboard and metallic notes.

T: Opens with sweet malts before moving into astringent grainy territory. Malt and hops continue to duke it out with emerging suggestions of burnt toast. Finishes with an overriding bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Prickly carbonation combines with a rough, grainy texture.

D: Somewhat complex and relatively balanced, yet...meh. Decent enough and worthy of the style, but there are so many better American IPAs out there.

CaptainIPA, May 02, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 19 Mar 2010.

Poured in the Liquor Mart shaker pint glass (love/hate realtionship with the Liquor Mart font). Medium sized thick batter like cream colored head. Deep honey oak color, slightly hazy. Aroma is full of hay, a good bit of resiny hoppiness and a lot of butteriness. Fairly well balanced between caramel maltiness and a resiney hopppiness, but butter is coming through in the flavor too. Consistent throughout, finish is bittersweet with touch of buttered toast. Medium body, moderate ethanol presence.

A is fine with the butteriness, I am not. Reading some of the reviews, seems like not many others got this flavor, which was quite pronounced. Odd, cause we got this one fairly fresh just a few weeks ago... Would not get again because of this.

htomsirveaux, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly foggy, rusty penny color with some moderate visible carbonation running up the sides of the glass and into less than a finger of cream-colored head that didn't last more than 30 seconds. Even though the head was disappointing, the beer left some decent lacing around the glass.

The smell is probably my favorite part of the beer. Although caramel malts can be appreciated, some bright grassy and citrus hops definitely show up in force, making this thing smell inviting. The strength of the aroma is pretty decent, too.

I don't want to call Rocky Mountain IPA average, but it's close. I wasn't too impressed with the amounts of caramel malt they put in the beer, I feel like it overpowers the nice hoppiness I sensed in the nose. The hops are still there and they're still tasty and bitter, but they're fighting with the toasted malt to see who will be noticed more. For me, it's the malt that gets the tip of the hat.... I wish they'd toned it down just a little bit and this would be pretty nice. Still love that hop bite though.

Dead-on medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a pretty nice drying finish from the combo of hops/carb. Not bad. Smooth and a bit oily in your mouth.

The drinkability isn't bad at all, because like I said before, you can still taste the hops and the beer definitely has potential. I just wish Fort Collins Brewery took the maltiness down just a little bit and let the hops speak more for themselves. Maybe I'm nitpicking, I don't know. Not a bad beer overall, though.

feelmefoam, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color, perfectly opaque. A nice cap of tan color head formed at the top and retained decently throuhout the drink; a circle of foam stayed in the center of the glass while the rest of it was a thin film of head.

The scent is nice and strong, potent flowers, lemongrass, some light biscuit tones and some caramel. Intoxicating scent, I keep coming back to it.

The taste is excellent, a nice melody of dry hop and sweet malts, lemon grass, and earth. The flavors really blend well together. So very good.

Nice mouthfeel, slight dryness at the end of the each swallow; but a nice thick filling beer that I found very satisfying.

I will be moving this one up into my regular rotation.

donteatpoop, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of ATPete
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a murky orange brown color with a small peach/beige head. This doesnt smell like an IPA right off the bat, very unbalanced malt dominant nose. The flavor is a different story, a mild fruity hop character shines through the sweetness, good bitterness and carbonation. This was a one trick pony that lost me from the get go. Possibly a bad or older bottle, wouldnt know for there is no dating codes to be found.

ATPete, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown amber with a finger or so of white foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly into oblivion. The nose is just chock full o' pine, with some mild citrus notes and honey sitting in reserve. The taste follows in true IPA fashion, with a healthy dose of piney bitterness leading the way, bolstered by a backbone of caramel, toffee, honey, and light citrus. The body is a slightly light medium, with active carbonation and a dry finish, leading to a pretty high drinkability.

TMoney2591, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of tapman
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A somewhat dark, almost brownish, transparent body with a two-finger, ROCKY head...get it? Bubbles are small which a attribute to good carbonation absorption, but the color is a bit dark for my taste---this is pure personal preference.

A soapy hoppiness (Centennial?) followed by crystal malt sweetness. I suppose hop aroma is floral, but like perfume floral, not nature floral. My guess is definitely on some Centennial in this brew.

Same soapy hop taste as in the nose. I say soapy not because it literally tastes like soap, but the sour bitterness in the flavor, which has nothing to do with hop bitterness via isomerized alpha-acids, is sticky and a bit cloying. Some crystal comes out and tries to balance the hops and succeeds to a point, but I'm just not a big fan of so much of this type of hop flavor and prefer something more citrusy like Amarillo which I can confidently say is not in this brew.

Very dry. Thy got some good attenuation on this brew, I tell you what. I say a sign of good brewing procedure.

I give this one an average. I feel that the hop flavor in this brew is antiquated and that most breweries are moving on to brighter, more sweet and flavorful hop varieties. Once again this chalks up to pure personal preference.

tapman, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pours a very pretty amber orange with rich brown tones. Perfect clarity, average amounts of carbonation visible. Rocky laced head, just off white. Pours nice and full, thins out only some while sitting.

S- As expected, this is a very hoppy beer. Nice smells of citrus fruits, mandarin oranges, maybe slight honey aroma? Sweet and citrusy.

T- Juicy, sticky hop buds come to mind at the first sip; just oozing sticky hop oils. Pine and ganja resin. Initial short burst of dried fruits, then a mellowing bitter than spreads nicely across my mouth. Lingering woody bitterness. There is a surprising ammount of counter balance from the sweet malts, a little balance is good in the style.

As far as IPA's go, I've had better tasting examples. This unfortunately falls a bit short of success. The flavor is a little dried up seeming.

M- Medium light body with exceptional smoothness. The carbonation stays quietly on the sides. Great work here.

D- Eh. This is not my type of beer. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.

SamN, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Perfectly amber-orange with a thin, tan head.

S: Light pine hops with a citrus hop profile in there. Earthy and perfumey with a salty, slightly tropical notes. Significant malty smell for an IPA.

T: Malty on the front with moderate carbonation. Accented by bitter hops and a caramel malt middle. A smokey, kind bud resin finish that echoes more malts and not enough hops for me. This beer was more like a pale ale or an APA than an IPA because of the big malt presence.

D: Just a taster in my opinion.

Value: Expensive, especially considering it isn't really an IPA...

WeezyBoPeep, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of alli4051
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There was a rep from the Fort Collins Brewery in the beer section who sold me on this and I can't help but feel deceived. It's not that it was a bad beer, I actually liked it, its just that it doesn't really seem to be an IPA. It doesn't look like an IPA, it barely smells like an IPA, and it certainly doesn't taste like an IPA. It wasn't even that it was too balanced, that would have been ok, the malt just dominates here and the hops are really muted. I just didn't find this to be a good representation of the style, maybe I got a bad batch, I don't know.

alli4051, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong, hoppy and just a little lemony with an evergreen undertone. It pours a clear, bubbly, orange amber with a fairly thick beige head. Flavor is quite hoppy and only slightly bitter with citrus and evergreen hints and just a touch of malt. Texture is fizzy, edgy and tingly, leaving a hoppy and slightly sweet finish.

Cyberkedi, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was part of the lunchbox variety pack and the one I was most looking forward to (but really just because I love the style.)

Served cold into a pint glass, it has a dark redish amber color with unusually good clarity for an IPA. The head is creamy but short-lived though it does leave a little lace behind.

Aroma is really enjoyable. Like the bottle says, it definately has a nice floral smell but there is also some great citrus.

Flavor is pleasant too. It's surprisingly bitter but it isn't completely out of balance. A nice caramel malt base supports the strong hop presence. Hops seem to come from all over the world - citrusy (west coast), earthy (PNW), and grassy (UK)... or something like that.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body but bigger than it needs to be in carbonation. That and the bitterness and the alcohol burn all hinder the drinkability.

This beer is up and down but overall tasty. If they could improve the mouthfeel I think it would be a strong offering in a crowded category.

GilGarp, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Thur123
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark orange-like brown with two fingers of white fluffy head. This is a hazy brew with low carbonation. The smell is...a bigger malt profile than SO MANY IPAs. That being said it smells like it could use some more by my current taste. There is a big sweet caramel smell with a slightly fruity hop edge and on the whole this reminds me of heavy seas hop cubed.

Glug glug glug

This is a very malt forward IPA which is rarer these days, but the flavors nice. The flavor is big sweet English tasting malt with lots of caramel and toffee. The hops ride in the back seat and add a balancing component to the flavor. They seem to contain an herbal and somewhat fruity flavor. The texture and mouth feel is full and robust and the drinkability is good, but the ABV is standard.

Thur123, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, mild citrus and pine. An almost pungent smell.

T: Tasted of hops, pine, citrus and a little malt. A bit watery in the finish, but a solid flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A decent, if unspectacular IPA. Generally well made and drinkable.

avalon07, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color in the glass with a thin head. Nose has some unexpected aromas that are somewhat funky-herbal, almost like a weird mushroom or something. Caramel flavors are present on the palate with that interesting herbal hop quality in the balance. Something atypical about this IPA but hard to pin down.

yemenmocha, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a nice reddish-amber color.

The nose is slightly vegetal with spicy, floral hops. I have to say, it doesn't smell very good.

It tastes better than it smells but it is too sweet to drink much of, diacetyl perhaps. Has a nice floral hop character without much bitterness, which isn't really a plus for this one.

Tastes o.k. just don't smell it.

brownbeer, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My final beer of the night believe it or not, I literally just grabbed this one out of the fridge and went for it. Served col and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was very nice, better the what I expected with a rich dark amber color that was well hazed and clouded over. Nice head of white comes up and caps off the top nicely, settling down with decent side lacing. Aroma is loaded with deep orange notes, lots of sugar here as well as a pungent and sweet aroma dominates, almost candied. Nice body, medium with a fullness that really works very, very well. Smooth, even flavor as the first bites of hops kick in its a wonderful thing. Rich, resin filled sips give way to a smooth and even biscuit like middle, really nicely done I have to admit. Easy on the palate and with a long, drawn out finish, we had ourselves a winner.

Overall probably the best of the night last night. WOuld gladly try this one again.

mikesgroove, Jan 30, 2010
Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.