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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 srrn

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep amber/honey color with a head that reduces to sticky lace

S: piney hops

T: piney hops with a bit of malt to balance it out, full bodied taste but not complex

M: pleasnt oiliness to the mouthfeel

D: not really a session brew

seems to be on for the style, I'm yet to try hop bombs side by side, I need to do that

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:52:21 | More by srrn
Photo of cjgator3


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is slightly toasted malts and caramel with a nice amount of citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some toasted malt and finishes with the hops providing a nice bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a good IPA but probably not one that I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:50:28 | More by cjgator3
Photo of beachbum1975


3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date on this one. Neat label! 12 ounce bottle with no detectable freshness date.

Pours a clear, brownish copper blend with brassy highlights. The head is average... Light tan with a pancake batter top.

Pineapple hops with light, sweet grain on the nose. The flavor isn't huge, but definitely apparent.

Hops are in the forefront. Lightly bitter with the expected pineapple and light citrus.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Slight dryness and bitter in the finish.

Average through and through. Maybe if I was new to craft beers I'd enjoy this more. In my opinion, average...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 00:39:59 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

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

Got a bottle of this from a friend.

A: Pours a hazy, amber body with a quarter-inch, small white head with good retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A fairly bitter smell with some sweet grapefruit and alcohol notes. Some earthy undertones were noted as well.

T: A nice robust, bitter, hop taste with a slight grapefruit backbone. The aftertaste was quite earthy. As I drank the beer more and as it warmed up, more hop bitterness became evident.

M: A fairly smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel that was also quite crisp on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty drinkable. Solid, hoppy, but pretty balanced IPA that went down pretty easy and got better as I drank more of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 19:07:04 | More by maddogruss
Photo of sweethome


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ft Collins recently entered Chicago market. Look for it at Binny's, Sam's, Famous etc.

Pour is deep amber with a ruby hue. Off-white head. Nose is a bit subdued for style - some floral notes - orange blossom.

Smooth and inviting entry - nice full mouthfeel. Sweet maltiness hits, some balance from hops, but not quite enough bittering for my taste.

Nice flavors of citrus and candied fruit. Finish is a bit sweet.

An easy drinking ipa, but not a light hop bomb - rather balanced by signifciant sweet maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 01:07:47 | More by sweethome
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Slightly hazy copper orange color. Poured a 2 finger biege head that dissipated slowly to a half finger cap. Sticky lacing in broken rings.

S: Big citrus and floral hops with a hint of pine. Slightly sweet caramel malt in the fouindation.

T: Slightly sweet, bready caramel malt up front. Flavoring hops in the middle with a light resiny bite that follows grapefruit. Sharply bitter finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced (medium) carbonation. Smooth and crisp with more malt character than a lot of IPA's.

D: Very drinkable. Far more balanced than most. If you like some malt character in your IPA, a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 00:16:35 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of jwinship83


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

ft collins. the newest brewery to see the shelves in chicago. 12oz bottle with no freshness dating on it poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a clear golden orange colored body with a small, quickly fading, eggshell colored head. the head leaves behind very little lacing, if any.

S- i can faintly detect some sweet bready and caramel malts. after that its an explosion of floral and citrus hops.

T- the hops come through a lot stronger in the taste than in the smell. pine, citrus, and floral. the malts are there also. more bread-like than caramelly. pretty well balanced and pleasantly bitter

M- medium bodied, and highly carbonated making it crisp. pretty refreshing.

D- my first beer from this brewer has me welcoming them into town. a good IPA at a decent price point. something that ill be checking out a lot this summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 02:28:49 | More by jwinship83
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange-tinged amber color with about two fingers of slightly off-white head that dissipate fairly slowly, leaving some spotty lacing as it goes.

S - Hop aromas with floral and citrus qualities stand out. Slight hint of pine in there as well. Notable bready, caramel malt is balancing things out on the nose.

T - The bready, sweet malts are definitely up front in the flavor on this one. The hop flavors come through after, with mostly a grapefruit and slightly floral quality. Fairly bitter in the finish and leaves a pretty resinous, piney bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste. Pretty good overall, but maybe a bit too focused on the malt side of things for an IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation and a pretty nice, bitter hop bite in the finish. No complaints here.

D - Overall, not a bad brew. Well-balanced and drinkable. Its almost bordering on too well balanced for an IPA in my opinion, but has nice flavors overall. I could definitely enjoy a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 06:56:11 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of Anthony1


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a standard pint glass

pours a bronze tone with a white creamy head. 2 fingers but not lace.

mild aroma with spice, fruit, and some hoppiness flavor is a bit malty and needed more hops. not an amazing ipa. medium body with ok carbonation and decently bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 17:29:57 | More by Anthony1
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Just over one finger of off-white head on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - Strong pine hop aroma with caramel malt backing it up. Very typical American IPA aroma.

T - Lots of pine hop flavor up front. Resinous bitterness coats the tongue as sweet caramel malt is not quite able to balance the assertive hop character. Very strong, woody pine hop character lingers on the palate during the finish and leaves hints of darker, tobacco like notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, though the bold hop character could become excessive after a while. I tend to prefer fruity/ citrus hop character in my IPAs, but this is an excellent use of strong pine hop character. I wouldn't exactly call it a balanced beer; the hops completely dominate the not insubstantial malt, but it is about right for an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 04:16:51 | More by nickfl
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West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep copper slightly clouded hue with a head that is a light begie hue with two inches worth of foam. Scant uneven lacing is left behind. Aromatics offer up deep layers of floral and citrus hops with ample malt sweetness for balance. Flavor has a slight sweet and sour note goion on with bitter citrus peel and floral hop notes. The tart flavor going on in the malts just didn't work for me. Mouthfeel had a nice dry puckering hop finish with slightly slick hop oils streaking freely. Carbonation was even and definitely not a problem in any way. Drinkability overall is pretty solid although I could have done without the tart malt character opposing the nice hop character they kind of clashed together.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 19:22:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep orange color with about an inch of foamy khaki colored head. Some moderate lacing. Clear.

S: Floral hops

T: Sweet caramel malts mixed with a hop bitterness. Malt sweetness at first sip fades as the grapefruit bitterness increases. Short finish with a moderate spiciness.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Clean.

D: This is a very well balanced IPA. Typically I am not a fan of "balanced" IPA's as they tend to have too much in the way of malts. But this one works and it works well as the hops and malts actually seem to intermingle with one another. Makes for a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:17:32 | More by Florida9
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bells pint glass

A - pours a little hazy, amber, with two fingers of sticky head that sticks to the glass. Nice lacing as rings of foam cling to the glass as I drink

S - grassy hop smell, hints of malty sweetness, not picking up too much here

T - overall a very well balanced beer, neither the malt or hops overwhelm.

M - nicely carbonated, viscosity on the high side so it coats your mouth as you drink

D - insanely drinkable. Just hoppy enough to scratch my hop itch, but it doesn't fatigue your palate

All around a very solid beer. Very sessionable. I would certainly buy this again!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 04:27:39 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of beerphan


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a dark orange thats mostly clear. A decent long lasting slightly tan head sticks around and leaves some impressive sheets of puzzle piece lace. Soon the whole glass is covered with clinging powder sugar lacing. Carbonation appears healthy and persistant.

Nose: Floral hops, soap, pear, a nice bouquet. Caramel as she warms.

Smooth, balanced, impressive. Srarts off a little grassy, but soon some sweetness creeps in from the malts followed by some nice bitter backed citrus. Did i say smooth and balanced? Not sure if this is available in West PA, but this one should be sessioned asap.

To Bruce, Sally and the Boys at the Roo!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:31:55 | More by beerphan
Photo of Drew966


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rocky Mountain IPA pours an orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is quite hoppy, citrus plays a big part, however there is a spicy component as well. The flavor is hoppy too, being citrusy and spicy but also earthy. The earthiness doesn't help this one. Mediocre, there are a lot better IPA's available.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 00:23:01 | More by Drew966
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am getting ready to show some love!
Poured a beautiful rich amber plus orange marmalade color. A chilled bottle to room temp glass. Head rose quickly but not far and then subsided to a thin perimeter of bubbles.
Aroma-some caramel notes meld with the floral bouquet that gives way to some coniferous hops. Very rich and you know this one is going to be juicy!
Mouthfeel-medium carbonation lets this one coat the tongue where a multitude of astringent and floral hops finally fade to reveal some pale malt flavors. A froth on the palate sweetens it up and lets the citrus come through. This is tasty, refreshing and captures a lot of hop profiles from smell to taste to finish. Killer IPA and at 6.2% keeps it quaffable to at least three pints. Much respect to FC brewery whose recipe on this one kicks ass!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 01:38:49 | More by ByTor2112
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4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber, nice frothy head, great lacing, but lack of carbonation.

Smell: Floral hops

Taste: Combo of floral/pine hops. Most excellent.

Drinkability: Although the beer is pretty much perfect, the fact that it's an ipa means limited drinkability. I love the beer, but the hops would limit how many I could drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 20:41:14 | More by donmonkey1
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, Fort Collins Brewery? Never seen this before. Sounds a little familiar. Attractive bottle, ten dollar sixer, black and tripped out looking elephant on the label. All the essentials are present. Okay, i will give it a try.

A bit on the darker side for an IPA, but pours a fantastically healthy two finger head. Great lacing.

Smell and taste are well balanced. A very prominent bitter hop presence dominates. An ever present malty characteristic, keeps this brew from going all out ruination-like.

The hop flavor comes in the form of a bitter hop tea like taste. Lightly citrus like. After further sampling the malty backbone is a bit weaker than originally perceived, coming through with a subtle caramel characteristic. A grainy/biscuity flavor complements the formidable hop bite.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with little alcohol perceived, and a healthy bitterness.

Drinkability is average. I could only throw down one or two, due to the bitterness. Overall, a decent brew at a decent price. I wouldn't mind trying a few more brewskies from this joint.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:57:41 | More by JAA
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown with one-finger frothy head that left some lace after dieing quickly. More sweet, caramelized malt in the aroma than hops, but the hops are pretty evident. Really enjoyed this one because there is a larger malt presence but it doesn't detract from the hops. A sturdier, chewier backbone (bread malt) leads to a fuller body that still is smooth and slightly creamy with caramel malt sweetness everywhere. Mixed well as there are still a good dose of earthy hops that lead to a dry, bitter hop backbite. They nailed this one as far I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 17:27:00 | More by clayrock81
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Copper brown color, almost ice tea like in appearance, with a frothy off-white head.

Aroma - light hop and molasses smell.

Mouthfeel - Moderate amount of small bubble carbonation that leaves the palate feeling clean.

Taste - Citrus hop up front that mixes nicely with a burnt sugar, caramel like, backbone.

Overall - Very good. Not outstanding but very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 12:58:12 | More by praufs01
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a mixed 12-pack picked up from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear honey-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with a good deal of piney hop aromas. As it warms the caramel malt flavors come out even more.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit less intense. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined by pine hop flavors that carry through until a solidly bitter ending. As it warms the flavors wane a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could probably have a few of these.

Overall this is a pretty good beer - I'd recommend drinking this one cold as it loses a bit of flavor as it warms. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:54:09 | More by glid02
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a dark amber color with a thick off-white head. There was abundant lacing. It had a floral aroma, with a bit of bready malt. Mostly pine in the taste, but balanced by the malt. This beer was milder in taste than I got from the aroma, but still was a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 15:08:26 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Jayli


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a deep, clear, golden color. About a two finger thick, creamy, white/off white head to it. Great head retention that left thick lacing along the glass. Nose is extremely hoppy - floral hops are the most dominant aroma for this beer. There are hints of some pine and a touch of bready malts. Taste is WAY milder than the nose would lead you to believe. Piney hops are at the forefront, lending to some caramel and bready malts, the finish is an extreme dose of floral hops that leaves quite the bitter aftertaste to it. At points, the beer felt and tasted a touch on the watery side. This beer is medium bodied (though on the lighter side), slightly overcarbonated. It's a relatively drinkable beer - just nothing that really jumps out at you.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 13:19:04 | More by Jayli
Photo of shohog


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with nice off white 1 finger head with a nice clear pale-amber color.

Smell was fruity, butterscotch, sweet malts and very hoppy.

Taste was awesome explosion of bitter hops and lots of sweet malt followed by the huge hop bitterness with a nice bitter aftetaste. This is one of my favorite IPA's. I'll be BOCK!

This beer feeds the hop craving we all desire in an IPA! Awesome beer to wake up your taste buds for hop bitterness with some malt sweetness to keep the hops in check.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 02:01:27 | More by shohog
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3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holly Hoppy! This brew pave my taste buds a slap up side the tongue!

It's a nice, pretty beer with its medium-amber color and thick white head. It has a floral aroma. The taste is SUPER HOPPY. At first I could really taste anything past the bitterness, and when I finished the bottle, it was a bit less intense, but the same flavor. It's a feat of hop engineering, but it isn't too enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 01:29:32 | More by DesMoinesMike
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