Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

362 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 751
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: 362 | Hads: 751
Photo of jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber-orange, rather clear, with a one finger white head that lasts decently with some lacing.
S- The aroma is big on the hop aroma, with pine and grassy floral aromas big on the nose.
T- It is more malty on the tongue than the nose indicated. A bit of sweet light caramel up front before the hops come through. A bit of strong grassiness in the finish. Pine hops linger throughout.
M- Medium bodied. Carbonation is crisp at first, but evens out eventually.
O- A good IPA I could enjoy frequently. Hoppiness is big and appropriate. (535 characters)

Photo of LiquidSanity
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap: Dark, amber maple syrup color. Moderate lacing. Nice 1/2" head.

Ar: Nice combo of malty and floral hops. Very good.

Ta: Excellent bitter flavor with a nice presence of hops. The malt is noticeable. Very balanced. I like.

Mf: Smooth and crisp. Not overly carbonated. Very refreshing.

Ov: Not my favorite but it is an IPA I would seek. It is very bitter and very hoppy. You will enjoy. Cheers! (399 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear bright amber color with a small head.

S: Sharp amber floral hops, flowers, some citrus.

T: Flowers, herbs, hops, some bitterness at the end but not overwhelming. Some grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Very drinkable despite the bitterness.

O: A really nice hop heavy IPA. (298 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pub glass.

A- pours a two finger light tan head, decent lacing. deep copper color, very clear, active carbination.

S- floral followed by bittering hop smell, not quite leveled out by some malt tones.

T- starts smooth and malts and bitterness balance pretty well bit more bitter than malt. Then bam! Spicy floral aftertaste.

M- medium carbonation. Not oily, but not watery. Good.

O- Yum! My kind of ipa, plenty of bitterness, non overpowering malts and a fresh spicy floral kick at the end. I will be back. Enjoy. (546 characters)

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

Pours clear with a healthy head that fades into sticky lace. Copper colored and clear with medium visible carbonation. Caramel malty aroma with a bit of earthy hops in the background. Well balanced with an earthy hops and medium dry caramel sweetness. Nice bitter finish. Thick bodied with a touch of alcohol in the end. (320 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this brew.

A- a clear ambr color with copper highlights. Head is about a finger but rapidly dissipates. A poor lacing on the pint glass.

S- Aroma's of grapefruit and caramel malts

F- A more floral flavor than the grapefruit aroma i detected at first. The toasted caramel malts complement the hops quite well. Well done with flavor.

M- a medium bodied brew that leaves a flavorable IPA film in my mouth. All the flavors mix well together in this beer.

O- The appearance was the only thing that this beer lacked. I was thoroughly impressed with this IPA and would love to get a case of it. This hits the top 3 of IPA's for me. (660 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden clear pour with a white head. Bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma of light citrus and lemon peel, some sweet honey, a little bit of hay. Flavor follows with some grassy hops, light hay, sweet citrus in the background. Light on the palate with medium high carbonation, very pleasant, with a crisp finish. Nothing special here but a nicely executed and very drinkable IPA. (388 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (491 characters)

Photo of ryantho00
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Cheers! (1,004 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (970 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,362 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Penny copper with some tarnish to it. Off-white head that leaves quickly, with nothing remaining to be seen.

Very floral with burnt orange peel. Carmalized malts with earthy pine hops.

Wildflowers and burnt orange peel lead into a caramel and bready malt backbone. Dry, herbal flavors, with a woody bitterness. Good amount of astringency lingers, but the bitterness is balanced well by the malts.

Good flavors and easy drinking, but in the end this is pretty much an average IPA. I wouldn't mind having this as my everyday IPA. (533 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder for $2.99 and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky apricot hue with golden edges, small head and small amounts of lace.

S: A lot of malt - sweet biscuit and fresh cut grain followed up with a mild dose of grassy hop.

T: Fortunately the hop shows up in this round of the fight with the malt, as it lost in the nose - good amount of earthy hop with citrus rind and floral herbal tea tastiness. The malt keeps it a close fight and sticks around for a while but the hop wins in the end and that's what we all really want in an IPA anyways, right???

M: Medium-bodied, milky and smooth with a perfect carbonation for the style, finishing with that lingering bitterness from the hop that a proper IPA should have - nice!

I didn't like this off the bat, but after getting into it a bit, the complexity of the malt and hop unity really grabbed my attention and I was able to truly appreciate this for what it was...and being born and raised in SD, it's hard to appreciate an IPA with such a massive maltiness, but this one is damn good! (1,113 characters)

Photo of gatorbreath
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into cookie-cutter pint glass..

amber caramelish color with large pillowy head.. nose of some piney hoppiness but more so of the caramelly maltiness seems to parallel the color of the brew.. taste is malty, not too many notes of hoppiness on the palate, more overly malty... mouthfeel is ipa'ish though, not super carbonated and not too heavy on the consistency... not too bad of an offering overall

cheers (429 characters)

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

Clear amber color with a pillowy head. Hops and citrus aromas pour out of the glass. Hints of sweet caramel and grain, but great bitter notes dominate the smell.

The flavors seemed a tad muted. Malty, sweet caramel and toasted bread blend well with the grapefruit and floral bitterness. But, I can't help feeling they balance things out too much. Not as aggressive as expected from an American IPA.

Good carbonation and feel, but mild and thin feeling for the style. Very easy to drink and enjoyable. (502 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- From a semi-heavy pour comes a one and a half finger head that retains nicely and boasts some cool lacing. The brew has a solid medium copper color. The head eventually slumps down to an 1/8 inch with full surface coverage from the foam as the lacing continues.

S- Wafts of cereal grain sweetness at first over top of citrusy hop aromas. Also has some biscuity tones and a strange "off" smell that's kind of funky but not in a yeasty way. Hard to describe, but I like it.

T- More cereal grain sweetness that accompanies the hops which, in turn, create only a mild bitterness that lingers for the perfect amount of time. Enough power to prove that it's a good IPA with enough restraint to know when to say "when." Well done.

M- Medium-high carbonation provides plenty of soft foam that massages the tongue with a delicate touch. A creamy body with plenty of snap from the hops and alcohol.

O- My first FCB purchase is a great one! Very satisfied. (995 characters)

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure where the brewery was trying to take this beer, but I wasn't crazy about the direction they wound up going. A very malt-forward IPA, with roasted malt notes that carried an (intentional?) chocolate malt aspect that did not marry well with the hops. Firm bittering at the end at last overpowered the malt, but I'm not a fan. (336 characters)

Photo of Dmart1223
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Based on reviews, I may have gotten a bad batch. Or I don't know what I'm talking about.

The beer's a dark amber, bordering on cherry with a thick creamy head that stays forever.

Where it got weird for me was in the taste. Drank quickly, Rocky Mountain was clean and smooth with a slight dull bitterness, slightly sweet and slightly bready. But the longer I kept the beer in my mouth, the more burnt it tasted and the longer that burnt taste lingered in the back of my throat. Good mouthfeel though.

Drinking this beer was like eating a tasty grilled cheese sandwich with bread that had been toasted about 30 seconds too long. It may be palatable and all of the elements of a delicious sandwich might be there, but the charcoal dusting in the back of your throat makes you wish you'd washed it down with a cup of tomato soup. (830 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy color to this with a foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Very bold citrusy scent mixed with some hops and an air of watermelon.

This has almost a burnt hop taste to it. Mild citrus taste to it that doesn't quite reach the smell. Smooth with a bit of carbonation. Fruity taste to it. Mix of citrus and watermelon, like the smell. Refreshing. Mild sour aftertaste.

I'd say that this is a very solid beer. Flavorful and refreshing. Nothing totally jumps out, but it's good. (494 characters)

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

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Geordie Schooner glass. No date. There was a slight haze in the leather/amber/orange body. The off white head faded to a cap and remained throughout.

The smell was of sweet orange marmalade.

The taste was oily citrus hops. Fruity with a sharp bitterness. Alcohol and bready.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Modest carbonation. This one seemed a bit to heavy and malty to me. I prefer a zestier, brighter happiness in an IPA. Not bad, just not my favorite interpretation of an IPA. (531 characters)

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

a lot better than some of the other FCB beers ive had. pours a honey colored and textured hay color with stinky hop overtones in the nose. taste it almost of a fresh hop ale, but backed up with considerable pale or crystal malts. light, but satisfying. this is a classic american ipa with a heavy handed hop aroma and taste. it goes well with a gourmet pizza. nice mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation. better than expected... (439 characters)

Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.