Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

747 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-An transparent copper color. Head is whitish and settles down to a respectable size. Head remains for the entire glass. Lacing rings are constant.

S-Balanced with a good amount of rich caramel and floral hops. A bit perfumey. Sweetness almost seems to beat out the hoppiness. Its mostly pleasant but barely memorable.

T-Hops start off with flower buds and a bit of spicy herbal notes. Then the flavor is washed out by some serious sweetness. A bit of pine kicks in on the back end and it finishes moderately bitter. Very balanced in overall flavor.

M-Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Light bubbles. Bitterness lingers.

O/D-Not my favorite take on the style but it fell into the 'mediocre' tier. Lacks the citrus and assertiveness I crave in the style. But it was one of the better brews I had in the state of Mississippi.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of medium sized thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange peel, pine/resin, and floral hops along with a very light caramel malt sweetness.

T: There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but the flavor is dominated by hop flavors. There are citrus/orange (more like orange peel) hops, pine/resin hops, and some lighter amount of floral hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Just a hint shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery but still crisp.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and is enjoyable. A little too hoppy and a little too high in ABV to be a session beer, you could still have a couple in a day. Not the greatest American IPAs but certainly a very drinkable one.

Photo of Ego
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$11.99 for a 64ozer @ joe canals

eyes...
3 fingers of fluffy whiteness on a normal pour, lacing and head retention is superb, a good amount of bubbles feed the cap on a consistent basis, clean orange hue, a good lookin' brew.

nose...
piney and citrus-y (towards orange peel), the malt is detectable but barely, mainly this is just a really nice floral hop aroma leaning towards the alpha heavy american varieties we have all come to love and grope in the shower inappropriately. this delivers, it doesn't wow you but it is what it should be, which is fine for me this evening.

taste etc...
a little thin up front, the flavor seems to kick more in at the end, wow this is underwhelming, the great hop character in the nose is not the same in the flavor, there is some sweetness, some lingering bitterness, er, and not much else, this is a tribute to average APAs, the after taste is perhaps the best part, where you finally get some nice bitter notes, but sipping itself... this leaves me wanting more of something.

verdict?
looked good, but not so much, the hot chick with the head case...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA has a medium-to-thick, creamy, beige head and a hazy, copper appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt, caramel, brown bread, a hop sting, and even a bit of rotten fruit, which is an aroma note that I find in too many ales. The taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, spicy hops, water, caramel, Roman Meal brand bread, and toast crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Rocky Moutain IPA finishes semi-dry and pretty refreshing. Drinkability is so-so. Overall, it is an interesting ale.

RJT

Photo of Mattamue
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date.

a Gray head, 1mm thick, quickly dissipates, filmy lace clings to the sides of the glass.

s Resin, big bold dirty hops, tinge of floral in the middle of the notes, sharp like a cheddar.

t Biscuit malt throughout the taste, floral hops hits the front of the tongue, pine finishes through the aftertaste, a bit of toasty sweet malt right before the aftertaste kicks in.

m Watery, light body, does not seem to fill out the taste.

o Would buy again and again, go-to for IPA for me, would recommend, may take an IPA lover to fully appreciate - only thing keeping it back from an overall section rating of 5.

Photo of jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of LiquidSanity
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

Photo of bluHatter
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of t2thebro
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of ryantho00
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Photo of mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of denver10
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of tlazaroff
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of litheum94
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of gatorbreath
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +23%
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.

Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.