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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
83
good

713 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | 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 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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber, with a thick white head.

S: Smells sweet and floral.

T: A lot of sweet malt up front, was not expecting that. Backed by a floral hops taste.

M: Very smooth and nice carbonation.

D: Though a bit malty for an IPA, it was very enjoyable.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rocky Mountain IPA from Fort Collins Brewery.
Colorado. 6.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a crisp amber-orange fluid with fluffy offwhite head that leaves decent froth on the top. Hold some random lacing on the rims of the glass.

S- Musky floral hops, burnt caramel malts, earthy pine and mild alcohol fumes.

T-M- Wow... there is alot going on here. First it taste like the beer is unsure if it wants to be hoppy or malty dominate. Upfront is a large danky hop funk with heavy notes of caramel and even chocolate like flavors of malts. Lightly citrusy hop flavor more or less earthy or dirtlike hop charactor. Mouthfeel is less than appealling with a medium malt thickness that holds its feel for a few seconds leaving an almost forced bitterness that follows.

D- Unbalanced and not even enough drinkablity to have in a bar if found. Might try tap... will not have bottle.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/28/09

A - Deep amber color with near-crimson highlights. Poured a thin head that settled to patchy bubbles. Swirling revives it a little. Thin retention throughout. Ample amount of small, spotty lace.

S - Floral hops are most notable. Faint hints of citrus - grapefruit, lemon & orange. Some biscuity sweetness in there as well.

T - Prominent floral hops upfront offset a restrained, yet somewhat suitable, piney bitterness. As it warms the bitterness does become more apparent. Dry bread, toasted malts & maybe a hint or two of caramel.

M - Heavy side of medium. Creamy carbonation that it on the lower end of the spectrum. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

D - Solidly drinkable. It's good, but I'm not exactly in a hurry to drink this on a regular basis. I don't know the age, so I can't take that into account.

Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Mavajo
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of bosox941827
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of tjd112
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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!!!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of rkrisstewart
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.