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Rocky Mountain IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

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652 Ratings

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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 throwitallaway


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An extra from vasdef42. Thanks dude! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden color with a one finger head that sticks around a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a little bit of sweetness underneath. Taste starts with mild, resiny, bitterness from the hops, with plenty of sweetness and biscuit notes from the malt. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Drinkability would be high, but this beer is kind of boring. Overall I wish this beer were more complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 22:34:59 | More by throwitallaway
Photo of ryseone


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

Appearance: Cloudy orange bronze with a head that fizzles out as fast as it came.
Aroma: Very aromatic with hops with a fruity bitterness mixed classic malt faintly shows up no noticeable citrus
Taste: Very fruity and hoppy. Almost over powers the sweet malt but has a nice long crisp yet lightly bittering finish. still no noticable citrus
Notes: This is a nice approach to the American IPA with its Huge floral hops arrangement and sweet malty background. Would have like to had more Malt distinguished in this mix. Also would have liked to have had a more distinguishable citrus taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 22:25:37 | More by ryseone
Photo of BretSikkink


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, orange brown in color, with an off white head that reduces quickly to a ring around the top. Aroma is nicely floral, with pretty good power to its name. The flavor is likewise dominated by a strong hoppiness, leading to a long, somewhat bitter finish. There is plenty of sweet caramel malt however, and Rocky Mountain IPA is generally balanced quite nicely. This is a strong IPA in the vein of Big Sky or Breck. 471.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 04:36:35 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of burnstar


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a medium persistant off-white head. Aroma is big American citrusy grapefruit hops. Taste is citrus hops as well. Heavy rather coarse bitterness. Little underlying sweetness. Toasted and carmel malt. Perhaps a little alcohol warmth? Really excellent creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable if a bit heavy. A distinctive IPA. Almost feels as if this is a DIPA even though I know the alcohol level isn't there.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:42:04 | More by burnstar
Photo of Gehrig


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent presentation with a fat finger of white froth capping an orange-copper body with modest ruby trim, good ample lacing on the glass. Moderate aromas of floral hops and citrus scents, particularly grapefruit. I'd like a stronger nose, but this is good. Good taste, rather malty with chocolate and hazelnut overtones, and a rich hopped taste. It's not the most complicated IPA, but the balance between malt and hops is strikingly good. I'm really fond of the mouthfeel--thick hopped tongue but smooth and malty, really well done.

A pleasant surprise, Rocky Mountain is rather good IPA. Not one to pass up; solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 23:15:42 | More by Gehrig
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First in a six-beer sampler: an attractive orange-brown body hoists a thick white foam that leaves picture-perfect lacing in the snifter... floral, pine bouquet, bright, vivid and substantial... a bit of complexity on the tongue: hops surround and form a gentle pillow, but the weight is both palpable and palatable.... hops flutter as cirrus smears the glass; by mid-drink, alcohol is still imperceptible... malts are somewhat balanced and ends with a sense of fruity esthers...an above-average American IPA ad one I'd redrink but not to rerate (and to thinK: Fort Collins must be modest in saying they are "new" to the style!)...

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 04:04:22 | More by dacrza1
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a pilsner glass.

A - Brownish red color, looked like iced tea. Decent off white head and minimal lacing.

S - Smelled pretty good. Typical citrus (grapefruit)and pine aromas. Also detected a little caramel maltiness.

T - Hops (grapefruit/pineapple/pine sol)up front followed by a bitter, medicinal and soapy after taste.

MF&D - It was o.k., but I wouldn't probably wouldn't buy it again. In all fairness I might try it in a bottle. The growler seemed to go flat rather quickly.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2008 00:03:17 | More by nasty15108
Photo of awall422


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with an inch of white, frothy head. retention was good and lacing was average.

floral notes hit me lightly and set me up for a sucker punch on the first taste.

intially a hint of caramel sweetness comes across, but as you swallow your palate gets raked by a nie raw hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is watery, but it feels like my palate is toast for the night.

i could drink a couple of these at a sitting, but i wouldn't want to try to do a tasting afterwards!

solid american style ipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 23:18:38 | More by awall422
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a textbook copper body clad in a finger of pale ecru foam that retains at a ring and leavesa little spattered lacing.

Smell is citrusy-orange with a whiff of pine needles, fresh thyme, peach blossoms, and dark caramel.

Taste is slyly caramel malt-sweet plus a dry biscuity note and a big pile-on of spicy, mouth-buzzy, citrusy, herbal hops that bring clean, refreshing bitterness to the drink right away, and keep it in the center of the flavor profile. Good balance-within-balance of both sweet and dry malt and the sundry hop flavors. Each component has its own thing going on in addition to its good work in building harmony and balance in the drink as a whole. Nice dry, floral finish with a lingering mildly astringent bitterness.

Excellent drinkability, crisp and clean, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 14:55:39 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of amstelcat


2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light burnt orange color. Average size head for the style. Taste seems off- grassy notes up front but then I got a harsh metallic aftertaste that lingered for a while. Tried it with three hophead friends and all agreed it was barely above a drain pour. That aftertaste had to be washed out with a Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 01:52:29 | More by amstelcat
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The look is a clear dark orange. One finger of puffy head. The liquid is still, save for a few stray bubbles.

A strong resiny hop aroma. A little sweet, with a woody finish in the nose. Flowery, though a tad musty. Strength of the aroma is quite impressive.

The taste is resiny, oily/woody hops grounded by some dry, gritty malt. Woody and bitter on the tongue. Flowery and estery. Pale crystal malts.

Dry and sandpapery on the palate. Thick, but in a good way. It's a gritty IPA. Bitter but not harsh. On the hoppy side but balanced just enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 23:32:13 | More by williamherbert
Photo of swizzlenuts


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice copper colour and a decent sized head. The head has decent retention, but fades away to a small head and ring. The beer has quite a bit of hops in the nose with hints of citrus.The taste of the beer is quite different. It has more a malty taste than I expected, with a bit of caramel and roasted malts. The bitterness is quite mild actually, but enjoyable. There is also a nice complexity with the bitterness and more roasted malts. The mouthfeel of the beer is quite standard for an IPA, and exactly as I'd expect. The beer is fairly drinkable; I could have a few in the evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 03:23:54 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Body is coppery-orange-amber with a small ivory head that dissipates quickly. No visible carbonation at all, and no real lace (some splotches cling briefly but then settle without sticking).

S: Very nice -- florally hops over sweet malt, with the hops prevailing.

T: First impression is the finish, actually: a dry hoppy finish that seems almost metallic at moments. Second impression is the toasty, biscuity malt, with some fruity sweetness, up front, followed by grass and pine/spruce. Pine lingers, coating the mouth well.

M: A little bit light for the style, I thought.

D: Pretty good.

Notes: Take an English IPA, mix it with a German Oktoberfest beer and throw in some American hops and this is what you'd get. Not bad. Reminded me a little of Saranac's Pale Ale (self-described as an English Pale Ale, not American), but with a more piney hop finish. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 20:33:40 | More by Kendo
Photo of Phenom

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color, moderate head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

S: Nice hop nose, some pine but mostly grassy and not citrus like some others.

T: Decent hop flavor, again fairly grasslike. There is a biscuit-like or cracker-like malt flavor, almost like Saltines. It's fairly tasty but not outstanding. It tries to be balanced rather than a hop bomb.

M: Moderate body, coats the mouth fairly well, the bitterness lingers nicely, and I like that the carbonation is just there enough to notice but not distract.

D: A solidly sessionable beer for IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 02:06:55 | More by Phenom
Photo of HopDerek


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to vasdef42 for including this as a bonus in a trade.

Pours a clear dark amber color with 2 fingers of billowing eggshell colored head, long lasting retention leaves nice lacing. Smells of a mixture of grapefruit, spicy hops, earth, grass, toasted malt, caramel, and pine needles. Tastes of grapefruit and some spicy hops up front followed by a nice malty backbone of caramel, toasted malt, and earth, with a dry bitter grass and pine needle finish. Medium in body with good carbonation, good array of powerful hop presence but also a nice maltiness to it as well. Sweet, tart, and earthy with a nice bitter dry finish. A solid brew from Fort Collins, hoppy yet balanced, definitely would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 22:06:20 | More by HopDerek
Photo of ckeegan04


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange in color. Average off white head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Strong piney and floral hop aroma. Hints of sweetness as well. Very hoppy smelling beer.

T - A well balanced IPA with a strong piney hop taste and a sweet dark caramel malt taste. The malts come through a little more than I prefer, but still a good initial taste. The aftertaste is a little off with a weird bittery sweet finish.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. A good IPA, just not the taste profile I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 14:52:52 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Single, 12 oz bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a ruddy, deep-copper, amber colored hue with a decent-sized frothy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating and leaving behind a fair amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Wet, thick aroma bursting with fresh hops, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste couldn't more strongly complement the aroma, although the hops seemed more evident in the nose than in the mouth... A slight, bittersweet grapefruit flavor was also apparent along with a minimal touch of caramel and a hint of vanilla flavoring...
Decent mouthfeel, although it could of definitely been a little thicker...
Drinkability was above-par due to the lack of cloying flavors and the comfortable 6.2% ABV...
Not bad... Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 19:09:34 | More by dsa7783
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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head. Flavor is bitter. Earthy hops abound. Comes off as a thick amber ale really. Thick with flavor character, but real earthy and leafy hops. No citrus or pine here. Feel has a good carbonation and the liquid is nice as well. This is a pretty decent drinker. Like I said it seems to lean more towards the red ale side, but it's nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 03:28:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got as part of a "Brewer's Lunchbox" variety pack from Fort Collins; props to them for including 6 varieties and not 4. This was the selling point for me. $14.99 for a 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a cyrstal clear burnt orange, huge off white dense head with champagne like bubbles right up the middle, ok retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and sticky and oily hops with a spicy citrusy malt bite to it.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, sweet with low carbonation.

Taste: Oily and bitter orange peel hops, unbalance finish though where an almost sour malt takes over ruining the initial feel, not a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it, a good shot after some real winners from Fort Collins, but I wouldn't have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 03:04:35 | More by joezak5
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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - an orange, coppery pour with a tint of hazy peach. More than a finger of foamy white head, it leaves large continents and little islands of lace on the glass.

Aroma - grapefruit oil and pine, pretty intense too. A spicy grassiness lends a mint leaf scent.

Taste - brief caramel malts leave a quick taste before the hops move in, spicy and grassy as in the nose. The bitterness envelopes the tastebuds with a bitter grapefruit rind flavor, but also lets through a juicy, sweet grapefruit juice flavor in. The swallow clears the malt and any remaining sweetness away, and the hops grow in bitterness to the point of being medicinal. A lengthy aftertaste, dry and hoppy and increasingly medicinal. I like the start but not the finish.

Mouthfeel - some decent weight to the body. This is a bit oily/smooth and has crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - a little too medicinal for me at the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 04:20:09 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber with a big foamy head. Great sustain with tons of lacing.

S: A very pleasant and floral hop bouquet.

T: Spicy with a mild citric hop character. A nice balance throughout with a crisp hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Sticky with a lingering bitterness.

D: Solid all-around and super easy to drink. A great session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:48:05 | More by klewis
Photo of Risser09


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

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 Bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden orange color with a 3" head that is a yellow/ivory color. Great retention and plenty of lace all the way to the top of the glass.

Smell: Hops resins, grapefruit, minerals and a pine finish.

Taste: Tart and bitter beer with strong pine flavors. Bitter orange and lemon peel. No much sugar.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with no cloying sugars. Medium body. Mild alcohol burn with plenty of lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: Very nice and quenching with tons of bitterness. A beer that I will try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 12:02:19 | More by Risser09
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

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

Yummy beer. Not your typical IPA but it's a trip. Pours a glowing amber, slightly cloudy with medium white head and spotty lacing all down the glass. Smell is vibrantly hopped. Big floral tones up front with citrus lagging behind. Very green, grassy, earthy. Light malt behind it. Mostly pale without much sweetness. Taste is a wonderful hoppy combo that is shockingly balanced more by malts than expected. Floral still with nice clean, sharp citric tones. More sweetness comes through in malt with some caramel now. Also a good biscuity flavor from the malt. Quite bitter but pretty well balanced as it gets warmer. Dryness in the finish. Pretty damn drinkable. I don't think this one gets the attention it deserves with all the others out there. Funny thing is, so many of the others are almost carbon copies of one another, at least this one attempts to be different. It surely accomplishes that in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:11:11 | More by ncvbc
Photo of tmitch75


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliant glowing orange color looks great. Two-finger oily head slowly drops to a thin spotty layer.

Oily fruity hop smell rules. I haven't had an IPA in a while (hop shortage) and the smell here is awesome.

Citrusy pine flavor is excellent with a nice sweet malt - not enough to balance it completely, but it is balanced enough to avoid being over the top.

Thinner body than I'd like, but it's not a deal breaker. I'm really glad I found this (at John's in Iowa City), it's a very nice hoppy IPA.

Tasted on 4/2/08.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 15:37:53 | More by tmitch75
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a ruby tinge.
A half-inch head of white fell quickly, revealing a placid surface with a few stray bubbles. Zero lacework.

Aromatics are very much English in character.
Toasted malts, earthy hops, and a gypsum crispness. Hints of pine bark, fruit zest, and grass clippings. Fuggles?

Exceptionally crisp mouthfeel, with quite a snap.

Malt-forward on the pallet, with hops following through. Very much English in style and "traditional" in nature.
Minerally crispness with toasted malts, spicy hops, and a firm bitterness.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness and a bark-like earthiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 21:58:38 | More by brewandbbq
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