Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA
Retired

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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 798

American IPA | 6.20% ABV

The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
BA SCORE
83
Very Good
Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA
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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 798
Reviews by SinHippie:
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3/5  rDev -18%

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking copper color. Thin white head, but that could be due to the pour. A nice amount of lace. A stream of very fine bubbles rising to the top.

Nice hop nose, citrusy and piney. Heavy background of caramel malt. Maybe a bit herbal on the back end.

Very nice caramel malt, with a slight toasty character. Piney hop bitterness with an herbal edge. Bitterness lingers quite a while, but not overbearing. Finishes dry.

Medium body, very fine carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty easy to drink. A nice ipa.

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Photo of mikerieder
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of RonnieRotten
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of duvel1979
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts. The hop aroma is pretty aggressive. It's got a floral nose that's quite bitter. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop bite up front with a nice malty flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. It's intensely bitter with just enough malt balance.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

lots of hops and a great aftertaste but this is to thin and the malt is just a bit off, it isent sure if it wants to be a red or an ipa, this one dosent lack flavor though, if this were avalable in new york i might pick some up every now and agan but i wouldent always have it on hand. happy to have had a taste though

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Photo of KyleBatten
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of t2thebro
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden peach. Fat finger of light beige head. Good lacing. Nose of honey, buttery toffee malts, black pepper, and herbal, piny hops. Not crazy about the buttery aspect. Light metallic, mineral-y bitterness up front. Mildly sweet toffee and fruit malt base kicks in. Resinous, herbal hop flavors follow, contributing a nice, even bitterness. Hop bitterness linger in the dry finish. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Not bad!

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Photo of ectomorph
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a Brewers Lunchbox Sampler 12 pack.

A - Clearish copper in color with small light head and decent lace.

S - Hops up front for sure with a nice bread balance.

T - Good kick of an IPA with some spice I can't seem to place.

M - Overall a nice feel, maybe a little light/weak.

D - Good session brew and I would pair with Chinese food.

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Photo of JustinWhipple
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a solid foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops sis dominating but well balanced with some floral notes. Taste is a nice mix between some hoppy and citrus hops and some floral undertones with a solid dry caramel malt base. Resinous hops are traceable though not excessive. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and easily drinkable IPA.

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Photo of JRed
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tinted orange in body with white bubbly head that's stays. Sweet aroma of malt, fig, hop spice and maple. Tastes of hop spice, grass, slight lemon skin, earth and herbs, rye, slightly bitter and dry. Light in body and in carbonation. Sessionable but the unsweetened toffee and hop spice are a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of Chugger
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mntlover
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a decent cream colored head that falls slowly to cap and laces well.

Aroma is big and malty noticed first even though plenty of hops are present, nice overripe fruitiness comes out, from malt? The citrus hops noted at first die down as it sits and fruity malts dominate.

Taste is nice big malt backdrop lightly toasted with good fruitiness evident in flavors. Hops do kick in for the finish nice grapefruit rind bitterness rounds it out. For me seems more English then American as the malt plays bigger part then the hops, even though the finish is bitter enough just not enough hop aroma or flavor to over take the malt.

Mouthfeel is decent medium with lively enough carbonation.

Drinkability is ok not great for an IPA but not a bad beer. I myself would repeat buy though.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with an off white 1 and half finger head. Good amount of lacing. Nice bubbles sit atop the beer.

Smells of citrusy piney hops. Grapefruit, piney, caramel malts, fresh cut grass :).

Upfront semi-sweet citrusy taste to it combined with a not so harsh hop bitterness and mellows out to that caramel malt taste. A tad thin and does not follow through on the flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp and like before a little thin. Semi-sweet bitter finish on it.

Overall not really impressed. Better ipas out there and in the same price range. Definitely check out Odell's or Great Divides IPA instead.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty well carbonated, as fairly soft pour easily produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head is nice and dense, it leaves lots of lacing and has quite a bit of staying power to it. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows a lightly hazed, deep copper, amber stained color when held up to the light. The nose smells of grapefruit citrus and pine-like hop notes as well as with a crystal malt driven caramel and toasted note towards the finish. There is also a cracker like malt aromatic that runs throughout the aroma; there is actually quite a bit of malt character here biscuit notes as well as a characteristic maltiness that captures the essence of freshly crushed malt. The hops, that were so prevalent at first, do not completely hide behind the malt though; sweet citrus zest aromas remain noticeable and an herbal note provides a bit of spice in the middle.

Lightly sweet with lots of herbal hop notes that morph to pine as this beer flows across the tongue. Each sip is lightly influenced by a ruby-red-grapefruit like citrus character. This has a nice biting hop bitterness running throughout and this even lingers on the tongue a bit in the finish. The ample malt presence continues in the flavor; there is a soft, caramelized, malt sweetness that anchors a lot of the hop flavors, there is also lots of toasty grain notes (reminiscent of biscuit-like malt). As the beer warms the caramelized crystal malt notes get to be a bit much, this really could use a substantial boos in hop character.

A very malt balanced IPA at this point; luckily the malt character is nicely fresh and vibrant, though it can still be a bit distracting from what should be a beer all about the hop. Perhaps this is a little older than it should be and I would definitely like to try a fresh sample of this beer, though this can't be that old. Still this is quite tasty.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Good looking beer, copper color with a large frothy head.

Smells hoppy with a little pine flavors. Not too strong.

The taste is a lot more bold and with more varied flavor. Pine, grapefruit, a little malt. Hoppy from start to finish.

Good mouthfeel, easy to drink. Definitely an above average offering.

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Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Westy's.

A: The IPA is a dark red color, close enough of a hue to be amber. Some vibrant orange highlights spice up the body too. The head measured around a finger and quickly boiled down to a thin white band.

S: The nose is biscuity, grainy with some caramel sweetness (evident from the color as well). Hints of hoppy bitterness manage to break through the malt barrier, adding a light citrus profile to the scent.

T: The ale is thick and malty, easily mistaken for an amber or a plain ol' pale ale. Biscuity cereal and caramel sweetness are the dominant flavors, crowding out any hop element from the initial sip. The dry toasted cereal flavor remains strong throughout the glass, even as it warms. A bitter finish provides the evidence of hops, but it is too vague to really be defined.

M: The malt body is strong here, dominating in a fashion that I'd expect from a nut brown ale. The lack of bigger hops is disconcerting though.

D: The ale is good and drinkable but if you are looking for a bigger IPA this is not the beer for you.

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Photo of n00tz
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light Amber with slowly diminishing 1cm white head.

S - Flowery and Piney

T - Attack of the hops! Pine and citrus.

M - Clean hopsy presence. Light body.

D - Great IPA, I'll definitely seek this out for my growler fill at Riverside next time I'm looking for an IPA fill.

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 798 ratings