Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rowew on 06-07-2007

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Photo of IronGiant
4.97/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My local beer bar recently started carrying Fort Collins - the first time I've seen these beers in New Jersey.

Let me get straight to the point: Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA is hands down the best IPA I've ever had. Put this in a blind taste test with a better known, great IPA like Bear Republic Racer 5 and the better known is going down in smoke.

Rocky Mountain is the perfect balance of hops and sweetness, carbonation, aroma and aftertaste. It simply is the perfect IPA - or as close to it as I've ever had.

Okay, I know I should do the appearance, aroma, taste thing everyone else does. But I don't have time. I'm off to have another Rocky Mountain IPA.

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: pours a nice caramel color, with a white two finger head that stays for a while leaving a nice thick lacing on the glass

S: Very sweet aroma and earthy hops

T: Sweet molasses, bready notes, very sticky on the lips combined with the perfect balance of hops and bitterness

M: full body

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Photo of ordybill
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Big hop and grass aroma Appearance- A cloudy orange/gold color with a small white head. Taste- Has a malt and bread flavor that is followed by a big hop finish. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- A real good beer, try it.

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Photo of dbell23
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Decent retention and very good lacing. Looks like a malty ipa.

Smell is real good. Citrus hops dominate with maybe some malt sweetness. Grassy sweet hop smell that makes you want to take a quaff.

Taste is outstanding. Great hop start, hop middle, and hop finish. Really good balance. Full bodied and nearly perfect hop malt balance. Lingering hoppiness that reminds you what you're drinking.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation. Maybe a little more carbonation would be nice but still good. Because of the great malt backbone it seems full bodied.

Overall a very good ipa. Balanced and definitely enough hop for a hop head to enjoy. I haven't had this in a few years because of distribution problems and I'm glad it's available. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jowilant
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours as a deeper orange than expected; great clarity and expected ipa head.

S - This is where it gets me - incredible malty sweetness. If you brew yourself, you immediately recognize this aroma as a brew house. I love it - malty with slight sweetness, smells like my wort if boiling as I sip.

T - Matches the aroma perfectly. I like my tastes to match my aromas, and this does it for me - malty, dry, sweetness. Very unique for an IPA, and that's why I like it.

M - Maltiness stays with the after tastes, and remains in your mouth like most richer tasting beers. However, I wouldn't call this a rich ale.

O - I love this IPA. I am a big fan of "different", and this beer does it for me. It is a malty, hoppy, IPA that provides deep, robust flavors. It is the first IPA that I would call more malty than hoppy. Love it.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Think, nice firm solid pour. The body is deep copper. The head is light tan and foamy standing at a quarter inch but quickly backing to an eighth.

S - Smokey hops aroma, very much wanting to be tasted!

T - It starts out minimal and then moves to a peak after a few seconds. Then is fades but somehow returns in an afterthought. Very nice flavor. One of the best IPA tastes I have enjoyed.

M - The touch of the brew is also nothing but prefect. The feel and flavors of this beer feed off one another creating NEAR perfection.

D - I have a beer here that I could certainly enjoy time and time again. The look, touch, aroma, and of course, the taste. This beer is an instant favorite.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice big soft pillowy head with a very sticky lacing. I could smell this when I was pouring it, I love it. It's dark caramel color is almost brown and looks great. Hoppy and bitter grapefruity aroma is sweet and wonderful. Taste is big on hops and there's also earthy hops that come out in the taste. The hop character is very good and complex. Mouthfeel is nice, a little overcarbonated and harsh, but not too bad. Overall I think I have found my new session beer now that Alpha King is gone.

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Photo of shohog
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with nice off white 1 finger head with a nice clear pale-amber color.

Smell was fruity, butterscotch, sweet malts and very hoppy.

Taste was awesome explosion of bitter hops and lots of sweet malt followed by the huge hop bitterness with a nice bitter aftetaste. This is one of my favorite IPA's. I'll be BOCK!

This beer feeds the hop craving we all desire in an IPA! Awesome beer to wake up your taste buds for hop bitterness with some malt sweetness to keep the hops in check.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack sampler.
6.2% ABV, 81 IBU, 12 SRM. No ingredients listed per the website or bottle.

Pours out to a slightly hazy copper, forming a tall yellow head with excellent retention and really nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is really nice. Pine, tropical fruit, strawberries, biscuit malt and toasty grain husks. The mouthfeel is bright, with a medium hoppy acidity, a drying astringency in the aftertaste, and a medium body. The taste opens with the piney hops (something I prefer in IPA,s over the grapefruit variety) with a touch of skunkweed hops, then is followed by the toasted grain husk, a hint of biscuit, and some strawberries in the finish. Bitterness is medium-firm, but not overbearing. Finishes pleasantly dry re:body as well as astringency. Aftertaste of black tea. No appreciable off-flavors or aromas.

A really nice IPA. I really enjoyed this, and it was definitely the best out of the sampler. With the piney hops, this reminds me of something Stone would brew. Well-balanced as far as IPA's go..definitely has a west coast vibe. Would buy it again when in the mood for something like this.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am getting ready to show some love!
Poured a beautiful rich amber plus orange marmalade color. A chilled bottle to room temp glass. Head rose quickly but not far and then subsided to a thin perimeter of bubbles.
Aroma-some caramel notes meld with the floral bouquet that gives way to some coniferous hops. Very rich and you know this one is going to be juicy!
Mouthfeel-medium carbonation lets this one coat the tongue where a multitude of astringent and floral hops finally fade to reveal some pale malt flavors. A froth on the palate sweetens it up and lets the citrus come through. This is tasty, refreshing and captures a lot of hop profiles from smell to taste to finish. Killer IPA and at 6.2% keeps it quaffable to at least three pints. Much respect to FC brewery whose recipe on this one kicks ass!

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Photo of albern
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice IPA, wonderfully balanced and hitting all the right notes. The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangey amber with a nice creamy slightly frothy head that retains and laces quite well. The aroma is very traditional hops, grainy malts, bready tinges, and a slight bit of hoppy estery and oily notes. There is a slight toasted, almosty nutty quality to the graininess of the beer. A very nice, enticing aroma overall.

The taste is very nice. This is a creamy, low to moderate carbonated beer, with nice bittering hop oils, hop leaves and esters. There is a fine balanced quality to the interplay between hops and malts. The hops are not over the top, they are not particularly herbal or tinged with a citrusy sting or grapefruity acerbicness. There is a slightly traditional quality to the hops in this beer. If you look for it, there is a tiny bit of orange zest underneath the bready malts and the oily and grainy hops. This makes the beer quite special. The finish is a bit mouth puckering, slightly dryish, which lingers a bit into the aftertaste. This is a really solid, well made, balanced IPA that hits all the right notes. L'Chaim.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. clear amber with a one finger off white head. nice lace.

earthy hop aroma. chocolate and malt on the nose also. no off odors.

nice hop bitterness up front with a malty sweetness chaser. get the bitter chocolate in there. dry bitter fruit aftertaste. i like the chocolate presence a lot.

good carbonation. i really like this beer. i will buy this again without a doubt. could and will do a session in the future. good ipa.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky Mouhtain IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

Appearance- Deep reddish brown with a small but heavy lacing head.
Smell- Strong floral/ green hops.
Taste- Sweet floral hops with an even balance of sweet caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet in the front end but becoming drier and bitter in the end.

Overall- Never heard of this beer so when I saw it on tap I had to try. What a find! I hope this appears more often.

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Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a dark orange thats mostly clear. A decent long lasting slightly tan head sticks around and leaves some impressive sheets of puzzle piece lace. Soon the whole glass is covered with clinging powder sugar lacing. Carbonation appears healthy and persistant.

Nose: Floral hops, soap, pear, a nice bouquet. Caramel as she warms.

Smooth, balanced, impressive. Srarts off a little grassy, but soon some sweetness creeps in from the malts followed by some nice bitter backed citrus. Did i say smooth and balanced? Not sure if this is available in West PA, but this one should be sessioned asap.

To Bruce, Sally and the Boys at the Roo!

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Photo of TexIndy
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a clear copper color with carb fountain in center of glass and some lacing. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled to a thin foam and collar fed by the carb.

The aroma was really good. Strong floral hops with some pine as well. Some malt came through as it warmed up. Liked the floral being dominate instead of pine which you usually find in AIPA. The taste was really good as well. Starts out smooth and then the hops build to a nice bite and aftertaste. Then fades so you are ready for the next drink with your tongue intact.

Overall, a really solid and drinkable beer. Highly recommend. The bitter would become too much after a couple so not a session beer but a good beer to start the night with and then drop into a session beer to follow-up. Not available here but could see the occasional single or sixer if it was.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This absolutely smoked the 60 Minute IPA it is following.

Kind of a cloudy appearance to this beer but is still very attractive and inviting.

Very hoppy aroma. Smells like a pine branch that has had grapefruit juice squeezed all over it.

Much hoppier than the 60 Minute. Nice kick in the teeth to this. This is the 90 Minute IPA without the high ABV. Wonderful taste to this IPA.

Very sessionable beer here. I could drink this all night and be a very hapy man.

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Photo of mazo
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. If you like IPA you can't go wrong. I love it. Will be buying a lot of this. Not going to go overboard in description. Beautiful color, nice head. Awesome smell. Awesome taste. Buy it and try it!

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Photo of haddon
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing.

The aroma is good... The hop aroma is pretty aggressive. It's got a floral nose that's quite bitter.

good taste. 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.

good IPA. It's intensely bitter with just enough malt balance. very drinkable with a good pizza or on a hot summer nite!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep golden color with a nice fluffy white head that had pretty good retention.

The scent was of strong citrus, sweet malts were noticeable also, and dry herbal hops.

The taste is also of citrus, bitter herbal hops are dominant in the flavor, there are also some notes of bread.

Medium body, pretty smooth feel with a very dry finish, moderate to high carbonation.

This was one of the better IPA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The immediate aroma of the beer is a rather resinous pine, but after it settles down it becomes more a seriously biscuity smell with some sweetness.

Taste starts off immediately with biscuit, giving way to a pine/resin bitterness that follows through into the finish with a bitterness that isn't all that bitter for an IPA but is still substantial enough to be the predominant taste of the beer. Along with that, a sweet, biscuit malt is also very obvious. This is definitely an IPA with a high malt presence. It reminds me a lot of what a beer would be if you took Fat Tire and turned it into a somewhat mild IPA. Actually, it's pretty tasty. A little bitterness lingers after the swallow...not much.

Good stuff!! I really enjoyed the mix of malts and hops in this one.

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Photo of bzach
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! As the bottle says. The massive floral aroma lures you in while the hop bitterness and malty sweetness mingle in symmetry. Very surprised at how many different flower-like flavors are present in this near perfectly balanced brew. At first taste its almost overpowering, but once into you realize FCB has created one of the best ipa's. Near perfect full flavored hoppy/ floral creation! Will buy more!

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Photo of t2thebro
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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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4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear rich copper with a small head and nice lacing.

S: Floral hops in your face. sweet bready malts behind

T: Caramelly bready malts are present, but are slightly overshadowed by the robust hops, bursting with floral and grapefruity-citrus tastes. Bitter floral hops linger in your mouth long after each sip.

MF: great hop character and smooth drink to this medium bodied brew.

D: Good drinkability. A good American IPA, not more than that, but not less than that either. recommended for fans of floral hops and milder hoppy brews.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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