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 mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, off-white head that leaves a webby coating of lace. Aroma is a balance of humidor cedar wood, floral & orange hoppiness & caramel malt with tangerine & peach in the background. Taste is caramel malt & a fruity mix of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, & some pine resin in the finish which becomes very forward in the aftertaste. More sweet than bitter up front but transitioning to bittersweet at mid-sip from where is rapidly gravitates to bitter in the finish producing a very lasting, bitter citrus but predominantly pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, slick &slightly prickly but dry, especially in the latter half of the swallow. Labels can sometimes be misleading but but the use of the word "symmetry" in the brewery description is dead on in terms of hop bitterness & caramel malt sweetness. Not complex but a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A little darker appearance bordering on amber ale territory, didn't help that the malt was the aroma forward aspect of this too, similar to an amber ale.

Taste brought a slight hop edge to it. Still had those red/woody malt flavors going. No bottle date, could be an old bottle. Speaking of which, the alcohol kept getting hotter as it warmed. If you're into a hybrid amber and pale ale kind of hoppiness, this might excite you, otherwise, pretty average stuff.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear darker copper, tan frothy head of good retention. Aromas of caramel, raisin, citrus, resin, and rind. On the palate a very crackery or biscuity base, some tartness throughout. Resin, rind, leafiness, and peppercorn as it lingers and with the finish. Medium-bodief, slick, refreshing, medium and somewhat soft carbonation.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy orange color with less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread and very flowery with some grapefruit citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then grapefruit citrus and some pine, this is a very balanced beer.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is another citrus bomb type IPA that every brewer is trying to get in on right now, I do enjoy this trend but it's hard to have more than one in a sitting because they are so sweet and fruity, this is a really good citrus IPA and I would recommend anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little on the citrus side, which I'm normally not a fan of. It works pretty well here, with a more subdued bitterness than what you normally encounter.

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Photo of gfasig
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell reminds me of the straw on the floor of the barn at the fairgrounds by the goat pen. The taste is a delightful crisp pine. Interesting combination.

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Photo of JUSTBEER84
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

In The Glass: Candied orange color with a heavy amount of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Fair amount of malt presence with slight hop/floral/earthy aroma.

Taste: Good balance of hop/malt flavor with a surprising bitterness afterwards. Very little body.

Feel: Very watery.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
2.32/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not very good at all. Maybe I've been drinking too many good DIPAs, but I don't smell anything. Like an unscented candle. Taste is meh. Too much malt. Got on sale for $4.99 a sixer. Wonder why.

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Photo of akolb
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours amber, a bit darker than the typical IPA. White head quickly dissipates. Hop aroma is subdued for the style. It has a decent bitter bite but is also pretty malty. Mouthfeel is average. This beer is a bit different than the average IPA. Darker, maltier, and less hoppy. Still a good beer, but not necessarily what I want when I grab an IPA.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

looks murky amber with head that stats a few minutes then leaves thick lacing.

Bit of hops for the nose,not much.

Pleasant , not overpowering, hop bite.

Smooth mouth feel, not that much substance.

Not spectacular, but I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Merticois
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - It pours a cloudy honey amber with a 3-4 inch foamy head that dissipates at a fairly average speed. Looks very nice in the beer glass.

Scent - Mild and Hoppy with slightly sweet/sugary scent that carries through.

Taste - The hops flavor comes through medium-strong and for the most part dominates the flavor palate. It has a malty sweetness that almost feels out of place, like it doesn't quite meld with the beer correctly. It's not very dry compared to other IPAs and has a slightly metallic after-note.

Mouthfeel - Very thick with high carbonation. It stays on the tongue well after the swallow, to the point were it's a little unpleasant.

Overall - Not my favorite IPA, it's not as dry as I would like and despite reading other reviews, I could barely detect any citrus notes and ended squeezing a little bit of lemon juice into it to give it a slightly less bread-syrup aspect. I would recommend Hop Stupid or Lake Erie Monster well over this IPA.

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Photo of Rutkiller
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice IPA. Mild hop aroma and taste. Well balanced with some malty goodness. Pours and orange/rust color with a thin creamy head. Average feel in the mouth.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from The Fort Collins Brewery, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - It pours a very murky golden caramel orange colored body with about a finger of frothy khaki head. Leaves behind random strands of thin lacing. Fairly standard in appearance for the style. 3.5

S - The aroma is lightly herbal / twiggy / pithy / grassy, with a strong caramel malt presence. An average, yet pleasant aroma. 3.5

T - Taste follows the nose - herbal, twiggy, and full of bready caramel malt. A lightly piney / citrus bitterness takes over on the finish. 3.5

M - The feel is crisp, smooth, and sticky / bitter/ resinous on the finish. Medium-bodied with okay carbonation. Easy drinking, I suppose.

Overall, an average IPA offering from The Fort Collins Brewery. Flavorful and easy to drink, but nothing to write home about with this one. Glad to have tried it, but I will not seek it out again.

The Fort Collins Brewery Rock Mountain IPA -----3.5/5

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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Thanks bryan for the 12oz bottle. Poured into snifter, the brew appears a clouded copper color with an off-white cap that is quick to fade leaving patchy lace.

The smell is caramel malt upfront with a fruity hop accent that is minorly vegetative and green with a yeastiness. Despite having this somewhat atypical nose, it isnt bad.

The taste is toffee/caramel malt upfront with a pleasant pine-like and herbal bitterness. It gets somewhat fruity and floral but feels dated/faded for the most part.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not bad but not that good either.

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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 danvanmat
4/5  rDev +9%

I was pleasantly surprised by this one - I had never heard of Fort Collins Brewery prior to trying this American IPA, so I had zero expectations. Being a huge fan of IPA's in general, I would definitely recommend this one to a friend and pick it out again if given the option.

It's definitely a smoother IPA, not as hoppy as some of the most revered IPA's out there - and if that is your style of IPA, then I'd give this one a shot. Worthy of the low/mid 80's ranking that it currently has - maybe even worth a higher ranking.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: dark for an IPA; copper colored; thin off-white head; moderate lacing;

S: caramel with some pine; not a lot of hops in the aroma;

T: caramel malt forward with a spiciness to it; long finish, minimally bitter with a little spiciness, some pine and the caramel malt;

M: medium bodied; prickly carbonation; dry finish;

O: tasty, but maltier than I expect from an IPA

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Photo of NurseTurkleton
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pumpkin orange, pretty hazy, 1'' head
S: Very herbaceous, notes of citrus, burnt pizza crust
T: Aloe, floral, grainy wheat bread
M: Solid, pleasant, coats your tongue in a good way
O: Wasn't blown away at first but halfway through I'm really appreciating its balanced flavor. I'm definitely tasting the hops but it's fresh and drinkable rather than overly bitter.

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Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: a 1" bubbly off white head dies awake quickly with some moderate lacing. Color is a quite hazy orange-copper with a bit of sediment in suspension.

Aroma: sweet orange, grapefruit, and nice malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, frothy, and quite sticky with a fairly dry finish.

Flavor: Sweet orange, grapefruit dominate with some caramel and whole wheat bread flavor. There is a strong lingering grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness in the finish.

Overall: very good ipa.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-The beer had a hazy and cloudy deep amber-straw color with a good-sized foamy off-white head with good retention, lacing, and cling.

S-Aroma had a blend of floral and citrus notes with some grainy and earthy tones and a bit of caramel malt.

T-It had a mostly bitter flavor featuring a blend of floral, citrus, and grainy flavors and mild sweet and sour components.

M-Mouthfeel is fairly wet and watery body with average carbonation and fizz, yielding to a dry finish.

O-Overall an ok IPA needs some work.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper red with 1 finger offwhite head. Slight haziness. Excellent head retention and lacing

S - No hops. All malt. Caramel and raisins. Not much to it.

T - Toffee, Caramel, Coofffee, chocolate and other malts. Not bad tasing but not an ipa

M - A medium body beer. Lots of burn with this one. Can def feel the alcohol

O - This is not an IPA. Its not a bad tasting beer, buts its all malts.Taste like a dopplebock to me

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy copper color. The head is about a finger high, with an eggshell shade. Retention isn't amazing, and the head only leaves a modicum of lacing behind.

S: Just as I feared, the nose is really malty and sweet. Having said that, there are some enjoyable notes to be found - it also brings some decent apricot and pineapple notes. Still, the hops here are way too mild for me.

T: The flavor threw me a curveball - this is kind of bitter all around. Actually, no, it's kind of GENERICALLY bitter all around. Despite the bitter presence, it remains rather malty from the start to the finish. There is one aspect I enjoy, though: the finish has a good stone fruit flavor. Otherwise, this one is meh.

M: There's some good news on the feel: it's fairly dry, allowing it to go down fairly easily. However, it isn't particularly crisp or clean. Much of the dryness seems astringent more than anything, and combined with the sharp carbonation, makes it a bit harsh in the mouth.

O: This tastes really old school. It's somewhat malty, pretty bitter, yet devoid of hop flavors. It isn't an awful beer, just...way behind the times for an IPA. I'm getting a picture in my head of this beer singing "old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be..." while more modern IPAs like MBC Lunch walk past the old man, wondering why he's making a fool of himself.

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Photo of centurian62
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a nice smooth IPA, this one is great! It's not too hoppy, it's not too unhoppy. It's a very balanced, smooth, easy drinking IPA. This is one that could turn a non-IPA fan into one. It would be great on a hot summer day and it's good on a cold winter one as well. I will definitely go back to this one when given the chance! Great job FCB!

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a thin white head. Decent retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of bready malts, with some fruity notes. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is lightly hoped, with a malty presence throughout. Hints of fruity, grassy hops in the finish. Really nice version of the American IPA.

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
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