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 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 jjayjaye
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear and light amber color with a big fluffy yellow tinted head that fades to lacing. The smell seems off. This one is potential oxidized. Some floral notes but a lot more of a roasted lager character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. The flavor is complex, but IMO not necessarily in a good way. I get a pungent soapy licorice over the roasted lager malt. Not getting it for me at all...pour.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours an unspecial amber hue, and has a moderate ecru head. Smelling it, it seems to have a bit of pine and some caramel sweetness; not dissimilar to a faded SNPA. The first sip is honestly bewildering. My initial reaction is that this stuff must be old, and terrible. Subsequent quaffs do nothing to assauge that. The taste is sweetly caramelized with hints of peat moss and cypress; earthy in a borderline unpleasant way. Not good. The feel is okay, but overall the beer is not.

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Photo of Kadonny
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into my Harpoon European style glass.

A: Nice golden amber color with a creamy off white one finger head. Not much lacing from the head.

S: Some pine floral citrus smell with a hint of malt. For me really there was not a heck of a lot of nose for an IPA, I was underwhelmed.

T: I tried this on a recommendation from Matt at Capone's and I must say this is the first beer that I really thought was below average. The taste was that of a muted IPA, not much hops at all. I did get some light citrus with some malt and maybe a hint of floral taste, but again really very muted. Maybe I had a bad bottle but there really wasn't much taste to me compared to all the other great IPAs I have been tasting lately.

M: Not a lot of alcohol in the mouth, so normally this should be very drinkable, but the taste kept my mouth wanting more.

D: For me, if all the bottles are like this one the drinkability is low. I really didn't even want a second one, and that is a rarity.

Overall, again very disappointed and maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer to me was really below average for an IPA.

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Photo of amstelcat
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of alli4051
2.55/5  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.

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Photo of kush6875
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pale amber in color with no sediment. foamy white which dissipates and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

smell: mild floral hop aroma

taste,mouthfell,and drinkability. tastes like a weak ipa. drinks more like an amber ale. mouthfeel is thin. not that much body. very average beer. not good not bad.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of ryanismean
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep translucent amber, with a good 3/4" of foam that doesn't recede too quickly. When it finally dissipates, it leaves a lacking layer of bubbles on top of the brew, but a thick, clingy foam down the sides of my glass. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is strongly reminiscent of mediocre homebrew, with a sharp hop character and surprising alcohol odor that completely dominate everything else. Just a vague hint of sweet, bready malt lies underneath. Not a huge fan, I've made brews that smelled better.

If the brew hits the tip of the tongue just right, you can get a nice upfront sweetness before the hop bitterness appears. The bitterness is not as pronounced as the aroma might indicate; it's there, but it's almost more APA with an attitude than what I would normally call an American IPA. It's not bad, but neither is it great. There is a distinctly astringent, bitter aftertaste that forms a few seconds after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is fairly weak, thin and watery. I've had worse but was expecting better.

Drinkability is fairly low, mainly due to the increasingly unpleasant aftertaste. After I've had a couple of these I want to rinse my mouth out with water and switch to iced tea.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dirty looking auburn tone. Looks more like a brown ale. Creamy dirty white head. Decent retention and lacing. Kind of a weird aroma for an IPA. Cookie dough malt base aromas with slight sprinklings of spicy hoppiness. On the palate, I notice a substantial bready and doughy malt base. The hops....well, where are the hops? Not a lot to report on regarding the hops. Some cinnamon like spiciness that might allude to some hopping. But otherwise, this beer lacks hop flavor and bitterness. Two things critical to an IPA. The bottle says they ventured into unfamiliar territory in order to create this IPA. Word of advice: Stay out of unfamiliar territory.

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Photo of Goliath
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking clear amber color with a one inch off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is ok. Some floral hop notes and a dominating maltiness. It's kind of hay like, seems like caramel and choclate.

Taste is not that great. A subtle hoppiness. Hops completely masked by the malt profile really destroying this "IPA". The malt reminds me of hay kind of, some caramel in there and something more aggressive and not pleasing that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to low. This brew is sessionable, but the flavor is just wrong. Not very impressive.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention to boot. Colour is transparent copper.

Sm: Bittering hops, light caramelized malt, and barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt and slight cream up front, and a bittering hop climax atop a full barley foundation. The finish is dying bittering hops with a resurge of barley to tame the coarseness. Decently built for the style and pretty balanced.

Mf: Coarse, a bit sharp, and wet. Not really nice at all. Dries a bit on the climax when the bittering hops entre. Doesn't complement the flavours of the beer.

Dr: Fairly drinkable, fairly priced, and relatively high ABV. I'd give it a spin if you're into IPAs, but it's otherwise unremarkable.

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Photo of joezak5
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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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 JayS2629
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It pours a beautiful clear copper color with creamy white head, great retention and beautiful lacing.

The aroma is on the tart side with pithy grapefruit rind, hints of lemon zest, pine resin, and a toasty, biscuit like breadiness far in the back.

Not balanced well at all. A light nutty, toast, biscuit, cracker like malt background doesn't hold up to the bitter overload of grapefruit pith, lemon, and pine domination. The harsh dry finish leaves one with medicinal tones of chewed asprin running down the back of the throat.

Overall, its a smooth, crisp beer. Nice body, its just not balanced or enjoyable to drink.

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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 brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an amber color, with decent head. Way to dark for an IPA, looks ok.

S- Pine, Grass, a bit of citrus. Decent nose.

T- really bitter off the bat that dissipates quickly with little lingering. Pine, earth, grass, unbalanced towards the hops, with none of the big citrus that I love from my IPAs.

M- clean, a bit thick for an IPA but good carbonation.

O- Eeeh, overall not a great IPA for my tastes, not a single distinguishing factor and tastes like a mediocre IPA. would pass, better than ranger, but no where near Odell IPA or any other top notch IPA.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, slightly ugly light brown color but with a nice dense head with good retention.

Both aroma and taste are heavily phenolic, which immediately reminds me of the old crappy bitters I used to try to brew using bleach as a sanitizer which is a huge negative for me. There is some redeeming malt quality towards the finish of the ber but it's not enough. It's a nice crystal malt flavor that gets overridden by the muddled bitterness with little in terms of hop flavor or aroma...

Overall, I'm not a huge fan. This seems like it was sort of thrown together and is in need of a major recipe overhaul.

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Photo of ATPete
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a murky orange brown color with a small peach/beige head. This doesnt smell like an IPA right off the bat, very unbalanced malt dominant nose. The flavor is a different story, a mild fruity hop character shines through the sweetness, good bitterness and carbonation. This was a one trick pony that lost me from the get go. Possibly a bad or older bottle, wouldnt know for there is no dating codes to be found.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure where the brewery was trying to take this beer, but I wasn't crazy about the direction they wound up going. A very malt-forward IPA, with roasted malt notes that carried an (intentional?) chocolate malt aspect that did not marry well with the hops. Firm bittering at the end at last overpowered the malt, but I'm not a fan.

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Photo of Gooball201
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will say it is average. Not great but $8 after tax for a six pack was reasonable. Woody smoky flavor is acceptable after buying cases of Nugget Nectar (best beer on the planet - shame it is only a seasonal!) Glad I tried it but will not go back for more!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a very clear root beer brown with a full inch of frothy white head and scant few lonely bubbles of carbonation

S - hop strng as expected, but not overly powerful, carries the piney hop characteristics, but not much else, though the aroma isnt powerful , it is monotone

T - piney and floral in the flavor, with some citrine hints, not distintly grapefruit like some IPA's but still definitely citrus, and some earthy notes

M&D - a bit sharp, but still satisfying, not too over the top, quite the sessionable IPA (respectively), a quality beer, just nothing stands out

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggressive pour into a Ghost River Brewing pint results in a dark orange amber color with a moderate, two-finger head.

S: Floral hops with wet cardboard and metallic notes.

T: Opens with sweet malts before moving into astringent grainy territory. Malt and hops continue to duke it out with emerging suggestions of burnt toast. Finishes with an overriding bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Prickly carbonation combines with a rough, grainy texture.

D: Somewhat complex and relatively balanced, yet...meh. Decent enough and worthy of the style, but there are so many better American IPAs out there.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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