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 Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Mike at Cole's. A mushroom cloud of hop aromas from my Samuel Adams glass. Medium golden, with lots of lace left. A bit creamy mouthfeel, but also above average aggressive carbonation. Very drinkable, perhaps a tad thin. Decent bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours a clear amber orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Nice thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down.This Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops mingling together. Taste is of citrus zest, pine, herbal hops with a subdued malt backbone. Medium hop bitterness coats the palate after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good and well-hopped IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a lot better than some of the other FCB beers ive had. pours a honey colored and textured hay color with stinky hop overtones in the nose. taste it almost of a fresh hop ale, but backed up with considerable pale or crystal malts. light, but satisfying. this is a classic american ipa with a heavy handed hop aroma and taste. it goes well with a gourmet pizza. nice mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation. better than expected...

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts. The caramel becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the caramel malt flavors are more prominent and the hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While the taste is not overly complex, it has a particularly good balance between the malts and hops and is neither too bitter nor too sweet.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed by this IPA. Tried this and the Retro-Red from this brewery and each was pretty damn good, for a brewery I've never heard of none the less. A hop lover's delight and is well balanced with a good mouthfeel and body. Would definitely like to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the aim of more malt for balance, Rocky Mountain IPA demonstrates a bit more heaft and malt sweetness than most, more hop-forward IPAs.

Medium copper and brilliantly clear, the beer's color is very handsome and proper albeit void of the typical haze that's associated with non-filtered IPAs. A medium foamy froath of egg shell white rises slowly and confidently before slowly retracting to an even blanket across the surface, leaving multiple islands of lace behind. A very nice looking IPA.

White grapefruit and medium caramel notes emit from the glass, followed by elements of pine resin, straw, toasted malts, and unfortunately nail polish remover. Though the hops have a strong impact on aroma, the malty components don't allow for domination as is the usual goal for IPAs.

Medium caramel sweetness carry a medium toast, nutty pecan, and lightly biscuity taste that create a sweeter start than expected. Hoppy flavors of white grapefruit or grapefruit pith win out, but not without complementary taste of pine, resin, grassy, and woody tones that turn bitter, and somewhat harsly so in the finish. Wanting the intensity of the grapefruit hop character to shine a bit more, they don't and continue restraint and allowing the malts to upset the balance.

Medium rich with an English Ale-like soft creamy sweetness to start. The sweetness lingers well past mid palate and interrupts the hoppy-dry finish late. Finishing malty-dry for an IPA, the beer also reveals some harshness due to the warmth of solventy alcohols that remind me of nail polish remover.

Seemingly more like a scaled-up version of a standard American Pale Ale because of the balanced ratio of malt/hops in flavor and feel, I prefer more hop dominance in flavor, bitterness, and dryness thus relying on a background of supple maltiness for support only. Still, a worthy and drinkable American Ale that doesn't dissapoint.

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Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a modest head that drops to a film and fails test

Smell: Caramel aroma dominates with undertone of floral and piney hops

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that is joined by some piney hop and citrus pith; after the swallow, the earthy and piney flavors dominate but the finish has that astringent aspirin flavor that I often associate with Amarillo hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; astringent bitterness, however

Drinkability: Just not what I seek in an American IPA, unfortunately; I don' t mind the malt element, but I don't care for the hop blend that was used here

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9%
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 zeff80
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/burgandy color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head that left some nice soapy lace.

S - It smelled very grassy! Nothing but a nose-ful of hops.

T - It tasted of bitter hops and some slightly sweet roasted malt.

M - It was crisp, dry and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. I'm really impressed with products from the Fort Collins Brewery.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big lasting off white head with a lasting lacing atop a murky honey golden beer.

Piney citrus hops and light caramel malt aroma.

Citrus and pine hops with a added light bitter taste.

A citrusy dry aftertaste on a medium bodied drink.

Decent stuff with a enjoyable light citrus hops taste.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Just over one finger of off-white head on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - Strong pine hop aroma with caramel malt backing it up. Very typical American IPA aroma.

T - Lots of pine hop flavor up front. Resinous bitterness coats the tongue as sweet caramel malt is not quite able to balance the assertive hop character. Very strong, woody pine hop character lingers on the palate during the finish and leaves hints of darker, tobacco like notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, though the bold hop character could become excessive after a while. I tend to prefer fruity/ citrus hop character in my IPAs, but this is an excellent use of strong pine hop character. I wouldn't exactly call it a balanced beer; the hops completely dominate the not insubstantial malt, but it is about right for an American IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a clear copper/amber with a thinner but well retained soapy-like white head that left shotty lace as it settled pretty quickly.A mix of caramel and citrus-pine,and floral hop aromas neither really win out but it is quite appetizing.A little thinner and sharp in the mouth,first off it seemed a little soapy flavors seemed a bit off than they came around a little this is pretty bitter with sharp grapefruit hop flavors over top of a toasted lightly sweet malt base.A sharp tasting IPA not a quaffer I think the sharp bitterness may keep you from drinking alot of this,Iam a hophead but this is even a bit to sharp for me in saying that it has some good qualities to it,whoa big hop burp.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Modicum of sediment in bottle added mid-taste.

Pours with ample 1-finger head that has good duration. Hazy amber/orange color.

A - Fine aroma that is markedly fruity and floral, with a lightly toasted malt background. Some but not all, of the fruitiness seems to be from citrus-toned hops. Slightly earthy.

T- Substantial malt sweetness is initially evident but quickly gives way to a good hit of bitter hops, although malt flavor remains. Slightly woodsy (neither good nor bad IMO). A piney aspect is less obvious in the aroma than in the flavor. Excellent citrus/pine tinted hoppy finish where the remaining malt sweetness wears off quickly leaving a more bitter, but not unpleasant, lingering aftertaste dominated by hops. Rating near 4.25.

The mouthfeel is good, being typical for style. Moderate (i.e., well chosen) carbonation. Rather crisp with a semi-dry finish.

O - a very pleasant and easy to recommend IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with a caramel and citrus sweetness and a strong burst of floral hops bitterness that takes dominance as the sweetness fades. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and bready.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice poundable IPA. I could see myself drinking this beer for a whole with ease.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of medium sized thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange peel, pine/resin, and floral hops along with a very light caramel malt sweetness.

T: There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but the flavor is dominated by hop flavors. There are citrus/orange (more like orange peel) hops, pine/resin hops, and some lighter amount of floral hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Just a hint shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery but still crisp.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and is enjoyable. A little too hoppy and a little too high in ABV to be a session beer, you could still have a couple in a day. Not the greatest American IPAs but certainly a very drinkable one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, deep amber body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Hoppy aroma of grass, citrus, and resinous pine with a subtle undertone of caramel malt.

Taste: Mild hint of caramel malt, then it's off to Hoptown! Sweetened citrus fruits, pine needles, and a touch of grass follows. Moderate earthy bitterness. A prick of astringency on the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I could do with out the astringency, it was still an alright IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange peel that is as perfectly pristine as a cloudless summer sky. Several streams of superfine bubbles make their way up to a good looking cap that resembles orange caramel mousse. The foam is faintly rocky as it falls (although not mountainous) and deposits some attractive lace in the process.

One whiff is all it takes to tell me that Munich malt, or something very similar, plays a dominant role. I don't care for heavily toasted or earthy aromas in my IPAs and will be marking the nose down as a result. It's strictly personal preference, though, because there's quite a bit of citric hoppiness underneath it all.

Same thing on the palate. Maybe it's just me, but I think IPAs should use pale malt and should concentrate the flavor profile on the hops. The strong flavors that can come from mid-range, toasted barley malt just muddy things up. Who poured a few ounces of Oktoberfest into my India pale ale?

It's a damn shame because Rocky Mountain IPA could be a delicious, decently hoppy version. The lupulin surge, the bitter bite and the alpha acid tongue tingle are all present. Caramel-saturated white grapefruit peel leads the way. With a change in the grain bill, this would (potentially) be one of the best hoppy beers readily available to me. Of course, now that Three Floyds moved out of Iowa, my selection of hoppy beer borders on pathetic.

The mouthfeel is first-class all the way. It has enough heft for the style, it's firm rather than lush, and the carbonation is spirited without being manic. Nice job.

Rocky Mountain IPA is one of those 'oh so close' beers for me. One simple change (pale malt dominance) is all it would take for it to earn an additional half point in terms of smell and taste, and possibly a full point in terms of drinkability. Now excuse me while I go look for some sort of 'suggestion box' on the Fort Collins website.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Slight piney hops & grapefruit as this warmed up

T: Piney, oily hops & then grapefruit. Breadyness & some orangey hops + caramel sneak in as this warms. Finishes with a little warming booze, tons of hops smack & a little pepper

MF: Chewy, oily, medium bodied with medium carbonation

Very drinkable, a nice IPA that hopheads should really enjoy

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My final beer of the night believe it or not, I literally just grabbed this one out of the fridge and went for it. Served col and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was very nice, better the what I expected with a rich dark amber color that was well hazed and clouded over. Nice head of white comes up and caps off the top nicely, settling down with decent side lacing. Aroma is loaded with deep orange notes, lots of sugar here as well as a pungent and sweet aroma dominates, almost candied. Nice body, medium with a fullness that really works very, very well. Smooth, even flavor as the first bites of hops kick in its a wonderful thing. Rich, resin filled sips give way to a smooth and even biscuit like middle, really nicely done I have to admit. Easy on the palate and with a long, drawn out finish, we had ourselves a winner.

Overall probably the best of the night last night. WOuld gladly try this one again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly bubbled out of the bottle. Forms a dense head that lasts and leaves a blanket of lace. The beer is orange-amber in color with a mild chill haze.

Good floral hop is slightly stronger than the earthy malt flavor. Drier smell than most with a light white pepper nose.

Smooth start from the above average body and the strong slightly toasted malts. Notes of butterscotch. The hop is not sharp, even at the swallow. The aftertaste is brief. The bitterness compliments this mostly malty IPA. The body is full and the carbonation is low.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown amber with a finger or so of white foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly into oblivion. The nose is just chock full o' pine, with some mild citrus notes and honey sitting in reserve. The taste follows in true IPA fashion, with a healthy dose of piney bitterness leading the way, bolstered by a backbone of caramel, toffee, honey, and light citrus. The body is a slightly light medium, with active carbonation and a dry finish, leading to a pretty high drinkability.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep copper slightly clouded hue with a head that is a light begie hue with two inches worth of foam. Scant uneven lacing is left behind. Aromatics offer up deep layers of floral and citrus hops with ample malt sweetness for balance. Flavor has a slight sweet and sour note goion on with bitter citrus peel and floral hop notes. The tart flavor going on in the malts just didn't work for me. Mouthfeel had a nice dry puckering hop finish with slightly slick hop oils streaking freely. Carbonation was even and definitely not a problem in any way. Drinkability overall is pretty solid although I could have done without the tart malt character opposing the nice hop character they kind of clashed together.

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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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber with an orange hue and 1/4" of foamy head with decent retention. The nose has notes of barley malt and bread with citrusy, earthy hop aromas. The taste is bready and biscuity with some bitter but citrusy hops in the finish. There's a faint lemon note here that's pretty pleasing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

Not a bad beer. There could be a little more in the hop character, but the malt is solid. At times this feels a little unbalanced, but I'd get it again if I wanted an IPA at a decent price.

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