Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

373 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 06-07-2007

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 798
Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dirty amber color, murky. The cream colored head is short and dense. Settles into a sparse cap with a small wall of lacing.

The aroma is sweet. Lots of tropical fruit notes. Pineapple and a heavy apricot presence. The malt provides some honey notes. Too sweet for my liking.

The taste is of apricot hops, some pineapple. Grassy notes as well. The malt is bready and provides some honey and toffee flavors. Not my favorite hop profile.

Moderate body with semi fizzy carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

It's an ok IPA just not my favorite hop profile.

 581 characters

Photo of stella77artois
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into wine glass. Bought a random single of this stuff, cause I liked the elephant on the label. What can I saw, I love animals.

A - Pours a light brown-amber, with a very large amount of carbonation visible. A fairly thick head appeared and dissipated slowly. Lot's of lacing stuck to the glass. A very good looking beer.

S - A fair amount of hops. Didn't notice much of the floral hops the description on the bottle spoke of, but noticed a good amount of grapefruit-scented hops. Also a touch of a lemon-lime citrsy aroma.

T - Wow. A very good beer. Figured this would be a run-of-the-mill IPA, but this is a great beer. Plenty of hops, big in the grapefruity taste. Very bitter, but not just for the sake of bitterness, it's darn tasty. Can also detect the malts, which balance out with the hops well. Assuming carapils malt is present, as the mouth gets a bit coated. I prefer a "wetter" IPA in a perfect world, but that's the only downside to this beer.

F - Not bad. A good carbonation ting, and it's easy on the throat and stomach. Only thing I'd prefer would be a wetter malt than carapils. Certainly easy to drink.

O - A very good IPA, is now among one of my favorite non-Imperial IPA's. Lot's of hop flavor without being overly bitter for bitter's sake. Malt is in good harmony with hops. Very drinkable and tasty. Hope I can find this beer again.

 1,381 characters

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

Pours out to a thin head but produces a lot of lace nonetheless. Color is hazy orange amber. Aroma is citrus and floral hops and creamy, grainy malts. Flavor delivers the promise of the smell with resinous hops in the flavor, nice malt backup, and a clean, bitter alpha acid finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light and carbonation is good. Overall, a decent IPA that probably tastes better on tap.

 391 characters

Photo of Father_Raybob
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Bright amber with a slight haze. Thick, dense fine white/tan head that dissipates by second sip to fine lacing.

Nose - Citrus and floral aromatic hops followed by a wave of earthiness and black tea notes.

Taste - citrus hop on the attack with a earthy middle palate and then finishing with simple bitter hops.

Overall - Not impressive but a fine bitter IPA for pizza and the like.

 396 characters

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a really nice orange tinted gold, nice two finger of thick off white head, nice lacing
S - Really dank floral aroma, nice fresh bread and a little caramel malt, pine, dried flowers.
T - Very good floral hop bite in front, smooths out to a sweet malt in the middle and finishes with a good palatable bitterness.
M - Gets a little watery in the end, but not bad.
O - Good floral IPA, thats definitely sessionable.

 453 characters

Photo of evanforbeer
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden coppery hue short off white head

Aroma- fragrant hoppy floral bouquet, sweet caramel malt

Taste- aggressive floral hops hit with an underlying orangey citrus note, rose pedal, caramel malt, finishes with a subtle citrus tinge

Feel- nothing crazy

Solid IPA, well balanced, I enjoy the floral character

 319 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange color with a dense foam topping. The aroma is piney and full of pith. In the taste, grapefruit, resin, orange rind, and pine. There is a caramel malt backing. Earthy and citrusy, enough malty body, agreeable IPA. Bitterness is spot on and the beer finishes more or less even. Medium bodied ale with well rounded flavors. Overall, this is a high quality IPA. Nice hoppyness and solid body.

 410 characters

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.

 292 characters

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fort Collins Brewing - Rocky Mountain IPA, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours hazy amber orange with a small soapy head that dissipates quickly. Chunky sliding lacing.

Smell - Malt bready sweet with some floral and some citrus hops but not nearly enough.

Taste - Snappy carbonated sweet caramel malt and ends with some (read: not much) of the resin/floral hop here.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and malty on the palate. Drinkability is OK. Not overly boozy but it's there and you would think at above 6% you'd get some hops to go with your malt, but this is not the case.

Overall - OK, decent, easy enough to drink but lacking on almost all fronts in terms of the style and the competition. Malt bomb, would not recommend to hop heads.

 742 characters

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

Deep murky amber hue,creamy one finger head,tons of tiny bubbles rising up,lacing is all there.

Others detect tropical fruits, but all I get is bready sweet malt shrouding whatever hops exist.

Taste is sweet and caramel to start with, midway, and into the finish as well with just a faint bitterness that arrives too late with too little intensity.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, syrupy, overwhelming malt presence.

As a fan of hop forward IPAs with a citrus vibe, Rocky Mountain IPA offers the polar opposite.
Major league malt bomb only for those that like their IPA syrupy sweet with the hops getting trampled by the mighty elephant on the bottle!

 655 characters

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance: Poured into a new belgium globe glass from bottle with freshness date. Two fingers of slightly white head cover a cloudy amber/orange brew with lots of carbonation visible. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, caramel, clove. A very sweet and malty aroma. Not picking up any hops in the aroma.

Taste: Malt forward with not much hops. Wonder if this beer is fresh? Tastes sweet but wanting more hops. After all this is an IPA. Some fruity hops with a slightly bitter finish come through a little when the beer warms but is mostly overpowered by the malt. Still very tasty just not hoppy enough for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, hint of alcohol, crisp and easy drinking.

Overall: Maybe this beer isnt fresh. The lack of hoppiness points to that. Have a few more of these and will be interested to see if they are lacking hops as well. Still a very tasty brew but not what I expect from an IPA. Seems like other reviewers have not been getting as much hop flavor in this beer either.

 1,023 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours medium dark amber, white foam, rings around the side. Islands float on top. Malty pine nose. Chewy toffee grass taste, with a firm bitter. Subtle citrus underneath. The bitter grows, and sticks in the aftertaste. Soft tasting malt as it warms. Pretty solid across the board.

 320 characters

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.

 838 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Peach dark orange amber body, with some hints of dark brown, and faint carbonation. Head manages barely two fingers tall, and a light tan color. Very little lacing, and falls to a simple collar, it's fluffy head disappearing quickly.

Nose is mostly biscuit malt, and no hop action. Some faint citrus warmth and garden herb like quality but very faint. A noticeable sense of caramel like malts and white sugar but nothing too big.

Palate is wet, and finish is even more fleeting when looking for flavors. Watery body. Muted malts and a grainy finish. Interesting as their is a good herbal mint and mouthwash like aftertaste but it also feels mediciny as well. Strangely also seems very flat, in taste and feel.

Overall aside from this minty like finish, I am really not feeling this.

 866 characters

Photo of diddly
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass (dishes are piling up)

Dark color for the style, caramel with ruby highlights. White, thin head, dissipates quickly, eaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is lacking for an IPA - certainly some hoppiness, but not what I'm looking for. It's more that you can smell the actual bittnerness of the beer, rather than the hops themselves. The bottle promises "massive floral aroma," which, quite honestly, couldn't be much further from the truth.

Taste follows the aroma - the hop flavor is definitely lacking in comparison to the bitterness imparted to the beer. The IBU's are there, but the hops aren't - what is there has an earthy flavor to it, but more would be better.

Light to medium mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Overall I wouldn't buy this one again. Based on some of the other reviews, it appears I may have gotten a bad batch or 6-pack here. My issues could definitely relate to an aged sample, but it's still pretty disappointing, as unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any sort of date code.

 1,050 characters

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from my old homestate; poured into my trusty becker pint glass. Slightly hazy golden amber with a medium tight fluffy white head that sticks around without dissipating at all, leaving tons of delicate lacing. Smell is lots of herbal hops, with some citrusy flavors hidden within. Good crackery malt presence as well. Taste is very nice; big biscuity malt supporting minty herbal hops, with some bitterness that follows well into the rather dry finish. A delicious take on the American IPA; personally I prefer more citrusy beers, but this one is great too.

 569 characters

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

 289 characters

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy, deep caramel color. Cream colored head leaves a soapy film. Decently thick lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, thick with caramel and finished with piny hops.

Taste: Really rich with caramel sweetness, then a spicy bitter hop finish infused with pine and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick.

Overall: Almost a dessert beer with it's sticky, spicy, sweet richness, but bitter as well.

 424 characters

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass orange color with nice head.
a: Orange color, 2 finger width head
s: Light hop smell, slight bitterness
t: Very smooth hoppy taste, some bitterness, slight aftertaste
m: Medium body, smooth mouth feel
o: Very good IPA, some bitterness, worth buying again.
Purchased single bottle, but will buy a six pack next time.

 336 characters

Photo of Mojo
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a hazy medium gold with a one finger off white head, not much retention, and not much lacing. Nose is mostly floral. Taste is very hop forward with the malt kind of buried in the mix. No matter. I sort of like the hop bombs. Mouthfeel is abour average, not thick, not thin, with a normal amount of carbonation. Overall I dig this beer.

 406 characters

Photo of homebrew311
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear deep gold with a rim of white head and some lacing. The nose has a deep earthy hop aroma with a bit of resinous pine paired with caramel malt and bready grains. Taste is light on bitterness but full of hop flavor. Sweet fruity notes of apple and lemon with mild bitterness to finish. Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, decent but no depth.

 378 characters

Photo of Chalkhead
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Very Nice. Pours a hazy orange/copper with diminishing tan head, some lacing. Aroma is bitter, fruity and floral hops, hints of pine. Taste is nice and hoppy up front, then fades to a gentle sweetness provided by the honey. Moderate carbonation and medium body with a slightly oily finish. An interesting IPA

 318 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange pour, frothy heather colored head is moderate in stay. A thick frothy lacing is the result of the healthy head. a bunch of macro bubbles adhere to the vessel walls with spontaneous release.

S: The nose was sticky pine, sweet resinous citrus, grapefruit and toasted bread. Deep sticky hoppy tones. Flavor was sticky malt, a zing of lemony hops, amarrillo perhaps, with some sticky pine. Toasted depth is evident, a touch dry with a soothing piney hoppiness. Hops tastes like warrior and amarrillo.

M: Mouthful is sticky, with a nice depth substance wise, a bit of silty rought texture (marris otter?). Boozy scotchy caramel leave off the tongue.

O: Overall nice mellowing but deep lemon pine hoppiness. Not gonna smack you around upfront but is more barry white with deep soothing bass like tones behind a malty and toasted backing. Hops warm up beautifully. Overall a solid B rated experience.

 914 characters

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot copper color with a dense half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheety lacing.

Fresh herbal and floral hops dominate the aroma, becoming piney, and leading into a very present bready, caramel malt backbone. Notes of citrus are secondary, but add complexity. Fair balance between malt and hops.

Citrus hops are more prevalent in the flavor, with lemon and grapefruit underlying the profile throughout. Toasted breadcrust, slightly sweet, carries into the fairly bitter finish, which is somewhat resiny and minty. Develops a bit of a stale character as out warms.

Body is moderate to light, with substantial carbonation, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fairly balanced brew. Good hop character, fairly simple, with substantial malt backbone and a relatively bitter finish. Nothing exceptional, but could be sessionable.

 867 characters

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my friends in Colorado. Pours a slightly murky, dark, burnt orange brown. Smells malty and sweet, and bready but not getting too much hops on the nose. Taste is roasted malt, but not sweet, bitterness emerging mid-taste. Balance is solid, and mouth-feel is substantial, carbonation moderately big. A solid IPA, a little more on the heavier, but not sweet roasted malt side.

 378 characters

Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 798 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.