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Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

373 Reviews
Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

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

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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 794
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
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 kirok1999
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a nice rising white head. Leaves a little sticky lacing in the glass.
Smell is pretty nice with citrus and pine hops and some nice sweetness as well.
Taste is a little watery compared to the smell. There are hops there but not matching the smell. Nice sweet malt note in the finish.
Feels a little thin too. Smooth and mellow and easy to drink.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper orange colored beer is poured and is followed by a slightly tan head. Nice retention. Lace is gently dispersed down the entire length of the glass.

Citrus hops fill the aroma but there is more of a malt presence than hop presence. Orange sherbert and lemon rinds comprise the main aroma. Some sweet, caramel malts more than balance, almost overwhelm the hop aroma. Certainly this is more like a Pale Ale than IPA, atleast the American version.

Average tasting. The hops are there but dont stand out. Malty and creamy. Decent mouthfeel. Nice hop flavor but not much bitterness (possibly due to dry hopping?). An average IPA. With all the great IPA out there, not sure if this one is recommendable.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Great Divide "Cervoise" goblet.

Deep orange to ruby. Nice one finger, stable head. Good lacing.

Smells predominantly of pine and orange. There is a very slight alcohol aroma. Strange for a 6.2 abv brew.

This one has a decent taste. I don't usually taste pine per se, but this one has it. Good level of straight bitter hops. Grapefruit. A dark chocolate aftertaste a la imperial state. Strange, but it isn't misplaced.

Slight oiliness to this one. A good level of carbonation. Maybe a touch high for my tastes.

This is a good one, but one a night is enough. Definitely worth a try if you can track it down.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Westy's.

A: The IPA is a dark red color, close enough of a hue to be amber. Some vibrant orange highlights spice up the body too. The head measured around a finger and quickly boiled down to a thin white band.

S: The nose is biscuity, grainy with some caramel sweetness (evident from the color as well). Hints of hoppy bitterness manage to break through the malt barrier, adding a light citrus profile to the scent.

T: The ale is thick and malty, easily mistaken for an amber or a plain ol' pale ale. Biscuity cereal and caramel sweetness are the dominant flavors, crowding out any hop element from the initial sip. The dry toasted cereal flavor remains strong throughout the glass, even as it warms. A bitter finish provides the evidence of hops, but it is too vague to really be defined.

M: The malt body is strong here, dominating in a fashion that I'd expect from a nut brown ale. The lack of bigger hops is disconcerting though.

D: The ale is good and drinkable but if you are looking for a bigger IPA this is not the beer for you.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a red/orange with a 1-finger head that retains a nice covering for most of the duration. Nice lookin' brew.

Aroma is citrus, pine, earthy hops. Nothing outstanding, but in line for the style.

Flavor is more of the same, but toned down a touch.

Mouthfeel is quite lively and carbonated. Quite smooth, but a bit hot going down. Personally I would prefer a little less carbonation, but its not bad by any means.

Drinkability is quite good. I'm enjoying this solid IPA, I would drink another if I had one in the fridge (single 12oz bottle trial run here).

While this certainly isn't a top tier IPA, it is still quite good in its own right. Distribution is relatively limited, so if you see one, give it a shot.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep copper body, good clarity, no carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of dense level off-white foam.

Strong floral aroma immediately evident, with sweet citrus fruits lurking behind it.

Somewhat assertive and somewhat sloppy malt start, which while not a solid foundation, is more than a fleeting cameo appearance, as it slides on throughthe finish and beyond. .Citrusy hops quickly build and make a nice bite at the swallow, and tingle on through the aftertaste. Nice fruity notes. Not bad but not perfectly integrated.

Mouthfeel could be a bit smoother, as the beer has a slight syrupy note as it slides down the tongue.

Drinkability is good, easy to have at least two in a sitting, maybe more.

A respectable IPA, and while I might not be rushing back for more, I certainly enjoyed the ones I had.

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

Pours slightly cloudy copper brown with a nice 2 inch off-white to tan head. The head hangs around a decent amount of time. As it does recede it leaves a nice lace.

The smell is of hops right up front green, pine and a little citrus. A little caramel malt cones through as well.

The taste is very hoppy with green, pine and peppery hops dominating. A malt backbone does quite balance this one out. There is a little metallic twinge that is not necessarily appreciated. The finish is mildly bitter with a peppery aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium body with a slight chewiness and smooth finish, carbonation is appropriate

Drinkability is quite good; I could easily drink it for a whole evening. The peppery finish would be the 1st component that would get in the way.

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Photo of twokansamm
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They just started distributing in Ohio about a month or so ago, so I thought I'd give them a try.

Pours a very clear copper with good head retention--pretty sudsy. There is something about the aroma that is a little off to me. One sniff I would get hops, another I would get almost the smell of wet leaves that had been sitting around for a while... The taste was better than expected (because of the aroma). Pretty malty up front, but balanced with a good bitter finish, predominantly citrus. I thought the carbonation was right on for this beer. This would make a good session beer. (about half way through, the aroma that was bothering me at the beginning was no longer a hindrance to the enjoyment of the beer). Overall-Not bad.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to number1bum, my in person trader, for this one. I'm always down for trying a new IPA. My 200th review, I didn't want to go down the same road everyone else does with trying a huge, crazy, popular beer, I wanted to try something I've never even heard of before and this one fits the bill.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper hue with a nice two finger white head that leaves a very nice lacing behind as it dies down to a thin layer. Smell is a nice mix between dirty earth hops and sweet citrus hops. A nice caramel malt sticks out as well underneath the good hop burst. Taste is very unique for an IPA. The first flavors I get on the tongue are that of grass, grain, and pine. Citrus appears on the tongue midway through but then gives way to a nice malty aftertaste. Very unique, very complex, very fresh. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. I do like this IPA, I would call it the best "dirty" IPA I've had, but "dirty" in a hop sense. I look forward to more this brewery has to offer. Thanks again to Josh for this opportunity.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Graebner
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a finger of head that settles but doesnt disappear. moderate-heavy bubble columns.

Esters, smoke, lemon, teriyaki?, lots of hoppy goodness. Mmmm

Sweet up front, a little thin feeling, lots of hop backbone, and that teriyaki again...like a fried wing with teriyaki sauce. Unexpected, but quite good.

Refreshing, but plenty of hops and carbonation. Really good.

Sessionable though nicely bitter. A really good IPA, only thing from Fort Collins Brewing that's impressed so far. Here's looking forward to more!

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Photo of ClassicBrad
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got two of these bottles in a case split with some fellow Pennsylvanians. I have been a fan of Fort Collins ever since I had their Pomegranate Wheat on tap @ The Riverstreet Alehouse in Pittston, Pa. Needless to say, I'm ready to dig in.

The label gives interesting background to the IPA style in describing its initial benefits of durability to spoilage... very interesting.

I poured the bottle into a Yuengling Lager Tumbler Pint and the body of the brew is actually pretty dark for an IPA. Even darker than a Yuengling Lager is, in fact. It has a very clear dark copper hue. The cream colored head holds up very well in a bubbly but eventually frothy state with some of the best lacing I've seen in an IPA. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is typical for the IPA style with very strong herbal and earthy hop notes. Some malt characteristics found in the back of this beer's nose are beautifully balanced with the hops and suggest of light caramel.

The taste doesn't really peak above average for the style. Don't get me wrong, when I want an IPA and see this on the menu, there's a good chance I'll get it. It represents the style very well but does so without putting any sort of outstanding trait into it. Immaculately average.

No complaints about mouthfeel or drinkability. Both are essentially summed up well in my opinion of the beer's taste. Average and enjoyable all around.

Maybe my first impression of the Fort Collins brewery making a Pomegranate wheat beer got my hopes up that they were a standout brewery looking to push the envelope but I think their IPA is a fair representation of the style and I'm sure this won't be my last bottle.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap JP MacGrady's

It was nice, but didn't really hit the spot for me. There's a big mellow citrus and juicy fruit hop flavor, but that's it. There's no tasty malt backbone and the hops finish on an unpleasant fruit seed note. Still it's easy drinking, but the flavor isn't that enthralling.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, with coppery coloration, good 1/4" creamy cap on top.

Soft, yet spicy, aroma, estery, fruity...Cascades, centennials, maybe...fairly standard IPA nose, goody'n'hoppy, lightly bitter.

Bitterness greet the tongue at first, lip-smacking, and persistent puckering. Caramel malt sweetness below makes a bit of balance. Rather juicy, sappy malt content. Feels like a blend of an English IPA, from malts, and an American, from the hops. But I may be wrong, that's just how it feels to me.

Full bodied, long, bitter finish, with malt sweet still sliding in below it. Easy-drinking, good taster. A rewarding, if not too challenging IPA.
I picked up a cold 6-pack from Surdyk's cooler, putting back the warm one to the shelf, because I wanted to drink one right when I got home, it's so hot out.
(one of the helpful hints on the label reads: "Drink Cold--When You're Hot.")
Well, it's doing the trick. Quite nice. Good job, Ft. Collins!

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Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my contributions to NEPA BC split #6.

Pours a pale amber with good clarity and about a finger and a half of fluffy light beige head. Head recedes to a thin lace and leaves quite a bit of stick on the sides.

Smell is primarily piney hops, but there is some citrus and caramel malt sweetness in there, as well.

Taste begins with a really robust malt backbone that provides a perfect canvas for lots of tasty hops. Hops have a nice blend of citrus and pine flavor, and plenty of bitterness, as well. The caramel malt sweetness does a nice job offsetting some of the hop bitterness and provides some balance. It's medium-bodied and really coats the palate, very creamy. Carbonation level is just right. Drinkability is high because there is enough malt to make sure that the bitterness doesn't overwhelm and get out of hand.

This was a really pleasant surprise. I've only had one Fort Collins brew to date and it was nothing special, but this is a very tasty IPA. Give it a try!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A: Coppery orange, big thick head (about an inch), very prominent lace

S: Fruity hop aroma, very pungent. Heavy piney smell really hits the nose.

T: Strong malt backbone hides the hops on the initial sip. Hop bitterness kicks in thereafter.

M: Smooth and light.

D: Fairly drinkable, alcohol presence is noticeable, but can hurt you in later rounds.

O: Well-rounded IPA, nicely balanced. Not bad in a pinch.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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 ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is amber in color with a spotty white head that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is piney, sweet. The flavor is piney, sticky, bitter, nicely hopped with a very strong flavor. This beer really coats your mouth and tongue. The more I drink this beer the more I find myself buying it again and again.Odell's IPA is still my favorite but this one is a winner for sure.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with an off-white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is some sweet malts and grassy (slightly piney) hops and a touch of fruit.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and melon followed by a good sized bitter grass and tar hop finish, that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery.

Overall, it has good bitterness, but I don't care for the flavors (grass and tar). I liked their other 2 IPA attempts better. It is nice to see the local breweries using more hops though. I greatly prefer Odell's IPA to this.

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Photo of happygnome
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a deep amber color with eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast. lots of lacing on the side of the glass
s: floral and pinny hop aroma, very inviting. a little malt sweetness
t: wow, starts off with a sweet malt taste but leads into a very nice bitter hop flavor, very enjoyable
m: meduim bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, got it at Hy-Vee in Ames Iowa, I wish it was available around here a very nice ipa

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good IPA new from Fort Collins. I kind of like these guys. The beer reminds me quite a bit of a middle ground between Dogfish Head 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPA.

The beer pours to an amber brown color with a light golden hue. Fairly clear with little carbonation. Huge off-white head with good retention. Excellent lacing. Looks good.

Smells great. Lots of grapefruit and apricot. Definitely a bit of Amarillo in there. A bit of bready, biscuity malt underneath. The hops bouquet is absolutely wonderful.

The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma, unfortunately. The malt shines out quite a bit more. The hops are not nearly as shining. Just a bit of that grapefruit and apricot. Not too bitter. Could be much better. I don't know how the hops aroma shines so well but hardly shows up in the flavor.

The body is fairly thin. Not too much carbonation on the palate. The finish is very clean. Very little bitterness. No alcohol detected. Would be much better if that beautiful hops aroma would show itself in the flavor. Not bad, though.

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Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. No ABV or freshness info on the label. Label is an abstract elephant winding down a trail from the mountains.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color (a bit darker than I would expect), with a nice firm white head. Fades to leave quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of hop aroma - floral and a bit of resinous pine.

Taste: Medium to thin mouthfeel, starts off with a malty sweetness, then the hops take over. Floral and a bit spicy.

Overall impression: Balanced and drinkable - not my favorite IPA, but this one is a solid offering.

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
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