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Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 06-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 798 |  Reviews: 373
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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of litheum94
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Penny copper with some tarnish to it. Off-white head that leaves quickly, with nothing remaining to be seen.

Very floral with burnt orange peel. Carmalized malts with earthy pine hops.

Wildflowers and burnt orange peel lead into a caramel and bready malt backbone. Dry, herbal flavors, with a woody bitterness. Good amount of astringency lingers, but the bitterness is balanced well by the malts.

Good flavors and easy drinking, but in the end this is pretty much an average IPA. I wouldn't mind having this as my everyday IPA.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder for $2.99 and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky apricot hue with golden edges, small head and small amounts of lace.

S: A lot of malt - sweet biscuit and fresh cut grain followed up with a mild dose of grassy hop.

T: Fortunately the hop shows up in this round of the fight with the malt, as it lost in the nose - good amount of earthy hop with citrus rind and floral herbal tea tastiness. The malt keeps it a close fight and sticks around for a while but the hop wins in the end and that's what we all really want in an IPA anyways, right???

M: Medium-bodied, milky and smooth with a perfect carbonation for the style, finishing with that lingering bitterness from the hop that a proper IPA should have - nice!

I didn't like this off the bat, but after getting into it a bit, the complexity of the malt and hop unity really grabbed my attention and I was able to truly appreciate this for what it was...and being born and raised in SD, it's hard to appreciate an IPA with such a massive maltiness, but this one is damn good!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into cookie-cutter pint glass..

amber caramelish color with large pillowy head.. nose of some piney hoppiness but more so of the caramelly maltiness seems to parallel the color of the brew.. taste is malty, not too many notes of hoppiness on the palate, more overly malty... mouthfeel is ipa'ish though, not super carbonated and not too heavy on the consistency... not too bad of an offering overall


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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a pillowy head. Hops and citrus aromas pour out of the glass. Hints of sweet caramel and grain, but great bitter notes dominate the smell.

The flavors seemed a tad muted. Malty, sweet caramel and toasted bread blend well with the grapefruit and floral bitterness. But, I can't help feeling they balance things out too much. Not as aggressive as expected from an American IPA.

Good carbonation and feel, but mild and thin feeling for the style. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- From a semi-heavy pour comes a one and a half finger head that retains nicely and boasts some cool lacing. The brew has a solid medium copper color. The head eventually slumps down to an 1/8 inch with full surface coverage from the foam as the lacing continues.

S- Wafts of cereal grain sweetness at first over top of citrusy hop aromas. Also has some biscuity tones and a strange "off" smell that's kind of funky but not in a yeasty way. Hard to describe, but I like it.

T- More cereal grain sweetness that accompanies the hops which, in turn, create only a mild bitterness that lingers for the perfect amount of time. Enough power to prove that it's a good IPA with enough restraint to know when to say "when." Well done.

M- Medium-high carbonation provides plenty of soft foam that massages the tongue with a delicate touch. A creamy body with plenty of snap from the hops and alcohol.

O- My first FCB purchase is a great one! Very satisfied.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Based on reviews, I may have gotten a bad batch. Or I don't know what I'm talking about.

The beer's a dark amber, bordering on cherry with a thick creamy head that stays forever.

Where it got weird for me was in the taste. Drank quickly, Rocky Mountain was clean and smooth with a slight dull bitterness, slightly sweet and slightly bready. But the longer I kept the beer in my mouth, the more burnt it tasted and the longer that burnt taste lingered in the back of my throat. Good mouthfeel though.

Drinking this beer was like eating a tasty grilled cheese sandwich with bread that had been toasted about 30 seconds too long. It may be palatable and all of the elements of a delicious sandwich might be there, but the charcoal dusting in the back of your throat makes you wish you'd washed it down with a cup of tomato soup.

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 798 ratings
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