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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Photo of bzach
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! As the bottle says. The massive floral aroma lures you in while the hop bitterness and malty sweetness mingle in symmetry. Very surprised at how many different flower-like flavors are present in this near perfectly balanced brew. At first taste its almost overpowering, but once into you realize FCB has created one of the best ipa's. Near perfect full flavored hoppy/ floral creation! Will buy more!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber, with an average head of carbonation. Lace is light and unimpressive.

Nose is sticky hops. I get citrus and pine notes. Not bad.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, but with a fairly substantial malt backbone. It's a crisp and refreshing IPA, and probably pretty sessionable. Still, this one doesn't seem to have a lot of character, so I won't have much interest in re-tasting unless it's fresh and on-draft.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep golden color with a nice fluffy white head that had pretty good retention.

The scent was of strong citrus, sweet malts were noticeable also, and dry herbal hops.

The taste is also of citrus, bitter herbal hops are dominant in the flavor, there are also some notes of bread.

Medium body, pretty smooth feel with a very dry finish, moderate to high carbonation.

This was one of the better IPA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, lazy amber brew with a cloudy complexion. The head is average but dense. The carbonation is also average and gentle.

I'm not picking up much in way of hops, just sweet caramel malts.

Drinks smooth and sweet malts. I've yet to detect any hops, no brew date so who knows.

Even without any evidence of hops this beer still tastes might fine. like an EIPA.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack sampler.
6.2% ABV, 81 IBU, 12 SRM. No ingredients listed per the website or bottle.

Pours out to a slightly hazy copper, forming a tall yellow head with excellent retention and really nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is really nice. Pine, tropical fruit, strawberries, biscuit malt and toasty grain husks. The mouthfeel is bright, with a medium hoppy acidity, a drying astringency in the aftertaste, and a medium body. The taste opens with the piney hops (something I prefer in IPA,s over the grapefruit variety) with a touch of skunkweed hops, then is followed by the toasted grain husk, a hint of biscuit, and some strawberries in the finish. Bitterness is medium-firm, but not overbearing. Finishes pleasantly dry re:body as well as astringency. Aftertaste of black tea. No appreciable off-flavors or aromas.

A really nice IPA. I really enjoyed this, and it was definitely the best out of the sampler. With the piney hops, this reminds me of something Stone would brew. Well-balanced as far as IPA's go..definitely has a west coast vibe. Would buy it again when in the mood for something like this.

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Photo of dbell23
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Decent retention and very good lacing. Looks like a malty ipa.

Smell is real good. Citrus hops dominate with maybe some malt sweetness. Grassy sweet hop smell that makes you want to take a quaff.

Taste is outstanding. Great hop start, hop middle, and hop finish. Really good balance. Full bodied and nearly perfect hop malt balance. Lingering hoppiness that reminds you what you're drinking.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation. Maybe a little more carbonation would be nice but still good. Because of the great malt backbone it seems full bodied.

Overall a very good ipa. Balanced and definitely enough hop for a hop head to enjoy. I haven't had this in a few years because of distribution problems and I'm glad it's available. Highly recommended.

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

A-An transparent copper color. Head is whitish and settles down to a respectable size. Head remains for the entire glass. Lacing rings are constant.

S-Balanced with a good amount of rich caramel and floral hops. A bit perfumey. Sweetness almost seems to beat out the hoppiness. Its mostly pleasant but barely memorable.

T-Hops start off with flower buds and a bit of spicy herbal notes. Then the flavor is washed out by some serious sweetness. A bit of pine kicks in on the back end and it finishes moderately bitter. Very balanced in overall flavor.

M-Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Light bubbles. Bitterness lingers.

O/D-Not my favorite take on the style but it fell into the 'mediocre' tier. Lacks the citrus and assertiveness I crave in the style. But it was one of the better brews I had in the state of Mississippi.

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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 Ego
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$11.99 for a 64ozer @ joe canals

3 fingers of fluffy whiteness on a normal pour, lacing and head retention is superb, a good amount of bubbles feed the cap on a consistent basis, clean orange hue, a good lookin' brew.

piney and citrus-y (towards orange peel), the malt is detectable but barely, mainly this is just a really nice floral hop aroma leaning towards the alpha heavy american varieties we have all come to love and grope in the shower inappropriately. this delivers, it doesn't wow you but it is what it should be, which is fine for me this evening.

taste etc...
a little thin up front, the flavor seems to kick more in at the end, wow this is underwhelming, the great hop character in the nose is not the same in the flavor, there is some sweetness, some lingering bitterness, er, and not much else, this is a tribute to average APAs, the after taste is perhaps the best part, where you finally get some nice bitter notes, but sipping itself... this leaves me wanting more of something.

looked good, but not so much, the hot chick with the head case...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA has a medium-to-thick, creamy, beige head and a hazy, copper appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt, caramel, brown bread, a hop sting, and even a bit of rotten fruit, which is an aroma note that I find in too many ales. The taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, spicy hops, water, caramel, Roman Meal brand bread, and toast crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Rocky Moutain IPA finishes semi-dry and pretty refreshing. Drinkability is so-so. Overall, it is an interesting ale.


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Photo of Mattamue
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date.

a Gray head, 1mm thick, quickly dissipates, filmy lace clings to the sides of the glass.

s Resin, big bold dirty hops, tinge of floral in the middle of the notes, sharp like a cheddar.

t Biscuit malt throughout the taste, floral hops hits the front of the tongue, pine finishes through the aftertaste, a bit of toasty sweet malt right before the aftertaste kicks in.

m Watery, light body, does not seem to fill out the taste.

o Would buy again and again, go-to for IPA for me, would recommend, may take an IPA lover to fully appreciate - only thing keeping it back from an overall section rating of 5.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber-orange, rather clear, with a one finger white head that lasts decently with some lacing.
S- The aroma is big on the hop aroma, with pine and grassy floral aromas big on the nose.
T- It is more malty on the tongue than the nose indicated. A bit of sweet light caramel up front before the hops come through. A bit of strong grassiness in the finish. Pine hops linger throughout.
M- Medium bodied. Carbonation is crisp at first, but evens out eventually.
O- A good IPA I could enjoy frequently. Hoppiness is big and appropriate.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap: Dark, amber maple syrup color. Moderate lacing. Nice 1/2" head.

Ar: Nice combo of malty and floral hops. Very good.

Ta: Excellent bitter flavor with a nice presence of hops. The malt is noticeable. Very balanced. I like.

Mf: Smooth and crisp. Not overly carbonated. Very refreshing.

Ov: Not my favorite but it is an IPA I would seek. It is very bitter and very hoppy. You will enjoy. Cheers!

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

A: Clear bright amber color with a small head.

S: Sharp amber floral hops, flowers, some citrus.

T: Flowers, herbs, hops, some bitterness at the end but not overwhelming. Some grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Very drinkable despite the bitterness.

O: A really nice hop heavy IPA.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pub glass.

A- pours a two finger light tan head, decent lacing. deep copper color, very clear, active carbination.

S- floral followed by bittering hop smell, not quite leveled out by some malt tones.

T- starts smooth and malts and bitterness balance pretty well bit more bitter than malt. Then bam! Spicy floral aftertaste.

M- medium carbonation. Not oily, but not watery. Good.

O- Yum! My kind of ipa, plenty of bitterness, non overpowering malts and a fresh spicy floral kick at the end. I will be back. Enjoy.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear with a healthy head that fades into sticky lace. Copper colored and clear with medium visible carbonation. Caramel malty aroma with a bit of earthy hops in the background. Well balanced with an earthy hops and medium dry caramel sweetness. Nice bitter finish. Thick bodied with a touch of alcohol in the end.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this brew.

A- a clear ambr color with copper highlights. Head is about a finger but rapidly dissipates. A poor lacing on the pint glass.

S- Aroma's of grapefruit and caramel malts

F- A more floral flavor than the grapefruit aroma i detected at first. The toasted caramel malts complement the hops quite well. Well done with flavor.

M- a medium bodied brew that leaves a flavorable IPA film in my mouth. All the flavors mix well together in this beer.

O- The appearance was the only thing that this beer lacked. I was thoroughly impressed with this IPA and would love to get a case of it. This hits the top 3 of IPA's for me.

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

Light golden clear pour with a white head. Bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma of light citrus and lemon peel, some sweet honey, a little bit of hay. Flavor follows with some grassy hops, light hay, sweet citrus in the background. Light on the palate with medium high carbonation, very pleasant, with a crisp finish. Nothing special here but a nicely executed and very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The two inch pale yellow foam lasts a long while as it drops an even coat of lace over a hazy golden copper beer.

Tangerine wafts from the Harp nonic and becomes more pronounced as one sips. This is a one-note beer with a faint hint of malt in the background, but that one note is well done.

Hop flavors and bitterness are up front. Citrus rind punctuates an otherwise earthy beer. This one is fairly muddy with a long, bitter finish.

The body is full with a strange texture and lively carbonation. There is a mix of metallic notes and chalk as it dries.

This beer is definitely better with food.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of white foamy head. Good lacing, some head retention, nice clear reddish orange body.

Smells quite floral, fruity, earthy and very yeasty.

Tastes very earthy, somewhat floral and herbal. A firm piney, earthy and resinous hop bitterness. An interesting tangy yeasty note sweeps in mid palate.

Medium thin bodied, medium carbonation. Dry finish, resinous and coating.

Overall this is a solid IPA. Good appearance, nice smell and firm dry bitter finish.

$1.75 a single

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Photo of ryantho00
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The appearance has a bright orange, terra cotta, straw yellow hue with a white 2 finger head that leaves a nice lacing throughout the drink. I get hops, pine, some sweet toasted malts, caramel/toffee hint, and some small spice in the nose, some citrus I think.

This brew has medium body, and right up front I get a really balanced, hop and pineapple/grapefuit, pine, malts, grain, grass, bread; which is followed by a very well balanced sweet toasted malt and toffee ending. I love this aftertaste, get that mellow toffee and sweetness from the malts, and I still have a good bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This isn't as hopbombish as say Hopslam or even crooked tree, less of that hoppy, grassy freshness, and a more elegently balanced take on an American IPA. AGAIN, wondferfully balanced brew. Well done. Could drink this all night!!!!

Would be interested to see if they do a double/imperial take on this IPA, I bet it'd be really good!


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

A: Pours a clear amber with a compact off-white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, pine, and biscuits are present on the nose.

T: The entry is predictably hoppy, revealing notes of bitter orange, mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and sage underscored by caramel and biscuits. The finish is bitter and hoppy with citrus, pine, and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, firm, and chewy. Carbonation is crisp, yet expressive. Very drinkable for the style.

O: This is a really solid American IPA that impresses me more and more as I get closer to finishing the glass. Compared to many other takes on the style, Rocky Mountain IPA is very clean, balanced, and floral, but still displays a considerable depth of flavor. I can definitely see myself coming back to this one.

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Photo of denver10
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a slight white head. A sweet and citric aroma. Flavor is a somewhat citric and floral and with a strong malt presencet, medium level bitterness here. Medium bodied and a syrupy creaminess to this that benefits greatly from the carbonation. Overall, I like this beer but not a session beer by any means. One and done. Maybe two if the mood really strikes.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky Mountain IPA is an attractive brew that has a nice copper hued medium amber color to it. The head is on the whiter end of beige and fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is classic American IPA with a nice floral citrus character, as well as a bit of earthy spice. Digging deeper I get some nice caramel and toasted malt like aromas. Well done, but pretty standard.

The flavor is definitely on the tame side for a beer of this style. I get some citrusy and floral hops that are mingled in with the malts, but they seem pretty subdued. The bitterness is well placed though and this is a very balanced brew.

The mouthfeel is dead on with a medium body and a good amount of carbonation. The beer finishes cleanly with just a bit of sticky hop bitterness in the finish.

This is the first beer I have tried from FCB and I have to say that it did nothing to disappoint me. It was clean and well made with some nice flavors. It was not what I usually look for in this style, but it was very drinkable and balanced. It actually reminded me a lot of Harpoon IPA, a beer that I enjoy, but do not generally seek out.

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

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent amber color with a 1/2 finger bubbly white head with decent retention though little lacing.

S - The aroma is that of toasted malts, some caramel, and an earthy hop character.

T/M - A nice hop flavor immediately on the palette: earthy pine and herbal in nature with a hint of mint and citrus fruit. A decent malt character wit the toasted malt blends well the medium bitterness. A fairly dry finish that leaves a mild hop bitterness on the tongue.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer though I think there are several other breweries in Fort Collins, CO that do a better job with the IPA. Still this isn't a bad beer, just wouldn't be near the top of my list for choices.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 14:34:47

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