Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
798 Ratings
Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
798
Reviews:
373
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
98
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 798 |  Reviews: 373
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

Nice cloudy color to this with a foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Very bold citrusy scent mixed with some hops and an air of watermelon.

This has almost a burnt hop taste to it. Mild citrus taste to it that doesn't quite reach the smell. Smooth with a bit of carbonation. Fruity taste to it. Mix of citrus and watermelon, like the smell. Refreshing. Mild sour aftertaste.

I'd say that this is a very solid beer. Flavorful and refreshing. Nothing totally jumps out, but it's good.

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Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chuckiecss
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Cresant
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Geordie Schooner glass. No date. There was a slight haze in the leather/amber/orange body. The off white head faded to a cap and remained throughout.

The smell was of sweet orange marmalade.

The taste was oily citrus hops. Fruity with a sharp bitterness. Alcohol and bready.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Modest carbonation. This one seemed a bit to heavy and malty to me. I prefer a zestier, brighter happiness in an IPA. Not bad, just not my favorite interpretation of an IPA.

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Photo of Finatic
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +9%

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 dorianmarley
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is bright, cloudy orange; with thin head and lacing.

Nose is fragrant floral hops and sugary citrus.

Taste is perfectly summed up by the bottle description: "hop bitterness blended with malty sweetness."

Mouthfeel is creamy for an IPA, with mild carbonation and a nice hop bite.

Overall, it is a great, creamy IPA.

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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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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 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 kaseydad
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful colored amber brew with almost no head whatsoever. Hmmm. It does come through when agitated though....and disappears again. I am getting a huge amount of caramel in the aroma and some major malt and light hops. Not getting any of the citrus fruits normally associated with an IPA. The smell is good though. VERY malty taste with some biscuit and bread in there too. More malt on the swallow and and light bitter aftertaste. Smooth brew. Overall this is not what I was expecting from an IPA. I am used to the tangy, citrus and this is on the opposite end of the IPA scale. Worth checking out to see what's going on but I feel this was almost like an Amber/IPA hybrid.

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

Ft. Collins Rocky Mountain IPA is a slightly hazy amber ale with a thin, dense, off white film of a head that leaves decent lacing. It smells sweet, grainy and resinous. It kind of smells like fresh cut pine. It's medium bodied, soft and smooth. The finish is a little silky and it leaves the tongue a little stunned. It has a big, resiny pine flavor. It has plenty of bitterness to offer. Yeah, bitter, piny hops, cranked to ten. The bitterness is omnipresent and long lasting. Wow, this seems pretty crushing for a plain ol' IPA. I'm impressed and will try more of their offerings.

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

Pours a clear dark copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the label.
One finger head that dissipates very slowly. Good carbonation.
Aroma is predominantly fruity (grapefruits) with hints of pine some sweetness and citrus.
Taste similar to the aroma is very hoppy. The hops make their presence felt upfront with hints of malt making their presence felt intermittently only to be take over by the hop bitterness in the finish. There is a nice resinous oily mouthfeel with every sip.
A very good IPA, glad I gave it a try.
Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It pours a beautiful clear copper color with creamy white head, great retention and beautiful lacing.

The aroma is on the tart side with pithy grapefruit rind, hints of lemon zest, pine resin, and a toasty, biscuit like breadiness far in the back.

Not balanced well at all. A light nutty, toast, biscuit, cracker like malt background doesn't hold up to the bitter overload of grapefruit pith, lemon, and pine domination. The harsh dry finish leaves one with medicinal tones of chewed asprin running down the back of the throat.

Overall, its a smooth, crisp beer. Nice body, its just not balanced or enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of flexabull
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A part of the mixed 12 pack.

Pours a bright and light copper color, very clear, with a fine white head, nice lacing too. Nice looking beer.

Aromas are tart, lemon like, with some grapefruit. The aromas are pretty good, but the tartness detracts a bit.

Taste is tart and bitter up front. There are notes of grapefruit hoppiness, some creamy sweet malts, and light biscuity dough. Finish is fairly bitter with some mineral and ground aspirin like flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and full, soft, with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent IPA. The bitterness and tartness detracts a bit, and makes this beer taste a bit unrefined. Not bad though.

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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 whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

A - translucent copper, half finger white head and no lacing

S - Funk, Malt, yeast, sweet flowers, pine and citrus hops, grass and wheat

T - citrus, pine, toasted malts, grains, a bit of funk, lots of yeast which are sweet and sour

M - medium body, medium acidity, well balanced, nice complexity and medium plus finish

D - This is an over malted IPA. If you are a hop head, you probably aren't a fan. If you are a fan of IPA this one you should try

Final thought - Good abv and nice mellow taste. I like this one

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

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- Nice color profile, light amber color, with a thick white head

S- Floral smell, extreme hoppy and tasty smell to it

T- Nice hop profile, they seem to be using both Centennial and Cascade hops. There is a hint of a flavor of black tea. Also, there is a maltiness towards the end of the flavor, that makes the beer have a nice smooth finish

M- Nice carbonation and smooth

O- Good beer, different then most IPAs in that it is slightly more malty.

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