Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

798 Ratings
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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Added by rowew on 06-07-2007

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark amber pour, with a khaki colored head of about a finger. Laces nicely. Aroma is very floral hop forward, with light notes of citrus. Fairly bitter taste, floral hoppiness and faint citrus sweetness. Not much maltiness. Medium bodied, oily, and slightly crisp. Average IPA. Not bad, but nothing wildly memorable.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Deep orange/copper color with 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Beautiful floral hops upfront which is very nice. A touch of caramel in the background

Taste: Wow that same floral smell from the hops transfers right over to the taste and it is almost a bit too much. It really masks all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body high carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: This honestly could be one of the worse Ipa's I have had. The flavor is very off putting to the point that it is hard to finish

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours burnt orange with a medium white head, good thick lace.

S: Sugary stick pine, melon rind, white grapefruit.

T: Nice clear crystal malt flavours, good citrus backbone. A very pleasing mix of hop flavours, quite enjoyable. More East Coast, think 60 Minute.

M: Medium-bodied, quite resiny which is always fun, solid long aftertaste.

O: While Odell IPA is the king in the city limits of Fort Collins IMO, the Rocky Moutain IPA is chomping at the bit to overtake it. This is a very well made IPA, I'd like to see the price if we get regular six-packs.

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Photo of Holland
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber brown with very solid head. Served at around 55, so the head stayed easily. Beautiful looking beer.

S: bitter hops, floral hops, very malty. The smell reminds me more of a pale ale than an ipa, but the malts are darker.

T: starts sweet and floral, middle is malty, then it finishes with the crisp bitterness.

M: medium to thin body, crisp carbonation but not too much. Just sticky enough for a small IPA.

O: Fairly drinkable, but the bitterness is pretty immense. I'd drink it on tap if I had the chance. Good, not great.

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Photo of theghost3
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper with a 2-finger, fluffy white head. Lots of soapy lacing.

Smell is pine and floral hops with some subtle grains. The flavor is bitter, resinous pine hops, lemon, and a balance of biscuity malts. Sort of a tobacco aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied.

Overall, this is a drinkable IPA. A little maltier than I would expect, but still, not bad. Goes well with blue cheese.

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

Poured into a pint glass; no dating on the bottle or label. Clear golden/amber body with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Big three-finger off-white head with good retention and sticky lacing.

The aroma is a mix of caramel malt and pine hops. I was definitely expecting more on the hop side, but as it warms, I get a little more floral notes from the hops. The maltiness, however, remains strong in the aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely - close blending of malt and hops. The malt seems a little roasted or dense for an IPA. But, the piney hop bitterness follows the malt and comes across somewhat astringent.

Medium to light mouthfeel that is not as drinkable as many IPAs I've had. A lighter malt profile would benefit this beer more as the hops seem solid, but a little overshadowed.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours an unspecial amber hue, and has a moderate ecru head. Smelling it, it seems to have a bit of pine and some caramel sweetness; not dissimilar to a faded SNPA. The first sip is honestly bewildering. My initial reaction is that this stuff must be old, and terrible. Subsequent quaffs do nothing to assauge that. The taste is sweetly caramelized with hints of peat moss and cypress; earthy in a borderline unpleasant way. Not good. The feel is okay, but overall the beer is not.

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

The immediate aroma of the beer is a rather resinous pine, but after it settles down it becomes more a seriously biscuity smell with some sweetness.

Taste starts off immediately with biscuit, giving way to a pine/resin bitterness that follows through into the finish with a bitterness that isn't all that bitter for an IPA but is still substantial enough to be the predominant taste of the beer. Along with that, a sweet, biscuit malt is also very obvious. This is definitely an IPA with a high malt presence. It reminds me a lot of what a beer would be if you took Fat Tire and turned it into a somewhat mild IPA. Actually, it's pretty tasty. A little bitterness lingers after the swallow...not much.

Good stuff!! I really enjoyed the mix of malts and hops in this one.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Nice strong golden, copper color out of the bottle with a quarter-inch head that hung in there for quite a while. In fact, half way through the glass a significant amount of it was still present. Lots of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass kept this one lively looking. The lacing is spotty, but pretty good.

SMELL: The bottle claims a very floral aroma, but I get a lot more pine than floral smells. That pine is complimented with a touch of wet wood lingering in the background making it smell like a cabin in the woods on a warm, rainy afternoon. Seriously, I’m not trying to go too overboard with the description here, but that’s instantly what it smelled like and reminded me of. A little bit of citrus is also detectable.

TASTE: The Rocky Mountain IPA starts out with a bang as the first sip provides a big bite of bitterness and hops. The hops remain strong throughout the sip with the balance primarily being provided by the piney nose, the flavor itself consists of a complex blend of grapefruit, lemon, oak and a late hint of pine. On the way down, the grapefruit lingers leaving a bitter aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: This Ft. Collins offering is solidly carbonated and remains lively and sparkly throughout the entire sip. The bitterness of the aftertaste, however, does create a slight puckering feel, which may be great for some who love bitter beer, but might turn others off.

OVERALL: This is not a beginner’s IPA. It is certified hop head beer. Yeah, that certification probably needs a citation, but I’m sure it is, it’s pretty hoppy. It also happens to be very refreshing as well, a nice beer for a warm summer afternoon on the porch.

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Photo of beerman207
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A light - medium colored orange with a white fluffy head.

S: Nose is malt and hops - nothing really complex here

T: Taste is better than the nose - good hop presence - some malt to balance - good basic ipa

M: Carbonation is low - medium

O: Not a bad brew. Can't say it's memorable but it's not bad. If you have it sitting around you won't hate it but then again there are many better ipas on the market

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Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with a red tint. Good tan head on top.

S: A little bit of pine and citrus. Some husky grain smells in there as well.

T: A good bit of bitterness, mostly in the form of pine. There is a bit of caramel in it.

M: Medium Light in body, carbonation seems a bit high for me in this one.

O: A good beer, but not a great one. There is nothing wrong with it, but then again there isn't anything amazing about it.

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper/amber in color, with a rather moderate head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint citrus note.
Taste-Full-on piney, resinous hops. Coarse hop flavor throughout and long, lingering hop bitterness. Cries out for a food match of spicy Shechuan or tangy hot wings.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an amber color, with decent head. Way to dark for an IPA, looks ok.

S- Pine, Grass, a bit of citrus. Decent nose.

T- really bitter off the bat that dissipates quickly with little lingering. Pine, earth, grass, unbalanced towards the hops, with none of the big citrus that I love from my IPAs.

M- clean, a bit thick for an IPA but good carbonation.

O- Eeeh, overall not a great IPA for my tastes, not a single distinguishing factor and tastes like a mediocre IPA. would pass, better than ranger, but no where near Odell IPA or any other top notch IPA.

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Photo of vangambrel
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this IPA. Unfortunately, it's pretty expensive in TN where I'm from. It was about $11 for a six pack. Many other micro IPAs I can get at or below $10. If the beer were cheaper I'd drink a lot more of it, because it is delicious. I'll get a six pack when I have some extra cash!

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Photo of gezondheid
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint pour at Canal Street Pub, Reading, PA

A – Misty amber, red wood bark
S – Floral meadow, sweet and crisp wild flowers
T – Starts smooth but early malt /hop balance is nudged then shoved aside for strong bittering hops
M – Mimics taste profile, nice and easy up front, sharp and bitter in the back
D – strong initial attraction in the nose followed by lingering bitterness leads to a follow-on selection

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an amber ale. Smells like an amber ale.

Taste, a little more hops are noticeable, definitely would describe this as balanced. Some slight pine and wood flavor to it. Toasty malt. Bitterness is a little more than I like when contrasted with the hop mouthfeel. Warming effect of the alcohol here, not over the top, but not hiding either.

At times I wondered if this had a 20% or less rye composition. A decent offering.

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

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Modicum of sediment in bottle added mid-taste.

Pours with ample 1-finger head that has good duration. Hazy amber/orange color.

A - Fine aroma that is markedly fruity and floral, with a lightly toasted malt background. Some but not all, of the fruitiness seems to be from citrus-toned hops. Slightly earthy.

T- Substantial malt sweetness is initially evident but quickly gives way to a good hit of bitter hops, although malt flavor remains. Slightly woodsy (neither good nor bad IMO). A piney aspect is less obvious in the aroma than in the flavor. Excellent citrus/pine tinted hoppy finish where the remaining malt sweetness wears off quickly leaving a more bitter, but not unpleasant, lingering aftertaste dominated by hops. Rating near 4.25.

The mouthfeel is good, being typical for style. Moderate (i.e., well chosen) carbonation. Rather crisp with a semi-dry finish.

O - a very pleasant and easy to recommend IPA.

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

Tinted orange in body with white bubbly head that's stays. Sweet aroma of malt, fig, hop spice and maple. Tastes of hop spice, grass, slight lemon skin, earth and herbs, rye, slightly bitter and dry. Light in body and in carbonation. Sessionable but the unsweetened toffee and hop spice are a bit overwhelming.

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

I have tasted quite a few brews today. Big tastes. Many have been disappointing. But this one is a nice pleasure.

It's an APA as they should be, a bit stronger and more over the top than most. It is harsh, as is SHOULD be. Hoppy and tangy.

The aroma is there, where it should be. The beer tastes warmer than it should. Must be the booze.

I recommend more of this for myself (and for you, reader).

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

A - Pours as a deeper orange than expected; great clarity and expected ipa head.

S - This is where it gets me - incredible malty sweetness. If you brew yourself, you immediately recognize this aroma as a brew house. I love it - malty with slight sweetness, smells like my wort if boiling as I sip.

T - Matches the aroma perfectly. I like my tastes to match my aromas, and this does it for me - malty, dry, sweetness. Very unique for an IPA, and that's why I like it.

M - Maltiness stays with the after tastes, and remains in your mouth like most richer tasting beers. However, I wouldn't call this a rich ale.

O - I love this IPA. I am a big fan of "different", and this beer does it for me. It is a malty, hoppy, IPA that provides deep, robust flavors. It is the first IPA that I would call more malty than hoppy. Love it.

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

Pour begins as a rather hazy orange but it turns out to be chill haze as it levels out to a clear burnt copper with a small half finger white head with spotty lacing.

Smells of molasses, raisins with a light pine resin and mild citrus aroma, the caramel malts and the yeast are on display here just more than the hops but this is an IPA right so that's quite backwards. Still rather pleasant.

Incredible malt backbone rather strong on the front, sweet bread and toasted grain, rather sweet on the initial drink and some dark fruit yeast character.A bit of grassy and citrus hops that provides some balance before a long bitter note on the finish that dries nicely. This might not have big hop taste or aroma but you feel it IPA style in the bitter department. I find this rather good, like an amber with enough hops for equal balance.

A little heavier with a sticky mouth coating but carbonation is good as well as the drink on the plate. Balanced.

Haven't been impressed with FCB lately but this IPA is actually very balanced with an appreciable bitterness. Reminiscent of Victory Hop Devil without the hop overload.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange yellow with a thick sticky head.

S: Citrus, piney hops, some biscuity malt in there too.

T: Bitter hops right up front, somewhat astringent and acidic. The malt balance is there but there's some sort of odd yeasty taste that I think is just a by-product of west coast IPA's. Lingering grass and grapefruit.

M: medium bodied with a nice frothy feel, coats well

D: It gets better as I drink it but overall just average in my opinion. Pretty drinkable but can't get past this yeasty backbone.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: large off white head, clear, deep amber

S: pine, malts,

T: mild hops up fornt finishing bitter and sweet, not the crispness i was looking for

M: standard carbonation, better body than most,

D: This beer is decent, it is an average ipa.

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Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I haven't had many Fort Collins beers, despite seeing them quite often. I've been waiting for them to come up in rotation at local bars to give them a shot and sticking with picking up bottles of stuff that's harder to find.

A: Pours a nice amber/ruby with a small, tight head. Almost got it confused with my girlfriend's Abita Amber just from the look of it.

S: Wow, tons of hops in the nose. A slight sweetness is detectable underneath it, but almost all hops, and in a big way.

T: Again, up front I'm getting lots and lots of hop bitterness, with just a tiny bit of sweetness on the end of it. I'm surprised at how assertive the hop flavor is. As it warms, I can get more malt and some caramel, too.

M: Good carbonation and a super-light body for a beer of this type.

D: Although the mouthfeel is nice, I feel that this left me with a really dry feeling and a lasting bitterness. It was okay to have one, but I can't see myself ordering these back to back ever.

Overall, this is a good beer, especially for those more interested in hoppy IPAs. I feel like it could have used a tiny bit more sweetness to balance out the flavor, but it's still an above average IPA.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber with a 1/4" of off-white head. Good lacing on the glass, and decent head retention.
Smells mainly of floral, piney hops, with some toasted malt in the back. Pretty clean.
The flavor opens with a lighter than expected toasted malt profile. The hops almost immediately jump upon the tastebuds with a dry, piney kick. A hint of pear fruitiness, though the flavor is dominated by citric and floral flavors, mainly hop bitterness. Lighter bodied than what I expect from an IPA, with moderate dryness in the finish. I like the slight, darker kilned malt flavors, which set it apart from the majority of the locally brewed IPAs. Good, but nothing way out there. I'd like a little more body, but the bitterness is strong and assertive, which is nice after a long day.

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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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