Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

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

Added by rowew on 06-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a thin tan like head. Decent lacing.

S: Hops are very present with the grapefruit like smell. Biscuits also present.

T: Not what I expected. Quite a bit of bitterness but was bit sweet and malty for an IPA.

Great beer but it reminds me more of an aggressive pale ale than an IPA. Relatively bitter but sweet and malty on the finish. As I drank the more I liked it. The combo of bitter and malt go perfect. I wish the smell was more hoppy. Great beer Fort Collins Brewing!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaped pint glass. This IPA pours with a nice medium amber hue with a very slight brown undertone. The brew is entirely clear but there are an ample amount of carbonation bubbles that can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. As it is poured, Rocky Mountain provides an inch of nice foamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. The remaining residual head, leaves a nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The overall scent of the beer provides the nice earthy type of hop scent as mentioned above. There is absolutely none of the grapefruit scent other IPA's offer. The scent gives a great introduction into the taste of the brew and the type of hop flavor that will be seen. The overall taste is of strong earthy hop notes and a very slight underlying malty depth that does give the IPA a bit more body. Rocky Mountain drinks just as I would expect an IPA to with a strong carbonation tingle and a nice hop character. Overall, I found Rocky Mountain IPA to be a nice representation of the style. As has been my experience with most brews from Fort Collins, I was pleasantly happy with Rocky Mountain IPA due to its nice taste and great interpretation of the style.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber orange. Decent amount of head. Tons of lace on the glass! Wow, impressive.

S - Wow, strong hop aromas. Caramel. This smells fantastic.

T - Very bitter. Overwhelming almost. Piney hops. Not really tasting the malts. It gets better as you get used to it and very enjoyable by the end.

M - high carbonation. Starts, goes down, and finishes bitter.

D - Definitel enjoyable for hop heads. It's decent, but it's not smooth enough to want another.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this bottle into a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date.

This beer pours a nice deep amber color. Again this is really the color that i would like most IPA's to have. Almost fully transparent with very little to almost no carbonation noticeable. I did not get any head out of this brew, however on most reviews i did see most people got some, so maybe just a bad pour.

The smell is amazing. I get a lot of fruit. A bit of citrus followed by massive amount of hops that are well balanced with malt. A little sweet on the pallet, but amazingly easy to drink.

The M&D are great. A nice hoppy brew that hits the mouth and then evens out a bit as you drink it more. I think this is one of the best brews that i have had that have this amazing drinkability. I really look forward to seeing more for FCB.

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Photo of IronGiant
4.97/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My local beer bar recently started carrying Fort Collins - the first time I've seen these beers in New Jersey.

Let me get straight to the point: Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA is hands down the best IPA I've ever had. Put this in a blind taste test with a better known, great IPA like Bear Republic Racer 5 and the better known is going down in smoke.

Rocky Mountain is the perfect balance of hops and sweetness, carbonation, aroma and aftertaste. It simply is the perfect IPA - or as close to it as I've ever had.

Okay, I know I should do the appearance, aroma, taste thing everyone else does. But I don't have time. I'm off to have another Rocky Mountain IPA.

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Photo of meatyard
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a big, fluffy white head that leaves a good amount of sticky lace. This is a good looking beer that could be improved with some carbonation streams.

The smell is piney (as it should be) hops followed by a balancing, sweet malt.

The taste is a mild version of the aroma and finishes with a dose of bitterness that lingers in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is thin towards medium with low carbonation and not quite dry.

Drinkability is fair but this beer doesn't stand out in the IPA world and just looks at the back of many IPA heads trying to see what's going on. You won't be disappointed if you're not expecting too much and then you should enjoy this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a huge size creamy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and the beer feels very creamy. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and citrus zest. There is also some pine and floral notes. The beer finishes with a bitter sweet hop aftertaste.

Drink - I've been drinking mostly IPA's lately and this beer really caught me by surprise. I picked it up without knowing anything about it and I was pleasantly surprised. It has the perfect balance of hop bitterness and caramel sweetness that I really enjoy. If you are a fan of IPA's, seek this one out. It's up there with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Celebration Ale in my books.

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Photo of PorterPatrol
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Superb American IPA from the the beer town of Fort Collins. Served to me in a pint glass from a bottle.

Nice and gold with average head. Big, well balanced hops, nice bitter with a dry finish. fun label. small brewery. Big beer. Good alternative to the 60min.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Good looking beer, copper color with a large frothy head.

Smells hoppy with a little pine flavors. Not too strong.

The taste is a lot more bold and with more varied flavor. Pine, grapefruit, a little malt. Hoppy from start to finish.

Good mouthfeel, easy to drink. Definitely an above average offering.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local beverage store in Baton Rouge. First time trying Ft. Collins beer and I'm impressed. This is a very solid IPA. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, it pours a nice copper, orange color with a solid head that leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass. It has a slight spicy aroma along with nice citrus and sweet notes. Delicious hop bitterness follows a slightly sweet maltiness. Overall, it is a good IPA and when given the choice again I will pick up some more Ft. Collins Brewing.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a couldy amber from the tap with a nice tan head As it disapates slowly it leaves some nice lacing around the glass. The smell is floral, piney, and hoppy. Big citrusy hop taste up front, piney and floral in the middle, nice dry bitter taste in the end. THis beer is creamy and smooth a little oily. Pretty dame good IPA.

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Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) Rocky Mountain IPA--2010 12 oz. Bottle. Purchased 6-Pack for $9.99 @ Springs Liquor Outlet, Coloroado Springs, Colorado on 11/26/2010. 6.2 % ABV. 80 IBU's. No sediment. Mild lace thin white head when poured into chilled mug. Clear bright pretty rich amber color. Big floral citrus pine hop mildly toasted front. Very dry sweet astringent hint toasted biscuit thin caramel body. Rich bitter hop spice dry clean earthy end. Slightly unbalanced, nice rich floral notes are above average for a Rocky Mountain IPA. (4.0 / 5.0). Tasted 11/26/2010.

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Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber copper color with a very thick creamy tan head that settled and stayed on top of the beer for over a minute, and then left a creamy layer on top of the beer; the head looked like a milkshake and left excellent lacing with rings of foam along the glass. A very good looking IPA and this is to me is what an IPA should look like.

Smells of huge hops, floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, just tons of hops; along with the hops is the sweet malt, caramel, flowers, orange peel, and a sweet smell like brown sugar, herbs, and wet bread. The hop aroma is strong, but not too strong, and the malt sweetness does a good job of adding some balance for an overall enjoyable nose.

Tastes pretty hoppy with the floral hops, flowers and wet bread hitting first, followed by the citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit and then some bitterness which tails off with herbs, grains, piney hops, faint smoked wood, a slight spice like pepper mixed with cumin or cinnamon, and what seems like clove or something else mixed in. A very complex beer with a lot going on and good balance between the malt and hops, but there seems to be a lot of grains and perhaps yeast or hoppy resin that leave a metallic taste like a Belgian. You can see the yeast or hop leaf particles as the beer gets lower, and the alcohol starts to become more present about halfway down.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with an oily feel on the tongue, very mild carbonation and a medium to heavy body. I imagine that this beer would go well with food, but I had it on its own.

It's a good beer and I enjoyed it, but the flavor was just above average while the aroma and appearance were top notch. Average drinkability, and above average for fans of hoppy beers. Definitely worth trying if you're a hophead or really like IPA's.

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Photo of biker30x
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint. I don't have the best sense of smell, so the floral and pine scents of this one have to be out of the box. From the moment I popped the cap the nose filled the room. Poured a hazy golden with a one-finger head of white that soon faded. Balance is excellent without too much hop or too much malt, but ultimately there needs to be just a hint more of each. The bitterness of the hops fails to develop into the piny fullness of flavor rather than pure bitterness and the sweetness of the malt seems out of breath trying to keep up. A satisfying viscosity helps round each mouthful but the bitter and vegetal aftertaste lingers slightly unpleasantly.

A nice IPA for a summer day - at slightly over 6% it's big but not overpowering. A good IPA for having a few (not too many) but wouldn't be my first choice if I were only going to have one - not enough "there" there.

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Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a mildly hazed dark gold/amber color. A nice white head forms a bit taller than one finger. Head retention is good and some patchy lacing remains behind.
The aroma is nicely balanced, a sturdy caramel malt set in balance with fresh, pungent hops. There's a steady sweetness with some strong bread notes and lots of citrus. This one's deep and raw with the hops, bringing an herbal, earthy aroma along with the citrus, and very well countered by the underlying sweetness and strong malt.
The flavor follows suit with almost the same level of complexity but not quite. The flavors meld themselves together well and the balance is just as good. The bitterness leads to a very slight astringency in a lingering finish.
The mouthfeel is thick and firm with a medium-full body. Carbonation is enough to keep it quite lively without going overly spritzy. A nice, crisp bite gives way to a good smoothness. Good mouthfeel.
There's plenty of drinkability here.

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Photo of tommy78
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pouring out the bottle, a good amount of head topped the copper of the beer. Consistent rising of bubbles in the beer.

S - A combo of citrus and floral hops. Not too strong but not too weak either.

T - A decent transition from smell to taste in this beer. A bit too malty for my tastes, but still decent enough to enjoy.

M - Medium amount of carbonation

D - I would have this one again. I would be curious to taste this in a bar from a tap.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking copper color. Thin white head, but that could be due to the pour. A nice amount of lace. A stream of very fine bubbles rising to the top.

Nice hop nose, citrusy and piney. Heavy background of caramel malt. Maybe a bit herbal on the back end.

Very nice caramel malt, with a slight toasty character. Piney hop bitterness with an herbal edge. Bitterness lingers quite a while, but not overbearing. Finishes dry.

Medium body, very fine carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty easy to drink. A nice ipa.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, hazy, bubbly chesnut brown color, one fingers worth of head that fades quickly to a layer of lace and a streams down the glass.

s- herbal, nice citric hops that are balances out with with the malt though, so not overly hop dominated.

t- solid malt upfront, citrus, grapefruit juice, some pine, really nice lingering bitterness, this is shaping up to be a solid ipa.

m- medium bodied.

d- good, this ipa turned out better than i thought it would be, i'd drink this one again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Massive head from a steady pour, the lacing is pretty amazing as it leaves a coating down the glass. Bright and clear amber color. Bittersweet aroma of caramel and toasted malt with a thick blanketing of wildflowers and blonde tobacco from the hops. Medium-bodied with a sufficient crispness. Sizable hop flavor with thick herbal, minty, orange rind and black tea flavors. Bitterness is strong but more of an astringent pucker than a sharp bite. Maltiness is present with a good amount of breadiness and caramel malt middle to end, though the hops do stay way on top. Quick fume of clean alcohol in the semi-dry bitter finish.

Any true hophead will be able to take this American IPA on, a sure pick and a great example of what US mountain region breweries do for their IPAs.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep orange...light white lace

S-Very floral and fresh....nice...some candied tropical fruitiness too..

T-I like the flavors on this IPA...hops are clearly evident but sweeter in nature...not juicy, but a sweeter take...the malt blends nicely with some biscuit like characteristics....I'd call it English style IPA...and Very good!!

M-About right for the style...medium...low-to-medium carbonation...

D-Very good IPA. Just a notch below the greats..

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Photo of emmasdad
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a surprisingly dark amber/copper color, with a good half inch of light tan head. Huge floral aromas waft up from the glass, one of the better IPA noses I've enjoyed in awhile. On the palate, I get more floral hoppiness up front, leading to a biscuity finish. This one really starts off great, but fades to mediocrity buy the finish.

Had this one on tap last night, and I fairly unimpressed. My scores have been adjusted accordingly.

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Photo of jt31914
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is decent; it is amber/pale with no lacing or head and a sweet honey/hoppy smell. Some clove flavor on the palate. Like an even weaker version of GI's IPA. It is just too weak in flavor. Tastes of honey, clove, and hops, but the sweetness is too dominant and the hops to weak. This is an okay brew, but overall I am unimpressed.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a hard day and needed a good tasting IPA

A - Dark amber with very little head due to slow pour. Semi sticky lacing on glass sides.
S - Mostly mild floral and grapefruit hops. Doesn't smell very aggressive.
T - Mostly malty with a bitter citrus and floral hop bite. Moderate bitterness carries flavor along nicely.
M - Very light and sticky. Really expected more bitter but its still balanced.
D - Well I got it in a variety and it really did wow me more than Blue points "hoptical illusion" so I guess drinkability is good.

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Photo of haddon
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing.

The aroma is good... The hop aroma is pretty aggressive. It's got a floral nose that's quite bitter.

good taste. It has a very bitter hop bite up front with a nice malty flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation.

good IPA. It's intensely bitter with just enough malt balance. very drinkable with a good pizza or on a hot summer nite!

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Photo of asabreed
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A nice color here, on the darker side with some amber in one light and orange in another. Sheets of raindrops on some sides, nothing on others.

Smell: Caramel and toffee sweetness, with some fruit esters, mixed with some leafy green hops. But all of it feels way too watered down in a sense, as it's balanced, but there hasn't been a lot of care taken to do everything up right here.

Taste: Initial fruit esters, minor sourness, and mild bitterness, with lingering toffee and caramel flavors and some grass and earthiness. Not much more than that.

Mouthfeel: Way too watery overall, which is deceiving since there's some decent lacing around the glass.

Drinkability: Overall this is an earthier, less hoppy IPA than many, with fruit esters mixing in nicely enough, but it reminds me of too many that don't seem to worry about complexity very much. I could drink a few, but there are a ton of clones out there, so it's up to you if you're interested in trying it.

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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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