Rocky Mountain IPA | The Fort Collins Brewery

Rocky Mountain IPARocky Mountain IPA
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3.64 w/ 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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Ratings: 798 |  Reviews: 373
Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Nonic. Poured a nice copper with a one-finger white head. The aroma of this brew was overwhelmed with hops and masked anything else that was present. Upon tasting I could pick up on a malty and nutty flavor with the hops really only showing up at the end upon swallowing. This was a welcome characteristic as it didn't mask the other flavors present as they did in the aroma.. Brew had a medium feel on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. The lacing was nice throughout. Overall this was a nice beer from Fort Collins that was very drinkable. The aroma had me worried that it would loose some of it's other flavors, but the hops played a secondary role toward the end. Worth trying for any IPA fan.

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Photo of Gooball201
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will say it is average. Not great but $8 after tax for a six pack was reasonable. Woody smoky flavor is acceptable after buying cases of Nugget Nectar (best beer on the planet - shame it is only a seasonal!) Glad I tried it but will not go back for more!

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggressive pour into a Ghost River Brewing pint results in a dark orange amber color with a moderate, two-finger head.

S: Floral hops with wet cardboard and metallic notes.

T: Opens with sweet malts before moving into astringent grainy territory. Malt and hops continue to duke it out with emerging suggestions of burnt toast. Finishes with an overriding bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Prickly carbonation combines with a rough, grainy texture.

D: Somewhat complex and relatively balanced, yet...meh. Decent enough and worthy of the style, but there are so many better American IPAs out there.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 19 Mar 2010.

Poured in the Liquor Mart shaker pint glass (love/hate realtionship with the Liquor Mart font). Medium sized thick batter like cream colored head. Deep honey oak color, slightly hazy. Aroma is full of hay, a good bit of resiny hoppiness and a lot of butteriness. Fairly well balanced between caramel maltiness and a resiney hopppiness, but butter is coming through in the flavor too. Consistent throughout, finish is bittersweet with touch of buttered toast. Medium body, moderate ethanol presence.

A is fine with the butteriness, I am not. Reading some of the reviews, seems like not many others got this flavor, which was quite pronounced. Odd, cause we got this one fairly fresh just a few weeks ago... Would not get again because of this.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly foggy, rusty penny color with some moderate visible carbonation running up the sides of the glass and into less than a finger of cream-colored head that didn't last more than 30 seconds. Even though the head was disappointing, the beer left some decent lacing around the glass.

The smell is probably my favorite part of the beer. Although caramel malts can be appreciated, some bright grassy and citrus hops definitely show up in force, making this thing smell inviting. The strength of the aroma is pretty decent, too.

I don't want to call Rocky Mountain IPA average, but it's close. I wasn't too impressed with the amounts of caramel malt they put in the beer, I feel like it overpowers the nice hoppiness I sensed in the nose. The hops are still there and they're still tasty and bitter, but they're fighting with the toasted malt to see who will be noticed more. For me, it's the malt that gets the tip of the hat.... I wish they'd toned it down just a little bit and this would be pretty nice. Still love that hop bite though.

Dead-on medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a pretty nice drying finish from the combo of hops/carb. Not bad. Smooth and a bit oily in your mouth.

The drinkability isn't bad at all, because like I said before, you can still taste the hops and the beer definitely has potential. I just wish Fort Collins Brewery took the maltiness down just a little bit and let the hops speak more for themselves. Maybe I'm nitpicking, I don't know. Not a bad beer overall, though.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color, perfectly opaque. A nice cap of tan color head formed at the top and retained decently throuhout the drink; a circle of foam stayed in the center of the glass while the rest of it was a thin film of head.

The scent is nice and strong, potent flowers, lemongrass, some light biscuit tones and some caramel. Intoxicating scent, I keep coming back to it.

The taste is excellent, a nice melody of dry hop and sweet malts, lemon grass, and earth. The flavors really blend well together. So very good.

Nice mouthfeel, slight dryness at the end of the each swallow; but a nice thick filling beer that I found very satisfying.

I will be moving this one up into my regular rotation.

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Photo of ATPete
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a murky orange brown color with a small peach/beige head. This doesnt smell like an IPA right off the bat, very unbalanced malt dominant nose. The flavor is a different story, a mild fruity hop character shines through the sweetness, good bitterness and carbonation. This was a one trick pony that lost me from the get go. Possibly a bad or older bottle, wouldnt know for there is no dating codes to be found.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown amber with a finger or so of white foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly into oblivion. The nose is just chock full o' pine, with some mild citrus notes and honey sitting in reserve. The taste follows in true IPA fashion, with a healthy dose of piney bitterness leading the way, bolstered by a backbone of caramel, toffee, honey, and light citrus. The body is a slightly light medium, with active carbonation and a dry finish, leading to a pretty high drinkability.

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Photo of tapman
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A somewhat dark, almost brownish, transparent body with a two-finger, ROCKY head...get it? Bubbles are small which a attribute to good carbonation absorption, but the color is a bit dark for my taste---this is pure personal preference.

A soapy hoppiness (Centennial?) followed by crystal malt sweetness. I suppose hop aroma is floral, but like perfume floral, not nature floral. My guess is definitely on some Centennial in this brew.

Same soapy hop taste as in the nose. I say soapy not because it literally tastes like soap, but the sour bitterness in the flavor, which has nothing to do with hop bitterness via isomerized alpha-acids, is sticky and a bit cloying. Some crystal comes out and tries to balance the hops and succeeds to a point, but I'm just not a big fan of so much of this type of hop flavor and prefer something more citrusy like Amarillo which I can confidently say is not in this brew.

Very dry. Thy got some good attenuation on this brew, I tell you what. I say a sign of good brewing procedure.

I give this one an average. I feel that the hop flavor in this brew is antiquated and that most breweries are moving on to brighter, more sweet and flavorful hop varieties. Once again this chalks up to pure personal preference.

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Photo of SamN
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pours a very pretty amber orange with rich brown tones. Perfect clarity, average amounts of carbonation visible. Rocky laced head, just off white. Pours nice and full, thins out only some while sitting.

S- As expected, this is a very hoppy beer. Nice smells of citrus fruits, mandarin oranges, maybe slight honey aroma? Sweet and citrusy.

T- Juicy, sticky hop buds come to mind at the first sip; just oozing sticky hop oils. Pine and ganja resin. Initial short burst of dried fruits, then a mellowing bitter than spreads nicely across my mouth. Lingering woody bitterness. There is a surprising ammount of counter balance from the sweet malts, a little balance is good in the style.

As far as IPA's go, I've had better tasting examples. This unfortunately falls a bit short of success. The flavor is a little dried up seeming.

M- Medium light body with exceptional smoothness. The carbonation stays quietly on the sides. Great work here.

D- Eh. This is not my type of beer. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Perfectly amber-orange with a thin, tan head.

S: Light pine hops with a citrus hop profile in there. Earthy and perfumey with a salty, slightly tropical notes. Significant malty smell for an IPA.

T: Malty on the front with moderate carbonation. Accented by bitter hops and a caramel malt middle. A smokey, kind bud resin finish that echoes more malts and not enough hops for me. This beer was more like a pale ale or an APA than an IPA because of the big malt presence.

D: Just a taster in my opinion.

Value: Expensive, especially considering it isn't really an IPA...

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Photo of alli4051
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There was a rep from the Fort Collins Brewery in the beer section who sold me on this and I can't help but feel deceived. It's not that it was a bad beer, I actually liked it, its just that it doesn't really seem to be an IPA. It doesn't look like an IPA, it barely smells like an IPA, and it certainly doesn't taste like an IPA. It wasn't even that it was too balanced, that would have been ok, the malt just dominates here and the hops are really muted. I just didn't find this to be a good representation of the style, maybe I got a bad batch, I don't know.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong, hoppy and just a little lemony with an evergreen undertone. It pours a clear, bubbly, orange amber with a fairly thick beige head. Flavor is quite hoppy and only slightly bitter with citrus and evergreen hints and just a touch of malt. Texture is fizzy, edgy and tingly, leaving a hoppy and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was part of the lunchbox variety pack and the one I was most looking forward to (but really just because I love the style.)

Served cold into a pint glass, it has a dark redish amber color with unusually good clarity for an IPA. The head is creamy but short-lived though it does leave a little lace behind.

Aroma is really enjoyable. Like the bottle says, it definately has a nice floral smell but there is also some great citrus.

Flavor is pleasant too. It's surprisingly bitter but it isn't completely out of balance. A nice caramel malt base supports the strong hop presence. Hops seem to come from all over the world - citrusy (west coast), earthy (PNW), and grassy (UK)... or something like that.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body but bigger than it needs to be in carbonation. That and the bitterness and the alcohol burn all hinder the drinkability.

This beer is up and down but overall tasty. If they could improve the mouthfeel I think it would be a strong offering in a crowded category.

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Photo of Thur123
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark orange-like brown with two fingers of white fluffy head. This is a hazy brew with low carbonation. The smell is...a bigger malt profile than SO MANY IPAs. That being said it smells like it could use some more by my current taste. There is a big sweet caramel smell with a slightly fruity hop edge and on the whole this reminds me of heavy seas hop cubed.

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This is a very malt forward IPA which is rarer these days, but the flavors nice. The flavor is big sweet English tasting malt with lots of caramel and toffee. The hops ride in the back seat and add a balancing component to the flavor. They seem to contain an herbal and somewhat fruity flavor. The texture and mouth feel is full and robust and the drinkability is good, but the ABV is standard.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, mild citrus and pine. An almost pungent smell.

T: Tasted of hops, pine, citrus and a little malt. A bit watery in the finish, but a solid flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A decent, if unspectacular IPA. Generally well made and drinkable.

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

Light copper color in the glass with a thin head. Nose has some unexpected aromas that are somewhat funky-herbal, almost like a weird mushroom or something. Caramel flavors are present on the palate with that interesting herbal hop quality in the balance. Something atypical about this IPA but hard to pin down.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a nice reddish-amber color.

The nose is slightly vegetal with spicy, floral hops. I have to say, it doesn't smell very good.

It tastes better than it smells but it is too sweet to drink much of, diacetyl perhaps. Has a nice floral hop character without much bitterness, which isn't really a plus for this one.

Tastes o.k. just don't smell it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My final beer of the night believe it or not, I literally just grabbed this one out of the fridge and went for it. Served col and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was very nice, better the what I expected with a rich dark amber color that was well hazed and clouded over. Nice head of white comes up and caps off the top nicely, settling down with decent side lacing. Aroma is loaded with deep orange notes, lots of sugar here as well as a pungent and sweet aroma dominates, almost candied. Nice body, medium with a fullness that really works very, very well. Smooth, even flavor as the first bites of hops kick in its a wonderful thing. Rich, resin filled sips give way to a smooth and even biscuit like middle, really nicely done I have to admit. Easy on the palate and with a long, drawn out finish, we had ourselves a winner.

Overall probably the best of the night last night. WOuld gladly try this one again.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber, with a thick white head.

S: Smells sweet and floral.

T: A lot of sweet malt up front, was not expecting that. Backed by a floral hops taste.

M: Very smooth and nice carbonation.

D: Though a bit malty for an IPA, it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rocky Mountain IPA from Fort Collins Brewery.
Colorado. 6.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a crisp amber-orange fluid with fluffy offwhite head that leaves decent froth on the top. Hold some random lacing on the rims of the glass.

S- Musky floral hops, burnt caramel malts, earthy pine and mild alcohol fumes.

T-M- Wow... there is alot going on here. First it taste like the beer is unsure if it wants to be hoppy or malty dominate. Upfront is a large danky hop funk with heavy notes of caramel and even chocolate like flavors of malts. Lightly citrusy hop flavor more or less earthy or dirtlike hop charactor. Mouthfeel is less than appealling with a medium malt thickness that holds its feel for a few seconds leaving an almost forced bitterness that follows.

D- Unbalanced and not even enough drinkablity to have in a bar if found. Might try tap... will not have bottle.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/28/09

A - Deep amber color with near-crimson highlights. Poured a thin head that settled to patchy bubbles. Swirling revives it a little. Thin retention throughout. Ample amount of small, spotty lace.

S - Floral hops are most notable. Faint hints of citrus - grapefruit, lemon & orange. Some biscuity sweetness in there as well.

T - Prominent floral hops upfront offset a restrained, yet somewhat suitable, piney bitterness. As it warms the bitterness does become more apparent. Dry bread, toasted malts & maybe a hint or two of caramel.

M - Heavy side of medium. Creamy carbonation that it on the lower end of the spectrum. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

D - Solidly drinkable. It's good, but I'm not exactly in a hurry to drink this on a regular basis. I don't know the age, so I can't take that into account.

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

Picked up in late September while vactioning in the Grand Junction area. The Brewer's Lunchbox was $16.99 for a 12 brew sample.
Beer poured an amber-orange with a nice head initially that is leaving a lacing behind. Nose is nicely perfumed by the floral hops. Taste is slightly toasted caramel malts finishing with a nice citrus hop. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good. This would make for a nice tailgate beer. At 6.2 abv it is fairly sessionable. Nice beer that does not have the wow factor but is definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a somewhat hazy copper-orange color. One finger head following a medium-hard pour, but has quickly settled to a thin lace. There is some head retention hanging around though.

Smell is malt heavy, but hop aromas are definitely present as well as some bread and grain.

Taste is more of the same. Very malty with plenty of hops thrown in as well. Big earthy flavors. Reminds me of Titan Ipa, but not quite as hoppy or carbonated.

Mouthfeel is medium with a low carbonation level (which I tend to like).

I could drink a couple of these, but then I'd be ready to switch it up.

Morey's Bottom Line: A decent Ipa, but not in line with what I like most in an Ipa....which is HOPS. The light carbonation makes it taste more like "real ale" which is always a good thing.

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

Pours an orange/amber color with a fairly thin white head that retains for a bit of settles into a whispy film. The aroma and taste were a bit atypical for the style, in my opinion. Strong caramel and malty notes coming through in the nose, with more subtle undertones of citrus - didn't catch much hops in the aroma. Taste si quite malty and sweet for the style with big notes of caramel - the hops make a bit more appearance here than in the nose, with floral notes. All in all, it's tilted a bit more in the direction of the malts than you would expect from an IPA - reminded me quite a bit of a scotch ale (which I conveniently tried for the first time the day before). Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

The taste in general is good, but it seems to stray a bit too far outside of the boundaries for the style, so I marked it down a bit.

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Rocky Mountain IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 47.7% out of 100 with 798 ratings
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