SevenPack Beer Blog
Ben - October 7, 2007

Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA

Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPAFor all practical purposes, I shouldn’t be drinking a beer tonight, as I just finished recovering from the World Beer Fest a few hours ago.  However, you must understand that it IS Sunday night, and there is football on, and so it feels like I oughta at least have a single beer.  So, just lay off me, okay!!!

So far, Fort Collins has impressed me with their beers.  I never went into any of ‘em with very high hopes, but I have always been pleasantly surprised.  However, I’m especially anxious to try out their IPA – mainly because I’ve had most IPAs that are currently on shelves, so I feel like I’m a better relative judge of IPAs than of, say, Pomegranate Wheat ales (another Fort Collins variety).  So, let’s see how it goes!

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a thin, dense, white head.  The aroma of this is very hoppy and flowery-sweet.  It is more pungent than I normally expect from a standard IPA, but it smells very good indeed.  In the mouth, this is a very big IPA.  In fact, I think it’s an understatement to simply title this “IPA”.  Rather I think “Imperial IPA” might be a better approximation.  Immediately in the mouth there is a decent hop burn on the tip of the tongue.  On through the mouth, this beer gives you a substantial dash of bitterness, but there is a nice floral note and some mild malt sweetness to round everything out.  This beer strikes a good balance between bitter and floral, as there are doses of each through the mouth and, in fact, it occasionally seems like the bitterness streaks across the tongue while a floral tint lingers through the roof of the mouth, eventually retreating into the nasal cavity.  It is a pleasing sensation, and lends the beer a nice complexity.  Overall, I’m extremely impressed with this.  I’d rank it right up there with the best domestic IPAs, and you get a lot of bang for your buck.  Be sure to try this if you’re a fan of IPAs…