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Big Red IPA - Ram Restaurant & Brewery

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ram Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 10-19-2005)
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Photo of blackcompg
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Appearance - slightly hazed orange amber, came with a finger of off-white head, leaves nice lace rings after each sip.

Smell - really nice nose of citrus and tropical flavors, hint of breast malt, and some nice caramels.

Taste - big citrus flavors of orange, tangelo and ruby red grapefruit, great floral hop flavors accompany this, as the sip progresses the floral hops get a touch grainy along with dried citrus piths.

Mouthfeel - almost medium with such big bold flavors, carb is lighter side if medium and provides a creamy smoothness across the tongue, and some welcome bright edges along the sides.

Overall - absolutely one of the most delicious and flavorful ipa's I've had with this abv - I will order this one every time I go to the RAM, a must try!

blackcompg, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Tanktizzo
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Tanktizzo, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +15.9%

lccrunchy, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of crnhusker
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

crnhusker, May 15, 2014
Photo of mds1101
3/5  rDev -13%

mds1101, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Buttermilk
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Buttermilk, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of dunlap926
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

dunlap926, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of fishguyac
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

fishguyac, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

mpayne5, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

NickThePyro, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

csmartin6, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub on 7/24/12

A) Faded, light tobacco hue. Head thins to a skim leaving a decent amount of lace.

S) Dank hop aroma - it has some weed notions. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Hints of pine and toasted bread.

T) Grassy with bitter grapefruit pith and orange peel. Faint dry pine. It has an oily hop flavor but it quickly turns to bitterness and toasted bread. Very dry.

M) Conservative side of medium bodied. Carbonation is lively and on the high side of moderate.

D) Some decent things going on but it's rough with the bitterness. On the lower side of average for the style.

Ryan011235, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Braz, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -13%

aquazr1, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Daffron24
3/5  rDev -13%

Daffron24, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Birdlegs, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Kyrojack, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bralston345, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Theniz
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Theniz, Feb 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

JRBecks, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of DeMaria
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

DeMaria, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in an American pint glass. Pours a nice copper color with a decent had that leaves respectable lacing. Looks good but nothing spectacular.

Aroma is strong floral hops and pale malt. Hops are more on the floral/herbal side rather than citrus/pine.

Taste is tongue-scouringly bitter hops and pale malt. The balance seems off here in favor of straight-up hoppy acidic bitterness, almost as if the brewer wanted to create a caricature of the classic American IPA. It's not that I don't love super-hoppy beers, I do; this just lacks the finesse and balance of really good IPAs.

Mouthfeel is OK, but really it's difficult to tell anything because of the one-dimensional bitterness.

Overall, it's a good beer to wash down the mediocre barbecue at this restaurant but that's about it.

draheim, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of RWNay
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

RWNay, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ram.

(A)- Pours a reddish amber color. Some white froth.

(S)- A classic amber/caramel malt profile. Bits of cracker and grains.

(T)- Drier and hoppier than the smell. Has a rather "grassy" bit to it in reference to the hop profile. Caramel-like malty backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance too, though far drier and "grassy" than expected.

(D)- Overall, an average amber/IPA. Very grassy and green for my liking, but some may like that.

sweemzander, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

mychalg9, Apr 03, 2012
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Big Red IPA from Ram Restaurant & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.