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Big Red IPA - Ram Restaurant & Brewery

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Big Red IPA
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 10.82%
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:
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(Beer added by: Viggo on 10-19-2005)
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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +17%

Poured clear copper with a one finger white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is citrus-floral hops.
Taste is citrus grapefruit bitter hops with a good sweet malt presence.
Right on the money for an IPA. Maybe a touch sweeter due to some extra malts. Nice dry bitter finish. Drinkability is quite good even at 6% abv.

Spikester, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +17%

lccrunchy, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +17%

Kyrojack, May 14, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a cloudy orange/red, tiny white head forms, some lacing on the glass. Smell is floral/citrus hop aroma, some sweet caramel malt as well. Taste is floral, with a citrus middle, some grass, caramel malt and a clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, pretty decent beer. Better than expected.

Viggo, Oct 19, 2005
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3.83/5  rDev +12%

On tap at the Ram.

Hazy, orange/amber in color. Medium, creamy, light tan head. Not much lacing or legs.

Served pretty cold, so aroma was muted. Decent whiff of citrus.

Taste was very good, nice hop blast right out of the gate. Citrus, maybe a bit of pine. A bit out of balance, in that the malt seemed very shy. Could have been a function of the temperature of the beer, but didn't seem to change a lot as I drank it. Fine with me, I lean more towards hops than malt, anyway.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body. Carbonation was medium as well. Fairly dry.

I drank a few of these over the course of our dinner. Went down easy, and I didn't get tired of them. A bit high in alcohol for a session beer, but otherwise, worked for me.

, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Birdlegs, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Braz, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

mychalg9, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of crnhusker
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

crnhusker, May 15, 2014
Photo of Theniz
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Theniz, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%

This was served in a frosted glass 8={} (grrr), but it still had a big, white head. The color was a mostly-clear medium amber with copper highlights. The nose had a decent hoppy aspect to it, no doubt muted by the glass. The mouthfeel was medium and I gave it a chance to warm to better experience the hops. They were decent, but not great. Don’t hold back! The finish was still decently hoppy, but not really enough to satiate the likes of me.

woodychandler, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

csmartin6, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of JRBecks
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

JRBecks, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub.

I don't know why, but I immediately go to the beginning of Bring It On when I hear the name of this beer. Go figure. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by nearly a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light lemon zest, and light caramel. The taste holds notes of pine, orange peel, and some very light toffee. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, an okay IPA, nothing all that great but tasty enough.

TMoney2591, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of draheim
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

NickThePyro, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of bralston345
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

bralston345, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

RWNay, Apr 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

dunlap926, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

DeMaria, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Tanktizzo, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of grittybrews
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a deep copper into a pint glass with around a finger of frothy white head. Very mild aroma of slightly bitter citrus.

Moderate carbonation and thin, watery mouthfeel. Tart grapefruit presence with a bit of caramel sweetness and a vague metallic taste. Felt like the body could have used a bit more malty fullness, though the finish was pleasantly bitter. Drinkable, but nothing too memorable.

grittybrews, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Buttermilk
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Buttermilk, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -5%

mpayne5, Jan 31, 2014
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Big Red IPA from Ram Restaurant & Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.