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Big Red IPA - Ram Restaurant & Brewery

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Big Red IPA
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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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3/5  rDev -13%

jenray, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 grittybrews
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%

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 RJUGA03
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%

A-Extremely cloudy/hazy deep golden yellow body with a 1" pasty white head.
S-Notes of sweet and some aromatic hops.
T-Nice semi-sweet beginning moving into a bitter noticable hopped midsip and then smoothly getting away with little lingering hop flavors.
M-Nice somewhat "thick" (reference syrup)beginning with a simple dry puckering after taste.
D-Well @ $5/ Growler on Fri/Sat. it's quite drinkable.

RJUGA03, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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
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3.23/5  rDev -6.4%

-Standard draft offered at the Wheeling RAM, came nice and cold in a pint mug, medium wheat colored, expected some red, Ok head, nothing special looking.

Whiff of hops and some undistinguished malt, balanced, finished dry, good hop finish but flavor had me wanting more.

Nice feel in the mouth, full and well carbonated, very drinkable and refreshing. I would judge this higher if it was styled as an APA, it doesn't have the hop heft or malt to be a good IPA, but not bad. I would try some others here before fixating on this particular beer, but as a gateway brew or summer refresher it's OK.

As a side note I paid $2.50 for this pint, a good value.

robbyc1, Feb 18, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +11%

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 ILhophead
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%

Drinking from a Big Horn Mug Club 2005 mug, ~20 oz. poured from a growler. Both were gifts from the Ram. Thanks guys!

Appearance - Bright orange/copper color, 1 finger off-white head, light carbonation bubbling up

Smell - Beer is served at about 35 deg. F, much like it is served at the Ram but without the frosted glass. This makes it hard to pick up any aroma. Some caramel malt and citrus hop detectable after warming.

Taste - Light caramel malt flavor up front followed by bitter hop and light citrus hop flavor through the finish. Bitter hop lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel - Light-Medium body, meduim carbonation, med-high astringency

Drinkability - I could put down a few of these but the lingering bitterness makes me want something else after the first one.

Not a terribly impressive IPA but not bad either.

ILhophead, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

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 Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

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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Big Red IPA from Ram Restaurant & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.