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Rams Head IPA - Fordham Brewing Company

Rams Head IPARams Head IPA

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 9.8%


Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerThursdays on 01-15-2013)
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a traditional style cask spout into a dimpled mug

A- very light in color. Moderately good head retention.

S- smell is absolutely amazing! Grapefruit, pine explosion!!! It has a sweetness lingering on the nose as well...

T- awesome citrus flavor with a smooth maltiness...

M- feels smooth in my mouth due to the low carbonation. Very drinkable despite the 7.5% abv.

Serving type: cask

06-12-2013 01:26:46 | More by Budinetz
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bigdaddyd069

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured into a snifter glass from a 12oz bottle. Nice amber color

S - Piney evergreen/hops

T - Nice hop flavor, pine, floral, with a grapefruit finish. Very nice.

M - Moderately carbonated with medium body. Very refreshing and easy drinking beer.

O - I'm not a Fordham fan but I am a fan of a good IPA and this is a good IPA. I enjoyed it and will drink this again. Nice little beer

Food pairing - I paired this beer up with a pineapple/honey glazed grilled chicken, white coby chesse, sharp chedder, and Terryaki grilled pork tenderloin. All paired excellent with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 01:04:31 | More by bigdaddyd069
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is hoppy, smelling fresh and wet.
The color is golden honey. The head though small is dense and lasting. The clarity is somewhat hazy with sediment of some sort,
Taste is sweet and hoppy up front and ends dry and bitter. Hops are bold and assertive on the palate.
Drinks thin and maybe watery.
A good tasting beer here but those floating things dampens the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 11:24:51 | More by micromaniac129
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cozmohollis

Delaware

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served) In a snifter glass.

Appearance) Cloudy - golden/orange color, white head with a good lace.

Smell) A lot of pine, grass and grapefruit.

Taste) First is a good mixture of hops and malt. Then mostly hops at the end. Some orange, grapefruit, lemon, and pine flavors.

Mouthfeel) Medium body, slick, moderate carbonation with a little warming alcohol feeling.

Overall) Very well balance and solid IPA. Great hops bitterness with just the right malt backbone. Close to a double IPA.

Food pairing was carrot cake. The spices and the sweetness of the cream cheese icing went well with the bitter hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 04:34:04 | More by cozmohollis
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HarryPotHead

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint glass....nice golden color and even better lacing. Slightly cloudy but still looks great. Head clings to the side of the glass top to bottom. Pine, citrus/soapy flavor to be expected. Flavors mix well and are typical of the style but don't stand out or set themselves apart from the miriad of other decent IPA's on the market. Good...better than good, but not "great". Easy drinking without any unpleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is masked well, but would definitely sneak up on you if you didn't know better. I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 17:48:49 | More by HarryPotHead
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My favourite Fordham brew thus far!

Pours a lighter than expected, hazy golden colour with a reasonable white head that has good retention. Resiny aroma has a very mild caramelized malt back-bone, with piney hops and candied tropical fruit at the forefront. The 7.5% ABV is scarily well hidden and there is only a hint of alcohol warmth in this finish. Malt sweetness rapidly transitions to a "west coast" hop burst before an abrupt bitterness.

I like it, but not suited for those looking for "subtle"...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:18:35 | More by hopsolutely
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ckollias

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass

A: Pours a clear light copper hue with a 3-finger, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the side of the glass and ending in a huge lace.

S: Malty caramel aroma with a decent earthy hop background..

T: Tastes more like a imperial ipa than a regular ipa. Equal mix of sweet malt up front followed by bitter hops. Caramel malt background with that earthy hop flavor and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Decent IPA – worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:35:08 | More by ckollias
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philerman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess we'll call Fordham the other other brewery in DE after Dogfish and Twin Lakes. Purchased at Whole Foods, Devon and poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Clear orange amber color with no haze. Slightly piney smell. Very hoppy taste upfront with some lingering bitterness in the mouthfeel. Not my favorite IPA but pretty solid and a good buy given the 7.5% ABV.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2013 20:10:59 | More by philerman
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH IPA glass; translucent, light orange-yellow with a moderate white head that fades into a lovely ring of foam that leaves incredibly fine lacing rings.
Smell is dank herbal hops, some tropical fruit and citrus, hint of pine and bitterness.
Taste is bitter, piney and herbal. No fruity hops detected, despite the fruity nose. Hint of bitter citrus rind perhaps, but that's about it. Hops destroy any malt flavor as well. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is minimal, smooth and dry.
Overall, not the kind of IPA I'm a fan of. It's all bitterness, not much actual flavor. Not bad if that's your kind of IPA though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 21:08:23 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too often you see cask conditioned IPAs. I am not opposed.

This is a pretty smooth ipa, and I think the cask has something to do with moving it in that direction. Nice pine tones. Slightly salty. Bitterness is minimal with a mild bite on there. Feel is slightly sticky. A nice drinker.

Serving type: cask

06-12-2013 04:59:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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wrightst

Maryland

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Word of the beer: Classic
Pours a medium gold color with a white head. Big woop. You don't drink the look.
A very distinctive IPA aroma: that piney, citrusy characteristic that is unmistakable for a classic IPA. That promise of hop to come.
The taste is also an example of why hop heads like it so much. It has a smooth malt start but those hops bite in very quickly, just as they should. In the mouth it's just right - not too heavy, not too light. You want an IPA to be in that medium range, in my opinion.
Although it is a classic example of an IPA, this very fact has its drawbacks. It won't overwhelm you, surprise you, or underwhelm you. There are no unique flavors to make you sip again, wrinkle your brow, sip again and try to figure it out. For hop heads, this is a session beer.

A wee history lesson:
Fordham was one of Maryland's shining stars before they moved to Delaware, becoming part of Coastal Brewing Company, which also owns Old Dominion, formerly of northern Virginia. Anhauser-Busch is a minority owner, but has no input into recipes or any brewing matters of the two. AB just has a stake in distribution. Rumor is that AB may be looking to sell back its share.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:47:27 | More by wrightst
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange gold a finger of off white head, light spotty lacing.
S - Really weird aroma, very soapy, somewhat floral, sour orange and lemon.
T - Some sour orange and lemon, light pine, and on the end there's a lot of soapy kind of taste, some light spice too, rye and pepper, in the end.
M - Dry, thin, and very soapy.
O - No thanks. will not have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:53:31 | More by Omnium
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tried to "had" this beer tonight and noticed it wasn't here. Going from memory..

A - Cloudy orange color with a small off white head. Fairly average.

S - Smell was nice. Lots of pine and grass. A bit of Lemon.

T - Nice bitter beer. Some grapefruit up front and a good bitter finish.

M - Lightly carbed, but heavier body. No alcohol at all, really drinkable.

O - Had this back to back with Long Trail double, and everyone preferred the Fordham. Take that for what it's worth. I liked it, and will get it on tap to try it again if I see it around.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:29:06 | More by BeerThursdays
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #281
Served On: 07/22/2013
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: 05/17/13

This was one from a sixer I found at Dewey Beach Liquors while on summer vacation at costal Delaware.

Look: Color was a hazy golden color with some deeper tones in the middle. The head was a fluffy 2-fingers of beige foam that stuck around for the duration. Lacing was vry sticky and spotty. Carbonation bubbles were even and throughout.

Smell: Aroma was of grassy hops and a sweet honey malt character.

Taste: The taste proved to be a very light palate from what the brewer's specs suggest (75 IBU's and 7.5% abv). Honestly I was expecting a level of complexity found more in a Double IPA. First off was a light kiss of herbal hops. Then a sweet malty resin hit just for a moment.
Then the high IBU's managed to appear to basically form the finish and aftertaste.

This was a solid brew that followed the drinkable approach found in Fordham offerings. I would grab this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 14:54:36 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Rams Head IPA from Fordham Brewing Company
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