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Rams Head IPA - Fordham Brewing Company

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Rams Head IPARams Head IPA

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerThursdays on 01-15-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

timwardjr, Jun 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

IPAIsaac, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
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.

Budinetz, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

mwz5021, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

earlholman, Jun 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

hoppymcgee, May 29, 2013
Photo of wrightst
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.

wrightst, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

bubseymour, May 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

leftstagebrew, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Boone757, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

duceswild, May 14, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
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.

micromaniac129, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

TLA, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

whatname, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

rdoggg, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

NumberNone, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

onedogtwodog, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

LarryMyers, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

rolltide8425, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of cozmohollis
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.

cozmohollis, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Gatordaddy, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

IPAchris, Apr 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

TomG2751, Apr 11, 2013
Rams Head IPA from Fordham Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.