Big Red IPA | Ram Restaurant & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
theram.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Viggo on 10-19-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
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Photo of BrewmanCapote
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of fishguyac
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.69/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Bjlynch83
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Daffron24
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mds1101
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ILhophead
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Vyvyan
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buttermilk
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of lanciloti
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of grittybrews
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of DubiousGopher
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from draft at Ram on May 29, 2015.

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Photo of JRBecks
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of draheim
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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