Rams Head IPA | Fordham Brewing Company

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Rams Head IPARams Head IPA
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Rams Head IPARams Head IPA

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerThursdays on 01-15-2013

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive, dome-making head which is very slow to recede. It leaves plenty of chunky and webby lace on the glass. The liquid darker gold with a minimal haze.

Harsh, freshly grounded hop come aroma. Very green and floral, it smells like freshly mowed dandelion weeds.

The hop mimics the smell with more fortitude. It's difficult to get a read on the malt (regular pale) because of the strong bitterness, which intensifies during the swallow leaving an extraordinary long-lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. Almost astringent and very dry. Overall, this a love-the-hops sorta IPA.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of pine. Nothing mild about the taste. Aggressive hops, pine, resin, some citrus, bitter, a bit unbalanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, dated 9/23/14

a hazy orange tinged golden color. bright white head, decent lacing. the hoppy aroma is earthy, herbal, a bit of citrus. bready malt balanced the hop flavor in the taste. medium body and carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Rams Head IPA from Fordham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 181 ratings