Rams Head IPA | Fordham Brewing Company

Rams Head IPARams Head IPA
BA SCORE
44.4%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 180 ratings
Rams Head IPARams Head IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
fordhambrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerThursdays on 01-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,833
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
180
Liked:
80
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
11.11%
Alströms:
3.75
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of florisj135
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tom87
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickyDee21
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JPowell712
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Reagan1984
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Proclarush
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stanley23
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DannyBoyDD
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of interzen
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Deep, fairly clear amber. Not much in the way of head but what there was had decent retention. No lacing to speak of, but the head diffused to a foam ring and some capping.

Smell: Like being smacked in the face with a sack of hops - the bottle states 75IBU and from smell alone it's not difficult to believe that. There's a bucketload of grapefruit and pine resin and pretty much nothing else barring a faint, malty sweetness and an even fainter sourness.

Taste: Kapow! Hops, hops and more hops - 75IBU right in the face. Plenty of pine resin and grapefruit pretty much swamps everything else to begin with. Aftertaste is long, bitter and slightly peppery. Want hop character? This has it in spades.

Feel: Surprisingly thin, although that could be exacerbated by the overall dryness. This is a beer for savouring, not throwing down your neck hole.

Overall: Whilst this seems to be held in pretty high regard Stateside, this British palate is having a hard time appreciating it despite being fairly well accustomed to American IPAs. Not to say that this is bad, it isn't, but I can't help thinking that it has been hopped to hell and back just because it could be. Not bad, but sad to say I've had better and more bitter IPAs.

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Photo of Lettsgo3
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sneth019
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRizz62
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Worst IPA ever. I've spent the last half hour trying to choke it down

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Photo of xcdarrel17
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Jsfox
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ksolekjr
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

An amped-up IPA for sure, bordering on the Double IPA style with the strength of alcohol, plus a near blistering hop bitterness. Brewed with Chinook, Motueka from New Zealand and Bravo hops, which all makes for an aggressive but unique, or at least different, hop character. Worth the hunt for all of the hopheads out there.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Clear bubbly amber, solid lacing

SMELL: Ruby red grapefruit, piney, mild tobacco, juicy, cake batter, Grape-Nuts, alcohol, lime leaves

TASTE: Very smooth, pungent, resin, tobacco, grapefruit rind, peppery alcohol, mango, bitterness, biscuity grain, dried grass, spicy, husky, lime pith, warming; hoppy, bitter finish

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Photo of Tucquan
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-03-01 at BWI in the Rams Head Tavern.

Mild aroma. Some dank, pine, citrus and some caramel. Finish us moderately bitter. Just OK.

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

Photo of jmdrpi
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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Photo of dmberger
4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good IPA, but not as good as Dogfish Head.

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Rams Head IPA from Fordham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 44.4% out of 100 with 180 ratings
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