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IPA - Imperial
4.48 | pDev: 5.8%
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled 3/2/17; drank 3/5/17 @ Vincenzo's.

Opaque dull yellow/orange rust appearance.

A nice white head; decent lace.

Sweet orange citrus, mild grapefruit & faint dry wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange & grapefruit flavors up front; mildly dry wheat notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A fruit forward treat; NE IPA done right.

Apr 25, 2019
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful bright sun yellow orange with a good deal of haze and a fluffy finger of foam.

Pungent orange, grapefruit and citrus fruit aromas with tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango.

Wow, very juicy! Bright citrus fruit washes over the tongue sip after sip and leaves you wanting more!

Medium-bodied, low carbonation, juicy, soft, super smooth.

Overall, definitely one of Ram's best brews and hands down one of the best DIPAs in Illinois.

Apr 20, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy opaque matte orange color. It really does resemble juice. Nice average white head steadily dissipates leaving white lacing and a thin residual head.

Smell is very fruity and tropical with notes of mango, grapefruit, papaya and orange. Slight dank bitterness.

Taste has notes of mango, orange, papaya, and grapefruit. Really juicy and fruity - the flavors just pop. Bit of a rind bitterness on the back end, but really not much. Touch of grass as well.

Feel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. Mild carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall this is a really great IPA on its own. Its also one of the better NE styled IPAs available in the midwest. However, Ive had this beer several times at different points. Fresh its incredible. But at about a month the bitterness creeps upward and the carbonation really starts to fall off. Drink this as fresh as possible.

Oct 29, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super hazy golden orange. White head.

Tropical and citrus bomb. Lots of mango and grapefruit. Papaya and orange. Very fruity. Some floral hops. A bit bitter. A bit sticky.

Great dipa. More bitter than the NE ones but still very enjoyable.

Oct 20, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, Batch 3, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass. Enjoyed on 10.4.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a ridiculously turbid orange color that looks exactly like a glass of juice. A thick finger of foamy white head rests atop the glass that has great retention lace. The aroma is super tropical, lots of pineapple, juicy citrus, light pine, dank grassiness that's quite floral with just a touch sweet grain. The flavors burst out of the glass, incredibly citrus forward, very juicy, tropical fruits, a touch of resinous pine and grassiness, that dank quality sneaks out with some wildflower but this beer is so juicy and fruity, aptly named, with just a touch of pale wheat and biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is great, creamy, full bodied with lower carbonation, coating with a dry kick at the finish that is slightly warm from the alcohol.

Verdict: A great IPA from Ram, nails that NE IPA trend and is one of the best attempts I've had at it from anywhere in the country. Tons of juicy fruit, citrus and a nice floral quality makes this one hell of an IPA, really beautiful beer.

Oct 18, 2016
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy pumpkin and honey hues complemented by a 1cm white foamy head
S: Abundant pineapples on the nose. Wow - very tropical fruit-forward
T: Mango, tangerines, grapefruit, and subtle dankness on the finish
F: Medium bodied and amply carbonated
O: This was a welcomed take on an NE-style IPA. Ram nailed the look, soft mouthfeel, and tropical notes in my perspective. Given the hop bill, Juicy most reminded me of Aslin's Orange Starfish (admittedly not a NE-brewery, but insofar as the style these were similar in my mind), which is a laudatory accomplishment in my perspective. Would love to see what they can create with other hop and malt combinations. Well done and very enjoyable.

Oct 15, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

That little pocket of New England that's attributed to the most state-of-the-art IPA has now gone mainstream. The RAM franchise tap into the haze, the tropics, the fruitiness and the smoothness that's put some of the greatest IPA on the craft beer map.

Juicy pours an opaque golden hue, somewhat of the visual consistency of tapioca. Firmly capped with a rich lather, the scent is chocked full of fruit juiciness ranging from tropical to citrus, to leafy, to melon- all of the fresh squeezed varieties. Flavors seemingly of true fructose, sherbet and creamsicle frame a sugary but plump sweetness.

As the ale latches onto the tongue, its sweetness drifts and the hop flavor gains intensity across the middle palate. White grapefruit, tangerine, lemon & lime, pineapple, mango, apricot, gooseberry, kiwi and cantaloup all create a sensation of hawaiian punch but with a bitter, herbal and resinous closure.

Medium-bodied, the beer's creamy upstart slowly relaxes and the bitterness grows. Sassafras, fresh grassiness, verbena and tea is laced with pine sap and a peppery bite. An aftertaste of fruit juice and bitter citrus peel chase a smooth bitterness into a long and savory afterglow.

Oct 11, 2016
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- It's basically juice. Color is somewhere between pineapple and orange. Thin, soapy head.

S- Lots of fruit. Pineapple, mango, guava. Sugary. Just a hint of piney bitterness at times.
T- More fruit. A bit of bitterness on the end.

F- Very smooth, not much carbonation.

O- Right up there with Mikerphone in the best NE IPA's I've had from Illinois (Get-Fresh Flow was a bit better). I'd really love to try some of the "real ones" to compare.

Oct 10, 2016
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Jangoon24 from Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Honestly it looks like fresh-squeezed orange juice, definitely the juiciest IPA I've ever seen come out of the Midwest.

Smell: Huge nose of fresh, tropical citrus.

Taste: Follows perfectly with the smell of this beer, massive amounts of orange/tangerine and a slight grapefruit flavor. Just the right amount of bite at the end to perfectly balance out this DIPA.

Feel: The can tells you they created a "pillowy mouthfeel" and that is spot on. Not overly carbonated, but just enough to feel like the IPA/DIPA that you're looking for.

Overall: Amazing beer! Honestly the only one I've had from the Midwest that can give Trillium and Treehouse a run for their money. If you have the chance to get your hands on this, do NOT hesitate!

Oct 09, 2016
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: super hazy pineapple juice.
Smell: big tropical fruits pineapple mango guava mixed in with sweet citrus fruits mandarin oranges tangerine and also some dankness.
Taste: upfront sweet ripe pineapple mango peach guava middle of the mouth you get some of the dankness citrus fruit big orange juice flavor tangerine sugar covered grapefruit in the finish you get an herbaceous grassy green note coming through more of that fruity sweetness and a minty spiciness that lingers in the aftertaste.
Feel: think about drinking fruit juice and what that mouthfeel is like because that what this beer is. Super soft creamy incredible drinkable.
Overall: is this beer or fruit juice? I love the NE Style and this beer pretty much nailed what this style is what an incredible beer!

Oct 07, 2016
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the restaurant the day after their release.

L: orange and hazy, but with almost no head.
S: massive tropical fruit. As good of a nose on a beer as I can remember.
T: Tons of sweet fruit, balancing off against the bitterness that comes with a DIPA. Tastes phenomenal.
MF: Low carbonation, body is thinner than some of the NE IPAs that are almost "chewy".
O: the carbonation is the main drawback - but everything else is so on point for what they're trying to do (New England IPA - specifically Massachusetts type).

Oct 03, 2016
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was shocked at how good this one is. Smells like oranges and tastes like it as well so in that regard it's similar to Julius. Very creamy and easy to drink. Easily one of the best juicy IPA's I have ever had. Think these will become more sought after once they are canned

Aug 14, 2016
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neurobot01 from California

4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 6/23/16 into a horrible pint glass.

Look: super opaque yellow-brown, but without a lot of obvious chunks; low carb and minimal white head.

Smell: just tons of tropical fruit. Tropical fruit for days. Tropical fruit all the way down.

Taste: you guessed it—tropical fruit! But big appearances by kiwi, lime, mandarin orange, white peach, with a substantial bitterness that counterweights the sweetness perfectly. Salt, mint, and a hint of cracker round out the taste.

Feel: fairly undercarbonated, light to medium body, and slightly dry.

Overall: the taste has just enough interesting elements that the beer overall is redeemed, despite some weak aspects (particularly the level of carbonation). At this price, I wouldn't seek it out again, but glad to have tried it.

Jul 18, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours cloudy orange with thin white head, fades quickly, spotty lacing. Big sweet juicy aroma. Taste of pineapple, orange, dank hops, with a cracker sweet malt background. This brew is delish, on par with Ghost and Trillium. Medium soft mouthfeel, juicy bitter finish. Top notch IPA.

Jul 11, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy orange body. Some thinness around the edges. Tropical fruits on the nose. Balanced grapefruit and pine flavors. Bitter finish with some alcohol notes. Slightly out of balance for a DIPA. May need more malt/body.

Jun 30, 2016
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mschrei from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
Truly amazing beer.
Probably the best looking Midwestern DIPA I've had. Cloudy with a mass of the smallest bubbles I've ever seen, very healthy lacing.
Gigantic fruity, hoppy nose.
Combine those two, my thought was the first taste would punch me right in the face with hops, but this is super smooth to the point I was wondering if I was really drinking a DIPA. I'd almost say it was a "light DIPA", as not only was the big hoppiness muted, but the alcohol was also barely detected. I'd say you could make this a sessionable beer.

Jun 30, 2016
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lanciloti from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Orange juice, hazy, murky

S-Mango, melon citrus

T-Where the beer shines most. Massive tropical citrus-like notes.

F-Soft pillowy carbonation is wonderful on the pallet.

O-One of if not the best current IPA from Chicago-land. Right up there with NE hops. Maybe just a step down from TH, Trill and Bissell.

Jun 27, 2016
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at the Ram-Schaumburg location

This is about as good of a DIPA/IPA in comparison to Tree House juicy beers as it gets. Very very hazy, mango-orange puree color. Floral aroma just beats up the nose. Mango, citrus, passion fruit… it's there. Taste follows the smell in deliciousness. The mouthfeel is very full for a DIPA, yet smooth and refreshing which is perfect for a hot summer day. This is Julius-like in my opinion. Very much what people are use to in the NE from Tree House. If the Ram would only brew this more consistently I wouldn't even bother looking for NE hops.

Get this when you can. It is a top 2 PA/IPA/DIPA for me, fighting for my fav of all time with Julius.

Jun 25, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy yellow orange
S: Pineapple juice, sweet tangerine, bitter orange
T: Sweet pineapple juice, tangerine, mango, balanced bitterness
M: Medium, creamy carbonation
O: Ram is letting their brewers do their own thing now and Schaumburg will draw even more craft nerds now

Jun 15, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh growler drank on 6/6/16

L-bright orange, no haziness
S-orange, tropical, passion fruit, pineapple, grapefruit
T-dank, orange, tropical
F-drinkable and juicy
O-really well done beer. Would love to have this again

Jun 07, 2016
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy orange color. The nose is punched full of juicy citrus hops. The feel is a good blend of hop bite and the somewhat creamy citrus flavor. The feel is smooth a refreshing. A great beer, comparable to the Tree House IPAs.

May 28, 2016
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