Morning Fog
Ram Restaurant & Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
4.37 | pDev: 6.41%
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of kevanb
3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, purchased freshly from the release in Schaumburg, poured into a 16oz stemless wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.8.2017, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, orange hues, bright gold when struck by the light with a foamy finger of white head, decent retention with nice soapy lace. The aroma is very herbal and tropical, signature Mosaic hop presence, pretty juicy fruits, earthy and green hop, piney and sappy, sweet yeast with pale cereal grains. The flavors are good, tropical hops, lots of pineapple, herbal and dank floral character, light pine and resinous, sappy, green hop leaf with cracker malt and sweet NE IPA yeast, doughy malt and mineral water lingers. The mouthfeel is coating and creamy with a lively, medium body that has nice legs and a dry finish.

Verdict: A solid DIPA from Ram, I was really looking forward to this after Juicy, but this one was more "pedestrian", still a very solid entry, but just feels darker, muted and more earthy, which doesn't really resonate with my palate. I'd probably suggest that if you LOVE Mosaic as a hop, you'd love this, but for me, this is "just" an above average beer.

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Photo of gibgink
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very impressed with this beer. Bare bones review will tell you that this is a juicy, citrus double IPA coming from the Midwest, but tasting like it came from the Northeast.

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Photo of danh53
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, dark yellow and orange with half finger head and glass lacing. Nose is OJ, light rosemary, pineapple. Taste is mostly OJ with peach and some watermelon. Some dank hops in the background, but this is mostly a juice bomb. Lemon on the finish. Mouth feel is full and creamy with good carbonation. Finish is very full and juicy with bitter aftertaste to quench the candy flavors that dominate mid palate. This is worth the trade. Get it if you can.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - the haze is real. Dank, glowing ball of milky murk. Copper orange. Great can label too.

S - deep-rooted, pungent melon and mango. Dropping, oozing, orange candied hops. Subtle orange cream popsicles.

T - herbaceous green pineapple and orange juice. Hard to believe this is mosaic! So much brightness and juice instead of the usual doom and gloom. Dank, with fringes of candied citrus. Little bummed that the flavor wasn't as potent as the aroma though. Thankfully, that smooth orange cream is poking through at the end. It's not in your face like some NEIPAs but rather it sneaks up on you. Overall a very luxurious flavor. Leaves a fair amount of bitterness in my gums, which serves as nice contrast between the juice.

F - didn't think much of it at first, but the more I drink, the more I'm impressed with how well it suits the beer. It's not heavy at all; rather more on the light side, but is creamy as can be. Smooth criminal. Erotic much like a nice sex dream.

O - mosaic has such range. Anything from the dank cereal grains of hell to bright, juicy lusciousness. In this case the latter! Soft and looming in flavor and general feel, much like the morning fog.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third and final Morning Fog received in a recent trade. Though I have enjoyed this beer I am honestly left rather unimpressed.
Appearance is turbid and hazy with a respectable frothy head. Aromas don't much resemble a beer let alone an ipa. This smells like straight up Sunny D or orange vitamin water. Some my like that but I personally think it's gimmicky or novelty like. Flavors are mixture orange juice, pineapple juice, Pina colada, and mosaic hops. Feel is nice and creamy not bad. Overall, I know some like this style of ipa but for me it just doesn't remind me of beer but more of a citrus flavored alcoholic soda.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can poured into an oversized wine glass. Juice bomb! Tasty citrus on the palatte and nose. Beautiful haze, not as bitter as I am used to with some of the big NE PLAYAHS but that is fine by me. Shaun does it again!

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Photo of Jangoon24
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip.
A - Super hazy right out of the can, very bright orange and opaque. Looks like thick orange juice
S - Tons of citrus and tropical fruit...grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange
T - Follows the smell beautifully. Filled with all the fruity and juicy goodness that the nose promised, and delivered with no disappointment. Super juicy right up front, followed by just enough bite to keep me coming back for more.
F - Very similar to Juicy with the thicker mouth feel, just what I'm looking for in a NE Style DIPA
O - This was just awesome. I couldn't get enough of this beer while drinking it and I'm glad I picked up as much as I could. If you can get your hands on this while it's still fresh, do not hesitate at the opportunity! A+

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Going back to review the rating I had. The natural comparison was Juicy from Ram, but I'd say this is a NE IPA more along the lines of Alchemist than the Massachusetts NE IPAs. It's got some "juice" to it, but it's more dank than that. It was all around a great beer, and it stayed great for a good 10 weeks.

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Photo of Brewnut22
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look : Looks like orange juice. Haze bomb. Small head. Alcohol lacing.

Smell : Floral, tons of pineapple, orange, and a touch earthy/dank. Not very agressive aroma though.

Taste : Same as nose with the floral, and touch of that tropical fruit. Earthy on the back end. Slight bitterness. Crisp and very very easy to drink. For a DIPA the hop flavor should be a tad stronger.

Feel : Creamy, soft, and full. Right amount of carbonation.

Overall : Amazing showcase of mosaic hops. My favorite hop and favorite neipa by ram so far. For what is I can't find much wrong. Aroma and flavor are amazing just not as agressive as most DIPA's.

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Photo of eppie82
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Day of release on draft and from can (into a chalice and teku).

Very nice yellow-light orange, deep hazy color. Aroma has tons of juicy notes and tropical fruits. This all mosaic hopped DIPA follows that nose but the taste is even more amplified than the smell would indicate. The feel is typical Mosaic: slightly dry yet very easy drinking. If there is one very minor knock, its that the malt backbone can be light for some. It doesn't have that super sticky feel, but that's precisely why this is soooo easy drinking for an 8%abv brew. I feel like I could down the whole 4-pack and barely notice I just drank it all.

It's yet another very solid beer from Shaun_the_brewer at Ram-Schaumberg. In relative quality comparison to Juicy DIPA, this is pretty damn close, albeit different taste (because of the different hops used). I would buy this again without any hesitation, and if I couldn't buy it, I would definitely trade for it. It's up there with many of the best NE IPAs and for Chicagoland, it doesn't get much closer (or better) to that style.

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Morning Fog from Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 33 ratings