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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed as a medium India Pale Ale, this full-flavored moderately hopped beer has the strongest hop character of our ales. Made for hopheads and new beer aficionados. The grist composition is 94% Pale malt, with the remaining grain bill consisting of carastan malts. The finishing Mt. Hood hop addition in the whirlpool gives this beer a good hop character without becoming excessively bitter. The beer is fined instead of filtered so the hop character is not stripped away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
On tap at the Ram in downtown Indianapolis. This beer formed a small sized white head that contained fne-small sized bubbles that fully diminished. The body was transparent and carbonated with a red-orange hue. The nose was hoppy and the flavor was hoppy with an aftertaste that lingered for a while. The mouthfeel was tingly and the lacing was fair. This IPA was too hoppy for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2004
From a sampler at the Indy location: Pours a reddish-amber color with a medium light beige head. Thin lacing. The aroma is moderately hoppy with some citrus as well. The body is not too rich. The flavor is nicely hopped at first but it drops off dramatically by the end. The finish is decent, with a mixture of floral and citrusy hops. A little better than average overall.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
muzzlehatch (4829) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Schaumburg, Illinois. Hey guess what this isn't horrible, merely very, very mediocre. Light copper. Smoked urine, caramel, wet newspaper nose. Actually pretty hoppy, with hints of sour cherry (beloved Lord Alexander Rodenbach, come down and slay this demonic cherry-faker I beseech you) but really very little in the flavor profile overall. Strongly bitter but thin finish. This is a joint and these are beers for those who really would rather drink Coors Light but want to call it something else to appear sophisticated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Bronze/amber color with sticky and creamy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is bright and floral with pacific northwestern hops. A very fresh pine/grapefruit aroma hits too. The flavor has a light bitterness with a very dry finish and light body. Easty drinking, well-made batch of the Big Red (when I tried this). A nice marshmallow caramel end, not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Called Big Red IPA on the bottle. Light clear red appearance. Nice nose of cascade hops, raspberries and sweet peaches. Very abrasive and acidic initally, with a more robust wood hop flavor towards the middle of the drink, before rolling back with a raspberry hint. Big hops at the start of the drink, but not a bitter finish. Some peanut flavor shows up as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Rusty amber-colored beer with a big sticky head. This has a big juicy citrus aroma; there's a solid grapefruit flavor, milky. It's undercarbonated and too still, which detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2337) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
A just above average looking IPA..a hazy brownish?orange with a large frothy white head..it hangs around a while. Pretty good aroma, you can detect the "sherberty" hoppiness right away. Not too bad. Very nice tasting IPA the hops are actually quite subdued compared to other American IPAs..theres a good detetctable malt backbone to this beer..along with the great "grapefruit" flavour of the hops..good bitterness in the aftertatse..this seems more like an English style IPA which is a good thing for me. Nice enough in the mouth. Great drinkability to this brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 1, 2003
Had one of these on tap at the "Ram Restaurant and Brewery" in downtown Indy. The menu describes this as an IPA, but is listed here as a Bitter. It really doesn't fit either profile in my book; not big enough for either style - Ale as a generic description would fit well enough IMHO. Pours a medium copper. The thin off white mostly diminishing head has nice lacing. The nose is pine, spruce and flowers. Flavor is well balanced but not much depth even as brew warms. The long floral finish is brunt. The medium dry body is soft and finishes astringent. Lacking much of what I would expect in character from either an IPA or a Bitter, but I've already said that. Still a fair offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 (Draught) Descent IPA from Big Horn. Had this in Indy downtown location.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 Bitter, IPA, whatever it is it sucks. Smelled some grapefruit hops, and then that's all I tasted. Bitter finish, but this just tasted like water and hops to me. This brewery SUCKS.

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