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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5855) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this growler. Pours golden orange with a white head. Aroma is strong hops with some piney resin. Flavor is like the smell with a mix of citrus and pine. Low-medium hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and a slightly dirty, earthy finish. Not a bad IPA and certainly something that is drinkable if you are at Humperdinks and need something to drink while watching a game on TV.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5821) - Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Draft to taster at Ram in Indy. Looks solid; a transparent burnt orange with eggshell head. Smells solid; nice juicy hops with a medium-bodied pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells, but maltier. Average on the palate. Solid, but it smells better than it tastes.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
(Growler thanks to BA Exiled) Pours very pale/amber with spare ring of head. Nose of pine/citrus hops. Taste is very bitter hops, grapefruit. Overall I thought it was way too bitter with no malt to back it up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2008
Golden orange color. Nice Pacific Northwest Hop aroma. Smells a little uniquely fruity too. Flavors of floral, pine, and pepper w pale malts and a little fruity sweetness. Finishes a little spicy. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Not a bad drink, but these people make it difficult to judge since they insist on serving every beer in an iced pint glass. Not a bad color, orange-brown, with a moderate head that laced the glass nicely. It’s got a piney hop aroma with a hint of grapefruit. You also get a hint of the malt - unusual for the style. Very solid malt flavor, in serious competition with the hops bitterness. A bit watery... although it may have been from the iced glass. Totally clean finish with (a minus) no lingering bitter aftertaste.

Had a barrel aged version of this at a festival in Chicago. Enjoyed it just as much, even with the added element of Jim Beam in the aroma.

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3.5
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 15, 2002
This used to be called Big Red IPA. Whats up with that? Minus 2 points for the marketing. Light amber color. Medium malts, slightly hoppy. Slightly caramelized malts, some malt sweetness. Not a typical IPA, more of a red ale. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at The Ram in Boise
Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head and some lacing
Aroma: Citrus
Taste: Citrus and malts
OK, but I wouldn’t say it was a IPA, very light on hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at the Indy brewpub. Clear gold with a bit of rust. A white ring. Some nice complex hop notes. Citrus and pine. Some cinnamon spice and a bit of malty sweetness that tries to compete with the bitterness. A pleasant IPA.


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