rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Pours clear medium copper/orange in color (surprisingly not red) with a thin airy head (even with a generous pour) that quickly thins to a film. Aroma has nice fruity and hops nose (grapefruit). The flavor also tastes lightly of grapefruit (what hops is this?!?!) which lingers on the palate. Probably better served with a packet of sugar and a serrated spoon and you’ll be better off if you have read this and expect it rather than having it hit you by surprise. Overall, though, an enjoyable Big Horn offering. Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Red/amber color. Very hoppy, citrus, floral aroma. Almost harsh bitter finish. No malt. davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2002
They call it an IPA, they call it a bitter, but it doesn't taste especially like either. It's not bad, though. troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap. Let me preface this review by saying that this was not a bad beer. It is better than most beers available at most restaurants. For me, however, it failed as an IPA.
The appearance and palate were average. Big Red was a cloudy yellow-orange, with a thin white head. That thin white head left behind average lacing. Nothing spectacular. The palate was similar. It was there. A little bit of tingle from the carbonation, but nothing to be excited about.
The nose was off. There was a promising floral aroma from the hops, followed by citrus. But then there was a faint sweet-and-sour sauce smell, accompanied by a hint of wet newsprint.
Fortunately, the flavor was better than the aroma. The main flavor was citrus, mostly orange, but also the sweetness of tangerine. I also detected a hint of canned peaches—the sugary syrup that fills the can—and the minutest hint of a wheat cracker. Every once in a while, I would get a flash of the sweet-and-sour sauce or the wet paper, but it was mild and less intense than that present in the aroma. Big Red was also less bitter than I expect in an IPA, especially one that bills itself as an American IPA. It just didn’t pack the punch for which I was ready. I was hoping for a knockout and got a glancing blow.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Re-rate, on tap Puyallup Ram. Hazy orange/amber hue, good head, decent lacing. Nice aroma, citrusy and resiny, almost skunky. Slight malt sweetness, flavor dominated by hops, good clean bitterness with a grapefruity hop flavor, finishes nice and dry with a pleasent lingering of hops. Tasty IPA, very drinkable, balanced and flavorful.
VatMasterson (77) - Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
This is not a red. Very Hop driven and flowery. Notes of soap too. Unfair for me to say since this sort of thing ain’t my bag baby. OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Draft in Arlington, TX
Hop smell was present. Nice armber color... Almost no head.
Taste was decently balanced. The end taste had a lil less hop bite then what I thought it would be. sickboy79 (66) - USA - NOV 11, 2011
Very nice IPA. Almost some red ale notes in there - some of that caramel malt on the start with a nice mouthful of hops. Sweet citrus finish. One of my favs from The Ram! Recommended if you go! eyesolus (64) - Mill Creek, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Tap; good bitterness not to sharp; assertive citrus but doesn’t overpower; nice copper amber appearance. (#44) cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Had this on draft at humperdinks in Arlington, Texas. Pours a dark amber color with a small head. This pint I had last night didn’t seem as hoppy as it usually is, but most of the time it has a real nice hoppy taste with a nice fruity after taste. They actually call this one Big Red IPA at my location.