RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.1
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.

3
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Red/amber color. Very hoppy, citrus, floral aroma. Almost harsh bitter finish. No malt.

3.4
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.

2.8
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.

3.8
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.

1.5
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.

2.1
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.

3.9
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!

3.6
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)

3.7
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.


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