RATINGS: 237   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3031) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Sampler at the Schaumburg RAM. Okay, maybe its because Im chatting with the friendly brewmaster, but Im really liking this stuff. That and the fact that a sampler "Curl" is $5, no matter how many samples are on it, and I have 10! So this is a derker amber color, and still has a good layer of foam although its been on the bar a while. Again, my nose was hampered by a cold and restroom soap, so just a general yes on the aroma. A large pine and resin hop note that swims to coat my soft palate. In other words, a hop goblin.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kramer (6293) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Slightly hazy copper body with a minimal fizzy off-white head. The nose is husky and grainy with some toasted malt and minimal floral hoppiness. The flavor has an odd chemical finish after the husky and grainy malt fade. The hops are pretty minimal in here, just a light citrus note and minimal bitterness. Medium bodied and clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. This ones not a winner.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (4442) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2016
draft at source. Hazy orange to light red pour with no head. Nose is a mix of caramel and light citrus. Taste is bordering on bread crust and toast with a moderate to strong bitterness. Watery mouthfeel and underwhelming hop flavor. A thin flat malt presence and an astringent pressed hop taste. Ehh

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ahuth (417) - Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Draft. Hardly no smell. Palate is watery and wet and not a full body. The hops arent very strong. What I can taste is citra mostly gratefruit taste. Poor ipa

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (4297) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Firkin offering at Alefort. grapefruit added to this, making it much more citrusy. However, I didnt think the fruit complemented the malt bill, making for a confused palate.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mintzmeet (456) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2016
1.1 Light chestnut color. Oily fine bubbled head. Slight mahoganyesque taste, nutty in that way. Almost like a light amber overhopped. Citrusy (spicy like grapefruit) hops complimented by a nice touch of alcohol in the aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (6001) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Sampled at Ram-Rosemont, 10/26/15. Citrus and a bit of pine. Caramel notes. Rye bread. Medium bodied. Decent feel. Decent overall.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (4066) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2015
RAM Restaurant. Opaque red copper, white lacing foam ring. Hoppy aroma, bitter taste, initial sweet, changing quickly into bitterness. Lasting taste. (Chicago 201510)

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (15404) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
On tap at Big Horn U District, pours a cloudy dirty amber with a small white head. Nose brings out lots of dank resinous hops, some herbal hops, and bready caramel. Flavour is a bit disjointed, with stale bready caramel malt and resinous hops. The balance isnt quite right, as there seem to be some strange flavours in here. Not a big fan, but its not a disaster.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 28, 2015
On tap @ Ram - Kent. Amber in color with some off-white foam. Probably their best beer, at least of the regular lineup. Theres a lot of pine and citrus rind character along with some bread and toast. Definitely more caramel than Id like, though. Pretty floral and slightly grassy, too. Decent enough bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
rolfc81 (145) - - APR 19, 2015
On tap after Ikea in Schaumburg. Decent IPA but not my favorite......................


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