In this beer blog, we are going to get into two brews from Ram Tap Party in Schaumburg location. If you read my earlier beer blog on their beers, you know the history of this west coast brewery. If you have not, please, read those beer blog to get to know this brewery. Let us get into the beer.
This Barrel ’71 Pale Ale has heavy cloudy mud color with a constant white head on it. The smell is a sweet slight chocolate bourbon to the beer. The taste is a heavy bourbon to a slight citrus from pale ale side. It is pretty drinkable beer.
The Firecracker IPA has a dark amber color with a constant fluffy white head on it. There is really no smell to this beer. The taste is like their IPA but the aftertaste has burning from the peppers. It does sit around a bit. It is kind of drinkable at first and then becomes a sipping beer.
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Closing, I have been away from the Tap Parties because of being out-of-town. I was pretty excited to get back into the Tap Parties. I will have the Wheeling location this week but I was able to get by the Schaumburg location to try their two beer release. The first one was Ram’s 71 Pale Ale aged in Bourdon barrels for seven months. Yes, agree it looks like chocolate milk because of the flash from my phone. It had a mud to wood color to it. I had my fair share of bourdon ales. I have to say this one is heavy bourdon to it. I cannot taste any of the pale ale. I do not mind the bourdon in the beer. I need some beer taste. I thought it was below average, however, this does not mean you will not like this beer. The next one brew was their Firecracker IPA. It is dry hopped with Habanero peppers. I have to say the India Pale Ale, which is their Big Red, part is still there. The hops were mild down a bit. Peppers kick in aftertaste with a slight burn in the throat. At first, it was pretty mild on the hot to burn side. However, it will build up over time, for me, it became too much. This beer should be in a smaller glass like 10oz. I think a 120z pour is too much and pint is out of the question. I recommend these beers because of how unique they are to the market. Please let me know what you think of these brews. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser