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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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In 1982 Redhook was born in a converted transmission shop in the Ballard District outside of Seattle, WA. After 28 years of brewing, Redhook is paying homage to its roots by releasing Big Ballard Imperial IPA. Big Ballard has a rich, deep golden and a very assertive hop character that hits you in the nose before reaching your lips. The flavor and aroma are balanced with complex malty undertones. While it has a friendly side, make no mistake - Big Ballard is brewed for diehard IPA fans. Big Ballard pairs well with sausage, cured meats with ground mustard, spicy Mexican or Asian dishes, and barbeque . Available in the Western US year round in both 22 ounce bottles and on draught.

Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.6%
Malts: Munich
Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Sterling, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Color SRM: 15
Bitterness Units: 73 IBU
Original Gravity: 18.2
Brewed Since: 2010


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Really nice, clean, drinkable IIPA. Nothing over the top but a thumbs-up to Red Hook for this one. 24 karat tangerine pour with a fluffy white head that left and intricate web of lacing inside the glass. Aroma is bright grapefruit, orange pith, lemon peel, and subtle caramel. Flavor is all citrus with hints of pine/resin, and honey. ABV is well masked...ample carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - We closed out the night with this monster, as it should be...Pours a viscous clear orange with a large, frothy off white head...aroma is resiny, bitter hops, caramel and pine...flavour is similar, pithy, lingering bitterness, citrus peel tempered with some sticky malt...pretty not bad!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1899) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22 oz bomber bought from "Habits" in Salem. Its actually a very pretty beer to look at. Deep burnished orange, clear, with a nice thick and creamy off white head. Aroma is reasonably hoppy..more along the pink grapfruit aroma ..whiff of alcohol. Very resiny hop profile to the taste..then the pink grapfruit aspect shows near the end. Slight bitter after taste. Palte is OK but strangely watery for such a substantial style. Overall its not a bad beer but pretty lightweight for the style .

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Similar to the original Ballard Bitter only in namesake. This is definitely a bigger and hoppier beer than the original. Not a lot of citrus hops going on here in the nose compared to other northwest style IIPAs, more sense of noble hop or noble triploid varieties with woody/subdued hop character with exceptionally clean bitterness. The malt is fairly balanced with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Orangey hops are in the mouth.I get a slight peated character in the finish. Overall though a drinkable IIPA in a land of many awesome IIPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (729) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
On tap at brewery. Pours a deep copper with thin white head. Nice aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor is actually well balance with a good hop presence and the right amount of hops. Decent beer. Best I have had from redhook.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bright amber hued straw body. Strong piney hop nose. Strong caramel malt character with a slight toasted bread component. Heavy resinous hops with strong citrus showing and a sharp grassy bite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Light honey notes, mild grassy bitterness. Clear golden amber, small fizzy white head. Juicy peach and Bartlett pear up front, dries out and builds in intensity throughout. Very clean with a mild toasty shortbread body, warming finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
RedHook Ale Brewery--Big Ballard Imperial IPA--Inspired By One Of RedHook’s Original Beers, Ballard Bitter IPA, First Brewed In 1984--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV. 100+IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy off white mild head. Pretty clear thin bright amber gold color. Crisp very floral Cascade hop front. Thin textured dry sweet tangy crisp citrus pine mild caramel tangy malt body. Hot hop spice You Betcha Bitter dry tangy end. Rich Hops. A touch more body needed? Sampled 4/28/2010. $5.49 Each.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
agrey (1) - Washington, USA - APR 22, 2010 does not count
Pours a nice clear copper color. Great hop aroma. Not much head retention. Citrusy, a little piney and not really malty. Body is very thin and malts do not add much to the flavor. Nice bitter finish and a pleasant hop aftertaste. Very drinkable for the abv.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft at Redhook. Poured a golden honey color with a small white head. The nose is "dirty" as previously described. There is no good floral hop in this thing. It is a strange hopped smell with some rich caramel malt as well. Pretty much a two note smell followed by a one note taste of rich malt. There is a strange bitter hop taste to this that isn’t like the IIPA’s i’ve had. I really like IIPA’s but not this one that much. Good try Redhook.


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