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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Draft at woodinville pub. Pours orange, little head, good lacing. Pine and citrus. Great butter flavor good malt background. Solid drinkiable IIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Draft at Woodinville. Pours a lightly hazed deep, almost dirty, honey golden with fluffy white head and nice sticky lacing. Grassy, grainy, malt...but mostly this reminds me of spent grain from a overly hopped ipa...smells dirty...where are the bright resinous hops? Mouth feel is a bit on the ’dusty’ side but carbonation is on. Lightly sweet and malty up front, but when the hops come in the transition is pretty sharp into a grassy hop flavor and then dry cracker and slight pepper. I don’t know what to really say about this, on one hand this is Redhook and the are trying a dipa, on the other hand this isn’t true to style really and is so one dimesional and light on the hops with the aroma really being a turn off. I hope they aren’t set on this recipe and that they try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
1/15/10 on draft at the Woodinville Brewhouse. Aroma is all sweet hop flora forward with a strong citrus tang and just enough slight caramel note to balance. Appearance is surprisingly clear gold with a very well maintained white head. Flavor is very well balanced; Flora, grassiness, earthiness and even a little hop astringency are there in equal amounts, making for a full profile that never gets harsh. Mouthfeel is quite warm, medium bodied with a medium starchy finish and moderate carb texture. Overall, the body makes this one almost too easy to drink. Try in a schooner, it will quickly become two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Floral and citrus hops on the nose. Smells like hop pellets and some sweet sugary caramel as well as a touch of hoppy funk and bread dough. Pours amber, a little hazy, browner hues, a creamy beige-ish head. Floral and piney flavors, light citrus and caramel malts in the finish. Doughy malts as well. Somewhat sweet but not overly. I like the chewy finish and piney burps. Slight alcohol creeps in, but this still drinks nicely with no hint of 9.5 percent. Pretty decent stuff all things considered, but still toned down in the Red Hook mold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6801) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
draft at woodinville. crystal clear bright gold with medium amber ovrrtones. creamy off white head. tangerine, pine, and sugar nose...not powerful for a dipa, but smells delicious. creamy medium body with forceful but slow carb. caramel, pine, tangerine and sugar on the mid palate. not much power for a dipa, but solid little ipa...at 9.5%.

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