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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pretty typical Double IPA, which is ot a bad thing. The Brie described it as smelling like a caramel covered grapefruit, and I agree. Flavor is pretty much what the aroma promises, as well. Nice balance of bitter and sweet throughout. Thanks, Secret Santa!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Really good pleasant surprise from Redhook. Very flavorful hoppy malty rich IPA. Beautiful orange hue that says I will taste delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Not all that much hoppy aroma. Looks nice. Tastes a bit like and overhopped IPA but not quite and imperial IPA. Really quite average at best, but still tasty.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of perfume, flowers, citrus and some toffee malt. The flavor is orange and caramel malt with some perfume and flowery hops mixed in. There is a lot of different flavors going on in the beer but they don’t really work together too well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not sure what it is, but something with this beer is not working for me. Not a terrible beer, but you can do much better in the Double IPA category.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Now I know what the Senior RBeerians call a ’diactyl bomb.’ It is smooth in hiding the 9%, however. Some hoppage, some stale malt flavors and some fresh malt flavors. Has a buttered popcorn and grassy flavor to it, and its nose.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bomber from BevMo. Aroma is really sweet with some fruity hop bitterness. Pretty bitter tasing up front. This brew has a strong tropical fruit taste as well. Alcohol is weel hidden. Easy sipper. Not a real hoppy impy.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2010
22 oz. from Mr. Bill’s. I find it hard to believe that the original Ballard Bitter was this hoppy. Tastes alright, but nothing stellar here. Smells a tad medicinal. Tastes interesting with a dash of something sweet and spicy, kind of like cinnamon (but not exactly). Leaves a nasty halitosis like after-taste which accounts for the lower rating. I think I’ll stick with the ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1837) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2010
orange gold pour with a thick head. aroma is citrusy, some pine as well and a sweet caramel maltiness. Body is a little light. Flavour is sourish maltiness, bready and a bit cardboardy. fruity citrusy hop. Hint of sticky alc lingering in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Sampled on 10/16/2010. Bottled on 5/6/10. This Imperial IPA pours a medium, orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is orange, fruity, sweet and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. With lots of orange and citrus. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity with a touch herbal. Good balance. Medium bitterness. A little bit of residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6023) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Vibrant orange, translucent, deep golden hues, large off-white frothy head, splotchy lacing.   Citrus rind and alcohol are dominant.   While not real strong, I can tell its a little bit of a boozer.   Shallow hop flavors up front, some rind, luckily not as stong as the nose suggested.   A little astringent, with some alcohol warming.   Happy its not as hot as I thought on the nose.   Doesn’t seem quite like an Imperial IPA as it needs more malt body.   Wished it was a bit more citrusy and floral, or at least had a touch more sweetness as a start.   Not bad overall, but can be summed up as pale citrus rind and soft alcohol.



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