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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5285) - 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 (6300) - 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.   Doesnít 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2636) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Bottled 06/01/10. Pours a medium off white head, with some lacing, over a particle loaded amber (SRM 8) body.....nose is pine, grapefruit, light toffee/caramel.....taste is sweet toffee/caramel to start, then grapefruit and pine arrive leaving a lingering medium light bitterness....mouth feel is on the light side of medium, carbonation medium. This is a pleasant, but not particularly distinguished IIPA. Except for the alcohol, it could be an IPA. Mouth feel is too light and the malt is too hidden. The hops are also not as forward as advertised. In summary, it needs to be bigger overall!! BJCP 7/2/12/4/6

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phildorsey (159) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2010
1 PT. 6 Oz. Bottle. Pours somewhat clear and amber/orange in color. Citrus notes tingles the nose. The taste is a little different from most IPAís but still quite refreshing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheersMate (1310) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Purchased at the local QFC. Not that expensive, but if itís poorly ranked, then that was too expensive. Diaphanous orange appearance with a SLIGHT brown hue. The head was fluffy at first, but now itís a thin and wispy mess. Old orange pulp and sweet malt aromas coming through. This is a little too sweet, and lacks the hop profile I was, hopefully, expecting. Itís starting to show its orange aromas a lot more as it warms up. Itís like drinking orange juice with a subtle hop kick. The malt isnít as sweet as I was expecting, but itís still there. Alcohol is a bit warming, but not intrusive at all. Lots of orange flavor going on here. Shit, Iíd consider this a fruit beer because of its orange juice-like qualities.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenhorn1 (812) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours amber, thin head, big lacing. Aroma quite week for a IIPA, mostly malt and pine. Flavor is similiar, I was expecting a bigger citrus and hoppy taste, especially in the finish. Overall itís not a bad beer, it just doesnít fit into what I define as an imperial IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #60. Bright orange/dark gold color with a thin white head. Lots of citrus and a bit of pine, but the fruit is the dominant aroma to me. Very smooth, light bitterness and a bit thin, light sweetness and a bit tropical. Not bad stuff. (1401)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
IPA naming conventions need to happen. Imperial IPA this isnít. Much more of a barleywine. Pours a nice orange color. Aroma starts off floral and woody but then the alcohol takes over. Not bad as barleywines go. Just not a hoppy IPA.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Eh, I was afraid of this. I gambled and lost. Redhook just seems avg. to me and this was no exception. Pretty astringent. Could use a more malty backbone. One and done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (883) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Hop aroma with a little more sweetness. malt with a hint of oranges, gets the citrus of the hop mixed with honeyed sweet, fine balance. clearest orange amber with modest off white head. sweet finish. like its too nice.


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