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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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 (974) - 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 (1153) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3792) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
Golden amber,small beige head,small bead.Tame citrus hop nose and palate. Noticeable malt backbone,medium hop end.Drinkable but underflavored

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4621) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bright, clear copper color. Smallish white head but the beer has adequate carbonation to hold enough foam for your enjoyment. Leathery soot and dirt aroma. Mild body with a late onset hoppy bitterness. Lingering dry bitterness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
From a 22 oz bottle from Market of Choice in Ashland, Oregon this poured a clear amber with a robust off-white head and nice sticky lacing rings. Nose of grapefruit, pines and sweet caramel malts. Medium body with delightful smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma with citrus and malts. Finish is lightly bitter and for an IIPA its is a little on the mild side, but quite easy drinking. I liked this a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1736) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Had this on tap at the 2010 Oregon Brewers Festival. Colour... apricot-orange with a thin head. Nose... mixed citrus zest and citrus sweets. Palate... dusty hops, macerated hop cones, sweet, resinous, long grapefruity finish. Best Redhook Iíve ever had!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4828) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
The look is golden in color, white decent head, and clear. The smell is decent hops, pine, caramel, citrus, and ok. The taste is hops, pine, citrus, bitterness, and caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (2004) - Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2010
22 oz. bottle into my "beer clean" snifter- Pours a clear orangish golden with a thin white head and good lacework ( is it because of my effort for an extra clean glass), aroma is sweet citrus like grapefruit. The flavor is malty, but not heavy malt ( I hate heavy malt), and hop citrusy, the hops are not over done, if possible. The bitterness lingers long after the swallow, which it should in a Imperial IPA, and the malt is there to compliment the hops, not overpower them. I have to wonder if the average to below average reviews here are because it is a Redhook/Anheuser busch product. Personally I donít think itís too bad.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pours gold into a tulip. White head quickly recedes to sicken surface. Resin aromas. Thin yet spritzy with upfront sourdough bread turning to sour resin in the lasting finish.


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