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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (2453) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 26, 2010
On tap at Redhook brewpub. Pours out a golden amber topped with a small off white head. Aroma was of bitter grape fruit peels, light caramel sweetness, and some malt. Taste much as the aroma with the bitter grapefruit peel along with some floral hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Pours mostly clear golden amber. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon and some copper. Taste is mostly bitter with a medium thin malt presence. Not terrible but lacking hop diversity and character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
22oz bottle. Dark gold color with a medium sized rocky white head. Pine, caramelized pineapple hop aroma. Candied fruit, sticky pine tar hop flavors, with a heavy caramel malt sweetness. Biscuity finish, with residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle from 4/5/10. Pours with a hazy, nearly neon yellow body and a small white head. Good lace. Aroma of caramel, light citrus zest and pine. Some melon. Taste is light citrus, malt, caramel, plastic, sort of a mess of bitter (but not pleasant) flavors. Some citrus bitter and grassy, some caramel malt presence too. Lively bubbles. Some quinine in the finish (odd, first time I have tasted that in a beer). Meh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Thanks to Ditmier for the bottle. Light hazy amber pour. Huge honey, citrus hop aroma. Taste is malt with sticky spicy bitter hops. Pretty good hop bomb.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goodgrief (1742) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2010
On tap at Portsmouth. Pour was orangey amber, a thin head but nice lacing. Aroma was floral was sweet fruit. The flavor was syrupy fruits, pear and orange, with a faint floral edge. Very little bitterness to balance the sweetness and almost tastes like an IPA past its prime (but obviously not given where I had it). Watery and thin. It’s a typical Redhook effort...a weak and mediocre example of the style, but no off flavors or obvious defects.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1244) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle, thanks to dchmela. Pours a hazy bronze. Strong bitter hop aroma. Thin and watery, but still has a nice flavor. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light rind. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Mar) Pours a clear orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of orange, caramel, grass, and florals. Flavor of caramel malt, grass, earth, apricot, and pine with a moderately bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of hops, pine, floral notes, orange zest and caramel malt. Flavour of hops, sweet caramel, pine and orange, with a mild bitterness that lingers. Very nice, though I could use a bigger hop punch.


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