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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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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 (6299) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5798) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Bottle. Brilliant amber color/ rich off white head. Mild soap, pine grass aromas. medium bodied. Nice hoppy pine, floral flavors with a caramel, mild boozy back drop.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
bomber 5/31/10. clear golden orange with and off white head. it smells a little skunky. but, for the most part it is piney, pithy, orange, pale caramel and grassy. the flavor is the same... orange, resinous, pithy and definitely not sweet. crispy resinous texture is easy to put away. 7/3/7/3/15/3.5

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle, bright orange pour with thin white foam, aroma of metallic malty pine, flavors of some bitter grapefruit rind and weak malt

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Nice amber pour with a thick cream colored head. Nose is bitter hops, very fresh florals, and pine. Not bad on the palate, flavor is faint bitter hops, florals, and a lineup finish. As it warms it gets really bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear light amber with a big rocky beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of biscuits, light herbal, citrus and floral hops and lighter caramel. Mostly sweet English malt flavors with a smooth mild bitterness, not much alcohol in the taste but there is a slightly metallic finish. Medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly watery mouth feel. Pretty good for Redhook, but tasted more like a strong ESB to me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10932) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bmber from Malt & Vine. Pours light amber with a foamy 4 finger off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit, resin and sweet caramel. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Itís got grapefruit, resin and malt for flavor. Itís pretty hoppy - but not harshly so. Finishes tasty. Good drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (963) - Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Deep brownish yellow color, small to no head, nice lacing. Good hoppy nose. Clean bitter taste and lingering dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2010
A pretty standard imperial IPA. Good hop flavors and aromas, lower alcohol than some and itís much harder to taste the alcohol here than in many beers with its abv. Slightly wattery for an iIPA.


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