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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Draught at Chuck’s Hop Shop, 85th st, Seattle, as Chuck’s Big Ballard
Amber color, clean. Quite fruity and resiny hopping, but with very strong vegetables component.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11248) - 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. It’s got grapefruit, resin and malt for flavor. It’s pretty hoppy - but not harshly so. Finishes tasty. Good drink.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (10831) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
Der Antrunk fällt deutlich weniger hopfig als gedacht aus und ist in erster Linie hellmalzig und etwas getreidig. Im Mittelteil zieht der Hopfen dann geringfügig an, als IPA ist das Bier aber auch hier nicht identifizierbar. Hell, wenig intensiv, monoton. Leider nicht besonders toll. /8/9/7/11/8

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (9946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit rind with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter earthy finish. Good malt base, but needs better use of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9223) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Hellbilly hooks it up! Orangish pour, white head. Very hoppy aroma with some caramel. Flavor is soapy hops, citrus and light caramel. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bomber pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma emits citrus meat and rinds along with lesser amounts of earthiness and spicy hops. The first sense of the taste is that it seems like it may have lost its edge with a bit too much time on the shelf. I get malts mixing with pine hops and citrus hops and then a lesser amount of earthiness mixing with faint caramel like malts. The hops contain a pretty decent level of resiny goodness keeping the interest level elevated. If this is a tad old I’d love to try a fresh one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6865) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Red orange, dense creamy head. Ripe tropical fruit aroma, papaya and mango, with some cooked peach and caramel. Sweet caramel and peachy fruity hops, not as bitter as I expected, but tasty nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - 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.


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