killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. from Mr. Billís. I find it hard to believe that the original Ballard Bitter was this hoppy. Tastes alright, but nothing stellar here. Smells a tad medicinal. Tastes interesting with a dash of something sweet and spicy, kind of like cinnamon (but not exactly). Leaves a nasty halitosis like after-taste which accounts for the lower rating. I think Iíll stick with the ESB.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a luminous pale orange to golden color with white head that is alright. Nose is very, very faint and "clean" with some light citrus, maybe grapefruit especially, and light pine. On the palate the body is extremely light and overall it is tough to get past how WATERY this beer is. Flavor wise, once youíre finished grumbling over the wateryness, there is some sweet malty flavors balanced by a tangy/fruity hop component. Light pine again. Finish has a somewhat sickly sweet element going on.
J_man (649) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice fresh hop aroma coming off this orangy-yellow brew with a decent white head. Bitingly astringent hops up front that linger on the tongue with a slight piney/floral flavor with almost a slight smoky flavor. The alcohol is obvious but not overwhelming. This is a fairly thin beer and could be a bit more balanced with malt, but hop heads should love it!
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at woodinville pub. Pours orange, little head, good lacing. Pine and citrus. Great butter flavor good
malt background. Solid drinkiable IIPA
asedzie (582) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber with decent head and lots of lacing. Big aroma of spicey, piney hops. Flavor is very malt foward, great tasting malt - caramel, nuttiness and some marzipan. A bit of off alcohol flavors. Some hop bitterness, light resins, give balance and offset the alcohol strength. Good hop profile, very nice maltiness. A balanced IIPA.
22415brewery (366) - redmond, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Similar to the original Ballard Bitter only in namesake. This is definitely a bigger and hoppier beer than the original. Not a lot of citrus hops going on here in the nose compared to other northwest style IIPAs, more sense of noble hop or noble triploid varieties with woody/subdued hop character with exceptionally clean bitterness. The malt is fairly balanced with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Orangey hops are in the mouth.I get a slight peated character in the finish. Overall though a drinkable IIPA in a land of many awesome IIPAs.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Safeway in Lynnwood, WA. Pours a beautiful dark/clousy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma: The obvious grapefruit and pine you would expect in a powerful IPA. Flavor: Similar to the aroma profile, with a hint of spice and orange peel. Well done Red Hook!
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sweet tasting ipa. Good overall flavor with nice light head. Good beer
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Redhook. Poured a golden honey color with a small white head. The nose is "dirty" as previously described. There is no good floral hop in this thing. It is a strange hopped smell with some rich caramel malt as well. Pretty much a two note smell followed by a one note taste of rich malt. There is a strange bitter hop taste to this that isnít like the IIPAís iíve had. I really like IIPAís but not this one that much. Good try Redhook.
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden copper in color. Okay head with very good lacing. Pine, hint of citrus are in the aroma. Very heavy bitter flavor. Full-bodied beer with a long, abrupt finish that leaves a bitter film in your mouth. I love imperial beers but not all that great.