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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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nikiel (879) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours amber, thin head, big lacing. Aroma quite week for a IIPA, mostly malt and pine. Flavor is similiar, I was expecting a bigger citrus and hoppy taste, especially in the finish. Overall itís not a bad beer, it just doesnít fit into what I define as an imperial IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
1/15/10 on draft at the Woodinville Brewhouse. Aroma is all sweet hop flora forward with a strong citrus tang and just enough slight caramel note to balance. Appearance is surprisingly clear gold with a very well maintained white head. Flavor is very well balanced; Flora, grassiness, earthiness and even a little hop astringency are there in equal amounts, making for a full profile that never gets harsh. Mouthfeel is quite warm, medium bodied with a medium starchy finish and moderate carb texture. Overall, the body makes this one almost too easy to drink. Try in a schooner, it will quickly become two.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bomber. Light gold and orange colored in appearance with an inch of sudsy white head. The aroma is slightly dank and earthy hops, grapefruit and caramel malt. The flavor starts strong on the herbal hops and sour grapefruit along with a good dose of toasted malt and orange citrus. The body has standard IPA-level carbonation and finishes with more malt and caramel notes and a mild citrus aftertaste. Itís drinkable enough but not terribly memorable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asedzie (784) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (774) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
On tap at brewery. Pours a deep copper with thin white head. Nice aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor is actually well balance with a good hop presence and the right amount of hops. Decent beer. Best I have had from redhook.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2010
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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Draft at woodinville pub. Pours orange, little head, good lacing. Pine and citrus. Great butter flavor good malt background. Solid drinkiable IIPA

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
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.


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