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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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6010) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pretty typical Double IPA, which is ot a bad thing. The Brie described it as smelling like a caramel covered grapefruit, and I agree. Flavor is pretty much what the aroma promises, as well. Nice balance of bitter and sweet throughout. Thanks, Secret Santa!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (5638) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5555) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Rich thick copper coloured body with a dense, thick tan head. Aroma of strong pine and grapefruit, a lot of hops, some light earth and a bunch of sweet fruit smells. Full-bodied; Sharp pungent resiny and piney hop flavour with a good dense, thick malt kick that shows good balance and a lingering resiny flavour that goes a long way. Aftertaste is potent and strong with a biting hop character with a little earthy sweetness. Overall, a good and strong Imperial IPA with good characteristics that doesn’t overwhelm all senses and weigh too much from the alcohol in a big bottle. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased yesterday at Safeway in Des Moines (SeaTac), Washington [State] sampled at a B&B in Poi’pu (Kauai), Hawaii on 05-March-2011.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5494) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Not all that much hoppy aroma. Looks nice. Tastes a bit like and overhopped IPA but not quite and imperial IPA. Really quite average at best, but still tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5404) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pours gold into a tulip. White head quickly recedes to sicken surface. Resin aromas. Thin yet spritzy with upfront sourdough bread turning to sour resin in the lasting finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Sampled on 10/16/2010. Bottled on 5/6/10. This Imperial IPA pours a medium, orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is orange, fruity, sweet and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. With lots of orange and citrus. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity with a touch herbal. Good balance. Medium bitterness. A little bit of residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Clear golden orange pour, with a white head. Citrus hops, caramel malt, pretty sweet, malty, and bitterness. Meh, ok, not a great DIPA, but not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5206) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4804) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
The look is golden in color, white decent head, and clear. The smell is decent hops, pine, caramel, citrus, and ok. The taste is hops, pine, citrus, bitterness, and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
From a 22 oz bottle from Market of Choice in Ashland, Oregon this poured a clear amber with a robust off-white head and nice sticky lacing rings. Nose of grapefruit, pines and sweet caramel malts. Medium body with delightful smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma with citrus and malts. Finish is lightly bitter and for an IIPA its is a little on the mild side, but quite easy drinking. I liked this a lot.


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