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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Fresh sample, rated only 30 days after the bottling date of 06 May 10. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head the soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is mild with pine, grapefruit and soap. The flavor is hoppy and soapy, with biter pine and citrus giving way Palmolive dish washing liquid. Somewhere in there is a bit of caramel and some biscuit too. The palate is full and smooth with fizzy carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops. Overall: meh

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
pours a little hazy amber with a small egg-shell head, and good lacing. smell is of grapefruit, caramel, some malt, and citrus. taste is of grapefruit, hops, caramel, and a touch of pine, ends creamy and very bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
22oz bottle -

This wasn’t a bad beer in the normal sense of the word, but rather just a bad DIPA. The hops were burried under an avalanche of malts, but what hops squeaked out of the aroma was something close to citrusy/orange juice like hops. But the main focus in the aroma seemed to be on the sweet malts. Flavor was the same way. An overabundance of sweet syrupy malts with just a twinge of bitter orange-y hops in the flavor. Seemed also like a small barleywine. Not horrible, but not a good DIPA either.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1936) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2010
orange gold pour with a thick head. aroma is citrusy, some pine as well and a sweet caramel maltiness. Body is a little light. Flavour is sourish maltiness, bready and a bit cardboardy. fruity citrusy hop. Hint of sticky alc lingering in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Orangeish pour with a foamy head. Aroma of sweet malt and spicy and citrusy hops. Flavor is more of the same. A good, but sort of one dimensional brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bomber to snifter. Pour is copper amber color with a tight froathy head. Aroma is faint sour hops. Taste bitter hops upfront and finishs sour and hot. Palate is smooth and crisp then finishes chaulky dry. I would not recomend this one for $7.00 bucks, many others that are worth the money. Another Red Hook that is not worth talking about.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1900) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22 oz bomber bought from "Habits" in Salem. Its actually a very pretty beer to look at. Deep burnished orange, clear, with a nice thick and creamy off white head. Aroma is reasonably hoppy..more along the pink grapfruit aroma ..whiff of alcohol. Very resiny hop profile to the taste..then the pink grapfruit aspect shows near the end. Slight bitter after taste. Palte is OK but strangely watery for such a substantial style. Overall its not a bad beer but pretty lightweight for the style .

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
RedHook Ale Brewery--Big Ballard Imperial IPA--Inspired By One Of RedHook’s Original Beers, Ballard Bitter IPA, First Brewed In 1984--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV. 100+IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy off white mild head. Pretty clear thin bright amber gold color. Crisp very floral Cascade hop front. Thin textured dry sweet tangy crisp citrus pine mild caramel tangy malt body. Hot hop spice You Betcha Bitter dry tangy end. Rich Hops. A touch more body needed? Sampled 4/28/2010. $5.49 Each.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goodgrief (1792) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2010
On tap at Portsmouth. Pour was orangey amber, a thin head but nice lacing. Aroma was floral was sweet fruit. The flavor was syrupy fruits, pear and orange, with a faint floral edge. Very little bitterness to balance the sweetness and almost tastes like an IPA past its prime (but obviously not given where I had it). Watery and thin. It’s a typical Redhook effort...a weak and mediocre example of the style, but no off flavors or obvious defects.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Sampled in a bomber. Glad they finally paid some respect to the big ballard, since they have been using the slogan on everything for years. These guys really crank the hops up. Fantastic stuff.


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