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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goodgrief (1973) - 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. Itís a typical Redhook effort...a weak and mediocre example of the style, but no off flavors or obvious defects.

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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1879) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. Quite boring. There seems to be an, at least, okay malt base, but the hopping is just a hot mess. The aroma is very mild. The barely there orange-ish hop note is alright, though thereís some cheesiness to it. Itís not bad, but you shouldnít have to work so hard to get a good whiff. The flavor is similarly underwhelming. Itís a bit too sweet and the flavors kinda clash, but itís not exactly bad. The mouthfeel is alright - softly effervescent. The finish is oddly malty and blandly bitter. This DIPA leans heavily toward the maltier East Coast-style. The appearance is light amber with a white head that leaves some rather good lacing. Edit: Throughout the course of the bottle, I began to like it more. Itís still not really a great DIPA, but it has a nice balance. The aroma just isnít really there, but the taste is rather likable. Itís also priced rather well.

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 RedHookís Original Beers, Ballard Bitter IPA, First Brewed In 1984--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV. 100+IBUís. (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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2011
22oz Bottle: Clear copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma of apricot, orange zest, ginger and mild toasty hops. Strong bitter flavor with notes of musty flowers mixed with juniper berries and alcohol. Strong bitter finish that sticks around with a thin body. You can definitely feel the 8.6 ABV.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1701) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Had this on tap at the 2010 Oregon Brewers Festival. Colour... apricot-orange with a thin head. Nose... mixed citrus zest and citrus sweets. Palate... dusty hops, macerated hop cones, sweet, resinous, long grapefruity finish. Best Redhook Iíve ever had!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1695) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pours a nice light orange with slight haze. The white head leaves a cover on the beer and collars the glass. Aroma has lots of grass, like a fresh meadow. The malt is also very present in the nose. Althought the mouthfeel starts relatively full and yeasty, if falls off quickly and it a little watery on the finish. This is a nice beer, with a little harsh bitterness on the end of the finish. I donít get too much hops on this for a double -- and those i get are a harsh bite of bitterness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1614) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Iím not gonna say this beer sucks, because it doesnít. But it is a perfect example of how even a mediocre version of a robust style elicits high scores. Itís severely lacking in hop flavor and especially aroma, but it does hide alcohol quite well. Super filtered, too. I think appearance is a pretty useless criteria to judge a beer...default rating is a 3, if itís on nitrogen it gets a 5. But this beer was noticeably translucent. Palate is also a stupid quality. Luckily i think it was like $3.50 for a bomber. 6 on taste and 9 on value

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Thick citrus and grapefruit aroma, Not much hop. More tangy. Light creamy taste with some hops and tanginess. Not much of a hoppy finish Kind of light. Especially for a Double IPA.


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