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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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
22oz bomber. Amber color - pine and citrus hops. Very hop forward, not near the malt backbone of most DIPAs. Not great, but much better than Redhookís normal IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 16, 2011
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of foamy off-white head. The head did not last long and quickly retreated to a ring with okay retention. S - The aroma is full of a very fruity/citrusy hop aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit elements are present. There is also a bit of floral and grassy hops aromas present. There is also a touch of sweet malt smell joining the hops. T - Taste starts off with a building citrus hop flavor with a touch of sweet malt. The floral and grassy hop flavors join a strong citrus (orange/grapefruit) flavor with some bitterness through the middle of the taste. The aftertaste is a mix of the sweet malts and some of the citrus hops. The beer and aftertaste in particular are well balanced, just could be a bit stronger overall. M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation to keep the beer feeling fairly crisp. The beer is fairly assertive on the tongue in the beginning feeling fairly sharp, but mellows out a bit. D - Fairly drinkable beer. The taste is fairly well balanced, just a touch too subtle overall. The citrus and floral elements work very well together along with the sweetness from the malts. The mouthfeel also helps create a crisp and refreshing beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours a copper with a medium white head. Aroma is hops caramel malt. Flavor is herbal bitter hops, malt, caramel, grapefruit. Finish is a bit harsh and bitter, but it seems a bit out of balance and I really donít dig the hop profile. Still a decent IIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - We closed out the night with this monster, as it should be...Pours a viscous clear orange with a large, frothy off white head...aroma is resiny, bitter hops, caramel and pine...flavour is similar, pithy, lingering bitterness, citrus peel tempered with some sticky malt...pretty not bad!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1467) - Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2010
22 oz. bottle into my "beer clean" snifter- Pours a clear orangish golden with a thin white head and good lacework ( is it because of my effort for an extra clean glass), aroma is sweet citrus like grapefruit. The flavor is malty, but not heavy malt ( I hate heavy malt), and hop citrusy, the hops are not over done, if possible. The bitterness lingers long after the swallow, which it should in a Imperial IPA, and the malt is there to compliment the hops, not overpower them. I have to wonder if the average to below average reviews here are because it is a Redhook/Anheuser busch product. Personally I donít think itís too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1427) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1423) - Denver, Colorado, 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1361) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1348) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1323) - SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
pours amber with medium to low head aromas of sweet fruits, fudge... taste is bitter in the beginning going over to more sweetness to end quite abrupt which makes the end taste quite watery. some bitternes left in the mouth afterwards. distinct maltyness a good beer that could use some more complexity


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