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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


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) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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 (1545) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Purchased at the local QFC. Not that expensive, but if itís poorly ranked, then that was too expensive. Diaphanous orange appearance with a SLIGHT brown hue. The head was fluffy at first, but now itís a thin and wispy mess. Old orange pulp and sweet malt aromas coming through. This is a little too sweet, and lacks the hop profile I was, hopefully, expecting. Itís starting to show its orange aromas a lot more as it warms up. Itís like drinking orange juice with a subtle hop kick. The malt isnít as sweet as I was expecting, but itís still there. Alcohol is a bit warming, but not intrusive at all. Lots of orange flavor going on here. Shit, Iíd consider this a fruit beer because of its orange juice-like qualities.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1324) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a lighter amber color with some cloudiness. Aroma definitely has hops present up front with orange peels, citrus, and malts. Flavor is pretty much the same. Leaves a citrus and hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
22oz bottle from Windy City Liquors, I think. Up at Lake Jennings just outside of San Diego for a weekend of car camping with my fam and my brotherís fam. Refrteshing and crisp. Strong head and floral nose. Good clean smack finish. I do enjoy me some IIPAs.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Really good pleasant surprise from Redhook. Very flavorful hoppy malty rich IPA. Beautiful orange hue that says I will taste delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle, thanks to dchmela. Pours a hazy bronze. Strong bitter hop aroma. Thin and watery, but still has a nice flavor. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
22oz bottle from BevMo in Pasadena. Pours a light amber with thick cream head that recedes to a thin ring. Aroma is crisp and bitter hops, very fresh and floral, some pine. Flavour is decent bitter hops, floral...but where is the malt? Finish is boozy and unrefined. Certainly hop forward but not as balanced as I would like. Decent.


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