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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1494) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1458) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1356) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheersMate (1316) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1289) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1243) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1243) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Draft at Woodinville. Pours a lightly hazed deep, almost dirty, honey golden with fluffy white head and nice sticky lacing. Grassy, grainy, malt...but mostly this reminds me of spent grain from a overly hopped ipa...smells dirty...where are the bright resinous hops? Mouth feel is a bit on the ídustyí side but carbonation is on. Lightly sweet and malty up front, but when the hops come in the transition is pretty sharp into a grassy hop flavor and then dry cracker and slight pepper. I donít know what to really say about this, on one hand this is Redhook and the are trying a dipa, on the other hand this isnít true to style really and is so one dimesional and light on the hops with the aroma really being a turn off. I hope they arenít set on this recipe and that they try again.

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