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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bvc (1230) - 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 ’dusty’ 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 don’t know what to really say about this, on one hand this is Redhook and the are trying a dipa, on the other hand this isn’t 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 aren’t set on this recipe and that they try again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Golden piss yellow pour. Faint citrus hop aroma. A bit of bitterness and kinda a onr dimensional mess. Not bad, but hard to compete for the style

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bright amber hued straw body. Strong piney hop nose. Strong caramel malt character with a slight toasted bread component. Heavy resinous hops with strong citrus showing and a sharp grassy bite.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1121) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Hop aroma with a little more sweetness. malt with a hint of oranges, gets the citrus of the hop mixed with honeyed sweet, fine balance. clearest orange amber with modest off white head. sweet finish. like its too nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1117) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Orange colored pour from bottle. Aroma is very light hops. Taste is sweet, with notes of citrus and pine. Smooth finish. Well balanced and very well done.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Now I know what the Senior RBeerians call a ’diactyl bomb.’ It is smooth in hiding the 9%, however. Some hoppage, some stale malt flavors and some fresh malt flavors. Has a buttered popcorn and grassy flavor to it, and its nose.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Deep brownish yellow color, small to no head, nice lacing. Good hoppy nose. Clean bitter taste and lingering dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
22oz bottle. Dark gold color with a medium sized rocky white head. Pine, caramelized pineapple hop aroma. Candied fruit, sticky pine tar hop flavors, with a heavy caramel malt sweetness. Biscuity finish, with residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Eh, I was afraid of this. I gambled and lost. Redhook just seems avg. to me and this was no exception. Pretty astringent. Could use a more malty backbone. One and done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (889) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Nice fresh hop aroma coming off this orangy-yellow brew with a decent white head. Bitingly astringent hops up front that linger on the tongue with a slight piney/floral flavor with almost a slight smoky flavor. The alcohol is obvious but not overwhelming. This is a fairly thin beer and could be a bit more balanced with malt, but hop heads should love it!


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