mrhoppy (868) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good pleasant surprise from Redhook. Very flavorful hoppy malty rich IPA. Beautiful orange hue that says I will taste delicious.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Safeway in Lynnwood, WA. Pours a beautiful dark/clousy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma: The obvious grapefruit and pine you would expect in a powerful IPA. Flavor: Similar to the aroma profile, with a hint of spice and orange peel. Well done Red Hook!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
RedHook Ale Brewery--Big Ballard Imperial IPA--Inspired By One Of RedHook’s Original Beers, Ballard Bitter IPA, First Brewed In 1984--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV. 100+IBU’s. (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.
rmussman (1512) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dwyerpg (4067) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not all that much hoppy aroma. Looks nice. Tastes a bit like and overhopped IPA but not quite and imperial IPA. Really quite average at best, but still tasty.
daknole (7205) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hellbilly hooks it up! Orangish pour, white head. Very hoppy aroma with some caramel. Flavor is soapy hops, citrus and light caramel. Not bad.
neepsntatties (893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 I’ve ever had!
hayduke (2938) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle from Market of Choice in Ashland, Oregon this poured a clear amber with a robust off-white head and nice sticky lacing rings. Nose of grapefruit, pines and sweet caramel malts. Medium body with delightful smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma with citrus and malts. Finish is lightly bitter and for an IIPA its is a little on the mild side, but quite easy drinking. I liked this a lot.
FoolishMortal (981) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dchmela (2405) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ditmier for the bottle. Light hazy amber pour. Huge honey, citrus hop aroma. Taste is malt with sticky spicy bitter hops. Pretty good hop bomb.