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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


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1573) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goodgrief (1964) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2010
On tap at Portsmouth. Pour was orangey amber, a thin head but nice lacing. Aroma was floral was sweet fruit. The flavor was syrupy fruits, pear and orange, with a faint floral edge. Very little bitterness to balance the sweetness and almost tastes like an IPA past its prime (but obviously not given where I had it). Watery and thin. Itís a typical Redhook effort...a weak and mediocre example of the style, but no off flavors or obvious defects.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheersMate (1333) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Sampled on 10/16/2010. Bottled on 5/6/10. This Imperial IPA pours a medium, orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is orange, fruity, sweet and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. With lots of orange and citrus. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity with a touch herbal. Good balance. Medium bitterness. A little bit of residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
anderson01 (312) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Golden copper in color. Okay head with very good lacing. Pine, hint of citrus are in the aroma. Very heavy bitter flavor. Full-bodied beer with a long, abrupt finish that leaves a bitter film in your mouth. I love imperial beers but not all that great.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Similar to the original Ballard Bitter only in namesake. This is definitely a bigger and hoppier beer than the original. Not a lot of citrus hops going on here in the nose compared to other northwest style IIPAs, more sense of noble hop or noble triploid varieties with woody/subdued hop character with exceptionally clean bitterness. The malt is fairly balanced with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Orangey hops are in the mouth.I get a slight peated character in the finish. Overall though a drinkable IIPA in a land of many awesome IIPAs.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (12570) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit rind with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter earthy finish. Good malt base, but needs better use of hops.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bomber to snifter. Pour is copper amber color with a tight froathy head. Aroma is faint sour hops. Taste bitter hops upfront and finishs sour and hot. Palate is smooth and crisp then finishes chaulky dry. I would not recomend this one for $7.00 bucks, many others that are worth the money. Another Red Hook that is not worth talking about.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2010
22 oz. from Mr. Billís. I find it hard to believe that the original Ballard Bitter was this hoppy. Tastes alright, but nothing stellar here. Smells a tad medicinal. Tastes interesting with a dash of something sweet and spicy, kind of like cinnamon (but not exactly). Leaves a nasty halitosis like after-taste which accounts for the lower rating. I think Iíll stick with the ESB.

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 ídiactyl bomb.í 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.


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