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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bronzan (126) - Windsor, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
A nice, hoppy aroma. The pour is a hazy, strong, amber. A real smooth ale with strong hop flavor. A pretty solid IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (734) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3474) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Floral and citrus hops on the nose. Smells like hop pellets and some sweet sugary caramel as well as a touch of hoppy funk and bread dough. Pours amber, a little hazy, browner hues, a creamy beige-ish head. Floral and piney flavors, light citrus and caramel malts in the finish. Doughy malts as well. Somewhat sweet but not overly. I like the chewy finish and piney burps. Slight alcohol creeps in, but this still drinks nicely with no hint of 9.5 percent. Pretty decent stuff all things considered, but still toned down in the Red Hook mold.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
1/15/10 on draft at the Woodinville Brewhouse. Aroma is all sweet hop flora forward with a strong citrus tang and just enough slight caramel note to balance. Appearance is surprisingly clear gold with a very well maintained white head. Flavor is very well balanced; Flora, grassiness, earthiness and even a little hop astringency are there in equal amounts, making for a full profile that never gets harsh. Mouthfeel is quite warm, medium bodied with a medium starchy finish and moderate carb texture. Overall, the body makes this one almost too easy to drink. Try in a schooner, it will quickly become two.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Light honey notes, mild grassy bitterness. Clear golden amber, small fizzy white head. Juicy peach and Bartlett pear up front, dries out and builds in intensity throughout. Very clean with a mild toasty shortbread body, warming finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (738) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
On tap at brewery. Pours a deep copper with thin white head. Nice aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor is actually well balance with a good hop presence and the right amount of hops. Decent beer. Best I have had from redhook.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11534) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bmber from Malt & Vine. Pours light amber with a foamy 4 finger off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit, resin and sweet caramel. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Itís got grapefruit, resin and malt for flavor. Itís pretty hoppy - but not harshly so. Finishes tasty. Good drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asedzie (617) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber with decent head and lots of lacing. Big aroma of spicey, piney hops. Flavor is very malt foward, great tasting malt - caramel, nuttiness and some marzipan. A bit of off alcohol flavors. Some hop bitterness, light resins, give balance and offset the alcohol strength. Good hop profile, very nice maltiness. A balanced IIPA.


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