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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1025) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
22-Jul-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased for $4.29 at BevMo in San Diego/Mission Valley, CA) Big Ballard pours hazy orange-gold with a thick, off-white head, settling from one inch to a persistent quarter-inch layer. Orange citrus, stone fruits, grass and dust in the nose. Malts are sweet on the palate with grainy and caramely flavors while the hops offers flavors of tangerine, pine, grass, and a lingering, medium-intensity bitterness. Dusty on the palate, with medium-full body, moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Intricate lacing covers much of the glass and does not dissipate. Because this is a Redhook product, and it isn’t a big, massive, in-your-face Double IPA, many people will probably scoff at this beer. Let them! This is beautifully balanced, exceptionally drinkable, and quite delicious too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6438) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Red orange, dense creamy head. Ripe tropical fruit aroma, papaya and mango, with some cooked peach and caramel. Sweet caramel and peachy fruity hops, not as bitter as I expected, but tasty nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine (Phoenix) - Pours a clear golden color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is light toasted malt, and pine and herbal hops. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt with a nice dose of pine, herbal, and light citrus hops. Finish is somewhat bitter and not too astringent. Medium body. A good beer for Red Hook. I like it better than Long Hammer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6302) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle from Total Wine, Roseville. Pours orange gold with a thick creamy beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a nice toffee flavor with lots of citrusy hop bitterness, but not over the top. Well-balanced and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
draft at woodinville. crystal clear bright gold with medium amber ovrrtones. creamy off white head. tangerine, pine, and sugar nose...not powerful for a dipa, but smells delicious. creamy medium body with forceful but slow carb. caramel, pine, tangerine and sugar on the mid palate. not much power for a dipa, but solid little ipa...at 9.5%.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Draft at woodinville pub. Pours orange, little head, good lacing. Pine and citrus. Great butter flavor good malt background. Solid drinkiable IIPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1848) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22 oz bomber bought from "Habits" in Salem. Its actually a very pretty beer to look at. Deep burnished orange, clear, with a nice thick and creamy off white head. Aroma is reasonably hoppy..more along the pink grapfruit aroma ..whiff of alcohol. Very resiny hop profile to the taste..then the pink grapfruit aspect shows near the end. Slight bitter after taste. Palte is OK but strangely watery for such a substantial style. Overall its not a bad beer but pretty lightweight for the style .

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Really nice, clean, drinkable IIPA. Nothing over the top but a thumbs-up to Red Hook for this one. 24 karat tangerine pour with a fluffy white head that left and intricate web of lacing inside the glass. Aroma is bright grapefruit, orange pith, lemon peel, and subtle caramel. Flavor is all citrus with hints of pine/resin, and honey. ABV is well masked...ample carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
pours a little hazy amber with a small egg-shell head, and good lacing. smell is of grapefruit, caramel, some malt, and citrus. taste is of grapefruit, hops, caramel, and a touch of pine, ends creamy and very bitter.


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