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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1002) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear light amber with a big rocky beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of biscuits, light herbal, citrus and floral hops and lighter caramel. Mostly sweet English malt flavors with a smooth mild bitterness, not much alcohol in the taste but there is a slightly metallic finish. Medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly watery mouth feel. Pretty good for Redhook, but tasted more like a strong ESB to me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle, thanks to dchmela. Pours a hazy bronze. Strong bitter hop aroma. Thin and watery, but still has a nice flavor. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle from 4/5/10. Pours with a hazy, nearly neon yellow body and a small white head. Good lace. Aroma of caramel, light citrus zest and pine. Some melon. Taste is light citrus, malt, caramel, plastic, sort of a mess of bitter (but not pleasant) flavors. Some citrus bitter and grassy, some caramel malt presence too. Lively bubbles. Some quinine in the finish (odd, first time I have tasted that in a beer). Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Pours mostly clear golden amber. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon and some copper. Taste is mostly bitter with a medium thin malt presence. Not terrible but lacking hop diversity and character.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (912) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Vibrant orange, translucent, deep golden hues, large off-white frothy head, splotchy lacing.   Citrus rind and alcohol are dominant.   While not real strong, I can tell its a little bit of a boozer.   Shallow hop flavors up front, some rind, luckily not as stong as the nose suggested.   A little astringent, with some alcohol warming.   Happy its not as hot as I thought on the nose.   Doesn’t seem quite like an Imperial IPA as it needs more malt body.   Wished it was a bit more citrusy and floral, or at least had a touch more sweetness as a start.   Not bad overall, but can be summed up as pale citrus rind and soft alcohol.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1183) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a lighter amber color with some cloudiness. Aroma definitely has hops present up front with orange peels, citrus, and malts. Flavor is pretty much the same. Leaves a citrus and hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. ARoma is of light grapefruit, orange, and malt. Taste is the same...nothing special, but not bad either.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bomber pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma emits citrus meat and rinds along with lesser amounts of earthiness and spicy hops. The first sense of the taste is that it seems like it may have lost its edge with a bit too much time on the shelf. I get malts mixing with pine hops and citrus hops and then a lesser amount of earthiness mixing with faint caramel like malts. The hops contain a pretty decent level of resiny goodness keeping the interest level elevated. If this is a tad old I’d love to try a fresh one.


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