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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2017
Bottle. One of those beers I swear I’ve had before and surprised I haven’t recorded notes on. I’m superbly impressed ... beautiful pour of crystal clear metallic-orange color, huge pock-marked head. The aroma is prototypical IPA, fruity, woodsy, piney, outdoorsy. This beer also drinks the way I want my beers to drink -- full of flavor, classic American hoppiness, fully built backbone, and a nice little bitter flourish at the very finish. Fully bodied, clinging to the palate. This is A+ stuff. (#6709, 7/18/2017)

stevoj (5055) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2017
Bottle from WinCo. Dark amber, clear, thin head fades to ring. Malty, fruity aroma, some tobacco. Taste gets kind of astringent, leathery. Bitter, metallic finish.

brownaler (663) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Chewy hop profile with a bit of harshness in the malt with a sweet candy finish.

tricksta_p (4663) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle from a grocery store in Portland, Oregon. Aroma is fruity hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, malt, pine resin, orange, hint of caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and above medium bitter. Body is medium. Mild for an IIPA with a definite malt presence, but I like the easy balance of this beer.

puboflyons (3434) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2017
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated March 28, 2017. I always seem to buy Redhook weeks after the bottling or caning date so my review is skewed. It pours golden with a big white head. Good clarity. The aroma is more malt forward than hop forward but it is likely due to its age. I get an herbal character and a hint of fruit but no booze for 8%. Medium, smooth body. There is a firm resin bitterness that creeps up on the backside.

Capa (3303) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Orange with a white head. Medium bodied. Sweet somewhat tropical citrus with a bit of malt and sweet orange, too. Resin and light bitter finish. Solid DIPA and well balanced. Really enjoyed this one.

luttonm (6304) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Creamy foam, dark clear amber gold body. Pretty strong resin and orange hop nose. Rich orange hop, pretty inviting and delicious. Smooth bodied IPA with some good orange and resin character underlying the sweet clean malt backing. Slightly simpler and smoother than an equilvalent small craft brewer but the flavors are rather terrific. Fairly tasty and enjoyable.

teamsale (273) - Washington, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pint at Red Hook. Golden amber in color. Aroma is weak but pleasant. Extra malty on this one but not complaining, it is still an outstanding beer and finishes top notch with just the right bitterness.

andrewje41 (3893) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Draft pour pint at Red Hook. Clear golden pour with a quick fade head. Aroma matches the hop filled air as I drive by Red Hook every morning on my daily commute. Bitter hops up front and throughout. A little earthy. Pretty easy drinking, but not too clean. Tastes strong. Alright imperial here.

JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Clear golden orange pour, with a white head. Citrus hops, caramel malt, pretty sweet, malty, and bitterness. Meh, ok, not a great DIPA, but not bad.

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