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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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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closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2017
Clear amber gold with thin lacy white head Aroma is sweet sour hop spice Flava is rich malty sweet alcohol notes balanced with hop spice bitterness Feels medium to thick with moderate fizzy zing Finishes moderately bitter slightly

bpreo (3011) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2017
A good strong IPA. Not just for IPA lovers, as Chandra (who dislikes IPA’s) liked it too.

tfontana (1185) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Hannaford. Appearance is clear, light amber with fair sparkle, 2-finger width frothy beige head with good retention and decent soapy lacing. Aroma is citrus, light tropical fruit, herbs and pine over cereal malt backbone. Taste is dank resin bitter and citrus, with light pine and grains. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture, average carbonation and dry, bitter finish. Overall, one of the stronger offerings from this brewer. Interesting complexity, surprising maltiness for a DIPA, though a bit to the bitter side for me.

Paulpopilek (12) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Smooth rich hoppy taste. Ballard bold with a strong finish that makes you forget about your sorrows ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tntracey (111) - Hood River, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2017
22 oz bottle poured into frosted pint glass! Thought to celebrate my 100th mountain bike ride of the year by drinking this beer. You best like hoppy beers if you are to tackle this IPA. It seems much more than the 73 IBU that it is listed as. Me? I love it and I'm happy to be enjoying this tasty Imperial IPA while overlooking the Boise Mountains...!

donandres (687) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - SEP 11, 2017
12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass Sight: Very good; Golden, dark yellow/amber, hazy, cloudy, small head, some lacing Smell: Very good, Fragrant- hoppy Taste: bitter but not as bitter as other IPA even if it is double Mouthfeel: Creamy, a bit fizzy Overall: Very good beer, even got a growler of this beer.

hershiser2 (3831) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2017
Kroger bottle. I haven't had a Red Hook in ages, and if I remember correctly I hated their regular IPA (checking.... yep). Pours golden-amber with a an off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, mango, pineapple. So far this is much better than the old retired IPA. Flavor is mango juice, pineapple, light green hops, pine. This is good. Nice work stepping up the game, Red Hook.

Rex_Remes (284) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - AUG 18, 2017
(12oz bottle) AROMA: malt, some sweetness, ripe/dried fruit, bran, floral/perfume notes, moderate hops APPOEARANCE: beautiful Amber, copper, clear, offwhite head, rich/thick foam TASTE: roasted malt, grain, corn, dark bread, some fruitiness, molasses, dark chocolate, grass, herbs ALATE: pretty full bodies, crwmy, rich, bold yet relatively smooth, nice balance between front and back, bitter, significant lingering notes OVERALL: a very good imperial IPA, very robust and flavorful, but not overboard, chewy and drinkable.. Another solid beer by red hook.

Braudog (6902) - 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 (5878) - 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.

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