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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.9
Ratman197 (15628) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit rind with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter earthy finish. Good malt base, but needs better use of hops.

3.6
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
22oz bottle from Windy City Liquors, I think. Up at Lake Jennings just outside of San Diego for a weekend of car camping with my fam and my brother’s fam. Refrteshing and crisp. Strong head and floral nose. Good clean smack finish. I do enjoy me some IIPAs.

3.2
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Fresh sample, rated only 30 days after the bottling date of 06 May 10. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head the soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is mild with pine, grapefruit and soap. The flavor is hoppy and soapy, with biter pine and citrus giving way Palmolive dish washing liquid. Somewhere in there is a bit of caramel and some biscuit too. The palate is full and smooth with fizzy carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops. Overall: meh

4.3
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle purchased at Safeway in Lynnwood, WA. Pours a beautiful dark/clousy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma: The obvious grapefruit and pine you would expect in a powerful IPA. Flavor: Similar to the aroma profile, with a hint of spice and orange peel. Well done Red Hook!

3.4
rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours a copper with a medium white head. Aroma is hops caramel malt. Flavor is herbal bitter hops, malt, caramel, grapefruit. Finish is a bit harsh and bitter, but it seems a bit out of balance and I really don’t dig the hop profile. Still a decent IIPA.

3.9
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Hellbilly hooks it up! Orangish pour, white head. Very hoppy aroma with some caramel. Flavor is soapy hops, citrus and light caramel. Not bad.

3.6
robforbes (2279) - 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.

3
Zeswaft (1786) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2010
I’m not gonna say this beer sucks, because it doesn’t. But it is a perfect example of how even a mediocre version of a robust style elicits high scores. It’s severely lacking in hop flavor and especially aroma, but it does hide alcohol quite well. Super filtered, too. I think appearance is a pretty useless criteria to judge a beer...default rating is a 3, if it’s on nitrogen it gets a 5. But this beer was noticeably translucent. Palate is also a stupid quality. Luckily i think it was like $3.50 for a bomber. 6 on taste and 9 on value

3.6
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - 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.

3.5
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - We closed out the night with this monster, as it should be...Pours a viscous clear orange with a large, frothy off white head...aroma is resiny, bitter hops, caramel and pine...flavour is similar, pithy, lingering bitterness, citrus peel tempered with some sticky malt...pretty not bad!


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