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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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3.3
IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is citrus, floral, and lightly sweet caramel malt. Claer orange with a small beige head. Flavor is light bitterness, light sweetness, lightly spicy with a hint of bubblegum. Tastes better than the nose.

3.3
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bomber. Pours cloudy dark gold with a 2 finger off-white head. The nose is sweet malt and light citrus. The taste is earthy hops, caramel and some resin in the finish that lingers for a bit. Medium mouthfeel. OK offering from Redhook.

2.8
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
22oz bomber. Amber color - pine and citrus hops. Very hop forward, not near the malt backbone of most DIPAs. Not great, but much better than Redhook’s normal IPA.

3.4
jkwalking05 (4745) - 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
halfonit (1412) - 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.

3.3
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Orangeish pour with a foamy head. Aroma of sweet malt and spicy and citrusy hops. Flavor is more of the same. A good, but sort of one dimensional brew.

3.7
Sammer (1119) - 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.

3.1
Zymurgeist2 (2434) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pours a nice light orange with slight haze. The white head leaves a cover on the beer and collars the glass. Aroma has lots of grass, like a fresh meadow. The malt is also very present in the nose. Althought the mouthfeel starts relatively full and yeasty, if falls off quickly and it a little watery on the finish. This is a nice beer, with a little harsh bitterness on the end of the finish. I don’t get too much hops on this for a double -- and those i get are a harsh bite of bitterness.

3.2
popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. Quite boring. There seems to be an, at least, okay malt base, but the hopping is just a hot mess. The aroma is very mild. The barely there orange-ish hop note is alright, though there’s some cheesiness to it. It’s not bad, but you shouldn’t have to work so hard to get a good whiff. The flavor is similarly underwhelming. It’s a bit too sweet and the flavors kinda clash, but it’s not exactly bad. The mouthfeel is alright - softly effervescent. The finish is oddly malty and blandly bitter. This DIPA leans heavily toward the maltier East Coast-style. The appearance is light amber with a white head that leaves some rather good lacing. Edit: Throughout the course of the bottle, I began to like it more. It’s still not really a great DIPA, but it has a nice balance. The aroma just isn’t really there, but the taste is rather likable. It’s also priced rather well.

3.6
manuchampions (1245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
22oz bottle from BevMo in Pasadena. Pours a light amber with thick cream head that recedes to a thin ring. Aroma is crisp and bitter hops, very fresh and floral, some pine. Flavour is decent bitter hops, floral...but where is the malt? Finish is boozy and unrefined. Certainly hop forward but not as balanced as I would like. Decent.


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