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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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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3.2
popery (2170) - 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 (1244) - 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.

3.3
Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pretty typical Double IPA, which is ot a bad thing. The Brie described it as smelling like a caramel covered grapefruit, and I agree. Flavor is pretty much what the aroma promises, as well. Nice balance of bitter and sweet throughout. Thanks, Secret Santa!

4.6
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Really good pleasant surprise from Redhook. Very flavorful hoppy malty rich IPA. Beautiful orange hue that says I will taste delicious.

3.9
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Not all that much hoppy aroma. Looks nice. Tastes a bit like and overhopped IPA but not quite and imperial IPA. Really quite average at best, but still tasty.

2.9
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of perfume, flowers, citrus and some toffee malt. The flavor is orange and caramel malt with some perfume and flowery hops mixed in. There is a lot of different flavors going on in the beer but they don’t really work together too well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not sure what it is, but something with this beer is not working for me. Not a terrible beer, but you can do much better in the Double IPA category.

2.9
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Now I know what the Senior RBeerians call a ’diactyl bomb.’ It is smooth in hiding the 9%, however. Some hoppage, some stale malt flavors and some fresh malt flavors. Has a buttered popcorn and grassy flavor to it, and its nose.

3.2
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bomber from BevMo. Aroma is really sweet with some fruity hop bitterness. Pretty bitter tasing up front. This brew has a strong tropical fruit taste as well. Alcohol is weel hidden. Easy sipper. Not a real hoppy impy.

2.9
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2010
22 oz. from Mr. Bill’s. I find it hard to believe that the original Ballard Bitter was this hoppy. Tastes alright, but nothing stellar here. Smells a tad medicinal. Tastes interesting with a dash of something sweet and spicy, kind of like cinnamon (but not exactly). Leaves a nasty halitosis like after-taste which accounts for the lower rating. I think I’ll stick with the ESB.

3.5
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2010
orange gold pour with a thick head. aroma is citrusy, some pine as well and a sweet caramel maltiness. Body is a little light. Flavour is sourish maltiness, bready and a bit cardboardy. fruity citrusy hop. Hint of sticky alc lingering in the finish.


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