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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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3.7
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.

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.

3.4
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Deep brownish yellow color, small to no head, nice lacing. Good hoppy nose. Clean bitter taste and lingering dry finish.

2.6
Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Eh, I was afraid of this. I gambled and lost. Redhook just seems avg. to me and this was no exception. Pretty astringent. Could use a more malty backbone. One and done.

3.8
J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Nice fresh hop aroma coming off this orangy-yellow brew with a decent white head. Bitingly astringent hops up front that linger on the tongue with a slight piney/floral flavor with almost a slight smoky flavor. The alcohol is obvious but not overwhelming. This is a fairly thin beer and could be a bit more balanced with malt, but hop heads should love it!

3.8
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
22oz bottle. Dark gold color with a medium sized rocky white head. Pine, caramelized pineapple hop aroma. Candied fruit, sticky pine tar hop flavors, with a heavy caramel malt sweetness. Biscuity finish, with residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium.

3.5
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2010
A pretty standard imperial IPA. Good hop flavors and aromas, lower alcohol than some and it’s much harder to taste the alcohol here than in many beers with its abv. Slightly wattery for an iIPA.

3.1
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours amber, thin head, big lacing. Aroma quite week for a IIPA, mostly malt and pine. Flavor is similiar, I was expecting a bigger citrus and hoppy taste, especially in the finish. Overall it’s not a bad beer, it just doesn’t fit into what I define as an imperial IPA.

3.7
asedzie (827) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber with decent head and lots of lacing. Big aroma of spicey, piney hops. Flavor is very malt foward, great tasting malt - caramel, nuttiness and some marzipan. A bit of off alcohol flavors. Some hop bitterness, light resins, give balance and offset the alcohol strength. Good hop profile, very nice maltiness. A balanced IIPA.

3.7
highibus (821) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
On tap at brewery. Pours a deep copper with thin white head. Nice aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor is actually well balance with a good hop presence and the right amount of hops. Decent beer. Best I have had from redhook.


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