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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2010
22 oz. from Mr. Billís. 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 Iíll stick with the ESB.

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yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Pours a luminous pale orange to golden color with white head that is alright. Nose is very, very faint and "clean" with some light citrus, maybe grapefruit especially, and light pine. On the palate the body is extremely light and overall it is tough to get past how WATERY this beer is. Flavor wise, once youíre finished grumbling over the wateryness, there is some sweet malty flavors balanced by a tangy/fruity hop component. Light pine again. Finish has a somewhat sickly sweet element going on.

3.2
brownaler (644) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Chewy hop profile with a bit of harshness in the malt with a sweet candy finish.

3.6
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Draft at woodinville pub. Pours orange, little head, good lacing. Pine and citrus. Great butter flavor good malt background. Solid drinkiable IIPA

2.9
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Similar to the original Ballard Bitter only in namesake. This is definitely a bigger and hoppier beer than the original. Not a lot of citrus hops going on here in the nose compared to other northwest style IIPAs, more sense of noble hop or noble triploid varieties with woody/subdued hop character with exceptionally clean bitterness. The malt is fairly balanced with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Orangey hops are in the mouth.I get a slight peated character in the finish. Overall though a drinkable IIPA in a land of many awesome IIPAs.

3
anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Golden copper in color. Okay head with very good lacing. Pine, hint of citrus are in the aroma. Very heavy bitter flavor. Full-bodied beer with a long, abrupt finish that leaves a bitter film in your mouth. I love imperial beers but not all that great.

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
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2011
Nice sweet tasting ipa. Good overall flavor with nice light head. Good beer

3.1
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft at Redhook. Poured a golden honey color with a small white head. The nose is "dirty" as previously described. There is no good floral hop in this thing. It is a strange hopped smell with some rich caramel malt as well. Pretty much a two note smell followed by a one note taste of rich malt. There is a strange bitter hop taste to this that isnít like the IIPAís iíve had. I really like IIPAís but not this one that much. Good try Redhook.

3.9
teamsale (273) - Washington, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pint at Red Hook. Golden amber in color. Aroma is weak but pleasant. Extra malty on this one but not complaining, it is still an outstanding beer and finishes top notch with just the right bitterness.


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