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RATINGS: 117   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
Suttree (6466) - 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!

3.5
jgb9348 (6388) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Rich thick copper coloured body with a dense, thick tan head. Aroma of strong pine and grapefruit, a lot of hops, some light earth and a bunch of sweet fruit smells. Full-bodied; Sharp pungent resiny and piney hop flavour with a good dense, thick malt kick that shows good balance and a lingering resiny flavour that goes a long way. Aftertaste is potent and strong with a biting hop character with a little earthy sweetness. Overall, a good and strong Imperial IPA with good characteristics that doesn’t overwhelm all senses and weigh too much from the alcohol in a big bottle. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased yesterday at Safeway in Des Moines (SeaTac), Washington [State] sampled at a B&B in Poi’pu (Kauai), Hawaii on 05-March-2011.

3.9
dwyerpg (6285) - 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.

3.7
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Floral and citrus hops on the nose. Smells like hop pellets and some sweet sugary caramel as well as a touch of hoppy funk and bread dough. Pours amber, a little hazy, browner hues, a creamy beige-ish head. Floral and piney flavors, light citrus and caramel malts in the finish. Doughy malts as well. Somewhat sweet but not overly. I like the chewy finish and piney burps. Slight alcohol creeps in, but this still drinks nicely with no hint of 9.5 percent. Pretty decent stuff all things considered, but still toned down in the Red Hook mold.

3.5
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
(22oz bomber courtesy of mar) clear orange with creamy lasting white head. Nose of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and sweet biscuits. Taste of bitter grapefruit, quite spicy (probably from the alcohol), big alcohol detectable, with an oily slick finish that is hot and dry.

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.

3.3
thornecb (5989) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pours gold into a tulip. White head quickly recedes to sicken surface. Resin aromas. Thin yet spritzy with upfront sourdough bread turning to sour resin in the lasting finish.

3.8
hayduke (5599) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
From a 22 oz bottle from Market of Choice in Ashland, Oregon this poured a clear amber with a robust off-white head and nice sticky lacing rings. Nose of grapefruit, pines and sweet caramel malts. Medium body with delightful smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma with citrus and malts. Finish is lightly bitter and for an IIPA its is a little on the mild side, but quite easy drinking. I liked this a lot.

3.2
JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Clear golden orange pour, with a white head. Citrus hops, caramel malt, pretty sweet, malty, and bitterness. Meh, ok, not a great DIPA, but not bad.

3.6
mar (5434) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Nice amber pour with a thick cream colored head. Nose is bitter hops, very fresh florals, and pine. Not bad on the palate, flavor is faint bitter hops, florals, and a lineup finish. As it warms it gets really bitter.


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