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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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3.3
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a big frothy white head that left some great lacing. Light metallics in the nose, along with some bitter citrus hops. Good hop bitterness on the finish. Light alcohol sting remains on the tongue.

3.7
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine (Phoenix) - Pours a clear golden color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is light toasted malt, and pine and herbal hops. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt with a nice dose of pine, herbal, and light citrus hops. Finish is somewhat bitter and not too astringent. Medium body. A good beer for Red Hook. I like it better than Long Hammer.

3.6
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #60. Bright orange/dark gold color with a thin white head. Lots of citrus and a bit of pine, but the fruit is the dominant aroma to me. Very smooth, light bitterness and a bit thin, light sweetness and a bit tropical. Not bad stuff. (1401)

3.6
Reid (2541) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22 oz bomber bought from "Habits" in Salem. Its actually a very pretty beer to look at. Deep burnished orange, clear, with a nice thick and creamy off white head. Aroma is reasonably hoppy..more along the pink grapfruit aroma ..whiff of alcohol. Very resiny hop profile to the taste..then the pink grapfruit aspect shows near the end. Slight bitter after taste. Palte is OK but strangely watery for such a substantial style. Overall its not a bad beer but pretty lightweight for the style .

3.2
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Fresh sample, rated only 30 days after the bottling date of 06 May 10. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head the soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is mild with pine, grapefruit and soap. The flavor is hoppy and soapy, with biter pine and citrus giving way Palmolive dish washing liquid. Somewhere in there is a bit of caramel and some biscuit too. The palate is full and smooth with fizzy carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops. Overall: meh

3.4
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Pours mostly clear golden amber. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon and some copper. Taste is mostly bitter with a medium thin malt presence. Not terrible but lacking hop diversity and character.

3.2
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Color is a copper brass like color and had created a soft fluffy topping for a head which broke down instantly. Mild aroma of hops and bread like malts. The flavor is bitter with a decent serving of hops that leaves behind a salty and metallic finish.

3.4
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear light amber with a big rocky beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of biscuits, light herbal, citrus and floral hops and lighter caramel. Mostly sweet English malt flavors with a smooth mild bitterness, not much alcohol in the taste but there is a slightly metallic finish. Medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly watery mouth feel. Pretty good for Redhook, but tasted more like a strong ESB to me.

2.8
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
IPA naming conventions need to happen. Imperial IPA this isn’t. Much more of a barleywine. Pours a nice orange color. Aroma starts off floral and woody but then the alcohol takes over. Not bad as barleywines go. Just not a hoppy IPA.

2.9
portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bomber to snifter. Pour is copper amber color with a tight froathy head. Aroma is faint sour hops. Taste bitter hops upfront and finishs sour and hot. Palate is smooth and crisp then finishes chaulky dry. I would not recomend this one for $7.00 bucks, many others that are worth the money. Another Red Hook that is not worth talking about.


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