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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
IPA naming conventions need to happen. Imperial IPA this isnt. 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
22oz bottle -

This wasnt a bad beer in the normal sense of the word, but rather just a bad DIPA. The hops were burried under an avalanche of malts, but what hops squeaked out of the aroma was something close to citrusy/orange juice like hops. But the main focus in the aroma seemed to be on the sweet malts. Flavor was the same way. An overabundance of sweet syrupy malts with just a twinge of bitter orange-y hops in the flavor. Seemed also like a small barleywine. Not horrible, but not a good DIPA either.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portableparty (2307) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bomber. Pours cloudy dark gold with a 2 finger off-white head. The nose is sweet malt and light citrus. The taste is earthy hops, caramel and some resin in the finish that lingers for a bit. Medium mouthfeel. OK offering from Redhook.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Light honey notes, mild grassy bitterness. Clear golden amber, small fizzy white head. Juicy peach and Bartlett pear up front, dries out and builds in intensity throughout. Very clean with a mild toasty shortbread body, warming finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2205) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
pours a little hazy amber with a small egg-shell head, and good lacing. smell is of grapefruit, caramel, some malt, and citrus. taste is of grapefruit, hops, caramel, and a touch of pine, ends creamy and very bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (2120) - Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2010
22 oz. bottle into my "beer clean" snifter- Pours a clear orangish golden with a thin white head and good lacework ( is it because of my effort for an extra clean glass), aroma is sweet citrus like grapefruit. The flavor is malty, but not heavy malt ( I hate heavy malt), and hop citrusy, the hops are not over done, if possible. The bitterness lingers long after the swallow, which it should in a Imperial IPA, and the malt is there to compliment the hops, not overpower them. I have to wonder if the average to below average reviews here are because it is a Redhook/Anheuser busch product. Personally I dont think its too bad.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2078) - 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 theres some cheesiness to it. Its not bad, but you shouldnt have to work so hard to get a good whiff. The flavor is similarly underwhelming. Its a bit too sweet and the flavors kinda clash, but its 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. Its still not really a great DIPA, but it has a nice balance. The aroma just isnt really there, but the taste is rather likable. Its also priced rather well.


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