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35
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RATINGS: 114   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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2.4
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
22oz bottle -

This wasn’t 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.

3.1
Zymurgeist2 (2272) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pours a nice light orange with slight haze. The white head leaves a cover on the beer and collars the glass. Aroma has lots of grass, like a fresh meadow. The malt is also very present in the nose. Althought the mouthfeel starts relatively full and yeasty, if falls off quickly and it a little watery on the finish. This is a nice beer, with a little harsh bitterness on the end of the finish. I don’t get too much hops on this for a double -- and those i get are a harsh bite of bitterness.

3.6
robforbes (2246) - 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.

3.3
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
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
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - 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 don’t think it’s too bad.

3.2
popery (2170) - 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 there’s some cheesiness to it. It’s not bad, but you shouldn’t have to work so hard to get a good whiff. The flavor is similarly underwhelming. It’s a bit too sweet and the flavors kinda clash, but it’s 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. It’s still not really a great DIPA, but it has a nice balance. The aroma just isn’t really there, but the taste is rather likable. It’s also priced rather well.

3
Goodgrief (2039) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2010
On tap at Portsmouth. Pour was orangey amber, a thin head but nice lacing. Aroma was floral was sweet fruit. The flavor was syrupy fruits, pear and orange, with a faint floral edge. Very little bitterness to balance the sweetness and almost tastes like an IPA past its prime (but obviously not given where I had it). Watery and thin. It’s a typical Redhook effort...a weak and mediocre example of the style, but no off flavors or obvious defects.

3.5
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2010
orange gold pour with a thick head. aroma is citrusy, some pine as well and a sweet caramel maltiness. Body is a little light. Flavour is sourish maltiness, bready and a bit cardboardy. fruity citrusy hop. Hint of sticky alc lingering in the finish.

3.9
neepsntatties (2003) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Had this on tap at the 2010 Oregon Brewers Festival. Colour... apricot-orange with a thin head. Nose... mixed citrus zest and citrus sweets. Palate... dusty hops, macerated hop cones, sweet, resinous, long grapefruity finish. Best Redhook I’ve ever had!


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