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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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3.1
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Draft at Woodinville. Pours a lightly hazed deep, almost dirty, honey golden with fluffy white head and nice sticky lacing. Grassy, grainy, malt...but mostly this reminds me of spent grain from a overly hopped ipa...smells dirty...where are the bright resinous hops? Mouth feel is a bit on the ’dusty’ side but carbonation is on. Lightly sweet and malty up front, but when the hops come in the transition is pretty sharp into a grassy hop flavor and then dry cracker and slight pepper. I don’t know what to really say about this, on one hand this is Redhook and the are trying a dipa, on the other hand this isn’t true to style really and is so one dimesional and light on the hops with the aroma really being a turn off. I hope they aren’t set on this recipe and that they try again.

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greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours amber, thin head, big lacing. Aroma quite week for a IIPA, mostly malt and pine. Flavor is similiar, I was expecting a bigger citrus and hoppy taste, especially in the finish. Overall it’s not a bad beer, it just doesn’t fit into what I define as an imperial IPA.

3.1
drjay44 (3713) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Bottled 06/01/10. Pours a medium off white head, with some lacing, over a particle loaded amber (SRM 8) body.....nose is pine, grapefruit, light toffee/caramel.....taste is sweet toffee/caramel to start, then grapefruit and pine arrive leaving a lingering medium light bitterness....mouth feel is on the light side of medium, carbonation medium. This is a pleasant, but not particularly distinguished IIPA. Except for the alcohol, it could be an IPA. Mouth feel is too light and the malt is too hidden. The hops are also not as forward as advertised. In summary, it needs to be bigger overall!! BJCP 7/2/12/4/6

3.1
Zymurgeist2 (2246) - 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.

3.1
Sledutah (7527) - Utah, USA - JUN 15, 2012
22oz bottle from Bevmo. OK, I’m not happy with Bevmo, this may be the last beer I buy from there. Just opened this beer and it is oxidized. Looking closer at the bottle the bottling date is 6/26/10! Got a flight early tomorrow morning, so can’t take it back. I should have checked the bottle better when I bought it
Appearance: Pours hazy amber with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Citrus and caramel
Taste: Caramel, cardboard with a sweet bitterness in the finish
Footbalmed and hope to rate it again (with a fresh bottle).

3.1
puboflyons (3434) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2017
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated March 28, 2017. I always seem to buy Redhook weeks after the bottling or caning date so my review is skewed. It pours golden with a big white head. Good clarity. The aroma is more malt forward than hop forward but it is likely due to its age. I get an herbal character and a hint of fruit but no booze for 8%. Medium, smooth body. There is a firm resin bitterness that creeps up on the backside.

3
Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2010
I’m not gonna say this beer sucks, because it doesn’t. But it is a perfect example of how even a mediocre version of a robust style elicits high scores. It’s severely lacking in hop flavor and especially aroma, but it does hide alcohol quite well. Super filtered, too. I think appearance is a pretty useless criteria to judge a beer...default rating is a 3, if it’s on nitrogen it gets a 5. But this beer was noticeably translucent. Palate is also a stupid quality. Luckily i think it was like $3.50 for a bomber. 6 on taste and 9 on value

3
Goodgrief (2028) - 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
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Purchased at the local QFC. Not that expensive, but if it’s poorly ranked, then that was too expensive. Diaphanous orange appearance with a SLIGHT brown hue. The head was fluffy at first, but now it’s a thin and wispy mess. Old orange pulp and sweet malt aromas coming through. This is a little too sweet, and lacks the hop profile I was, hopefully, expecting. It’s starting to show its orange aromas a lot more as it warms up. It’s like drinking orange juice with a subtle hop kick. The malt isn’t as sweet as I was expecting, but it’s still there. Alcohol is a bit warming, but not intrusive at all. Lots of orange flavor going on here. Shit, I’d consider this a fruit beer because of its orange juice-like qualities.

3
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Sampled on 10/16/2010. Bottled on 5/6/10. This Imperial IPA pours a medium, orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is orange, fruity, sweet and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. With lots of orange and citrus. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity with a touch herbal. Good balance. Medium bitterness. A little bit of residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.


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