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RATINGS: 122   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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3.9
dwyerpg (6498) - 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.

3.9
teamsale (317) - Washington, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pint at Red Hook. Golden amber in color. Aroma is weak but pleasant. Extra malty on this one but not complaining, it is still an outstanding beer and finishes top notch with just the right bitterness.

3.8
dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Thanks to Ditmier for the bottle. Light hazy amber pour. Huge honey, citrus hop aroma. Taste is malt with sticky spicy bitter hops. Pretty good hop bomb.

3.8
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
22oz bottle. Dark gold color with a medium sized rocky white head. Pine, caramelized pineapple hop aroma. Candied fruit, sticky pine tar hop flavors, with a heavy caramel malt sweetness. Biscuity finish, with residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium.

3.8
Bronzan (158) - Windsor, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
A nice, hoppy aroma. The pour is a hazy, strong, amber. A real smooth ale with strong hop flavor. A pretty solid IPA.

3.8
J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Nice fresh hop aroma coming off this orangy-yellow brew with a decent white head. Bitingly astringent hops up front that linger on the tongue with a slight piney/floral flavor with almost a slight smoky flavor. The alcohol is obvious but not overwhelming. This is a fairly thin beer and could be a bit more balanced with malt, but hop heads should love it!

3.8
hayduke (5732) - 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.

3.8
Paulpopilek (12) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Smooth rich hoppy taste. Ballard bold with a strong finish that makes you forget about your sorrows ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
tfontana (1185) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Hannaford. Appearance is clear, light amber with fair sparkle, 2-finger width frothy beige head with good retention and decent soapy lacing. Aroma is citrus, light tropical fruit, herbs and pine over cereal malt backbone. Taste is dank resin bitter and citrus, with light pine and grains. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture, average carbonation and dry, bitter finish. Overall, one of the stronger offerings from this brewer. Interesting complexity, surprising maltiness for a DIPA, though a bit to the bitter side for me.

3.7
donandres (687) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - SEP 11, 2017
12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass Sight: Very good; Golden, dark yellow/amber, hazy, cloudy, small head, some lacing Smell: Very good, Fragrant- hoppy Taste: bitter but not as bitter as other IPA even if it is double Mouthfeel: Creamy, a bit fizzy Overall: Very good beer, even got a growler of this beer.


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