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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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3.7
bhensonb (15336) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bmber from Malt & Vine. Pours light amber with a foamy 4 finger off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit, resin and sweet caramel. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. It’s got grapefruit, resin and malt for flavor. It’s pretty hoppy - but not harshly so. Finishes tasty. Good drink.

3.7
asedzie (830) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber with decent head and lots of lacing. Big aroma of spicey, piney hops. Flavor is very malt foward, great tasting malt - caramel, nuttiness and some marzipan. A bit of off alcohol flavors. Some hop bitterness, light resins, give balance and offset the alcohol strength. Good hop profile, very nice maltiness. A balanced IIPA.

3.7
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Orange colored pour from bottle. Aroma is very light hops. Taste is sweet, with notes of citrus and pine. Smooth finish. Well balanced and very well done.

3.7
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
22-Jul-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased for $4.29 at BevMo in San Diego/Mission Valley, CA) Big Ballard pours hazy orange-gold with a thick, off-white head, settling from one inch to a persistent quarter-inch layer. Orange citrus, stone fruits, grass and dust in the nose. Malts are sweet on the palate with grainy and caramely flavors while the hops offers flavors of tangerine, pine, grass, and a lingering, medium-intensity bitterness. Dusty on the palate, with medium-full body, moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Intricate lacing covers much of the glass and does not dissipate. Because this is a Redhook product, and it isn’t a big, massive, in-your-face Double IPA, many people will probably scoff at this beer. Let them! This is beautifully balanced, exceptionally drinkable, and quite delicious too.

3.7
DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Red orange, dense creamy head. Ripe tropical fruit aroma, papaya and mango, with some cooked peach and caramel. Sweet caramel and peachy fruity hops, not as bitter as I expected, but tasty nonetheless.

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.

3.7
marcus (10326) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle from Total Wine, Roseville. Pours orange gold with a thick creamy beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a nice toffee flavor with lots of citrusy hop bitterness, but not over the top. Well-balanced and tasty.

3.7
Capa (3322) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Orange with a white head. Medium bodied. Sweet somewhat tropical citrus with a bit of malt and sweet orange, too. Resin and light bitter finish. Solid DIPA and well balanced. Really enjoyed this one.

3.7
tricksta_p (4747) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle from a grocery store in Portland, Oregon. Aroma is fruity hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, malt, pine resin, orange, hint of caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and above medium bitter. Body is medium. Mild for an IIPA with a definite malt presence, but I like the easy balance of this beer.

3.6
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
draft at woodinville. crystal clear bright gold with medium amber ovrrtones. creamy off white head. tangerine, pine, and sugar nose...not powerful for a dipa, but smells delicious. creamy medium body with forceful but slow carb. caramel, pine, tangerine and sugar on the mid palate. not much power for a dipa, but solid little ipa...at 9.5%.


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