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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Vibrant orange, translucent, deep golden hues, large off-white frothy head, splotchy lacing.   Citrus rind and alcohol are dominant.   While not real strong, I can tell its a little bit of a boozer.   Shallow hop flavors up front, some rind, luckily not as stong as the nose suggested.   A little astringent, with some alcohol warming.   Happy its not as hot as I thought on the nose.   Doesn’t seem quite like an Imperial IPA as it needs more malt body.   Wished it was a bit more citrusy and floral, or at least had a touch more sweetness as a start.   Not bad overall, but can be summed up as pale citrus rind and soft alcohol.


3.4
halfonit (1356) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a lighter amber color with some cloudiness. Aroma definitely has hops present up front with orange peels, citrus, and malts. Flavor is pretty much the same. Leaves a citrus and hop finish.

3.4
jkwalking05 (4731) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. ARoma is of light grapefruit, orange, and malt. Taste is the same...nothing special, but not bad either.

3.4
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bomber pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma emits citrus meat and rinds along with lesser amounts of earthiness and spicy hops. The first sense of the taste is that it seems like it may have lost its edge with a bit too much time on the shelf. I get malts mixing with pine hops and citrus hops and then a lesser amount of earthiness mixing with faint caramel like malts. The hops contain a pretty decent level of resiny goodness keeping the interest level elevated. If this is a tad old I’d love to try a fresh one.

3.4
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2011
Nice sweet tasting ipa. Good overall flavor with nice light head. Good beer

3.4
andrewje41 (3763) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Draft pour pint at Red Hook. Clear golden pour with a quick fade head. Aroma matches the hop filled air as I drive by Red Hook every morning on my daily commute. Bitter hops up front and throughout. A little earthy. Pretty easy drinking, but not too clean. Tastes strong. Alright imperial here.

3.3
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle, bright orange pour with thin white foam, aroma of metallic malty pine, flavors of some bitter grapefruit rind and weak malt

3.3
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Bottle. Brilliant amber color/ rich off white head. Mild soap, pine grass aromas. medium bodied. Nice hoppy pine, floral flavors with a caramel, mild boozy back drop.

3.3
BuckeyeBoy (7533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 26, 2010
On tap at Redhook brewpub. Pours out a golden amber topped with a small off white head. Aroma was of bitter grape fruit peels, light caramel sweetness, and some malt. Taste much as the aroma with the bitter grapefruit peel along with some floral hops.

3.3
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a big frothy white head that left some great lacing. Light metallics in the nose, along with some bitter citrus hops. Good hop bitterness on the finish. Light alcohol sting remains on the tongue.


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