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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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3.2
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Fresh sample, rated only 30 days after the bottling date of 06 May 10. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head the soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is mild with pine, grapefruit and soap. The flavor is hoppy and soapy, with biter pine and citrus giving way Palmolive dish washing liquid. Somewhere in there is a bit of caramel and some biscuit too. The palate is full and smooth with fizzy carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops. Overall: meh

3.2
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Mar) Pours a clear orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of orange, caramel, grass, and florals. Flavor of caramel malt, grass, earth, apricot, and pine with a moderately bitter finish.

3.2
Crit (4011) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
Golden amber,small beige head,small bead.Tame citrus hop nose and palate. Noticeable malt backbone,medium hop end.Drinkable but underflavored

3.2
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bomber from BevMo. Aroma is really sweet with some fruity hop bitterness. Pretty bitter tasing up front. This brew has a strong tropical fruit taste as well. Alcohol is weel hidden. Easy sipper. Not a real hoppy impy.

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.

3.2
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Golden piss yellow pour. Faint citrus hop aroma. A bit of bitterness and kinda a onr dimensional mess. Not bad, but hard to compete for the style

3.2
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Color is a copper brass like color and had created a soft fluffy topping for a head which broke down instantly. Mild aroma of hops and bread like malts. The flavor is bitter with a decent serving of hops that leaves behind a salty and metallic finish.

3.2
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Clear golden orange pour, with a white head. Citrus hops, caramel malt, pretty sweet, malty, and bitterness. Meh, ok, not a great DIPA, but not bad.

3.2
brownaler (663) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Chewy hop profile with a bit of harshness in the malt with a sweet candy finish.

3.1
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft at Redhook. Poured a golden honey color with a small white head. The nose is "dirty" as previously described. There is no good floral hop in this thing. It is a strange hopped smell with some rich caramel malt as well. Pretty much a two note smell followed by a one note taste of rich malt. There is a strange bitter hop taste to this that isn’t like the IIPA’s i’ve had. I really like IIPA’s but not this one that much. Good try Redhook.


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