Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPARedhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
redhook.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / 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.

73 IBU

Added by barleywinefiend on 04-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
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Photo of Seanecy
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Stubby bottle. Bottled on 4/7/17 opened on 6/10/17
I just recently obtained a modern antique "Ballard Bitter" IPA glass from a friend that found it at a yard sale. That IPA I had first sampled sometime around 1998 or 1999 might've been one of, if not the first IPA I ever had. Back then I pronounced in Ipa. I was stoked to find an old-school classic Big Ballard so I use my glass.

An Amber, burnt golden color. Good life, with a nice, off-white foam top. Very good retention quality. Nice lacing left all over the glass.

Aroma has a very dense, tropical, sweet and citrus hoppy nose. Sweet caramel in the malt effect. Very bold.

The flavor has a very classically old-school DIPA complexity. Massive amounts of tropical/fruity hops, sweet citrus, that ends in a perfectly bitter, earthy and dry tone. The hops come off deep and complex. The malty balance is just right for the style. Light caramel that mellows out the big, high alpha bitter hop ending. The heat is pretty high, some left over alcohol adds more bite and heat to the earthy, leafy bitter finish.

This DIPA starts out with a very crispy, light bite, solid and crisp mouthfeel. Medium bodied mostly, goes down pretty easy concidering the ABV % and hit of heat it delivers. The light, sweet malt does an excellent job of toning down tge sharp edges here. The ending is filled with dry-earthy, leafy, bitter notes and herbal blends that linger on.

"Ya sure, Ya Betcha"

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Photo of robebo44
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated March 28, 2017. Even though it was brewed 40 miles from me I did not sample it until June 4, 2017.

The pour is an attractive looking golden color with a big white head that fades to nothing in short order. Nice clarity.

The promised hop-forward aroma has faded in two months but I still get a little bit tobacco, herbal, and fruit notes. Buyt I am mainly picking up stale malts.

Nice medium body that is also smooth.

A sweet malt flavor begins the experience and then there is a bitter bite at the end that echoes the resin and herbal characters I get on the nose. Becoming a malt bomb unfortunately.

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Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rivarol
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apr 11 17. Stubby red hook bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours golden amber in color, crystal clear, with an ample tan head. Melon and tropical hop aromas -- decidedly not old school IPA. The first sip brings an attack of alpha hops seeking out every corner of my cheeks with and mercilessly gluing pine sap to them. There's not much in the way of malt to balance out the bitterness, but there is a yeasty quality, which to my palate reminds me of a dusty and fully bodied English style Ale. Ok but not the most drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of Asics
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden yellow with an abundance of white foam in the Stella Artois goblet, another AB InBev brand, come to think of it. Very sharp and sudsy in the mouth. The aroma makes me think of Mosaic hops, it's a pleasant fruity smell. The taste is more of pine.

The finish is quite resiny and the aftertaste is unpleasantly bitter. Overall, this is just plain harsh. This might be good to dilute with a cheap lager for a quick hoppy jolt. Otherwise a half glass is enough and the rest can fertilize the rhubarb clump. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like all of the Redhook beers. Some get okay ratings which I don't get. This one is slightly bitter yet on the light side. Definite hops notes in there with a decent amount of malts.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2ellas
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Candied orange peels, pine and grapefruit pith. Bigger malt presence makes this drink heavier than I'd like.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Braz
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Just don't like the aftertaste.

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Photo of kdevry
4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a RH fan. This is delicious! Reminds me of Green Flash Imperial IPA. Hops are there but hidden. Mmm

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Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Gregaroo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Nwmike
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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