Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Red Hook Big Ballard Imperial IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Woodinville, Washington
Price: $4.29 per 22 oz

I am quite surprised that this is the first Red Hook beer we have reviewed, and even more surprised that it is not the ESB. I think I have only had the ESB once, and I don't really remember it. The Big Ballard is definitely not to be forgotten. It has a wonderful soft orange color with a soft head. The smell is sweet and slightly woody. The taste is bitter, but also fairly sweet. The hops lend this beer a slight pine tree flavor, but nothing is overpowering like in a Stone IPA. This is probably one of the most drinkable IPA's I've had, and it earns extra credit for being 8.6%. Pow pow!

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