Redhook Ballard Bitter IPA

Redhook Ballard Bitter IPA

Rated 3.215 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Redhook Brewery

Woodinville, WA, United States

Style:  IPA

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 477 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank16587
Overall Percentile63.5
Style Rank1750 of 4134
Style Percentile57.7
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.230
Weighted Score3.215
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • HEDDYMUGGZ 135 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I sampled this in a plastic cup...That certainly makes it hard to evaluate in color AND aroma...I would say it has the aroma of plastic. :o( But I DO love hops, and this one delivers. It is a bit mild mannered for an IPA, but worth trying again when i can get a glass full.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 2.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Poured cloudy brownish yellow, next to no head and light lacing. Aroma was of citrusy hops. This one is pure hopwater...citrusy flavors and very little malt. Not overly bitter, a tad weak. Nothing "wrong" with it...just a run of the mill, slightly below average IPA. Dull.

  • FOAMDOME 505 reviews
    rated 2.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Part of an $8.50 mixed sixer purchased at Whole Foods in Charlottesville. After a vigorous pour, a scant 1/8 inch white head forms over a clear, orange-gold liquid. The foam is persistent and leaves good lace. Both the smell and the flavor of this beer are, as the name would suggest, quite bitter. But there's something wrong here. This is astringent and unpleasant. The aftertaste is as if you held an asprin in your mouth for too long. I like Ballard, Washington, and I like bitter beer, but I do not like Ballard Bitter. Pass on this one.

  • RMUSSMAN 489 reviews
    rated 4.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    One of my favorite beers. The hops are tremendous and the craftsmanship shows itself. Pours nicely brown into a glass, best served cold. I usually pour it so that is has limited head. The flavors are packed with good pacific northwest hops. I toured the brewery, it is incredible.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Had this at a real garbage of shithole in Rice village with omar,tamsin,+stacey...looks good, aroma?..good solid bitterness thats not crazy, like the whore bartener that got me kicked out for not leaving a tip on my first beer..?...what a skank!...but the beer was good and crisp.

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Clear light amber with a good, lasting head. The aroma is leafy hops. The flavor is crisp, not quite dry and a medium bitterness (actually light bitterness for an IPA. Tingly, refreshing, actually not a bad drinking beer.

  • GROMIT 306 reviews
    rated 2.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 6

    Okay, this is the first I've had of Redhook's IPA. Several years ago I enjoyed Ballard Bitters when I lived in Seattle. I didn't read the bottle very closely and an IPA sounded good and I didn't have much money on me (usually a prescription for Redhook) so I grabbed a sixer of these IPAs. It took two swallows to figure out why I wasn't tasting an IPA. The taste was familiar but *not* an IPA. This is a *bitter,* folks, don't be misled by the lable. That said, I've rated it as an IPA as it now aspires... Pours with virtually no head and what head there is quickly disipates. My second one I poured more aggressively with similar results. After 30 seconds it looks like a darker macro. Smell is okay but nothing really stands out. Taste...eh. Hops are the primary flavor but not to the extent promised by the lable. Hints of floral are there but it has a bitter aftertaste that's different from a real IPA < ahem >. Mouthfeel isn't anything special. Plenty of carbonation but that's about it. I could (and will) drink the rest of the six-pack, but not all at one sitting. A couple of these and I'm going to want something else.

  • BLUEZMADAM 192 reviews
    rated 2.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 3

    Boring. Where are the hops??? It smelled alright I suppose, sometimes you can be fooled by aroma. And then the appearance was nice enough, but the flavor was very much lacking in hops. For an IPA, it was terrible. Okay for a different style. Rename it.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottled. Golden colour and nice white head. Vegetables in aroma. Hoppy fruity flavour with vegetably notes. Pretty "light" IPA, but refreshing at the same time.

  • DREWSESLU 826 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The beer that brings my humble ass to Idol status (until Flashpro rescales it, anyway). Very resinous hop aroma and with a slighly, but weak, hoppy juicy mouthfeel. A solid IPA from the a featured brewery featured in American Beer which I watched tonight (and it was pretty awesome). I would not turn this beer down at all, a worthy AIPA.

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