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Ginger Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ginger Big Eye IPAGinger Big Eye IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Deuane on 09-12-2008

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 209
Photo of K-Dog
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is hard to judge. Nice look to it with a slight ginger aroma. The taste was very unique. I actually quite liked this beer the ginger gives it a very interesting taste and feel to it. At 5.99 a bomber I will definitely be getting this again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a clear orange-amber with a thick, off-white frothy head. Great lacing and retention all the way through.

Aroma: Nice ginger up front mixed with citrus (lemon), pine, and grass.

Taste: Ginger root, bready caramel malts, and earthy hops. Slight citrus zest as well.

Feel: Strong ginger root aftertaste and mouthfeel, quite interesting. This lingers for a while while the hops and malt create a nice balance. It's a solid "west coast" IPA with a ginger twist, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was nice - definitely not big on the ginger. Comes across like Big Eye but with a bit of a bite on the finish. It's nice, refreshing, a bit brash but not overly forward. Definitely glad I could try it.

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Photo of jooler
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look is very dark and tastes pretty malty. I don't really get a taste of the ginger. Not really worth going out of my way. Though, carbonating is on point

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ginger Big Eye.

Isn't this a brand new release? Saw a bomber sitting at a local store for $9 and said no way, but saw another at a different store for $6 and said why the hell not?. Ballast Point has quickly gained popularity around here since being sent to to mitten. Let's give it a shot.

Look - From the twenty-two ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours that ever apparent Californian sunset copper with a two finger somewhat off white head that quickly dies down to a thick ring amongst the top with a thick cloud formation to boot. Carbonation appears to be about moderate on this one. Leaves a decent amount of lacing and stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Pungent. Loads and loads of pine and stone fruit all over this nose with what comes through seemingly like a bit of honey. The whole ginger aspect really isn't all that present here but you can certainly pick it up of you let the beer warm up a bit. Pine, ladies and gentleman.

Taste - I honestly cannot believe how much flavor they managed to pack into this beer for it only being a meager 7%. Big, and I mean BIG pine notes up front which really dominate in terms of the hops with other fruits only coming through mildly. The ginger finally makes its way into the fray and might I say it is tame but exceptionally pleasant like...we'll I don't really know where to go with that which doesn't lead to a sexual innuendo. Big pine with a very welcome and authentic ginger is basically what I'm trying to get at here.

Feel - The sticky sweetness really steals the show here and in the best way possible. The sweetness coats the tongue but doesn't become cloying in any way whatsoever. The flavors all retain as expected and the juicy level even turns up quite a bit. Also to note the ginger lingers around the mouth and even builds up long after the swallow but it never once becomes offensive. Swallows with a moderate bitterness and a low to moderate level of carbonation.

Overall - This was yet another exceptional beer out of Ballast Point. I've never had the regular version of Big Eye, but I gladly would given how good this beer was. The ratings on here really don't reflect how unique of an experience this beer is. To pack that much flavor and uniqueness into a beer of a lower ABV is magical. All the flavors meld perfectly and the ginger has a true showing as to what it can do in moderation. Try this one for sure.ll

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Photo of hardysf
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good take on an adjunct ipa. Smells like citrus and ginger. Great clarity in the beer as expected. Taste is well balanced malt, citrus, pine, and ginger. Everything is very noticeable but not over powering. Clear winner here. Just have to be in the mood for ginger. I'll be buying more of this one.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was expecting a bit more ginger in the taste, but it definitely has that almost chalky, rooty ginger feel on the back end (which lingers for a long time). An interesting and enjoyable spin on the original!

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look- clear pinkish orangish hue with lots of head and fine lacing on the glass!

Smell like ginger shampoo lemongrass Thai food pretty amazing.

Taste- ipa up front hoppy and delishes. Has that ginger taste with non of the heat or warming like a hit of straight ginger. Closer to like a ginger tea.

Mouth- hey what ever you are eating hopefully it compliments this because it stays on the pallete a while.i feel it kind of in my teeth. The 7% is disguised quite well. The bubbles really enhance the ginger was through the nose.

Overall- unique and well done. Would love to try this one with some Thai food or sushi. I don't know about enjoying this one all night either. But man it would be a great compliment to a lot of stuff! Yams, sushi, pumpkin pie, fatty meats.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ballast Point's lesser-known IPA, Big Eye, has always been kind of an underdog in the CA IPA scene. Always overshadowed by its brother, Sculpin, I've generally found BE to be pretty dang good as well, and this ginger version is the latest BP variant to hit shelves since the brewery's purchase by the Modelo group.

The pour is a simple and unassuming amber hue with medium clarity and a sticky, sudsy ring of white lace that fades very quickly to a single finger of head. On the nose, I instantly get a huge hit of gingersnap cookies and a mild vegetal, earthy note in the back. Hops seem spicy and complimentary, but ginger is definitely the main note. I wouldn't consider it "unbalanced" really, because it seems kind of obvious that with these variants they are really pushing the adjunct flavors, but the meld with Big Eye itself seems to be pulled off decently well. On the tongue, it's rather richly spicy and layered with biscuity malt, ginger and earthy, herbal and lightly-citric hops. Swallow is good and the finish is medium-drying. It's not a pushy or heavy beer, but it's also not passive; it definitely has a robust zing to it, which is important to understand going in.

I happen to enjoy gingersnap cookies, so that flavor being a pretty big component works for me. Obviously, mileage will vary, as it is bound to with any of these variants, depending on how much you like the flavor(s) utilized. This is well-made and should be picked up by fans of ginger beer/ginger-flavored desserts as well as by IPA fans looking for something other than pine and citrus bombs from their California standbys.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Winco. Big foamy head on pour, orange/amber body. Ginger dominates the aroma, pretty much all you can smell. IPA tastes temper the ginger, but still accentuates the hops. Already a pretty solid IPA, the ginger is a nice distraction, and addition, to this brew.

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Photo of Moose90
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours out a very hazy and foamy murky orange hue into the glass. A billowy voluminous white head sits atop the beer, leaving behind some spots of sticky & frothy lacing.

S — Smell is pungent, bright, strong, dominated by sticky fresh sliced ginger. Not spicy dried ginger, but some nice notes of sliced / grated ginger root. Nice and fresh. Notes of sweet citrus dominated by caramel malt undertones and pungent hops.

T — Much like the nose, though a whole lot more understated. Mild notes of ginger, big malt sweetness, little bit of a piney hop bitterness.

M — Medium bodied, sticky & lingering finish.

O — Pretty good overall, smell is much better than the taste though, pretty mild on the taste but the nose was great.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Tons of fresh ginger, a little citrus, a bit of spice, and faint caramel malt sweetness.

T: Ginger dominates, there's some citrus, grapefruit, maybe lemon lime, and hints of caramel malt sweetness.

M: A little on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: The ginger is a bit too overpowering for my taste, but still drinkable. Would probably go pretty well with sushi.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lord Hobo. Served in a pint glass. Hazy orange. Citrus and tropical hop aroma. Taste is strong bright tropical citrus hops. Pale malt sweetness. Grassy bitter finish and a lightly toasty malt flavor. Medium body. Enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light brown color. Good starting head which leaves an initial ring of streaky lace.

Strong ginger. I can smell little else.

Biting bitter hop with a strong ginger swallow. Lots of carbonation which cuts through the light richness. Long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loved It! Just a chef who loves ginger and got his world rocked by this great balance speaking here, but.. Hell yes ginger and hops work together incredibly!

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Ballast Point's Miramar location. Poured into a tulip glass.

If you like ginger, this is worth a try. Ginger definitely is the starting and ending point with this beer. Not the spicy ginger, but just a solid taste of ginger. I would have liked to have a little more balance with the hops. Something along a sweet hop with the tart ginger. While I appreciate the effort, it wasn't one of their better beers.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sushi beer to a tee? Super natural tasting vein of ginger running throughout this one. Big Eye is a bit overlooked due to all the Sculpin love, but it's a good beer in its own right, and the ginger addition pairs nicely indeed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orangey amber with a hint of rose. Modest foam in the pint shaker. From the very first sip the ginger makes its presence known-- hot and spicy. The other sensation is how dry this is. It's quite sharp and lacks even a hint of sweetness. The malt provides some body, though. The ginger flavor is good but the hops are a one-dimensional bitter burn.

This flattens out considerably in the carbonation department. The heat from the ginger is interesting, but overall this is really tart and a little harsh. Drank this at Fathom on Shelter Island while waiting for the big cruise ship to sail by.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Ballast Point in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Creamy finger width head. Longer retention. Fluffy lacing.

S- Citrusy hops, ginger is heavy, some soapiness, grapefruit, light crisp smells.

T- Some bitter hops, but the ginger comes up and bites in the end. Still very subtle flavor.

M- Smooth and creamy feel with a bite of carbonation.

O- The ginger isn't strong, but it is present. I feel this could have been done better.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ballast Point's Old Grove location. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear copper orange, produces a finger of creamy beige head, great retention, good lacing.

S- Ginger aroma is amazing, very bright, potent blend of freshly chopped ginger and citric hops. I really can't believe how much ginger aroma is packed into this beer.

T- Very hoppy, citric grapefruit and pine, the ginger is prominent here again, but works closely with the hops, lending some spicy and well... ginger flavors. Excellent call on using ginger as an ingredient, it complements the fruitiness and bitterness of the hops really nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, dry feel, a tiny bit of spice in the finish.

O- An awesome beer, finished an 8 oz pour easily, a damn good idea and well-executed.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Home Brew Mart. Big Eye infused with Zingiber Officinale Root.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a frothy one finger head that leaves lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Bright orange and grapefruit with a little pith. Ginger is aromatic but restrained and pretty nice. Lightly floral. Malt is very light. 

T: Grapefruit flesh and orange pith with crackery malt and an upper moderate level of dry bitterness. The ginger adds just a little flavor and spiciness, it's a lot better than  I expected. 

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Surprisingly, this is pretty damn good, though I think the bitterness-ginger combo would be palate wearying after more than a taster. Recommended.

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Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting brew combo. A straight forward West Coast IPA coupled with a ginger tea that was added at secondary fermentation.

A-Deep golden yellow with a medium white head. Headed lasted and left behind decent lace.

S-Wow! Sharp ginger spice and citrusy hops duke it out in my nose to declare a winner!

T-More of the same! A great combination of hop and ginger flavours. I really like the combination. Enough caramel malt backbone to support of the spicy flavours.

M-Medium body with a lovely, lingering spicy finish.

D-Man do I like this! Along with Big Eye, Dorado and Sculpin can this place make a bad IPA?I don't think so! This is so interesting and damn good it has inspired me to try this combo on the homebrewing level at some point.

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Ginger Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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