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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,522 Ratings

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Ratings: 2522
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium copperish amber in color with very light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some brassy highlights. The beer has a two to three finger tall dense foamy (almost pillowy) light beige head very slowly reduces to a finger thick cap covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of hops - specifically pine and citrus/orange.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sweet grainy and caramel malts which has a light overall amount of sweetness. That is followed by more than moderate amounts of pine and citrus/orange hops which contribute a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness towards the finish.

O: Enjoyable and a nice example of the style though with a touch too much lingering bitterness for this one to be an easy drinker in my opinion. Definitely worth grabbing if you come across but perhaps not one that I would actively go out of my way to find.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 02:42:43 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Bone53


4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Pours an amber copper color with a one finger frothy off white head.

Smell: Earthy pine hops, oranges; Bold aromas

Taste: Resiny pine hops with some tropical notes in the back end

Mouthfeel: Full bodied for an IPA; Moderate to heavy bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Overall: As others have mentioned, this reminds me of Torpedo, but even more on the bold, resiny pine, floral side. This may not be as highly respected as Sculpin, but it's a great AIPA in its own right, focusing on different aspects. I will be picking this up the next time I see it. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:03:49 | More by Bone53
Photo of dar482

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep reddish amber color. Very much like a red IPA with a foamy 2 finger head.

The aroma is very hoppy with orange zest, sweet citrus, and lots of sweet bready caramel malt.

The flavor has some juicy peach notes in the front, a good caramel bready malt, and then straight to pine needle and grapefruit pith.

This an extremely hoppy brew. It's certainly for hop heads, but those who prefer some sweet bready malt and lots of pine. A very piney beer in general.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 02:59:54 | More by dar482
Photo of xungmound98

New York

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass. 1” head that gradually recedes to a foamy 1/4” layer with clouds of sticky lacing. Deep, clear orange/copper color. Smells of sharp piney resin, brown sugar and floral notes. Taste follows the nose, with bitter hops, sugary malt and a bit more floral presence. The hops stick around on the palate after each sip. Medium-to-full-bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a solid West Coast IPA with starring roles for Centennial and Columbus hops.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 02:06:35 | More by xungmound98
Photo of tnrambler


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a glass. Left a good, thick head with plenty of lacing.

The aroma was hoppy with a mix of pine, grapefruit and earth.

The taste was powerfully hoppy and did not disappoint since I was looking for a beer that was heavy in the hops department. This was my first beer from Ballast Point. I doubt that it will be my last.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:30:16 | More by tnrambler
Photo of FLima


4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, mango, slightly toasted malts, caramels and bread.
Bitter flavor which granted me a series of sneezes. Notes of earthy hops, caramels, tea leaves, grapefruit, mango, lemon, pine, lemon grass, perfume and spicy yeast. Very dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% has coward it against its power.
Very good IPA, but I still preferred their Sculpin with a more tropical hoppy profile. Though I did like its bold hoppy punch and good complexity. Recommendable, especially for the hoppy nation.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 21:03:36 | More by FLima
Photo of admiral


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent example of a quality American IPA

aroma: citrus/malt/caramel/grapefruit. Caramelised hops come to mind - very pleasant.

taste: pine, orange peel citrus, grapefruit, nutty caramel, orange candy and orange/caramelised hops - delicious.

A go-to quality IPA, with the big bonus being that it isn't too hard to find in Australia.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 07:22:36 | More by admiral
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a mason jar.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange color with fluffy white head that left some webbed lacing.

S- Huge pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach and mango, some malt sweetness, and light pine notes. This smells like a classic West Coast IPA.

T- Big pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach, mango, and orange citrus hop notes. Quite a bit of sweet caramel malt note, finishes with some piney hops notes, and finishes with high bitterness.

M- Very smooth, soft carbonation, very dry, refreshing, and medium body.

O- This is an awesome West Coast IPA. I actually thought I was getting a Sculpin when I saw Ballast Point IPA on the beer menu and I will say this is definitely in the same league as Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:12:12 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Dools9


4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a tumbler pint glass, canned on Matrch 1st, 2014.

A: Gorgeous clear amber orange color with a thick frothy, slightly off white head, excellent retention and lacing, looks very nice.

S: The aroma is piney, grapefruit, orange rind pithy graefruit, think centennial hop vareity.

T: Big grapefruit peel and pine, orange rind, this is where this beer differs from its brother Sculpin. This one is more resinous, more earthy pine, grapefruit peel. Big dry finish. Has a nice caramel malty back to it that keeps the bitterness in check.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

O: Solid IPA, might prefer Sculpin a bit more though. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo a bit.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 22:11:47 | More by Dools9
Photo of Paincane


3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body topped by a lingering beige head. Good lacing.
S: Floral, pine and citrus aromas. Hint of grapefruit and biscuity malt.
T: Grapefruit flavors, malt backbone, lemon peel & piney bitterness.
M: Dry, crisp body with moderate bitterness that lingers a good while. It is a clean IPA.
O: Balanced good IPA that is not as memorable as Sculpin from Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:31:06 | More by Paincane
Photo of Tenor


4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was at Whole Foods and noticed an IPA from Ballast Point, which I had not heard of before..I was not disappointed.

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden orange with half a finger of foam....a little cooler than I would have liked.

S- Citrus, pine, grapefruit

T- Winner winner chicken dinner! Slight malt presence with hops that are in your face yet not overbalanced. It is what I like in an IPA

M- medium carbonation, slightly syrupy

Overall, I give this beer a 4.75...I would love to try a few more to get a better handle on it. This is a great example of an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 13:05:48 | More by Tenor
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 26/3/14

A clear light copper, loads of tiny particles being moved around by steady streams, finger of foam slowly falls to a thin film but leaves zero lace

S grapefruit peel, dried apricots, some pine, lots of burnt brown sugar, faintly floral, nothing really jumps out with intensity

T more pine, a little lemon, and more citrus in general, still has plenty of brown sugar, tastes stronger then it smells, a slight improvement

M mild bitter bite, creams up a little from the bubbles, lots of grit, leaning towards full, brown sugar, pine and rind linger, booze is just noticeable

O decent beer but a bit of a let down for me, I was hoping for another Sculpin but this one falls a little short

5 months to the BB date I thought this one would be a little fresher, I'm guessing its 7 months old at this point not the one I was hoping for. It's far from bad beer and I do like it but my one other offering from this brewery was a memorable hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 06:59:46 | More by wordemupg
Photo of 57md


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a finger of head that took some time to completely dissipate and left some lace behind when it finally faded away. The nose has both hop notes and malt notes. The malt backbone is not a prominent in the flavor profile as the nose might suggest. The finish is semi-dry and pleasantly hoppy. This is a solid IPA, but it simply can’t come close to its cousin – Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:36:22 | More by 57md
Photo of KornWallace

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 3/19/14
Location: Hock and Hops
Draught/Bottle: Can
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: An amber/brown colored beer with a huge head pour. The head stays for a while as you watch the carbonation settle down immensely.
Aromatics: The smell is of oranges, grapefruit the hops dominate my nose. Much larger smell of malts then Sculpin as well. Missing a lot of the aroma because of a cold though.
Flavor: The oranges are what hit me with this beer. I feel like they are all over my palate. I'm also getting a lot of the hops in a more resin kind of way. The tongue feel is more bitter because of the hops. The malts are there in the background a good bit.
Finish: The hop resin holds to my mouth and helps to keep the orange flavor to my tongue. I'm also getting a load of carbonation just sitting there also.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 16:30:11 | More by KornWallace
Photo of GCBrewery


3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Lots of floating sediments, off white head, pretty cloudy, not typical for a non-bottle conditioned IPA

S- Piney and orangey, pleasant enough

T- Starts fair and pleasing, picking up bitter orange peel and pine, finishes way too bitter for my liking, almost like a chemical bitterness

M- Kind of flabby but and lots of carbonation, nothing special

O- Definitely expecting more out of this beer, maybe a poor or outdated batch? (couldn't find a bottling/canning date). Maybe will give it a chance of redemption in the future with a new batch but wouldn't buy this again.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 00:17:53 | More by GCBrewery
Photo of sobuf

New York

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I was on a Ballast Point quest this weekend. I had Bigeye first, then tried the over-hyped Sculpin. But lets touch on the Bigeye. I don't really care what my beer looks like, it's all about the taste. And this ale is VERY average, kind of bland, and forgettable. Much like Sculpin, the bitter aftertaste is extremely off-putting. In fact, the bitterness of this offering over-powers any other taste. If somebody offered me this beer, I'd drink it, but would never go out of my way to buy it again. I've been completely disapointed with Ballast Point - there's so much hype - but so little to take from the ales. Other than bitter and hard to drink. A craft brew should be exceptional - to be honest a larger brewery like Sierra Nevada has offerings that blow this away. (think Torpedo). Not to mention a top end crafter. Do't go out of your way to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 18:59:55 | More by sobuf
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance; hazy, brownish orange with medium carbonation, pours a decent amount of white head that settles into lacing that tightly hugs the glass.

smell; very basic IPA smell, hoppy, slightly fruity.

taste; generic hoppy flavor, quite malty,slight sweetness, a touch of bitterness.

mouthfeel; medium body, but also slightly creamy and some crips dryness in the finish, with medium carbonation cutting through.

overall; an overall positive experience, but for me, along with stone IPA, it falls under the category of IPA's that dont distinguish themselves, i wouldnt buy it again in the foreseeable future.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:14:17 | More by SteveB24
Photo of titty_mcbitty


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow and pretty clear. White head.

S: Floral hops, pine, orange.

T: Forewarning: I do like IPAs, but I am not a huge fan particularly. I will try to be as unbiased as possible. I get orange peel, pine, lemon grass, some malt, floral hops, and a nice spice on the back.

M: Medium-light. Very nice actually.

O: For an IPA, this is very good. Like I said: I am not a huge fan of IPAs. This was a refreshing beer and it was very well put together.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:00:35 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange and with a shine from clarity. A fat head of off white foam finally settles so you can drink. Stream of bubbles to look at while you wait. Nose is orange. Orange peel, orange ripeness, fruit sweetness and tropical backnotes. A bit of subtle and earthy pine This beer is about 3 moths old so if the pine isi stronger in yours that could be why. Taste is wonderful .light malt, practically invisible on the palate except for some nuttiness. Once the palate is indoctrinated the nutty flavor subsides and you are left with only hop fruits. Orange and more orange, the ripe orange, the pith the bitter seed. Authentic and light in the drink. Finishes with a bitter than deserves your attention. This bitter while earthy and while moderate actually scoops up the entire beer in it's aftertaste and leaves it at the back palate .

I'll have another one of these. You could drink this beer all day.

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 16:54:01 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Fatehunter


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clearer straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice lemon and grapefruit smell.
The taste has a dry bitterness flavor overall, some lemon and pineapple too. Great balance with the malt.
The texture is fairly crisp with moderate carbonation.
A solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 13:16:11 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of IKR


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light-amber color with a modest-sized white head that slowly faded. Good looking IPA

Smell: Piney hop aromas feature prominently and dominate the nose.

Taste: The pine aromas carry over and feature in the taste. The finish ends fairly dry with the pine notes from the nose.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:29:28 | More by IKR
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle; into a tumbler.
Appearance - sunset orange, mild carbonation; thin white head that leaves fairly impressive lacing.
Smell - some mango and apricot (like Sculpin), but this is more floral.
Taste - a little pineapple here as well. A little more one sided in the favor of the hops and the alcohol shows up after it sits.
Feel - I feel that there is a bit of balance missing here. I like the aggressive hops, but needs a little evening out.
Overall - I find Sculpin to be a much better representation of an IPA. Big Eye is good, but lacks the necessary balance and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:14:06 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of jucifer1818


4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This one comes off with a very light amber color. A good amount of head to this one as well, with some decent staying time. 4

Smell: Sweet zombie jesus...this brew smells god. Lots of juicy topical fruits (and I swear, some fruit loops smells), mixed in with a sweet carmel malt aroma. Excellent and very bold. 4.5

flavor: mhhmmmm, this beer tastes good too....and its knows who its audience is (hop lovers that is). This beer has a strong piercing bitterness to jumps right to the point and barley tapers off. Some grape must like flavors follow up on this bitterness, which is something I personally LOVE in IPA's. A bit of fruit and citruis are present as well, but their mostly in the background. The flavor is all about the hops and that bitterness is pretty much all your going to taste. And I'm sure that most hop loves out their will like what they see. 4.25

Mouthfeel: This one comes pretty medium-of-the-road in this area...and by that I mean medium heaviness and medium carbonation. They had one job to do, make a body that facilitates the hopes (not too heavy and not with enough carbonation to cause global warming) and they did that job well. 4

Overall: I'm giving this one a 93.Its a very sharp bitter brew that has little nonsense of excess character. I does what hop lovers want it to do and it does it well. It fits the mid-sized range for beer drinkers very well, and clocks in at an affordable price and is usually not too hard to find. Its best lumped into the category I place "go too" beers. X2IPA, Maxamus, GI harvest ale, etc. All are good hoppy brews of different calibers that you can enjoy anything...and yea. You can enjoy this anytime. I highly recommend it. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:48:53 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of BierJager89


4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper color with a white head.

S: Mango, citrus and tropical fruits in the nose. Smells tasty.

T: More mango, orange, tangerine? Definitely some tropical fruit there. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied, typical IPA carbonation.

O: A great IPA, though not nearly as good as Sculpin. I'd always take Sculpin over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:44:32 | More by BierJager89
Photo of jj139


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber/copper color with a finger and a half beige head. Lacing lasted all the way down the pint glass throughout.

S - Medium nose of hoppy-citrus, pine resin and a hint of malt

T - Hops and citrus tend to dominate with a definite bite of bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. I was hoping for a creamer finish but it still was enjoyable.

O - While I enjoy Sculpin more, this is a very good beer and I will be enjoying it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 19:37:43 | More by jj139
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.