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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,686
Reviews: 1,056
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 154
Gots: 636 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Ratings: 3,686 | Reviews: 1,056
Photo of Yeah_IPA
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I find it to be rich, bright, sweet and complex. It's very satisfying.
Clean finish.

Photo of scream
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

too resiny for my taste

Photo of nickono
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well balanced IPA. Light brown with typical IPA aroma. A little lighter than Sculpin. Enough bitterness as IPA.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off white head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber/copper color. The beer has a nice smooth texture to it.

The beer smell is very bitter and very hoppy. The hop notes mainly consist of a very strong dry hopped pine and resin note. However, the smell has a slight honey malt note underneath all of that.

The taste is a bit less bitter than the smell. The taste still has the strong bitter pine hop notes. However, the malt is a bit sweeter and stronger even though it is still overpowered by the hops. The malts actually take off some of the mass hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is interesting. The beer itself is medium bodied with a tickling carbonation. However, the actual drinking of the beer feels a bit rough for an IPA. Although it's still pretty good. The beer has a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. My only issue with it is how bitter the smell is and how under-powered the malts are.

Photo of rsalexander
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer currently. I'm currently comparing other IPAs to this beer.

Photo of Czequershuus
2.67/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that perfectly exemplifies the problems of many IPAs. It is overly sweet, using a caramel quality to hide the bitterness, rather than showcasing and embracing it. The hop flavors are masked by muddy malts. I just cannot get behind a beer like this, especially from such a remarkably good brewery.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottle date "15064."

Copper color and clear with a thick, sticky white head. Strong piney hop aroma with a solid caramel malt backbone to balance things out. Pine, hop resin, and caramel in the flavor. Medium-full body. Long lasting flavor.

If you're looking for fruit in your IPA, this one is not for you. A well-made beer that paired nicely with aged cheddar cheese.

Photo of Beerds
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid beer but was spoiled by having sculpin first. If you've only had big eye give sculpin a shot, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Twice the beer of sculpin in the hops dept and cheaper awesome

Photo of Gabmen1290
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Good Average tasting IPA by Ballast Point. .not bad at all but prefer Sculpin personally.

Photo of rangerman21
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- amber with a white head that has good retention
S- Hoppy with a hint of resin
T- Bitter hoppy, almost spicy, very better on the finish
F- Bright
O- Decent IPA in my opinion, might be a bit heavy on the hop resins, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

Photo of TBonez477
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice creamy smooth mouth feel, beautiful tangerine flavor. New summer crusher.

Photo of drmeto
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear amber with a big frothy white head
-medium-high carbonation visible
-Mango,Papaya,Melon,Orange,Mandarine with a big resin_y Note
-Follows the nose completely plus grapefruit
-pleasant bitterniss
-medium body,medium carbonation
Great IPA

Photo of steveshain
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good ipa, not too bitter. Nice and smooth.

Photo of VegasLou
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reminds me of SN Torpedo but more intense.

Photo of Hoppyalein
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like chawing on a big ol pine cone. A big, delicious pine cone.

Photo of mageek52
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big piney, herbal flavor. Different tasting IPA. Very good.

Photo of Jetlag767
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Still order the Dorado but this is a great alternative.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/Orange with an off white head. This is a darker than normal IPA

S: Big citrus/apricot nose, with piney astringency and pungent hops. If this tastes like it smells, have mercy.

T: Citrus fruit, pine, lemon grass, and peach like flavor. Its big in the flavor component. There is enough malt to bring balance and backbone, but this is a hop monster. Superb IPA.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation. Not to slick or oily, not quite sessionable. A couple of these would suffice, but any IPA worth drinking should meet that criteria.

O: This is an excellent IPA. Sculpin is the darling at the Ballast Point ball, but Big Eye is the underrated hot girl that doesn't get enough press. This beer would be the flagship at 90% of the breweries out there. Well done Ballast Point!

Photo of kgammell1
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As others have said, it's earthier than the Sculpin. It's also slightly drier with a heavier emphasis on the piney hops rather than the citrusy ones. Malts are present but I'd say the hood balance out nicely. Great springtime brew for when you aren't ready for the citrusy, fresh IPA's but still want some of those same crisp qualities. Overall: very nice.

Photo of rorykanderson
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inhabits the rung on the IPA ladder just beneath the Sculpin. Real nice balance of hops and malt with a clean pale-ale finish. Perfect companion to fresh poke.

Photo of bluehende
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice IPA. I am more of a fan of east coast ipa's so take this rating with a grain of salt.

Photo of michaelmarolla
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent brew! It seems like a near perfected IPA, in my humble opinion. I'm starting to see what some of the hype is about, and the reason Ballast Point is priced the way it is. I've noticed many people mention India Pale Ale was an acquired taste for them, but for me, It was love at first taste. Haha, But really, I enjoyed IPA from the start, my first IPA being the "Hopsecutioner" by Terrapin. If I had to sum this particular beer up with just one word, it would be, 'Amazing'!

Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery apricot amber, offwhite head, wreaths of lacing. . Aroma of eucalyptus and guavas in syrup. Taste of menthol, pine resin and a touch of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy. Overall a fine West Coast IPA

Photo of Dynobolt
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer from ballast point.. Hoppy drink, bitterness is up there, leaves a nice lace, definitely drink it again.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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