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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,602 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 148
Gots: 578 | FT: 3
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: 3,602 | Reviews: 1,039
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.

Photo of leantom
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review's a long time coming. Here goes:

A: Murky on the pours but cleans up rather nicely. Dark amber-copper with a great head and lacing. Plenty of carbonation to boot.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and pine balanced by a nice caramel malt backbone. Good

T: Follows the nose, making the beer very well-balanced.

F: Well carbonated but a little thick for an IPA.

O: Solid beer. Prefer Sculpin, but would have again.

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

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, bready caramalts, tropical fruits (mango), pine resin, grapefruit peel.

Taste - Starts off with a nice punch from the citrus and piney hops then goes into the bready caramalts, tropical fruits, hint of pine resin, and grapefruit peel. There is a pleasant balance of flavours in this one.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness the hops and sticky finish from the malts.

Overall - A stellar American IPA. Spot on on all fronts. Worth a go if you stumble across a bottle of this.

Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking head, lacing and carbonation. Smell and taste complex, early and lingering bitterness that doesn't suit my taste buds. Great feel but overall not one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of tedvr
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a white lacy, lacy head. Has a nice citrus smell. Tastes are citrus with a nice orange finish. Mouthfeel is clean with a nice hop aftertaste. Nice IPA, not overbearing.

Photo of bongobeer
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A great earthy IPA...a lot different from Sculpin!

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

A very good IPA... Check it out

Photo of Aribeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bitter. Could have had a stronger aroma.

Photo of Cafu912
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent taste, very fresh, bitter

Photo of Ernie_B
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Under appreciated as an IPA. This IPA has a refreshing feeling that can hang with the big boys.

Photo of Lard_City
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color. Mild malt and hop nose. Hoppy, sweet and malty. Very well balanced. I prefer this to Sculpin.

Photo of PlacementSix
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a little malty for my taste but overall it's a pretty good American style IPA. The color is amazing, it's almost blood red.

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

Very good - just a clean, crisp , easy to drink California IPA. This could be your everyday beer.

Photo of RenzoD
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is nothing standard about this beer, but it is what an American IPA should taste like. Feel, taste, smell. All around excellent beer and one of the best of this style. Just when I was starting to think that an IPA was just an IPA I stumbled into Ballast Point. They are a breath of fresh air when it comes to the style.

Photo of ElJacobian
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This tastes just like the Mexican spicy dried fruit candies. If you haven't had one before, think spicy apricot. Not a very sessionable beer in my opinion, but I enjoy the unique taste very much. It has a resiny, spicy and fruity aftertaste, with the malt holding its own as well.

Photo of OleGee
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved everything about this beer - was 2.5 months old but still was very fresh & hoppy with a great mouth feel - another excellent IPA from BP.

Photo of Hayden34
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA but definitely no Sculpin.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color and head, Amazing. Wasnt expecting much out of this beer seeing how it was 3 months old. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,602 ratings.