Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Never seen this beer before until it popped up at my local Kroger. Made damn sure it wasn't brewed in "Rochester, NY" before purchasing it (this due to previous bad experiences with new brands that were being brewed by the mega-brewery in the Empire State). San Diego! Yes!
Appearance 3.75: Poured out a rich, golden color. Slightly opaque. Nice sized head, but was obviously CO2 powered as it quickly dissipated.
Smell 4.25: Very interesting bouquet on this brew. Hops dominate -obviously-- but there is something else here that is intriguing. Very green, very chlorophyllic...lots of citrus notes, pine resin, biting alkaline notes. Fabulous.
Taste 4.0: Front is dry with a pleasant and equally dry hit of mid-palate hops. Middle has much more of a malt sweetness, but this is very restrained. Hops also dominate at this taste level, but this is constructed in such a way that the taste fades into the...finish which is where a very pleasant and refreshing burst of grapefruit-rind flavored hops floods in with a cleansing and taste-altering focus. The aftertaste is short, dry and brings even more hop goodness to the fore as it seems to creep in from the sides of the mouth to the center of the palate.
Mouthfeel 3.5: I honestly thought it could be more creamy. The basic CO2 conditioning was not bad, but certainly was not anything special.
Overall 4.0: Excellent IPA. I cannot imagine sitting down and trying all my top IPAs back to back. It might make it impossible to differentiate. However, this baby would stand out for its emphasis on bitterness and on different levels of hops. It's almost as if they decided to just go hop crazy and make an IPA and then dry-hop the heck out of it as well. Highly recommended for fans of the style. You will be hard-pressed to find an IPA so distinctive.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2013 07:01:04 | More by BeerDocT
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