Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
3.99/5 rDev -2%
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
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
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
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
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
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
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
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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