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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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
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
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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