Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Somewhere between gold and orange with a slight haze. Half inch of off white head forms with great retention; even after 5 minutes or so a thick cap remains. Moderate/decent lacing as well.
S - Good stuff going on here, this reminds me a lot of some of my favorite DIPAs. There's a great bready sweetness as the backbone with the full spectrum of hop aromas. Most prominent is citrus, mainly grapefruit and lime, with pine and tea-like aromas coming in a close second. Earth and grass is present in small amounts with a touch of saltiness. The buttery, almost caramel like sweetness is extremely enticing for me when it comes to hoppy beers like this.
T - Fruity sweetness hits immediately reminding me of apples and peaches mixed with pine. Buttery-ness pulls through mildly but doesn't approach the near-caramel territory of the nose. Sweetness is short lived as the hops take over mid palate with very green, herbal notes. Grass and tea stand out the most but everything from celery seed to chive to rosemary to Italian herbs can be found along the way. The spicy/vegetal flavors segue into the inherent salty-like flavor of grapefruit, and citrus takes center stage late palate. Grapefruit is the main contender but there's a strong lime element, something I don't normally run across in the average IPA. Rough, pith like bitterness takes hold in the finish and doesn't let go.
M - Solid medium body with moderate to low carbonation. A little heavier than I would expect for the style but probably suits the flavors well.
D - A little heavy and definitely a little intense. I doubt I could handle more than one at a time. Big Eye IPA definitely walks an interesting line between IPA and DIPA with much focus on the hops. A great beer to be sure, probably a must-have in a market saturated with medicore IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2009 05:07:09 | More by PatrickJR
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