Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
4.55/5 rDev +11.8%
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
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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