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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 125
Gots: 337 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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Reviews by kojevergas:
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bet before 05/17/13. Acquired as part of a six pack at a local Von's grocery store. 7.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose Sculpin IPA I hugely respect. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style; there's nothing unique or special here. But there are no overt flaws either.

Sm: Oily piney hops, heavy floral hops, pale malts, messy grapefruit citrus zest, mango and more tropical notes, pineapple, and light nectar hops. Something's off; it doesn't come off fresh or refreshing. It's messy and the flavour profile isn't what I like and expect from a great IPA. Still, it's clean and more complex than most other IPA aromas. Not at all too hoppy, though some hop bitterness is evident. An above average strength aroma.

T: Lots of juicy crisp fruity hops, redolent especially of tropical fruit like mango and pineapple. Pale malts form the clean somewhat refreshing foundation. Unfortunately, hop bitterness does creep out on the climax and in the finish - a severe flaw. Floral hops. Light hop nectar. It's not the oily hop extract core of an IPA like Lagunitas; the profile is much more tropical than most IPAs. Anyone who claims this is exactly like Sculpin is out of their gourd. It's clean and pleasant but lacks the body and complexity of a superior IPA (like Sculpin). Not too hoppy at all. I kind of like that though; it's not trying to be a double IPA. No malty sweetness or backbone; it's more cut and dry hoppy. Fairly balanced but lacking the complexity and subtlety it needs. I like it, but it's far from fantastic. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thin and weak, lacking body and presence. Carbonation is slightly overdone. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom tailored to it.

Dr: A pretty good IPA that hides its ABV well, but it's nothing to write home about. $11 in a grocery store feels rather steep. I wouldn't get it again with Lagunitas' offerings next to it on the shelf, but it's a passable beer for the style. Ballast Point does far better. I don't understand the comparisons to Sculpin; this don't hold a candle. Still, it's worth looking into for fans of the style. It's quite drinkable; I'll have no trouble polishing off the six pack I picked up.


kojevergas, Feb 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of osant37
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. can at 45 degrees F. into a tulip style ipa glass.
A - golden blossom honey with a slight haze . 1 finger of clingy soapy foam that sticks around. alcohol legs are present around the glass.

S - Tropical fruits are strong, mango, pineapple & mandarin oranges. sweet, sweet malty / honey notes.

T - bitter tropical smash to the pallet. mid mouth sweetness from the malts almost like a frosted donut with tropical fruit salad on top. this is absolutely delicious.

M- full bodied. coats the mouth in flavor and leaves a delicious resiny aftertaste.

O - This Beer is fucking awesome. I can drink this IPA everyday. And IMHO is just slighty better than sculpin. I would buy this and many other of the fantastic offerings by Ballast Point Brewing whenever possible. happy to have a great ipa like this for my 300th beer.


osant37, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange color with tight formed but rather quick to fade one finger white head.Good complexity in the nose,citric hop aromas along with some alcohol dipped apricot, mixed with some hard water and caramel/biscuit.Pretty well balanced with the healthy hop dose winning the day,big citrus and resin mixed with a big hefty sweetish caramle base.Its good but not out of the main stream American IPA realm,thats not a bad thing by any means,just sayin.

oberon, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful and cloudy orange in color with a modest but stubborn head.

Smell – Wonderful mix of floral, pine, and citrus hops. There’s also a lovely toasted malt base to this one.

Taste – This ale is so complex it is simple. The numerous hops, which I can’t identify, work in perfect harmony. The malt base is there but in the background. The flavor is very subtle yet strong. This is a nice IPA.

Mouthfeel – About medium in the body and extremely refreshing. This one is extra smooth yet crisp and clean.

Drinkabilty – This was one of the most drinkable IPAs that I have had to date. This would be a great one to give to a friend as an introduction to the style.

Comments – Another wonderful offering from Ballast Point. Mickeymac was kind enough to send me this one. Sadly, this was the last of the awesome care package that he sent. Ironically, I think this also puts me over 500 karma points and gives me another dash of ale. How fitting.

RoyalT, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -20%

aszatk01, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of legalag11
4.75/5  rDev +17%

legalag11, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of DavyJones
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

DavyJones, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of nohead02
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark for an IPA and almost orange in color. Big foamy head and lots of bubbles rising to the top upon pouring. The aroma is slightly citrusy and not particularly big. This leads to a surprise because this is a powerful IPA that fills the mouth big time. I like hoppiness but would prefer a little more complexity over the fairly one-dimensional flavor of this stuff. If you don't like big Left Coast IPA's this isn't for you. Overall I liked it but will probably pick something else off the shelf next time I go for an IPA.

nohead02, May 26, 2008
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Tiernan, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

woodchipper, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of RockyRaku
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appealing coopery color poured with a thin creamy head at first with nice lacing. The head diminished. The aroma hit me with a sweet estery (more sweet than spicey) aroma, slightly bready. Overall appealing nose. The taste was piney..earthy bitter on the back of the tongue that seemed to sustain itself between swigs. Light-medium body with light and crisp carbonation.

RockyRaku, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1.5%

SkiBum22, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of nuggetnectar01
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium copper color with a three finger slightly brown foamy head. Little bubbles are left on top of the beer scattered around. Average head retention with great lacing left behind.

Smells of apricot, honey, lemons, grapes, caramel, biscuit, and bubblegum, it sure smells delicious.

Taste is full of citrus upfront with a nice malt backbone to balance it out, nice hop bitterness shows up at the end. Very balance beer IMO. Wonderful taste.

Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

This is one great beer. I can drink this beer all throughout the summer. Great find and recommended. Reminds me kind of Alpha King from Three Floyds.

nuggetnectar01, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color with a moderate head and carbonation. The head sticks around for a bit and also coats the side with it sticky goodness. Quite a bit of particulate matter even with an easy pour.

S - Lot of citrus and early hops, with a bit of light caramel sweetness.

T - Citrus up front with some pine notes in middle and to finish. More malty then I was expecting with a little bread note to go with the caramel and base malt.

M - Moderate body, the alcohol and carbonation with a little tingle and warmth to let it finish clean.

D - Very balanced IPA, not to heavy handed, good bit of bitterness but lots of aroma also. Nice body really makes this is great IPA to enjoy a few of.

steelerguy, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Dmann
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from a San Diego brewery. This one poured a sunset orange color with a dense white head that left some nice lace. The smell was big on citrusy hops with a slight scent of malt way in the background. As for the taste, this has to be one of the more balanced IPA's I've ever had and would be a good session IPA for sure. The flavor is hoppy for sure, but it is balanced out very nicely by a thick malt backbone and a nice hearty mouthfeel. A great beer that I will revisit soon.

Dmann, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

SuomiHobbit, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass very deep, somewhat hazy amber red. A healthy inch of creamy off white head on top that leaves sticky patches of lacing in its wake. Aromas are big on rich caramel and toffee malts. Floral, herbal, slightly citric hops are not far behind. Quite perfumy. There's somewhat of a biscuity quality here as well.

First sip brings a slightly sweet caramel/toffee malt body upfront. I get a touch of biscuit flavor in there as well. The floral, perfumy hops move in with a green, herbal tinge to them as well. Good bitterness follows and provides a nice respite from the sweetness. Finishes with lots of lingering caramel and toffee flavors, really too much for me in this instance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Goes down smooth and is a pretty easy drinking IPA. Mellow carbonation throughout. Overall, this one seemed a little malt forward to me and the caramel/toffee was quite intense. Not something I would actively seek out but I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks to Overlord for tossing this one my way.

orbitalr0x, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of blitz134
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small head on the pour, quarter inch of dirty white foam of varying bubbles sizes reduced to a skim layer with sporadic lacing. Body is a light caramel color that sparkles in the light.

Aroma is sweet with bubble gum and cotton candy while this is colder and transitions to a bit more caramel as it warms. Floral and citrus hops really come out as well, not overly grapefruity though, a touch more tropical. A nicely put together, simple, aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Quite balanced. Has some slightly toasted malts that go with a touch of biscuit and some crystal malts add a slight touch of sugar, but not really sweet. Hops are still floral and citrus but this time come across with a more assertive resin, grapefruit bitterness, especially in the finish. Burps are quite hoppy the second time around too, hehe.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel that is heavy and sticky enough to coat the tongue but not overwhelming. Carbonation adds just the right amount of crispness.

Super easy to put down, a nicely balanced beer in my opinion with a nice bitter edge to it, realitively full bodied, but still crisp. All of this really help with the drinkability here.

blitz134, Mar 30, 2007
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

Mfalcone, Aug 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

kevrob802, Oct 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 22, 2014
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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