Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by uberabr:
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Clear golden amber, medium carbonation and a light head -- maybe too understated. Lacing abounds on the sides of my glass, I'm anticipating some good hops.
Aroma is subtle, but I'm a little stuffed up at the moment. Definitely bright, some bitters, but light overall. In the mouth it's got a big body, the hops create a light, crisp feel. It's very "drinkable." Taste starts off with spicy bitters followed by a bright, fruity hop. The Centennial creates good citrus without much of the overpowering tropical melon you find in the California IPAs loaded with Cascade. Still, there is a juicy apple/pear along with the citrus that places it well within fruity IPA country, and hop heads will admire it's soft touch. And there's something more, a hint of lime? pineapple? berry? I can't quite place it, it's subtle and well rounded.
It leaves the mouth with a creamy, malty butter. It's full of spice with a kind of musky earth to it and a hint of minty grass. Meanwhile, the bite and citrus from the hop lingers. All in all a very enjoyable brew. It's subtle, bright and balanced, with a weight and feel in the mouth that's bold enough to take it seriously without being too heavy to quaff down.
Serving type: on-tap
07-02-2010 18:59:37 | More by uberabr
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4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7% abv.
Appearance: The body has an orange amber color with a light haze and lively carbonation flowing up to the head. It’s head slowly settles from tall thick and creamy off white foam. A light coving holds on till the last sip.
Smell: This is one of the highlights of this beer. It is full of floral, citrusy orange and sweet tropical fruity notes of papaya and mango.
Taste / Palate: On the tongue hop bitterness is king. The flavor is darker and more bitter than the nose suggested. The malt lays down a nice sweet bready base but the hops quickly take over with orange pith and deep resinous bitterness which hangs on long into the finish. The palate feels right on and balanced with good lively carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 07:18:53 | More by generallee
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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