Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,747
Reviews: 1,070
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 163
Gots: 685 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Ratings: 3,747 | Reviews: 1,070
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Photo of ncarter5889
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good IPA, but it's no Grapefruit Sculpin.

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.


Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery apricot amber, offwhite head, wreaths of lacing. . Aroma of eucalyptus and guavas in syrup. Taste of menthol, pine resin and a touch of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy. Overall a fine West Coast IPA

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, bright pumpkin orange-amber. The larger than average head is dark cream in color, finely pitting and firmsticky. I'm already seeing loads of fine lace in intricate patterns, ultimately in thin rings. Beautiful hoppy nose. Man I love Centennial! The citrus fruitiness seems to be more orange and lemon than grapefruit. I've smelled a lot of IPAs lately and this aroma is up there with the best.

This may be the most 'orangey' tasting IPA that I've ever had (actually, it tastes more like tangerine juice than orange juice). There's also the unmistakable flavor of grapefruit pith and pine sap that I love so much. The hopping is pretty well done, perhaps a little harsher than I'd like, but not bad. Pale malt is appreciated, but is playing second fiddle for sure. The finish is long, hoppy and bitter and the mouthfeel is full for the style.

Big Eye is a pretty darn good IPA. It doesn't get into my upper tier, but it's still heartily recommended. Especially if you're of the hophead persuasion.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of RockyRaku
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent amber orange with a good 2-3 fingers of head and leaves a trail of sticky lacing behind. Big sweet floral aroma and citrus hops with a nice complement of malt make for a great scent. Was expecting more hops (don't see a bottled on date), though there is a nice crisp hop presence, again with citrus and florals dominating the hop profile. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for an IPA, but some slightly oily feeling is there. Carbonation level is good, and the finish is dry with a lingering bitterness that is very pleasant. Very enjoyable, this is going down pretty fast. Alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet candy sugar, melons and pine.

The flavor is biscuity malts and sweet melon with piney peppery hops that have a decent amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a fine IPA. I got excited by the all Centennial, but this wasn't nearly as good as Two-Hearted. It is still solid.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in the most recent US Beer Trade!! Thanks!

Has a small light beige head. Beer itself is a light amber/orange color. More orange than amber.

The smell is all hops. It's citrusy and well....hoppy.

Taste isn't quite as hopped up as the aroma, but still good. There is a bit of sweetness which is evident in the slightly thinker/maltier mouthfeel. I can definitely taste the alcohol, which is a bit of a shock as I don't expect much alcohol in my IPA. Still good, just a bit of bite in the throat. Mouthfeel is all bubbly.

This is a reasonably drinkable beer. I wouldn't want to have liters and liters of it, but I would keep some around if it was available in my area.

I recommend this IPA as a change from all the IIIPA we have so much of anymore.

Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are a million IPAs out there, but this is in a class of US gold standard ales. Ballast Point may get more beer geeks to praise their Scuplin IPA, but big eye deserves more love out there. It's a perfectly balanced malty hop spicy and citrus infused masterpiece of an ale. At 7% abv, it just teeters at edge of session ales, but gives plenty of kick without stepping into imperial ipa land.

A must have for ipa fans! One of my favorites.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold/copper color with a decent, off white head that retains very well. Smells juicy, citrusy, tropical, malty caramel, ...smells delicious. Taste is also very impressive. Tropical notes, grapefruit, caramel up front and is quickly taken over by a HUGE bite of bitterness that maintains control. Very dry, astringent finish. Medium bodied, good carbonation. This beer is crazy bitter. Wow. Very enjoyable and pretty drinkable if you dont mind your taste buds being fried.

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a blurb about the beer on the side of the label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear copper-orange colour with a hearty off white lace that leaves small patches all of the glass.

Smell: Fairly bristly hoppy aroma with a fruity back round, rather malty underneath the hops with hints of caramel.

Taste: Beefy medium body with a moderate carbonation and smooth and creamy mouth feel. Aggressive prickly hop bitterness with a juicy fruit character both from the hops and yeast. Suggestions of tangerines and pineapple on the tongue, caramel maltiness middle to end though has difficulty getting through the big hop presence. Hop flavour leaves an everlasting finish of raw herb and a touch of earth that helps dry in the end.

Notes: Hopped with a single variety of hop called Centennial, well structured to make for a great American IPA with an outstanding balance and drinkability.

Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle, from Bruisn-Ales in Asheville, pours a clear copper/orange body with a medium beige head. Good retention with some sticky patch lacing.

Succulent aroma of grapefruit and orange, edged with pine and toasted caramel.

Medium body and carbonation with a slick hop oil presence.

Taste has an assertive citrusy hop bitterness with a pine cone note underneath. Toasty caramel malt balances well. Grapefruit hop presence rules the finish and pervades the aftertaste.

This could be a "go to" American IPA if it were widely available. Very well done.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness dating offered. Great to see this fine S.D. beer available on the east coast. Pours almond/orangy amber, clear under an off white tiny bubble head, that leaves great looking fine sheeting/lacing. The unmistakable freshness of the hopped laden nose, brings back those lazy days on the left coast, yum. Way Citric, piney, resiny, hop lovers will love this one. Not over poweringly crunching (Ruinationlike) but 'SD" style all the way. Smooth, flavorful, high quality. Welcome to the neighborhood.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber thanks to KingG...
Beautiful clear copper color with a full finger and a half of bright white head that sticks around forver and produces some thick webbed lace.
Sweet at first sniff with a nice dose of fruity hops...citrus mostly with a mango splash.
Taste is quite solid and is borderline IIPA IMHO...glad to see the sweetness take the back seat to the bitterness that is quite extreme from finish to end. Alcohol is slightly detected as it warms, but by no means distracting.
The mouthfeel is above average for the style and the carbonation is a twinge too high for me to make this a true session brew.
Either way, a solid offering and a great first impression from the folks at Ballast Point...must find some of their others.

Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange-yellow in color with 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: citrus hops and caramel malt. This has the generic smell I associate with the style

Taste: citrus hops, caramel, biscuit, and a bit of pine hops--a lot more complex than the smell

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, moderate carbonation, bitter with a sweet backbone

Drinkability: When I smelled this brew I was like not again--same indistinguishable American IPA. However, this beer opens up just about as much as any beer I have had when tasted. There are a lot of layers here. A nice and complex beer, I could have two or three.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber.Nice pour with a 1 finger head.Smell is Grapefruit.The taste is grapefruit and a slight lemon taste with a little bitterness but not to much.This is a solid IPA with a good 7.0ABV.Not quite as good as Sculpin but pretty good.Give it a try.Thanks to Mr Renteria for giving this one to me.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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