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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,056 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,056
Hads: 3,978
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 190
Gots: 850 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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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.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big huge resinous piney hops. Same on the taste with a very rich and tongue scrubbing hop flavor. Some citrus shines through but mostly piney rich resinous hops. Some sweetness from the malts as well bready and sweet.

The normal defining terms dont do this one justice. Great carbonation that matches the hop crispness really nicely. This ones pretty bitter and will satisfy any hop needs. What a great beer and brewery perfect score.

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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.


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Photo of LukeK1231
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32 oz. "Big Z" growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber/golden with a 1 finger off-white head

Smell: Unbelievable!! Lots of fruit smells including pineapple, various citrus and maybe mango. Hoppy smells came thorugh almost as strong and made for a powerful yet perfect aroma.

Taste: Bitter hop taste in the beginning followed by a combination of fruits, pineapple taking the lead. Nice combination. Finish was crisp and smooth refreshing; "classic IPA" taste at the end.

Overall: A great IPA that I will make my standard until a better comes along. And at a nice strong 7% a well-rounded beer.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%

What a wonderful beer. Its everything that I seek out in an IPA! Just like Sculpin, it is floral and juicy with wonderful hints of tropical fruit and citrus. Not as brightly scented and flavored as Sculpin in my opinion, but where it is not quite as potent with tropical elements, it has a wonderfully fresh flavor with crisp citrus notes to ripen it up. Truly a masterfully done beer!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Glorious dark copper color with thin micro-bubble head that retains well.

Nose is sharp/prickly citrus, maybe orange peel or tangerine. Enticing nose for sure.

On the palate is a notable (pleasant) black Darjeeling Tea taste from the malt sweetness with an ESB-like quality to the ale. This is very clean, refreshing, with most of the hop character towards the end.

Creamy characteristic across the palate. The nice head probably enhances this (good foam onto the palate at first, especially). More body than expected.

Finish is firm and somewhat dry with a smooth chalky, tea-like sweetness with hop dryness. Very satisfying!

One of my favorite and more unique IPA's. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of BeerSquid
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recomended by the fine folks of Whitemarsh Beverage, Plymouth Meeting Pa.
Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours very smoothly. Settles into the glass with a light translucent orange colour. Minimal head that stays throughout the consumption.

S- Very powerful. I can honestly smell this onw from a good foot and a half away. Great sent of American Hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T- Its all there. Miraculous complexity that washes over the whole mouth. Great bit that magnifys from the first sip and holds to the back of the tongue. The pine and citrus carry from the nose and really make for a spectacular brew.

M- Not overly carbonated. The flavour really concentrates to the sides of the tongue and lingers very nicely.

D- Would absloutely have this beer again. In fact, Im about to. Fantastic pick.


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Photo of lumikuuro
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle, now 6.0% abv.

Appearance: Vibrant copper, clear. Thick off white head with some retention that leaves heavy lace.

Aroma: Sweet and tart citrusy hops, with a slightly curious wet malt smell that isn't bad, rather it grows on you.

Taste: Divine. Delicate lemon and tangerine flavours along with an intense physalis hop bitterness that lingers for a long time. The hops also offer just a hint of grapefruit, a touch of grass, even some orange and lime. There is even just the slightest touch of banana from the soft malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated but very quickly evaporates into an unusually dry finish for the style. A welcoming change.

Drinkability: A really beautifully balanced IPA that takes citrus hop flavours to a whole new level. This is an absolute delight.

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Photo of DrLasers
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very popular beer in San Diego and for a good reason. It embodies what I (and many other locals) consider to be a West Coast IPA. It hits all the marks expected without going overboard in one certain area. In 2012 alone I added 3, 1/6 barrels to my kegerator rotation and it was exceptional every time.

Update 2014- After several more kegs of this IPA I am still in love. IMO the best IPA in San Diego.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%

The benchmark of Centennial IPAs. Yes, I've had Two Hearted and Founders Centennial

Draft into pint glass at Coopers, Scranton. Has the beautiful copper color of an extremely hoppy caramel malt beer. Very hazy and murky. Frickin yum, my taste buds are already alive.
Strong grapefruit starts it off, with a sweeping transition to a piney dry bitterness, that isn't offensive. That bitterness just leads to the next pull, and before you know it, you're ready for another pint.
The hops in this are the chewiest in any single IPA I've had. Palate coating. This beer is what Green Flash's Palate Wrecker should be.
I've had Big Eye a few months old, and loved it as it mellowed a bit too. Still very hoppy with a strong black pepper that came to the forefront. Same is in Dorado.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - uncapped, it begins bubble formation and starts creeping up the neck. Very fluffy into the glass, lots of bubbles clinging to the glass. A thick finger of manila foam, very sticky.

Aroma - pineapple, mango, pine, sweet citrus. Smells outstanding.

Taste - caramel malts, to the sweet side for sure. Lots of orange and lemon, some dry pininess in the background. Lots of citrus up front, drying in the swallow and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - heavier than average, very carbonated but it doesn't come across as much during drinking.

Overall - one of the most enjoyable IPAs I've had in a while. Short list for max sessionability.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap Big IPA great different hop notes from pepper to pine could be columbus and chinook. Nice big head and copper clear look with tight little bubbles. Excellent malt backbone of munich taste and perfect bitterness. Great finish for a great brew.

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Photo of cgstarry
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding brew.

I found it while on vacation in San Diego and am bummed that I can't get it here in Minnesota.

The appearance is clear and slightly amber. There is nice colorful artwork on the label and when ppoured it leaves nice lacing on the way down.

The smell is bright and hoppy. Almost citrus but with a sweet malty unlerlayment.

The taste is complex and very enjoyable. Starts sweet and finished bitter and clean.

Drinkability is excellent. Too excellent. This is a strong beer and is dangerously delicious. Wnjoy with this in mind!

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Photo of BradBLR
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice amber color, orange highlights when held up to the light. The head was slightly off white and lasted the whole beer with good lacing. Wow, the aroma was a very strong floral scent you could smell while pouring it, the sign of good things to come.

The taste was all hops, accompanied by a light toffee malt taste. The hops were very strong and flavorful. The mouthfeel was good, but the CO2 was just a slight bit too weak, but nothing worth complaining about.

A great beer. One of the top 5 IPAs I've had. Give it a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Yada, yada, yada, I know a bunch of adjectives, this is a simply outstanding IPA. A bargain even at $10.99 a six pack. The color is probably its best feature and the features that matter are outstanding. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep clear copper and a beautiful creamy white head.
S - Caramel, malt, hops and a slight citrus tone.
T - Orange peel, lime, hops. Bitter aftertaste.
F - Fresh, smooth, medium.
O- Great, would definitely have more in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Big resin, pine, mint hop nose.
Brilliant ruby tinted gold under a 2" finely bubbled foam cap, rapidly descends but leaves excellent lace.
The palate starts with malt caramel and bread then resin, pine and citrus hop flavors take over with an assertive hop accent on the finish.
Medium body and carbonation, crisp, dry, refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of Tenor
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was at Whole Foods and noticed an IPA from Ballast Point, which I had not heard of before..I was not disappointed.

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden orange with half a finger of foam....a little cooler than I would have liked.

S- Citrus, pine, grapefruit

T- Winner winner chicken dinner! Slight malt presence with hops that are in your face yet not overbalanced. It is what I like in an IPA

M- medium carbonation, slightly syrupy

Overall, I give this beer a 4.75...I would love to try a few more to get a better handle on it. This is a great example of an IPA.

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Photo of Tilghman
4.75/5  rDev +17%

A very good IPA. Having tried my first Ballast Point brew last week (Sculpin) decided to try the Big Eye as well. Almost as good, but thought Sculpin was a little better (IMHO) However, Big Eye is a finely crafted beer and very good in its own right.

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Photo of michaelmarolla
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent brew! It seems like a near perfected IPA, in my humble opinion. I'm starting to see what some of the hype is about, and the reason Ballast Point is priced the way it is. I've noticed many people mention India Pale Ale was an acquired taste for them, but for me, It was love at first taste. Haha, But really, I enjoyed IPA from the start, my first IPA being the "Hopsecutioner" by Terrapin. If I had to sum this particular beer up with just one word, it would be, 'Amazing'!

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Photo of Glanzman
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle served in a mug.

Pours a beautiful, opaque golden color with a frothy, 2-finger head with nice lacing throughout.

Smells of citrus hops... wonderful, wonderful aroma.

Taste of citrus hops with a nice bite of bitterness (not overpowering) at the end.

Well done beer and certainly worth a six pack.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark amber, slightly hazy with 3 finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. Deep citrus aroma with slight piney hoppiness. Nice malty taste, quickly followed by a piney hop burst, ending in a smooth citrus taste with a nice bitter aftertaste. Slightly soapy. This is a great IPA!!

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Photo of gleemonger
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear, deep yellowish orange & red with a nice off-white head. Some lacing, but not much, and not much retention.

Not a huge aroma, so might be a little out of date. Some pine and citrus with sweet malt. Hard to pick up much else.

First hit with some sweet yet toasty malts, but mixed with some tasty, piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops. Each of these flavors pretty well linger into the aftertaste, leaving a nice, refreshing toasty malt with not much bitterness, but just a good little punch. The very last thing to stick around is a pleasant bitterness. Super well balanced and tasty, in more of a non-West Coast kind of way, but also not overkill on the caramel malts like many of the East Coast varieties are.

Moderate body with fairly light carbonation, but just enough to keep it crisp and refreshing. Smooth and fairly creamy.

This was one of the first IPA's to break me through into loving IPA's and every time I revisit it, I still love it. I remember there being more aroma in the past, so I might have faulted it too much in that dept, but I have to review the one I'm reviewing right now. Will have to try again, maybe on tap if possible, to see if the fresher version has more aroma. For a maltier, more "balanced" version of an IPA, this one definitely stands out to me.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fairly loud fizzly pour to a off white bubbly finger length head. Reddish hued amber color. Good color in my opinion.

Fresh hoppy scent. This just came to the store today and it smells really good. Sweet caramel undertones accent citrus and pine resin character.

Light spice note hits first bringing on an orange piney caramel sweet which leads to a fairly aggressive bitter finish thats pretty tasty. Hints of some spicy fruity characteristics.

Smooth and nice medium mouthfeel. Carries this beer well.

Umm, yeah. This is very good. Hoppy, balanced, this has some characters of bigger beers and its really tasty. This really sometimes could be mistaken for a dipa. Im thinkin I really like centennial hops. A lot.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a beautiful orange-red color with a two finger, frothy off-white head. The smell is a wonderful perfume of American hops. Lots of citrus present; lemons, oranges, grapefruit and pineapple all come to mind, also some grassy pine. The taste is a floral bouquet of hops, balanced nicely with a biscuity, slightly toasted malts. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky smooth carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent IPA, not overboard on hops but satisfying and drinkable.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.