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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,405
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 135
Gots: 431 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from Brewery Creek. Poured into my Burger King souvenir Lord of the Rings heavy glass goblet.

Appearance. Golden orange with a slight haze. Half a finger head on an easy pour quickly dissipating to small islands floating around.

Aroma. Fruity hops. Green apple, yellow grapefruit and caramel malt.

Taste. Strong hit of tropical, citrus fruity hops. Slightly burnt caramel present but not taking away from the awesome hop goodness. Fades to a bitter yellow grapefruit and tree sap. Alcohol well hidden

Mouthfeel. Medium-strong carbonation. Bitterness lasting just long enough.

Drinkability. Good drinker. Slightly sweet for me but not interfering with wanting another.

Nice hoppy, fruity IPA. Will buy again.

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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.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,405 ratings.