Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,751
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 164
Gots: 691 | 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: 3,751 | Reviews: 1,071
Photo of Jrizzle251
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best IPAs to some off the West Coast.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average. Had higher hopes, I'm a big fan of Ballast Point, but this one has a much less pronounced hop punch then your typical west coast IPA.

Photo of dcall384
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know if I got an old beer in a mixed six or what happened, but this beer was just not that great. The after taste was really bad. Seemed really sharp on the tough, not in a good way either. Overall just not impressed.

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty great! I would say a well rounded IPA all the flavors seem to be on equal levels. If you see this IPA I would recommend giving it a try

Photo of scbeerman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Better than Sculpin, if a bit heavier

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

Great IPA. Favorite of the Ballast Point.

Photo of heytomcat
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic WC IPA. In your face right from the start. Prefer Sculpin instead. Piney hops

Photo of ARoman
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip. A bread and marmalade aroma come through with a slight dampness, toffee, and juicy citrus supporting aromas. It's oily and clear with an amber hue and a soft, light tan, dense foam head with good retain and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet blend. The texture is oily with a soapy fuzz carbonation. The medium body is lightly flavored with bread and bitter marmalade and it finishes with a crisp zip and toasted rye bread, as well as a juicy citrus and bitter citrus peel. The aftertaste is bitter and waxy with heavy bitter grapefruit, toasted rye bread, and some grass notes. It's aftertaste is fairly strong with a medium long length.

Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber color with a bountiful head of coarse, cream-colored foam. Aroma smells of grapefruit and biscuity malt with hints of pine resin and bubblegum. Impressively thick gobs of lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste follows the nose, with grapefruit pith, pine resin, and bready malt, with a definite slant toward the bitter side. My first impression is very reminiscent of Angry Bastard. Alcohol adds a little bite on the back end but is mostly under control. Medium body and carbonation lend a slightly loose yet drinkable, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a no-frills, well-executed, bog standard IPA.

Photo of drepreciado
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but I set the bar high for Sculpin

Photo of jackb112
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as great as sculpin, but this is one solid IPA

Photo of T100Mark
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass (on a fine Friday evening).

Appearance - A nice bronze color (a little darker than your average West Coast IPA). Dense, off-white head. Great lacing. Amazing clarity. A very handsome beer.

Smell - A big citrus hop nose, upfront, but I also detect a whiff of toasty malt.

Taste - Big, pine needle hop flavor. Slightly herbal. Spicy (think black peppercorns). Like the nose, there is a bit of sweet, toasty malt just below the surface. Delicious.

Mouth - Fizzy. Very good carbonation.

Overall - I was expecting yet another West Coast IPA. What a I got was a truly wonderful beer. Yes, the big Cascade hops are there in full force. The malty foundation, however, ties the whole thing together. I wouldn't call the the ale "balanced" but it sure is tasty. This beer might be better than Ballast Point's Sculpin. It's definitely cheaper!

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 minnz21
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. Everyone seems to know Sculptor but Bug Eye is no slouch. Darker in color and hops are subtle but punchy. Very consistent taste throughout the process. A must try.

Photo of redsoxjim
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice head and great color. Nice smell l, had it out of a can. Can't wait to try it from a bottle/glass

Photo of Yeah_IPA
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I find it to be rich, bright, sweet and complex. It's very satisfying.
Clean finish.

Photo of scream
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

too resiny for my taste

Photo of nickono
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well balanced IPA. Light brown with typical IPA aroma. A little lighter than Sculpin. Enough bitterness as IPA.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off white head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber/copper color. The beer has a nice smooth texture to it.

The beer smell is very bitter and very hoppy. The hop notes mainly consist of a very strong dry hopped pine and resin note. However, the smell has a slight honey malt note underneath all of that.

The taste is a bit less bitter than the smell. The taste still has the strong bitter pine hop notes. However, the malt is a bit sweeter and stronger even though it is still overpowered by the hops. The malts actually take off some of the mass hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is interesting. The beer itself is medium bodied with a tickling carbonation. However, the actual drinking of the beer feels a bit rough for an IPA. Although it's still pretty good. The beer has a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. My only issue with it is how bitter the smell is and how under-powered the malts are.

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

My favorite beer currently. I'm currently comparing other IPAs to this beer.

Photo of Czequershuus
2.67/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that perfectly exemplifies the problems of many IPAs. It is overly sweet, using a caramel quality to hide the bitterness, rather than showcasing and embracing it. The hop flavors are masked by muddy malts. I just cannot get behind a beer like this, especially from such a remarkably good brewery.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottle date "15064."

Copper color and clear with a thick, sticky white head. Strong piney hop aroma with a solid caramel malt backbone to balance things out. Pine, hop resin, and caramel in the flavor. Medium-full body. Long lasting flavor.

If you're looking for fruit in your IPA, this one is not for you. A well-made beer that paired nicely with aged cheddar cheese.

Photo of Beerds
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid beer but was spoiled by having sculpin first. If you've only had big eye give sculpin a shot, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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

Twice the beer of sculpin in the hops dept and cheaper awesome

Photo of Gabmen1290
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Good Average tasting IPA by Ballast Point. .not bad at all but prefer Sculpin personally.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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