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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,322 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,322
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 124
Gots: 363 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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1.72/5  rDev -57.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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2.1/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is my first Ballast Point beer and it is horrible. I don't know if it went bad somehow. It has a date of Dec 5, 2012 and I bought it from Halftime but all of the other beers I have drank from there are great.

The beer has no hop smell at all. I detect and taste the maltiness but that's not doing much for me either. Very disappointing.

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2.12/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of Chico1985
2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz to pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a super creamy off-white head. It retains very well and leaves nice lacing. I should have been suspicious of the noticeably little amount of bubbling going on. At least it looked great.

Mostly just getting toasty malt in the scent, very little/no hop presence.

Toasted malt/caramel is more or less the only flavor here, unless you count booze. Maybe the tiniest, tiniest bit of floral hops. Mouthfeel is syrupy on the brink of flat. Just really off, I can only assume this is a bad bottle. It has the '10' notch on the bottom so I figure it's fresh though..

Edit: Had it again on-tap, presumably fresh...not as offensive as the bottle taste, but to me still a very dull IPA. Just not getting much hop flavor here.

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2.44/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, light amber. Nose is a very woody, earthy hop with light citrus and watermelon. A peculiar smell that piqued my interest. Taste starts with a hop resin, moves to an intense bitterness, and concludes with cloves and a strong earthy flavor. The hop flavor is poorly balanced, pungent, and cloying like drinking a perfume or eating a raw hop. I love the hoppy beers but this one seems like hop extracts stirred into water. Feel is perhaps wetter than the average IPA. Drinkability suffers from the intense bitterness.

Nonetheless, I can say this is a very unique beer and may impress some. It's really not my style, though, and I love American IPAs. I've heard good things about their Sculpin and can't wait to try it. This one is really out there, though.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured hazy honey golden into a pint with a decent course off-white head. Nose was sour fruit with a hint of mildew. Very first taste was a pleasing assault of hops and bitterness. But the finish hinted at citrus and sour yeast. The second sip was astringent sour lemon a la lemonheads (without the sweetness). This appears to be an IPA for folks who love saisons - slightly reminiscent of Victory's Wild Devil (only less of everything). Finally finished with a lemon dish soap chemical feel.

Drain pour.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,322 ratings.