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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,866 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,866
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 99
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
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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cstowell21

Maine

1/5  rDev -75.4%

01-27-2014 02:15:04 | More by cstowell21
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.7%

12-28-2011 19:47:42 | More by thatdirtymick
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NooseJustice

Indiana

2/5  rDev -50.7%

12-01-2013 22:43:44 | More by NooseJustice
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fredmugs

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:25:36 | More by fredmugs
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 13:57:24 | More by Chico1985
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dankjohn

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

02-12-2014 01:20:31 | More by dankjohn
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bonbini26

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

01-12-2012 17:09:00 | More by bonbini26
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ambiguousfigures

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

07-20-2014 19:41:14 | More by ambiguousfigures
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

07-26-2012 03:03:28 | More by pin
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jaidenjb

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

03-31-2012 20:08:33 | More by jaidenjb
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

11-24-2012 18:47:26 | More by DonFrap
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Patricia2

California

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

09-23-2012 19:02:41 | More by Patricia2
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gyllstromk

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 00:27:05 | More by gyllstromk
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tflhokie


2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

07-19-2014 20:42:48 | More by tflhokie
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trytoketchup

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

12-07-2013 01:47:44 | More by trytoketchup
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

03-16-2014 01:28:29 | More by Fettpopps
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biker30x

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:07:17 | More by biker30x
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

05-04-2014 05:24:23 | More by MonkeyBread
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jk3

New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

05-02-2013 11:43:22 | More by jk3
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mjrex77

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

02-26-2014 19:19:12 | More by mjrex77
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JagerBombAFJ

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

02-27-2013 20:26:41 | More by JagerBombAFJ
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Hopster916

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

04-12-2014 02:41:10 | More by Hopster916
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bark

Sweden

2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The colour is deep gold (24 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white, it sinks quickly to a thick lid leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet, fruity and hoppy. Hints of onions and olive oil. Grapefruits, oranges, apricots, green bananas and a touch of marzipan. Some bitterness.

The taste starts with a robust bitterness, some green berries and fruits. Oily notes of rubber, garlic and onions. Medium body. The aftertaste is smoother with some dry citric flavours, lemon and lime. Caramel-sweetness and some biscuits. The finish is bitter, dry and a bit harsh.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the shirt-lived bubbles smooth. The liquid is a bit thick and quite sticky.

A thick and oily AIPA with some disturbing garlic flavours.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 19:08:37 | More by bark
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sobuf

New York

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I was on a Ballast Point quest this weekend. I had Bigeye first, then tried the over-hyped Sculpin. But lets touch on the Bigeye. I don't really care what my beer looks like, it's all about the taste. And this ale is VERY average, kind of bland, and forgettable. Much like Sculpin, the bitter aftertaste is extremely off-putting. In fact, the bitterness of this offering over-powers any other taste. If somebody offered me this beer, I'd drink it, but would never go out of my way to buy it again. I've been completely disapointed with Ballast Point - there's so much hype - but so little to take from the ales. Other than bitter and hard to drink. A craft brew should be exceptional - to be honest a larger brewery like Sierra Nevada has offerings that blow this away. (think Torpedo). Not to mention a top end crafter. Do't go out of your way to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 18:59:55 | More by sobuf
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RockyRaku

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:58:35 | More by RockyRaku
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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