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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,522 Ratings

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Ratings: 2522
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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Photo of Bone53


4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Pours an amber copper color with a one finger frothy off white head.

Smell: Earthy pine hops, oranges; Bold aromas

Taste: Resiny pine hops with some tropical notes in the back end

Mouthfeel: Full bodied for an IPA; Moderate to heavy bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Overall: As others have mentioned, this reminds me of Torpedo, but even more on the bold, resiny pine, floral side. This may not be as highly respected as Sculpin, but it's a great AIPA in its own right, focusing on different aspects. I will be picking this up the next time I see it. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:03:49 | More by Bone53
Photo of tnrambler


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a glass. Left a good, thick head with plenty of lacing.

The aroma was hoppy with a mix of pine, grapefruit and earth.

The taste was powerfully hoppy and did not disappoint since I was looking for a beer that was heavy in the hops department. This was my first beer from Ballast Point. I doubt that it will be my last.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:30:16 | More by tnrambler
Photo of FLima


4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, mango, slightly toasted malts, caramels and bread.
Bitter flavor which granted me a series of sneezes. Notes of earthy hops, caramels, tea leaves, grapefruit, mango, lemon, pine, lemon grass, perfume and spicy yeast. Very dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% has coward it against its power.
Very good IPA, but I still preferred their Sculpin with a more tropical hoppy profile. Though I did like its bold hoppy punch and good complexity. Recommendable, especially for the hoppy nation.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 21:03:36 | More by FLima
Photo of admiral


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent example of a quality American IPA

aroma: citrus/malt/caramel/grapefruit. Caramelised hops come to mind - very pleasant.

taste: pine, orange peel citrus, grapefruit, nutty caramel, orange candy and orange/caramelised hops - delicious.

A go-to quality IPA, with the big bonus being that it isn't too hard to find in Australia.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 07:22:36 | More by admiral
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a mason jar.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange color with fluffy white head that left some webbed lacing.

S- Huge pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach and mango, some malt sweetness, and light pine notes. This smells like a classic West Coast IPA.

T- Big pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach, mango, and orange citrus hop notes. Quite a bit of sweet caramel malt note, finishes with some piney hops notes, and finishes with high bitterness.

M- Very smooth, soft carbonation, very dry, refreshing, and medium body.

O- This is an awesome West Coast IPA. I actually thought I was getting a Sculpin when I saw Ballast Point IPA on the beer menu and I will say this is definitely in the same league as Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:12:12 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Paincane


3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body topped by a lingering beige head. Good lacing.
S: Floral, pine and citrus aromas. Hint of grapefruit and biscuity malt.
T: Grapefruit flavors, malt backbone, lemon peel & piney bitterness.
M: Dry, crisp body with moderate bitterness that lingers a good while. It is a clean IPA.
O: Balanced good IPA that is not as memorable as Sculpin from Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:31:06 | More by Paincane
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 26/3/14

A clear light copper, loads of tiny particles being moved around by steady streams, finger of foam slowly falls to a thin film but leaves zero lace

S grapefruit peel, dried apricots, some pine, lots of burnt brown sugar, faintly floral, nothing really jumps out with intensity

T more pine, a little lemon, and more citrus in general, still has plenty of brown sugar, tastes stronger then it smells, a slight improvement

M mild bitter bite, creams up a little from the bubbles, lots of grit, leaning towards full, brown sugar, pine and rind linger, booze is just noticeable

O decent beer but a bit of a let down for me, I was hoping for another Sculpin but this one falls a little short

5 months to the BB date I thought this one would be a little fresher, I'm guessing its 7 months old at this point not the one I was hoping for. It's far from bad beer and I do like it but my one other offering from this brewery was a memorable hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 06:59:46 | More by wordemupg
Photo of 57md


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a finger of head that took some time to completely dissipate and left some lace behind when it finally faded away. The nose has both hop notes and malt notes. The malt backbone is not a prominent in the flavor profile as the nose might suggest. The finish is semi-dry and pleasantly hoppy. This is a solid IPA, but it simply can’t come close to its cousin – Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:36:22 | More by 57md
Photo of 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
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance; hazy, brownish orange with medium carbonation, pours a decent amount of white head that settles into lacing that tightly hugs the glass.

smell; very basic IPA smell, hoppy, slightly fruity.

taste; generic hoppy flavor, quite malty,slight sweetness, a touch of bitterness.

mouthfeel; medium body, but also slightly creamy and some crips dryness in the finish, with medium carbonation cutting through.

overall; an overall positive experience, but for me, along with stone IPA, it falls under the category of IPA's that dont distinguish themselves, i wouldnt buy it again in the foreseeable future.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:14:17 | More by SteveB24
Photo of titty_mcbitty


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow and pretty clear. White head.

S: Floral hops, pine, orange.

T: Forewarning: I do like IPAs, but I am not a huge fan particularly. I will try to be as unbiased as possible. I get orange peel, pine, lemon grass, some malt, floral hops, and a nice spice on the back.

M: Medium-light. Very nice actually.

O: For an IPA, this is very good. Like I said: I am not a huge fan of IPAs. This was a refreshing beer and it was very well put together.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:00:35 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of IKR


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light-amber color with a modest-sized white head that slowly faded. Good looking IPA

Smell: Piney hop aromas feature prominently and dominate the nose.

Taste: The pine aromas carry over and feature in the taste. The finish ends fairly dry with the pine notes from the nose.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:29:28 | More by IKR
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle; into a tumbler.
Appearance - sunset orange, mild carbonation; thin white head that leaves fairly impressive lacing.
Smell - some mango and apricot (like Sculpin), but this is more floral.
Taste - a little pineapple here as well. A little more one sided in the favor of the hops and the alcohol shows up after it sits.
Feel - I feel that there is a bit of balance missing here. I like the aggressive hops, but needs a little evening out.
Overall - I find Sculpin to be a much better representation of an IPA. Big Eye is good, but lacks the necessary balance and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:14:06 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of jucifer1818


4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This one comes off with a very light amber color. A good amount of head to this one as well, with some decent staying time. 4

Smell: Sweet zombie jesus...this brew smells god. Lots of juicy topical fruits (and I swear, some fruit loops smells), mixed in with a sweet carmel malt aroma. Excellent and very bold. 4.5

flavor: mhhmmmm, this beer tastes good too....and its knows who its audience is (hop lovers that is). This beer has a strong piercing bitterness to jumps right to the point and barley tapers off. Some grape must like flavors follow up on this bitterness, which is something I personally LOVE in IPA's. A bit of fruit and citruis are present as well, but their mostly in the background. The flavor is all about the hops and that bitterness is pretty much all your going to taste. And I'm sure that most hop loves out their will like what they see. 4.25

Mouthfeel: This one comes pretty medium-of-the-road in this area...and by that I mean medium heaviness and medium carbonation. They had one job to do, make a body that facilitates the hopes (not too heavy and not with enough carbonation to cause global warming) and they did that job well. 4

Overall: I'm giving this one a 93.Its a very sharp bitter brew that has little nonsense of excess character. I does what hop lovers want it to do and it does it well. It fits the mid-sized range for beer drinkers very well, and clocks in at an affordable price and is usually not too hard to find. Its best lumped into the category I place "go too" beers. X2IPA, Maxamus, GI harvest ale, etc. All are good hoppy brews of different calibers that you can enjoy anything...and yea. You can enjoy this anytime. I highly recommend it. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:48:53 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of BierJager89


4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper color with a white head.

S: Mango, citrus and tropical fruits in the nose. Smells tasty.

T: More mango, orange, tangerine? Definitely some tropical fruit there. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied, typical IPA carbonation.

O: A great IPA, though not nearly as good as Sculpin. I'd always take Sculpin over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:44:32 | More by BierJager89
Photo of jj139


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber/copper color with a finger and a half beige head. Lacing lasted all the way down the pint glass throughout.

S - Medium nose of hoppy-citrus, pine resin and a hint of malt

T - Hops and citrus tend to dominate with a definite bite of bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. I was hoping for a creamer finish but it still was enjoyable.

O - While I enjoy Sculpin more, this is a very good beer and I will be enjoying it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 19:37:43 | More by jj139
Photo of Goliveidaho


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Every time a try a new Ballast Point beer I am amazed at the craft the brewers must have there. This IPA pours to a mellow amber glow. The head small, thin, lacing tracing the glass like cirrus clouds viewed from a California shore. The aroma floral ,more on the citrus side. Mouth banged by a ballanced hop bomb, mellowed in a herbal oil spill. Great carbonation keep the flavors pumping. Orange and lemon, lime, grape fruit. The finish a huge chorus of MORE!!! Craft beer at its finest. A Big Eye that never winks. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:37:12 | More by Goliveidaho
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Ballast Point, acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My fourth beer from Ballast Point, I believe. Expectations are good based on the brewery and this beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden citric orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy bubbly khaki foam for a head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. Looks pretty nice. Some fine sediment floating around in there when you look hard enough.

S - Smell is big and citric - grapefruit rind, fresh cut herbal grassiness, lemon flesh, some soapiness, some earthy yeast presence, and a bit of natural peppery graininess. Herbal, tropical, and very floral hops, but nothing too over the top.

T - Smell follows the nose: dry bready malt, caramel malt, some coppery metallics, lemongrass, herbal / floral hops, pine, grapefruit, some sweetened herbal tea leaf presence. Pretty nice.

M - Feel is crisp and sticky, with some resinous / fruity bitterness, and some dry bready malt. Fairly average. Light-bodied and easy drinking for 7.00% abv.

Overall, a fairly average IPA, although it is a nice drinker for being 7.00% abv. Not nearly as goo as fresh Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is, but this is well enough for what it is. Not exactly sessionable with a borderline high abv, but a solid sipper.

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA ---3.5/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:41:53 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of scotorum


4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/14/13, so this is ancient. Bought recently, but it had dust on it. I probably should have known better but I was anxious to try it after reading comments by a few BA's over the past few months who said they prefer Big Eye to Sculpin.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with a white head more than an inch tall which receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Fragrant floral and grapefruit. Yummy.

t: Grapefruit biting hops. Bitterness builds and lingers, but not particularly irritatingly so.

m: Moderate. Good body for an IPA.

o: I realize this is probably a distance from what it was like fresh, but I was impressed by the strength of the hops and also the citrus and floral notes, which I enjoy. This is an IPA with character, and I can uderstand why some like Big Eye even better than Sculpin. I'll definitely be looking for a 2014 version soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:05:29 | More by scotorum
Photo of BryanCarey


4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring to an orange/tan color, Big Eye produces a small amount of foam and a nose that is citrus- like with bread, flowers, and pine in the background. The body of the beer is clear, but I did notice some very small particles floating within.

This beer has a very pleasant IPA flavor profile. The tastes of grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine make their presence known, backed by flavors of toasted malt, pine, and a hint of caramel. The flavor is balanced nicely for the style, but the taste that dominates is the citrus. No matter how much I try to focus on other flavors, my attention continues to come back to the flavors of fruit. The fruit sensation is the taste I notice and remember best with each passing sip.

This is a very clean, very likeable IPA that reminds me of several other west coast versions of the style. It has a very juicy, very tasty hop flavor profile that will thrill hopheads and I find myself enjoying my second bottle even more than my first. Great to find Ballast Point beers in my local stores now and I can’t wait to try more.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 05:13:28 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of MagicJeff


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light Copper

S: Pineapple, wet grass, resiny citrus

T: Kind of reminds me of SN Torpedo--resiny grapefruit, piney citrus notes

M: Medium Bodied, kind of an alcoholic burn/aftertaste but still drinkable

O: Solid offering from BP, especially good value too. Definitely preview Sculpin but this is definitely a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:59:09 | More by MagicJeff
Photo of patpbr


4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with a full two finger head.
S - Citrus and pine with hints of malt.
T - Similar to the smell, grapefruit with a bitter bite. Sweet carmel malt flavors compliment the hops.
M - Medium body with a crisp finish.
O - Sculpin might be a bit ahead of Big Eye but impressed with both of the IPAs

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 21:26:59 | More by patpbr
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a bottle, poured into short taster glasses, and consumed over 35 minutes.

Orange amber with fine clarity interrupted only by carbonation. Head is fairly thin with fine lacing, and just an occasional bubbly clump.

The nose is full of hop citrus and mild spruce. Grapefruit, musty pineapple, and mango are evident. There's a subtle spice note, too, that comes out in the mouth.

Flavor profile is heavy on citrus early, nice and clean; but turns somewhat funky as the fibrous burn of fruit folds. There's a peppery mid-palate streak, but it gets smothered by the cheese a bit too early. Though there is sufficient length to rescue the experience with hop oil bitter sweetness that's pleasant enough to encourage another gulp.

The mouthfeel is both astringent and juicy, but not quite as chewy as would be desired--the feel is a touch sharp as a result. It is lively in the mouth in positive ways, though, too, and rather clean in contrast to the dank taste notes.

Overall, I'm glad to have tried this good-reputation creation. I can't say I'm enthralled, but it's a solid representative of a region that does this style consistently well.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:04:30 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of BeerDocT


3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never seen this beer before until it popped up at my local Kroger. Made damn sure it wasn't brewed in "Rochester, NY" before purchasing it (this due to previous bad experiences with new brands that were being brewed by the mega-brewery in the Empire State). San Diego! Yes!

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a rich, golden color. Slightly opaque. Nice sized head, but was obviously CO2 powered as it quickly dissipated.

Smell 4.25: Very interesting bouquet on this brew. Hops dominate -obviously-- but there is something else here that is intriguing. Very green, very chlorophyllic...lots of citrus notes, pine resin, biting alkaline notes. Fabulous.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry with a pleasant and equally dry hit of mid-palate hops. Middle has much more of a malt sweetness, but this is very restrained. Hops also dominate at this taste level, but this is constructed in such a way that the taste fades into the...finish which is where a very pleasant and refreshing burst of grapefruit-rind flavored hops floods in with a cleansing and taste-altering focus. The aftertaste is short, dry and brings even more hop goodness to the fore as it seems to creep in from the sides of the mouth to the center of the palate.

Mouthfeel 3.5: I honestly thought it could be more creamy. The basic CO2 conditioning was not bad, but certainly was not anything special.

Overall 4.0: Excellent IPA. I cannot imagine sitting down and trying all my top IPAs back to back. It might make it impossible to differentiate. However, this baby would stand out for its emphasis on bitterness and on different levels of hops. It's almost as if they decided to just go hop crazy and make an IPA and then dry-hop the heck out of it as well. Highly recommended for fans of the style. You will be hard-pressed to find an IPA so distinctive.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 07:01:04 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of heartofgold


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with a luscious warm amber, building and maintaining a thick creamy head. The aroma is relatively subtle with piney and resinous notes; there are little flowery characters in the nose. On first sip, I realized that I had just drenched my thirsty chasm with sticky needles and sap that could take an afternoon to peel off my palate. Subsequent tastes allowed the malt to come through, but the bitterness dominates.
Moving the hops towards later addition would better match the style, or perhaps a bit more malt sweetness of of a DIPA for the hops, but this bitter representation of a west coast IPA is quite satisfying, as long as you live at the far end of Vinnie's "Lupluin shift". Overall, given my own penchant for hoppy beer, I enjoyed this one; it provides an honorable analog to a peaty Islay scotch, which similarly delivers enjoyment to a few, dedicated aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:25:52 | More by heartofgold
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.