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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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very good

3,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,180
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 119
Gots: 300 | FT: 3
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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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. can at 45 degrees F. into a tulip style ipa glass.
A - golden blossom honey with a slight haze . 1 finger of clingy soapy foam that sticks around. alcohol legs are present around the glass.

S - Tropical fruits are strong, mango, pineapple & mandarin oranges. sweet, sweet malty / honey notes.

T - bitter tropical smash to the pallet. mid mouth sweetness from the malts almost like a frosted donut with tropical fruit salad on top. this is absolutely delicious.

M- full bodied. coats the mouth in flavor and leaves a delicious resiny aftertaste.

O - This Beer is fucking awesome. I can drink this IPA everyday. And IMHO is just slighty better than sculpin. I would buy this and many other of the fantastic offerings by Ballast Point Brewing whenever possible. happy to have a great ipa like this for my 300th beer.


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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber that I happily found on my trip to Hawaii. Reviewing from notes after drinking on 10/22. The label is marked with a Julian date code of 14258, which translates to 9/15/14. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a jewel-like brassy orange that brings to mind a darker version of amber (fossilized tree resin). Not really any haze, with the only obscuring produced by a lazy stream of carbonation rising up to the top to replenish a towering three fingers of off-white creamy looking foam. Retention is excellent, leaving spotty sheets of sticky lace covering the sides of the glass and an island of frothy bubbles floating on the surface as the head slowly recedes.

Smell (4.0) - Rich notes of pine wood and resin are the predominant aromas, with some subtle notes of earth and cedar come through as well. There are also complementary notes of citrus zest, but that is definitely secondary to the pine. Underlying it all is a pleasant malt backbone, with some caramel and grain lending a sweet counterpoint to the hop profiles.

Taste (4.0) - Many of the same characteristics are present in the taste that were part of the smell. This time, the notes are a little more straightforward than I detected in the aroma, with a lot of the subtle undertones giving way to pretty clear notes of pine resin and some hints of bright citrus zest with a faint grapefruit pith on the finish. The malt is again there to provide a base for the hops, with barley and bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with a slightly prickly mouthfeel and a mostly dry finish with just a hint of sweetness.

Overall (4.0) - This is an excellent take on the IPA style, and I'm actually impressed that Ballast Point has managed to make two IPAs that differentiate from one another without sacrificing quality. Any other brewer would be happy to have a citrus-forward IPA like Sculipin or pine-forward IPA like Big Eye in their portfolio. I'll definitely have to try this one out of cans sometime.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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