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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 2527
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 dar482

New York

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

The beer comes in a deep reddish amber color. Very much like a red IPA with a foamy 2 finger head.

The aroma is very hoppy with orange zest, sweet citrus, and lots of sweet bready caramel malt.

The flavor has some juicy peach notes in the front, a good caramel bready malt, and then straight to pine needle and grapefruit pith.

This an extremely hoppy brew. It's certainly for hop heads, but those who prefer some sweet bready malt and lots of pine. A very piney beer in general.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 02:59:54 | More by dar482
Photo of Tenor


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

I was at Whole Foods and noticed an IPA from Ballast Point, which I had not heard of before..I was not disappointed.

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden orange with half a finger of foam....a little cooler than I would have liked.

S- Citrus, pine, grapefruit

T- Winner winner chicken dinner! Slight malt presence with hops that are in your face yet not overbalanced. It is what I like in an IPA

M- medium carbonation, slightly syrupy

Overall, I give this beer a 4.75...I would love to try a few more to get a better handle on it. This is a great example of an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 13:05:48 | More by Tenor
Photo of Fatehunter


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clearer straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice lemon and grapefruit smell.
The taste has a dry bitterness flavor overall, some lemon and pineapple too. Great balance with the malt.
The texture is fairly crisp with moderate carbonation.
A solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 13:16:11 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of RaulMondesi


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

On tap at some über bougie restaurant on Balboa Island during Thanksgiving dinner.

Like a box of Tricuits at midnight, this one treated Raul right well. And Big Eye is exactly that; it's no organic cheddar bunnies, it's not a bag of GMO free Jalapeño Kettle Chips... It's just a solid, easily available IPA that won't make you holla, but you'd definitely snap for the butler to bring another.

Clean, crisp, and smooth. Like my baby mama after a hot wax, Big Eye is just clean, crisp and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 07:36:28 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of PieOhMy


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A. Orange/amber. Clear. Nice layer of white foam.

S. First hit is malt. Sweetness. Some pine. Floral aroma. Lemon zest. Hops.

T. Very malty. I like this. Sweet and zesty. Just follows the smell. Citrus peel. Floral and piney. There is a big bitter hop bomb in the end. This is amazing!

M. Medium but very thick and creamy for the style. Crisp. Finishes with a remarkable lingering hop bite.

O. Wow! Was not expecting this. Thinking this is the Jan to Sculpin's Marsha. Not the case. So good and balanced. Two sides - the malty sweet fruity to the enormous hop explosion. Super IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 01:25:25 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of mattsdenney


4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Rita's Folly Beach.

Light amber in color, clear, bubbly with little head. Strong hop presence, grassy, earthy, piney. Great hop flavor. Medium bodied, slightly dry, refreshing. Overall a solid ipa, very flavorful and drinkable. A solid ipa that is what you'd expect from the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 20:35:52 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

a really good ipa, but after sculpin, ballast point cant really top it. this is by all means a great beer, and uniquely hopped with shades of pine and a great punchy bitterness, but it pales in comparison to sculpin, which is one of the finest crafted anywhere. red malts balance this out a little better, and its got a beautiful red glow to it beneath a white foamy head with excellent retention. pine is the hops family, but not as aggressive as some, this is more of a session beer to me, although it does pack a bit of an alcohol punch after a few. I had this at blue tuck in Syracuse amongst several other great india pales, and it stood up well to all of them. carbonation is excellent and this is a well made brew overall, but its nothing compared to a sculpin.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 21:30:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of delta490


4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- deep amber/gold with a big creamy white head that lasts throughout. Big lacing.
S-big citrus, pine, and floral notes. Awesome smell.
T-similar to aroma but a little bit subdued by comparison. This isn't a bad thing. The malt backbone holds up well to the big hops.
M-smooth with just a hint of hops oily-ness.
O-awesome IPA

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 07:06:31 | More by delta490
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear copper color, good white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Fruity, citrusy hops, some caramel malts show through

Taste: Hops hit first with bitterness, fruit, and citrus. Some nice malt character shows through, with some grains and caramel flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A pretty good IPA, though a little hard to drink in quantity.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 05:21:01 | More by MadCat
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 09:03:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Climber9


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Amber color, excellent clarity. Head comprised of fine white bubbles that drop away quickly.

s: Citrusy hop aroma dominates with some light sweet malt in the background. Diacetyl noticeable. No esters or fusels.

t: Big citrus hops on top of caramel pale malt. Diacetyl is present but hiding behind the big hops. Clean fermentation profile otherwise (no clove, pepper, smoke, etc). Finishes with a flourish of citrusy hop bitterness and flavor, with some slight caramel malt in the background as the finish fades out.

o: Aside from the excessive diacetyl in this sample, the beer is very tasty and within style for an American IPA. This sample was poured from hotel tap system in San Diego, and I have no idea how their lines or kegs are treated. Usually, diacetyl is a fermentation byproduct (not enough yeast pitched, or the beer removed from the yeast too soon). In any case, I will give this another shot and would recommend trying this if you're into big citrus hops and a not-so-dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 07:02:23 | More by Climber9
Photo of DrLasers


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very popular beer in San Diego and for a good reason. It embodies what I (and many other locals) consider to be a West Coast IPA. It hits all the marks expected without going overboard in one certain area. In 2012 alone I added 3, 1/6 barrels to my kegerator rotation and it was exceptional every time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 06:46:01 | More by DrLasers
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear amber colour, with a moderately-sized white head. Good retention.

Smell is very nice. A bright, citrus hop scent. Orange and pineapple are both there.

Toasted caramel malt can be tasted, along with lots of hop flavour, primarily citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange, pineapple). Quite bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, quite a good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 20:40:29 | More by jrenihan
Photo of ninaturner


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

Appearance: Amber color, nice lacing on the glass

Aroma: Big pine smell, but also hint of citrus

Taste: Not much grain/malt taste to this beer, hops that build the more you drink it. I also picked up a strong taste of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, but takes more time to drink with all of the flavors and the mouthfeel of the beer

Overall: Great IPA for hop heads!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 00:35:47 | More by ninaturner
Photo of delapowicz


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA in the shadow of neighbor Stone. Of course you have to have an IPA. Why wouldn't you. It ois a standard that is set for brewing prowess. T does not disapoint. I Believe every brewer needs to brew a good IPA before they die. Think they can say done that and move on. Excellent mouthfeel and baiance. At first it seems pedestrian but the alance strts to take over the impression in a positive way and finishes wanting more. Cheersb

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 01:57:40 | More by delapowicz
Photo of Gatch


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

On-tap @ Boulders on Broadway in Tempe, AZ.

A: Beautiful copper-yellow with a fluffy, white head and sticky, white lace all down the glass.

S: Fruit hops. More than citrus, which is great. Earthy, grassy.

T: Awesome. A unique IPA. More than just dry, citrusy, piney hops. There's juicy, bright fruit in there. Like spiced, green apples. But there's also enough malt in the finish to keep it balanced.

M: Nice tingle from the carbonation. Great fruity hop flavors. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

O: An awesome contrast to Sculpin. A fruity, unique IPA that won't disappoint. Well done Ballast Point.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 04:00:57 | More by Gatch
Photo of stewart124


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color with white head. Brilliantly clear with visible carbonation.

Nose has plenty of fruity characters and some citrusy notes.

Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation. Great addition of citrusy/pineapple hops and light caramel malts. Some biscuity bready characters and just an overall delicious blend. Very easy drinking throughout.

Great lingering juicy fruit character and light hop resin on the tongue. The malt character really blends beautifully with the hops to make a wonderful IPA

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 14:52:23 | More by stewart124
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Ould Magoun's Saloon

Bright jack-o-lantern orange with a frothy white head. Haughty display of lace all up and down my glass. A fine lookin' IPA.

Enticing aroma. Though bubble gum and tangerine citrus hops are predominantly on display, an underlying sweet floral nectar belies malty sweetness. The taste follows up on that promise with juicy tangerine, pine and bubble gum hops soaked in a sticky sweet base. One of the sweeter IPAs I've had recently.

I don't know what the IBUs are but the abv is plenty. As a light weight two 7% IPAs made for a headachey night. Wish I'd gone with something more sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 20:29:53 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Slatetank


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on draft at the Fridge in Lancaster served chilled in a pint.

The color is beautiful, golden and has a thick creamy pale cap, the lace clings in thick rings on the glass. The bead is fine and there is visible carbonation. The smell is very good with some moderately vibrant citrus rind elements, very orange-y which brings to mind centennial hops, but only a mild malt element in the nose which is gentle and accents the intensely aromatic hops. The feel is great...just as close to perfect as it gets for an American IPA in my opinion. The bitterness is right on without going too far toward Imperial IPA bite and the alcohol is there without outpacing the slight oily texture from the hops. There is moderate carbonation and the feel finishes with a mostly dry quality.

The taste of this IPA is very citrus yet there are other elements that come off as herbal/floral without much in the way of vegetal, just a mild amount of hop spiciness. The citrus starts grapefruity but seems to hit the lemony side and verges toward orange rind zest in the middle when the malt sweetness is a little more noticeable. The flavor lasts well after the swallow with a mild peppery quality which blends well with the mild alcohol which seems to add a dry quality to the overall flavor, very juicy throughout and the flavor really rocks, I find the bitterness to be very smooth. Overall you can't find many better IPA's in the west coast style. This is a solid beer through and through. I don't think there can be much in the way of improving this I put it pretty close to the top.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 22:35:03 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Brent


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

California brewers seem to have a knack for the American IPA, and this is no exception. Amber-gold color with a bright whiff of hops right away. Nice balance of bittering and aroma hops, with perhaps a bit less than average malt sweetness. Easy to drink despite the 7% abv. A nicely crafted beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 14:41:09 | More by Brent
Photo of srandycarter


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep honey color, clear, nice sticky creamy head. Tons of lace.

S - Smell was very light. Sweet malt and hops were there, in small amounts.

T - YUM. Great blend of caramel sweetness and bittering hops to reign it in.

M - Medium body good balance and carb.

D - Oh so drinkable. Now on tap at Petco Park. Yeah!

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 02:37:54 | More by srandycarter
Photo of soulfly1492


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

Appearance: Deep gold, cloudy. Thick creamy white head dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing. Ok retention.

Smell: White grapefruit, citrus, caramel pine. Can detect some alcohol.

Taste: Grapefruit, citrus, caramel, burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel: Oily for the most part but turns to dry due to the massive dose of bitter hops. Little carbonation

Overall: Super hoppy, yet somewhat balanced. Good bit of malt presence. Wasn't expecting the sweet burnt sugar.

Note: leaves quite the spicy/bitter taste on the tongue. Lasts a long long time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 23:38:44 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orangish amber color. Provides a small 1 finger off white foam head that had moderate retention. There is some lacing but not much.

S: There is ample amounts of lemon and orange citrus hops. There is also some flowery hops. Not much in the way of malt character.

T: From start to finish this has a nice hop bitterness. Ample amounts lemon, citrus and grapefruit flavors start off. In the middle there is some mild flowery hops, but the citrus is most predominant. Finishes with more citrus on the back end. Not much of a malt presence.

M: This is a nicely carbonated full bodied beer. Leaves a bitter dry citrusy taste on the palate.

O: This is a really nice IPA. Tons of citrus flavor. If there was a little malt in the back, this would be one of my favorites, but it is still a fantastic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 23:32:25 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of JAXSON


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a white head. Nose is sweet juicy tropical fruits, caramel malt, citrus rind, hops. Mouth is bright, very hoppy, fruit sugars, orange candy. Bitter throughout the palate. Quite good, maybe better than Sculpin though I'd want them side by side.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 03:54:01 | More by JAXSON
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good IPA here. Pours a deep orange-amber into the glass, with a small cap that diminishes to a thin ring, leaving nice soapy lace. A large amount of citrus and pine comes through in the floral bouquet. The flavors, impeccably balanced, weave a blend of soft caramel malt, citrus and rind zest, some grapefruit and moderately peppering bitters. The finish lasts nicely, bringing back grapefruit and zest, closing with lingering pine resin. Everything about this brew is refreshing and clean. The mouthfeel is crisp and quaffable, with well-integrated carbonation levels. Very fine example of the style, and I’m so glad I picked up a case to enjoy for some time to come. Superb.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 21:01:21 | More by ChrisSimpson1968
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.