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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,043 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,043
Hads: 3,914
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 182
Gots: 793 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Reviews: 1,043 | Hads: 3,914
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was about a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Had a fruity, floral scent, combined with some mild hops.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as most IPAs you come across. Tasted of grapefruit and some other fruits, but the hops were muted. Tasty nonetheless.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: This beer is slightly odd for an IPA, but oddly drinkable. It's not classic in style, but has a tasty and complex quality to it.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Eye IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.00 %

Out of the bottle into a chilled glass. I had this right after the AleSmith IPA, which I liked a lot. This beer was better.

They were mostly similar in appearance and taste until the finish. The Big Eye had a less bitter, less harsh finish than the AleSmith.

Recommended for any IPA lover.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boy was I glad I tried this one. One of the better IPA's I've had and starting to like these left coast beers. Just a very smooth, balanced beer overall that you could just drink all day. I'm surprised my go to beer store has such a random beer from a well established Cali brewery and I wish they could get some more... this was a damn good IPA.

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

A: Paper thin layer of foam, copper color - 3.75, S: Very earthy, what I believe are Columbus hops, a hearty dose of caramely malt, a touch of toastiness - 4.25, Big grapefruit, some nuttiness, mildly pungent on the end, some crisp pine is also noticeable - 4.50, M: Some staying power on the tongue, a touch sticky - 4.25, D: A very solid IPA, not an extreme big but a well crafted beer - 4.25

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Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit that fades to bitter grapefruit at finish. No surprises here. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of baggio
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Lovely golden brown with a nice, creamy, white lace that sticks to the glass.

S: Caramel, Hops, Pine, Fruit

T: Vegetables, Exotic fruit, Caramel, Herbs.

M: Nice sweet initial taste of caramel and bread and ends with a fruity bitterness. Yessir!

A very drinkable ipa with a nice hop-profile. More please!

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very light copper with a frothy white head that leaves a ton of lacing before dwindling to a thin sheen.

Aroma is bursting with juicy citrus hop over a caramel malt base.

Taste is bready caramel malt and a hint of brown sugar. Hops are aggressive with resinous pine and fruity elements of tangerine, and pear. Finish is dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Crisp with a hint of hop oil residue. I would prefer a little more body.

A well made IPA. Pleasant and unified flavor lets this one go down easily. A good session brew.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber yellow with a one-finger head of tight, off-white carbonation. The brew leaves a nice, sticky lace covering the walls of the glass most of the way down.

S: Smells of citrus and piny hop aromas with a brisk fruity scent.

T: Tastes slightly sweet and malty at first, with a clean, caramel malt flavor coming through. The robust mid-palate is filled with pine hops and lush grapefruit. The finish is slightly sticky and sweet, with a drying, herbal hop leaf aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and very drinkable for a full-flavored IPA.

D: This is a crazy drinkable IPA and a real treat given I knew little to nothing about before picking up. The superb blanace and nice, fresh, light but still fulfilling hop flavors are really quite good. A great session IPA.

Ballast Point is definitely a name I'll have to keep in mind, if only for this IPA alone. Gives DFH a real run for its money in my mind, which is no small feat, as I'm a diehard fan of both 60 and 90 Minute IPAs. This is a must-try IPA.

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Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, rich, amber color with an inch slightly yellowed head. Good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma is ok. Definitely hoppy, with some citrus and honey. However, there is also a bit of pineapple in there.

Taste is ok. Certainly, hops are present. A bit citrusy, and some bitter pine. Also a little pineapple sweetness. Not my favorite IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. Drinks fairly easily, but flavors are sub par IMO.

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

A: Nice copper color with a finger and a half of white head. Nice lacing.

S: Nice floral hop nose. Kind of one dimensional but thats the point.

T: Really powerful hop taste. Tastes more like a double than anything else. Not really balanced but that is ok.

M: Slightly sticky. Coats the tongue well.

D: Very nice beer. Reminds me of a poor man's masala mama. I mean that as a compliment. Double taste without the booze hammer.

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

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. mini-pint glass.

Appearance: Great lacing, clear, sparse carbonation. An orange-gold-bronze colored beer with one-finger head and good retention. Very good.

Aroma: Big citrus and tropical fruits - orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple - lots of caramelized sugars, a few leafy vegetal notes, and a healthy amount of pine. Nice.

Taste: Mellow but citrusy, lots of fruity zest, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruit (all of which contribute to a nice but not distracting or overwhelming tartness). Some light bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste. Pale and sweet bready malts, lightly caramelized.

Mouthfeel: Largely even, medium-bodied, and oily.

Drinkability: An above average IPA in all departments, without being mindblowing. Just a very good, very drinkable, very tasty IPA. Easily manageable alcohol and a lot of tasty notes, decently complex, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gorgeous reddish-copper ale with creamy eggshell-colored head. Head is rocky, has nice retention, and leaves great web-like lacing all the way down.

Smell: Big citric (grapefruit) hops, with some caramel and malt.

Taste: Graham cracker malts and citric hops are the first two flavors that come to mindl. A little heavier on the hop side with a good amount of pine resin/oiliness coming through, however a strong roasted malt flavor still makes itself known.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied. More of a chewy feel than anything. Low carbonation and great bitter aftertaste!

Drinkability: Heavy on the hops, but backed up by a strong malt presence. Nowhere close to a session beer, but a really good example of a West Coast IPA. We'll probably try this one again.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Thanks to thaichile for this one!

A-Body is a cloudy bright amber that pours with a large off-white head. Great retention at 1 finger. Plenty of lacing left in the glass. Cloudiness is moderately thick and uniform and tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Beautiful beer.

S- Plenty of citrus and spicy hop flavors dominate the nose. A slight malt presence can be noted in the background.

T-Citrus hop flavor is the highlight upfront with a soft toffee-like malt backbone. These flavors completely disappear for the finish where a big spicy hop flavor and a hint of roasted malt bitterness are showcased. Left to linger is some spicy hop flavor and a mild but long lasting residual bitterness. Lots going on. Very nice.

M- low to medium carbonation. Body is smooth and somewhat oily but seems to have that bottle-conditioned yeast presence to add to it.

D- This is a very nice west coast IPA. The bottle states a big floral hop presence but what I got from it was more of a spicy than floral presence (big plus for me). I'll remember that I like this one for future trades and when I travel.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amberish copper with a yellowish two fingers of lucious foam that retains nicley and leaves behind some sticky globs of lacing. The nose smells like pineapple Starburst fruit chews,with other citrusy hops as well. Citrus and grapefruit notes are first to greet the tounge followed by a light malty balance,leaning heavily toward the hops. Nice medium body with tingling hoppy bitterness and soft carbonation. This is a quality AIPA,give it a try.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, cloudy, dark honey. A light amount of off-white head.

Smell: That sweet smell of alcohol mingling with strong hops and thick malt. This smell is nearly perfect. The smell makes me think of IPAs with far more alcohol than is actually here. I think the alcohol scent carries along with the strong hops and thick malts. It clings to my nose and lingers on my breath like menthol--very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm...I love IPAs with a silky and lightly syrupy maltiness underneath. The hops have a good range, but sit a little high-pitched, which helps balance out the sweet malt. There's almost a roasty aftertaste how the malt and the hops work together. Very pleasant citrus and sweet flavors.

Drinkability: Wonderful. This beer is incredibly packed with flavor. There's quite a bit going on with this one. I really wish I had more around so I could keep experiencing it.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head and a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is of citrus hops with just a whiff of malt sweetness.

Taste follows the nose with an aggressive grapefruit bitterness at the start and finish, balanced in the finish by a malty sweetness.

Good medium carbonation with some lingering bitterness. Appealing taste combined with moderate ABV makes this a highly drinkable, even sessionable, IPA.

Very tasty.


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

Picked up a bottle from South Bay Drugs. Thanks Joey!

Poured 22oz bomber into a shaped pint glass

Appearance - Transparent golden copper orange. Constant strings of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass. It produced a 1 1/2 finger, white foamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin crown. Nice bit of lacing is left behind. Good looking beer.

Smell - Great hop aroma from this one. Very floral, tropical and citrusy - lemon and grapefruit rind, all with a hint of pine. Very resinous. There is a nice malty undertone, caramel-like and sweet. A really great scent on this one.

Taste - Crackery and caramel-like malts show up in the initial flavor, intermingled with a honey-esque sweetness that gives way to a great hop flavor. Citrusy orange, lemon, and grapefruit rind hop flavor take over, and leads into grapefruit and pine-like hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This beer feels pretty good going down - slick and oily as it runs over the tongue. The carbonation level is just where I like it to be, a nice moderate level. It provides just enough of a prickly sensation on the tongue to keeps things interesting.

Drinkability - This is a pretty damn good beer. Ballast Point has never disappointed me. It is easy to drink, smells great, and tastes pretty good. Its too bad that they don't distribute out here in Texas.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crisp, orange amber with a thick two fingers of off white head that retains and laces excellently.

Aroma is initially sweet w/ honey, malt, and roast grain followed by intense citrus, floral, and sweet pine notes.

Flavor a near perfect mix of solid caramal and creamy grain balanced by bountiful citrus peel, wildflower, and herbal/pine hops. Long, trailing hop finish. Complex and very delicious...a definate contender between some of my favorite IPA's.

Body is medium, creamy, smooth, oily, and has superb drinkability. A seriously delicious session IPA.

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Photo of erosier
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a nice amber orange color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that takes some time to fade and laces the glass nicely when it does.
S: A very citrisy/floral/piney mix of bitter aromas over a sweet malt base, but I could barely smell it. The hop aromas came through very strong.
T: A quick sweet malt base followed by a ton of hoppy flavors. First the citrisy, then the floral, then it finished off with a very tart piney bitter flavor.
M: OK but very bitter. It had the right amount of carbonation but it had a very high acidity to it.
D: OK drinkability but would be better if it wasn't so acidic at the end.

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

wow, my friend said this was real good, but this is real good. definitely this is exceeding my already high expectations. poured into a nonic, this is a glowing orangey light amber with just a teeny slight haze and no sediment. creamy white head persists to a collar and the lacing clings down the glass. as the label suggests, the aroma is floral and citrusy with resined, honeyed characteristics to boot. the toffee flavors noted on the label are, thankfully for me, not noted. there is, however, a nice honeyed/bread dough malt sweetness washed out by a prominent and lingering, but not harsh or astringent, hop bitterness. really nice. nicely carbonated, creamy and prickly mouthfeel. medium to full in body, this one almost smells/tastes/feels like a DIPA-but it's only 6%! to sum up, this was/is some really good fucking shit.

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

Bronze colored beer with a wispy head of foam that lasts well. Very nice hop aroma that gives notions of spruce, pine, lemon, hop oil....It's pure and quite nice. Flavor is super hoppy. Big on flavor hops, but light on bitterness, not in a bad way. Woody hoppiness, with well structured notes of lemon, grapefruit, spruce and pine. Really nice beer. Beautifully hoppy and impressive. Up there with some of the best SoCal IPA's.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with thick three finger foamy head after very non-agressive pour. Head slowly fades leaving foam all over the glass.

S - Phenomenal aroma of citrusy and piney hops, primarily the citrus. Hints of grapefruit and something slightly more tropical.

T - Taste is actually a little dissapointing after the awesome smell. A little sweet up front before a mildly astringent citrusy hop bite comes through. Very strong hop taste, but not a very clean hop taste.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and slightly too much carbonation. A decent IPA but a little bit of a let down after all the hype and the great smells.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from AndySR15. Thanks Andy.

Big Eye pours a nice rustic amber color with a good sized and slightly off-white head on it. It left spotty lacing on my pint glass. The smell is packed full citrus fruits with notes of oranges, tangerines, and lemon peel. There is some slight caramel notes coming out of the malt as well, but not well pronounced. I don't think I am giving the nose justice there, but this is complex and wonderful nose on this IPA. The scents leads right into the flavor profile with the bitter hops upfront flooding with flavors of grapefruit, pine needles, lemon zest, and finally the caramel soaked bready malt comes out in the finish. The flavors meld very well together and create a unique and balanced IPA for a hop-lover. I would think a non IPA drinker would find this offering quite harsh though, but not me. The mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation for this medium bodied beer that leaves no detectable alcohol in the finish. The drinkability for a hop lover is excellent and would also be quite session able at only six percent.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold/copper color with a decent, off white head that retains very well. Smells juicy, citrusy, tropical, malty caramel, ...smells delicious. Taste is also very impressive. Tropical notes, grapefruit, caramel up front and is quickly taken over by a HUGE bite of bitterness that maintains control. Very dry, astringent finish. Medium bodied, good carbonation. This beer is crazy bitter. Wow. Very enjoyable and pretty drinkable if you dont mind your taste buds being fried.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a peachy-amber color, hazy too. A modest off-white pillow-like head tops it off. A most peculiar aroma of fruity seafood. The hops I mean. They have some citrus, some orchard fruit, and this slight whiff of fresh seafood. Maybe it's the fish on the label. These smells continue on the flavor with the addition of sweet malts. Soft medium body. Hoppy marmalade on the finish. The finish leads back to the start. I like it.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.