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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 2537
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 ckollias


4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this brew out of a group in a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that leaves a decent trail and thin wispy lace.

S: Hoppy and pine aroma with a malty background.

T: Bitter hoppy tart flavor up front with an alcoholic bite. Finishes on the tart side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a solid ipa – great balance between the hops and malt.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2013 00:33:55 | More by ckollias
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler fills of Calico Amber and Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewery in San Diego. Big Eye features an amazing nose of herbal, piney, slightly earthy hops; slight currant and blackberry at the end. Light copper color with a fluffy white head that dissapates into an intricate web of lacing around the glass. Nice carbonic bite with a medium body. Flavor is ALL herbal/piney/earthy hop taste. No sweetness, very little citrus to be found. Malt body is very much in the background; lightly biscuity and bready. Hard to take any real notes in flavor other than the pungent hop overload. This is definitely for hop heads. Sculpin IPA seems to be a little less dank in terms of pungency, I prefer it to Big Eye.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2013 18:48:53 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful orangish copper hue with a thick foam stand of 3+ fingers an off white caramel color.

Malty caramel goodness, and after a few pints the hop aroma is a bit muted.

A nice bitter base with lotsa maltiness bringing the heat, west coast style late hop flavor is nice. Burps very west coast as well. NICE.

Medium bodied creamcicle hop like mouthfeel has been best part.

Well, I got my growler filled for a great price and if it lasts will get more. Have had WAY better from ballast point but a good beer.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2012 01:51:33 | More by welldigger888
Photo of jvillefan


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful deep golden yellow and with a decent head after storing the beer in the growler for ten days.

S: Extremely hoppy. There are a decent amount of caramel tones to the nearly perfect aroma.

T: Very bitter and maybe a little bit too bitter. Ballast Point definitely has a near perfect balance in this beer with the caramel and citrus undertones present in this beer.

M: There was excellent carbonation despite storing in a growler for 10 days. The retention could be a tiny bit heavier but it is still very good.

O: If you have the opportunity to try this definitely do. Personally, I think that this is the best IPA that Ballast Point produces, better than Sculpin IPA.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2012 03:11:18 | More by jvillefan
Photo of DaveHack


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

Poured from a growler into my RR 'tion' glass.

A- This is a dark, mahogany. Very rich looking.

S- Piney and citrusy, very aromatic....THIS is what an IPA (actually DIPAs smell like)

T- Very good hop taste, but not very bitter. There is definately some malt in there, but it is balanced well. There is a good hop resin in there as well. Damn, I love that hop oil!

M- It tastes big, yet is fairly light. Not a big chewy beer, I'm diggin' on it.

O- This beer kicks ass! I'm looking at it on here listed as an American IPA....this absolutely reminds me of a DIPA, way more flavor and smell of a DIPA than some DIPAs I've had. Homerun. Seek this out for sure!

Edit: Just had a bottle, and while great, it is definately not like freshly tapped!

Serving type: growler

08-01-2011 23:07:25 | More by DaveHack
Photo of LukeK1231

New York

4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32 oz. "Big Z" growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber/golden with a 1 finger off-white head

Smell: Unbelievable!! Lots of fruit smells including pineapple, various citrus and maybe mango. Hoppy smells came thorugh almost as strong and made for a powerful yet perfect aroma.

Taste: Bitter hop taste in the beginning followed by a combination of fruits, pineapple taking the lead. Nice combination. Finish was crisp and smooth refreshing; "classic IPA" taste at the end.

Overall: A great IPA that I will make my standard until a better comes along. And at a nice strong 7% a well-rounded beer.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2011 23:00:39 | More by LukeK1231
Photo of AlvinStraight

New York

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

This is a magnificent IPA. I never expected to end up with this, as the keg for the beer I was looking for was kicked at Bierkraft. Reluctantly I chose this, and oh what a pleasant surprise it was.

I don't have the terminology or buzzwords to write a point by point review that would pass muster around here, but I can say that I know bad beer, I know good beer, and I know excellent beer.

This beer is excellent.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2011 01:32:44 | More by AlvinStraight
Photo of unskinnyhop09

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like the taste and lingering flavor of columbus and centennial bitterness and dry hopping, then this is the beer for you.

it has a perfect amber appearance with a perfect head and lacing that say: hey, i'm here to impress.

the smell is all hops...in fact, i would say it is an outstanding smell. very clean, sharp citrus--not unlike grapefruit. again, dry hop centennial with a decent malt balance.

the taste is not the best ever, but it is one that you will remember because how good it is. it compounds with the consumption of ounce after ounce.

mouthfeel is good. i personally like thick and oily. this one is a hint in that direction without being overbearing (but it might still be intimidating to some). i really like it.

the drinkability depends on the tolerance of the drinker. i could drink this all night, but one who is new to 7+abv should take heed.

big eye is a great brew.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2011 03:44:49 | More by unskinnyhop09
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden pour with very thin head. Retains well what little it has. Very nice lace.

Strong citrus nose with lots of grapefruit. Excellent hop presence.

Hop bite right up front. Bright herbal hops. Nice hop and alcohol burn in the finish.

Feel is spot on for the style. Just the right thickness against the strong hops.

Great drinker.

Serving type: growler

10-23-2010 00:46:34 | More by beer2day
Photo of SShelly


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

Pour a dark straw/light amber with big white rocky foam head, tons of lacing.

Aroma kinda took me off gaurd, smells like a 5-day unwashed hippy who has been hitting the bong a little too much (ah college memories!) or as someone else said "dirty hop-socks", and yet im enjoying it.

Flavor is fairly well balanced, assuming there is some slightly darker crystal in here as seen by the color, and it comes through in the malt, lots of hop flavor on the backend.

Not overly complex, and really not an ipa I want to drink a ton of but pretty damn tasty overall.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2010 17:29:41 | More by SShelly
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing quite like a growler of a fresh IPA

A: Deep orange color with great clarity and a nice sized head that holds very well for it being a growler. Decent lacing and some nice rising carbonation.

S: Mild pine and citrus hops. very pleasant with a bit of caramel in the background. Some floral hops present as well.

T: Much maltier than i was expecting as it starts out with a nice caramel note. Herbal and floral hoppiness up front with a touch of soapiness. Some pine and a hint of grapefruit and tangerine

M: Nicely balanced between being light but still having enough body.

D: Very enjoyable IPA however i fear this one would drop off if any less than fresh which is why i feel lucky to have drank it from a growler

Serving type: growler

06-22-2010 23:15:51 | More by mikey711
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd review as the first was from a bottle, this one is a growler

A: Clear copper color with a nice off white head and moderate lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma and fruity sweetness is present. Mild pine, malty underneath the hops with hints of caramel.

T&M: Medium bodied with very smooth feel. Hop bitterness with nice, mildly sweet citrus hops taste. Hop flavor leaves a nice earthy taste and dry finish.

Excellent IPA. Fresher is always better, but the bottle was very good also. This growler is definitely smoother. Taste is a bit better due to the balance of hops and malts. Great quality and I almost prefer the taste of the Big Eye to the Sculpin. I'll need to try them side by side to determine my preference. This might be a while since both may never be on tap at the same time :( At least in this area!

Serving type: growler

05-08-2010 01:45:58 | More by cdizinno
Photo of ffejherb


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

Growler into Imperial pint glass on 2/4/09. Obtained via Growling at the Moon BIF courtesy of d0ggnate.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles and one finger of creamy bright white head that transformed into thin, sticky web-like lacing.

S - Pungent fume of citrus hops with a big smack of resiny pine and tree sap. Oh yeah, there's some sweet caramel malt too. This puppy is bordering on a DIPA nose!

T - Initial flavor is juicy citrus hops with predominant grapefruit character blended with a bit of pine and resin notes. This is a well-balanced IPA with a sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Bold and flavorful, Big Eye is a fantastic IPA that actually is meandering into DIPA territory, in my opinion. Ballast Point makes incredible hoppy beers, and this one is no exception.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2009 03:24:09 | More by ffejherb
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium copperish amber in color with very light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some brassy highlights. The beer has a two to three finger tall dense foamy (almost pillowy) light beige head very slowly reduces to a finger thick cap covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of hops - specifically pine and citrus/orange.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sweet grainy and caramel malts which has a light overall amount of sweetness. That is followed by more than moderate amounts of pine and citrus/orange hops which contribute a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness towards the finish.

O: Enjoyable and a nice example of the style though with a touch too much lingering bitterness for this one to be an easy drinker in my opinion. Definitely worth grabbing if you come across but perhaps not one that I would actively go out of my way to find.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 02:42:43 | More by dbrauneis
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 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 xungmound98

New York

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

Poured from can into pint glass. 1” head that gradually recedes to a foamy 1/4” layer with clouds of sticky lacing. Deep, clear orange/copper color. Smells of sharp piney resin, brown sugar and floral notes. Taste follows the nose, with bitter hops, sugary malt and a bit more floral presence. The hops stick around on the palate after each sip. Medium-to-full-bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a solid West Coast IPA with starring roles for Centennial and Columbus hops.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 02:06:35 | More by xungmound98
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 Dools9


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

Can into a tumbler pint glass, canned on Matrch 1st, 2014.

A: Gorgeous clear amber orange color with a thick frothy, slightly off white head, excellent retention and lacing, looks very nice.

S: The aroma is piney, grapefruit, orange rind pithy graefruit, think centennial hop vareity.

T: Big grapefruit peel and pine, orange rind, this is where this beer differs from its brother Sculpin. This one is more resinous, more earthy pine, grapefruit peel. Big dry finish. Has a nice caramel malty back to it that keeps the bitterness in check.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

O: Solid IPA, might prefer Sculpin a bit more though. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo a bit.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 22:11:47 | More by Dools9
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 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 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
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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