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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,034
Hads: 3,857
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 175
Gots: 758 | 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: 1,034 | Hads: 3,857
Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of blackjack000
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

HV (444 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,329 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.38/5  rDev -17%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +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. (427 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle serveed onto a nonic glass poured with a generous very creamy off-white head slowly fades to a thick pillowy layer leaving thick rings of lace down the glass.

Strong carmelled aromas with some burnt notes. Strong hop aromas as well with resinous pine and citrus.

Tastes as it smells no suprizes here. Well balanced with a strong resiny pine finish and a touch of a heat feel.

Suprizingly drinkable very creamy and leaving a nice sticky hop coating of the roof of the mouth. Very intense ipa,could easily pass for a double. stronger than a lot the the doubles i've tried. (585 characters)

Photo of LunaChick
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very aggressive beer for you hop-heads.
Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Aroma is immediate hops hops hops. Pine and citrus complete the intense aroma. Pours very rich copper with a substancial orange head that leaves lacing to the bottem of the glass. Head holds up fairly well. Flavor is strong bitter hops up front balanced out by citrus and some malt in the middle and leaving a definate pine resin in the end with just a touch of alcohol to warm the throat. Bitterness lingers. In the mouth the tongue is coated with the pine resin which takes away slightly from drinkability for me but for west coast IPA lovers this would be plus. The flavors do blend nicely in the mouth. At 6% alcohol a bit lower than some IPA's which would make this a good choice to enjoy more than one. (795 characters)

Photo of MrMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrkrispy for tossing this one my way.

Pours a reddish orange with a one-finger creamy light tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is earthy floral hops and citrus fruit (orange peel and grapefruit) with some resinous pine notes.

Taste starts with some bitter floral hops and grapefruit flavor that is quickly balanced by some biscuity malts and sweet toffee. It finishes bitter with some pine and more grapefruit flavor, and some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy.

Pretty good drinkability, but I wish the ABV was just a tad lower to make this one a little bit more sessionable. I could easily see myself trying to knock back a sixer of these. (714 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Reddish copper hue. Brilliant clarity. Not much head. Sticky lacing.

S: Strong citrus grapefruit aroma. Good malty aroma that is sweet and sugary. Hop aroma is slightly resiny. Some perfume/floral character from the hops.

T: Biting grapefruit flavor is very strong and long lasting with a bitter aftertaste. Clean and sweet malty base. I would say the bitterness in this beer borders on harsh.

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

D: A fitting West Coast IPA full of grapefruit flavored hop character. Due to its bitterness I did not find it particularly drinkable. (653 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finaly got to try this beer after drooling over it and could never find a variety case of it.

Pours a copper color with a small white head.The color turns to a burnt orange with no head.Nice lacing left on my glass.

Piney hops is pretty much all you smell.

Very tasty,piney hops lead to piney bitterness.I dont taste any other type of hop presence.

Perfect carbonation.Taste perfect.This is a sipper and savorer.

Great ipa and beer in general.I will check this stuff out again soon. (489 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a noble effort, but comes off a bit out of balance - slightly syrupy and sickly sweet, more like a run-of-the-mill double IPA.

Pours a hazy golden with a lively head and excellent lacing. The aroma is great - grainy and hoppy. You can smell this beer coming from some distance.

Unfortunately, the flavor is a relative disappointment. It has plenty of citrusy hop character, but the overall effect is too sweet and sticky, too malty, as if the brewer were struggling to tame the hops with an artless blast of malt. The flavor is toffee-like and carmel-ish, but with a hint of burn on it. There is a good dose of hop bitterness on the back end, but it takes a while to develop and is masked by the syrupy character of the malt.

The mouth feel is strong and smooth, with a bite of carbonation on the front of the tongue.

Overall, this beer is a disappointment. It isn't bad, but judged against its competitors, particularly its fellow San Diego brew, Green Flash's West Coast IPA, Big Eye clearly shows its flaws. This is not a beer I will be coming back to. (1,067 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very impressive looking IPA, deep orange-red tinted amber color. Bright and crisp looking.

The fruity hops is obvious right off, red and dark berries, slightly sweet with a citric edge in the hops. The malt is also very pungent with a sweet but toastie effect.

The hop dominated flavor is very complex. Red, dark fruits hits first, only semi-bitter, much more fruity and citric than herbal. There is an herbal, and earthy flavor but it's in the back ground. The balance of tastey, buttery and slightly sweet malt is a real treat. This one is crisp with a bite and smooth going down.

a very nice IPA. (608 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA.

A: The ale is an amber color, lighter towards the golden orange end of the spectrum. A finger plus of head blankets the top of the ale.

S: The aroma is thick with citrusy hops and caramel malts. The hoppiness is grapefruit with touches of pepper and flowers.

T: Lots of hops, citrusy goodness, defines the beer. Grapefruit and floral sweetness defines the first few sips. As the hoppiness fades, caramel malts in the backbone arrive to save the day and keep the whole thing together. The hop bitterness' absence is fleeting and it quickly returns to see the ale away.

M: The ale is much better on tap than in a bottle. I had written it off before grabbing this pint. A mouth full of monster hops.

D: The moderate alcohol and full hoppy flavor are big winners. I was underwhelmed by the bottle but on-tap it really works. (877 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, deep amber with a big dense two-finger head, much of which hangs around for the duration. Lacing is extremely nice. This is a fine looking IPA.

S: Smell is big floral and citrus hops up front with grapefruit, oranges and a hint of pine resins at the end. The hops are complimented nicely in the aroma with a sweet malt backbone.

T: The taste is a floral hop bitterness up front giving way to the sweet caramel malts in the middle before the pine hops come back for a bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full with high carbonation and just a tad sticky with pine hops lingering on the palate.

D: The pronounced malt presence makes for a very balance and dirinkable IPA. Not quite in the same class as the Sculpin, but I really enjoyed this one. (770 characters)

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.