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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,057 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,057
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 110
Gots: 264 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Mondiale 2008. Some citrus aroma and citrus taste. A good representative American IPA, but also another and similar American IPA. Lacey, after well drinking through its orangey coloured body.Some astringencey yet satisfying.Yet a beer I did not and would not seek out again.

Sammy, May 30, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

djrn2, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a decent-sized head. Some lacing as it goes down. The nose is mostly citrus hops with some orange coming through the strongest. A bit of sweet caramel malt. Taste is similar, with the hops being the dominant portion, as the malt brings only a little bit behind. Medium bodied with good carbonation ad a nice hop dryness. Good drinkability all around.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, May 03, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured clear amber-orange in color with a one finger head that has a good amount of retention. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of piney hops in the nose and some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is primarily filled with bitterness from the piney and citrusy hops, although the malts lend some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There is also a lot of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable if you like hops; it almost seems like it is a Double IPA.

metter98, May 25, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel malt aroma with strong wafts of tangerine pith and pineapple

Taste: Starts with a nice blend of caramel and citrus fruit, with building levels of tangerine and pineapple by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruity bitterness builds with some pithy elements; nice sweet and bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Just a superb IPA; hits all my buttons for the style

brentk56, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, bright pumpkin orange-amber. The larger than average head is dark cream in color, finely pitting and firmsticky. I'm already seeing loads of fine lace in intricate patterns, ultimately in thin rings. Beautiful hoppy nose. Man I love Centennial! The citrus fruitiness seems to be more orange and lemon than grapefruit. I've smelled a lot of IPAs lately and this aroma is up there with the best.

This may be the most 'orangey' tasting IPA that I've ever had (actually, it tastes more like tangerine juice than orange juice). There's also the unmistakable flavor of grapefruit pith and pine sap that I love so much. The hopping is pretty well done, perhaps a little harsher than I'd like, but not bad. Pale malt is appreciated, but is playing second fiddle for sure. The finish is long, hoppy and bitter and the mouthfeel is full for the style.

Big Eye is a pretty darn good IPA. It doesn't get into my upper tier, but it's still heartily recommended. Especially if you're of the hophead persuasion.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with an average sixe foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of bitter and lightly citrus notes are dominant thought not as powerful as expected. Taste is also dominated by bitter and citrusy notes with a lightly sweet malt base. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Well brewed thought I was expecting a more powerful hops profile.

Phyl21ca, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Steve for bringing this back from a recent Asheville trip. A nice IPA with some aggression that proves challenging.

The beer certianly looks the part with a solid copper color. As expected, this IPA showcases a lot of lacing left behind the stubborn head formation/retention.

The beer has a lot of fruitiness going on; part from the citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange zest) but also from the yeasty esters (oranges, appricots, apples). This makes for a nicely complex character that accompanies the maltiness in both the nose and taste.

The maltiness may not be as crisp and cracker-like as I like in the tasted and mouthfeel. It remains a touch sweet with caramelized, unattenuated malts. It doesn't kill the beer but it starts to give the impression of a Barleywine.

Though the malts are sweet and a bit weighted, the beer demonstrates the hop dominance that an IPA demands. Dry, citrusy, and a little grassy in the finish (dry hopping?). Perhaps they went a little nuts with the high-alpha acid hops, which give a bitey metalic note (maybe not the cream of the hop crop?) Still, bright and fresh from nose to finish.

The alcohols give a larger impression than the listed 7%. They begin to give an ethynol taste and bitterness that interfere with the crisp hop flavor from time to time.

I'd prefer a little drier and crisper in the finish, and with a more subtle alcohol impact. Otherwise the beer hit the marks on good IPA's.

BEERchitect, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, May 20, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass and served right out of the fridge.

A – Poured a very nice and dark orange colored amber with a big three finger high head of foamy white colored lace on top. Very nice retention as this hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving a thin film across the top of it. Very nice residual side glass lacing was evident throughout the session as was great carbonation. There were streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom of this one throughout the entire session replenishing the top of the glass repeatedly. The clarity was also superb, being nearly crystal clear throughout the entire session but keeping its orange tinted amber hue.

S – The aroma on this one was enormous, seriously one of the strongest smelling IPA’s I have seen in a good while. Huge floral and citrus hops leaped forward right out of the gate to take command over the direction this was going to go. Lots of orange and tangerine, grapefruit like aromas blending together with a good dose of sugary sweetness and piney resin like thickness gave it really a very full profile. There was a certain amount of freshness you could pick out of it as well. Very big here and really very nice, classic west coast IPA so far.

T – The flavored followed up the aroma perfectly. As soon as the first sip hit my tongue I knew where this one was going. It had the great super dry and bitter hop presence. You know the one where you think your lips are going to stick to your teeth, just classic. Big hops all the way with great orange and grapefruit notes leading the way and never really letting anything else in. As it warmed it got a touch sweeter and maybe some of the maltiness that was hiding underneath tried to sneak in, but nit much as this one maintained its teeth throughout the entire session. Really great finish as well as it just sucked the moisture out of your mouth and left you with this long lasting intensely dry and bitter citrus taste that you knew the only thing that was going to make it any better at all would be to take another sip.

M – Very nice I would have to say a light to medium bodied ale, as there was definitely a little weight to it for sure. The carbonation was superb. Not overly saturated with it causing it to become a fizzy mess but just about right keeping it from thickening up too much and turning into a syrup like drink, which when this many hops get involved can sometimes be a challenge.

D – Again it depends on who you are, but for me this is a session ale. Yes it has 7%abv, but who cares. If you love big tasting west coast hop bombs this one is right up your alley. I had no issue polishing this off and could have easily gone for another. Never came across as mouth shredding and no hint of alcohol in the flavor. Really very nice to drink and went perfect with dinner.

Overall this was a really great IPA. This is the style I love and I was very impressed with the example presented here. This was a classic west coast IPA from the moment I popped the cap on it, and I would gladly accept another one of these any day!

mikesgroove, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, May 22, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a copper color with a fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops on the nose and not all that much else. A bit of pine and bread in the background. Quite a pungent aroma, actually.

T: The flavor is less intense than the nose would let on, unfortunately. I still got the citrus and pine, but they were not quite as powerful. A bit of bread and sweetness, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. The finish is mildly bitter.

D: One of the first IPAs I had back when I got into beer, and to be honest, it's a little better than I had remembered. Not my favorite by any means, but it's still a good beer.

womencantsail, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head. Amber and clear. Nice lace

S: Fairly pungent. Hoppy and spicey odor. Very nice introduction for the taste you get next.

T: Pine and citrus. A strong hop flavor. Floral and peppery notes.

M: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Stings the nostrils a bit.

Overall: I have been pleased with most of Ballast Pointe's offerings. I have had 5 or 6 of their brews now though this is the first I am reviewing.

kylehay2004, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a light hazy yellow color with a creamy white colored head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad but could have been a little better I thought. The smell of the hops came through pretty well but were a bit muted I think. The taste wasn't too bad. The hops were softer than expected but I feel that this happens to most IPA's from a cask. The mouthfeel was soft and had a light creaminess to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I have a feeling that it would be better on regular draft.

Knapp85, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange color with tight formed but rather quick to fade one finger white head.Good complexity in the nose,citric hop aromas along with some alcohol dipped apricot, mixed with some hard water and caramel/biscuit.Pretty well balanced with the healthy hop dose winning the day,big citrus and resin mixed with a big hefty sweetish caramle base.Its good but not out of the main stream American IPA realm,thats not a bad thing by any means,just sayin.

oberon, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,057 ratings.