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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,045 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,045
Hads: 3,919
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 182
Gots: 798 | 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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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark copper-orange, amber-red, almost brown at times. Thin off-white head, creamy and adequate lacing, sticky to the glass.

Lovely tropical aromas of citrus, piney hops, sweet fruits, caramel malt. Very sweet, with the bitter hops still being noticeable. Not quite as big of an aroma as I hoped for. But still very good.

Pleasant sweet malts, fruits and a tropical taste that is appropriate for being on the West Coast, or any Coast for that matter. Hops shine through somewhere in between the malts and tropical fruits, and afterwards as well. This is very well-balanced and very enjoyable. Solid medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Great stuff! A solid IPA, would love to get some more, and would definitely have again!!

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Photo of oldn00b
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of forward pine hop on the nose. Crystal clear pour with a slightly hazy quality.

Big mat backbone support the hop forward aspects. Nose is nice with what feel like a lot of wet hopping effects. Nice, solid, all around IPA.

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

Poured a slightly hazy yellow-amber with a nice head that fell to a thin cap. Some lacing on the glass.
This seemed to have more orange rind than grapefruit, but both were present. Hints of pine and grass. Some honey/caramel malty sweetness.
Orange rind again seemed to be the dominant flavor with the hints of grapefruit, pine, and grass. Not as malty as the Racer 5 I had before this, but the malts do make themselves fairly evident. More honey than caramel, but both were appreciated.
Good medium-dry mouthfeel. The sweetness doesn't hang around and the hops weren't so resiny as to coat the mouth.
Lower ABV helps make this very drinkable. Good flavors also keep you interested.
A good, balanced West Coast IPA. I'm glad to see West Coast breweries starting to care about their malt profiles as a compliment to the hops.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A - beautiful copper color with 2 fingers worth of head, which dissipates to about 1 finger, but has great retention. Awesome lacing on the glass.

S - Soft hints of malts, stronger on the citrus, pine, and grapefruit

T - soft tastes for an IPA. Pine, citrus, nuts. Very smooth; very good.

M - Thin bodied, nice carbonation. Complements the tastes very well.

D - keep em coming. I could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber gold with slightly surging foamy off-white head with small lace patches all over the glass.

S - Leafy hops with decent malt underneath.

T - Aggressive prickly hop bitterness kicks right up front. Lingering beneath I can discern tropical fruit, resinous pine, grapefruit pith, some juicy orange, and a base earthiness. The malt struggles to cut through the bitterness, but can be detected here and there. Alcohol has a higher presence than the ABV would indicate.

M - Crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Long dry aftertaste.

D - Fairly drinkable, though not as much balance as I prefer.

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Photo of BTodd
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a clear, gold/amber with less than a finger of fine bubbles.

S-pine, citrus with some floral notes as well.

T-reflective of smell with some spiciness. Nice bitterness with some of the hop characteristics shining through. Maybe some biscuit as well.

M-Fairly light. Nice carbonation. Fades pretty quickly. Easy drinker.

O-A nice IPA that is not quite as complex or powerful as those I like a little more. However, it's a nice drinker and I will buy it from time to time.

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

Pours a deep gold/brown with a good head that sticks around for a time. I pick up a hoppy resin aroma with a bit of citrus orange.

The taste is sweet with citrus hops coming through at the finish. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is up there for any IPA I have had. Nice beer from So-Cal

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear amber with a tall white head that lasts, leaving plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma of pineapple and toffee with a damp green leafy undertone.

Flavor profile: toasty, bready malt, toffee, and a slight hint of sour red grapes. Fruity hops, and a good amount of hop bitterness. Aftertaste of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, toffee, and leafy hops.

Medium-light body, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

This is a very tasty and drinkable IPA. It would be great out of a cask, possibly with more hops added to the barrel.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best looking IPAs around. Deep amber, great lacing and head.

Although it was good, the smell was maybe a little worse than the rest of the beer. Some citrus and malt.

Good malty IPA with plenty of hop characteristics. Never too bitter.

The mouthfeel was creamy, low carbonation. More like a porter or a stout than an IPA. It lacked the crispness that higher CO2 imparts. But this was not a bad thing, just quite different.

Enjoyable IPA that I would be happy to have again and again.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass*

A- Yellow and cloudy on the bottom of glass like a wheat beer, but copper/bronze on the top of glass. The head is very soapy and foamy like a bubble bath, but retains to just a nice foamy constancy like dish soap around the top of glass. Real good lacing!

S- Huge citrus notes. Smells like grapefruit juice, but equally as malty. Not too pungent on the nose. If this is how IPAs smelled all the time, I'd be in heaven!

T- Grapefruit juice. Very citrusy hop flavor. The malty taste creates a kind of velvety texture on the tongue. The bitterness hits you in the back of the throat, but not too hard. It slowly coats the back of the throat, but finishes somewhat dry.

M- This is awesome! Big Eye is very light in mouthfeel. It is not heavy at all. Easy drinking for an IPA!

HOLY CRAP! This has to be one of my favorite IPAs, has down. This is just awesome. This juicy quality mixed with the light mouthfeel and drying finish makes this a homerun of an IPA. I'd drink the Big Eye IPA anytime of the year!

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with plenty of head that lasts and lasts.

Very unique aroma. Hops smell creamy. Flavor is toasty. Very reminiscent of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is robust. Plenty of malt and a strong alpha bitterness. Piney, resinous hops. Some cattiness in the nose and on the palate.

An exceptional American IPA. (Send more please.)

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Photo of Talisker
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautifully crisp IPA from one of the great SoCal breweries.

Pours from the 22oz bomber (purchased at BevMo Bayshore in SF) a crystal clear orangish tan. A dense head of small bubbles that lends a nice lacing throughout. Smell is piney hops with a nice edge, not too much malt. Taste follows with a strong hop edge, but definitely stays within style - no wannabe syrupy DIPA here. Simple - in a good ways, unidimenstional but honest flavor - even as it warms up, the taste stays a consistent, almost single-hop like texture. Finish slightly over bitter, keeps you from wanting too much more. But the crisp edge is refreshing in almost a lager-ish way - a nice quality in a California IPA.

Superb beer, and one I'll be happy to encounter again. Ballast Point hasn't misfired yet...

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Photo of C20Percent
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy dark bronze. Eggshell color head with amber hues. Noticeable bubbles.

S: Nice pine / citrus mix. Fresh aroma!

T: A sweet-sour citrus flavor. Like a tangerine-lemon. Crisp. Nice earthy aftertaste. Refreshing.

M: Medium to heavy body.

O: Reminds me a bit of the Steelhead Double IPA, but not with the enhanced citrus flavor that beer had. This is a good beer overall, but there's nothing too special, IMO. A bit on the malty side, which distracts from the flavor, but a better than average brew.

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Photo of spree92
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right from the start, I knew I was going to like this one.

A- Started off golden and eased into a nice, deep gold. Fades away to a yellowish pale color on the egdes. There was a tight, creamy head that greeted the nose as you go in for the first drink.

S- Grapefruit, westcoast hops, citrus peel. A real fresh smell to it. Bottle date of BE236, BJJGJ?. A touch of honey has started to rise from the depths of this great beer.

T- A lot the the smell translates over in the taste. Again, has a freshness that is so great.

M- Bitter. Just like an IPA should be, right. Lingers, transforms and grows as time passes. Carbonation is exact and will last until the glass is emptied.

D- For 6%, the Big Eye packs a punch. Hits hard and doesn't back down. I can feel it starting to weigh me down, but that won't stop me from drinking this great California beer.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good west coast IPA, everything is on point as far as the pour, color, freshness, and it is a reasonable price as well. Taste is lacking a little in the hop department for me, personal preference though, this is not for hop heads, but if you want a good IPA with less hop bite this is it. Still has the stickiness required for and IPA and has a small bitter finish, taste a little citrus/fruitiness going down as well....good mix of flavors.

I do think they did a good job of balancing the hop and the malt, and I like it for a change, a bit smoother tasting IPA, goes down easy. This is a welcome break from the hop-heavy IPAs I am used to, and I would buy/recommend this beer.

Has my stamp of approval....I'll see how this finishes and probably update the review.

One of the fruitier and maltier IPAs I can remember having, but a success IMHO. Finished just as good as it started and easy to drink.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a semi-transparent amber/orange. The pour kicks up a thick, frothy head that leaves a good amount of lace and takes several minutes to die down.

Aroma is wonderful, wonderful hops! Grapefruit, weed, onions, with the good support of some caramel malt. Slight astringent flavor of cat pee, so it hits all the aroma notes I always hope for in IPAs!

Flavor delivers all the hoppy goodness promised on the nose. Bigtime citrus/grapefruit juice, bits of weed, onions, grass, and resin supported by a light touch of caramel malt. Finish is very bitter, but the caramel malts come out more on the aftertaste to balance it out. Really great flavor notes!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation - accurate for the style.

Overall, really incredible flavors, and an amazing bang for your buck! I wasn't expecting it to be this wonderful what with the lack of any hip new hops in the hop bill, but it really eceeded my expectations!

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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

Mmmm, I dont know why I dont drink more of this... damn good. I poured from a 22oz bomber into my pint glass. the color was a nice warm orange-golden color. The smell was great... I dont know if it was a mix between an earthy citrus crossed with pine but i really liked it... It reminded me of Hitachino Nest Anniversary Ale. The taste was incredible. i could really taste the hops, yet it wasnt rough... hoppy and flavorful. I had a what seemed to be a rather carbonated bottle which gave me a nice sensation in my mouth. I certainly didnt mind it because everything was just tasting damn good. As for the drinkability, well, I'm going to buy more for the weekend and i really am wondering why i havent been drinking more of this.

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Photo of gyllstromk
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, light amber. Nose is a very woody, earthy hop with light citrus and watermelon. A peculiar smell that piqued my interest. Taste starts with a hop resin, moves to an intense bitterness, and concludes with cloves and a strong earthy flavor. The hop flavor is poorly balanced, pungent, and cloying like drinking a perfume or eating a raw hop. I love the hoppy beers but this one seems like hop extracts stirred into water. Feel is perhaps wetter than the average IPA. Drinkability suffers from the intense bitterness.

Nonetheless, I can say this is a very unique beer and may impress some. It's really not my style, though, and I love American IPAs. I've heard good things about their Sculpin and can't wait to try it. This one is really out there, though.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got this beer two days ago and was surprised I was able to find it, and especially for $5. I wanted to save it, but im foregoing my pumpkin beers to drink this.

A: This beer pours a deep, orange reddish color with a solid 2-in bright, white head, that is sure to leave some lacing, but is slow to dissipate.

S: Aroma comes right out of the glass with the scent of citrusy pine, some apricot and a small trace of honey at the end.

T: Very sweet citrus on top, not a lot of bite, like I was expecting for a beer this hard to come by, but is consistent with the smell. I get apricot and pine through the middle of the taste, with some honey and yeast notes at the end. Does have a bitter, dry finish!

M: Sweet, yet tart. Very flavorful and rich of citrus and pine. Of course its drinkable!

O: My only complaint about this beer is the lack of hop bite. It didnt throw me on my ass, but it was rich in flavor and drinkability. I guess this would be considered a big beer by IPA standards, but is not the total package like I was expecting.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this last night from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Solid, fluffy, 2-inch white head on top of a very appealing orange-copper brew. Pretty IPA for sure.

Smell: Citrusy, aromatic hops dominate the nose with a very mild plum or raisin undertone. The character of the smell develops as it opens up as well, opening to a bit more herbal scents as well.

Taste: Slight pine with an oily, hoppy, and citrusy taste that eventually gives way to a bit of the malts, but finishes on the swallow with more hops due to the oily texture. Bitter, but not quite in DIPA territory, but solid, tasty, and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a wetter beer, as the flavors coat the tongue with a thick and heavy coat of hop oil amongst solid carbonation. I know this isn't some people's cup of tea, but I really dug it and loved the resiny coating.

Drinkability: Slows a bit on the finish due to the thick and resiny nature but still very drinkable. I really liked this beer, more than I was expecting I would. I have the Sculpin from BP in my fridge too and if that's much better than this (which all indications are that it is supposed to be) I'm really in for a treat. Solid beer, tasty from start to finish, and a great example of a San Diego IPA.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams lager glass
Best by of 8.15.13

Pours a clean clear copper color with a tan bubbly head

Lemon city's zest, heavy hop aroma, bubblegum in the nose

Earth and pine in the taste, with some grapefruit and pineapple.

Super balanced, not an overpowering ipa for the amount of alcohol.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inhabits the rung on the IPA ladder just beneath the Sculpin. Real nice balance of hops and malt with a clean pale-ale finish. Perfect companion to fresh poke.

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Photo of OskarL
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber/copper color with some hazyness and a off-white head that leaves lacing.

Smells hoppy with pine, citrus, orange and biscuits.

Taste is piney, lemon, orange which is balanced by a biscuty-like maltiness and little pepper. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ok, I think I may have got a bottle conditioned 6-pack with some age to it. Its FULL of sediments top to bottom! Kinda whiter sediments, floating through out. Weird I know! Other then that... Gold bronze with little hazy head and some ok lace.

S - Smell is richer apricot sweet hop'lishious. Little bit of bitter grapefruit and alcohol back there.

T - Taste is rich, starts off with bitter apricot mixed in with some orange peel and grapefruit. Pretty hopped up and has a apricot orange peel bite, different then on tap from old Grove brewery. Large aftertaste of orange peel.

M - Medium to larger carbonation, but not fizzy. Goes down smooth with out problem.

O - Overall, this was interesting, a very different Big Eye then I am use to. I usually drink this stuff like water at Old Grove BP here in San Diego and rarely get this in bottle form... Especially from a off liqueur store off the wall in the middle of San Diego. I swear this was bottle conditioned for a few months at least??

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.