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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,155
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 117
Gots: 293 | FT: 3
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 JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JakerLou, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nvsblman for including this in my ba anniv. package. I appreciate the opportunity.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy one finger white colored head. Excellent retention. Amazing Jackson Pollock painting like lacing with tiers to it.
S: Excellent fruity hop notes, mostly of grapefruit and orange peel. A bit of malt underneath.
T/M: Fruity hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and slight tang. Subtle malt profile of sweet caramel that creeps in before a nice long bitterness that leaves the mouth dry. Despite the dryness in the finish, it's quite smooth and coating on the palate as it's coming across the tongue.
D: A very excellent easy drinking IPA. Nice and smooth with a decent abv that's not too high. Well balanced with a good body.

bjohnson, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

leitmotif, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jkane101, May 30, 2013
Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown with a huge frothy billowing head; lacing is good

S: Lots of floral and citrus hop aroma; a bit of a burnt sweet malty quality as well; this is a big, strong aroma that shoots out of the bottle as soon as it's cracked but there is something a bit funky through the heart of it

T: Pleasant citrus hop quality that adds a nice bitterness to an otherwise sweet malty beer; a bit of a burnt flavor at the end

F: Decent mouth feel; smooth and lightly, though pleasantly, carbonated

D: A good, refreshing west coast IPA

dbossman, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mattreitz49, May 22, 2014
Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

browniewithnuts, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Camjmorton
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Camjmorton, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Tballz420
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got me a bomber of this stuff, adorned with a fish.

I'll comment on the scent first, cause its quite nice. That sticky, sappy, hop-dripping scent most of us love. Fairly hazy copper-toned body, topped with a nice, cream colored head that lasts a while and leaves a nice trail of lace. And the taste is what I was hoping it would be: thick sappy hops all over your tounge. Not as intense as some on the market, but that's not necessarily a bad thing (although the more the merrier in my book). Bottle says the hops are exclusively American Centennial, and thats alright. Strictly the bitter hops. I could forget my name drinking these.

Tballz420, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of deereless
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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

deereless, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Archemedies, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mikepcarney
4.75/5  rDev +17%

mikepcarney, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of gshackles
4/5  rDev -1.5%

gshackles, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of botham
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. pours amber with gold highlights and a single finger of tight, bright white head and moderate retention and mild lacings.

aroma is of rich piney hops and a bit of citrus and some spice. a bit of caramelized sugar forms a base. the spice gets a bit more pronounced as the beer warms a bit. pleasant in the nose.

taste is mroe of the same with a sublime freshness and a wonderful hop quality. only semi-dry on the palate with a moderately bitter finish. very well put together.

mouthfeel is full bodied and semi-dry with a dry finish and aftertaste of residual piney hops. pleasant, and not too bitter.

drinkability is good. very fresh and wonderfully hopped with a great finish and piney profile. solid on the palate. cheers!

botham, Aug 19, 2009
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Carlos for this brew.

Pours to a hazy prange amber body with a fuzzy off white head with full bubbles that last a couple of minutes. Leaves nice lace as it fades. Nose has a lot going on with notes of pine, dill, citrus, and peppery spice. Enters the mouth and really wakes up the taste buds with a shrill sour bitter that is initial but calms down quickly to a mild long bitter richness. The mouthfeel is a nice fullness comprissed of dry malt and nippy earthy bitter feel. Solid drinkable IPA with a consistant hop presence throughout.

SPLITGRIN, Jan 16, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

seanchai, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darker golden pale with some light amber hues. Thick khaki colored head at about 3 in. thick with some major lacing to the glass.

S: Nice upfront nose of fruity and floral hops. Pick up the presence of fresh yeast as the hop aromas fade and give way.

T: Abundent with very floral, spicey and resinous hop flavors. Sound bittering to this brew balance out big malty and caramel flavors that really warm up and come through in the end.

M: Nice and smooth with clean finish. Slight carbonation and alcohol warming.

D: Drinkability is decent but there is no doubt this is a big brew at 6.8% ABV the alcohol comes through alot. Big hops, Big malt flavors. Big Eye!

Ballast Point is a local favorite of mine and you always know what you are gonna get with a Big Eye. A massive brew loaded with hops and great malt flavors. Get to the point!

Nugganooch, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slight hazy orange colored ale. Huge, frothy head does not give up and literally blankets the glass in creamy, wavy lacing.

Big citrus and rye bread aroma. Spicy and malty.

Very spicy, pungent hop flavor right away with grapefruit, pinesol, herbs and spinach leaves. Dense malt backbone hinting at rye bread. Well balanced.

Sturdy medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Solid IPA and definitely showcases the west coast nuances.

bnes09, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jayhunter357, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

hockeyfighter19, May 24, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/amber with an inch of head, decent lace.
Smell: Very fruity and citric, a bit of bread in the finish. Smells a little sweet.
Taste/Mouth: Very balanced between bready and caramel malts and citrus hops. The is some pine resin in the background. There is also a slight coppery/ blood taste in the back. The carbonation is a little high but not by too much. Very nice.
Drink: Not bad but I'd grab a Sculpin over this in a heartbeat (unless I was short on cash, then I'd grab this.). Very nice beer Ballast Point. Keep on keepin' on.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Morris729
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep burnt orange color with a tall light tan head that slowly recedes into a very thick and rocky lace that coats the walls of the glass as it fades. Nose is strong floral hops with notes of fresh pine. Taste is bitter citrus rind and oily hop resins but there is enough of a malt backbone to support the hop profile. Very nicely done.

Morris729, Nov 22, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring that left some good lacing. the body was a bright amber color.
s - very bready with a light hop aroma.
t - big piney hops with a nice bready and caramel backbone. balanced.
m - medium thickness and lively carbonation.
o - another solid IPA from BP.

GPHarris, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of pjs234
4/5  rDev -1.5%

pjs234, Apr 06, 2014
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,155 ratings.