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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

3,328 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,328
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 123
Gots: 365 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of gatornation
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden copper color with a 1finger head and a bit of lacing left a fresh collar
S-nice balance of tropical, pine and floral hops a bit of malts
T-follows the nose big burst of hops very tasty mid sweet malts try to balance this out
M- medium carbonation with a thick some what bitter finish from the hops
O- great IPA with loads of hops i like sculpin better but this is also very good

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JackieTH
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Darker amber-orange, good clarity, an inch of white foam recedes to a persistent quarter inch, fits of lace.

Smell is clean pine forest woodsy slightly earthy and grapefruit pith.

Taste loads big bitterness right up front, it's got flavors of nice and clean pine resins, citrus pith, slightly grassy. Not super complex, but has a slightly floral-grassy element that works well with the bitterness and citrus-resin to create quite a nice and enjoyable crisp and refreshing flavor. Nice bite of carbonation that abides well with the persistent bitterness. Body is medium light. Finish is very clean and mildly bitter.

This is a very nice example of a West Coast IPA and its not shy about high octane bitterness. Bonus points on 'Overall' since I'm really enjoying this beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear copper coor with a dense head off off-white head. Unbelievable retention and lacing. Doesnt get much better looking than this!

Nose is juicy hops - papayas, pineapple and grapefruit flesh. Little bit of sweet, caramely malt. Clean overall and the hop aromas are really great.

Taste has plenty of both bittering and flavoring hops. The finish is biting and loooong lasting. The malt is well played...not so light it is all hops; there is a deft touch of toasty caramel that stays out of the way or the most part but compliments the hops. Its still firmly in the West Coast IPA category, but a bit of malt compensation is nice to see. Mouthfeel is airy and carbonation perfect. This is a great IPA when fresh, I could drink this just about anytime.

Photo of jeff1973
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Sculpin pint glass. Canned date was 7/13/13, about 2mos old at this point.

A - Clear burnt orange. Classic West Coast IPA color. Eggshell head leaves good lacing.

S - Orange, grapefruit, peach, catpiss. Can smell a little breadiness. Also some black tea.

T - All the hop profiles in the aroma come out in the taste also. They seem a little muted, but this is a little old of a can. They would probably pop much more if fresher. Malt comes in at the end, kinda of a dark bread flavor. Dries out nicely.

M - Medium, nice and creamy. Carbonation is also medium. This is really nice.

O - An above average IPA, that is very easy to drink. Probably much better fresher (need to start checking the dates at the store). Bought a 6pk and I'm not regretting it.

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Light amber with nice off-white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, toasted malt and some floral/herbal notes. More aroma than most standard West Coast IPAs.

Taste: Big citrus taste of grapefruit and orange on top of the toasted malts. While those hop oil notes carry through to the finish, it also becomes somewhat herbal, floral and spicy, almost like an English IPA. Moderately strong bitterness.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice dry finish. Unfortunately, there is a lingering chalkiness that bugs me.

Overall: Very solid West Coast IPA with some light English IPA flourishes. Bitter yet quite approachable. The chalky mouthfeel prevents this from being as strong of a West Coast IPA as some offerings by Sierra Nevada, Green Flash and Stone. Also, Ballast Point's own Sculpin IPA, while a very different beer that isn't really a typical West Coast IPA, is also a better choice.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,328 ratings.