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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,149
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 117
Gots: 292 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jaxray8, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of hagbergl
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This just recently started appearing in (more affordable) six-packs in the Chicago area. I had to grab a pack while it was fresh. Standard long-neck brown bottle into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Orange-copper, hazed, two-finger head, reduces to one finger. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Pretty standard looking West Coast IPA stuff right here, in terms of visuals.

Smell (4.25/5): Exceptionally floral, piney, grapefruity–just tons tons of fresh hop character (praise the lord), and no malt present in the nose.

Taste (4.25/5): Pithy pink grapefruit and orange, strong bitterness comes on in the aftertaste. Fairly simple, reflecting its vigorous hopping with columbus and centennial. This is a West Coast-style IPA through and through. Light bready malt in the middle adds a bit of a counterpoint to the hops before the hops return with a vengeance.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Dazzling amount of carbonation on this one. Medium-light body. Twinge of prickly bitterness all over the tongue. Dry as hell in the aftertaste.

Overall (4.25/5): I'm not sure which IPA by Ballast Point I prefer–Big Eye or Sculpin. Ballast Point has created in Big Eye a slightly less balanced India Pale Ale, and I mean that in a good way. This is a dry, grapefruity, piney beast that keeps the alcohol level low enough to make this a good beer to drink multiples of. This is one hell of an IPA, and you'll love it with some blue cheese, steak, or fajitas.

hagbergl, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of oilcan01
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

oilcan01, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange amber with a medium off white lasting head, some lacing. Aroma and Taste is of sweet caramel malt, yeast, floral citrus hops, some orange peel and fruity esters and flavor come thru. Palate is a medium body, mild carbonation with a nice combination of sweet malt and floral hops balance. Finishes with a good caramel malt background, fruity, yeasty, some orange peel and good floral hops balance. A very good, flavorful and enjoyable brew.

Samp01, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

calcutron, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

johnnyboy76, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

HopLuva, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into McDonald's collector's glass (I'm...away from my glassware at the moment). Clear golden orange with a huge fluffy white head that stays around and leaves nice lacing. Smell is fruity tropical hops, getting pineapple and citrus, with some herbal notes as well, and some crackery malt. Taste is crackery/buttery malt, bitter and slightly fruity hops. An unassuming but solid IPA, well-balanced and flavorful. This one shows that not everything needs to be a super-complex hop bomb to be delicious.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

shelby415, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date 10/27/13. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, coppery amber color with over 1/4 of just off-white head that had decent retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was a little sweet up front, then gave way to some very nice pine and floral hops. No real malt or grain in the nose however. There was a bit of sweetness at the front of the palate as well, then big, bright hops took over. The above mentioned floral and pine notes across the front and middle, with some gently bitter citrus on the back.

The body was a bit fuller than average, and had a bit of light stickiness. The citrus lingered a few moments at the end. Drinkability was good for a 7% IPA, not a quick, smooth drinker, but one that's a nice companion during a couple innings of a ball game. Overall, a pretty nice brew. One that's not particularly different or outstanding from so many others, but a beer that's certainly worth your time.

beertunes, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Spiderpig, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

peabody, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Hendog86
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 7/6/13
Poured into a Delerium tremens tulip.

A - Dark amber, small amount of head on initial pour. Working through the glass the head dissipates to a thin lacing around the glass.

S - Huge apricots, sweet, a little boozy. I like my ipas a little more citrusy, but there is something about this one that I am really enjoying.

T - Sweet, big time apricot like the nose, very nice maltiness gives this a pretty good balance. A little boozy for 7%. Some bitterness on the back of the throat on the finish, not sure if it is pleasing or not.

M - Medium to full bodied, nice creamy feel to it.

O - Very nice ipa. I was really excited when I saw my corner liquor store stocking some Ballast Point. Definitely will be a regular in my fridge.

Hendog86, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

nygannon, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Chris-MOC9, Jul 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

mzablocki, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bluescooter, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

NormLobstah, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kirchy, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Act25
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year later, when I revisit Big Eye, and let it warm, I upped my review. This time enjoyed after Surfski, with thai noodles and duck and basil, cherry tomatoes, peppers from garden.

A: Poured from bottle into Chalice named Leffe. Big head, decent retention, steady lacing. Beautiful dark amber clear brew. Good body.

S: Apricot / Orange / Apple predominates with a malt background. More aroma as she warms. More fruit than malt, with orange predominant from start to finish.

T: A sweeter IPA. The fruit flavors present first again, ranging from orange, apricot, melon to apple and white grapes. The bready malts are a low-light, the flavor is complex and finishes strongly, tingly bitter with a lot of tongue tickling happiness. A first rate west coast IPA.

F: I didn't find the 7% alcohol in evidence, except in the excellent mouth feel, Crisp, tingly, a good food beer, with medium body and heft. *Tonight with Sauteed shrimp & Garden veggies.
Perhaps a little sweet in the finish, but interesting. No false notes.

Overall - Sculpin is one of my favorite beers, Big Eye is a close contender.

Got better as it warms as do all strong ales. A good after dinner brew, a good meditation brew due to the complexity. Not the first brew of the evening. Complex deserves time. ( and sometimes cheese ).

Warmer - It gets better and better - Let this one warm. Almost a GRAND MARNIER or Cointreau feel to it. After dinner IPA.

Act25, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Rick778, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Moose90
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged one from Lee's while on vacation in Vegas. Bottle was fresh until October something...

22oz bottle for $3.99

A – Poured into fancy hotel special 5oz cup. Quite a dark orange in color, and head is tall and bright white. Lacing is nicely left in its wake. Really looks nice.

S – Nothing dominates here, but there is quite a nice balance. Initially sweet, crystal malt notes, with the hops in the back. This is quite grassy, herbal, and brings some citrusy notes as well.

T – Starts out malty again, as expected from the nose. Hop notes become more floral than they do bitter or estery. Some more herbal earth notes come through, pine, wildflower, honey and clove.

M – Finishes nicely bitter. Body is overall medium in complexion, and just about right, may be a bit heavy. Carbonation is surprisingly quite low.

O – A good IPA. It's 7.0% is noticeable, but not in a terrible way. This one is nicely balanced, and manages to be quite a looker while in the glass.

Moose90, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bobv, Jul 04, 2013
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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