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