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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,344
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 126
Gots: 377 | 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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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.

Photo of bsp77
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Julian date code on the label: 13234. Pours a clear amber color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is what I would describe as hop perfume. Also some pine hop aroma as well. No sign of malt in the typical West Coast IPA tradition.

Pure hop flavor with the malt not getting in the way at all. Dank with some pine and floral notes. Dry malt which comes as no surprise. Very bitter combined with the dry malt, does not make an easy drinking beer.

Good carbonation combines with the medium body to give a nice feel.

If you are a fan of West Coast IPAs, this is as good as many. I am probably limited to one or two before my palate is crying for mercy.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really good ipa, but after sculpin, ballast point cant really top it. this is by all means a great beer, and uniquely hopped with shades of pine and a great punchy bitterness, but it pales in comparison to sculpin, which is one of the finest crafted anywhere. red malts balance this out a little better, and its got a beautiful red glow to it beneath a white foamy head with excellent retention. pine is the hops family, but not as aggressive as some, this is more of a session beer to me, although it does pack a bit of an alcohol punch after a few. I had this at blue tuck in Syracuse amongst several other great india pales, and it stood up well to all of them. carbonation is excellent and this is a well made brew overall, but its nothing compared to a sculpin.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,344 ratings.