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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,559
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 149
Gots: 542 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Ratings: 3,559 | Reviews: 1,033
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: clear golden. Fairly thick off white head. Messy, lingering lacing.
Smell: juicy fruit. Some floral and pine notes. Quite a rich impressive nose.
Taste: wow. Layers of flavors. All the flavors from the nose. The finish is quite a production, with a couple of discernible waves. Finally, a finish with a gentle bitterness.
Overall: this one is up there with 2 hearted IMO. Well done.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out a beautiful burnt orange color with copper tones, its topped off with a thin white head that quickly forms a ring around the beer. Great lacing marks every sip you take. The aroma is mildly hoppy and citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemon and orange zest come through. Light and crisp when it first hits your tongue, this IPA is slightly bitter at first and then warms up your mouth as the hops become more present. The hops are very well handled and are the main point through this beer, the alcohol is barely detected even in its aftertaste. This is a well-balanced IPA and goes down quite well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some über bougie restaurant on Balboa Island during Thanksgiving dinner.

Like a box of Tricuits at midnight, this one treated Raul right well. And Big Eye is exactly that; it's no organic cheddar bunnies, it's not a bag of GMO free Jalapeño Kettle Chips... It's just a solid, easily available IPA that won't make you holla, but you'd definitely snap for the butler to bring another.

Clean, crisp, and smooth. Like my baby mama after a hot wax, Big Eye is just clean, crisp and smooth.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a finger of light golden eggshell foam, body is a translucent light orange amber, steady carb from the base,

Smell - Slightly sweet citrus hops, semi-sweet grapefruit, pineapple, mango, light floral.

Taste - Wow, really nice clean citrus flavors, much like the nose - semi sweet grapefruit, slightly under ripe pineapple, mango, slight mandarin orange, lots of floral flavors towards the end of the quaff, finishes with slightly dry citrus peels and grapefruit pith. All of this rides a backbone of natural citrus sweetness, no carmel flavors here. Alcohol is perfectly hidden.

Mouthfeel - About medium, almost juicy mouthfeel from the bright citrus, carb is medium but light and crisp, leaving nice sharp edges on the sides of the tongue, finish is somewhat dry and just barely puckering, with juiciness in the mouth corners - begging the next sip.

Overall - Really an excellent ipa, nice complexity and extremely well balanced. Very drinkable, with a tendency to want to sip quickly to continue the wonderful citrus flavors. Sculpin is a great ipa, but this is a very close second - save yourself 5 bucks and pick up a sixer of Big Eye - no regrets, and a must try.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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