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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

2,837 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 97
Gots: 196 | FT: 4
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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ac419


4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-25-2012 02:12:50 | More by ac419
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mattdbh

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-24-2012 22:08:34 | More by mattdbh
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gleemonger

California

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear, deep yellowish orange & red with a nice off-white head. Some lacing, but not much, and not much retention.

Not a huge aroma, so might be a little out of date. Some pine and citrus with sweet malt. Hard to pick up much else.

First hit with some sweet yet toasty malts, but mixed with some tasty, piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops. Each of these flavors pretty well linger into the aftertaste, leaving a nice, refreshing toasty malt with not much bitterness, but just a good little punch. The very last thing to stick around is a pleasant bitterness. Super well balanced and tasty, in more of a non-West Coast kind of way, but also not overkill on the caramel malts like many of the East Coast varieties are.

Moderate body with fairly light carbonation, but just enough to keep it crisp and refreshing. Smooth and fairly creamy.

This was one of the first IPA's to break me through into loving IPA's and every time I revisit it, I still love it. I remember there being more aroma in the past, so I might have faulted it too much in that dept, but I have to review the one I'm reviewing right now. Will have to try again, maybe on tap if possible, to see if the fresher version has more aroma. For a maltier, more "balanced" version of an IPA, this one definitely stands out to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 19:41:47 | More by gleemonger
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-23-2012 16:31:52 | More by mendvicdog
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-22-2012 21:06:21 | More by sendbeer
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured out an amber color with two fingers of frothy, off white head. Good retention, only a little bit of lacing.

S: Malty and floral with a little pine and citrus. A little faint.

T: Sweet citrus and bitter pine. Very well balanced. A boozy bite at the end.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. A little sticky.

O: A good IPA, but I won't go for it again. I was truly expecting more out of it. It was pretty basic for something so pricey. There are better IPA options out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:23:52 | More by mpedara429
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99firehawkman

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-21-2012 18:34:31 | More by 99firehawkman
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-21-2012 01:33:53 | More by Rekrule
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valdieu2

Maine

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-20-2012 20:46:26 | More by valdieu2
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javahead71

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-20-2012 19:41:25 | More by javahead71
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dumptruck81

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-20-2012 18:46:27 | More by dumptruck81
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SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-19-2012 16:01:52 | More by SpectralAbyss
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12owls

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-19-2012 12:31:15 | More by 12owls
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CoryJHarber

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-18-2012 13:41:13 | More by CoryJHarber
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RRCTWO


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-18-2012 05:07:15 | More by RRCTWO
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-17-2012 03:41:37 | More by DarthTremens
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Mazarate

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-17-2012 00:40:05 | More by Mazarate
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rastley

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-16-2012 16:57:24 | More by rastley
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-16-2012 04:27:53 | More by BeerBeast
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alesaram

Guam

5/5  rDev +23.2%

10-15-2012 23:26:58 | More by alesaram
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harpus

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-15-2012 19:00:42 | More by harpus
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-15-2012 16:27:46 | More by CSQ1111
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mbw314

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-13-2012 18:27:27 | More by mbw314
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Hardcore

Hawaii

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-13-2012 08:36:38 | More by Hardcore
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admcptch

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-13-2012 03:38:13 | More by admcptch
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,837 ratings.