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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

3,050 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,050
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 109
Gots: 261 | FT: 5
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%

2GOOFY, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

rankandfile, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

tsm2011, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jesus808, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

scott2269, Dec 02, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very popular beer in San Diego and for a good reason. It embodies what I (and many other locals) consider to be a West Coast IPA. It hits all the marks expected without going overboard in one certain area. In 2012 alone I added 3, 1/6 barrels to my kegerator rotation and it was exceptional every time.

Update 2014- After several more kegs of this IPA I am still in love. IMO the best IPA in San Diego.

DrLasers, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

bfroehlich, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ChrisMon02, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring that left some good lacing. the body was a bright amber color.
s - very bready with a light hop aroma.
t - big piney hops with a nice bready and caramel backbone. balanced.
m - medium thickness and lively carbonation.
o - another solid IPA from BP.

GPHarris, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

MinnTwins, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Keith_R, Nov 25, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by 12/21/12

A: Looks like an IPA, crystal clear, copper color with a 1 finger white head, lots of lace.
S: Relatively muted nose, pine, a little sweetness, and a hint of flowers.
T: Definitely American hops (lots of pine with a hint of citrus, a little bit a medium caramel malt and a grainy dryness. I just looked at the website, it mentions Columbus and Centennial hops which fit with what I am tasting, no mention of a grain bill.
M: Very crisp, highly attenuated, goes down very smooth
O: An excellent example of an American IPA, I would not necessarily seek it out again, but I am glad JC picked up a sixer for me and I would happily drink this if I found it in a KY bar. Highly recommended.

wspscott, Nov 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

DonFrap, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

fDOTbear, Nov 24, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful orangish copper hue with a thick foam stand of 3+ fingers an off white caramel color.

Malty caramel goodness, and after a few pints the hop aroma is a bit muted.

A nice bitter base with lotsa maltiness bringing the heat, west coast style late hop flavor is nice. Burps very west coast as well. NICE.

Medium bodied creamcicle hop like mouthfeel has been best part.

Well, I got my growler filled for a great price and if it lasts will get more. Have had WAY better from ballast point but a good beer.

welldigger888, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bbreneman, Nov 22, 2012
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2.1/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is my first Ballast Point beer and it is horrible. I don't know if it went bad somehow. It has a date of Dec 5, 2012 and I bought it from Halftime but all of the other beers I have drank from there are great.

The beer has no hop smell at all. I detect and taste the maltiness but that's not doing much for me either. Very disappointing.

fredmugs, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Boone757, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

hlatimer266, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jonas, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

sw2112, Nov 18, 2012
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,050 ratings.