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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,158
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 118
Gots: 295 | 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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Photo of paulytasker
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type- 12oz. Bottle with a best by date of 5/17/13 poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a pretty much crystal clear medium golden-amber colour. 1/2 Inch of beige head that tapers off quickly. Fair amount of lacing as I continue to sip.

S- Picking up on a lot of pale malts here. The malts are accompanied by a nice shot of citrus hops, a touch of grapefruit. I thought I had detected a little caramel, but not sure. Very pleasing to the nose!

T/M- Fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel. Body is a little bigger than i had expected. The caramel that i thought i had smelled was more aparent on the pallate. IMO the malts are at the forefront and are strongarmed away by a big blast of fruity hops. One of the creamier IPA's I have had in awhile. My favorie thing here is the clean, dry finish that leaves a nice bitterness lingering for a good while.

O- This was my 1st time experiencing Ballast Point and i'm satisfied. Truly a solid representation of a West Coast IPA.

paulytasker, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: solid brown 355mL bottle with a cool label.

Appearance: mid orange-amber in colour with moderate-to-higher carbonation streaming from the bottom. A big, frothy head drops to a thin cap fairly quickly with limited lacing.

Aroma: a very strong smelling IPA, per the American style. As usual there are some flavour notes coming across - particularly citric hops - but is drowned by the hop bitterness.

Taste: a big and powerful AIPA, with those citric hops up front and some pine backing up.

Aftertaste: lingers quite nicely, without the harsh bitterness that can affect the aftertaste on so many AIPAs. The flavours are actually distinguishable with Big Eye as opposed to simply puckering the mouth, which impresses.

Mouth feel: some weight behind it, but it feels medium bodied. The steady carbonation carries the flavour well.

Overall: if you want a big American IPA, this is a good one to choose. Reasonably priced and with a good combination of different hops, it's a good choice.

SmashPants, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle to HFS sniffer

A: Golden to brown honey colored with some thin white head that leaves a thick white lacing. It is almost completely clear translucent as much as an ipa can be.

S: There are definitely hops in there, but there seems to be a lot more mal then i expected comparing this to the scalpen this is much less balanced smelling as the sweetness of the malt is much more powerful and the dominant smell in this case.

T: follows the nose in terms of the malt the taste is almost completely malt dominant not what I was I what expecting at all as I always look for hops in a IPA and here they are almost non existent with a little bit of bitterness in the finish though other then that nothing there. i really do not think I will ever understand the malt forward ipa. it really isn't that bad just not to style in my opinion at all.

M:The feel is really oily to the point were it almost slides down your throat, but smooth is not a word that I would use to describe it. There is a little carbonation but not much as well as a little bit of resin but not enough to hang around to complement the bitterness.

O: This is a decent malt forward ipa, I hate malt forward IPAs that being said I did not hate this beer but it definitely was not my favorite. If malty ipas are your thing then give it a try but if you have some dick throw in two big eye's in your scalapen six pack without you noticing before you got home you have the right to be pissed off.

Pinknuggets, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of afluentturtle
4/5  rDev -1.5%

afluentturtle, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of jkn09
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jkn09, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of nuttermcbutter
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nuttermcbutter, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Toadhopper
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Toadhopper, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bet before 05/17/13. Acquired as part of a six pack at a local Von's grocery store. 7.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose Sculpin IPA I hugely respect. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style; there's nothing unique or special here. But there are no overt flaws either.

Sm: Oily piney hops, heavy floral hops, pale malts, messy grapefruit citrus zest, mango and more tropical notes, pineapple, and light nectar hops. Something's off; it doesn't come off fresh or refreshing. It's messy and the flavour profile isn't what I like and expect from a great IPA. Still, it's clean and more complex than most other IPA aromas. Not at all too hoppy, though some hop bitterness is evident. An above average strength aroma.

T: Lots of juicy crisp fruity hops, redolent especially of tropical fruit like mango and pineapple. Pale malts form the clean somewhat refreshing foundation. Unfortunately, hop bitterness does creep out on the climax and in the finish - a severe flaw. Floral hops. Light hop nectar. It's not the oily hop extract core of an IPA like Lagunitas; the profile is much more tropical than most IPAs. Anyone who claims this is exactly like Sculpin is out of their gourd. It's clean and pleasant but lacks the body and complexity of a superior IPA (like Sculpin). Not too hoppy at all. I kind of like that though; it's not trying to be a double IPA. No malty sweetness or backbone; it's more cut and dry hoppy. Fairly balanced but lacking the complexity and subtlety it needs. I like it, but it's far from fantastic. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thin and weak, lacking body and presence. Carbonation is slightly overdone. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom tailored to it.

Dr: A pretty good IPA that hides its ABV well, but it's nothing to write home about. $11 in a grocery store feels rather steep. I wouldn't get it again with Lagunitas' offerings next to it on the shelf, but it's a passable beer for the style. Ballast Point does far better. I don't understand the comparisons to Sculpin; this don't hold a candle. Still, it's worth looking into for fans of the style. It's quite drinkable; I'll have no trouble polishing off the six pack I picked up.


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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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