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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,969
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 104
Gots: 237 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2012 07:15:10 | More by standardcherry
Photo of busterwhite


4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours an orange color with a 2 finger head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus, some herbal aroma and a little sweetness.

Tastes of citrus, tropical fruit, a little herbal and floral with a nice bitter bite. Good malt backbone helps balance the hops, finishes with a grapefruit rind aftertaste.

Carbonation is good, mouthfeel is medium and a little resinous/oily.

This is a well done IPA, complex and layered in flavor. Very nice.

06-04-2012 01:24:45 | More by busterwhite
Photo of outsider


4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-01-2012 23:57:40 | More by outsider
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-31-2012 23:30:18 | More by bmoney
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-31-2012 21:46:43 | More by 2dogbrew
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-31-2012 17:45:54 | More by uziangis
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-30-2012 15:39:11 | More by drjman
Photo of mulder1010


3.98/5  rDev -2%

355 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a clear, light orange amber color. Bright white one finger head. Great staying power to the head. Even better with swirling as got two fingers of head. Nice fluffy head that when recedes leaves lots of spotty and soapy lacing. Nice.

S-- Break this down two ways. In the bottle got a lot of bubblegum in the nose. Very vibrant smell. In the glass a lot of tropical sorbet. Peach, lime, guava, orange and soft grapefruit. in the glass it is slightly muted. Not as fresh as the bottle nose.

T-- Forward pine, grapefruit and orange bitterness, though getting slightly muted due to the age of the beer. Still shows flashes of what this can be.

M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Not as oily as it should be and showing lots of overripe orange, pine and grapefruit. malt backbone makes appearances in the feel as a good amount of toffee are well balanced with the fruits. Good citrus sorbet finish but it is showing it's age.

O-- It's old. Say that up front. Perfectly serviceable though. Shows flashes of what it was and that is more than enough. hides the alcohol well and something that would work in a big way in this climate. if Australia got fresh Big Eye watch out. Shows its age in the feel so the downgrade. Otherwise a world class IPA

05-30-2012 12:51:24 | More by mulder1010
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

05-30-2012 04:41:39 | More by xipho
Photo of danieelol


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Could have left this in the freezer a touch longer before consuming. Oh well.

Pours a lovely orange toffee colour with good head and fantastic lacing.

Smell is somewhat subtle and balanced tropical notes- think guava and lime with some malt poking through. Floral notes too.

Taste is excellently balanced hop and malt sweetness, but firmly West Coast.

Mouthfeel is thin with not a whole lot of carbonation. Fairly drinkable as a result. In fairness I think it could do with more carbonation, but I will check subsequent bottles to confirm this.

Overall a good beer which is suitable for sessioning. Great "budget" offering.

05-29-2012 08:56:33 | More by danieelol
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
A: Pours  orange golden liquid with extremely large carbonation bubbles into the glass. Bubbles are slowly wandering to the top. Quite hazy. The head is about two fingers high at first before it slowly goes down to about half the size. Lots of lacings on the glass. Looks lovely!

S: Lots of both bittering and aroma hops. Fruity, yet earthy at the same time. A bit of sea breeze. Seaweed. Peaches. Oranges and also some A hint of alcohol at the end.

T: Lots of caramel at first, then a surprisingly salty taste before it transcends into a hop burst. Slightly peppery, almost like how I think Tettnanger tastes. Tobacco. Pineapple. Orange peel. Mandarins. A very faint tone of grapefruit. Hay. Finishes with a dry taste of orange peel that lasts long.

M: Feels smooth. The carbonation is medium with large bubbles. Feels a bit watery at the end of the mouth. Leaves a bit of oiliness on the tounge
that lasts.

O: A very nice IPA which surprised me with a lot of unexpected smells and flavours. It feels balanced and looks really nice. A must try if given the opportunity.

05-25-2012 16:56:15 | More by eriktoyra
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-25-2012 05:51:14 | More by DeezGunz14
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-24-2012 23:35:03 | More by Mark000
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-22-2012 18:09:22 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-22-2012 02:20:37 | More by ericwilson54
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-21-2012 11:18:48 | More by jtd335
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-20-2012 20:34:59 | More by Texasfan549
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-19-2012 23:04:17 | More by wertschy
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-19-2012 15:26:00 | More by MaChiNe
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2012 02:31:07 | More by abcramer
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-19-2012 01:16:50 | More by erha2
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-17-2012 19:38:18 | More by Beermazter310
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-13-2012 05:01:09 | More by jstewart1130
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-13-2012 01:35:14 | More by joewsorenson
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa. 22oz bomber pours a clear, dark copper/amber colour. Tastes nicely bitter with some pine and a strong malt backbone in the finish. Drinks down very smooth and would be very sessionable with the 6.8% alcohol. Not sure of the freshness of the bottle, but its not a bad ipa overall.

05-12-2012 21:24:31 | More by WeedKing4
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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