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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 137
Gots: 435 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got this beer two days ago and was surprised I was able to find it, and especially for $5. I wanted to save it, but im foregoing my pumpkin beers to drink this.

A: This beer pours a deep, orange reddish color with a solid 2-in bright, white head, that is sure to leave some lacing, but is slow to dissipate.

S: Aroma comes right out of the glass with the scent of citrusy pine, some apricot and a small trace of honey at the end.

T: Very sweet citrus on top, not a lot of bite, like I was expecting for a beer this hard to come by, but is consistent with the smell. I get apricot and pine through the middle of the taste, with some honey and yeast notes at the end. Does have a bitter, dry finish!

M: Sweet, yet tart. Very flavorful and rich of citrus and pine. Of course its drinkable!

O: My only complaint about this beer is the lack of hop bite. It didnt throw me on my ass, but it was rich in flavor and drinkability. I guess this would be considered a big beer by IPA standards, but is not the total package like I was expecting.

Photo of frogfan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear amber colour, with a moderately-sized white head. Good retention.

Smell is very nice. A bright, citrus hop scent. Orange and pineapple are both there.

Toasted caramel malt can be tasted, along with lots of hop flavour, primarily citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange, pineapple). Quite bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, quite a good IPA.

Photo of rdoggg
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bright orange hue with brilliant clarity. About a finger of off white head.

tropical fruit on the nose. dried papaya, hints of pineapple and grapefruit with a bit of citrus. some dried mango as well.

Not an in your face IPA but rather a simple and damn tasty one. Medium mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Goes down real easy and is super refreshing. Some sweet malt gives life to the dried fruit flavors of the hops. Ends semi-flowery with a nice underlying yet balancing bitterness. Really really good. This IPA takes the classic west coast flavors of an American IPA while presenting them in a subtle and super drinkable english-style. Unique, amazingly balance, super flavorful, and dangerously chuggable. That's what makes a damn good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 7% ABV, 91 IBUs.

Pours a clear deep amber color with a foamy long lasting head. Lace trails coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is moderately hoppy with pine and citrus showing, balanced by a biscuity maltiness. The taste follows suit with citrusy, grapefruit hops balanced by a toasty, bready malt profile. Herbal hop bitterness shows with warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation. The finish moderately bitter and also malty and grainy.

This is a great IPA, very well balanced. By San Diego standards it's restrained, but still very quaffable and delicious.

Photo of kevrob802
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of oddb0d
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise find for me. I just moved from WA to CA and checked out my local Whole Foods after not finding anything worth drinking at my local grocery stores.

Right off the bat, this beer struck me. I've had quite a few high class / sort after beers of late, but this one right away made me say to my wife "WOW, come and take a sip of this!"

The smell, the color, body, everything was first class.

A - Good lace, nicely carbonated, great copper look.

T - Not an overbearing hop taste to the beer. Very even flavor profile. Nice balance of herbs, spice, citrus, hops and malts.

M - Medium body, nice smoothness to it. Decent carbonation, moderate.

0 - Definitely on my list for getting more of these. Also makes me want to check out the Sculpin. I liked the balance of the citrus fruit taste. Not too fruity. A very solid west coast IPA. Pretty much everything I love about IPAs in a glass! Probably a great beer for someone who is making their way into the IPA world and is not yet a fan of the extreme hoppiness that some IPAs have.

Photo of AnthonyMcConnell
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first review!

A - Warm/clear Copper, well-carbonated, nice lace on glass

S - Citrus, slightly piney

T - Grapefruit, mild hops

M - Moderate, sticky

O - Very great IPA! More hops please! I am always impressed with Ballast Point. I prefer Sculpin over Big Eye but really enjoyed each.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours clear amber with a towering, over-size, and surprisingly thick head. Plenty of sticky lacing left on the glass.

A: sweet malt; spicy hops, herbs and alcohol esters.

T: Herbal and spicy hops dominate the flavor, although a solid malt base is easily detected. Not aggressive or particularly bitter for style, but has adequate hop flavor and presence.

M: medium body; nicely smooth and well carbonated.

O: Centrist in style but at the same time, unique due to the particular mix of malts and hops. I appreciate the quality here but prefer IPAs that are at least a little more fruity.

Photo of Schmuckles
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GregBlatz
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper in color. Slightly off-white head that starts around 1/2" and settles to 1/8'. Laces very nicely. Bubbles are very tight and not pillowy at all. Beer is very clear.

S - Strong combination of resinous pine and strong fruitiness. Very very estery. Hops dominate but there is some warm side fermentation and some sweet malt. This is a very bold smelling beer.

T - Bitter and citrus flavors hit me up front. Sort of grapefruity. darker caramel malts are strongly at play after the punch from the fruitiness. This balanced out pretty well. Often you won't find the darker malts in an IPA.

M - A little chewy and med to med-high carbonation. Somewhat slick mouthfeel.

O - This is a big strong IPA. Definately west coast style. I'm guessing a lot of high alpha acid hops and likely some simcoe. I really enjoy this.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,411 ratings.