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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,157
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 118
Gots: 294 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Beerme09, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of beermaned
4/5  rDev -1.5%

beermaned, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no bottle date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep orange color with a thick two-finger fluffy white head, leaves crusty lacing all over the place. Has a lot of snow-globe like sediment floating in it, especially in the last pour. Probably from age, but I'm not gonna judge it on that since it's not the brewer's fault and I guess the store should have pulled the bottle if it was too old. Looks awesome otherwise. (Ballast Point, if you're reading this, date your bottles!)

S- Some fruit, leafy hops, a bit of sweet malt, nothing really outstanding, with no bottle date I can't tell if this is from age.

T- Big bitter hops right up front, there's a bit of fruit thrown in there (oranges), but mostly I'm getting a lot of pine, resin, and leaves. Big thick caramel malt evens out the bitterness a bit. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied, plenty of carbonation with a smooth and slightly chewy feel, dry finish. Surprisingly drinkable and refreshing.

O- A pretty tasty, drinkable IPA, I'm actually sorry I'm not eating something right now, this is just the kind of IPA that would go great with food, if I could get this in a bar I could easily knock back a few pints.

WillCarrera, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

msarver16, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

smutty33, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber color with a cream-colored head with decent lacing

S-citrus and nice floral aromas with hints of sweetness

T-nice grapefruit flavors and pine with a nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with morale carbonation

O-a nice easy drinking IPA

MDDMD, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of greencovesteve
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark golden red. Pour with a very thin head.

S: hints of pine blend nicely with subtle hints of fruit. A sweet grape smell stands out.

T: hard to pin this one down. Seems like there's going to be so much more, but it's not a complete disappointment. Very smooth going down, laking in initial hop bite then going overboard with the bitter at the end. The true lack of complexity is what makes this a good beer.

M: truly a roller coaster for your mouth. Light smooth carbonation leading into a near sour bitter.

O: fair price for a fair beer. Surprisingly bitter for such a smooth lead in.

greencovesteve, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Hopman1985, Feb 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ssimpson89, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ChefHopMeister, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
5/5  rDev +23.2%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Lovely honey/amber elixer! Tall white head that fades slowly and drags itself back into the glass leaving a islands of sticky lacing. Pretty clear with nice carbonation.

S- Orange, pineapple, yellow grapefruit and some faint peaches. Really piney and dank! Picking up the sweet malts and a touch of yeast.

T- More bitter than I would thought. Not overwhelming, but I wish the fruit would shine thru a bit more. The malt comes thru a bit and mellows the pine. Certainly not as fruit forward as Sculpin.

M- Nice blend of bitter, sweet, and citrusy. The bitterness sticks to your teeth a little bit. Really wishing this was a bit more citrus forward.

O- Decent IPA. I've had better, and I've certainly had worse. Not sure I'll pick this up again at the price ($14.99/6).

Thickfreakness, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours medium to light amber. One inch white head slowly fades into a film on top. Yeast sediment is suspended in the liquid.

S: Smell is pretty piney. I smell a tiny bit of grapefruit and some dank hops.

T: Hop profile is really floral and slightly piney. Fruit hop profile isn't too prolific, but there's enough to add some depth. There's a decent amount of caramel malt that lends a decent amount of sweetness.

M: Slightly creamy, oily, slick. Medium body. Ample carbonation provides decent balance to some of the more aggressive floral and piney hop profile.

O: I'm usually into the more tropical IPAs, but this one is damn, damn, damn good. I found this 3 hours away from the only distributor in the state, so I was quite happy about that. We don't get ANY Ballast Point up here, so this was a great surprise. I'd definitely buy this again as a go-to IPA if it were more readily available. I like the hop and malt profile very much.

TTAmod, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a hazy copper color, with a soapy two finger off white head. Slightly above average head retention/lacing.

S: Nothing too groundbreaking. Mixture of citrus/piny hops and bready maltiness. On the other hand, it's pretty strong, even more than usual.

T: The flavor is mostly pine-centric hoppiness clustered on the back end. There's an increase in grapefruit notes after about 10 sips, subtly hinting to some nice hop complexity. Still, the lacking balance (there is a malt presence on the opening, just not enough) and slight medicinal soapiness of the hop profile are a bit offputting (though not deal breaking).

M: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, high carbonation, very sticky, drying hop finish. Textbook west coast IPA.

O: Decent, but the soapy hop profile mars its drinkability some. Well worth a try, but there are better IPAs on the market (perhaps including BP's very own Sculpin? Damnit, another beer to put on the wants list...)

ThisWangsChung, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Unchi, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, right from the start I know I was not going to be impressed. I guess it started with the package label. Something about it, just throw me off a bit.
While pouring, I couldn't detect any real outstanding aromas. There was some hops, a decent amount, I could almost feel the barley, but for me it was just put together.
The taste was a taste thats it, not bad, not great.
The one part I was disappointed in was the after taste. Basically there was none. And I always want a strong finish.

rdilauro, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

DMc8ride, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jskennedy, Jan 25, 2012
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,157 ratings.