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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,870
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 99
Gots: 200 | 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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Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a nice off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some citrusy and grassy hops upfront with a piney background, along with some caramel and orange marmalade, fruity esters, biscuit and some alcohol. The flavor also has bright piney and citrusy hop notes with some grassy flavors as well, along with biscuit and caramel, fruity esters, a chalkiness and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side and drinkable is decent. A very tasty IPA, not super complex or drinkable but hits all the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:49:58 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of DrDemento456


4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very typical dark amber IPA color with a nice half inch of foam that turns into a nice ring of lace.

S - Very solid pine and citrus like hops with a nice malt.

T - Wow is that balanced! The flavor of the bitter hops is is balanced by a sweet malt. I find it less dry than most IPA's I usually drink and it masks the ABV well without being too hoppy. Loved it.

M - Very light to medium. Enjoyable to drink.

D - Yes and please more! I have not had many IPA's this smooth and hopefully had this fresh but I am loving the flavor and bite. I will probably make this a regular.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 06:56:16 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of PicoPapa


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with No Freshness Date on it. Pours a translucent orange with a thin head. Lots of lacing. Strong aroma of hops, grapefruit and orange. Flavors of hops and grapefruit. Not all that bitter. Not overly abusive on the pallet and somewhat light for the style. A very drinkable, citrusy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 05:03:19 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of soze47


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle yesterday. I've been looking forward trying this one for a while.

Orangey and copper in color. Head subsided quickly, some light lacing.

Citrus flesh and floral hops come out. Not a huge nose on this.

Taste: Nice, but not huge taste. Good balance as hops and malt create fruity taste upfront. Nice floral and herbal blooms are lovely secondary tastes.

Highly drinkable and nice light-medium body. Crisp and clean flavors create a highly gulpable drink.

Nothing truly remarkable here, but a very nice IPA. I like the lack of hop bitterness, but strong presence of hop flavors like orange flesh (not rind) and flowers/herbs (not spiciness). I'll be sure to reach for this one again in the future as a football or boat beer.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 1
Citrus Fruit: 4.5
Hoppy (Pine): 3
Floral: 3.5
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3.5
Malty: 2.5
Toffee: 1
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 3
Sour: 1
Bitter: 2
Astringent: 1
Body: 2
Linger: 2

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:42:34 | More by soze47
Photo of Genuine


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful bright orange and amber, with an awesome darker vanilla/cream color head. Didn't expect it but it looks amazing.

Smell - the nose on this one is quite wonderful. Lots of citrus noted here. Bready, some notes of honey.

Taste - This is where everything came together. I tasted a lot of orangish, grapefruit and one other that I can't seem to put my finger on, but it's quite refreshing. Some what sweet at first, all the way through the finish. Grassy. It's not as hop forward as I would have liked, but it's still solid.

Mouthfeel - This one is undoubtedly full for the style. Very nice!

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these with no problem. One of my favorite American IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:25:34 | More by Genuine
Photo of mdaschaf


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pastradul for this one!

A: Pours an clear orange, with a chunky 2 finger head that last a long time. Thick lacing sticking to the side of the glass. It is still there as I finish off my glass, from top to bottom.

S: Nice hoppy aroma, more on the floral/citrus side. Some grapefruit for sure here. Also get some lightly toasted malt.

T: Extremely well balanced. Fruity hops upfront, with a nice earthiness to it, grapefruit and orange. On the back a nice caramel/toffee malt flavor. Semi-bitter finish

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very solid IPA. Would love to get this bad boy in 12oz bottles. A great go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:47:00 | More by mdaschaf
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with an off-white head that has great retention. Fairly sweet aroma with malt and sugar, along with a good dose of citrus hops. Taste is more hoppy than the smell would indicate, but it maintains good balance with the malt. Citrus, pine, and tropical fruit flavors along with the malt backbone. Finishes bitter; this is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nicely drinkable, this is a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:20:57 | More by chickenm
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3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Light amber/rust color with a solid two-finger head that has great retention and leaves average lacing.

S- Lots of citrus (orange), some tropical fruit (pineapple), a combination of bready/caramel malt flavor, and just a touch of alcohol as the beer warms.

T- There is some malt present, but the piney hop bitterness is the star here. Some citrus pith comes through also. It finishes with a nice piney/pithy bitterness along with some warming alcohol.

M- Medium, borderline full feel with a good amount of carbonation.

D/O- I enjoyed it, but I'm not running to the store for another. It's just another IPA that gets lost in the every expanding IPA shelf at my local beer store. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way to acquire this one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:48:31 | More by pvsob
Photo of Soneast


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, amber-golden color, growing a thick, pillowy white-colored head, with great retention, hanging on through most of the glass.

The aroma is comprised of a citrus hop character. Lots of grapefruit to my nose, some tropical fruits, mostly pineapple and some mild fruity esters in the way of green apple and a bit of light caramel malt aroma towards the end.

The flavor is incredibly smooth. The hops take front seat, bringing out some citrus notes and a touch of spiciness. Their is a balancing, semi-sweet malt character, that comes out as an almost honey-like flavor, and some mild graininess mid-swallow. The finish is dry and very easy on the palate, with just a hint of diacetyl which doesn't ruin the flavor profile at all...it maybe even enhances it. There is a lot of hop flavor without the bite. There is virtually no lingering bitterness.

The body is pretty mild, with medium carbonation. Big Eye is really a very easy drinking IPA, with a very nice hop character and clean finish. That said, there are plenty of readily available mid-west IPAs that are as good, if not better, than Big Eye IPA, so, for me, it really isn't worth seeking out more than once.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:12:41 | More by Soneast
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange look

S- smell citrus and hops.

T- A strong bite of hops and citrus tones very balance.

M- Semi-dry hop bite and citrus notes through out the sip.

D- Very good ipa not like it's big brother Sculpin but still a good IPA.


Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 15:26:03 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of cbutova


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I have seen the new black label at Julio's, pretty much as fresh as I am going to get it. In retrospect, let this one warm up so it is just slightly cool.

A- Pours out dark orange with a fluffy white head. The retention is good but the cap eventually dies down to a nice creamy pillow and good ring. A lot of thick, creamy lace.

S- Sweet tropical hop notes in moderate quantity above yeast breadiness and caramel malt. Apple and floral come to mind as well.

T- Hop forward. They lend a lot of fruit and citrus (orange, zest), some floral and pine notes. This actually tastes a lot like cider to me, hmm. Other things are caramel malt and slight grain.

MF- Nice and creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Slight floral bitterness.

DB- This beer is strange to me. A citrus bomb that somehow reminds me of apple cider. A drinkable, refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:37:34 | More by cbutova
Photo of Shaw


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second Ballast Point brew, them being new to Florida and all.

Pours a beautiful amber in color with a large sticky off-white head.

Good, big hoppy aroma.

Great taste that's very bitter and hoppy with a good malt flavor of biscuit to boot. Noticeable alcohol flavors.

Nice solid body.

Overall this is an excellent IPA. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:42:21 | More by Shaw
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden pour with very thin head. Retains well what little it has. Very nice lace.

Strong citrus nose with lots of grapefruit. Excellent hop presence.

Hop bite right up front. Bright herbal hops. Nice hop and alcohol burn in the finish.

Feel is spot on for the style. Just the right thickness against the strong hops.

Great drinker.

Serving type: growler

10-23-2010 00:46:34 | More by beer2day
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color with a deep haze. Poured with a thin off-white head that reduced to a very thin cap. Sticky lacings let you know how full your glass was at one time. Big floral hop aroma that includes pine, orange and a bit of grapefruit. Some malty sweetness sneaks through as well. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and buttery smoothness. Piney hop flavor dominates in the front with hints of citrus sneaking through and maltiness in the background that never gives up. The pine flavor tapers at the end to allow a citrus and malty sweet finish with a tapering bitter hop aftertaste. Not as good as Sculpin, but damn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 20:45:01 | More by IronLover
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light tan head the body is an orange amber color, light lacing around the glass. The beer has a citrus hopy smell. Mild carbonation, bitter after taste. Tastes like the average IPA nothing really stands out. Its an easier drinker and I would have it again. But it is nothing specail.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 21:33:30 | More by beersensei305
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/15/10. Got in a trade with zoolzoo, thanks Kevin!

So far I've only had Sculpin (mmmm) and Victory at Sea from Ballast Point, so I'm excited to review this!

A: Poured into an Alchemist Pub pint glass. Deep, burnt orange with a frothy white head. Brilliantly clear.

S: Wow, peaches and cream. Juicy, ripe pineapple, this is great. Sculpin is known for its magnificent nose, and it seems they did an excellent job here too.

T: Piny hops on the tongue. Citrus fruit and grapefruit. A pretty significant malt backbone pokes through. A wee bit of the alcohol on the finish.

F: Medium body for an IPA, moderate carbonation.

D: I could do two of these, maybe four. Not sure if I'd session a whole six pack in a night though. With the slight alcohol tinge in the taste along with the hops, I might want a change of pace after a couple.

I'm glad I got to try this! Ballast Point seems to be a great brewery and I'll consider doing a locals4locals brewery specific with them sometime. I still want to try the Dorado Double, and get a few more bottles of Sculpin!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 00:53:48 | More by awalk1227
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New Hampshire

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

Nice rocky head with excellent retention. Beautiful orange-amber color but ever so slightly cloudy.

Nose if floral and citrus, with a little pine. Similar hop flavors give way to a strong and persistent bitterness that dominates the aftertaste. At first the bitterness seems to balance the malt sweetness, but it really builds and tends to dominate the experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:03:22 | More by CliffBrake
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in 16 oz glass

1" lite tan head, clear orange/red amber color. leaves a little thin lacing as head breaks up.

Smells are mild & muted, malts, mild hops, a bit of sweet pineapple, citrus...nothing big stands out.

Tastes of mild hops, malts are mild and a bit creamy, citrus and sweet pineapple like fruit notes are buried. A bit of a metallic tinged aftertaste?

Light to medium in the mouth. Hops and fuzzy mild carbonation hit your tongue first. dry finish and a mild creamy finish in back of throat with a little alcohol warmth.

Drinks well. Nothing stands out to much to curl your nose at. Still, nothing stood out enough in my mind to make this a more interesting complex mix. I'd prefer more hops and citrus, but that's a personnal like. Those who do not like the bolder hop brews would probably like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 17:22:32 | More by fourplayed
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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Overlord for this one.

I've always been hesitant to buy Big Eye IPA in the stores in KS because it never seems to ever move. I was happy to find this in my recent package from Overlord. Poured a 12oz long neck into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a aged pumpkin orange with a bright creamy 3 inch cap that threatens to over pour at any minute. The nose is very orangey. Orange pith with a bit of grapefruit. More like fresh oranges then sweet orange juice. Fairly one dimensional. The flavor is very similar. Very orangey, a bit of tangerine and pith. A mild sweetness hits the back of the palate for a fleeting second. Almost a candy sugar sweetness. The mouthfeel is disappointing. Its light and airy, slightly full and fades rather quickly. Not very dry. Overall, this would really fall under the average craft section. Its a shame, cause I love me some Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 23:58:37 | More by hwwty4
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Serves up a rich blood-orange with a very creamy, thick and sticky off-white head. Insane amounts of lacing with a fairly thick cap sitting atop. It definitely looks the part...

S: Rich, juicy orange and tropical fruit. Floral and pine are also present, but very much in the background. Sweet sugar-cookie malt provides a great backdrop for the hops to shine.

T&M: Initial waves of fruit that are curtailed quickly by a load of pine. Sweet caramel and sugary malt flavors rush in to balance things out a bit, followed by a dry and piney finish. Hoppy, but well constructed. I like the nuance and subtlety despite the 85+ IBUs. Body is full for an IPA, with a very creamy feel. It's quite big for a standard IPA.

D: Tastes great, but it's pretty heavy for a plain-jane IPA. A great beer, though. I'm going to need some Sculpin soon....

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 23:42:46 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the middle of west coast IPA taste test bonanza. Poured into a goblet, pours a nice amber color. As you would expect it has anice hoppy aroma, but with more a malt backbone than I would have expected after mostly enjoying Sculpin from BP. Overall this is an enjoyable IPA with a more balanced floral aroma and almost sweet taste. I liked it, but for the east coast price it wouldn't be my first pick.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:50:07 | More by mirish72
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber with a 2-finger white head with OK retention, when it falls, it falls to a thin cap. Very sticky lace all around.

S- Citrus and piney hops. Slight medicinal aroma. Pineapple comes through most with a little sweetness.

T- Overly sweet at first followed by bitter hops. Small citrus punch but mostly bitter pine in the finish. I love hops, but this was a little too bitter, and I never thought that would be possible, in my opinion.

MF- Just a little thick but with good carbonation levels.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 00:47:49 | More by LtCracker20
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars 9-22-10. From notes.

A - Clear/very slightly hazy lite golden copper with a big frothy long lasting whitish head. Tons of lacing.

S - Huge grapefruit/piny hops. Slight malty sweetness. Little bit of perfumy alcohol.

F/M - Big citrusy grapefruity hops with a light sweet bready malt character. Moderate fruity esters. Moderately high bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingering citrusy/piny hoppy aftertaste.

D - Oh so refreshing and clean. Easy drinking and great tasting makes this an excellent IPA. Definitely a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 07:48:44 | More by domtronzero
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Kala1073. Thanks a bunch man!

A- Pours a nice cloudy orange with a solid 2-3 finger creamy white head.

S- Fairly well-balanced in aroma, with a nice pine-scented hop smell with come candied citrus peel and a nice malt backbone.

T- Not so hop-forward in the flavor, with a buttery maltiness peeking through pretty strongly. The hops do come through in a piney, citrusy flavor, but with little bitterness.

M/D- Creamy and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable and well-balanced, though a bit high in ABV to call sessionable.

Very nice IPA, much more well-balanced than its brother Sculpin, though probably not quite as good. Still very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 05:03:37 | More by geryeb624
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a clear orange copper with a long lasting 2 finger head and decent lacing.

Nose- Candied citrus, more specifically grapefruit and orange. Very clean.

Palate- Light caramel is faintly present behind the pine and citrus hops. The hops definitely are the star here. Good amount of bitterness

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and carbonated.

Drinkability- Easy drinking.

Overall- A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 07:50:08 | More by wknight167
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,870 ratings.