Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 126
Gots: 375 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Boulders on Broadway in Tempe, AZ.

A: Beautiful copper-yellow with a fluffy, white head and sticky, white lace all down the glass.

S: Fruit hops. More than citrus, which is great. Earthy, grassy.

T: Awesome. A unique IPA. More than just dry, citrusy, piney hops. There's juicy, bright fruit in there. Like spiced, green apples. But there's also enough malt in the finish to keep it balanced.

M: Nice tingle from the carbonation. Great fruity hop flavors. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

O: An awesome contrast to Sculpin. A fruity, unique IPA that won't disappoint. Well done Ballast Point.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date: 5/17/13
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear light amber with a 2 finger, bright white head that leaves a nice coat of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Decent head retention, good looking IPA.

Aroma: Big, juicy grapefruit, lemon zest, fresh peach with a very resinous pine note. The Centennial hops' aromatics are showcased brilliantly up against a slightly sweet maltiness lurking in the background.

Taste: Huge succulent grapefruit right out of the gate with a slight tropical twang of pineapple, lemon and peach right before you're slapped with a resounding note of pine resin. There is a solid, albeit faint, malty breadiness that is a great platform for the hops to leap off of. The beer finishes very dry with a strong, assertive bitterness that sustains until your next sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Although it lacks the 'wow factor' of it's IPA counterpart in Ballast Point's year round portfolio (Sculpin IPA), Big Eye IPA is a wonderful example of a big, juicy, hop forward west coast styled IPA. This beer really showcases the pine-y and citrus-y Centennial hops quite well. I'd recommend this IPA to both the hoppy beer enthusiast and novice.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden amber. A huge light khaki head retain and laces well.

Smell is awesome, very citrusy, mostly tangerine and grapefruit. That's pretty much it.

Taste is juicy orange, a bit of dry malt in the back, and nicely bitter throughout.

Texture is good, nothing over the top, easy to drink. A medium light body with good carbonation.

The flavor here is spot on, bigger than many DIPA/IIPAs I have had. Very enjoyable, from a company that does IPAs very well.


Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We've only recently got Ballast Point beers here in the North Texas area. I checked here on BA and saw that their Big Eye IPA had excellent reviews so that's what I picked up. You don't see many beers with fish on their labels either.

This is a good-looking beer. I got a nice, two and a half finger high, off-white, and fluffy head with decent retention and lacing. The beer is a clear, light copper color.

This is definitely a hoppy-smelling beer. Strong aromas of tropical citrus, spicy and earthy hops, some pine resin, and caramel sweetness. I'd say it also has a rye-like aroma to it as well, most likely from the spiciness of the hops. I get a bit of a phenol aroma but I think I should have washed my glass better. My dishwasher sucks. The more it warms, the more spicy and rye-y it gets.

The taste is much like the smell but more malty. There's plenty of hops that add bitterness but this is well-balanced. The hops add spiciness and moderate, sweet tropical citrus notes that linger on the tongue. Pine resin is less pronounced, as is the rye.

This is a medium-bodied beer with medium carbonation. It leaves a dry feel but is smooth and has a slightly slick feeling on the tongue and cheeks.

Nothing to complain about here. This is a sort of quintessential IPA.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Best by June 15, 2012.

A - Pours a clear vibrant orange color. A one finger off-white head dies quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S - Very tropical aroma. Sweet tangerine, floral hops, mango, caramel.

T - Starts out with sweet citrus and biscuit malt. This is followed by a nice juicy hop bitterness, which never overpowers. Leaves me with a slight grapefruit hoppy aftertaste, but the finish is pretty clean.

M - Good carbonation and a crisp, refreshing body.

O - This beer often gets lost in the shadow of it's very impressive brother, Sculpin, but I was very impressed. Very balanced and drinkability is high. Tropical and sweet with just enough hops. It isn't world class, but it's very good.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.