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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,256
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 121
Gots: 332 | 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%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Odysseyalien, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

xavier390, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

spark3148857, Mar 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Mark5252, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of tony223366
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep caramel that's more brown than red. Nice 2+ fingers of off-white head. The rocky head has great retention. Nice lacing too! Good carbonation and crystal clear clarity.

S: Primarily citrus and piney hop flavors. It's a really nice earthy, spicy aroma. Malts are primarily a rich caramel, but I do get some bready notes on the finish.

T: Oh man that's crisp and delicious. I like that they use the single hop. Sure it doesn't have quite the depth as some other mixed hop IPAs might have but it's such a clean and pure flavor. Huge citrus and tropical fruits followed by a more piney almost peppery flavor. That's followed by primarily caramel malts. The finish is quite bitter and the 7% does show up.

M: Slick from hop oils and nice carbonation. Mediumish body.

O: Solidly an above average IPA. Clean and delicious. It is pretty hoppy though so not for everybody.

tony223366, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerNDoggerel, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RoryOMoore, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrFunkenstein, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

redfox405, Mar 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Massbmx, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

rydev24, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

HamGlade10, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big "Thank You!" to output01x for this beer.

I started with a normal pour and quickly ended up speeding it up. This resulted in half a finger of banana creme colored head. The body is a murky dark amber color. The head thins out in a few minutes and tries but can't quit leave lacing clinging to the glass.

The smell on this baby is tropical. Mandarin oranges, mangos, a bit of pineapple, smells very good.

The flavor starts out to the nose with a variety of citrus and tropical fruits. A slight pine comes in for the transition, then it is smoothed out with some sweet malt that keeps this well balanced.

This beer was medium bodied, nice and creamy and almost bordered on syrupy. The carbonation helps smooth it out and keep it moving. It's a little dry on the end, but very refreshing overall.

CFHMagnet, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Tom-Peters, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

cycoduck, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orange-hued amber with a quarter of an inch of off white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready barley malt, birthday cake, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. The flavor is big and malty up front with a forward, bready, sweet, cupcake-like presence. The hop character follows with a smooth, subtle, citrusy characteristic but then finishes with a strong, citrusy, piny, bitter bite. The hops give notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine and have a sweet, earthy, spicy character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This is a smooth, drinkable beer with great complexity and flavor. I would definitely have this again.

tdm168, Feb 28, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: A finger and a half of brief head tops a very pretty clear red-orange beer. Exceptional lacing.

S: Loads of fruit. Some citrus, but even more tropical fruits...pineapple foremost amongst them. Bitter and resiny as well.

T/M: Tasty! Full-bodied with a firm malt base. Slightly sweet (fruity) but with loads of balancing hops, noticeably resiny. Columbus and Centennial, according to the label, though the topicality reminds me of Nelson Sauvin. Not very dry, which is welcome. A pretty standard IPA, but well executed.

O: The resiny fruit is what really characterizes this IPA. Recommended, and I would drink it again.

AgentMunky, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

gshackles, Feb 27, 2012
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,256 ratings.