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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 137
Gots: 434 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Dan Murphy's in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured bright and dark golden. Good carbonation, one finger of fluffy off white head. Really nice lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Really citrussy, orange peel, sweet fruits. Kiwi might be there as well with some pineapple core.

T - Citrus, toffee-ish flavours, pineapple, citrus. Sweet up front. Seemed a bit rough, but alright.

M - Bitterness was rough seeming. Good carbonation, medium to full chewy body.

O/D - A pretty decent IPA that fell short with the roughness of the bitterness and cutting hop profile. I can see the potential for this one but the example I had wasn't exemplary.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Aroma: Big, orange juice-like aroma up front. Hints of orange blossom, flowery hop aromatics, and lemon zest all develop as the beer opens up. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Amber bordering on brick-red pour, slightly hazy, with a thick and sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: More orange juice-like flavors with slight caramel notes that get beaten down by bitter pine-like hop character. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily with no heat.

Overall impression: A nice interpretation of a Midwest IPA. Ha! There, I said it. Reminds me of something that Bell's would make. Probably because of the Centennial flavor/aroma additions and the slight caramel notes. Regardless of "chicken-egg" mentality it's a darn good beer and I'm glad it's now available in Central OH.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into glass. Can't read freshness date.
Pours a very nice copper hazy color, and leaves great looking spotty lacing. Smells of citrus and grapefruit, can get some maltiness as well. Taste like the nose, very hoppy, grapefruit and citrus and some spicy hop notes. Love the Columbus and Centennial hops together. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little oily from the hop resin. Overall a great IPA. Glad I brought this one home from my Southern California trip, as I cannot get this one in Louisiana.

Photo of heygeebee
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before June 12

Pours a beautiful deep amber, two finger cream fluffy head. Sudsy lace when swirled.

Aromas are somewhat restrained - citrus dominates. grapefruit/orange peel. Hop presence as well.

Taste is same as nose and add pine resin. However, somewhat dulled hops - not as zesty as could be. Not too much in the way of malt backbone leaves a little palate hole. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfell heavy/somewhat oily due to low carbonation.

Overall, I suspect past it's best. Not a bad thing but more malt would help lift. 0.5 added overall due ot low price point.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass*

A- Yellow and cloudy on the bottom of glass like a wheat beer, but copper/bronze on the top of glass. The head is very soapy and foamy like a bubble bath, but retains to just a nice foamy constancy like dish soap around the top of glass. Real good lacing!

S- Huge citrus notes. Smells like grapefruit juice, but equally as malty. Not too pungent on the nose. If this is how IPAs smelled all the time, I'd be in heaven!

T- Grapefruit juice. Very citrusy hop flavor. The malty taste creates a kind of velvety texture on the tongue. The bitterness hits you in the back of the throat, but not too hard. It slowly coats the back of the throat, but finishes somewhat dry.

M- This is awesome! Big Eye is very light in mouthfeel. It is not heavy at all. Easy drinking for an IPA!

HOLY CRAP! This has to be one of my favorite IPAs, has down. This is just awesome. This juicy quality mixed with the light mouthfeel and drying finish makes this a homerun of an IPA. I'd drink the Big Eye IPA anytime of the year!

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

Appearance: amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: full fruity hops and nice warm malted barley.

Taste: pleasant malts, barley, full hop cones, and a faint floral note.

Mouthfeel: medium yet on the lighter side.

This is a very pleasant brew. Warm and inviting flavors in a body that isn't heavy.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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%

Photo of busterwhite
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a 2 finger head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus, some herbal aroma and a little sweetness.

Tastes of citrus, tropical fruit, a little herbal and floral with a nice bitter bite. Good malt backbone helps balance the hops, finishes with a grapefruit rind aftertaste.

Carbonation is good, mouthfeel is medium and a little resinous/oily.

This is a well done IPA, complex and layered in flavor. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mulder1010
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a clear, light orange amber color. Bright white one finger head. Great staying power to the head. Even better with swirling as got two fingers of head. Nice fluffy head that when recedes leaves lots of spotty and soapy lacing. Nice.

S-- Break this down two ways. In the bottle got a lot of bubblegum in the nose. Very vibrant smell. In the glass a lot of tropical sorbet. Peach, lime, guava, orange and soft grapefruit. in the glass it is slightly muted. Not as fresh as the bottle nose.

T-- Forward pine, grapefruit and orange bitterness, though getting slightly muted due to the age of the beer. Still shows flashes of what this can be.

M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Not as oily as it should be and showing lots of overripe orange, pine and grapefruit. malt backbone makes appearances in the feel as a good amount of toffee are well balanced with the fruits. Good citrus sorbet finish but it is showing it's age.

O-- It's old. Say that up front. Perfectly serviceable though. Shows flashes of what it was and that is more than enough. hides the alcohol well and something that would work in a big way in this climate. if Australia got fresh Big Eye watch out. Shows its age in the feel so the downgrade. Otherwise a world class IPA

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.