Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,341
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 126
Gots: 374 | 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

A 22oz bomber imported straight from Escondido, CA. Thanks Holiday Wine Cellar

A - A clear red amber. Small amount of head and lace. No sediment floating, and not many bubbles floating up

S - A citrus assault on the senses. Tangerine, and oranges!

T - Citrusy hops. Light malt backbone in the background. Tangerine, orange, and pineapple. Bitter aftertaste after all the citrus hops up front..

M - Full bodied and creamy. Smooth down the hatch. High carbonation!

O - For a centennial hops lover, a dream. Drinkability is a 10. Very well balanced and tasty. Can Ballast Point please distribute to GA? I bought a 6 pack in Laguna and had to have some more back home...

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A steady pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades after a good amount of time to a thick, clumpy coating that never seems to disappear. The body is a hazy amber orange with a good number of carbonation bubble streams. Good lacing can be seen clinging to the glass in ribbons throughout consumption.

Citrus aromas come pouring out of this beer as it crashes into the glass. Notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango give the nose an excellent tropical character. Sweet, bready malts can also be found in the nose but require a little dissecting to discover.

Just like the nose, citrus flavors dominate the taste buds with notes of sweetened grapefruit juice, orange, tangerine, and pineapple. As the beer is swallowed, a piny flavor strikes immediately, which is quickly met by more citrus flavors. As the citrus slowly fades, a grassy bitterness emerges and clings to the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer exemplifies how IPAs should be. The body is neither coating nor sticky, but definitely impacts the mouth just right. The carbonation is just a little fizzy, which really helps to keep the body under control. Combined, this gives the body a smooth and creamy mouthfeel while still keeping the typical IPA drinkability.

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

Overall: Ballast Point IPA sits at the zenith of the IPA experience with its malty sweetness overpowered by the hoppy bitterness. The strong presence of the pale hops is confident finding no reason to hide behind the sweetness of the sugars. Serving this with strong aromatics is the way to go. I love what this beer does to my garlic parm sliders as well as any chicken recipe with fresh ginger.

I've also used the beer in a beer stew (i.e. Carbonnade a la Flamande) with red cabbage, shallots, carrots, and beef, and the stronger bitterness replacing a slightly milder bitterness of abbey ales (i.e. Leffe) for a stronger beer presence. I balance this bitterness with cabbage for additional sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The Ballast Point IPA has a lingering finish not uncharacteristic to other IPAs but especially pleasant to me due to the low carbonation, medium maltiness and the piny, citrusy, earthy complexity of the hops.

Appearance: Dark amber -- only very slight opaqueness. 1 cm head. Low gravity.

Smell: The smell does not deviate very much from typical IPA's in that the bitter hops take over one's nose entirely. A hint of caramel is certainly to be observed from the malt.

Taste: Perfectly victorious bitter hops over caramel maltiness. Amazingly imbalanced.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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