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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 108
Gots: 259 | 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 gopens44
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a pint at Capitol Ale House Midlothian, VA.

A - 1/2" foamy slightly off white head with moderate lacing on top of a clear amber colored beer.

S - Dense earthy hops shining through.

T - Grapefruit but not much else. The bitterness seems to overpower most anything else in this one.

M - Full bodied with a terrific bitterness left on the palate.

O - I enjoyed this, but it was a bit of a palate wrecker (in a good way) that made it difficult to pick up any other tastes.

gopens44, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Chizoad
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best looking IPAs around. Deep amber, great lacing and head.

Although it was good, the smell was maybe a little worse than the rest of the beer. Some citrus and malt.

Good malty IPA with plenty of hop characteristics. Never too bitter.

The mouthfeel was creamy, low carbonation. More like a porter or a stout than an IPA. It lacked the crispness that higher CO2 imparts. But this was not a bad thing, just quite different.

Enjoyable IPA that I would be happy to have again and again.

Chizoad, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The new label on this one. Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Medium orange color. Clear filtered look. Head is creamy almost bright white. Lace is stickin' around like the neighbor you hate.

Smell is malty and full of yeast. A lot of citrus hop. Orange-y.? Sweet.

It's been quite a few minutes since the pour and I have to mention that the head has gone nowhere. Taste has a citrus hop pop, but is not at all over powering. In fact the malt sweetness has balanced this very well. Sweet, malt, hop-sicle. MMMM!!

The mouth is what it should be for the style. Full and silky to the end. I am licking the sweetness off my lips as I type.

I am lucky to have had this many times in the past and can get this West Coast bomb whenever I want. I do believe that our pallets change over the years (or maybe get used to what we drink a lot of), but this one used to be much less balanced towards the malts and all hops, but it is not the same animal as it used to be (or maybe I am not the same animal?) So I am rambling.. This is well balanced west coast IPA. Highly recommended!!

azdback, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of uustal
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow and orange mix with a one-finger bright white head. Nice lacing throughout for a quickly dissipating head. Mostly caramel aroma, hints of grapefruit and orange deep in the nose. Sweet caramel and toffee malt starts off the flavor profile. Some cracker sweetness as well. A bit of pineapple, mango and orange hops in the middle, hard to reach for. Semi-bitter crisp pine resin and more toffee and caramel malt linger on the finish. A nice brew.

uustal, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger head

smell: citrus hops, malts

taste: not overly hoppy, well balanced

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

drinkability: decent IPA, wish they dated the bottles so I know how fresh this one was.



THECPJ, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a dark copper color, and has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and leaves a nice sheet of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - There are strong grapefruit, citrus, and pine scents in the nose. Smells like a great IPA. Nice hop presence.

T - The taste is of nice caramel sweetness, that is balanced out by a nice hop bite. There is a nice grapefruit and pine flavor. The finish has a lingering hop bitterness. This is a really nice tasting IPA, there is a pretty big hop presence.

M - It has a medium body with crisp carbonation. It goes down quite smoothly, and has a bit of a sticky feel to it. There is a lingering bitterness here as well. It has a nice feel for the style.

D - There is really good drinkability here. I would have no problem drinking quite a few of these in a sitting. It has a very nice flavor, it looks great, and it is an easy drinker. I like this beer, and i recommend giving it a try.

JizackFH, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of argock
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Amber with 1/2-finger of tightly bubbled off-white head after a careful pour. Ample lacing down the glass.

S: Raw grapefruit and pine resin cut with a one-dimensional pale maltiness

T: Grapefruit and pine meet some floral notes and are tempered by pale maltiness but the bitterness is profound and puts the bottled version to shame

M: Smooth and coating as a good IPA should be with firm medium body

D: Too easy to take down. The bitterness is big, but the smooth feel and solid body make this a pleasure to drink. Glad I had a chance to have a fresh on-tap shot at this one.

argock, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of patoakes7
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice reddish amber almost copper in color. Nice lacing through the entire glass. Poured a finger and half head and stayed nicely through the beer.

S-Hints of citrus and pine. Very great refreshing floral aroma.

T- Taste derives alot from the nose with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and piney finish. Not alot of booze but you know it there. Love the hop flavor in Big Eye. Dry Finish

M- Pretty thick for an IPA but not in a bad way. Leaves the mouth dry.

D-Have loved this IPA for awhile, one of my favorites. Its got the perfect bite I look for in an IPA

patoakes7, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of AlvinStraight
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a magnificent IPA. I never expected to end up with this, as the keg for the beer I was looking for was kicked at Bierkraft. Reluctantly I chose this, and oh what a pleasant surprise it was.

I don't have the terminology or buzzwords to write a point by point review that would pass muster around here, but I can say that I know bad beer, I know good beer, and I know excellent beer.

This beer is excellent.

AlvinStraight, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my goto IPA glass, a gold-rimmed Liefmans Goudenband Cervoise.

A-> A very transparent pale, reddish brown/amber. 2+ finger head with fabulous lacing sticking everywhere.

S-> Very hoppy up front in the nose, A fruity and piny scent with some backing malt thrown in the back end.

T-> Taste is crisp floral bitterness at first then some caramel-like malt flavoring with a citrus-pine resin towards the finish.

M-> Very light and crisp. Good bitter/carbonation balance as well as a fantastic hop and malt balance. A very refreshing brew.

D-> Very drinkable. Great balance, bitter and yet subtly sweet at the same time. Great carbonation also. Borderline session-able even @ 7%..

Fluke828, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange color with a very fluffy three finger white head poured into my Sam Adams glass. Tons of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass, retained a full finger head to the end.

S - Smell hits as soon as I started pouring into the glass, piney scent with pineapple or mango in the back, a very sweet fruitiness. Not much of a malt scent to speak of.

T - Plenty of piney hops front but never goes overboard, pretty nice. Tangerines and pineapple on the tongue as well, there's the sweet fruitiness as in the nose. The sweetness transfers right to the biscuity malt finish, cleans up nice at the end.

M - Surprisingly thick, this is medium body and more. Great with that creamy fluffy head.

D - Very nice, plenty of hops without killing you, sweet fruitiness makes it unique.

chilly460, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this as a mix and match 6-pack from Everhett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a thick long lasting head. The aroma of hops is quite strong. Has a smooth mellow taste with hops very evident but not too overpowering and finishes with lemon hints. I can definetly see why this beer is rated what it is. A must try!

Lemke10, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of IllNate
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant copper hue, very nice clarity and color. Ample white frothy head. Great retention.

S - Great hoppy nose. Citrus and pine with a fruity kick. Bit of malt just coming through with caramel.

T - Crazy hop and yeast character. I get citrus and pine with a very interesting fruity tang (mango). Obviously quite bitter, but well within the standard not over done, which lets a bit of malt character through. Malt is nice and rich with caramel tones complements the hops nicely.

M - Smooth, carbo is well done.

D - Good.

I served this a bit high (15c) which maybe let the fruitiness in the taste dominate a bit too much.

IllNate, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darker golden pale with some light amber hues. Thick khaki colored head at about 3 in. thick with some major lacing to the glass.

S: Nice upfront nose of fruity and floral hops. Pick up the presence of fresh yeast as the hop aromas fade and give way.

T: Abundent with very floral, spicey and resinous hop flavors. Sound bittering to this brew balance out big malty and caramel flavors that really warm up and come through in the end.

M: Nice and smooth with clean finish. Slight carbonation and alcohol warming.

D: Drinkability is decent but there is no doubt this is a big brew at 6.8% ABV the alcohol comes through alot. Big hops, Big malt flavors. Big Eye!

Ballast Point is a local favorite of mine and you always know what you are gonna get with a Big Eye. A massive brew loaded with hops and great malt flavors. Get to the point!

Nugganooch, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus, mango, pineapple, and orange. In the taste, starts pine like hops to a orange citrus end, with a nice balanced malt all the way through. A hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops and it could be a daily drinker.

OWSLEY069, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear orange/amber color with a ¼" head that recedes relatively soon. Sipping leaves some modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aromas are faint but piney with some citrus fruits added into to the mix. There seems to be some grapefruit here but touches of something else, maybe a touch of tangerine?

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose in that there's a lot of pine resin and grapefruit, modulated with some additional orange or tangerine zest. The malt backbone stays in the back ground and serves to prevent the beer from rasping over the tongue and balances without dominating the bitterness and flavors of the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied, with a good level of carbonation. The finish is moderately long, but crisp and clean with a piney bitterness that fades to dryness.

Drinkability: While I enjoyed this beer I also found myself wishing once in a while that the malt sweetness would assert itself just a bit more and pop in once in a while to break up the grapefruit/pine resin bitterness. That said I'll be happy to have this one again next time I find it since it is a good, well made beer with few things to fault.

drtth, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a reddish orange color with lively carbonation and lots of suspended sediment (my fault for a bad pour). The white foam head is pretty thin.

S - Faint graham cracker crust and citrus and citrus fruit. Perhaps this bottle sat in my fridge too long or was already on the way down when I bought it? I expected much more aroma coming from this beer.

T - Much better on the tongue - tropical fruity spiciness, subdued flowery bouquet, some honey appears at moments. The balance is off center with a nod going towards a hoppy profile, but in a very good way. The malt is still there, but seems like it's always a few steps behind the hops and never catches up. Taste stays even accross the entire palette until the last drop runs down the throat to create a gentle warming sensation. Big Eye leaves a spicey tropical fruit - tangerine, papaya, grapefruit coating in the mouth that is long lingering and dry.

M - The body is a little on the thin side for an IPA that pushes D-IPA Territory, could stand to use more body. Carbonation is prickly on the tongue and lively.

D - Very good and got better as it warmed up.

jzeilinger, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a tulip:

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a large off-white, sticky head that dissipates slowly and settles to a sticky foam, leaving behind decent lacing.

S: The initial smell is flora and fruity ... citrusy and somewhat sweet ... and also quite malty. Just a bit of hops and booze behind the sweeter start.

T: Sweet orange and tangerine, with a bready/biscuity malt profile dominate. Starts less sweet than the smell would have you believe. Taste transitions quickly to bitter grapefruit, grass, and pine, along with the hoppieness. Just a hint of booze. Bitter, hoppy, pine finish that lingers. While it's all there, it seems a little muted; less aggressive.

M: Slightly thicker mouthfeel than some other IPAs. A bit resiny, yet still bubbly and lively on the tongue. Medium level of carbonation which complements the stickiness quite well. Slightly drying effect at the finish, but not overwhelming.

D: Drinkability is high ... alcohol is hidden fairly well, mouthfeel is great, and the flavors are a little mild. Less to appreciate here so it goes down very quickly. Still recommended.

Mississipping, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of HipHop5
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

always a treat to have a big eye in my refrigerator.
Here we go: Good one finger head on a heavy poor. It falls down quickly.

Murky dark copper amber tones with a thin lacing on my first choice witch is a tulip.

Great citrus, mango,passion fruits resin bouquet. Not to aggressive up front but hop bite show up in after taste. Sticks to the back of the tongue pretty strongly:) Nice!

Medium/ fare carbonation level, perfect to open up taste buds to rich and sweet hop flavors.

Resin Pine is predominant in mouth and nose as the temperature of the glass rise up.

Extremely smooth in the mouth and, as I said earlier, great one to keep in the home stach.


HipHop5, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent amber orange with a good 2-3 fingers of head and leaves a trail of sticky lacing behind. Big sweet floral aroma and citrus hops with a nice complement of malt make for a great scent. Was expecting more hops (don't see a bottled on date), though there is a nice crisp hop presence, again with citrus and florals dominating the hop profile. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for an IPA, but some slightly oily feeling is there. Carbonation level is good, and the finish is dry with a lingering bitterness that is very pleasant. Very enjoyable, this is going down pretty fast. Alcohol is well hidden.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into DFH Snifter

A - A copper color with half a finger of white head. Dissipates quickly. Great head lacing.

S - Maltier and sweeter than Sculpin. Just a touch of grapefruit hop, but primarily earthy hops.

T - Grapefruit citrus, sweet malt base, and caramel sweetness. A finish of dry grain and caramel.

M - Medium body with a perfect dry finish. Sticky and sweet.

D - Goes down easy. Again I find myself wishing I could get more. The strengths of this beer complement the weaknesses of Sculpin, I'd love to try a beer that combined Sculpin's nose and taste with the appearance and feel of this beer, and hell while we're at it let's bump it up to a double IPA. You do that and you've got a real challenger for PtE.

greenmonstah, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Ynot2
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 0z bottle into a pint glass. A light golden oragne color with a cream colored head that lasted well into the beer.

A nice blend of the sweet malts and citrusy hops with some piney aroma mixed in. The citrus wins in the end, but not overpowering the malt or the pine.

The taste follows the nose. I can really pick up the grapefruit, but it is balanced well with the sweet malt and the resiny of the pine. The end has just a slight bitterness to it.

Kinda chewy for an IPA, sticks to the mouth more than I am accustomed, but a nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, not as good as Sculpin to me, but at 7% it is an easy drink that hits the spot.

Ynot2, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of spree92
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right from the start, I knew I was going to like this one.

A- Started off golden and eased into a nice, deep gold. Fades away to a yellowish pale color on the egdes. There was a tight, creamy head that greeted the nose as you go in for the first drink.

S- Grapefruit, westcoast hops, citrus peel. A real fresh smell to it. Bottle date of BE236, BJJGJ?. A touch of honey has started to rise from the depths of this great beer.

T- A lot the the smell translates over in the taste. Again, has a freshness that is so great.

M- Bitter. Just like an IPA should be, right. Lingers, transforms and grows as time passes. Carbonation is exact and will last until the glass is emptied.

D- For 6%, the Big Eye packs a punch. Hits hard and doesn't back down. I can feel it starting to weigh me down, but that won't stop me from drinking this great California beer.

spree92, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap tonight from the Blind Tiger, NYC. I got my pour and was a little dismayed as it had no head and was a bit flat and not super fresh tasting. I wonder if it was the end of the keg...

A: Red amber orange see-thru, no head.

S: Fruity pungent hoppy scent. Potent and sweet.

T: This is a very sweet and tangy tropical fruit sort of IPA. It is the kind of beer that tastes good and is impressive, yet is a bit over the top in sweetness for my taste. It has a tart candy flavor to it, much like Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA. I think this would be superior if it were a fresher keg as I know Ballast Point is a fine brewery.

M: It has a very balanced feel to it. A little thin in the mouth though. Again, if this were fresher it might be a bit meatier and hearty tasting.

D: I can't rate it very high as far as drinkability as the sweetness and tartness makes it hard for me to stomach and this keg doesn't seem too fresh. I hope to try this under fresher circumstances sometime.

Avantyawn, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - So much better than Sculpin as far as appearance. Light amber hue with half a finger eggshell white head that stays around.

S - Malt aroma melds with the earthy hops. Not too much hop aroma, maybe some hints of citrus, but not what you would expect from a west coast IPA

T - Malts still dominate, but hops are more present. Citrus hops are the main flavor, mainly grapefruit. Some slight earthy pine hops as well, but not too noticeable. Very sweet tasting, almost too sweet, but still slightly balanced.

M - Medium, slick body. Sticks slightly to your mouth. Good carbonation. Finish is sweet, sticky, and a very late bitterness. Bitter pine hops show up well after the sweetness fades away.

D - Very drinkable. Sweet, but not too sweet. I definitely want to keep going back for more. I almost feel that if you combine this beer with sculpin, you would have one of the best IPAs. All of the strengths in this beer are the faults in Sculpin.

GarrettMD, Feb 10, 2011
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,043 ratings.