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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,148
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 117
Gots: 291 | 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%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

modernartblues, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

brycevolk, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Booman, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

funkel81, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into draft glass

Amber-orange, almost flame-colored body with a frothy 3 finger off-white head. Nice head retention.

Smells like a big bowl of oranges, with floral, pine and grapefruit notes as well.

Bitter. The Columbus hops give it a strong kick. The centennials usher in the grapefruit and orange. A sweet malt also comes in there to balance out the bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Very pleasant.

Medium-bodied brew with a smooth, but not watery mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

I really like this one a lot. I've heard all the hype about the Sculpin and it deserves all the hype it gets, but this one is a very worthy beer itself. Ballast Point produces winners and this is no exception. Another fine West Coast IPA that I have had the pleasure of enjoying.

BeerFiend2002, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of sweethome
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange/amber color. Very slight, thin head. It carries on and suits the appearance quite well. Nose flows out well - floral, fresh hop cones.

Smooth, yet full mouthfeel. The maltiness has carmel and ripe fruit. Rather full maltiness is balanced well by the aggressive bittering hops. Bitterness builds out on the palate to leave a nice smacking bite.

Well crafted and flavorful - meets definition of San Diego IPA, but has a sense of balance that provides a pleasing sipper.

sweethome, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

A- Very thin head, with little retention. Some watery carbonation, but that's fine for what this beer is. Murky orange-brown coloration.

S- Hoppy and citrusy. Not a ton of scents I'm picking up in this, but orange is one of them.

T- Bitter hoppyness paired with a sweeter finish that goes with the citrus smell I picked up earlier. Lingers bitterly on the tongue.

M- Full bodied, well carbonated.

O- Great IPA. Second beer I've tried from Ballast Point and I've enjoyed both mightily.

Murrhey, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poures a bright golden copper body with a two finger off white head that slowly fades down to a frothy cap while leaving a good amount of lacing. smell is sweet malts, big citrus hops. taste is citrus hops with a very well balanced malt backbone to carry thru start to finish. mouthfeel starts out sticky but fades to a dry ever so slightly bitter finish. has good carbonation also. overall i'm very pleased with this beer. my only complaint is that i wish the head didnt fade so fast.

match1112, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a light hazy yellow color with a creamy white colored head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad but could have been a little better I thought. The smell of the hops came through pretty well but were a bit muted I think. The taste wasn't too bad. The hops were softer than expected but I feel that this happens to most IPA's from a cask. The mouthfeel was soft and had a light creaminess to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I have a feeling that it would be better on regular draft.

Knapp85, Oct 28, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a hazy nice orange/honey color with a finger of frothy large bubbled head that is just barely off white and lingers a bit, leaves a small bit of lacing
S: resinous grapefruit hops and, i know this is an odd thing to smell but a high school locker room (sweat and stank) somehow not in a bad way
T: begins with a taste kind of like a whiskey barrel that's a bit off, moves into the nice citrus hops and then finishes with a taste like gym socks, wish i could say this was in a good way but i guess its not in an overall bad way
M: medium/strong carbonation tingle then moves into a bit of bitterness and leaves the palate dry, what i come to expect from an ipa
O: a decent ipa but to be honest there are off putting notes in the taste and a slight off scent in the nose, not sure if this bottle has turned or if this is typical of this brew, overall drinkable and id call it nice enough

BigPlay1824, Oct 28, 2011
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3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 6/16/2013
Glass: Tulip

Big Eye balances the caramel malt base with its aggressive hops (Cascade?) quite well, the emphasis on the caramelized malt flavors slightly dominating the others. With so many IPAs out there, this one mostly stands amongst the rest, one that I might return to if seeking a caramel-grapefruit bomb.

Pours a 2cm head of slightly off-white bubbles, mostly small in size, average length of slightly over one minute in its retention. The foam descents to a thin ring around the beer with a modest island floating atop the body. Lacing is significant, with substantial rows of intriciate patterns affixed to the interior of the glass, almost like a geologic strata. Body is a caramel-orange color, with light bringing out copper orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy (20-30% opaque) body,

Aromas of caramel malt with modest grapefruit and pine hop aromas. Not unpleasant at all, but fairly simplistic for a West Coast IPA.

Dominant flavors of caramel malts, grapefruit, and hop bitterness. Front of palate picks up caramel malt sweetness melded to grapefruit rind fruit esters and mild pine resin. Mid-palate continues the flavors of the front, with strong caramel malt ad grapefruit-like hop contributions, with significant hop bitterness, and lesser pine resin flavors. Back of palate tastes continued caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit and pine hop contributions, and medium-intensity hop bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of substatial hop bitterness with caramel malt and grapefruit-like flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is quicklky fizzy, modestly foamy, and overall smooth across the palate. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness from the malt heaviness lingering across the palate.

falloutsnow, Oct 26, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that the distributor nonsense is done, nice to be able to get this in NC. Bottle.

A - Solid. Clear copper with a thin head, decent lacing. For some reason there are a lot of floaties, though, which detracts.

S - Again, solid. Smell is hops with a bit of backing sweetness.

T - Quality. Load of bitter citrus hops up front, fades to a lingering bitterness. Just a tiny smidge of alcohol when I let a bit sit on the tongue for a few seconds. Bitter bomb - this is a lot more bitter to me than the big IIPAs like Ephraim.

M - Overall good. Good level of carbonation, but the sheer bitterness makes it a bit harder to quaff.

Overall a very good American IPA. Super bitter, tons of hops. Very drinkable but not extremely complex, could see putting several of these down in a row.

OSUBeerStudent, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is big on hops, some citrus notes. Taste is also very hop heavy, a touch of citrus, considerable bitterness throughout. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

California brewers seem to have a knack for the American IPA, and this is no exception. Amber-gold color with a bright whiff of hops right away. Nice balance of bittering and aroma hops, with perhaps a bit less than average malt sweetness. Easy to drink despite the 7% abv. A nicely crafted beer.

Brent, Oct 17, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Eye opens with a nose to make a hop lover drool: ripe, full, aromatic hop aromas of grapefruit and pine, as well as a rosewater sweetness, indicate that several boatloads' worth of ingredients and love have made their way into every bottle. Underlying the hops is a sweet brown sugar river, banked by toast and biscuit.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a bitter-sugar blast, the initial round of brown sugar sweetness taken over almost immediately by strong grapefruit, pine, and lemon zest notes from the hops, and the 85 IBUs leaving lovely tingling sensations on the tongue and soft palate. The introduction only a few seconds later of a heavy nut flavor--pecan, as well as Brazil nut--speaks of a good malt load, with some toast and biscuit flavors coming through, though in lesser amounts. By and large, however, this is an IPA, and the hops take the majority of the flavor profile, subsequent sips revealing touches of bitter grapefruit rind flavors, as well as the sweeter fruit. The aftertaste is grapefruit rind, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a silky medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent IPA fare, having good balance between hops and nutty grain flavors, and having just enough bitterness to gnaw softly at the tongue while still leaving the flesh intact. Recommended.

jondeelee, Oct 14, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy brown golden color with a foamy white head.

S - Odd lemon-like tart aroma accompanied with grassy hops.

T - Bitter grassy and piny hops dominate the flavors. Though I do detect a small amount of caramel malt.

M - Moderate amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - Pretty good overall, though the balance leans towards more hops than I would like. I prefer the sculpin IPA over this one.

bbb099, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling amber and tops off with a thick, creamy head. The aroma is sharp--mostly citrusy with only a hint of hops. The taste was a bit lighter than I expected, but just as sparkling in mouthfeel as it looks. The finish is heavier than first blush.

Overall a good American IPA.

longpondbeerman, Oct 12, 2011
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,148 ratings.