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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,262 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,262
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 125
Gots: 336 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large stien

Appearance : pours a orange hue. This bottle had slot of sediment in it. About a two finger head forms and has a nice long long lasting foaminess.

Smell : nothing overwhelming pungent. But still nicely aromatic hoppy ipa. Citrus and pine on the nose as well as some maltiness

Taste : very smooth and enjoyable. Bitterness that lingers aroud for a long while and finishes fairly malty

Mouthfeel : medium carbonation and medium bodied ipa

Overall : this is a solid ipa and a beer I very much enjoy to drink.

BUNZILLA, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Popp24
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby; not much head at all.

S - Nice citrus smell along with hops. Just what I look for in a IPA.

T - Nice citrus taste along with caramel malts. Love the taste on this one.

M - Stickiness that cots your mouth. Nice body to it.

O - I really like this one and it could easily become a go to IPA for me in the future.

Popp24, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Yabev15, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jegross2
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing the Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company with a two week old bottle sent to me straight from the Ballast Point Brewery from Earl Kight. Thanks Earl!
Score: 87

Two week old bottle (no bottling date, but it was sent directly from the brewery) served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/29/12.

Appearance: Pours a finger and a half of off-white soapy head that quickly settles into a quarter finger of head. Transparent copper colored body, average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Earthy citrus hops aroma. Fresh lemon rind, pine and some malted barley. Simple, yet enticing! 4/5

Taste: Bitter barley and lemony pine dominate the palate. A little bit of orange flavor too. There is a sharp and bitter hop bite that starts on midpalate and lingers. Less earthy and more piney than anticipated. Bitter hops finish, but not a ton of citrus in the back half of the beer -- at least not at first. The level of citrus grows as the beer layers on the palate. A one dimensional bitter bomb for a single IPA, but this is one that is done right. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel, but light on the palate. Bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: Much better when enjoyed fresh. I still think that this one is a bit overrated. Would buy this again, however, if it was readily available and could be confirmed fresh easily.

Recommendation: Seek this one out fresh unless you hate bitter beers.

Pairings: Lemon-crusted chicken.

Cost: $5.99 for a 22 oz bottle.

jegross2, Dec 24, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a deep amber with great head and lacing. Spicy hop aroma with biscuity malt. Taste dominated by bitter peppery hops, although citrusy hops also make a respectable showing. Somewhat harsh mouthfeel with all the bitterness, but nice dry finish. As a San Diego style hop bomb, I like this but I wouldn't classify it as a favorite.

coldriver, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CelticAleMan, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Tackle42, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

iSrALE, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Beefytits4, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

jtk, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

rondufresne, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jak, Dec 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a dark copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pine, grapefruit and a hint of sweaty hop character with caramel malt in the background.

T - Thick, toasted malt up front with lots of pine hop flavor. More pine and some citrus character in the middle as a bit of caramel is added to the malt profile. The beer finishes with thick, bready malt and more orange and pine hops as well as moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A very well balanced and drinkable IPA. There is plenty of hop character but it is matched every step of the way by thick malt and a good dose of toffee.

nickfl, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

emaciated, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

loupap, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

hpthebull, Dec 10, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

thewimperoo, Dec 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

BMart, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

HopStoopid120, Dec 07, 2011
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,262 ratings.