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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,485
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 144
Gots: 493 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a 1" off-white head that is slow to reduce, leaving scant lacing down the sides.

Has a thick, piney aroma, with heavy resin, hints of citrus, dry leaves, and spicy greens. This has a heavily hopped aroma, like whole cones were tossed in and allowed to impart their oily essence!

Starts slightly sweet and hoppy, before a tidal crash of astringent, resinous hops hit. Hints of orange, pineapple and mango dance beneath a surf of bitter pine and notes of tobacco. Finish is bitter, pithy, and dry.

Medium to almost full-bodied, this is a sipper, that oddly enough sweetens as you get further into it (either that or my tongue is going numb!). Drying to the tongue, but not so hopped that it leaves your tongue or gums tingling.

Ballast Point call this their flagship IPA, and I can see why. Tasty, full-flavored, and with enough hops for the most intense hop-heas out there, this is an AIPA to seek out and try. The flavor is intense enough, though, that served as from a 22 oz bottle, you will really want to find someone to share this with.

Photo of delapowicz
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA in the shadow of neighbor Stone. Of course you have to have an IPA. Why wouldn't you. It ois a standard that is set for brewing prowess. T does not disapoint. I Believe every brewer needs to brew a good IPA before they die. Think they can say done that and move on. Excellent mouthfeel and baiance. At first it seems pedestrian but the alance strts to take over the impression in a positive way and finishes wanting more. Cheersb

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of GarretD
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jrfehon33
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of GregSVT
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours orange with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with pine and grapefruit along with some decent tropical fruit aromas. There is a good caramel malt backbone as well.

T: The taste is a blast of hop bitterness at first with the caramel malt sweetness towards the middle followed by more bitterness on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: This a nice bitter IPA but nothing super exciting. Very middle of the road and a bit high on the bitterness factor for me.

Photo of stealth
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A- a crystal clear amber/orange, with a finger of bright white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S- a light biscuity malt backbone is beaten back by big notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and an almost minty hop note.

T- a little malt sweetness at the front gives way to big citric hop notes, with perhaps a touch of earthy and piney hops, but I get mostly the grapefruit/pineapple/orange/tangerine. I really enjoy the complexity of the hops on this one, even though they are mainly citric in nature. A long, dry, bitter finish. (the bitterness holds on just a bit long) Pretty much like biting into a red grapefruit.

M- creamy up front, and long and dry on the end. Perhaps the dryness overpowers just a bit. Medium-light body, and moderate carpbonation.

O- a very good IPA, and a nice change of pace to the big malty examples of the style I've had recently.

Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear dark amber colour with a smooth, foamy, light tan head. Decent head retention.

Sharp C-hop aroma with lots of freshness. Nice pine note as well. Mild caramel malt. Pretty classic American IPA.

Lightly malty with a hefty dose of C-hops and bitterness. Lightly sweet before giving way to nice hop flavour and refreshing bitterness.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid IPA with plenty of flavour. Stands up well against most others.

Photo of SlapMaster
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a coppery-orange color. It's a fresh bottle, but there's the slightest haze that clears up after a minute for perfect clarity. The head is about two fingers tall, fluffy and rocky, pure white, and leaves chunky patches of lacing in plenty.
There's a big hoppy aroma here, but not lacking balance in the malts presence. Hops are a bit of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a touch of pine as well. Some caramel from malts comes through as well.
The big hoppiness takes over in the flavor and, though malts just manage to sneak through, the balance is slightly skewed . It's pretty juicy up front and ends up drier with a bit of herbal leaf and pine as it finishes.
A moderate carbonation in a medium body allows for good smoothness after a crisp bite in the front after it settles down a little from biting to somewhat more mellow, letting the feel come together and work.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a little more than 1 finger of fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is very fruity, nice hoppy aroma, notes of caramel malt.

The taste was of citrus, bitter earthy hops, some pineapple is present, notes of caramel malt.

Medium body, creamy with a prickly dry feel, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent IPA, one of the better that I've had. Nice full flavor and refreshing.

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Boulders on Broadway in Tempe, AZ.

A: Beautiful copper-yellow with a fluffy, white head and sticky, white lace all down the glass.

S: Fruit hops. More than citrus, which is great. Earthy, grassy.

T: Awesome. A unique IPA. More than just dry, citrusy, piney hops. There's juicy, bright fruit in there. Like spiced, green apples. But there's also enough malt in the finish to keep it balanced.

M: Nice tingle from the carbonation. Great fruity hop flavors. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

O: An awesome contrast to Sculpin. A fruity, unique IPA that won't disappoint. Well done Ballast Point.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date: 5/17/13
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear light amber with a 2 finger, bright white head that leaves a nice coat of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Decent head retention, good looking IPA.

Aroma: Big, juicy grapefruit, lemon zest, fresh peach with a very resinous pine note. The Centennial hops' aromatics are showcased brilliantly up against a slightly sweet maltiness lurking in the background.

Taste: Huge succulent grapefruit right out of the gate with a slight tropical twang of pineapple, lemon and peach right before you're slapped with a resounding note of pine resin. There is a solid, albeit faint, malty breadiness that is a great platform for the hops to leap off of. The beer finishes very dry with a strong, assertive bitterness that sustains until your next sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Although it lacks the 'wow factor' of it's IPA counterpart in Ballast Point's year round portfolio (Sculpin IPA), Big Eye IPA is a wonderful example of a big, juicy, hop forward west coast styled IPA. This beer really showcases the pine-y and citrus-y Centennial hops quite well. I'd recommend this IPA to both the hoppy beer enthusiast and novice.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,485 ratings.