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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,553 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,553
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 148
Gots: 539 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Ratings: 3,553 | Reviews: 1,032
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(got it recently from Ohio though, so we should be ok). Pours a lightly cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, herbal, floral, pine, grass, orange, mango, pineapple, honey, caramel, citrus rind, and bread. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; slightly more herbal and piney than I am used to as well. Taste of big grapefruit, herbal, pine, floral, grass, mango, citrus rind, pineapple, caramel, honey, and bread. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, tropical, honey, caramel, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malt/bitterness balance in this; with a nice balance and complexity of hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming at all noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent IPA. A bit more malty than your typical West coast IPA, but I am not complaining. Great hop flavor balance, and very smooth to drink. Great stuff.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, resinous hops, grapefruit, pine, soft orange marmalade and light fruit. Very malty.
Flavours are similar, lots of sweet clean malt before a piny, resinous hoppy bitterness rolls through.
Body seems a bit syrupy.
Hop character could be a bit more interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dansmcd
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small white head over desert sunset coloured body, streaky lacing. Nice.

S - Beautiful balance of pine resin, pineapple, grapfruit, caramel and barley. Gorgeous fresh IPA aroma.

T - Pine needle and citrus provide a strong hop bitterness and complex flavours, toffee malt profile less prominent but there.

M - Moderate to high carbonation, medium body.

O - Stoked about the new access to these at DM's at a very reasonable price.

Photo of oldvines
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/mild gold with a two-finger head into my glass. Very excitable presentation.

Lots of fantastic hop aroma here. Nothing much to report other than the usual excellent mix of grassy hops with buttery malt.

Bitterness envelopes my tongue, cradling it with sustained piney highs. Not a lupulin binge per se but a taste.

It shows at the back of the throat too. Very tantalizing. Warms up the throat.

I'd definitely drink this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mntlover
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty pale copper color with a nice two finger off white head that falls slow to clumps with nice lace.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus notes nice hoopy smelling with nice underlying caramel malt notes. Classic west coast IPA nothing wrong with that.

Taste is nice malty goodness with good carbonation that brings plenty of hop resins to the tounge. Nice fruity notes tangerine and mango with good lingering bitterness but the malt presence is good also.

Mouthfeel is nice little more carbonation then I usually like but seems to fit this brew just fine.

Overall enjoyable not sure what I paid for this but if reasonable I could see this making it into my regular lineup of go to IPA's.

Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
no freshness info.

pours a gorgeous, clear amber bordering on a deep gold, almost orange tone; yields 1" to 1 and 1/2" creamy beige head. nice retention and beautiful walls of lacing. a bit of sediment, but that aside this is one fantastic looking beer. nose is solid, though not breathtaking like older brother sculpin. notes of pine, citrus, and some balancing malts.

citric aspect of it pulls through in the flavor (notably grapefruit); the pine i get less of, though it is present in the background. maltiness enough to add some balance to the beer without going too far. the finish is dry but not overly bitter. crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this is a damn fine beer. in a sibling rivalry showdown it's clearly no sculpin, but then few IPAs are. my biggest complaint is with ballast point not dating its bottles. when you have a beer (an IPA no less) traveling across the country before sitting around a bottle shop, that info is nice to know. that said, no question these guys know how to brew an IPA.

originally reviewed: 03-29-2011

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Dan Murphy's in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured bright and dark golden. Good carbonation, one finger of fluffy off white head. Really nice lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Really citrussy, orange peel, sweet fruits. Kiwi might be there as well with some pineapple core.

T - Citrus, toffee-ish flavours, pineapple, citrus. Sweet up front. Seemed a bit rough, but alright.

M - Bitterness was rough seeming. Good carbonation, medium to full chewy body.

O/D - A pretty decent IPA that fell short with the roughness of the bitterness and cutting hop profile. I can see the potential for this one but the example I had wasn't exemplary.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Big, orange juice-like aroma up front. Hints of orange blossom, flowery hop aromatics, and lemon zest all develop as the beer opens up. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Amber bordering on brick-red pour, slightly hazy, with a thick and sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: More orange juice-like flavors with slight caramel notes that get beaten down by bitter pine-like hop character. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily with no heat.

Overall impression: A nice interpretation of a Midwest IPA. Ha! There, I said it. Reminds me of something that Bell's would make. Probably because of the Centennial flavor/aroma additions and the slight caramel notes. Regardless of "chicken-egg" mentality it's a darn good beer and I'm glad it's now available in Central OH.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into glass. Can't read freshness date.
Pours a very nice copper hazy color, and leaves great looking spotty lacing. Smells of citrus and grapefruit, can get some maltiness as well. Taste like the nose, very hoppy, grapefruit and citrus and some spicy hop notes. Love the Columbus and Centennial hops together. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little oily from the hop resin. Overall a great IPA. Glad I brought this one home from my Southern California trip, as I cannot get this one in Louisiana.

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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before June 12

Pours a beautiful deep amber, two finger cream fluffy head. Sudsy lace when swirled.

Aromas are somewhat restrained - citrus dominates. grapefruit/orange peel. Hop presence as well.

Taste is same as nose and add pine resin. However, somewhat dulled hops - not as zesty as could be. Not too much in the way of malt backbone leaves a little palate hole. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfell heavy/somewhat oily due to low carbonation.

Overall, I suspect past it's best. Not a bad thing but more malt would help lift. 0.5 added overall due ot low price point.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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