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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 103
Gots: 230 | 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 VelvetExtract


4/5  rDev -1.5%

A-Copper with a fluffy head.

S-Citrus hops with a full malt.

T-Citrus and pine hops are well balanced by a big caramel malt. This beer is both hoppy and malty. Not nearly as complex as the Sculpin but still pretty tasty.

M-Medium bodied with a slick finish.

D-Drinkable. Alcohol is somewhat present.

Not a bad IPA

08-19-2010 18:42:43 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of 2ndloveofmylife


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

An agressive pour from a 22ozer produced a three finger head that lingered around for sometime. The nose is very clean and hoppy.Taste is a little deeper then the nose with a bitter end. The mouth is full and coats the tongue well. If you like IPA, you'll love this baby!

08-19-2010 18:35:35 | More by 2ndloveofmylife
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on a decent malt backing

T - Like the smell citrus hops at the star then the malt balances things out some but it still finishes bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an enjoyable IPA plenty of hops to satisfy hop heads but it still has some balance this is worth getting sometime

08-18-2010 12:59:57 | More by armock
Photo of BMoney575


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Sampled on 8-16-10

Pours a deep golden color, completely clear, with a few bubbles rising to the surface. A very pleasant white head sits on top, leaving big, creamy lacing.

Smell is very sweet and deep hops, very malty, not light and fruity like a I expected. A bit soapy at the end, with a sugary quality that I can't quite place. Different and enjoyable.

Taste is all thick and sweet hops, which first perfectly with the lightly caramel malt. The bitterness is not very strong, and instead adds a great complexity that I'm not used to. The finish is slick with a hint of alcohol, with more bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thick and sticky, and accents the flavors very nicely. Carbonation is light, but well placed.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors are big but the balance is awesome.

Overall, in a world of big-time hop bombs, this is very well made and a nice change.

08-16-2010 22:47:08 | More by BMoney575
Photo of drabmuh


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip. Beer was bottled on "CA CASH REFUND VALUE 10c".

Beer is amber and mostly clear. Forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. Looks good.

Aroma is strong. Mildly sweet, earthy and piny in the aroma.

Beer is medium bodied and mildly sweet. Its mildly dry at the back end but overall highly drinkable. The bitterness in the back is mildly grainy but its quite a pleasing overall IPA. The pine wins in the hop race here. I'd have it again.

08-13-2010 03:36:37 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Chico1985


2.33/5  rDev -42.6%

12oz to pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a super creamy off-white head. It retains very well and leaves nice lacing. I should have been suspicious of the noticeably little amount of bubbling going on. At least it looked great.

Mostly just getting toasty malt in the scent, very little/no hop presence.

Toasted malt/caramel is more or less the only flavor here, unless you count booze. Maybe the tiniest, tiniest bit of floral hops. Mouthfeel is syrupy on the brink of flat. Just really off, I can only assume this is a bad bottle. It has the '10' notch on the bottom so I figure it's fresh though..

Edit: Had it again on-tap, presumably fresh...not as offensive as the bottle taste, but to me still a very dull IPA. Just not getting much hop flavor here.

08-08-2010 13:57:24 | More by Chico1985
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

On cask at the GBBF.

Dry-hopped with Palisades for the Great British Beer Festival.

Pours lemony amber with speckles of lace. Ruby red grapefruit nose with underlying ginger cakes. Caramel malts with branch and mulch cut by orange Angostura bitters hops with fruit candy notes. Searing IBU finish and astringent linger. Some burn, medium, chewy.

What the heck are Palisades? They seem to have ruined what I've heard is a great beer.

Bitterness over hop flavor and the malts are there, so it's not a question of balance. I know SDPAs bring the pain, but I get none of the fruit that should come from dry-hopping.


08-05-2010 22:53:16 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of DovaliHops


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a hazy golden color with decent white head. Smells very hoppy with citrus notes. The taste is initially bitter-hoppy, followed by lots of citrus tastes. Very well-ballanced though. The mouthfeel is perfect for an IPA (almost perfect). The drinkability is VERY high.

08-04-2010 07:34:30 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of SShelly


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Pour a dark straw/light amber with big white rocky foam head, tons of lacing.

Aroma kinda took me off gaurd, smells like a 5-day unwashed hippy who has been hitting the bong a little too much (ah college memories!) or as someone else said "dirty hop-socks", and yet im enjoying it.

Flavor is fairly well balanced, assuming there is some slightly darker crystal in here as seen by the color, and it comes through in the malt, lots of hop flavor on the backend.

Not overly complex, and really not an ipa I want to drink a ton of but pretty damn tasty overall.

08-03-2010 17:29:41 | More by SShelly
Photo of TwoPack


3.65/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours a beautiful rusty-amber color. Light head with limited lacing. Approach brings heavy hop flavor- wow. Good, rich mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Impressive bitter taste for a traditional IPA. Would purchase this again. Pros: Hop-head's dream Cons: Low flavor complexiity.

08-01-2010 03:15:47 | More by TwoPack
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours nice slightly hazy copper with a good off white head. Great foam and excellent lacing.

Nice subdued grapefruit. Nothing so in your face that you'd be taken aback. Some toasted malt aromas as well.

Terrific balance here. Hoppy grapefruit and toasty malt and light caramel and fruit all come together perfectly. Finishing bitterness has some complexity (grapefruit again) and the toasted bread and light fruit and caramel balance this perfectly. Alcohol is hidden completely.

Medium body with good appropriate carbonation. Just right. A bit mouth coating.

Easy drinking. All elements are there. Terrific beer from these guys. One drawback. $14/6.

07-30-2010 23:47:21 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of BeerSquid


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%

Recomended by the fine folks of Whitemarsh Beverage, Plymouth Meeting Pa.
Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours very smoothly. Settles into the glass with a light translucent orange colour. Minimal head that stays throughout the consumption.

S- Very powerful. I can honestly smell this onw from a good foot and a half away. Great sent of American Hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T- Its all there. Miraculous complexity that washes over the whole mouth. Great bit that magnifys from the first sip and holds to the back of the tongue. The pine and citrus carry from the nose and really make for a spectacular brew.

M- Not overly carbonated. The flavour really concentrates to the sides of the tongue and lingers very nicely.

D- Would absloutely have this beer again. In fact, Im about to. Fantastic pick.


07-29-2010 22:08:18 | More by BeerSquid
Photo of DaveJanssen


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Split a 22 two ways, poured into globe glasses. Reviewed 11/27/2009.

Ar: strong citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, delicious, very resinous, lightly toasty/nutty, light earth, light vegetative, floral, I've smelled this before...

Ap: Clear light coppy, medium head, off white/light tan, fair retention, light lacing

T: Spicy citrus, floral, pine, resin, strong hop resin, nice floral/citrus mix, orange, toasty malt, clean, light caramel, good malt presence, spicy hops, light grassy, herbal, light lemony/lemongrass character but not obtrusive, vegetative, light celery aftertaste, light alcohol

M: Mouth coating resin, medium body, medium carbonation, too vegetative, alc in finish, light bitter burn

O: i like the hop character a lot, great floral/citrus resin, tastes fresh, rather vegetative, rougher with wamrth

07-24-2010 16:16:10 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of Aenema


4/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance - Golden body with a beige foam head - splotchy lacing coats the sides.
Smell - Lots of floral and citrus notes.
Taste - Floral hop bite. Rich hop flavor.
Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, somewhat crisp. Medium-bodied.
Drinkability - Quite enjoyable and easy drinking for a beer with this flavor profile.

07-23-2010 04:02:56 | More by Aenema
Photo of cbak999


4.1/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a dark orange almost copper color. A 1/2 inch head quickly disipates leaving just a trace head on top. Great lacing.

S: Very strong smell of citrus hops. Smells great.

T: A decently balanced hop/malt ipa. I taste the citrus hops, and some malt on the backend. But predominant after taste that sticks with me is citrus bitterness.

D: This a very good ipa. Perfect amount of carbonation and a great taste all the way through.

07-22-2010 22:13:59 | More by cbak999
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

22 oz bomber, 6% ABV on the batch sent to Canada...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper colour, with lots and lots of rocky, foamy light beige head, which leaves some decent random lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells strongly of pine and citrus hops, with a reserved caramel maltiness in the background. The taste is more malty upfront than I was expecting, but the bready caramel is soon eclipsed by that nice bitter pine/citrus hoppiness, with some mild herbal notes rounding things out. The carbonation is moderate, and the body full, smooth, and creamy. It finishes off-dry, with the hops increasingly overshadowing the fading toffee malt.

Always nice to see west coast IPAs available north of the border - especially from the San Diego environs, as Stone and Green Flash have whet my appetite for IPAs from that region. Ballast Point's effort doesn't disappoint - a good balance of the basics - and the hop tendencies allow the exclusive use of Centennial to shine through. Good stuff - I get the point!

07-14-2010 01:19:04 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4/5  rDev -1.5%

A deep amber to brown appearance, beige head, lace. Dry hop new variety aroma (Simcoe/Amarillo/Centennial?). Whatever it is, or some combination of all three or less, its nice.

Taste is very pleasant, truly a big ipa, big malt entourage with the big hopping. Should satisfy hopheads. You get all the usuals: citrus, pine, bitter with a little more of that darker malt feel than usual for a wcipa. Carbonation mellowed to allow the mouthfeel to develop a tinge of sweetness to compliment the hops. At times, can feel a little woody, but I suspect those are older bottles.

A tad pricey, but not outlandish.

07-13-2010 16:24:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of bump8628


4/5  rDev -1.5%

I really was hoping to get my hands on the Sculpin, but settled on this as a consolation prize.

Clear copper with adequate big-bubbled foam.

Standard citrus and raw herbs through and through with a nice helping of caramel malt. Plenty of body and strength to balance the hopping and a clean fermentation profile to let the hops linger on.

I know if I were to find this on the shelves of an Oklahoma beer store it would probably rate an "A". But being surrounded by the best IPAs and DIPAs in the world here in Southern Cal for last few weeks this one merely rates as really good.

07-13-2010 15:49:47 | More by bump8628
Photo of Ryan011235


3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured into a snifter on 7/9/10

Thanks to scottyshades for the chance to try this

Robust shade of amber; nearly appears crimson at times. Two fingers of foam takes its time dissipating; the top clinches into a puffy form while the lower seated foam becomes riddled with holes & drops out, leaving nice amounts of drippy lace. Thin retention but good lacing.

The aroma features a little bit each of pine, citrus, earthy & floral hops; the only downside being the hops come across as muddled in the nose. Airy with a mild touch of booze & something that seems medicinal (not too prominent though). Substantial malt balance; toasty bread, caramel & doughy yeast. Too balanced, possibly.

Thankfully Big Eye tastes much better than the nose lets on. Piney bitterness hits upfront, awash in juicy, if medicinal, flavors. Said bitterness is accented by lively grapefruit & lemon zest, though possibly a wee bit too ripe. Malts are rather restrained with toasty undertones & a dollop of caramel. Bit of yeast, too.

Medium bodied, reasonable carbonation & a modest grittiness. The caramel adds a touch of sweetness but it dries out on the finish. Pine & citrus zest linger on.

Overall, it's an enjoyable beer. The aroma seems a little sketchy to me & the taste a little too medicinal. Other than that, it's a solid IPA. Depending on the price of admission, I'd likely be inclined to go with Sculpin over Big Eye. I'm glad I got to try it.

07-13-2010 00:09:05 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Kala1073


4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours an amberish color with a white foam head. The aroma of citrus and pine are very apparent. The taste just confirms the smell. Citrus notes and pine come throught the forefront. There is a slight bitternes at the end that might put off some people, but not me. Overall, a pretty good IPA!

07-06-2010 17:22:28 | More by Kala1073
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured a hazy golden color with a small off white head. Aroma is super fucking floral. Flavor is the same. Super florally hoppy. This is fairly close to a standard ipa but there is a certain flavor i can't peg down. This is super fresh and refreshing though. Feel is tingly as fuck from the carbonation.

07-03-2010 03:44:01 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of uberabr


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Clear golden amber, medium carbonation and a light head -- maybe too understated. Lacing abounds on the sides of my glass, I'm anticipating some good hops.

Aroma is subtle, but I'm a little stuffed up at the moment. Definitely bright, some bitters, but light overall. In the mouth it's got a big body, the hops create a light, crisp feel. It's very "drinkable." Taste starts off with spicy bitters followed by a bright, fruity hop. The Centennial creates good citrus without much of the overpowering tropical melon you find in the California IPAs loaded with Cascade. Still, there is a juicy apple/pear along with the citrus that places it well within fruity IPA country, and hop heads will admire it's soft touch. And there's something more, a hint of lime? pineapple? berry? I can't quite place it, it's subtle and well rounded.

It leaves the mouth with a creamy, malty butter. It's full of spice with a kind of musky earth to it and a hint of minty grass. Meanwhile, the bite and citrus from the hop lingers. All in all a very enjoyable brew. It's subtle, bright and balanced, with a weight and feel in the mouth that's bold enough to take it seriously without being too heavy to quaff down.

07-02-2010 18:59:37 | More by uberabr
Photo of womencantsail


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

A: The pour is a copper color with a fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops on the nose and not all that much else. A bit of pine and bread in the background. Quite a pungent aroma, actually.

T: The flavor is less intense than the nose would let on, unfortunately. I still got the citrus and pine, but they were not quite as powerful. A bit of bread and sweetness, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. The finish is mildly bitter.

D: One of the first IPAs I had back when I got into beer, and to be honest, it's a little better than I had remembered. Not my favorite by any means, but it's still a good beer.

06-30-2010 21:57:56 | More by womencantsail
Photo of John_M


4.1/5  rDev +1%

From a firkin at Tj's the other day. This was the Big Eye with simcoe hops version (thought there might be a separate entry, but I don't see one).

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The simcoe hops really sing on the nose with this one, resulting in a spicer, hoppier version of this beer (IMHO). Otherwise, I get some pepper, dank earth and light pine. This smells as if it will be on the dry side. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though I don't get the earthiness I got on the nose. Also, this IPA is no more than moderately hoppy, and I don't think the simcoe adds a whole lot to the flavor profile. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated and barely noticeable.

Nothing extraordinairy here. Just a good, solid west coast IPA (light sweet malt is well balanced by the hoppy bitterness, making for a very dry IPA). Carbonation was surprisingly lively I thought for a beer from a firkin. Cask conditioning didn't hurt this IPA at all.

06-27-2010 17:38:47 | More by John_M
Photo of DefenCorps


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

On cask with Simcoe hops, served at TJ's yesterday.

Hazy amber with a dense, off-white head with great retention and lacing, this looks *very* good. The nose is big and bright, with the Simcoe hops really shining. Mango and papaya are present by the bucketful, with the Centennial backbone shining through with citrus and floral character. Malt is non-existent, though there is a touch of fruity sweetness. Very perfumey too, once it warms up.

The palate opens big and hoppy with a moderate bitterness and LOTS of hop flavor. Plenty of tropical fruit with the Simcoe overpowering the strong floral and citrus hop character.The palate is medium--light and while the carbonation is low, it also feels a little too smooth and slick. Drying and hoppy on the finish, this is very nice.

06-27-2010 12:01:39 | More by DefenCorps
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