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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,864 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,864
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 99
Gots: 198 | FT: 4
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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bulletrain76

California

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

12oz bottle. Clear golden amber with a smallish head. Really nice floral, nectar, mango and tangarine like aroma. About as good as hops can smell. The mango becomes more prominent as it breathes, and it's uncannily awesome. The flavor carries over many of the floral hoppy qualities and sits them over a simple, yet very clean malt sweetness. On the sweeter, maltier side, but not sugary and sticky like some sweeter IPAs can get. Finishes with a firm but integrated bitterness that is well rounded with the other flavors, leaving a lingering mango-grapefruit taste on the tongue. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Definitely at the top of the heap for more balanced beers of the style. One of the best examples of hop aroma that I've encountered.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 06:44:00 | More by bulletrain76
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a rock art tulip.

Pours a deep amber/red color with a small thin white head. Light lacing. Nose is very sweet and hoppy a bit of maltiness but quite crisp.

Taste is very hoppy and sweet lots of nice citrus and floral notes. It's really a good ipa it's not too sweet but there is a nice sweet and rich finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:08:23 | More by kingcrowing
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger foamy bubbly head, clear muted orange coloring, loads of lace rings cling to the glass with each tasty sip.

s- juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, smells like i want a sip.

t- mmm, nice solid malt upfront blends into pure grapefruit spiked hops, citrusy, tangy with loads of floral notes.

m- edium body with plenty of hoppy slickness.

d- really great, i've been wanting to try this for awhile and got a bottle in my secret santa, it was worth the wait, definately an above average ipa that i would seek more of for sure, if this is any hint as to what sculpin is gonna be i'm in for a treat, i've got a bottle cooling in the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 05:02:17 | More by thecarster1
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a hazy golden-orange color with thick white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. From the start, the nose is a pleasant hoppy citrus (mostlyu grapefruit and lemons), and the mouthfeel full and tangy. Taste accentuates the citrusy hops of the nose, and the finish is slightly dry and bitter, as I would expect. A darn good beer from a brewer we can't get much from in Atlanta.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:26:44 | More by kimcgolf
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange-copper color with a thin frothy head. Slight haze. Nice lacing left on glass.
Very fregrant floral citrus tones, some biscut aroma too, sweet malt undertones.
Sweet malted barley flavors first hit the taste buds, soon to follow is a smooth citrus hop sensation, not too spicy. Slight orange peel finish that disapated quickly leaving the mouth clean. Maybe a little dryness at the end.
A little on the thick side for mouthfeel, seems to be an abundance of carbination doesn't help to thin mouthfeel out.
Overall a competitve offering here. Mouthfeel was a bit of a head scratcher, but regardless was a smooth drink

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 19:36:00 | More by FishGetter
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Arbitrator

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cellar temperature bottle poured into a mason jar.

A: Pours a perfectly clear amber that is heavily on the orange-gold tint when held against the light. The head is magnificent; the fluffy off-white cap threatens to overflow the glass even from a careful pour. It retains well and leaves thick streaks of lacing down the glass.

S: Pungent even without any agitation. I don't know how old the bottle is (le sigh), but this is still plenty hoppy. Big tangerine and lemon rind in the nose, supported by hefty toffee malt. It smells pretty balanced.

T: Yup, definitely tangerine, with a hint of orange and lemon rind underneath. Plenty of associated bitterness up front, too. But it's well balanced by a solid malt backbone of toffee and toast. The finish is a hint of mint and a semi-astringent pine bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied. It's not very viscous, and it swirls easily in the mouth, but it's still tasty for a semi-thin presence.

D: Mixed feelings. I love the malt profile shown here; I feel it accentuates the hop profile without undercutting it. But the finish is a tad too astringent for me. I don't think this is a bad IPA by any means, but these guys can do better. For the price, though, this will probably replace El Toro IPA as my go-to beer, if they start dating bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 07:24:39 | More by Arbitrator
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Somewhere between gold and orange with a slight haze. Half inch of off white head forms with great retention; even after 5 minutes or so a thick cap remains. Moderate/decent lacing as well.

S - Good stuff going on here, this reminds me a lot of some of my favorite DIPAs. There's a great bready sweetness as the backbone with the full spectrum of hop aromas. Most prominent is citrus, mainly grapefruit and lime, with pine and tea-like aromas coming in a close second. Earth and grass is present in small amounts with a touch of saltiness. The buttery, almost caramel like sweetness is extremely enticing for me when it comes to hoppy beers like this.

T - Fruity sweetness hits immediately reminding me of apples and peaches mixed with pine. Buttery-ness pulls through mildly but doesn't approach the near-caramel territory of the nose. Sweetness is short lived as the hops take over mid palate with very green, herbal notes. Grass and tea stand out the most but everything from celery seed to chive to rosemary to Italian herbs can be found along the way. The spicy/vegetal flavors segue into the inherent salty-like flavor of grapefruit, and citrus takes center stage late palate. Grapefruit is the main contender but there's a strong lime element, something I don't normally run across in the average IPA. Rough, pith like bitterness takes hold in the finish and doesn't let go.

M - Solid medium body with moderate to low carbonation. A little heavier than I would expect for the style but probably suits the flavors well.

D - A little heavy and definitely a little intense. I doubt I could handle more than one at a time. Big Eye IPA definitely walks an interesting line between IPA and DIPA with much focus on the hops. A great beer to be sure, probably a must-have in a market saturated with medicore IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 05:07:09 | More by PatrickJR
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a pint glass.

A: Crystal-clear medium-amber body; one finger of white frothy foam; decent retention and moderate lace. Straightforward and refreshing-looking.

S: Bright citrus hops dominate; not much else manages to come through, but who cares? It's a west coast IPA.

T: Fresh, clean, bitter, and refreshing. In-your-face citrus (orange and grapefruit) and herbal hops, with just the slightest hint of dry, biscuity malt. Straightforward, hoppy, and delicious.

M: Solid medium body with abundant soft effervescence. Crisp and awesome.

D: The lack of any meaningful balance keeps this IPA from being especially sessionable, but I'm loving it.

Notes: Just a great example of a hop-centric single IPA. Wonderful stuff, but it makes me pine all the more to try its big brother, Sculpin. Someday...

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 16:32:30 | More by woosterbill
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, golden brown, with an off-white head.

S: Nice citrusy hop flavor, possibly a hint of apricot or peach, that is balanced out nicely by a sweet bread-like malt backbone. Smells great.

T: WOW... After having Sculpin i figured this would be good too, but this is really good! Nice tart, more peach than apricot, hop flavor. There is a small amount of sweet bread malt backbone, but I prefer hop assaults. There is also a nice bitterness to this beer.

M: Great. Nice amount of hop resin, nicely lighter bodied, and a pleasant amount of carbonation.

D: This is officially my new staple beer that I will have in the fridge at all times. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 04:43:48 | More by aglose45
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taigor

New York

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Amber/copper color with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Hops with citrus grpafruit and pine.

T - Just like smell it is hoppy but very bitter because of grapefruit flavor.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Has a long lasting bitter aftertaste.

D - Average drinkability but decent enough for IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 16:03:33 | More by taigor
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jampics2

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. What a steal for $3.99!!

Medium bodied reddish-brown (amber) beer poured into my pint glass. What a beauty! Nice head retention.

Caramel bread in the nose with citrus notes. Really appealing!

Good, smooth IPA. Similar to many I've had, but really good. Reminds me of the Buckeye Hippie IPA, one of my all-time faves.

Mouth is great. Creamy, not sharp.

I could drink these all day. For the price, I could afford to. Nice solid offering from Ballast Point!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 16:49:24 | More by jampics2
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is poured with a nice off white head with small bubble, and the colour is a light copper. It's almost brilliantly clear. The nose on the beer is filled with floral/citrus notes. There is a bit of spiciness that carries through. A nice sweet maltiness come through as well.

Most of the flavours that come through are a toffee with a solid spiciness. A nice bit of floral notes come through later while sipping. There is a really good balance from a sweetness and floral citrus notes followed by the spiciness. This is kind of like Two Hearted where you can just drink loads of the beer. The bitterness is firm, but exactly what you'd expect in a well hopped IPA.

The mouthfeel is great. Very creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. I could drink a bunch of these beers. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 01:03:44 | More by swizzlenuts
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JTahoe

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber gold with slightly surging foamy off-white head with small lace patches all over the glass.

S - Leafy hops with decent malt underneath.

T - Aggressive prickly hop bitterness kicks right up front. Lingering beneath I can discern tropical fruit, resinous pine, grapefruit pith, some juicy orange, and a base earthiness. The malt struggles to cut through the bitterness, but can be detected here and there. Alcohol has a higher presence than the ABV would indicate.

M - Crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Long dry aftertaste.

D - Fairly drinkable, though not as much balance as I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 15:44:29 | More by JTahoe
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biophiliadude

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pint

A: 1/8 bright white head, cloudy orange, lacing.

S: Hops, flower, grapefruit.

T: Hops, danish, grapefruit again on the end.

F: Smooth, foams the tongue, tickle of bubbles.

D: Delicious but on the heavier side of a medium-bodied IPA. Very bitter, a very well made IPA. Lots of flavor as it slowly warms, but sometimes the bitter bite takes away from it at tad. Need to find it's perfect serving temperature. Recommend, a must for all HopHeads!!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 06:47:27 | More by biophiliadude
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-nice golden amber color, pretty hazy, two fingers of thick white head, nice lace left behind

S-big toasted caramel malt nose, not much in the way of hops coming from this bottle

T-sweet caramel malt up front, hint of toasted malt, some citrus and a good bit of bitterness throughout

M-full bodied and thick, pretty smooth and quite crisp

D-its pretty well balanced for an IPA, which I actually don't like. I want a full on hop assault with an IPA, save the balancing act for other styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:57:51 | More by cpetrone84
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qchic

Maryland

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

Pours a peach amber color with an off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma seems muted, but juicy fruit gum comes to mind. Hops and malts seem balanced, so we'll see what happens when I taste it...ah, the hops come forward, sending a wave of bitterness over the tongue. I'd expect no less from a west coast ipa. The malts don't really stand up, and citrusy flavors from the hops don't really pop. This medium bodied beer has an oily mouthfeel, and is easy to drink. Fine for an IPA fix, but I'd probably skip over this one next time in hopes for a more well-rounded flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 18:23:02 | More by qchic
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours a nice cloudy amber/copper color in my SA Perfect Point. There is about an inch of quickly receding head that is leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel/honey notes followed by a bit of citrus (grapefruit), pine, and hops.

Taste - It oddly starts out a bit sweet yet bitter. I realize this is a bit of an oxymoron but it honestly has a strange complexity to it. I can definitely taste the caramel right off the bat, but I can then taste a hop bitterness intermixed. This is followed by a more citrus taste which seems to be a blend of grapefruit and pineapple and finishes on floral, bitter notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with decent carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Drinkability - Pretty quaffable. The more you drink the less of the bitterness you notice and the more flavorful it becomes. I wish I could have done a side by side when I had Sculpin a few weeks ago but overall this does not disappoint in the least.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 01:16:43 | More by SpdKilz
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DNICE555

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Julio's in MA

Amber with a crazy head. Nice lacing.

S - Floral, heavy on the citrus.

T - Bitter citrus. Not a huge fan. Not as hoppy as I'd like.

M - Too heavy on the citrus. Almost makes my mouth pucker.

D - Couldn't have too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 04:13:44 | More by DNICE555
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Kaiser81

California

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A - beautiful copper color with 2 fingers worth of head, which dissipates to about 1 finger, but has great retention. Awesome lacing on the glass.

S - Soft hints of malts, stronger on the citrus, pine, and grapefruit

T - soft tastes for an IPA. Pine, citrus, nuts. Very smooth; very good.

M - Thin bodied, nice carbonation. Complements the tastes very well.

D - keep em coming. I could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 06:33:23 | More by Kaiser81
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Casey10

Maine

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

Got this while in Mass glad I was able to try this and look forward to getting more form this brewer as well as a sculpin one of these days.

A - orange color with a thin head.

S - malts grapefuit, citrus.

T - Thin oragne, some grape fruit not much pine though.

M - Nice feel live a nice tany from the citrus fee.

D - Price and smoothness make this one well getting again for future drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:14:46 | More by Casey10
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dudecandle

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Dark golden-orange body with a small half-finger head. Left a modest cap and slight lacing.

S: A good combination of citrus and herbal hops, a bit grassy as well. Also had a pleasant spiciness. Malt background is noticeable.

T: Hops are in good order with the herbal overshadowing the citrus on the palate. Nonetheless, a good amount of orange peel. A bit peppery, maybe some cinnamon. Surprisingly, a distinctive chocoaltey malt, which was very unique and plesant enough. It actually made the beer quite sweet.

M: Dry and a bit thin.

D: Unexpected flavors for an IPA, but its overall profiles are very strong. It was a little too sugary for my tastes, but the hops were in great balance. I think this one was a bit old, so I'm looking forward to trying it again sometime, hopefully on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 19:03:50 | More by dudecandle
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Greeted with a strong but not overwhelming citrus aroma of oranges and tangerines. But just as impressive is the obvious toasted maltiness.

Taste is different than what I expected....not much of the juicy citrus...just more of a sharp piney bitterness...also the malt is hardly noticable on the taste.

Body is medium...reallly a dry finish to this...

Nice enough....aroma is top notch...the rest is fine but not memorable. Would purchase again but would not seek.

As I settle into this beer the malt re-enters with a toffeeish flavor...all in all a nice IPA..as I finish it, it feels more english ipa than west coast

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 04:50:35 | More by ZAP
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Mora2000

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a large, white head. The first smell is pine and citrus from the Centennial hops, but you can also smell some malt. The taste follows the smell, but is considerably more balanced. While this is certainly a hoppy beer, the malt is right there neck and neck with the hops. This is much less hoppy than some other West Coast IPAs, but I think that makes it more drinkable. This is easily a beer I could see myself having several of.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 21:03:32 | More by Mora2000
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Redwood21

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: i really enjoy the ruby color with the white sticky head, a very good mix

S: nothing too strong but a solid malty hop aroma

T: there is a touch of alcohol over an ester of fruit and citrus hops. the bitterness comes in at the end this is a classic and solid ipa

M/D: i really enjoy this ipa and in a cluttered category it does a good job of being different while not being too different

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 03:53:46 | More by Redwood21
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New to BC and joining its neighbour Green Flash on the private stores shelves.( Where's Stone?)

Nice dark gold colour with monster head ( almost too much head). Hops on the nose but this not a hop monster ( ie. this is less hoppy than Green Flash's IPA) but rather a balanced West Coast IPA that has a strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the thick side but suits the beer. I could drink a few of these and not find it overly bitter. Nice drinking IPA with enough hops to keep it interesting

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 22:54:36 | More by canucklehead
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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