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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,034
Hads: 3,860
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 175
Gots: 759 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 1,034 | Hads: 3,860
Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off white head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber/copper color. The beer has a nice smooth texture to it.

The beer smell is very bitter and very hoppy. The hop notes mainly consist of a very strong dry hopped pine and resin note. However, the smell has a slight honey malt note underneath all of that.

The taste is a bit less bitter than the smell. The taste still has the strong bitter pine hop notes. However, the malt is a bit sweeter and stronger even though it is still overpowered by the hops. The malts actually take off some of the mass hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is interesting. The beer itself is medium bodied with a tickling carbonation. However, the actual drinking of the beer feels a bit rough for an IPA. Although it's still pretty good. The beer has a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. My only issue with it is how bitter the smell is and how under-powered the malts are. (971 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
2.67/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that perfectly exemplifies the problems of many IPAs. It is overly sweet, using a caramel quality to hide the bitterness, rather than showcasing and embracing it. The hop flavors are masked by muddy malts. I just cannot get behind a beer like this, especially from such a remarkably good brewery. (311 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottle date "15064."

Copper color and clear with a thick, sticky white head. Strong piney hop aroma with a solid caramel malt backbone to balance things out. Pine, hop resin, and caramel in the flavor. Medium-full body. Long lasting flavor.

If you're looking for fruit in your IPA, this one is not for you. A well-made beer that paired nicely with aged cheddar cheese. (412 characters)

Photo of rangerman21
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- amber with a white head that has good retention
S- Hoppy with a hint of resin
T- Bitter hoppy, almost spicy, very better on the finish
F- Bright
O- Decent IPA in my opinion, might be a bit heavy on the hop resins, but otherwise a pretty good beer. (250 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear amber with a big frothy white head
-medium-high carbonation visible
-Mango,Papaya,Melon,Orange,Mandarine with a big resin_y Note
-Follows the nose completely plus grapefruit
-pleasant bitterniss
-medium body,medium carbonation
Great IPA (266 characters)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/Orange with an off white head. This is a darker than normal IPA

S: Big citrus/apricot nose, with piney astringency and pungent hops. If this tastes like it smells, have mercy.

T: Citrus fruit, pine, lemon grass, and peach like flavor. Its big in the flavor component. There is enough malt to bring balance and backbone, but this is a hop monster. Superb IPA.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation. Not to slick or oily, not quite sessionable. A couple of these would suffice, but any IPA worth drinking should meet that criteria.

O: This is an excellent IPA. Sculpin is the darling at the Ballast Point ball, but Big Eye is the underrated hot girl that doesn't get enough press. This beer would be the flagship at 90% of the breweries out there. Well done Ballast Point! (779 characters)

Photo of kgammell1
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As others have said, it's earthier than the Sculpin. It's also slightly drier with a heavier emphasis on the piney hops rather than the citrusy ones. Malts are present but I'd say the hood balance out nicely. Great springtime brew for when you aren't ready for the citrusy, fresh IPA's but still want some of those same crisp qualities. Overall: very nice. (356 characters)

Photo of rorykanderson
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inhabits the rung on the IPA ladder just beneath the Sculpin. Real nice balance of hops and malt with a clean pale-ale finish. Perfect companion to fresh poke. (159 characters)

Photo of michaelmarolla
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent brew! It seems like a near perfected IPA, in my humble opinion. I'm starting to see what some of the hype is about, and the reason Ballast Point is priced the way it is. I've noticed many people mention India Pale Ale was an acquired taste for them, but for me, It was love at first taste. Haha, But really, I enjoyed IPA from the start, my first IPA being the "Hopsecutioner" by Terrapin. If I had to sum this particular beer up with just one word, it would be, 'Amazing'! (486 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery apricot amber, offwhite head, wreaths of lacing. . Aroma of eucalyptus and guavas in syrup. Taste of menthol, pine resin and a touch of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy. Overall a fine West Coast IPA (220 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review's a long time coming. Here goes:

A: Murky on the pours but cleans up rather nicely. Dark amber-copper with a great head and lacing. Plenty of carbonation to boot.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and pine balanced by a nice caramel malt backbone. Good

T: Follows the nose, making the beer very well-balanced.

F: Well carbonated but a little thick for an IPA.

O: Solid beer. Prefer Sculpin, but would have again. (427 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, bready caramalts, tropical fruits (mango), pine resin, grapefruit peel.

Taste - Starts off with a nice punch from the citrus and piney hops then goes into the bready caramalts, tropical fruits, hint of pine resin, and grapefruit peel. There is a pleasant balance of flavours in this one.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness the hops and sticky finish from the malts.

Overall - A stellar American IPA. Spot on on all fronts. Worth a go if you stumble across a bottle of this. (630 characters)

Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking head, lacing and carbonation. Smell and taste complex, early and lingering bitterness that doesn't suit my taste buds. Great feel but overall not one of my favorite IPAs. (183 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a white lacy, lacy head. Has a nice citrus smell. Tastes are citrus with a nice orange finish. Mouthfeel is clean with a nice hop aftertaste. Nice IPA, not overbearing. (189 characters)

Photo of RenzoD
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is nothing standard about this beer, but it is what an American IPA should taste like. Feel, taste, smell. All around excellent beer and one of the best of this style. (173 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This tastes just like the Mexican spicy dried fruit candies. If you haven't had one before, think spicy apricot. Not a very sessionable beer in my opinion, but I enjoy the unique taste very much. It has a resiny, spicy and fruity aftertaste, with the malt holding its own as well. (280 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA has a combination of citrus and pine hop notes to go along with bready malts. The grapefruit and orange hit up front, with some sweater bread like malt in the middle and a nice pine finish. (198 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into std pint glass. Thick head with medium retention and light lacing. Crystal clear light coppery Amber color. For some reason, I can almost pick up a hint of the ocean in the aroma. Flavor profile and mouthfeel are about as expected for a nice west coast IPA. Oddly, since I am on the East coast, I usually get these in cans or bottles and I do prefer the Sculpin in comparative tastes. I have once tasted them at the Ballast Point pub in Little Italy in SD, and the gap was much closer so freshness probably counts for a lot. In any event, give it a try if you can find it. (603 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: no freshness date that I can see

Appearance: Very transparent dark copper body that looks beautiful under a very thick off-white head.

Aroma: I get a very strong orange zest aroma. There's a bit of a pine aroma in there as well. It smells very fresh.

Taste: I get a light bitter grapefruit flavor, and the aftertaste has a grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is off-dry with a good amount of bitterness that doesn't linger.

Overall: It was a really good IPA. I live on the East Coast and this is a beer brewed in CA, and it tastes very fresh. I am impressed by that. I would buy it again. (609 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no bottle date; Wisconsin just started getting distribution so presumably this is fresh like the Sculpin are. Served in a snifter glass 2/9/2015.

A- Clear, dark copper body, two finger white head with excellent retention and very nice nets and rings of lacing.

S- Grainy pale malt, citrus zest, floral notes, even a touch of spices. Pine as well.

F- Grapefruit, crackers, freshly toasted grains, citrus zest, pine, floral notes. The grainy crackery sweetness kicks in even more towards the end, which is actually quite nice as it gives a nice respite to the piney bitterness that it transitions from. Very tasty, nice complexity, well-hopped.

M- Medium bodied, a bit sticky but not syrupy. Good carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink. I enjoy the combination of flavours that starts out aromatic then sweet then bitter then sweet. It's a very nice progression that is most evident when the beer is at more of a cellar temperature.

O- Very nice IPA, not the best I've had but one of the better ones that I see on the shelves in Wisconsin. Ballast Point makes very solid pale ales and I'm glad to have them here. (1,137 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason never had this brew. Picked up a single at craft bottle shop by Oxford valley mall. Overall, very familiar taste though I can't place it. Good not great. Enjoyed it. (181 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle: hazy and bright amber with a quickly receding off-white head; very nice lacing on the glass. Per the brewery, this ale was bottled on the 218 day of 2014 so it has some age.

This aroma was very unique and rather dank. It is unlike any beer aroma I have encountered until I realized Stone's IPA has a remarkably similar aroma. It has been several years since I have enjoyed a Stone IPA but that aroma is unmistakable; it is almost like a tomato.

The flavor has a strong, but not very distinctive hop punch with the abrasiveness tingling on my tongue. As the ale warms, there is a nice sweet, caramel flavor that gives the ale some balance. As with the aroma, the flavor profile is unique. Unlike most American IPAs I have tried, I cannot detect any citrus or pine flavors. The aftertaste does have some faint marmalade like flavors. I am enjoying the taste profile, it just seems a little odd.

The ale has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a lingering, tangy and sweet mouth feel.

Another good ale from Ballast Point, though rather strange and unique. (1,101 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Hazy Amber color. Creamy off white head retains well at an inch in height. Sticky webs of lacing cement themselves onto the glass.

S: Earthy. Resin. Wet leaves and dank bud. Tangerine and apricot. Toast and caramel malt base.

T: Tangerine and apricot are juicy and vibrant on the tongue. Pine and earthy bitterness is firm but gentle. Lemon pith. Passion fruit. Toast and caramel malt base. Sweet bud, pine, passion fruit, and toast on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. soft and creamy texture with a bite of fine carbonation. Astringencies lay that gripping film on the tooth enamel.

O: I really find it amazing that this beer gets no love or recognition. It's always stuck playing second fiddle to Sculpin. Most breweries would kill to have an IPA like this. Superb stuff. (812 characters)

Photo of Decko
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold appearance. Big hoppy aromas which dominate and not surprisingly this comes through in the taste strongly. As it warmed in the glass I got a little of the alcohol coming through. Nice enough IPA but feels a little unbalanced to me with the hops overdone and the alcohol mouthfeel. I'm probably not used to the more gutsy west coast IPAs but would have it again but wouldn't seek it out. (401 characters)

Photo of DucksFan16
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottle dating, so I am unsure of whether this is actually a fresh IPA or has been sitting on the shelf for some time. Aroma is not strong at all or very pleasant, The taste is primarily bitter with hardly any fruity notes. (225 characters)

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.