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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,152
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 117
Gots: 292 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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Boro83, Oct 16, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

psychlops, Oct 15, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with a big, light brown foamy head that stays for a bit and results in some similarly foamy lacing. Pretty good retention. Lots of citrus in this one. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. A bit of pine resin. Some very light caramel and bready/grain malts as well. The first thing noticed with the taste is the bitterness, which pairs excellently with the grapefruit aroma an taste. Some lemon zest and sour orange give this one a very unique taste. The pine isn't as present now; it's still there but the flavors allow the citrus to dominate. Not as hop heavy as I expected. Overall the taste isn't overpowering but it is very well done. The only negative thing I have to say about this beer is that, in my opinion, it is a bit overcarbonated. It could've benefitted from a bit less. Sticks to the tongue a bit and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Overall a very good, easy drinking IPA suitable for any occasion. A good alternative if you're not in the mood to get knocked over by Sculpin!

majorbase2, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Salud24, Oct 15, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-golden amber color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is quite heavy of pine and grapefruit hops with the pine being the biggest and giving a very resinous smell overall. Along with the hops comes some aromas of a bready and slightly crackery nature as well as a hint of a grassy smell being there as well.

Taste – The taste begins rather bready and more fruity flavored with tangerine, some peach and apricot, as well as some mango like flavors all being there and mixing with a decent showing of a grapefruit hop presence. As the taste advances the grapefruit stays strong, but is joined by some other hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature. While these two hops begin rather light they both gain intensity as the flavor advances with the pine really stepping it up. While the pine increases it can never really out compete the grapefruit hop however. With the fruity flavors fading a bit and some light crackery flavors coming to the tongue, one is left with a moderately sweet and bitter grapefruit but moderately resinous flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side. For the mix of fruity, malty, and blend of grapefruit and resinous hop, the feel is very nice creating a thick and robust base for all the flavors to be taking in rather well.

Overall – This was a tasty brew. Ballast Point knows there IPA’s well, at least from what I can gather from the Big eye and Sculpin. While the Sculpin may beat this one out by a bit, this one is very nice none the less, and depending on my mood, may give Sculpin a run for its money.

Darkmagus82, Oct 13, 2014
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,152 ratings.