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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,051 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,051
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 110
Gots: 263 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

akillerburrito, Sep 13, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Dwkasper, Sep 11, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

swills, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ryguy31, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

12 ounce bottle

A = Crystal clear, dark golden color. Decent head/lacing

S = Nice and hoppy...citrus overtones. Typical of an IPA - perhaps better than average

T = Taste matches the smell....slightly bitter

M = Kind of a bitter lingering feel long after the swallow. It's an IPA - what do I expect?

O = I lIked the first taste better than the third. What started off as a nice hoppy IPA that I was digging turns into a too bitter beer for my tastes.

jman42, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a semi-transparent amber/orange. The pour kicks up a thick, frothy head that leaves a good amount of lace and takes several minutes to die down.

Aroma is wonderful, wonderful hops! Grapefruit, weed, onions, with the good support of some caramel malt. Slight astringent flavor of cat pee, so it hits all the aroma notes I always hope for in IPAs!

Flavor delivers all the hoppy goodness promised on the nose. Bigtime citrus/grapefruit juice, bits of weed, onions, grass, and resin supported by a light touch of caramel malt. Finish is very bitter, but the caramel malts come out more on the aftertaste to balance it out. Really great flavor notes!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation - accurate for the style.

Overall, really incredible flavors, and an amazing bang for your buck! I wasn't expecting it to be this wonderful what with the lack of any hip new hops in the hop bill, but it really eceeded my expectations!

MasterfulIdiot, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Modernrickk, Sep 08, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -21.2%

joeyjoey104, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Mlawrence, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

pjd8406, Sep 06, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%

The benchmark of Centennial IPAs. Yes, I've had Two Hearted and Founders Centennial

Draft into pint glass at Coopers, Scranton. Has the beautiful copper color of an extremely hoppy caramel malt beer. Very hazy and murky. Frickin yum, my taste buds are already alive.
Strong grapefruit starts it off, with a sweeping transition to a piney dry bitterness, that isn't offensive. That bitterness just leads to the next pull, and before you know it, you're ready for another pint.
The hops in this are the chewiest in any single IPA I've had. Palate coating. This beer is what Green Flash's Palate Wrecker should be.
I've had Big Eye a few months old, and loved it as it mellowed a bit too. Still very hoppy with a strong black pepper that came to the forefront. Same is in Dorado.

beerdedking, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,051 ratings.