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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

3,477 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,477
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 142
Gots: 485 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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

Photo of jwps214
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WiscoTerr
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KidDoc
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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

Photo of teromous
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of tlema1
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clean hop taste and aroma...an excellent example of the style

Photo of KensWorld
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BostonPhilly
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMindbender
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gruss004
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faunland
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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.

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

Photo of Ilafan
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of speakdf0
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinprintz
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of clausr
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,477 ratings.