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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,323
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 124
Gots: 363 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the Sculpin, this one comes up on my 'to-do' list. It's done:

Pours an orange color with gold thrown in there. Clear and clean. Just barely off-white head forms to about 2 fingers, some chunkiness. Lacing is medium sticky.

Aroma is malty. Not a malt bomb by any means, but for an IPA I expected more hops. Hops are there, more citrus than anything. Caramel is more than noticeable. Slight pine. Green pine.

Ok, there are the hops. In the flavor a tropical/citrus profile becomes clear. Tangerine and persimmon, juicy. Juicy I say. I think the caramel provides the sweetness to latch on the hop express, giving the hops more of a juice character.

The bite is quenching. A hint of pine squeezes out. A very nice IPA

Photo of RnRManifesto
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks great. An amber-orange color. Aggressive pour produced an inch head with a quarter inch lingering for a while, and lacing sticking to the glass all the way down.

I was surprised by the smell. Not a lot of hops in the nose for an IPA. Smells fruity, caramel.

The hop bitterness is almost hidden entirely by the malt. I expected a lot more hop flavor from an IPA. The malt has a distinct caramel flavor with some fruity sweetness. Slight alcohol taste on the finish.

This is a great beer, and actually quite balanced. Maybe a bit too balanced for an IPA. I was expecting more hops flavor, but as I said, I think the malt masks most of the hops. It is mostly malt on the finish.

I must say I'm not sure how fresh this is. I live in PA, and this may have been sitting on the shelf for a while. I'd love to try one that I know is fresh to see if my impression changes. I definitely like this beer a lot, but I prefer their Sculpin over this. I would definitely buy this again, though.

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

A - Pours rich gold with thick creamy head. Lots of lacing adorn the side of the glass as the head subsides.

S - Lots of citrus in the nose, lemon peel, tart apple, citronella candle

T - Crisp tartness slaps you in the tastebuds. A Hint of caramel sweetness follows. Alot of orange pith on the back of the tongue, with the tart apple closing before the swallow

M - Nice refreshing carbonation, not as creamy as the head wants you to believe.

O - Great beer, the citronella candle thing is kinda confusing. It comes into play in the aroma and also in the taste. Not unpleasant. Definitely work seeking out.

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

I picked this up in the tickers BIF, it pours a clear gold, nice sized head, good lacing. The aroma is nice, mostly citrus, hints of pine. The flavors are similar to the aroma, the finish lingers with sweet oranges. The body is medium, good carbonation. An enjoyable IPA.

Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep honey color, clear, nice sticky creamy head. Tons of lace.

S - Smell was very light. Sweet malt and hops were there, in small amounts.

T - YUM. Great blend of caramel sweetness and bittering hops to reign it in.

M - Medium body good balance and carb.

D - Oh so drinkable. Now on tap at Petco Park. Yeah!

Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tall tumbler, Big Eye is dark gold with a white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is over-ripe fruity hops, herbal compost. Not as robust as I recall, and I even bought it from a cooler.

Taste is loaded with big hop FLAVOR (much more then the nose), light cracker malt background. The hops are overripe citrus, some spicy resin as well, a touch of ethanol, and a fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, but with some creamy carbonation, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is super high. I've had this a few times, and always enjoyed it, a true west-coast style IPA exactly as I like them, I'm always happy to be somewhere (besides my home state) where I can get my hands on it.

Photo of abgba121
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light amber with about a half inch of head that reduces to a very thin with coating over the brew and leaves a small trail of lace down the glass

S: sweet and citrusy on the nose

T: sweet up front followed by some fruity and citrusy notes

M: thin to medium body

O: a decent IPA, some good hops and malt usage, not completely balanced yet, needs some work.

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

Bomber thanks to ADZA for the trade. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass.

Pours an orange colour with a hazy appearance. Has a nice two finger head of beige foam that has a very good creamy appearance to it. Spotty lacing as the liquid reduces. The only downside is floating particles within.

Fruity aroma to start with, lot of citrus early and pine later on mixed with a little bit of grass.

Taste is pretty well all piney hop flavour. Little bit of sweet malt and caramel in there to break it up a touch.

Very drinkable, especially for 7.0% ABV. Not a tonne of late bitterness, but a nice body and consistent bitterness that helps with the drinkability.

Overall a good IPA that does not a lot wrong, bar the suspended particles. Otherwise, life in SoCal must be pretty good if you can find this easily and cheaply.

Photo of soulfly1492
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold, cloudy. Thick creamy white head dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing. Ok retention.

Smell: White grapefruit, citrus, caramel pine. Can detect some alcohol.

Taste: Grapefruit, citrus, caramel, burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel: Oily for the most part but turns to dry due to the massive dose of bitter hops. Little carbonation

Overall: Super hoppy, yet somewhat balanced. Good bit of malt presence. Wasn't expecting the sweet burnt sugar.

Note: leaves quite the spicy/bitter taste on the tongue. Lasts a long long time.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pk at Capones in Norristown, PA. Thanks Ray for the heads-up that I was so close to Capones while I was at his house for a Labor Day picnic.

Price - $12/6pk

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a amber/copper color. A massive two finger, fluffy beige colored head on the initial pour. Semi-transparent with noticeable "floaties" mixing in with the carbonation bubbles. Good amount of sticky lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A classic IPA smell with great citrus and pine aromas. Great hop aroma.

T - A top-notch IPA. Massive flavors of pine and grapefruit are backed up with a great hop bite. The caramel-like sweetness from the malts round out this brew. The alcohol is barely noticeable. A rather noticeable bitter aftertaste is left after each sip but I love it!

M - Medium carbonation. A medium consistancy.

O - A really great IPA. This ranks as one of my new favorites. I had never seen it before but thanks to my trip to Capones I was able to pick it up. If you enjoy hoppy beers, pick this one up. Recommended!


Photo of IronCitySteve
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orangish amber color. Provides a small 1 finger off white foam head that had moderate retention. There is some lacing but not much.

S: There is ample amounts of lemon and orange citrus hops. There is also some flowery hops. Not much in the way of malt character.

T: From start to finish this has a nice hop bitterness. Ample amounts lemon, citrus and grapefruit flavors start off. In the middle there is some mild flowery hops, but the citrus is most predominant. Finishes with more citrus on the back end. Not much of a malt presence.

M: This is a nicely carbonated full bodied beer. Leaves a bitter dry citrusy taste on the palate.

O: This is a really nice IPA. Tons of citrus flavor. If there was a little malt in the back, this would be one of my favorites, but it is still a fantastic brew.

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

Pours clear amber with a white head. Nose is sweet juicy tropical fruits, caramel malt, citrus rind, hops. Mouth is bright, very hoppy, fruit sugars, orange candy. Bitter throughout the palate. Quite good, maybe better than Sculpin though I'd want them side by side.

Photo of sjverla
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Piraat tulip glass.

Nose: Sweet -- candied dark fruits. Hops and yeast take over. First blueberry scone, then grapefruit and musty pine. It smells somewhat larger than a typical IPA.

Appearance: Deep orange/almost copper. Didn't kick up much head.

Taste: Very complex. Yeasty at first, then hops and might fight it out before the big, dusky hops takes over. A little boozy tartness comes in at the end as the bitterness lingers.

Overall: There's a ton of beer in this beer. So much flavor packed into an IPA I'd almost think it was a Double.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ok, I think I may have got a bottle conditioned 6-pack with some age to it. Its FULL of sediments top to bottom! Kinda whiter sediments, floating through out. Weird I know! Other then that... Gold bronze with little hazy head and some ok lace.

S - Smell is richer apricot sweet hop'lishious. Little bit of bitter grapefruit and alcohol back there.

T - Taste is rich, starts off with bitter apricot mixed in with some orange peel and grapefruit. Pretty hopped up and has a apricot orange peel bite, different then on tap from old Grove brewery. Large aftertaste of orange peel.

M - Medium to larger carbonation, but not fizzy. Goes down smooth with out problem.

O - Overall, this was interesting, a very different Big Eye then I am use to. I usually drink this stuff like water at Old Grove BP here in San Diego and rarely get this in bottle form... Especially from a off liqueur store off the wall in the middle of San Diego. I swear this was bottle conditioned for a few months at least??

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with no visible date. I like the big tuna on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich orange-amber hue with good carbonation and stacks of floating yeast sediment. Like a snow globe that never settles! Yields a huge head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for ages; this eventually subsides to a decent surface layer. A powerful aroma of citrus and pine with undertones of sweet malt.

Very hoppy - tastes overwhelmingly of citrus with a more restrained pine bitterness upon swallowing. Underpinned by a sweet malt with hints of caramel and yeast. Alcohol is discernible in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, with considerable astringency. Aftertaste of bitter piny hops.

Excellent - hoppy and delicious! Plenty of hop flavour, but well balanced by the malt. Dry and spicy on the palate. A must-try if you have the opportunity.

Photo of gskitt
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was in my sights for a while. Pours a deep gold, amber, head is thick but dissipates quickly. The scent is underwhelming, not strong. Some citrus and hop notes. Taste is pure grapefruit and pineapple punch. Hoppy and bitter, nice pucker factor. Has the requisite piney resins as well. Bitter mouthfeel, not sticky, tacky maybe. Great IPA!

Photo of nitro0292
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been dying to try Big Eye IPA as it has a good reputation. Moderately pour produced a big three finger head with very respectable retention above a nearly transparent copper-gold liquid. Lacing is average.

Smell was a little disappointing...I wanted more hops but got rather sweet malts. Unfortunately I don't know how old this bottle is, but it does not smell like 85 IBUs.

Taste follows the smell. Not overly sweet, but certainly does not taste like 85 IBUs. Reminds me of a light(er) DFH 90. I suspect that this bottle is not fresh. A very slight bitterness remains after consuming.

Mouthfeel could use a touch more carbonation, but is certainly light enough to be refreshing. Not syrupy, oily or lingering.

As I have alluded above, I expect a bottle that is more fresh will have greater hop presence. With 85 IBUs and 7.0 ABV, I should be experiencing hop wonderfulness. I am not.

I will try again, but it would be nice if they gave best by dates so I know if this bottle is old or they need to do a better job of late hop additions and dry hopping.

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good IPA here. Pours a deep orange-amber into the glass, with a small cap that diminishes to a thin ring, leaving nice soapy lace. A large amount of citrus and pine comes through in the floral bouquet. The flavors, impeccably balanced, weave a blend of soft caramel malt, citrus and rind zest, some grapefruit and moderately peppering bitters. The finish lasts nicely, bringing back grapefruit and zest, closing with lingering pine resin. Everything about this brew is refreshing and clean. The mouthfeel is crisp and quaffable, with well-integrated carbonation levels. Very fine example of the style, and I’m so glad I picked up a case to enjoy for some time to come. Superb.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. About ¾ inches of head with a small amount of lacing and some film on the sides. Both stayed on the glass throughout. Color was caramel amber.

Lots of different smells that come together nicely. Strongest odor was hops. Caramel seems to be the next strongest smell and comes through the middle. On the outside was pine, citrus and grapefruit.

Taste was a lot different than the smell, save the caramel. The caramel came through first, but wasn’t nearly as strong as the smell. The aftertaste was dominated by a hoppy, alcohol bite. Bitter finish with the pine/citrus taste trailing on the sides.

The beer grew on me after the first few sips. Refreshing and somewhat smooth. Pleasantly bitter taste on the tongue. Moderate carbonation.

A decent beer overall. It really grew on me on as it went on. I’d give it another shot.

Photo of crossovert
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a really light amber color with a frothy off-white head.

The smell is lightly caramally and orangey.

The flavor is sweet and carmally, don't know if it is an old bottle or what, I was expecting a west-coast ipa. This one lacks bitterness. It has alot of orange flavor. It is like a more pedestrian version of a Two-Hearted.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark copper with huge off white creamy head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Grapefruit and citrus hops dominate the nose.

T- Lots of caramel malts and citrus hops dominate the middle of this beer. Some bitter citrus hops at finish.

M- Medium bodied. Fairly smooth texture and easy to drink finish.

O- Pretty malty but well balanced with the citrus hops. A good ipa for sure though.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stakem for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date (black label).

Pours an orange amber with great clarity and some thin, but sticky off-white head. Nose is like a peeled orange rolled in hop flowers. Smells great!

Palate has crushing bitterness for a single IPA! Wow bold stuff. Lots of earthy, dry, drying leafy hops. Lemon peel/rind and bitter herbs like a digestif. Long, gripping finish, but clean too. Very focused.

Has a lot of similarities with bitters (like Campari or tonic). Really fucking good. Need to grab a couple sixers if I ever see this!

Photo of DaveHack
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my RR 'tion' glass.

A- This is a dark, mahogany. Very rich looking.

S- Piney and citrusy, very aromatic....THIS is what an IPA (actually DIPAs smell like)

T- Very good hop taste, but not very bitter. There is definately some malt in there, but it is balanced well. There is a good hop resin in there as well. Damn, I love that hop oil!

M- It tastes big, yet is fairly light. Not a big chewy beer, I'm diggin' on it.

O- This beer kicks ass! I'm looking at it on here listed as an American IPA....this absolutely reminds me of a DIPA, way more flavor and smell of a DIPA than some DIPAs I've had. Homerun. Seek this out for sure!

Edit: Just had a bottle, and while great, it is definately not like freshly tapped!

Photo of d4114
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light orange with white head.

Nice mix of citrus and earthy hop aroma, malt comes through under the hops.

All the citrus notes are upfront. In the middle there are earthy grass notes and you are left with bitterness. Malt is present and is never pushed out by the hops.

Medium body; Robust feel but smooth and easy drinking.

Really good regular IPA from the west coast, exactly what you would expect.

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

Another solid offering I was privileged to try from Ballast Point.

Had their pale ale and was not too impressed, had to take the next step up.

Mixed a six and included dis.. appearance is light tan/golden reminiscent of most IPAs, head is white and frothy but minimal after a less than aggressive pour into a guiness tumbler..Smell is hoppy with the citrus and piney notes that I enjoy. Taste is just like the nose and the carbonation is solid, no problem here. The mouthfeel is good and characteristic of an IPA.

I enjoyed this brew, need to get more.

This is a good solid medium between the pale ale and the sculpin.


Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,323 ratings.