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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,482 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,482
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 142
Gots: 487 | FT: 3
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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Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear orange-amber, decent head and lacing

S - Definite citrus, pine, and an apparent tuti-fruity bubblegum aroma (in a good way); a very subtle malt-grain aroma in the background

T - Grapefruit bitterness nearly countered by a sweet caramel malt character; the hops win though as the bitterness lingers in the best possible way

M - Smooth carbonation, tiny bubbles, doesn't interrupt the flavors and enhances the aromas

Overall - One of my favorite go to IPAs...makes me wish I lived near the brewery so I could have it fresh from the tap any day of the week. Definitely one of my top 10 regularly available American IPAs. Give Big EYE a try!


Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of PerHops
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date listed, I am guessing this one is about two months old. A dark shade of amber with a pencil thin head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass as it is being drunk. The smell is nothing too special, but I am sure age played a part in that. Very little citrus, a fair amount of pine, some herbal notes and carmel on the nose. The taste follows the nose but finishes quite a bit more bitter and dry than I expected. Drinks very well. Sculpin takes the cake as far as a citrus forward IPA, but this is a very well balanced IPA and has a great finish. Another solid offering from Ballast Point.

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

My first beer from this well regarded San Diego brewery. The body pours Abe Lincoln copper with golden highlights and a crystal clear clarity. Head and lacing are top notch, although the former doesn't last beyond three minutes or so. Nose is heavy on the citrus, with lemon and grapefruit brushing up against biscuit doughiness.

The hops jump right at you snarling but then the malt tether kicks in and pulls it back with some respectable, sweet balance in the finish and aftertaste. Sharp pine and floral hops have joined the citrus but again, the balance keeps this from being a hopsickle. Maybe a touch of honey along with the bread and grainy malt flavors. At 7% this isn't something you would pound it large quantities but it is tasty and different enough from your garden variety pale ale. I would definitely have this again, and would love to try it on tap as well.

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Ould Magoun's Saloon

Bright jack-o-lantern orange with a frothy white head. Haughty display of lace all up and down my glass. A fine lookin' IPA.

Enticing aroma. Though bubble gum and tangerine citrus hops are predominantly on display, an underlying sweet floral nectar belies malty sweetness. The taste follows up on that promise with juicy tangerine, pine and bubble gum hops soaked in a sticky sweet base. One of the sweeter IPAs I've had recently.

I don't know what the IBUs are but the abv is plenty. As a light weight two 7% IPAs made for a headachey night. Wish I'd gone with something more sessionable.

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Pours a hazy copper with a finger of off white head. Big bubbles form but they don't stick around too long.

The hops are plenty florally. It's not as fragrant as I would've hoped but it smells really juicy.

The hops are plenty citrusy. Bitter lemon rind or another potent citrus fruit. There's a strong malt background to this beer that lingers towards the finish but the hops are definitely the strongest flavor.

Pleasantly creamy but with a very sharp, crisp finish. Good carbonation.

Overall, a very good IPA. Well balanced, good hop flavor, very drinkable. If only this was available in MN!

Photo of VikeMan
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of TrojanWheels
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Sparger
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of iadler
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark translucent gold with a billowing three finger head that leaves some sheets of lacing behind.

S- Floral hops with honey, toasted malt, pine and some citrus zest.

T- Subtle pine and biscuit malt followed by caramel sweetness, orange and some floral hops. A bit sweeter than the aroma suggests.

M- Light to medium  carbonation and a smooth body that finishes dry and  bitter.

O- A well balanced ipa, with no big faults, but not too memorable. Worth trying but prefer the more tropical presence of sculpin than this.

Photo of gafferjohn
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of cornucopia
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of tatums1984
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of RickGKS
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of BHopp12
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hippopotamus
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of vicsju1991
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into duvel snifter
A - beautiful ambery red ipa colour, nice two finger head, stays for a while
S - citrusy hops, a little bit of malt
T - wonderful citrus, grapefruit and orange balance
M - creamy, very drinkable
O - very good ipa, quite well balanced

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,482 ratings.