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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
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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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Surprisingly clear orange with a red/amber hue. Really nice creamy, thick head that's probably going to leave a ton of lace. Laces nicely and keeps a firm but thin cap throughout the entire glass.

S - Hops lead the charge with a pretty unique citrus/floral blend. Orange/tangerine mixed with some floral notes. The malt isn't so much detectable in smell, but it seems to lend a really sweet background to the hops. It's really nice and definitely pretty unique, but there's a sharpness from the alcohol that isn't that strong, but it would be better without it.

T - Follows the nose perfectly, and by perfectly I mean it really emphasizes the orange and tangerine notes. It's literally an explosion of oranges and tangerines. Pale malt does a great job again by providing a background for the hops, but it's kept at just that, which is great. Floral and pine-y notes bring in a nice, bitter finish.

MF - More than enough carbonation for it to move along, and it has enough body to keep it from being watery. Sticky and slightly oily in the finish.

D - I just have 12 oz. to work with, but I definitely wish it were 24. The citrus notes and finishing bitterness keep me coming back. The incredible orange-ness that the beer has is unique and delicious, though at the same time does keep drinkability from being a little higher.

HitokiriNate85, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Hazed orange with little particles hanging in suspension. Large soapy head with big bubbles. Great head retention and lace.

Smell: Piney hop resins. Lemony/citrus greets the nose and provides a tingling sensation. This beer reeks of hops in the best possible way.

Taste: Big fruity hop/ale flavors. Ripe mango, lemon and grapefruit. Malty too, good balance. Floral hops with notes of earth, pine and light fruits.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied. Light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Smooth. Great hop flavor and a nice lasting bitterness.

Stinkypuss, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of ken2cart1
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in my sam adams perfect pint glass.

a- light amber, dark orange, big 2 inch frothyy/ messy head

S- very citrusy not too bitter or grapefruit smelling

t- pungent grapefruit upfront, some citrus, all tropical hops, solid malt backbone which balances the hops. more of balance malt/ hop ipa compared to sculpin. some nice caramel malt. very nice hop profile non-the-less. not too much bitterness very smooth ipa.

d- very drinkable, great ipa, drink this all night

ken2cart1, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of LibraryTom
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bigger, richer IPA, which has a more amber to caramel malt. The hops are very piney and hit you in the mid palette and carry on through for a long finish. The nose is not very big, the beer is a bit sweeter than many other West Coast IPA's and I find there to be a bit of a soapy character. This could also be attributed as a higher carbonation level. The earthy, pine cone like hop profile is interesting, and quite different from the usually citrus driven hop profiles.

LibraryTom, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of qdeguchy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle rather aggressively into a pint glass

A. Slightly hazy with a light caramel color delivering a two finger head that was creamy. Following each drink, the head left great lacing that served as an indicator of the work I had just done

S. The nose was mostly citrus in nature with mild hints of pine resin. Citrus notes were of the orange/tangerine variety backed up by subtle malt sweetness reminiscent of bread/caramel

T. Hop bitterness was upfront but not overwhelming. Taste transitioned seamlessly into a malt sweetness that held the bitterness together

M. Was light to medium which coated the mouth and throat nicely due to the hop resins. Carbonation was excellent resulting in the right tingle on the palate

D. This is a highly drinkable beer for the evolved beer drinker. One who has a well developed palate can easily consume a six pack. Alcohol was very well hidden

qdeguchy, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of July2Nov
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden honey hint with a minimal head
that dissipates but leaves a nice lace around the glass brim.

S: great aroma of that typical ipa hops. the smell pours out.
had the glass a good 2 ft away and could get those citrus hop hints from it.

T & M: Very dry with full-bodied hops, right off the bat. middle has that scratchy, bitter
chalky feel to it and then smooths down (just a bit) and the mouth is
engulfed with a hint of the hops, with a buttery-bite. The alcohol is felt
throughout the beer's life.

D: Nice attempt, not my favorite IPA, but it's a great style!
Tried other beers from this company and they haven't disappointed yet!.

July2Nov, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1.5 finger coarse white head that's really rough around the edges. Retention is respectable. Beer is a semi-clear orangy-peach. Lacing is thick and frothy, marking my progress as I drink this one.

S: Citrus, peach gummy, cane sugar, slight piney hops. Aroma is not exceptionally clean here but instead, very sweet and fruity.

T: Big, bold hop character upfront that is also very deep and citrusy. Cane sugar sweetness is apparent at the middle but the hops are the main feature here, getting more powerful towards the middle and then fading but still very apparent at the end. Very well executed though as the piney hops never become stringent or unbearable. Finish is subdued and moderate.

M: Light to medium bodied. Coarse, carbonated, this one dances on your tongue a bit. Finish is messy but not overly present. The hops linger but unlike some other examples, this works well with the taste as it's not overpowering.

D: A highly drinkable beer and I'm really impressed by the control of the hoppiness in this IPA. Not a terribly balanced beer likes its big brother Sculpin, but this one holds its own.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured the 22 oz bottle

smells amazing, looks great, with good carbination

the flavor let me down, the initial impression was stellar but followed by a light bodied lingering hop flavor that doesnt seem to justify the body style of the beer.

very drinkable beer tho considering the body style, carbonation but i wish it had a a little more umph to it, understandable tho for roughly 6.0%

i would buy it again but first impressions arent everything with this beer

PhiGDeltaBrewman, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Pours a copper color with a small white covering on top. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is both hoppy and malty. The hops give it a citrus and pine aroma while the malt gives it a bready sweet aroma. Taste is citrusy with some grapefruit and pine with a moderate sweetness. The finish has a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, not as easy as some IPA's but this one seems to be approaching the borderline of a DIPA which might make it slightly less drinkable then other less alcohol IPA's. Still a very good beer though.

billab914, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange color with tight formed but rather quick to fade one finger white head.Good complexity in the nose,citric hop aromas along with some alcohol dipped apricot, mixed with some hard water and caramel/biscuit.Pretty well balanced with the healthy hop dose winning the day,big citrus and resin mixed with a big hefty sweetish caramle base.Its good but not out of the main stream American IPA realm,thats not a bad thing by any means,just sayin.

oberon, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lothore for dropping this in as an extra in a recent trade. Ballast Point knows what to do with their hops, so as soon as I popped this, the Vikings scored. Good beer!

Nice light amber, with racing carbonation. White flippy top bubbles up. Hop smell is nice & harsh with a bite of grapefruit.

Big Eye is all about the bitterness. Taste is dominated by the grapefruit hops, if the grapefruit was laced with cyanide. Very oily, sticks to the tongue, teeth, & gums. That's all. No malts, no bread, nothing. Hops.

Very good beer. Anyone who likes hops, will like this.

maximum12, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish red body with good head and lace patches around the glass. A great citric/piney hop smell along with hints of caramel and sweet malt. Smooth, creamy, medium body with a citric hoppiness that is a little spicy and bitter that goes down easy. Balances with some toffee/roasted and sweet malt for an enjoyable IPA that finishes smooth and at 7% ABV is a little deceptive. I could have this any time.

clayrock81, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into my pint glass.

A: Golden honey amber in color. Thin half a finger head. A very thin layer of foam remains. Good lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruit. Pinneaple. Bubble gum. A bit of pin from the hops.

T: Sweet honey malts. Tropical fruits. Bitter resiny hops.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated, but not too much.

D: Great. I could session this guy real easy.

billshmeinke, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of david18
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good ipa with a little more alcohol than a typical ipa but less than a double. Great golden/amber color, excellent carbonation and light colored head. very memorable and enhance aroma. Had this at a bar on the east coast (Amsterdam Ale House on the upper west side) and will continue to have this as long as it's available.

david18, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Clear golden amber with a smallish head. Really nice floral, nectar, mango and tangarine like aroma. About as good as hops can smell. The mango becomes more prominent as it breathes, and it's uncannily awesome. The flavor carries over many of the floral hoppy qualities and sits them over a simple, yet very clean malt sweetness. On the sweeter, maltier side, but not sugary and sticky like some sweeter IPAs can get. Finishes with a firm but integrated bitterness that is well rounded with the other flavors, leaving a lingering mango-grapefruit taste on the tongue. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Definitely at the top of the heap for more balanced beers of the style. One of the best examples of hop aroma that I've encountered.

bulletrain76, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a rock art tulip.

Pours a deep amber/red color with a small thin white head. Light lacing. Nose is very sweet and hoppy a bit of maltiness but quite crisp.

Taste is very hoppy and sweet lots of nice citrus and floral notes. It's really a good ipa it's not too sweet but there is a nice sweet and rich finish.

kingcrowing, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger foamy bubbly head, clear muted orange coloring, loads of lace rings cling to the glass with each tasty sip.

s- juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, smells like i want a sip.

t- mmm, nice solid malt upfront blends into pure grapefruit spiked hops, citrusy, tangy with loads of floral notes.

m- edium body with plenty of hoppy slickness.

d- really great, i've been wanting to try this for awhile and got a bottle in my secret santa, it was worth the wait, definately an above average ipa that i would seek more of for sure, if this is any hint as to what sculpin is gonna be i'm in for a treat, i've got a bottle cooling in the fridge!

thecarster1, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a hazy golden-orange color with thick white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. From the start, the nose is a pleasant hoppy citrus (mostlyu grapefruit and lemons), and the mouthfeel full and tangy. Taste accentuates the citrusy hops of the nose, and the finish is slightly dry and bitter, as I would expect. A darn good beer from a brewer we can't get much from in Atlanta.

kimcgolf, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of FishGetter
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange-copper color with a thin frothy head. Slight haze. Nice lacing left on glass.
Very fregrant floral citrus tones, some biscut aroma too, sweet malt undertones.
Sweet malted barley flavors first hit the taste buds, soon to follow is a smooth citrus hop sensation, not too spicy. Slight orange peel finish that disapated quickly leaving the mouth clean. Maybe a little dryness at the end.
A little on the thick side for mouthfeel, seems to be an abundance of carbination doesn't help to thin mouthfeel out.
Overall a competitve offering here. Mouthfeel was a bit of a head scratcher, but regardless was a smooth drink

FishGetter, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cellar temperature bottle poured into a mason jar.

A: Pours a perfectly clear amber that is heavily on the orange-gold tint when held against the light. The head is magnificent; the fluffy off-white cap threatens to overflow the glass even from a careful pour. It retains well and leaves thick streaks of lacing down the glass.

S: Pungent even without any agitation. I don't know how old the bottle is (le sigh), but this is still plenty hoppy. Big tangerine and lemon rind in the nose, supported by hefty toffee malt. It smells pretty balanced.

T: Yup, definitely tangerine, with a hint of orange and lemon rind underneath. Plenty of associated bitterness up front, too. But it's well balanced by a solid malt backbone of toffee and toast. The finish is a hint of mint and a semi-astringent pine bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied. It's not very viscous, and it swirls easily in the mouth, but it's still tasty for a semi-thin presence.

D: Mixed feelings. I love the malt profile shown here; I feel it accentuates the hop profile without undercutting it. But the finish is a tad too astringent for me. I don't think this is a bad IPA by any means, but these guys can do better. For the price, though, this will probably replace El Toro IPA as my go-to beer, if they start dating bottles.

Arbitrator, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Somewhere between gold and orange with a slight haze. Half inch of off white head forms with great retention; even after 5 minutes or so a thick cap remains. Moderate/decent lacing as well.

S - Good stuff going on here, this reminds me a lot of some of my favorite DIPAs. There's a great bready sweetness as the backbone with the full spectrum of hop aromas. Most prominent is citrus, mainly grapefruit and lime, with pine and tea-like aromas coming in a close second. Earth and grass is present in small amounts with a touch of saltiness. The buttery, almost caramel like sweetness is extremely enticing for me when it comes to hoppy beers like this.

T - Fruity sweetness hits immediately reminding me of apples and peaches mixed with pine. Buttery-ness pulls through mildly but doesn't approach the near-caramel territory of the nose. Sweetness is short lived as the hops take over mid palate with very green, herbal notes. Grass and tea stand out the most but everything from celery seed to chive to rosemary to Italian herbs can be found along the way. The spicy/vegetal flavors segue into the inherent salty-like flavor of grapefruit, and citrus takes center stage late palate. Grapefruit is the main contender but there's a strong lime element, something I don't normally run across in the average IPA. Rough, pith like bitterness takes hold in the finish and doesn't let go.

M - Solid medium body with moderate to low carbonation. A little heavier than I would expect for the style but probably suits the flavors well.

D - A little heavy and definitely a little intense. I doubt I could handle more than one at a time. Big Eye IPA definitely walks an interesting line between IPA and DIPA with much focus on the hops. A great beer to be sure, probably a must-have in a market saturated with medicore IPAs.

PatrickJR, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a pint glass.

A: Crystal-clear medium-amber body; one finger of white frothy foam; decent retention and moderate lace. Straightforward and refreshing-looking.

S: Bright citrus hops dominate; not much else manages to come through, but who cares? It's a west coast IPA.

T: Fresh, clean, bitter, and refreshing. In-your-face citrus (orange and grapefruit) and herbal hops, with just the slightest hint of dry, biscuity malt. Straightforward, hoppy, and delicious.

M: Solid medium body with abundant soft effervescence. Crisp and awesome.

D: The lack of any meaningful balance keeps this IPA from being especially sessionable, but I'm loving it.

Notes: Just a great example of a hop-centric single IPA. Wonderful stuff, but it makes me pine all the more to try its big brother, Sculpin. Someday...


woosterbill, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of aglose45
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, golden brown, with an off-white head.

S: Nice citrusy hop flavor, possibly a hint of apricot or peach, that is balanced out nicely by a sweet bread-like malt backbone. Smells great.

T: WOW... After having Sculpin i figured this would be good too, but this is really good! Nice tart, more peach than apricot, hop flavor. There is a small amount of sweet bread malt backbone, but I prefer hop assaults. There is also a nice bitterness to this beer.

M: Great. Nice amount of hop resin, nicely lighter bodied, and a pleasant amount of carbonation.

D: This is officially my new staple beer that I will have in the fridge at all times. Highly recommended!

aglose45, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Amber/copper color with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Hops with citrus grpafruit and pine.

T - Just like smell it is hoppy but very bitter because of grapefruit flavor.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Has a long lasting bitter aftertaste.

D - Average drinkability but decent enough for IPA.

taigor, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. What a steal for $3.99!!

Medium bodied reddish-brown (amber) beer poured into my pint glass. What a beauty! Nice head retention.

Caramel bread in the nose with citrus notes. Really appealing!

Good, smooth IPA. Similar to many I've had, but really good. Reminds me of the Buckeye Hippie IPA, one of my all-time faves.

Mouth is great. Creamy, not sharp.

I could drink these all day. For the price, I could afford to. Nice solid offering from Ballast Point!

jampics2, Nov 29, 2009
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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