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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,149
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 117
Gots: 292 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the middle of west coast IPA taste test bonanza. Poured into a goblet, pours a nice amber color. As you would expect it has anice hoppy aroma, but with more a malt backbone than I would have expected after mostly enjoying Sculpin from BP. Overall this is an enjoyable IPA with a more balanced floral aroma and almost sweet taste. I liked it, but for the east coast price it wouldn't be my first pick.

mirish72, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of LtCracker20
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber with a 2-finger white head with OK retention, when it falls, it falls to a thin cap. Very sticky lace all around.

S- Citrus and piney hops. Slight medicinal aroma. Pineapple comes through most with a little sweetness.

T- Overly sweet at first followed by bitter hops. Small citrus punch but mostly bitter pine in the finish. I love hops, but this was a little too bitter, and I never thought that would be possible, in my opinion.

MF- Just a little thick but with good carbonation levels.

LtCracker20, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars 9-22-10. From notes.

A - Clear/very slightly hazy lite golden copper with a big frothy long lasting whitish head. Tons of lacing.

S - Huge grapefruit/piny hops. Slight malty sweetness. Little bit of perfumy alcohol.

F/M - Big citrusy grapefruity hops with a light sweet bready malt character. Moderate fruity esters. Moderately high bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingering citrusy/piny hoppy aftertaste.

D - Oh so refreshing and clean. Easy drinking and great tasting makes this an excellent IPA. Definitely a great example of the style.

domtronzero, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of geryeb624
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Kala1073. Thanks a bunch man!

A- Pours a nice cloudy orange with a solid 2-3 finger creamy white head.

S- Fairly well-balanced in aroma, with a nice pine-scented hop smell with come candied citrus peel and a nice malt backbone.

T- Not so hop-forward in the flavor, with a buttery maltiness peeking through pretty strongly. The hops do come through in a piney, citrusy flavor, but with little bitterness.

M/D- Creamy and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable and well-balanced, though a bit high in ABV to call sessionable.

Very nice IPA, much more well-balanced than its brother Sculpin, though probably not quite as good. Still very nice beer.

geryeb624, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of wknight167
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a clear orange copper with a long lasting 2 finger head and decent lacing.

Nose- Candied citrus, more specifically grapefruit and orange. Very clean.

Palate- Light caramel is faintly present behind the pine and citrus hops. The hops definitely are the star here. Good amount of bitterness

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and carbonated.

Drinkability- Easy drinking.

Overall- A solid IPA.

wknight167, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a creamy head. Head has good retention and left some great layered lacing.

S- The nose was mostly citrus with hints of pine. Citrus was mainly orange/tangerine variety backed up by malt sweetness mainly of bread/caramel

T- Hop bitterness was upfront but not overwhelming. A great balance of hops and malts. Very solid.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Very drinkable beer. Alcohol is hidden and wish this one was easier to get here.

nrbw23, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of carpezytha
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Chalice

A: Good head, straw body.
S: Nose does not hint a lot at the grapefruit bomb that awaits. Wet driftwood and grapefruit rinds.
T: Grapefruit bomb reels you, but this is not a one hit pony. With enough maltyness to balance it out, this gives you a lot to think about. The booze never really introduceds itself in a forward way but it is such a big beer in terms of flavor. I was really impressed with the hop balance (apparently there are 4 hop varieties including the relatively new "citra". Starts tight and then becomes expansive. It may be the heat getting to me but this is the best ipa I've had in long time.
M: Carbonation and hops drive, and some subtle malt controls from below.
D: Hot day, give me one or five.

carpezytha, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-09-25 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear orange-brown with a nice eggshell head and good lacing.

S - Hop floral, fruit and medium roasted malt

T - Caramel, fruit and mild licorice and pine suffused with hop bitterness tempered with lingering sweetness. Very nice but I like the Sculpin better, which has more tropical fruit aroma and taste.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Mildly resinous

D - Very good balance that keeps you coming back for another sip.

Tucquan, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at ujs glenside.

A- comes to me with a finger of bright white head that settles quickly to a thick ring and a few spots of lace. Burnt orange in color.

S- nice mellow citrus and green grass. Caramel and toasted bread.

T- great balance between hops and malts. Fruity and earthy hops with some grapefruit and orange peel. Green veg and grass. Toasted wheat bread, honey, light brown sugar. Some florals. Light hoppy linger.

M- medium body and a bright above mid level carb.

D- this is an interesting ipa coming for ballast point. More of an east coast feel going on here but still distinctly their work. I could totally have a few of these.

oglmcdgl, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap on the patio at Coronado del Mar in San Diego. Poured into a clear plastic cup, but whatever, the beer still tasted good :D

A-Nice, consistent off-white head, maybe not the largest when it arrived due to a full-glass pour. Beer was an attractive, glowing amber, with a hint of chill haze.

S-Bright citrus-piney aroma, with not much for a malt presence.

T-Dripping with a piney hop flavor, with a splash of citrus. Malt flavors are quite dry, biscuity with a hint of toastiness. Hop flavors continue to assert themselves into the finish, which remains firmly bitter and lightly fruity. Overall, quite a lot of hop bitterness.

M-Nothing spectacular. Carbonation seemed a bit high, but the body was about right.

D-Drinkable enough. As stated, it's certainly not a spectacular beer, but it's still solid and enjoyable.

CHSLBrew, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a nice dark orange with a 1 finger white head...lacing is impeccable, all the way up the glass. Gorgeous

S- strong, but not overwhelming, grapefruity hops. The citrus hits you like a brick to the face...its fantastic

T- sweetness from the grapefruit with a nice tick of bitterness too. Nice piney finish. Real tasty

M- thick, without being syrupy...a quality I look for in a solid IPA. Not too thick...I appreciate that

D- this is really good...tastes a lot like Sculpin with a little more bitterness. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd drink it a lot more

bigfnjoe, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, bright pumpkin orange-amber. The larger than average head is dark cream in color, finely pitting and firmsticky. I'm already seeing loads of fine lace in intricate patterns, ultimately in thin rings. Beautiful hoppy nose. Man I love Centennial! The citrus fruitiness seems to be more orange and lemon than grapefruit. I've smelled a lot of IPAs lately and this aroma is up there with the best.

This may be the most 'orangey' tasting IPA that I've ever had (actually, it tastes more like tangerine juice than orange juice). There's also the unmistakable flavor of grapefruit pith and pine sap that I love so much. The hopping is pretty well done, perhaps a little harsher than I'd like, but not bad. Pale malt is appreciated, but is playing second fiddle for sure. The finish is long, hoppy and bitter and the mouthfeel is full for the style.

Big Eye is a pretty darn good IPA. It doesn't get into my upper tier, but it's still heartily recommended. Especially if you're of the hophead persuasion.

bigdonniebrasco, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light amber with a two-finger white head which dissipated into a lasting coating. Lacing was not heavy but present 'til the last sip. Nose was pine and citrus (lemon, grapefruit, orange). Taste was apricots, citrus (grapefruit, lemons, oranges), and caramel. You can notice the alcohol, but it is not unpleasant. This is a nicely balanced IPA for sure. Mouthfeel was medium, a bit oily but with a clean, dry, and mildly bitter hop bite in the finish. Carbonation is healthy, by observation and by feel. I was pleasantly surprised by this and will definitely have more - now and later.

regspeir, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- nice brown/amber color, light amount of bubbles slowly stream up the glass, nice thick and foamy head, nice look

Smell- beautiful citrus nose, crisp hops and just very lively fragrant hops attack ur nose

Taste- very good flavor malts are known but nicely balance out the strong hop presence

Mouthfeel- smooth soft and nicely carbonated

Drinkability- really enjoy the balance and great taste on t his one, even way better the second time i had this beer alot warmer so keep that in mind, very flavorful, great balance, and super drinkable very good ipa

Stunner97, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to ericwo.

Pours a beautiful, clear orange color with one finger of fizzy white head with less than ideal retention time.

Scent of apricot, mango, sugar, citrus, resin, and the lightest hint of caramel. This one is almost all hops, but it has a fantastic balance. With the light malt presence and wonderful showcase of hop characteristics I can't help but be reminded of Two Hearted, and that is a very good thing.

Taste of bitter pine, resin, grass, mango, and a hint of caramel from the malt. Not overly bitter, and the hops remain dominant, but the light malts keeps it from being one sided. The flavor reminds me of Two Hearted as well, nice and hoppy with a touch of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp with a good level of carbonation, and a nice medium-low body.

paco1029384756, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with a two-finger light-tan, fluffy head. Nice lacing as this goes down.

S: Caramel, roasted grains, fresh biscuits make up the malt profile. Hops come as a citrus explosion, herbal, grassy and flowery all coming together fresh and aromatic.

T: Bitter orange peel and zest, herbal and grassy notes hit first and sharply. Some toasty and toffee like malt flavors. Finish is floral, spicy and a bit dry.

M: Medium body with moderate bubbly carbonation. Some noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: Intense bitterness but great for a hop lover. It is a bit off balance for me but still very tasty. Would stop after 2 of these though.

scottbrew4u, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, malty aroma that boasts of pale, crystal and bisquit malts along with a pretty damn fine hop scent. The taste is good. It has a well balanced flavor that's equally bitter and malty. The malt bill offers up as complex array of flavors including caramel, bisquit, and pale malt tastes. The hop character is good. It has a massively bitter, citrus hop taste that hits you up front and carries on through to the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. It's more complex than your typical citrus hop bomb. The malt bill adds good balance.

WesWes, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of david131
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label states 6.0% ABV, not 7.0%.

A- A clear orange/copper liquid with a very thick and creamy bone white head. Pretty nice.

S- Sweet citrus and a bit of fruitiness. There is a decent malt backbone floating around as well.

T- Citrus and pine with a bit of fruitiness. There is a caramel malt backing and some oddly apparent alcohol- although it is very tame.

M- A nice amount of carbonation with a lasting dryness. There is a bit of astringency on the tail end.

D- This drinks about right for the style. It's a shame there is nothing memorable about this.

david131, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber orange with a finger's width off white head sitting on top.

Smells of floral and citrus hop notes. Unlike Sculpin, the floral is mixed in with the citrus, instead of being mainly citrusy. Slight bready scent in there as well.

Taste of big centennial(I think) hops. Bitter, dank, with a nice touch of citrus hops coming through. Nice toffee undertones as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Bitter, and lingering somewhat.

My second BP brew and I'm impressed.


begforme4484, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of DJED69
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional IPA. On draft this was fantastic. Great orange-amber color with some haziness. Head was thick and stayed until the bottom of the glass. This brew has a killer nose and mouthfeel. Hops on the nose and in the mouth. Taste is intense IPA, but smooth and lingering on the pallet. A big brew, but easily accessable. If available near you---I highly recommend!

DJED69, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of track1646
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Pours an excellent copper color with about an inch of off white head. Very appetizing just from the looks of it.

Smell - Lots of hops in the nose! Big piney hops with citrus showing through

Taste - Hop profile much like the nose..grapefruit/piney resin, but backed up with a nice balance of malt. (wasn't expecting that) Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is not at all abrasive.

Mouthfeel - very mellow and smooth feeling IPA. not at all brash or sharp. Almost an oily creaminess to this..that I like.

Drinkability - pretty high actually very high. not a session-able beer by any means but it is an IPA that you can easily put down and pick up another with out even thinking about it.

track1646, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Clear auburn gold with a buoyant, frothy head - good retention, with plentiful sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Malty with a touch of sweetness and fruit, along with a punch of hops which all mixes together.

T - Biting, tingly hops right up front, including fruity tones with citrus notes. A fairly thick malt backbone with caramel, bready, and earthy tones provides the base. A bubbly, dry finish rounds everything out, while remaining fresh and clear without lingering too long.

M/D - Almost unusually smooth and creamy for an IPA, with medium body. There's just enough alcohol here without affecting the drinkability too much, as Big Eye still goes down pretty easy.

A decent IPA which is still memorable although not quite amazing. Nice balance and drinkability - this would be perfect with pizza.

xnicknj, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange-yellow in color with 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: citrus hops and caramel malt. This has the generic smell I associate with the style

Taste: citrus hops, caramel, biscuit, and a bit of pine hops--a lot more complex than the smell

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, moderate carbonation, bitter with a sweet backbone

Drinkability: When I smelled this brew I was like not again--same indistinguishable American IPA. However, this beer opens up just about as much as any beer I have had when tasted. There are a lot of layers here. A nice and complex beer, I could have two or three.

tigg924, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a creamy head and nice soapy lacing. Aroma is off the wall with sweet piney hops, pineapple and lots pinecone woodiness. Flavor is nice too. Has a deep bitter hop bite. Loads of grapefruit and orange peel. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. The drinkability lacks because it's too strong both flavor wise and alcohol content to enjoy too many of these. Still a good beer, but for an ipa, it's too much for me.

Augustiner719, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of gregshead
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper/Amber color, clear appearance. Half inch of carbonation that dissipates pretty quickly

S: Pine smell comes through the strongest. Didn't notice anything else.

T: Smooth but strong pine taste. Good hop afterbite that has me wanting to pour another one. Not overly strong though.

M: Balanced amount of carbonation. rolls off the tongue very nicely.

D: Very, Very drinkable. Yes, I did like the taste better than the Sculpin. Incredibly good. I think of this type of IPA as the standard/straight vs the Sculpin as the more blended/contemporary IPA. As a straight or original IPA taste, reaches my list of favorite IPAs. Definitely a beer I share with people wanting a good IPA to venture in deeper to beer tasting/enjoyment.

gregshead, Aug 22, 2010
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,149 ratings.