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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 137
Gots: 434 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. When did Ballast Point get distribution in VA? I don't know, but I'm glad they did.

A - Transparent deep amber coloration which produced a big pillowy head. Retention and lacing were nice.

S - Pine hops and citrus notes, and plenty of both.

T - Big pine hop bomb, numbing, but there is a good enough malting that it doesn't seem all that one sided. The sweetness rounds it out almost perfectly.

M - Oily medium body, nice carbonation, bitter on the finish.

D - Well constructed, lives up to the hype. Looking forward to not only revisiting this one, but also trying out some of their other brews. Reco.

Photo of ramseye4
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So Ballast Point magically appeared in the area I live in recently, and I for one could not be happier! If only I could dig up some sculpin around here...anyway, onto the review.
A= Great looking bottle, which a giant tuna fish on it. Ballast point has some of my favorite labels out there. Pours a copper golden color with a one finger head that doesn't linger. Good lacing, though.
S=Citrussy hops and lemon zest
T=Citrus hops and a well balanced malt backbone, the taste feels almost "prickly" across the tongue, to borrow the term from the Alstrom brothers. Great bitterness in the aftertaste
M=Highly carbonated and full bodied.
O=Outstanding. Ballast point is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Dark gold, with a nice white head. This one has a nice huge hoppy aroma (some light citrus, pine). On the palate, I get some nice, big earthy hop flavors. Good malt presence tempers the bitterness a little, but it is still quite prevelant. A nice hoppy/bitter IPA.

Photo of richkrull
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks a lot man.

Poured a rich copper color with quite a bit of beige head on it. Great lacing as well.

Smell is malty at first with the hops coming through to spice it up.

Taste is very balance with a great bitter spicy hop flavor throughout. Really good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Smooth easy drinking beer.

I really enjoyed this beer. I wish it was available in Wisconsin. Luckily I can trade for it from the great BAs on this site.

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

Poured into a seidel mug.

Pours a hazy orange copper, has a fluffy off white head. Head is chunky and settles to a nice finger thick the whole drink. Good sticky lacing. Island stays massive and moves as you drink. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells of big fruit hops, resiny floral hops as well. Good flavors come out. Good smelling brew.

Brew is peppery initially; good mix of hops here. Herbs, floral, citrus maybe even some grapefruit. A smooth brew in the middle and finishes a tad bit dry and a little bitter. Some biscuit malts balance the flavors and smooth things out. Very balanced and great tasting brew.

This is my first from Ballast Point and I am a fan for sure. This is case worthy drink anything stuff here. Excellent.

Photo of alf212
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light and clear amber body. Not much head.

Smell: Orange citrusy hops

Taste: Some sweet caramel malt from middle to end but its mainly very citrusy hops and quite bitter. Complemented my steak perfectly

Overall: Very drinkable beer with little carbonation but not too little.
Decent beer just not sure if it's an A for me. Has some difficulty acheiving a novel original taste. I'd nearly call it a basic or "typical" IPA which is why I didn't give it an A. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't go to great lengths to get it.

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

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Amber in color with two finger white head.

S: Sweet citrus smell of orange and grapefruit.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell. Orange and grapefruit with some sugar followed by the bitterness of the hops.

M: Medium body with little carbonation. Bitterness coats the tounge after every drink.

O: This is a great IPA. The only drawback is that afer a few it may be a little too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Sensaray
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fairly loud fizzly pour to a off white bubbly finger length head. Reddish hued amber color. Good color in my opinion.

Fresh hoppy scent. This just came to the store today and it smells really good. Sweet caramel undertones accent citrus and pine resin character.

Light spice note hits first bringing on an orange piney caramel sweet which leads to a fairly aggressive bitter finish thats pretty tasty. Hints of some spicy fruity characteristics.

Smooth and nice medium mouthfeel. Carries this beer well.

Umm, yeah. This is very good. Hoppy, balanced, this has some characters of bigger beers and its really tasty. This really sometimes could be mistaken for a dipa. Im thinkin I really like centennial hops. A lot.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a mostly clear orange-amber color. The tall, foamy head is of medium density, with a light amber tint. Retention is very good, and excellent lacing sticks to the glass.

S: The faintest caramel sweetness tops a primarily pale maltiness. Very citrusy hop notes of orange juice/lemon oil are prominent, but there's also an underlying grassy/herbal character present to provide some depth.

T: Very faint caramel - this is mostly a sugar cookie-ish pale malt profile. Hop bitterness is firm but not bracing. Prominent notes of orange and lemon, with fainter grapefruit. There's also a definite grassy/herbal undertone - perhaps from dry hops?

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is extremely smooth and supple. Some oily hop presence precedes a fairly dry finish. A well-done mouthfeel overall.

D: A very enjoyable, extremely well-brewed IPA. Centennial and Columbus work extremely well here to provide a big citric presence with a nice herbal/floral secondary note. I'd been reluctant to pick one up here on the East Coast because I wasn't sure how fresh it would be, but this is excellent beer.

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

Nice golden caramel color with a nice frothy egg shell colored head.

Piney, floral-rose petal and light caramel notes on the nose

Medium bodied. Light piney flavor to start with a wonderful finish with notes of truffle.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. With a nice floral and piney aftertaste.

Overall this could be one of my favorite IPAs. Very nice balance. It's not over complicated. Very nice floral and piney notes with an amazing truffle finish that makes me want to take another quick sip just to get to the finish. Aftertaste is very pleasant. This is a well made IPA that I look forward to sharing with others.

Photo of drowninginhops
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Review from notes.

A: Slightly hazy amber with 1 1/2 finger tan head. Gobs of lacing.

S: Grapefruit up front. floral hops, caramel, a little grassy. Good so far.

T: See smell.

M: Smooth, well carbonated.

D: ONe of my favorite IPAs, Highly recommend, high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

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

This brew pours a pale copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is very nice with aromas of sweet brown sugar,resiny piney hops,boiled candy and sticky toffee,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of sweet caramel,pineapple,piney hops and finished with a stone fruit bitterness and overall a very pleasant AIPA and very enjoyable definately recommend.

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

Pours hazy amber color with a massive 2 finger tan foamy head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing that sticks to the glass and left rings; a good looking brew.

Smells hoppy up front, with citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, pear, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, light grass and biscuity grains; aroma has nice balance for an IPA.

Tastes of like it smells with citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, pear, lemon, hop spices like pepper and coriander, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, grass or herbs, biscuit and just a touch of alcohol heat. The hops give may to some malt sweetness, but then come back and coat the tongue with fruity flavors like pineapple and herbal flavors like tea, ending slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy, with high, crisp carbonation, a medium body and a smooth, easy feel as it flows over the tongue and leaves a buttery residue. This is a great session beer, especially for an IPA, and a solid overall IPA which I recommend trying.

Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice amber color with white rings down the side. Great head retention
S-great bitter smell. Lots of fruity hops and good on the nose.
T-alot like it smells. Very crisp and bitter. Like it alot
M-medium body and smooth. Great bitter aftertaste
O-solid brew. Wish it was in my area

Photo of LSUPT
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split two ways. Mine into a Bruery tulip. Beer and glass generously provided by DearthVader.
Gorgeous brew, for me this is the ideal IPA appearance. I personally could have used more than the 1 ½ finger head that was yielded, but the color and clarity were superb. A crystal clear copper amber that leaves surprisingly good lacing throughout.
Smell is a bit of a letdown. Distinct smell of the Columbus hops with a crisp malt character as well as a subtle metallic scent.
Taste boasts a pretty good mix of pine and citrus flavors but nothing too special. Mild grapefruit and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel isn’t impressive either. Medium-low carbonation and I could use some more bitterness.
Overall, this beer was highly drinkable despite its flaws but it doesn’t stand up to Sculpin or other West-coast IPAs I’ve tried.

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

Had on tap at the Good Life in Massapequa Park with some good food and great friends. Beer arrived in a scotch ale tulip. Beer had a nice deep amber color with good visual carbonation and a nice head. Flavor and nose lead with bittery hops. The hops lead the way, but are not too intense. Hops are a bit sweaty and a bit piny, but nicely balanced out with malts giving an even rounded sweetness. There was a good malt balance and nice sweetness. Medium to light bodied a bit on the watery side, but it works well for this beer. This is a pretty solid and cooling IPA that I could drink many of.

Photo of musicforairports
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into tulip. No freshness date.

Very amber in color, small head leaves some lacing.

Smells like citrus hops and some underlying caramel.

Taste is thick, sticky and somewhat bitter. Lots of orange zest flavors and hop spiciness. A solid amount of sweet caramel the whole way.

Mouthfeel is very full for an IPA, and if it weren't for the bitterness here, this might be quite sweet.

A good IPA, and one with an unusual amount of body to it. It's not a hop bomb, nor is it the best IPA for its price.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

Clear, dark copper with a touch of orange, off-white head. Good, sticky lacing.

Pungent hops aroma up front - citrus or tropical fruits, floral hints, and bitterness. Caramel and malt come in behind the hops.

Biting hoppy bitterness, followed by taming floral and citrus notes. In comes the malty backbone with strong notes of caramel. The caramel notes build and become more prevalent as this brew warms even to the point of taking a toffee-like character.

Immediately comes across with more body than your typical citrusy IPA. Well carbonated, but the malty character gives this one enough body that the mouthfeel is nice smooth and fairly soft. It also makes this one enjoyable even after it warms a little.

This was a nice IPA. Tasty and drinkable and a different character than Sculpin. I'm glad I picked it up - I've passed over it so many times because I'm so in love with Sculpin. This is not necessarily an inferior, B-grade IPA - it's just a different take on the style. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jwhancher
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper color with nice long lasting white head. Smells of pineapples, mangos & other citrus like fruit with a tinge of pineness. Has a sweet smelling, sticky hop aroma to it that's also noticeable in the taste. A little too sweet for me. Wish it was a tad more balanced in bitterness. It's rather light & drinkability is good but I think the sweetness would limit me to only a few of these at a time. A nice IPA, but I think this one's not in the upper echelon.

Re-reviewed from notes on 9/8/11 after buying a bottle fresh from the Home Brew Mart. My scores reflect a change from previously. Fresh from the brewery, this is one of my favorite IPAs:

-pours amber with hop particles suspended, otherwise clear.
-smells very piney, spicy, peppery.
-hoppy taste, bitter, resin-like.
-caramel malts, slightly syrupy-like due to the sticky sweet hop complexity.
-overally - an excellent IPA!!!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my hotel room tumbler. Thank God there was a Bevmo next door.

A- Bright Clear orange with a nice, almost white head. Fades to half, but never fully dissipates. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Very strong pine smell. A bit of maltiness poking through as well.

T- The malty sweetness hits first, then comes the nice pine hoppiness.

D- Very carbonated. The bitterness hits a little in the middle and also as an aftertaste.

O- Overall I can not complain. Towards the top, but there are better IPAs out there.

Photo of stearns16
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumble across it at package store in Fairfield

A - Clear amber with decent white head that goes down quickly. Appears to be decent amount of carbonation

S: A hint of grapefruit with some orange, hoppy, malty

T/m - Nice and sweet, but not overly sweet. Kind of mellow. Very drinkable, smooth with extremely pleasant caramel-like aftertaste.

O - Was interested to see how it stacked up with Sculpin after someone said they were quite similar. I disagree. Big Eye holds its own and then some - another great beer from BP. Hope I can find more.

Photo of LukeK1231
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32 oz. "Big Z" growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber/golden with a 1 finger off-white head

Smell: Unbelievable!! Lots of fruit smells including pineapple, various citrus and maybe mango. Hoppy smells came thorugh almost as strong and made for a powerful yet perfect aroma.

Taste: Bitter hop taste in the beginning followed by a combination of fruits, pineapple taking the lead. Nice combination. Finish was crisp and smooth refreshing; "classic IPA" taste at the end.

Overall: A great IPA that I will make my standard until a better comes along. And at a nice strong 7% a well-rounded beer.

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carter, thanks for yet another Ballast Point brew!

Burnt orange/coppery color with a thick billowy head of light tan foam and lots of sticky lacing.

Fresh and juicy hops with lots of tropical fruit and citrus. A nice sweetness to back it up. A bit reminiscent of Hopslam.

Hop heavy for sure. A nice heavy bitterness, but not overly so. Pine resin, pineapple, a little tropical fruit and citrus from the huge hop profile. Enough malty sweetness to keep things in check. Piney and bitter finishing. Really fresh and flavorful.

Medium feel, soft carbonation and mostly smooth with a lightly wet finish.

A great IPA. Very drinkable and all around really nice. I would love to have this again at any time it was available to me.

Photo of Flounder57
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this bomber last week and I am finally in the mood to try this one out. I have had Ballast Point on draft and in a bottle and figured it is now time to review it.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a one finger off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The is clear, looks alive from the carbonation running up the glass and inviting my first sip.

Smell: This beer has some very floral hops that produce citurs scents. Then that is followed by the sweetness of malts.

Taste: citrusy notes followed by some sweet malts and bitterness. I think this fits the style well with the mixture of hops, malts, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: mildly carboanated and mediumed bodied with a malty and bitter finish.

Overall: This is a good West Coast IPA. Not the best one I have had, but would still get it at a bar or buy another bomber.

Photo of colforbin73
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

outstanding west coast IPA. silky smooth -- oily... barrel-aged taste.

pours a nice medium amber... with a head that reduces fast to a thin white glaze... but this is a rich beer, and takes its time in the glass, sticky and thick. solid aromas of fresh hops are followed by a sweet, resinous first drink -- the texture is excellent -- smooth drinking, oily, packed with flavor. citrusy and wet -- this is not a DRY ipa -- the finish is leathery, oakey.... spicey hops and sweet malt linger on the palate.

excellent IPA.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.