Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,344
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 126
Gots: 376 | 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 Avantyawn
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap tonight from the Blind Tiger, NYC. I got my pour and was a little dismayed as it had no head and was a bit flat and not super fresh tasting. I wonder if it was the end of the keg...

A: Red amber orange see-thru, no head.

S: Fruity pungent hoppy scent. Potent and sweet.

T: This is a very sweet and tangy tropical fruit sort of IPA. It is the kind of beer that tastes good and is impressive, yet is a bit over the top in sweetness for my taste. It has a tart candy flavor to it, much like Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA. I think this would be superior if it were a fresher keg as I know Ballast Point is a fine brewery.

M: It has a very balanced feel to it. A little thin in the mouth though. Again, if this were fresher it might be a bit meatier and hearty tasting.

D: I can't rate it very high as far as drinkability as the sweetness and tartness makes it hard for me to stomach and this keg doesn't seem too fresh. I hope to try this under fresher circumstances sometime.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - So much better than Sculpin as far as appearance. Light amber hue with half a finger eggshell white head that stays around.

S - Malt aroma melds with the earthy hops. Not too much hop aroma, maybe some hints of citrus, but not what you would expect from a west coast IPA

T - Malts still dominate, but hops are more present. Citrus hops are the main flavor, mainly grapefruit. Some slight earthy pine hops as well, but not too noticeable. Very sweet tasting, almost too sweet, but still slightly balanced.

M - Medium, slick body. Sticks slightly to your mouth. Good carbonation. Finish is sweet, sticky, and a very late bitterness. Bitter pine hops show up well after the sweetness fades away.

D - Very drinkable. Sweet, but not too sweet. I definitely want to keep going back for more. I almost feel that if you combine this beer with sculpin, you would have one of the best IPAs. All of the strengths in this beer are the faults in Sculpin.

Photo of 100floods
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initially a two finger white head, slowly dissipates. Burnt orange, light amber hue. Very clear. Fruity-sweet bouquet. Some distinct floral and hop flavors. Not malty sweet. Pretty thick texture, juicy and chewy, very nice. I'm sensing a dominance of finishing hops in this beer. I'm getting a mix of peaches and oranges. It's not so much bitter as it is flavorful. The malt backs up those flavors but doesn't distract. This reminds me of the Marin IPA, which I like a lot for the same reasons. Big on flavor, not on bombarding your taste buds.

Photo of TylerJones62
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great example of an IPA. As far as IPA's go I have two controls; Stone's IPA and Anderson Valleys Hopottin.

For me, I prefer IPAs that have a more berry/fruit/citrus type of bitterness to it, where as Stone IPAs have the more floral/perfumey taste. This beer leans more towards the fruit/berry side of the track. As far as the bitterness goes, its quite moderate, not as harsh as I was expecting(from the smell).

Overall a very good beer, I would definitely recommend trying this one if your an IPA fan.

Photo of beagle75
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Selma's in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pungent grapefruit citrus and pine foliage form a perfect marriage of hop aromas, yet allow a glimpse of toasty grain. This beer smells exactly like an American IPA should.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with mild caramel malt and juicy grapefruit hop aromatics. The middle is drying, toasty, and strikingly herbaceous--generally clean. Bitterness surges in the finish, becoming bracing at its peak and tasting strongly of grapefruit peel. The level of astringency in the finish becomes distracting at times.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Probably better known as "Not Sculpin" by IPA seekers, this beer fulfills a necessary position in the Ballast Point pantheon and sends a clear message that the brewery is so dedicated to the IPA style that they will successfully produce and market two versions of the style. Maltier than Sculpin or Green Flash's West Coast IPA, this beer reminds of some of the better IPAs commonly encountered in Oregon--Deschutes Inversion IPA comes to mind. (The most similar IPA from the San Diego area is Port's Wipeout IPA.) A very solid brew, but a little more sweetness early and less astringency in the finish could improve appeal even further.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a simple pint glass. Purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A: Pours a clear (filtered) amber color. One finger, off white head, which disapates quickly. Good carbonation and bubbles throughout drinking.

S: Citrus and piney hop nose. Mild malts. Not crazy aggressive.

T: Good hop flavor, as noted not aggressive. Good bit in the middle of the sip. Nice pucker aftertaste.

M: Good mouth coating, chewy taste.

D: Very easy drinking beer. I would have thought this was a 5% ABV brew when consuming. Nicely hidden.

Overall, a solid beer. The Ballast Point Sculpin is MUCH better, but this is found more easily in our parts. Good by-product if you can't get the Sculpin.

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

Soft white, foamy head tops a glassy orange/amber body. Head laces well on the glass and looks good doing it.

Aroma is of grapefruit + the rind, with some malty sweetness behind it. Hop bitterness is evident in the smell as well.

Taste is really great blend of malt and hops after the initial hop kick, as the middle of the taste is a juice-like concoction of sugar and citrus. Finish is not as clean as some other IPAs due to the sugar quality, but it makes up for it with the taste in the middle anyways.

Body is thinner than average, but enough that it isn't watery. Drinkability is pretty high, as the finish may not be perfect, but the rest of the drink is very pleasant and easy, although the abv may be too high to call this a session beer. Really nice sweet/bitter combination, and a welcome change of pace.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Poured on tap into a simple pint glass. An interesting almost yellow/cream head, with a real gorgeous copper body. Giant retention and huge head on this beer out of the bottle. It bursts into fist size proportion. Leaves a giant cap looks like a heck of fun. Big bountiful and sexy.

The Bouquet is very simple as I remember it just like on tap. Straightforward of mild grapefruits and a simple good hop nose.

Taste is a first sweetness of fruit citrus, then goes to a great mild sugar and hop mix. I remember more fresh orange juice quality when I had this but that seems to be missing on the bottle. Body is not as dense but still very good.

A solid real great tasting IPA out of the bottle.

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like the taste and lingering flavor of columbus and centennial bitterness and dry hopping, then this is the beer for you.

it has a perfect amber appearance with a perfect head and lacing that say: hey, i'm here to impress.

the smell is all fact, i would say it is an outstanding smell. very clean, sharp citrus--not unlike grapefruit. again, dry hop centennial with a decent malt balance.

the taste is not the best ever, but it is one that you will remember because how good it is. it compounds with the consumption of ounce after ounce.

mouthfeel is good. i personally like thick and oily. this one is a hint in that direction without being overbearing (but it might still be intimidating to some). i really like it.

the drinkability depends on the tolerance of the drinker. i could drink this all night, but one who is new to 7+abv should take heed.

big eye is a great brew.

Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color with a moderate head and carbonation. The head sticks around for a bit and also coats the side with it sticky goodness. Quite a bit of particulate matter even with an easy pour.

S - Lot of citrus and early hops, with a bit of light caramel sweetness.

T - Citrus up front with some pine notes in middle and to finish. More malty then I was expecting with a little bread note to go with the caramel and base malt.

M - Moderate body, the alcohol and carbonation with a little tingle and warmth to let it finish clean.

D - Very balanced IPA, not to heavy handed, good bit of bitterness but lots of aroma also. Nice body really makes this is great IPA to enjoy a few of.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange copper with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with some underlying sweetness.

Tastes of a delicious hop character with a solid malt backbone. Hops have notes of grapefruit, grass, lemon peel, and some pine as well. Hop bitterness makes its presence known as well. Malts are there, but a little buried, offering up caramel notes. Fruits also come through and add to the citrus from the hops. Sweetness is moderate, but does not interfere with hop glory. I do notice some alcohol, which is a little surprising.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, citrus, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a not a bad brew at all. Definitely had a big hoppy profile going on here in both the aroma and flavor aspect of it. The followthrough on this one was very crisp with a good flavor and aroma. This one is a must try if you have not already.

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

The wife grabbed me a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $3.99 and I poured it into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass.

A: Pours a clean copper hue with a fat head that lingers, slightly effervescent, leaving exceptional lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet earthy hops - very piney and fresh (cascade?) followed up by a bit of malt and fermented fruit, but the hop dominates, which is a good thing!

T: Good amount of hop up front (which is what you would expect from an IPA brewed by Ballast Point) - earthy moss, grapefruit rinds that are resinous and bitter, dark chocolate and toasted grains, finishing sweet and malty.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky but finishing dry and smooth - good carbonation for the style with a nice lingering bitterness from the hop.

D: This is what I consider an all night drinker as far as IPA's go. I could and have posted up on these all night.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a fairly clear, golden amber body and a nice 2 fingers of frothy white head that has a few minutes of retention and leaves lots of lacing on my pint glass. Some citrus in the nose, but I seem to be getting more malts than I care to in an IPA. I get a nice hop bite on the tongue initially, but gives way to the caramel malts I detected in the nose. I do get a bitter, dry finish on this which is nice but I just cant get over the malt forward flavor in this beer. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

I have no idea how fresh this is, since there is no dating. This is the 2nd time trying this beer (once with the old label, and this with the new labeling). I think I heard that Ballast Point will be dating their offerings sometime this year, so maybe I'll give it another try then with a re-review...until then, please date your beers (especially hoppy styles) brewers!

Photo of Neecee513
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A- Medium copper, slight head, minimal retention

S- Fruity aroma

T: Med hop flavor, piney hop finish

M: Med carb; dry, slightly bitter finish, med body

D: Very nice! All around a great beer. Good amount of hops and a subtle malt finish.

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

6.6% ABV. Poured into a dimple glass from a 12oz bottle. Appearance gave off a dark amber color. Smelled sweet floral hops. Tasted very smooth, citrusy, some caramel, and hoppy. Mouthability gave off a big foamy head, and was medium-bodied. Drinkability was a nice smooth malty character. I really liked this over the more popular Ballast Point Sculpin' IPA.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clear amber with nice white head. The head quickly fades but leaves great lacing.

Smell isnt over powering but of fruity citrus notes.

Taste seems kind of off to me. Its very bitter but leaves a coppery taste in your mouth. You get slight malt on the back as well.

Overall Ive just never been very impressed with this beer. To me it is a run of the mill IPA. Not bad not great just eh.

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

Poured this bad boy into a Duvel tulip.

Wow this is beautiful. Impeccably clear deep coppery amber. Topped by a huge, well retaining, frothy, heavily lacing white head. Large bands on the glass are left behind and big, rocky islands all over the place. The aroma burst from the bottle as soon as I opened it and waves of pine-forward resin flushed my olfactory organ. Closer inspection yielded a fainter grapefruit. Once the pour was complete, the aroma was much less pronounced. This is not to say, however, that the flavor is in any way compromised. There's a lot going on here. The sip starts with caramel and biscuits, which provide a nice, sweet background for the well-balanced pine and citrus. This is almost like chewing a grapefruit rind, then switching it out to suck on a pine cone! Resiny with an herbal and bitter finish complemented by a slightest hint of spice from the alcohol, but not harsh at all. Texture is quite smooth and a fairly big body. The carbonation could stand to be a touch more pronounced, but works in a "sipper" setting. I tip the balance over to being more dry than sweet, but still towards the middle. Quite a delightful beer in which to imbibe. I'm glad I bought a 6 pack of this.

Photo of paulozanello
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost crystal copper color with a creamy beige head that recedes after a few minutes leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the liquid. Lacing is average/moderate.
Aroma is of citric hops and candy.
Taste starts with sweet fruits and slight caramel malts. Citric hops soon appear with tangerine, grapefruit and orange. There is a lot of candy sweetness going on. Bitterness kicks in later with mild bitter aftertaste. Also get some grassy hop presence somewhere in the middle.
Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall a good IPA with nice citric notes a sweet/bitter balance.

Photo of VMWhelan
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a cloudy deep amber color with very little head and some pretty solid lacing.

Smells very sweet, not incredibly hoppy. Definite orange notes and a little bit of caramel.

Slightly bitter, hop presence is light in the taste as well. Orange is prominent in this one, especially in the finish: more natural than artificial. Not agressive in the least bit.

Mouthfeel is medium to light. Medium carbonation as well.

Drinkability is average. They go down pretty easily and I could drink a few, I'm just not sure I'd want to.

Overall this is a pretty average IPA. I've had worse but I've had much better. That said, I think IPAs are pretty standard for the most part, only a few really stick out, but those that do make the style one of my favorites. Big Eye is not one of those IPAs.

Photo of BZero007
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Total Wine in Springfield, VA

Pours a extremely clear amber hue with perfect head formation. The look of this beer is amazing and should be the rule of thumb. The aroma is not very strong but carries the usual hoppy citrus, and flower/fruit aroma. mouth feel is great as the brew does not rip your mouth apart with extremly bitter hops and no flavor...quit the opposite. The brew has a perfect carbonation level that helps push the great hops citrus and fruity flavors threw. It is not an intense flavor out of control, but restrained. This makes this beer very drinkable at 7%. Would keep this beer in my fridge for company to try.

Photo of phishgator
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Nice bright orange hue, slightly hazy. Large foaming head. The aroma of centential hops permiates the air. There is no shortage of bitterness and floral hops throughout this session. The body is medium with medium carbonation. Very similar in taste as Stone IPA, probably to do with the water and hop content.

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

Bomber purchased from Brewery Creek. Poured into my Burger King souvenir Lord of the Rings heavy glass goblet.

Appearance. Golden orange with a slight haze. Half a finger head on an easy pour quickly dissipating to small islands floating around.

Aroma. Fruity hops. Green apple, yellow grapefruit and caramel malt.

Taste. Strong hit of tropical, citrus fruity hops. Slightly burnt caramel present but not taking away from the awesome hop goodness. Fades to a bitter yellow grapefruit and tree sap. Alcohol well hidden

Mouthfeel. Medium-strong carbonation. Bitterness lasting just long enough.

Drinkability. Good drinker. Slightly sweet for me but not interfering with wanting another.

Nice hoppy, fruity IPA. Will buy again.

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

A - Mostly clear golden in color with a white head that has good retention and lacing down the glass.

S/T - Grapefruit and pineapple in the nose with some caramel sweetness in the background. Taste has more of the same, but finishes with resinous pine with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes clean and dry, without any over-the-top bitterness.

D - I'd definitely get this again. I feel it gets overlooked by Sculpin, but this is a fine IPA in itself.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/amber with an inch of head, decent lace.
Smell: Very fruity and citric, a bit of bread in the finish. Smells a little sweet.
Taste/Mouth: Very balanced between bready and caramel malts and citrus hops. The is some pine resin in the background. There is also a slight coppery/ blood taste in the back. The carbonation is a little high but not by too much. Very nice.
Drink: Not bad but I'd grab a Sculpin over this in a heartbeat (unless I was short on cash, then I'd grab this.). Very nice beer Ballast Point. Keep on keepin' on.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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