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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,859
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 99
Gots: 197 | FT: 4
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 froggyfrog


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

Burnt orange color with plenty of head that lasts and lasts.

Very unique aroma. Hops smell creamy. Flavor is toasty. Very reminiscent of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is robust. Plenty of malt and a strong alpha bitterness. Piney, resinous hops. Some cattiness in the nose and on the palate.

An exceptional American IPA. (Send more please.)

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 03:53:25 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of yemenmocha


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Glorious dark copper color with thin micro-bubble head that retains well.

Nose is sharp/prickly citrus, maybe orange peel or tangerine. Enticing nose for sure.

On the palate is a notable (pleasant) black Darjeeling Tea taste from the malt sweetness with an ESB-like quality to the ale. This is very clean, refreshing, with most of the hop character towards the end.

Creamy characteristic across the palate. The nice head probably enhances this (good foam onto the palate at first, especially). More body than expected.

Finish is firm and somewhat dry with a smooth chalky, tea-like sweetness with hop dryness. Very satisfying!

One of my favorite and more unique IPA's. Worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 04:35:02 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Frozensoul327


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

A: Dark bronze color with a smaller head of sticky white foam. Lots of lace. Medium levels of carbonation.

S: Oh God, I love West Coast IPA's so much. Rich, powerful, bursting-at-the-seams hops, citrus, pine, sweet bitter earth notes. Reserved malt note. Interesting afterthough of strawberries. Nice.

T: Mild base malt flavor gives way to a developing hop flavor, with mild citrusy sweetness, followed by a dry pine cone note. Woody textures and flavors are present toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied, and far lighter than I would've expected for such a hop blast. Mild carbonation on the palate. Slighty oily. Appropriate for the style.

D: Not bad. Probably not a sessioner, but a good fix for a mild hop addiction. Worth trying.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 01:44:22 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

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

Bomber courtesy of metallitone1.

a - deep golden color, big fluffy ivory head with great retention and lacing, pretty hazy

s - semi-grassy hops with lots of citrus, slight pine, some lemon and orange zest, no alcohol

t - big citrusy and sweet hop flavor up front, body has a nice malty backbone that balances out the hops, finish has lots of orange flavor along with a grainy maltiness, not much alcohol detectable

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, hop oil coats the mouth well, not an overly dry finish

d - very drinkable, 7% abv is a bit high for a session IPA, but I could certainly drink this all night, the finish isn't overly dry so as not to destroy the palate

Very good IPA...not on the top tier, but not far behind. Well worth seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 01:11:47 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Cresant


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

First of all thanks to Flexabull for providing this beer. Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. The clear body was golden brown with a white head that left clumpy lace. Straightforward and very pretty.

Smell was of citrus and pine. Very aromatic. There was a light biscuity substrate. 100% Centennial hops.

Taste was tasty green bitterness. Understated sweetness with a long bittering finish. Classic West Coast DIPA. Very drinkable, not harsh.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Somewhat oily, medium carbonation. Very well done. I wish I had regular access to this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 01:49:40 | More by Cresant
Photo of montageman


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

Poured into a pint glass. Very clear, rich amber color with a nice white head that is quite sturdy and leaves some nice lacing all over the sides of the glass. Smell is predominantly pine and floral notes with a touch of citrus rind. Taste is heavy on grapefruit juice/rind, pine, & hops - very nice. Mouthfeel is both crisp & thick - good carbonation and a slight oily character make this very good. This is a hop punch to the face, but it's really well done - an easy drinkin' hopbomb. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 01:41:52 | More by montageman
Photo of blitz134


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

Small head on the pour, quarter inch of dirty white foam of varying bubbles sizes reduced to a skim layer with sporadic lacing. Body is a light caramel color that sparkles in the light.

Aroma is sweet with bubble gum and cotton candy while this is colder and transitions to a bit more caramel as it warms. Floral and citrus hops really come out as well, not overly grapefruity though, a touch more tropical. A nicely put together, simple, aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Quite balanced. Has some slightly toasted malts that go with a touch of biscuit and some crystal malts add a slight touch of sugar, but not really sweet. Hops are still floral and citrus but this time come across with a more assertive resin, grapefruit bitterness, especially in the finish. Burps are quite hoppy the second time around too, hehe.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel that is heavy and sticky enough to coat the tongue but not overwhelming. Carbonation adds just the right amount of crispness.

Super easy to put down, a nicely balanced beer in my opinion with a nice bitter edge to it, realitively full bodied, but still crisp. All of this really help with the drinkability here.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 21:17:11 | More by blitz134
Photo of SkinnyElvis


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to nvsblman for this brew for the BA Anny Club. It looks like me and blackie had the same idea!

Pours with a one inch head. A little light in color for an IPA and a huge smell of citrus hops which both remind me of Nugget Nectar. Tastes like a true West Coast hop bomb with a dominant citrus taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is very drinkable. Top notch IPA.


Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 00:42:08 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of blackie


4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Go Pack

appearance: Pours a light khaki one finger head, pretty fluffy and persistent. Nice retention after the initial recession, even some nice lacing. The beer is the color of polised old copper.

smell: Love it. Biiig tropical, pine, and floral hop aroma with a worthy caramel-apple malt backbone. The hop aroma in itself is complex, and the malt compliments perfectly with a moderate caramelized sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is really smooth, just around or under medium...and the body a full medium. Maybe heavy for the style, but it works really well for me.

taste: Really nice malt/hop balance going on. Tropical fruit hop flavors abound, just barely getting the edge on the caramel malt. Some floral notes and sappy pine astringency, but the hops are primarily tropical. Moderate-high bitterness in the finish. Love an IPA big on both hops and malt.

drinkability: quite easy, highly recommended...doesn't seem to have gotten much love recently for some reason

from nvsblman in Get Bombed

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 21:12:59 | More by blackie
Photo of msubulldog25


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

A: Clear amber/red with a thin 1/2 finger of eggshell-colored creamy head. Medium carbonation and attractive sticky lace.

S: Caramel malt and sugar, strong and sweet, blended with juicy citrus hops. At one point I noted an odd over-the-top confectioner's sugar smell that I'd say resembled chalky PEZ candy.

T: Bracingly sharp citrus bitterness, grapefruit and orange peel mostly, and an herbal/medicinal dry finish. Hop forward with a backing of grainy toasted bread.

M: Enticing syrupy thick mouthfeel, notable for a relative light gravity IPA. Bitterness clings hard and fast to the back of the tongue and cheeks - salivation inducing. Carbonation is not very noticeable. Sticky sweet residue on the lips.

D: Nice IPA with ample body and good flavor/smell. Wouldn't mind having this again - recommended.

[Review from notes] Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tumbler in January 2007. Received from flexabull - thank you, Paul.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 19:53:30 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Talisker


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautifully crisp IPA from one of the great SoCal breweries.

Pours from the 22oz bomber (purchased at BevMo Bayshore in SF) a crystal clear orangish tan. A dense head of small bubbles that lends a nice lacing throughout. Smell is piney hops with a nice edge, not too much malt. Taste follows with a strong hop edge, but definitely stays within style - no wannabe syrupy DIPA here. Simple - in a good ways, unidimenstional but honest flavor - even as it warms up, the taste stays a consistent, almost single-hop like texture. Finish slightly over bitter, keeps you from wanting too much more. But the crisp edge is refreshing in almost a lager-ish way - a nice quality in a California IPA.

Superb beer, and one I'll be happy to encounter again. Ballast Point hasn't misfired yet...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 04:50:05 | More by Talisker
Photo of hopsaplenty


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Glowing golden amber. Puffy soft tan head of mixed size bubbles that eventually falls to a meringue-like cap which deposits splotchy chunks of lace on the glass. Big aromas of grapefruit peel and orange rind are sharp and crisp, and indicative of fresh picked fruit. There is some blossomy fragrant sweetness as well as a faint whiff of alcohol. Lots of bitey citrus hop juice up front riding along a nice medium body. The finish is long and sticky and filled with plenty of grapefruit as well as having a bit of pine sliding in at the end. The carbonation is low, lending a softness to the feel. This is nice and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 16:25:52 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of bradybeer


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

Pours a deep gold/brown with a good head that sticks around for a time. I pick up a hoppy resin aroma with a bit of citrus orange.

The taste is sweet with citrus hops coming through at the finish. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is up there for any IPA I have had. Nice beer from So-Cal

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 00:48:30 | More by bradybeer
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with a short head but very good lacing. Smells lightly hoppy and a little grainy. There is also a slight soapiness. The taste has piney hops up front followed by stone fruit and bubblegum. Fairly balanced with bitter hops and grainy malt. The mouthfeel is a little grainy for my taste but with good weight and carbonation. Quite drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 22:41:02 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

Pours dark copper and clear, no chill haze.
A white head developed to a peak of a quater inch, and retreated fairly quick to reveal some light lacework and whisps on the surface.
Aromatics are filled with citrusy and tropical fruits. Tangerine, peach, and grapefruit atop a crisp, light malt accent. The nose continues with pear skins and pine resin.
Mouthfeel is crisp and snappy, with lingering bitterness.
The pallet is juicy and hoppy with a mild alcohol note. Citrus fruits with marmalade and grape jam fill the lupulin bill, with a drying, crisp, refreshing quality.
Finishes with a smooth, lingering bitterness and additional hop resin.
While the aromatics or flavors of the hopping aren't blastingly pungent, Big eye gets high marks for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 00:41:42 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of ReDave


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

Nice IPA.
I've had several very nice IPA's lately, and this is one of them.
It's nice that while they are all similar, they each have their own nuances, even though i can always pinpoint, at least verbally, the differences.
Nice amber color [slightly darker than some] Creamy head that seems to last a little. Nice lace all the way down.

Tastes good, full of hoppy goodness. Fairly well balanced.

I'd add this to regular rotation, but it's not available locally, and that's OK too.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 21:45:00 | More by ReDave
Photo of bjohnson


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

Thanks to nvsblman for including this in my ba anniv. package. I appreciate the opportunity.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy one finger white colored head. Excellent retention. Amazing Jackson Pollock painting like lacing with tiers to it.
S: Excellent fruity hop notes, mostly of grapefruit and orange peel. A bit of malt underneath.
T/M: Fruity hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and slight tang. Subtle malt profile of sweet caramel that creeps in before a nice long bitterness that leaves the mouth dry. Despite the dryness in the finish, it's quite smooth and coating on the palate as it's coming across the tongue.
D: A very excellent easy drinking IPA. Nice and smooth with a decent abv that's not too high. Well balanced with a good body.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 03:08:56 | More by bjohnson
Photo of BradBLR


4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice amber color, orange highlights when held up to the light. The head was slightly off white and lasted the whole beer with good lacing. Wow, the aroma was a very strong floral scent you could smell while pouring it, the sign of good things to come.

The taste was all hops, accompanied by a light toffee malt taste. The hops were very strong and flavorful. The mouthfeel was good, but the CO2 was just a slight bit too weak, but nothing worth complaining about.

A great beer. One of the top 5 IPAs I've had. Give it a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 04:25:53 | More by BradBLR
Photo of flexabull


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

San Diego = Great Beer.

The only bummer is, only the excellent Stone products seem to make it this far North in California. So needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this at one of my favorite local beer stores.

Pours a nice clear and bright amber color, head looks pretty good on this one. The lacing is great.

Aromas are excellent, bright crisp and fresh hop aromas. Smells almost a bit sweet and candied. Lots of citrus notes coming from this one. Very nice.

Flavors strike me as being quite crisp and fresh. The beer has a creamy toffee like quality to it, and then finishes with a very nice citrus and bitter hop bite. A nicely balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick on the front end, and the finish is good.

This beer lived up to the San Diego standard. What an excellent IPA. This one seems to border a bit on DIPA side... but it's still drinkable, enjoyable, and well worth a try. I'll be sure to grab another one of these the next time I am shopping.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 00:28:09 | More by flexabull
Photo of rayjay


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

Great brew from this brewery. Their beers don't always do it for me, but this one is a real gem.

Ruby copper beer with an oily head. Sticky and resiny. Fair sized malt body, just big enough to add some kick, supporting a huge hop presence- full-sized hop nose, big-time hop kick, and plenty of sticky hop oils. Cascades and other NW hops.

Good mouthfeel that adds to the sheer refreshing drinkability. Alcohol probably lightens it up a bit; at 7% this ale has a noticable body but hasn't crossed the line into hot booze. A good compromise, for both those who like big chewy malts and for those who prefer malt not to interfere.

Great definative American IPA. Slam dunk from Ballast Point. This is my favorite flavor of beer right now at the local store. Don't be put off if their Dorado 2xIPA is too sticky and sweet-this may be right up your alley. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 05:36:56 | More by rayjay
Photo of neonbrown82


3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just like its big brother, the Dorado IIPA, this was a very disappointing IPA. Not the least bit balanced. It's like they added the entire amount of hops in the recipe as soon as the wort began to boil, and to hell with aroma hops.

The beer pours to a golden amber color with a thin white head. Retention could be better, and lacing is fairly spotty. No visible carbonation. Even a tad bit hazy.

The smell is good, but nothing to write home about. Smells like over caramelized sticky sweet malt with a rough cohumulone hops bitterness. Has the distinct floral scent of centennial hops, but it is very feint in comparison to the malt profile.

The taste is just as I expected. Sweet caramel malt up front. Followed by a rough bitterness. Only a hint of floral hop aroma in the rear with a lasting bitterness. Very ashy. I love hops, but where is the balance? Tastes more like a double IPA, and still not a good one at that.

The beer seems over carbonated on the palate, making it difficult to distinguish the consistency of the body. On top of that, the over caramelized malt tends to clash with the hops. There is a bit of piney bitterness that lingers forever, leaving a very dry and ashy feeling in my throat. I will struggle to drink the whole bomber. I took a chance buying this beer after not liking the Dorado IIPA, but I don't think I will ever bother with the rest of the Ballast Point line-up.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 03:07:30 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Beerzebub


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper. Egg shell head, goes down but remains attractive. Good lace.

Smells fruity, hoppy, malty - wonderful. Fresh pineapple is on the front line, with grapefruit. Custardy papaya and mango (thanks, previous reviewer), floral honey. Plenty of caramel. Delicious.

Tastes of pineapple and citrus hops, tropical fruit, flowers, honey, caramel. Restrained hop bitterness, somewhat floral, medicinal. Remarkably balanced.

Somewhat sticky, malty mouthfeel. Carbonation is well restrained, never too fizzy. Very drinkabale, refreshing.

Great, balanced IPA, with a tropical character. Cascade hops are great, but so is variety.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 09:09:33 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of dhchatfield


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a beer karma shipment from a West Coast brother BA. The Christmas lights are up, my days work is done, it's time ....poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A - An inviting coppery/red. Very clear. Nice active carbonation. Not as much head as I was expecting from a West Coast IPA.

S - Very nice. West Coast all the way. Strong hoppy blast. Citrus, papaya, a little mango as well. Get's better and better as the beer warms. [edit] as things got warmer still, a strong jasmine aroma revealed itself...yummy

T - The strongest point of this offering. Very smooth, yet broad across the palate. A very sweet finish. The hops are well presented but not to the point of overwhelming the other forces at work. Fantastic hoppy burps.

M - As I am accustomed to DIPA's, I am still getting my mind around the nuances of their "less big" cousins. Bigger is not always better is what I am learning, and this beer reinforces that feeling.

D - Very, very drinkable. The 6% ABV would be a definate invitation to have a few of these at a sitting. This is a beer I could get used to having in the fridge.

All in all, a very nice, tasty IPA. A little less aggressive than some of the other west Coast IPA's, but in a good way. I wouldn't mind having a case of this stuff to keep me out of trouble with its' low ABV. I have a DIPA from this same brewery in the cellar. I can't wait to try it. Thanks to my West Coast buddy for the "gimme".


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 23:17:47 | More by dhchatfield
Photo of Morris729


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep burnt orange color with a tall light tan head that slowly recedes into a very thick and rocky lace that coats the walls of the glass as it fades. Nose is strong floral hops with notes of fresh pine. Taste is bitter citrus rind and oily hop resins but there is enough of a malt backbone to support the hop profile. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 01:30:37 | More by Morris729
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber gold with a decent head floating on top. Nose is piney and citric along with some caramel notes. Flavor is bold and hoppy, malts making a valient effort to survive before the hops get their man in the bitter finish. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy which carries out the sweet background. A nice IPA, closer to a 2IPA on the continuum than the paler, more exclusively hop-driven IPA's. Thanks to Solomon420 for this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 13:49:19 | More by thaichile
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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