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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,858
Reviews: 954
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 BlindPig


2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- 1/2" off white head. Clear amber copper color.
S- Citrus hops, malts in back and thats pretty much it.
T- Citrus hops seem a little unusual in flavor. Malt in back. Some floral hops too. Light bitterness aftertaste.
M- Medium body, light/medium carbonation
D-Kind of blah. Almost tastes off but I don't think it is. Don't like it much at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 01:23:50 | More by BlindPig
Photo of scottoale


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

From the 22oz. brown bomber pours a coppery-orange ale with a fat finger of tan, foamy head. Good lacing and decent carbonation give this brew a rather handsome look.

Right off the top is a strong citrus with a mingeling pine essense followed by a subdued maltiness. A very hoppy of an IPA smell...mmm.

Sweet that turns instantly bitter, with a heavy grapefruit flavor carrying through to a citrus orange middle and finishes clean and piney...a nice rendition of an IPA bar none.

Solid medium body with a healthy dose of alcohol all lead to a highly drinkable, very tasty IPA of the West-coast style, that's worth it's weight in hops...don't miss it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 06:40:15 | More by scottoale
Photo of Pooba001


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great reddish coppery color that looks very appetizing. Love that color on an IPA. Decent head, fades fast though. Smell is an eye opening citrus aroma with some grassy and grainy hints. I love the Centennial hop, I actually debated give this a 5 on smell.

Taste is Centennial hop as well, citrus and grass with a little bit of caramel maltiness backing up the hops. I'm tasting more yeast than I'd like on this though, I think something a little cleaner would suit this beer quite well. Yeast keeps this from being rated higher for taste.

Mouthfeel is ok, thinner than ideal. My drinkability notes says "pretty darn good", and the awesome scent of this beer outwieghs my slight demerits for mouthfeel. This is an IPA that I could really quaff a serious amount of.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 02:59:34 | More by Pooba001
Photo of MiScusi


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

From a 22oz bottle purchased in July 06 into a standard pint glass. Appearance is an almost clear copper with not too much of a head. Streams of bubbles rising from the bottom which never stops and keeps a small couple millimeter thick cap the entire sitting. Lots going on in the aroma with lots of flowers and grass, some citrus, and sweet caramel.

Taste is lots of hop resin and floral plus maybe a bit of a grassiness. There is also caramel noticable, but not too much. This beer is just balanced enough to the hop side to be pretty hop intense, yet still a touch of malt. A floral bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Lacing is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick with a little bit of dryness in the finish. Overall a tasty and very hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 21:42:39 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Imstillthegman


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

Thanks to Zorro for this bomber.
Big Eye IPA pours a crystal clear rusty amber color with a fingers worth of tan head. A ton of lacing remains as I drink my way to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is delicious! Grapefruit and lemon zest blend with a freshly made toffee scent. Behind it all is a perfumy floral aroma. Maybe I can get my wife to dab some of this on her neck. When I close my eyes I can imagine walking through a local farmers market past the fruit stand, flower stand, and the lady selling homemade candy.

Flavorful citrus blend mixed with malty caramel/toffee sweetness. Floral notes come through on the finish. Bitter, but not burning, aftertaste and the floral qualities at the end are a nice addition to the tingly citrus.

Creamy, medium body with a slick feel left behind in the mouth. I could drink one of these everyday. Only wish they would ship to Delaware. Looks like I am going to have to work out a trade for this one....soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 21:41:20 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of xymyl


3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pale copper/gold very light head (seemed slightly pink), head stays around a little while.

Aroma: Hops, Alcohol & Malt, nothing complex but it smells nice. The typical resin/sap, spice etc...

Taste & Body: Light and refreshing, clean and simple. A textbook American IPA, or should I say benchmark? It's no surprise at all, but it's enjoyable and very well made. I'll buy it from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 04:10:21 | More by xymyl
Photo of blitheringidiot


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

Fluffy head cap pillow that leaves a sturdy lace.

Aroma is cascade and lemon.

First swigs: Dry tart lemon with a citrus blend. Some crisp lemongrass maybe imparted by Saaz. Quite hoppy and near double IPA. Thanks to the recomendation of BA.

Last swigs: Touch of lemon dry and delicate pine.All Centennial. Wow!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 07:46:53 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of mentor


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

Bottle provided by OStrungT as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a strong finger of tan head over a clear light brown-rust liquid. Smells beautiful citrus hoppy. Orange oils and grapefruit pith. Woody tangerine and caramel sweet.

Tastes delicious. Nice citrus hop flavor with a supporting malt and fruity esters. Hop bitterness is in line with an oily dry co-humulone. Hop flavors are oranges, tangerine dryness, and modestly pink grapefruit. Pith dry at the swallow. Malt is a faint caramel that'sactually mostly colored by the hop flavors. Esters are buried under the hops but come across as peach and some apricot. Thick mouthfeel could comes across as syrupy, except the hop bitter and woody dryness keeps the sticky ending from being an overly sweet aftertaste. Still a thin layer of head on top of the liquid. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

Today is a hot sunny summer Sunday afternoon. I was looking for a brutal IPA to lead me into a nap. This was just the thing. I even tipped the bottle on edge so I could get the last dribble out of the bottom.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 23:35:22 | More by mentor
Photo of bennetj17


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Light clear copper color, white foam is short with weak retention, decent carbonation.

S: Nice and strong, good west coast hop aroma with sweet citrus tang.

T: Begins with sweet grapefruit/citrus hop flavor, but quickly fades leaving only a strong bitterness and light sour taste. Alcohol not evident.

MF: Light, perhaps a bit watery, carbonation comes off slightly weak.

D: Still an easily drinkable IPA, alcohol is low, and light body goes down easy. Flavor starts out well but could use more in the finish and mouthfeel. Definitely try it...

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 07:06:41 | More by bennetj17
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, copper amber color and is topped by and initially 1.5 finger thick pale tan colored head. The aroma is immediately of American hops; as I pour this brew I get a note of candied orange peel. As I go in for a deeper smell I get pungent notes of lemon basil, grapefruit, and mandarin orange. The citrus notes are definitely the dominant aspect of this aroma, which is quite smooth and appealing.

The beer is lightly chilled and has a light sweetness up front. The hops in this beer immediately take hold and are dominant from beginning to end. Notes of candied orange peel are dominant up front, but a gripping, solid bitterness soon takes hole and lingers on in the finish. Towards the end of a sip a herbal note similar to mint, or perhaps menthol would be a better descriptor, starts to become noticeable. A certain resinous, almost pine-like note also is found lingering on in the finish. There is a touch of malt here as well, perhaps some caramel, and something like toffee; these notes though only serve to accentuate the citrus components of the hop character. This is a nice beer, easy drinking, though it perhaps has a bit too much astringent, herbal bitterness to be truly quaffable. It is certainly enjoyable though and is worth trying if you like hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 03:21:43 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Westsidethreat


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

A: Clean amberish golden orange color. Not really much head, just a touch of lace.

S: Pine, cinder cone with a malty back drop.

T: Nice herbal bitterness. Loads of cedar resin with undertones of vanilla and toffee. Light remnants of citrus.

M: Decent body with good carbonation

D: I hate "standard" IPA's. You know those ones that just don't stand out, just another assembly line IPA? This one has something different and worth drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2006 04:44:00 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of lackenhauser


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite pale, amber color. Grassy and citrusy aroma-not as big as some other IPAs for sure. Very hoppy and intense bitter flavor-very upfront but not overpowering. Some malt flavor. Good body overall-not as "oily and "slick" as some others can be. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 00:22:46 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of babyhobbes


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

I got this bottle in the most recent US Beer Trade!! Thanks!

Has a small light beige head. Beer itself is a light amber/orange color. More orange than amber.

The smell is all hops. It's citrusy and well....hoppy.

Taste isn't quite as hopped up as the aroma, but still good. There is a bit of sweetness which is evident in the slightly thinker/maltier mouthfeel. I can definitely taste the alcohol, which is a bit of a shock as I don't expect much alcohol in my IPA. Still good, just a bit of bite in the throat. Mouthfeel is all bubbly.

This is a reasonably drinkable beer. I wouldn't want to have liters and liters of it, but I would keep some around if it was available in my area.

I recommend this IPA as a change from all the IIIPA we have so much of anymore.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 23:19:59 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of IntriqKen


3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep clear amber color with a medium white single finger head of largish bubbles that melts rather quickly to a very fine lacing.
Aroma is immediately sweet oranges or tangerines with maybe a little carmel.
Mouthfeel is full with tiny carbonation and a faint alcohol burn as you swallow.
Taste is strangely different from aroma....a rich sweet malt followed immediately with sweet orange or tangerine finishing with a citrus peel drying and bitterness.
Not a favorite of mine for an IPA, but mainly because of the discrepency between aromas and taste taking away from an otherwise balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 02:36:13 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of OStrungT


4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a thick fluffy off white head. The head has orange tints in it. It fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a pleasent grassy hop aroma. It has a slight lemon citrus aroma also. It has a very slight piney aroma.

This beer has a very good grassy flavor. It has just a touch of citrus in the flavor. It has avery slight bready malt flavor, but only just a little.

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a grassy aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would be a great session beer. It is not overly high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is not aggressive. Also it tastes great. This is a very fine beer from the Balast Point guys. I am surprized it took me so long to review it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 02:03:59 | More by OStrungT
Photo of chargerfanjess


4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap Big IPA great different hop notes from pepper to pine could be columbus and chinook. Nice big head and copper clear look with tight little bubbles. Excellent malt backbone of munich taste and perfect bitterness. Great finish for a great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2006 17:27:41 | More by chargerfanjess
Photo of beersabound


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

If you want to know what Centennial hops smell and taste like than get this beer. The aroma was full, resiny slightly citrus with a tinge of caramel. It had a wonderful head that would not give up with great lacing. The bubbles were medium sized. The color is gold/copper and it was very clear. The flavor is very bitter and resiny but there is some malt seetness for the hops to hold on to. I did not get much yeast flavor contribution. I was slightly surprised by the finish b/c I expected a crazy hoppy dry mouth but it was pleasant. Don't get me wrong, when I burped later I could still taste it and was happy for that. To me a sign of a good American IPA is that the belch later reminds you of the beer. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium CO2, a little CO2 bite, med body and a slight alcohol warmth. I found this beer very drinkable and a great way to showcase Centennial hops. (one of my favorite hops!) As a critique I would suggest using some other hops to give a more complex flavor. However since this IPA comes from San Diego, where IPAs seem to rule it cool that they decided to keep it simple and even put it on the label that it's all one type of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 07:01:41 | More by beersabound
Photo of sloejams


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

22 oz. bomber

This looked great in my pint glass: a nice orange canvas with a thick eggshell head, nicely lacing throughout. It had a nice hop smell – but not the “ripping lines of hops of the mirror table” that I’ve become all too familiar with (and a habit I don’t see myself kicking). There were citrus notes – the familiar orange and grapefruit, but also something a bit more tropical. The flavor is wonderful – complex hoppiness rounded with the fruit finish. It was slick and creamy and delicious.

I think were I not so recently bombarding my palate with absurdly hoppy offerings – I would find this to have a more than generous kick. Now it’s almost a session beer.

Sadly, even though I’m only a few hours from Ballast Point, the only place around LA that I ever see their fine products is BevMo. Next BevMo trip, I’mma load up on this.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 22:15:43 | More by sloejams
Photo of rowew


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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with a large fish on the label. ABV and beer description, but no freshness info.

Appearance: An overly rough pour elicits a huge frothy white head that takes quite a while to fade. Color is orangish with just a hint of haze.

Smell: Strong hop aroma, with just a bit of bready malts in there as well. Citrus seems to dominate.

Taste: The hops are definitely more dominate in aroma than they are in bitterness. Taste is fairly balanced, with some roasted malt and bready flavors balanced out with the floral and citrus hops.

Overall impression: Well balanced IPA - definitely not what you expect coming out of the San Diego area. This definitely doesn't mean it isn't a quality beer though - it is well made and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 23:24:18 | More by rowew
Photo of warriorsoul


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

22oz. bomber thanks to KingG...
Beautiful clear copper color with a full finger and a half of bright white head that sticks around forver and produces some thick webbed lace.
Sweet at first sniff with a nice dose of fruity hops...citrus mostly with a mango splash.
Taste is quite solid and is borderline IIPA IMHO...glad to see the sweetness take the back seat to the bitterness that is quite extreme from finish to end. Alcohol is slightly detected as it warms, but by no means distracting.
The mouthfeel is above average for the style and the carbonation is a twinge too high for me to make this a true session brew.
Either way, a solid offering and a great first impression from the folks at Ballast Point...must find some of their others.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 01:01:29 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of ManekiNeko


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

Thanks to eyechartbrew for the gifty-poo. Bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange honey topped by a yellowish, rocky, and frothy head. Crystal clear. Head receded to a small layer and not much lacing was left on the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus hops with a good dose of pine. Very zesty and fragrant. Hints of caramel malts.

Taste: Caramelized malts in not quite harmony with piney coniferous hops. Nutty notes here and there. Overall, pleasant, but not wowing.

Mouthfeel: Mildly oily, medium bodied beer. Lingering hop bitterness, but not scraping your tongue.

Drinkability: When you make an IPA in SD, best make it hoppy. This is certainly and enjoyable and well made beer, but I can see why ecb thinks this brewery/beer gets overlooked when you consider what else is available in the immediate area. I'd probably pick it up occasionally if I lived in the region.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 17:56:28 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of Bierguy5


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

22 oz. bottle. Pours a very clear light copper/orange color. Thick pillow of white fluffy head. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention. Nice patches of lace stuck on the sides of the glass. Floral slightly spicy aroma of Centennial hops. Caramel malt backed up solidly by floral and citrusy hop flavor. Good amount of bitterness. Finishes sort of dry. Medium body. Very enjoyable. Big thanks to EyeChartBrew for bringing this one to me from the West Coast!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 15:08:39 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of GClarkage


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

11/15/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper-amber colored pour with a 3/4 inch head. Almost a 1/4 inch remains throughout the entire glassfull. Patchy lace here and there.

Smell- At first a large bitter piney or woodsy hop scent. Exploring deeper you find a caramle malt base with a nice lemon and orange fruity scent.

Taste- The two things that jump out at first are the nice caramel fairly dark malt base followed by a quite large bitterness. The malt has a darker nutty taste to it. Pine tree hops with a touch of grapefruit rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel- A touch creamy with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Another good IPA that has a bigger malt background than expected. Quite drinkable at it's 6% abv level.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 22:38:05 | More by GClarkage
Photo of goschool


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

The pour is a brilliant honey color. The big white head has great retention. Piney, citrusy- grapefruit and orange hops fill the nose, accented by sweet malts. This beer manages to not be overly pale while having a sharp hoppy bite that's nice and bitter. I like me some Centennial hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 06:58:34 | More by goschool
Photo of tavernjef


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

Honey hued amber color and moderately clear with some very slow bubbles within. Nice tall cap of ivory fluff sits on top after a medium pour. Laces very well with rings of left over patchy foam and broken sheeting, some thick, some thin.

Aroma is heavenly plump with a high ended but well rounded citrus tone of lemon and orange peels surrounded by a parched and toasted grapefruit and slight piney bittered residue coating. Carries a partially sweet under tow of malts leaning in a candied melon and caramel aura. Tends to pick up a bit of grassy spices as it warms.

Taste is mildly crisp and clean with a very tender and easy bitterness to its hop tone. Toasty controlled parts of citrusy hops and malts really take a step towards a quick drying parchment as it cruises across the palate leaving traces of dried lemon, grapefruit, orange peels, and lightly spicy grasses along with a high grained toastyness of added bittering bite. Maintains a fairly balanced approach in the bitterness but takes a bit of an overload of the toasted dryness. It squeezes alot of dryness in while keeping just a nudge of sweetness underneath keeping its all-together firmly set hop tone of drying bitterness from going too far. It seemed to change balance from certain sips to others with the parching dryness as it warmed.

Feel is calm and smooth with a clean, unwavering medium body and a yielding tone of bitterness. Dryness is apparently the dominant characteristic, but tends to change some as it warms. Piney, parched finish with a slightly sweet and toasted background.

A firm standing IPA. A pretty decent showing thats drinkable to the extent of getting use to its overall parching dryness that tends to fade in and out as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:27:44 | More by tavernjef
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,858 ratings.