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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,408
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 433 | 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 PDXHops
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber that arrives with a modestly sized head that appears to be the falut of the pour rather than the beer itself. Nice combo of drippy and streaky lace from the creamy off-white head.

A fair amount of sweet pale malt in the nose. Hoppy aromas seem equal parts floral and citrus zest. Bitterness is more aggressive than the nose suggests, a touch piney at times, but the citrus and floral qualities are more prominent. Finishes nice and dry, a bit toasty. A minor complaint is that it's rather boozy for only 7%. Not bad, but forgettable in the grand scheme of things, particularly as a west-coast IPA. Gimme a bottle date, Ballast Point, and I'll be glad to revisit. Hard to believe this comes from the same brewery that produces the incredible Sculpin.

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


Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for over 15 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hops, grapefruit zest, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice balanced taste. There are a fair amount of hops and pine mixed with caramel sweetness. There is also some orange and grapefruit taste. It finishes with a malty caramel sweet aftertaste with a bit of lingering hops.

Overall - An excellent IPA that is a must try for fans of the style. I'm looking forward to trying their DIPA.

Photo of BamaViper1
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA pous golden amber and slightly opaque into the glass. A 1/2 inch, milky white head forms from the pour, and each sip leaves a gorgeous amount of lacing.

This beer has a fruity nose with aromas of grapefruit and pineapple with hints of banana. A grassy hop note comes through the fruit as well as a nice bit of malt.

This beer is full of bitter hoppy goodness, a grassy funk enveloped in strong bitterness. Hints of grapefruit peak through as well as the slight detectable presence of the malt. This beer seems to be all about the hops, and that is a good thing. The finish is very clean with hints of grapefruit and a tiny bit of bready malt.

This is a medium-bodied beer with a good bit of carbonation, almost frothy when chewed. The finish is long and is a tiny bit lighter than the beer itself.

Overall, the Big Eye IPA is a lovely beer - easy drinking with fantastic flavor. At 7% ABV this IPA drinks much lower. I'm glad to try this San Diego brew and hope to have it again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer was served in a pint glass. It pours a hazy, copper-gold coloring with no discernable head. The nose was hoppy and sweet, with green characteristics like fresh-cut grass. The flavors are peppery-hops initially, with flowery sweet follow-up to balance. The beer is crisp and light-bodied, with an increased carbonation to help carry the flavors. The aftertaste is once again spicy-hopped and slightly bitter. The finish is a little rough, as the downside to increased carbonation rears its ugly head. The beer is good, but the finish makes it a tougher drink than some other IPAs I've had. Very tasty beer, though!

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

a more current review done on 06/14/12

rather solid IPA with as quintessential california hop and yeast profile. the look, amber orange clear with about 1 and a half fingers of off white head. not particularly that tropical in nose but also not as savory as most chico yeast beers. there is a earthy bitter. nose of apples, apricot and jasmine. palate is pine dry. great balance. a go to IPA if distributed to your state and reasonably priced.

an older bottle. in my head there are two types of qualities an ipa can have... A heavy wood pine resin almost walnut... And a brisk fruity floral. This is an attempt at the first varital. Malt driven... Autumn apple nose and nougat. Apple with a woody bitter. Some oils. Great for cheese but not too pungent a cheese.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber color, a little orange, a little darker than I expected.
Smell - a little citrus, bready malt
Taste, bitter hops and a lot more malty than I expected, don't know how old it was due to inability to find a freshness date.
Mouthfeel - malty and a little chewy, like an imperial IPA.
Overall - I was excited to try this beer because I love Sculpin but it was too malty for me. I would love to try one that I know is fresh.
Just an o.k. beer for me from a really good brewery.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden amber color. Decent head and nice lacing.

Aroma is nice for a single IPA. Very citrucy. Slight malt aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Nice citric hop flavor and a nice bitterness. Little bit maltier than I like but good.

Mouthfeel is a bit maltier than I like. Nice carb.

Overall a solid IPA. Decent price for a 6er

Photo of kevinv
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. I didn't notice any freshness date anywhere on the label or the bottle.

A - Pours a translucent deep copper. About a 2 finger, foamy, slightly off-white head formed quickly and had a decent retention. Nice sticky lacing coats the glass. Bubbly carbonation is present throughout the session.

S - Very strong smelling IPA. Big citrusy and tropical hop aromas and a sugary sweetness are present. Notes of tangerines and mangos come through strongly with a hint of lemon zest.

T - Nice juicy hop flavors here with strong notes of orange and tangerine. The sweet maltiness comes through slightly as the beer warms. Slight bitterness up front. Noticeable stickiness on the lips. Nice dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - This is a high medium bodied brew. Nice heavy feel to it. Average carbonation.

D - Very drinkable west coast IPA. Not overly bitter, great hop tastes and aromas, and satisfying. I could definitely have another. Picked this one up on a whim and I'm glad I did.

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

Came across this buried treasure while browsing my local TW.

Bottom of the sixer reads...

"If you have fallen for the IPA style like we have, Big Eye will not disappoint. You'll revel in Big Eye's bitter, hoppy flavor thanks to the American Columbus and Centennial hops used to flavor and dry hop our flagship IPA."

12oz bottle w/ slightly worn off best before date.

Appearance is fruitful, very spritzy.

Caramelized stone fruit & grapefruit along with a zest of fresh squeezed limon dominates the nose.

Strong malt presence with biting hop character up front, the finish is pilsener dry with a spot of coriander linked with the tropical fruits as forementioned.

Having tried Sculpin, I have to say I was more in favor of Big Eye's overall balance. Highly recommended!

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

356th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe
12 oz.

App- Dark orange with a great two finger head. Lots of bubbles and some great cling to it.

Smell- Just a good smellilng IPA. Nice crisp hops with a playful citrus backend and a little spice.

Taste- One of those West coast IPA's I forget about because we have so many. Very well done with great flavors and well balanced. Not overly spicy or hoppy but still quite good.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carb level. Spicy hops and faint citus remain.

Drink- Like Ruination it has been a long time. Very well done and will continue to re-visit from time to time. When something is so close to your own backyard you take it for granted.

Photo of SauceBoss
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Really nice. Pours a hazy copper color with minimal head that fades away rather quickly. The lacing is nice as are the bubbles that hold strong against the rim of the glass.

Smell: Sweet in hoppy. Pine comes through in the biggining and then fades to a floral/pollen sweet scent.

Taste: Hops before malt for sure. Sweet but nothing overbearing and the hops come through just as I expect from a solid IPA. It hits up front and finishes strong.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and medium to full bodied.

Overall: I enjoyed this IPA and would gladly have another if given the chance.

Drank from a tulip glass.

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

Review adapted from notes taken 9/15/10

Appearance: An interesting copper color, less orange and more amber than some other West Coast IPAs, decent head

Smell: Very hoppy at first, mostly citrus with some tropical notes - after the first sniff, it mostly smells like floral hops and sweet malts

Taste: Not exactly a hop bomb, actually pretty balanced - malts taste like toasty biscuits, and are on the sweet side - the hops are herbal, floral, and citrusy, a bit less juicy than the smell would suggest - bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body, typical for the style, nothing remarkable but nothing bad

Overall: Solid, somewhat balanced, and very drinkable

This is a solid IPA. Whenever my mind goes to Ballast Point, I think "Sculpin," but this beer is still memorable because it does its own thing. It's actually pretty balanced. I need to have this again.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Bailey's in Levittown.Clear golden color some big particulates in it.Decent white heading that didn't stick around very long. Lively carbonation freeflowing from the bottom of the glass to the surface.

Smell from the get go has some great balance. A nice hop pop to it but a very heavy syrupy,sugar sweetness covers a more subtle fruitiness of apricots,tangerines,and oranges.

Very well balanced taste not just a simple hop bomb. Solid malt backbone of roasted ,biscuit and fruity malts. A tangerine like bitterness dancing in the background along with a slight pine sappiness.

Crisp mouthfeel with a beautiful medium body.Good carbonation,a little thick in the mouth not necessarily syrupy but not watery in anyway.

Wow an IPA with some balance. Not just a simple basic malt bill with an overhopped listing of ridiculous amounts.

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

My choice from Ballast Point has always been Sculpin, so why should I bother with it's "little brother"? Well, lots of folks said I should and I was able to find a place that sold it in singles, so what's to lose?

The color is striking...a honey amber with an orange glow topped with a clingy egg-white foam that leaves droopy bands of lace down the inside of the glass. Beautiful beer.

The smell took me by surprise. I expected it be like Sculpin and it ain't nuttin' like it! Well, except for the fact that it's hoppy. The hop blend must be an entirely different mix of hops. Whereas Sculpin is all citrus, this one screams pine at you, but with some orange undertones. Nice. The nose gains some complexity from the malts, adding a treacle or molasses sweetness.

If only it tasted as good as it smells. Oh what a common lament. Don't get me wrong, it still tastes really good but the bitterness dominates rather than balances the malts. In fact, it becomes difficult to pick out the malts as your mouth puckers from the hops that have become more of pine tar than an aromatic pine. The orange you got in the nose helps to shore up the sweetness of the malts, giving off a background sensation of orange blossom honey.

This beer has a nice medium body and is mondo puckering...a hop head's wet dream, especially those that love a serious bite. Despite the 85 IBU rating, you aren't left with a ton of pine and bitterness in your mouth. I was surprised at how clean this finished and how refreshing it really was.

Next time I'm looking to satisfy my hop madness with something from Ballast Point, it's possible I'll ignore the Sculpin and grab one of these.

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
no freshness info.

pours a gorgeous, clear amber bordering on a deep gold, almost orange tone; yields 1" to 1 and 1/2" creamy beige head. nice retention and beautiful walls of lacing. a bit of sediment, but that aside this is one fantastic looking beer.

nose is solid, though not breathtaking like brother sculpin. notes of pine, citrus, and some balancing malts.

citric aspect of it pulls through in the flavor (notably grapefruit); the pine i get less of, though it is present in the background. maltiness enough to add some balance to the beer without going too far. the finish is dry but not overly bitter.

crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this is a damn fine beer. in a sibling rivalry showdown it's clearly no sculpin, but then few IPAs are. my biggest complaint is with ballast point not dating its bottles. when you have a beer (an IPA no less) traveling across the country before sitting around a bottle shop, that info is nice to know. that said, no question these guys know how to brew an IPA.

Photo of robhunta
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer.

A - a bit hazy orange with a hint of brown. pours a nice 1.5 fingers of head, disipates to leave a nice thin lacing across the whole top of the beer

S - floral, hoppy hoppy hoppy. good thick malt aromas too, some sweetness.

T - boatloads of hops, but well balanced. I've certainly had more bitter beers but maybe not as well balanced.

M - a nice thick mouthfeel, a bit chewy, almost feels more like an imperial.

O - I loved this beer, great flavors and balance.

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a pint at Capitol Ale House Midlothian, VA.

A - 1/2" foamy slightly off white head with moderate lacing on top of a clear amber colored beer.

S - Dense earthy hops shining through.

T - Grapefruit but not much else. The bitterness seems to overpower most anything else in this one.

M - Full bodied with a terrific bitterness left on the palate.

O - I enjoyed this, but it was a bit of a palate wrecker (in a good way) that made it difficult to pick up any other tastes.

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

One of the best looking IPAs around. Deep amber, great lacing and head.

Although it was good, the smell was maybe a little worse than the rest of the beer. Some citrus and malt.

Good malty IPA with plenty of hop characteristics. Never too bitter.

The mouthfeel was creamy, low carbonation. More like a porter or a stout than an IPA. It lacked the crispness that higher CO2 imparts. But this was not a bad thing, just quite different.

Enjoyable IPA that I would be happy to have again and again.

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

The new label on this one. Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Medium orange color. Clear filtered look. Head is creamy almost bright white. Lace is stickin' around like the neighbor you hate.

Smell is malty and full of yeast. A lot of citrus hop. Orange-y.? Sweet.

It's been quite a few minutes since the pour and I have to mention that the head has gone nowhere. Taste has a citrus hop pop, but is not at all over powering. In fact the malt sweetness has balanced this very well. Sweet, malt, hop-sicle. MMMM!!

The mouth is what it should be for the style. Full and silky to the end. I am licking the sweetness off my lips as I type.

I am lucky to have had this many times in the past and can get this West Coast bomb whenever I want. I do believe that our pallets change over the years (or maybe get used to what we drink a lot of), but this one used to be much less balanced towards the malts and all hops, but it is not the same animal as it used to be (or maybe I am not the same animal?) So I am rambling.. This is well balanced west coast IPA. Highly recommended!!

Photo of uustal
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow and orange mix with a one-finger bright white head. Nice lacing throughout for a quickly dissipating head. Mostly caramel aroma, hints of grapefruit and orange deep in the nose. Sweet caramel and toffee malt starts off the flavor profile. Some cracker sweetness as well. A bit of pineapple, mango and orange hops in the middle, hard to reach for. Semi-bitter crisp pine resin and more toffee and caramel malt linger on the finish. A nice brew.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger head

smell: citrus hops, malts

taste: not overly hoppy, well balanced

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

drinkability: decent IPA, wish they dated the bottles so I know how fresh this one was.



Photo of JizackFH
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a dark copper color, and has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and leaves a nice sheet of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - There are strong grapefruit, citrus, and pine scents in the nose. Smells like a great IPA. Nice hop presence.

T - The taste is of nice caramel sweetness, that is balanced out by a nice hop bite. There is a nice grapefruit and pine flavor. The finish has a lingering hop bitterness. This is a really nice tasting IPA, there is a pretty big hop presence.

M - It has a medium body with crisp carbonation. It goes down quite smoothly, and has a bit of a sticky feel to it. There is a lingering bitterness here as well. It has a nice feel for the style.

D - There is really good drinkability here. I would have no problem drinking quite a few of these in a sitting. It has a very nice flavor, it looks great, and it is an easy drinker. I like this beer, and i recommend giving it a try.

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

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Amber with 1/2-finger of tightly bubbled off-white head after a careful pour. Ample lacing down the glass.

S: Raw grapefruit and pine resin cut with a one-dimensional pale maltiness

T: Grapefruit and pine meet some floral notes and are tempered by pale maltiness but the bitterness is profound and puts the bottled version to shame

M: Smooth and coating as a good IPA should be with firm medium body

D: Too easy to take down. The bitterness is big, but the smooth feel and solid body make this a pleasure to drink. Glad I had a chance to have a fresh on-tap shot at this one.

Photo of patoakes7
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice reddish amber almost copper in color. Nice lacing through the entire glass. Poured a finger and half head and stayed nicely through the beer.

S-Hints of citrus and pine. Very great refreshing floral aroma.

T- Taste derives alot from the nose with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and piney finish. Not alot of booze but you know it there. Love the hop flavor in Big Eye. Dry Finish

M- Pretty thick for an IPA but not in a bad way. Leaves the mouth dry.

D-Have loved this IPA for awhile, one of my favorites. Its got the perfect bite I look for in an IPA

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

This is a magnificent IPA. I never expected to end up with this, as the keg for the beer I was looking for was kicked at Bierkraft. Reluctantly I chose this, and oh what a pleasant surprise it was.

I don't have the terminology or buzzwords to write a point by point review that would pass muster around here, but I can say that I know bad beer, I know good beer, and I know excellent beer.

This beer is excellent.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,408 ratings.