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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,043 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 108
Gots: 259 | FT: 5
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 cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Ballast Point is a new arrival in the area and damn, is it fine. My comrade-at-arms and fellow RLNBA TheWolfOfMibu gave this brewery and this particular brew his official Heathen Stamp of Approval long before I ever saw it in these parts, so in honor of the hopsucking little fiend (who is quite smugly up to his ears in San Diego's finest brews), I figured I'd give it a spin.

Pouring a 12-ounce bottle into my Reissdorf Kolsch cylinder reveals a hazed golden fire-orange body topdressed with a huge cap of pillowy white foam. The foam settles into sticky, ragged-top lacing that coats the glass in a sheet of fine-bubbled creamy film.

The aroma is fragrantly fruity with spicy orange blossom honey notes. A twang of citrus zest mingled with sweet pineapple joins a shifting bouquet of lime and grapefruit atop a mild toasted malt base.

The drink is crisply bitter with a malingering, sticky finish. The mild toasted malt noted in the aroma has a much bolder presence in the flavor profile, and now apparently has toasted brown sugar on it, but still exists only for the hops onboard the bottle to do their potently citric thing. It just so happens that the thing they do here is kick a lot of ass in a melange of tangy fruit and toast, pausing briefly to take names and rub in the everlasting grapefruity bitterness. As the drink warms, sweet toffee joins the overmatched malt team, kicking some tuckered-out hop ass of its own, but the effort goes really for naught as the oily bitterness quickly reasserts itself, engulfing the sweetness, and doing so in very fine style.

The drink is medium-bodied with nice carbonation and is highly drinkable. I hate to say it, but I think Wolfie *might* know what he's talking about!(well, this one time, anyway)

cvstrickland, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Thanks to SaCkErZ9 for this one.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange gold with a thin but bubbly off-white head.

Juicy hop aroma of grapefruit and pine resin upfront. Malts and biscuit are there in support.

Oh yeah, big taste of grapefruit, tangerine, and piney hops along with some sweet caramel maltiness and biscuit. Very well-balanced.

Medium bodied, smooth and oily, with a moderate carbonation.

So drinkable. I wish I had more. A top notch IPA from the folks at Ballast Point.

Monkeyknife, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.45/5  rDev -15%

Original Rating Date:
September 27, 2008

Pours cloudy orange with a very thin, soapy head. Strong, grassy hops pours from the bottle on opening and the glass on the pour. Super big hop bitterness punch. The Ratebeer profile says 55 IBUs but it tastes waaayyyy stronger which leads me to doubt that measurement. Strong, unbalanced hop flavor, fabulous for hop heads. A must try for IPA fans.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

thanks to Goliath for this trade with Specialk088

poured into a tulip, golden and slightly cloudy. two finger head that laces lightly.

smells of grapefruity and grassy hops, some biscuity malt and a wonderful hop aroma.

taste is hoppy but yet still has quite a wonderful malty flavor. such a well balanced flavor that really makes quite an impact on even an experienced palate.

mouth is oily and smooth, goes down easy and is very easy to drink. definitely one of the best standard IPAs.

naterock, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Pours dark amber, clear and filtered, with a nice, tight white head.

Smells very nice. Good, bready and biscuity malt, not too heavy, along with some very citrusy high alpha west coast hops. Lots and lots of tasty hops complexity.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. Still pretty good, though. The hops are huge and dominate the malt, soapy and citrusy. The end is big bread and biscuit malts, with a pleasantly soapy hop aftertaste.

mynie, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Much better than the Yellowtail. Pours clear orange with a white, fluffy head. Aroma is all hops and grapefruit, with the advertised malt. Taste is very hoppy, more citrus than pine, but with a sweeter bitterness. Mellower than expected for a San Diego product. It tastes like someone added malt to the Stone IPA.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz single, shipped by goodbyeohio in a recent trade

appearance: poured into a ND pint glass, medium amber-copper body with a nice frothy beige cap and nice retention

smell: freshly hopped, nice pine notes, orange citrus, light pulpy grapefruit, lemon zest

taste: another fantastic west coast ipa (shocker), zesty citrus west-coast hop profile, caramel malt compliment, orange/grapefruit and other strong citrus, dripping pine, lemon zest. Very well balanced, easy drinking, bright, and tasty

mouthfeel: zesty and fresh, medium body, light bitterness

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A- Very clear orange with some amber tinting. Very thick cream colored foam and a nice spider like lacing. Head retention is mediocre.

S- I'm getting a ton of citrus from this, most significantly pineapple. A bit of pine hits my nose as well.

T- Great citrus/pine hop burst followed by a bit of malt. Very hoppy beer and leaves a nice bitterness after you swallow it.

M- Very light, not syrupy at all. Leaves a nice bitter taste in the mouth.

D- Amazing. I could have this beer in a session.

Very glad that I got to try this west coast IPA.

tadowdaddy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of gibby
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

pours a very clear amber color with a thick white head. has a citrus type smell and grass. leaves a nice lacing on the glass. very light in the mouth and easy drinking. first time i bought this brew i was not a big fan but that has changed. i find it to be very good and I will certainly be buying again. wonder how the double ipa is?? hopefully i can find it locally.

gibby, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

wow, 271 reviews as of this writing. A great looking crystal clear golden amber colored beer with a huge billowy white heat. aroma and taste are an ode to the centennial hop. Yup, I can see this as a hop head's go to beer. A refreshingly crisp IPA and nicely only 6% ABV.

barleywinebrewer, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

22oz bottle.

Poured a darker, murky orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of stronger pine and spices. Citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and caramel in the taste as well. Sweet start with a lightly bitter finish.

Notes from 2/23/05

hopdog, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, orange copper colored with a large, white head. Very sticky. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is filled with fruity and citrusy hops. A strong malt backbone is present and adds a bit of sweetness and balance to the aroma. Grapefruit and orange peel seem to be the most persistent of the aromas. Very nice.

Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness as well. The malt is a little more subdued than the aroma would dictate, but this is certainly a hop bomb. Lots of orange peel and orange juice. The malt backbone lends its hand in the sweetness and keeps this one very balanced. Hop bitterness in the end certainly informs one that this is a West Coast IPA.

Perfect amount of bitterness and sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied and quite sticky. Lingers about the palate and tongue for quite a while. A thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable beer. Glad I found this one.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of currysage1
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

Thank you very much for this bottle Hopasaurusrex.

Pours a very nice dark orange with dark yellow highlights, topped with a three finger cream colored head, great lacing.

Smell is of orange oil, malted grain, wet hay, wintergreen, and herbal liquors (absinthe).

Taste is very intense, metallic flavor similar to cilantro, pine resin, caramel roastiness, orange oil, and black pepper.

Feel is great for a AIPA, dense and intense but heavy carbonation makes it very refreshing and drinkable.

currysage1, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Had on tap at the Pink Elephant in San Diego. Nice copper/orange color with a small, wafty head and web lacing.

Great smell. Tons of pine, grapefruit, and tropical flowers.

Lots of hops on the palate. Resiny pine needles, pineapple, and grapefruit. Awesomely bitter finish. Love it. Extremely drinkable.

I'll be the first to admit I'm a little biased here. This was the first IPA I ever had and it's the brew that got me hooked on hops. I don't even think I knew what hops were supposed to taste or smell like before I tried this. Great hoppy brew and one of my favorites.

RodBurg, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Prufrock
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

22oz. bottle into a pilsner.

clear amber orange with half an inch of head that's very close to white but not quite. leaves thin sticky webs of lace.

fantastic aroma. sweet, rounded citrusy aroma with the barest hints of caramel. grapefruit rinds, pineapple, and a hint of tropical fruits. bits of sweet tangerine and apricots as well.

taste is nice if a bit one-dimensional. a slightly raw, mildly abrasive wave of piney, pithy hops, a touch of malt, then an assertively hoppy bitter finish. smells a bit better than it tastes. rather heavy feel for an IPA. hops linger on the palate for quite a bit.

the bomber moved pretty quickly, although the bitter finish slows the drinkability down. a very good, but not great, IPA.

Prufrock, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of TheTallOne
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Great amber color without any haziness. Cream color head that retains for a few minutes.

S: Sweet aroma with a touch of citrus.

T: Great start consisting of citrus flavors. The finish consists of a blast of hoppiness that leaves the palate very quickly. It's brief stay leaves you wanting more.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy, great carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Great balance of flavor and aromas.

TheTallOne, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a dark copper color from the bottle leaving 1 inch of foam that left lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was a nice citrus smell. The taste was the same citrus with a slightly bitter finish. Overall I think this one is nicely balanced and I will definitely seek this out again.

mikereaser, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of GJ40
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A - A deep golden ale with good clarity and a thick off white head with good lacing.

S - Lots of hops aroma with citrusy, floral and piney elements. Some malty sweetness too.

T - A complex rich and malty flavor with hop bitterness, malt and alcohol. I didn't think the hop flavors had a prominent enough role.

M - Thick and chewy consistency. Good carbonation.

D - A good beer but not as smooth and balanced as I like in a west coast IPA.

GJ40, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of TeddyBG
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Wow! Strong citrusy (grapefruit) with floral notes.

T: Grapefruit with bitterness. Slight touch of malt with bitter hop finish that lingers.

M: Thick with strong carbonation. Maybe a bit too much but still very good.

D: The carbonation may get to you after a while. ABV is good.

Another great West Coast IPA.

TeddyBG, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -26.1%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was cloudy with a bit of an orange hue to it. The beer was hoppy smelling and hoppy tasting ike it ought to be I guess. The beer also had great lacing up and down the glass. I guess this must be a great IPA according to the ratings, however I did not care for it and will not buy again.

Minkybut, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was about a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Had a fruity, floral scent, combined with some mild hops.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as most IPAs you come across. Tasted of grapefruit and some other fruits, but the hops were muted. Tasty nonetheless.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: This beer is slightly odd for an IPA, but oddly drinkable. It's not classic in style, but has a tasty and complex quality to it.

avalon07, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of funkyspunk87
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

Big Eye IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.00 %

Out of the bottle into a chilled glass. I had this right after the AleSmith IPA, which I liked a lot. This beer was better.

They were mostly similar in appearance and taste until the finish. The Big Eye had a less bitter, less harsh finish than the AleSmith.

Recommended for any IPA lover.

funkyspunk87, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Boy was I glad I tried this one. One of the better IPA's I've had and starting to like these left coast beers. Just a very smooth, balanced beer overall that you could just drink all day. I'm surprised my go to beer store has such a random beer from a well established Cali brewery and I wish they could get some more... this was a damn good IPA.

oriolesfan4, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of deereless
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Paper thin layer of foam, copper color - 3.75, S: Very earthy, what I believe are Columbus hops, a hearty dose of caramely malt, a touch of toastiness - 4.25, Big grapefruit, some nuttiness, mildly pungent on the end, some crisp pine is also noticeable - 4.50, M: Some staying power on the tongue, a touch sticky - 4.25, D: A very solid IPA, not an extreme big but a well crafted beer - 4.25

deereless, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit that fades to bitter grapefruit at finish. No surprises here. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

jdhilt, Sep 24, 2008
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,043 ratings.