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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,563
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 150
Gots: 543 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 3,563 | Reviews: 1,034
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

12oz bottle, no date that I can find, poured into a pint glass

A-Pours a hazy amber/copper with a one finger off white head that has fair retention but leaves ample amount of sticky lace all the way down.

S-The balance here surprises me. Citrus and floral hops are met by an equally strong caramel malt back. Its not complex, but it does smell very good.

T-The hops have a bit more bite here than in the nose, but still the malt makes its presence known. Citrus flavors-orange, grapefruit, pineapple-mingle nicely with a slightly sweet and rich malt backbone. Like the nose, this isn't terribly complex, but it is darn good.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation, slick and a bit creamy with a bitter hop bite at the back that tingles the tongue.

O-A very nice IPA that I will certainly enjoy on a regular basis now that it is available in my area.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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

12 oz. bottle, brought back from visit to FL in October. No freshness info. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear amber, no effervescence; 1" just-off-white head that settles slowly, leaving a fairly uniform thin layer of lacing.

S: Up-front fragrance; malty and caramel; sweet, floral.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, followed by gradual, low-level bitterness. Very slight alcohol warming.

M: Medium body and low carbonation; creamy; neutral finish.

O: Balanced and full of flavor, though much less hoppy than I predicted at 85 IBU. Makes me think this was a bottle that was well beyond its prime. Will look forward to the next try. Love the artwork on the label.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Tulip glass.

Pours crystal clear medium amber, with about a finger of off white head. Leaves behind a nice matrix of lacing; pretty good head retention. Smell is topical fruit (mango, pineapple) and light citrus (esp. grapefruit), and a little pine. Lots of flavor but pretty mellow and not harsh. Taste is more pine, kind of grassy, and some citrus (orange and lemon). Leaves behind a lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and carbonation.

Overall, this is drinkable and a solid example of the style. Not a hop bomb. A touch too heavy to drink in quantities, though. I usually pass this over for Sculpin, but Big Eye is a solid offering from Ballast Point.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for the first time last night, and was surprised I'd never come across it before: I'm a big fan of IPAs, and for a standard IPA it featured just the right amount of hoppiness and easy drinkability that I enjoy. Definitely worth checking out!

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on draft at the Fridge in Lancaster served chilled in a pint.

The color is beautiful, golden and has a thick creamy pale cap, the lace clings in thick rings on the glass. The bead is fine and there is visible carbonation. The smell is very good with some moderately vibrant citrus rind elements, very orange-y which brings to mind centennial hops, but only a mild malt element in the nose which is gentle and accents the intensely aromatic hops. The feel is great...just as close to perfect as it gets for an American IPA in my opinion. The bitterness is right on without going too far toward Imperial IPA bite and the alcohol is there without outpacing the slight oily texture from the hops. There is moderate carbonation and the feel finishes with a mostly dry quality.

The taste of this IPA is very citrus yet there are other elements that come off as herbal/floral without much in the way of vegetal, just a mild amount of hop spiciness. The citrus starts grapefruity but seems to hit the lemony side and verges toward orange rind zest in the middle when the malt sweetness is a little more noticeable. The flavor lasts well after the swallow with a mild peppery quality which blends well with the mild alcohol which seems to add a dry quality to the overall flavor, very juicy throughout and the flavor really rocks, I find the bitterness to be very smooth. Overall you can't find many better IPA's in the west coast style. This is a solid beer through and through. I don't think there can be much in the way of improving this I put it pretty close to the top.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color and brilliantly clear. A tall foamy off white sits on top. Good carbonation.
Beautifully aromatic with hops of pine resin and floral notes. Good caramel malts balance out the aroma.
Taste is hop forward with just hints of flavor that was in the nose. A solid malt backbone follows. Feels thin on the palette and is intensely bitter at the cost of flavor unforunately. This beer looks and smells fantastic but taste is weak and thin. Just plain ol' bitter.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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