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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

3,263 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,263
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 125
Gots: 336 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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Photo of biker30x
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured hazy honey golden into a pint with a decent course off-white head. Nose was sour fruit with a hint of mildew. Very first taste was a pleasing assault of hops and bitterness. But the finish hinted at citrus and sour yeast. The second sip was astringent sour lemon a la lemonheads (without the sweetness). This appears to be an IPA for folks who love saisons - slightly reminiscent of Victory's Wild Devil (only less of everything). Finally finished with a lemon dish soap chemical feel.

Drain pour.

biker30x, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 5/26 blind ipa tasting

pours light copper orange 1 finger head that left lacing

smell is big pine - my kind of ipa

taste was pine upfront then grapefruit hops - i did not pick up any malts at all but i didnt mind

mouthfeel - the pine hops sting the mouth plent of carbonation crisp finish for a medium body beer

drinkability - just what i look for in an ipa pine which might kill you taste buds but that what i like

over this beer finished tied for 3rd in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye=Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min=AlphaKing-Hdevil

jsh420, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rbald42 for this one. Cheers!

A- Pours an amber orange color with a thick creamy off white foam head that settles to a nice ring leaving sticky lacing.

S- Strong floral and pine hoppy scents. Lots of citrus (orange peel, grapefruit, resin) and earthy bitterness. Light sweetness detectable.

T- Bold hop taste initially with lots of pine and earthy resin flavors. A very noticeable malt backbone creates a balancing sweetness with caramel and toffee additions. Very balanced.

M- Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

D- Not a traditional 'hopbomb' but well balanced with a nice flavor. Easy to drink.

projectflam86, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass, courtesy of Scott (calinalu). Much appreciated! 50 degrees and up.

Pours clear dark copper, with a thin fluffy head that quickly settles into a soapy layer. decent stickage.

Nose is grapefruity, rind, light caramel and a bit of toffee. Lots of fruity esters coming out.

Taste has a bit of a prickly bite up front, dry, a bit astringent, with an underlying sweet malt body coming out around mid-palate that carries notes of caramel and toffee, maybe some Maris Otter? Fruity towards the finish. Finish is long, fairly bitter, fruity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bit syrupy, dry, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. The bit of astringency in there is a drawback for me, but overall a nice IPA.

JohnQVegas, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of nuggetnectar01
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium copper color with a three finger slightly brown foamy head. Little bubbles are left on top of the beer scattered around. Average head retention with great lacing left behind.

Smells of apricot, honey, lemons, grapes, caramel, biscuit, and bubblegum, it sure smells delicious.

Taste is full of citrus upfront with a nice malt backbone to balance it out, nice hop bitterness shows up at the end. Very balance beer IMO. Wonderful taste.

Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

This is one great beer. I can drink this beer all throughout the summer. Great find and recommended. Reminds me kind of Alpha King from Three Floyds.

nuggetnectar01, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of CJthirty7
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Ceramic Coffee Mug
Place: Work
Music in the background: Someone on hold.

All I have to say is tang. Hoppy sour apple tang. Does make the work day go by though. Head, smell, color is all normal. I'm almost wondering if I left some 3-day old coffee in the bottom of my mug.

CJthirty7, May 29, 2009
Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Wonderful citrusy (somewhat floral) aroma from the centennial hops! Below the hops is some fruity esters, and a subtle malt sweetness. The aroma is very present, but not strong.

Appearance - Pours a brilliantly clear amber, with a creamy head that was about two fingerwidths. The head settled quickly to one fingerwidth, and then slowly down from there. It stopped at about 1/4 fingerwidth. Good lacing.

Flavor - There is a smooth bitterness that accompanies a surprisingly malt forward flavor (much more than the aroma would have you believe). There is noticeable hop flavor, but the centennial hops produce more bitterness in this beer. The malt character is not very sweet, certainly not cloying. The flavor is well ballanced, but differently than many IPA's. There is a bit of a piney, resinous, bitter finish. This bitterness lingers, but is not too harsh.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, good carbonation. The bitterness is througout the experience. Little to know perceived alcohol. Less dry than other IPA's, but again not very sweet.

Overall Impression - First, I love centennial hops so I was very excited to try this beer. The aroma is great! In my opinion one of the best in its style. The beer visualy presented itself well. I would say the only thing that hurts this beer for me is that I would like to have seen it slightly more dry. It's just a bit on the sweet side for what I like in an IPA. I will say that it is better than a number of other IPA's that I can think of, and if it was distributed around where I live I would buy it again.

Hullabaloo2, May 27, 2009
Photo of nc41
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent IPA. Pours nice, great color, nice initial head and it stays pretty well. Citrus kick but not grapefruit, more like orange/ tangerine which is also very nice, very similar to Two Hearted, but not quite as full flavored. It;s also a little pricey. Over all a very nice IPA that I would love to drink if someone else is buying, for my money I'll stick to 2H.

nc41, May 21, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Courtesy of Jettanbass9

Pours a hazy amber-orange with a whole butt load of visible carbonation and some sediment. Huge white frothy head that seems to take for ever to dissipate, leaving thick bubbly lacing.
Prevalent pine notes with some hints of orange pith in the smell.
Tastes like grapefruit juice cut with some piney hop bitterness. A ton of citrus and no real noticeable malt notes to be found. The mouth feel is great, not at all syrupy and a very balanced amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty huge on this one, low ABV and tasty to boot. Crisp and hugely refreshing.

BDLbrewster, May 21, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On guest tap at Willimantic Brewing. Pours a clear amber/brown with a small white head. Aroma of resiny hops, grassy hops, and citrus. Flavor is fairly malty with lots of bitter resiny hops in the finish and some iced tea notes. Decent, but not great.

LilBeerDoctor, May 20, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as a consolation prize after Sculpin eluded me. I do love centennial hops though, so I'm hopeful.

Appearance - Very nice deep copper/amber color. A solid almost two inches of soapy off-white head. Nice lacing. Looks great.

Smell - Some nice grapefruit up front. Some floral and citrus as well. But it's all overwhelmed by burnt candy malts. Ton of sweet malt smell, just overpowering.

Taste - Like the smell. It starts off w/nice citrus and hop. But then it goes down a sweet candy malt road that I don't feel like following. It finishes very, very bitter. Much more pine than expected. Not a ton of balance here. Also, a weird wangy astringency.

Mouthfeel - A tad thin, but not too bad.

Drinkability - It's not hard to drink if this is your style of IPA, but it isn't mine.

Color me disappointed. Too much malt, too much bitterness, not enough balance for me. Just not a great beer. Seems to be lacking a lot of complexity. I'll have to wait and see if Ballast Point has something better to offer.

callmescraps, May 17, 2009
Photo of bfields4
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

nice frothy uneven head. a little hazy golden amber.

Grapefruit citrus hop smell. Seems like a light malty sweetness too.

Balanced a little more floral hoppiness with a bitter citrus twang. Fades to a malty earthy taste.

A good beer all in all. Wish i could try it fresh afraid the hops are a little faded.

bfields4, May 13, 2009
Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a medium tan foamy head.The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing.The smell is pungent with citrus hops and a very strong "bisquity" aroma. The taste, like the smell,has citrus hops,bread yeast,carmel,and hop bitterness.The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. Like all the other Ballast Point beers I've tried, this IPA should not be passed up.

jmz62565, May 11, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I am getting the sense this bottle might have a little age on it. Without a bottle date I can't tell. There are no OFF flavors, but the hop character is certainly muted. After looking back at some other reviews, I see others are speaking in glowing terms of the fresh hop presense...
I'll post this since there isn't a defect in the beer, but I'll eventually try to get one I know is fresh and post an update...

Very good looking beer. Fizzy & substantial head with decent retention. Lots of lacing remains in the glass as you consume the beer. Perfect clarity with a sparse amount of visible carbonation. Deep amber color with some orange tints.

Aroma is really muted, caramel and pineapple notes.

Very smooth and fruity flavor. Some light toasted malt or cracker notes. Very smooth
Lots of honey notes. Some hop bitterness at the finish. More pine in nature.

Body is fairly light and texture is smooth.

Nicely drinkable. Yet I would love to try it with the fresh hop flavor.

I'll be back..

Reagan1984, May 10, 2009
Photo of ryrust5301
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A pretty beer. Dark gold with a hazy orange fading in from the back. Head was a thin off white ring on the top.

Smell - You can't get much better than the nose that this beer offers. Bursting with hops and a sweet honey, it blends well with the citrus fruit and melon that can be picked up in the background.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Falls a little short from what the nose offered up. Hops are not as big as I originally thought, but if you like more citrus fruit in you beer, then this is the one for you. Tons of orange, grapefruit, and melon attack the tastebuds. Wonderful honey sweetness levels things out, but it doesn't help calm what seems like an overly bitter taste. Feel can be a little harsh at times, but does soften up when it needs to.

Drinkability - I was pleasantly surprised at that depth of this ipa. Even though it was bursting with flavor it seemed just a touch off in some places. Still a great ipa for sure.

ryrust5301, May 08, 2009
Photo of ShrLSU
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful golden amber hue with a thin white head. THe head settled down nicely leaving only slight white patches around the edges.

S- Great fruity hop scent. A slight note of malt but overall just a nice citrus hop scent. A little floral as well.

T- Great flora and citrus hop taste. Its nice and sweet and bitter in the end. There is a nice hidden malt taste as well.

M- Medium bodied and slick. It coats the mouth well but is very lightly carbonated. It fits the style well.

D- This is a great session beer. Ballast Point makes some killer IPA's and this one doesnt disappoint.

ShrLSU, May 08, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with bkrefetz...thanks Brett!

A- Poured into pint glass. Nice dark golden amber color to it. Little 1/4 inch head that went away rather quickly leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice fruity hops smell right off the top along with a little malt background. A little floral smell to it as well.

T- Nice hop profile to this. A little more bitter than I expected which was a nice suprise. Alcohol taste creeps up on the backside of the taste. Nicely hidden up till the end. Citrus/floral hop taste along with a nice underlaying malt taste.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel. Oil from the hops clings onto the palate leaving a nice bitter aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Carbination is just about perfect I think for the style. Nice full feel to it.

D- Nice drinking beer that I wish I had more than one of. Even though this isn't a "session" beer I could see myself treating this one as one.

To be honest I didn't know what to think when I got this bottle. I am glad I cracked it open though. I should have realized that you can't really go wrong when you are drinking a west coast IPA.

alleykatking, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from a real sporty San Diego BA. 7% ABV listed on label. Clearish orange in appearance with a solid two fingers of cream colored froth. Aroma of sweet, tangy grapefruit. Floral and lemony at first, with a nice bitter middle. Mouthfeel chalky hopped, nice peppery bitterness. Feel this one in the teeth. Wheat-thin maltiness. Great webbed lacing in the glass. Very drinkable...would love a keg of this.

RustyDiamond, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this at Total Wine in Greenville, SC.

Pours a bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus hops with a pale malt backbone. As it warms mild amounts of tropical fruit waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front followed by good amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors and ending with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall this is a solid IPA from Ballast Point. It's not terribly unlike SN's Torpedo. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of klewis
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours golden with a big bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Resiny hops balanced with a honey aroma.

T: A wallop of hops as soon as it hits the tongue. Resiny, piney, and intensely earthy. Slightly astringent with little malt balance.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky with a dry finish.

D: A bit too intense. The hop bitterness annihilates whatever other flavors might be in this one.

klewis, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent amber with a half inch frothy, off-white head - good retention and cascading strands of lacing. Nose reveals some malt and piny hops. Taste was bitter and resinous with a medicinal finish; however, there's also a hint of citrus and a malty/biscuity quality that seems to form the backbone. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied; carbonation is really prickly throughout, with a slight, residual oiliness that coats the tongue. I'm sure this brew has the makings of what a very good American IPA should taste like; however, it's a bit too bitter for my liking.

Jwale73, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours amber orange with huge inch+ thick head that seemed to last a bit. incredible retention.

smell was light, i did not get much besides a pine citrus scent with light biscuit malts. maybe the head was hiding it?

taste was very bitter, very resin like with huge hints of citrus, mainly orange. light pine and grassy flavors.

mouthfeel was pretty perfect. i hands down prefer this over the dorado for mouthfeel. light carbonation and very light.

a good IPA overall, easy to drink, slightly more bitter so probably after a few i would want something else. a decent IPA and that has a flavor of its own.

hooliganlife, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of rwdkosak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter lightly chilled produced a decent head over dark gold color. The nose of this beer is fantastic with full floral and hop sweetness which certainly hightens the flavor which again is hop and floral though with a lemon/citrus middle and only slightly bitter dryness on the finish. Mouthfeel was good and certainly this is a very drinkable beer.

rwdkosak, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip a hazy orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma is some slight sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a decent amount of bitter citrus hops with sweet malts backing it up. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable IPA to say the least, but there's really nothing all that special about it.

atsprings, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a two finger head.

A strong smell of minneola tangelo hits the nose right off the bat. Citrus and floral notes are also very present.

This is very tasty. The smells definitely carry over into the flavor. Oranges are very strong in the flavor with tangelo juice taking the forefront.
Nice and crisp and clean. Very good mouth feel and nice hoppy finish make this one very balanced and very drinkable.
Even at 7%abv its almost sessionable.

This is one of the more tastier IPA's i've had in a while. Being my first example from Ballast Point i'm impressed and am looking forward to trying more from said brewery.

BigMike, Apr 09, 2009
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,263 ratings.