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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,413
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 137
Gots: 437 | FT: 2
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Photo of TwoPack
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful rusty-amber color. Light head with limited lacing. Approach brings heavy hop flavor- wow. Good, rich mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Impressive bitter taste for a traditional IPA. Would purchase this again. Pros: Hop-head's dream Cons: Low flavor complexiity.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice slightly hazy copper with a good off white head. Great foam and excellent lacing.

Nice subdued grapefruit. Nothing so in your face that you'd be taken aback. Some toasted malt aromas as well.

Terrific balance here. Hoppy grapefruit and toasty malt and light caramel and fruit all come together perfectly. Finishing bitterness has some complexity (grapefruit again) and the toasted bread and light fruit and caramel balance this perfectly. Alcohol is hidden completely.

Medium body with good appropriate carbonation. Just right. A bit mouth coating.

Easy drinking. All elements are there. Terrific beer from these guys. One drawback. $14/6.

Photo of BeerSquid
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recomended by the fine folks of Whitemarsh Beverage, Plymouth Meeting Pa.
Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours very smoothly. Settles into the glass with a light translucent orange colour. Minimal head that stays throughout the consumption.

S- Very powerful. I can honestly smell this onw from a good foot and a half away. Great sent of American Hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T- Its all there. Miraculous complexity that washes over the whole mouth. Great bit that magnifys from the first sip and holds to the back of the tongue. The pine and citrus carry from the nose and really make for a spectacular brew.

M- Not overly carbonated. The flavour really concentrates to the sides of the tongue and lingers very nicely.

D- Would absloutely have this beer again. In fact, Im about to. Fantastic pick.


Photo of DaveJanssen
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22 two ways, poured into globe glasses. Reviewed 11/27/2009.

Ar: strong citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, delicious, very resinous, lightly toasty/nutty, light earth, light vegetative, floral, I've smelled this before...

Ap: Clear light coppy, medium head, off white/light tan, fair retention, light lacing

T: Spicy citrus, floral, pine, resin, strong hop resin, nice floral/citrus mix, orange, toasty malt, clean, light caramel, good malt presence, spicy hops, light grassy, herbal, light lemony/lemongrass character but not obtrusive, vegetative, light celery aftertaste, light alcohol

M: Mouth coating resin, medium body, medium carbonation, too vegetative, alc in finish, light bitter burn

O: i like the hop character a lot, great floral/citrus resin, tastes fresh, rather vegetative, rougher with wamrth

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

Appearance - Golden body with a beige foam head - splotchy lacing coats the sides.
Smell - Lots of floral and citrus notes.
Taste - Floral hop bite. Rich hop flavor.
Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, somewhat crisp. Medium-bodied.
Drinkability - Quite enjoyable and easy drinking for a beer with this flavor profile.

Photo of cbak999
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange almost copper color. A 1/2 inch head quickly disipates leaving just a trace head on top. Great lacing.

S: Very strong smell of citrus hops. Smells great.

T: A decently balanced hop/malt ipa. I taste the citrus hops, and some malt on the backend. But predominant after taste that sticks with me is citrus bitterness.

D: This a very good ipa. Perfect amount of carbonation and a great taste all the way through.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, 6% ABV on the batch sent to Canada...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper colour, with lots and lots of rocky, foamy light beige head, which leaves some decent random lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells strongly of pine and citrus hops, with a reserved caramel maltiness in the background. The taste is more malty upfront than I was expecting, but the bready caramel is soon eclipsed by that nice bitter pine/citrus hoppiness, with some mild herbal notes rounding things out. The carbonation is moderate, and the body full, smooth, and creamy. It finishes off-dry, with the hops increasingly overshadowing the fading toffee malt.

Always nice to see west coast IPAs available north of the border - especially from the San Diego environs, as Stone and Green Flash have whet my appetite for IPAs from that region. Ballast Point's effort doesn't disappoint - a good balance of the basics - and the hop tendencies allow the exclusive use of Centennial to shine through. Good stuff - I get the point!

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

A deep amber to brown appearance, beige head, lace. Dry hop new variety aroma (Simcoe/Amarillo/Centennial?). Whatever it is, or some combination of all three or less, its nice.

Taste is very pleasant, truly a big ipa, big malt entourage with the big hopping. Should satisfy hopheads. You get all the usuals: citrus, pine, bitter with a little more of that darker malt feel than usual for a wcipa. Carbonation mellowed to allow the mouthfeel to develop a tinge of sweetness to compliment the hops. At times, can feel a little woody, but I suspect those are older bottles.

A tad pricey, but not outlandish.

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really was hoping to get my hands on the Sculpin, but settled on this as a consolation prize.

Clear copper with adequate big-bubbled foam.

Standard citrus and raw herbs through and through with a nice helping of caramel malt. Plenty of body and strength to balance the hopping and a clean fermentation profile to let the hops linger on.

I know if I were to find this on the shelves of an Oklahoma beer store it would probably rate an "A". But being surrounded by the best IPAs and DIPAs in the world here in Southern Cal for last few weeks this one merely rates as really good.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/9/10

Thanks to scottyshades for the chance to try this

Robust shade of amber; nearly appears crimson at times. Two fingers of foam takes its time dissipating; the top clinches into a puffy form while the lower seated foam becomes riddled with holes & drops out, leaving nice amounts of drippy lace. Thin retention but good lacing.

The aroma features a little bit each of pine, citrus, earthy & floral hops; the only downside being the hops come across as muddled in the nose. Airy with a mild touch of booze & something that seems medicinal (not too prominent though). Substantial malt balance; toasty bread, caramel & doughy yeast. Too balanced, possibly.

Thankfully Big Eye tastes much better than the nose lets on. Piney bitterness hits upfront, awash in juicy, if medicinal, flavors. Said bitterness is accented by lively grapefruit & lemon zest, though possibly a wee bit too ripe. Malts are rather restrained with toasty undertones & a dollop of caramel. Bit of yeast, too.

Medium bodied, reasonable carbonation & a modest grittiness. The caramel adds a touch of sweetness but it dries out on the finish. Pine & citrus zest linger on.

Overall, it's an enjoyable beer. The aroma seems a little sketchy to me & the taste a little too medicinal. Other than that, it's a solid IPA. Depending on the price of admission, I'd likely be inclined to go with Sculpin over Big Eye. I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of Kala1073
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amberish color with a white foam head. The aroma of citrus and pine are very apparent. The taste just confirms the smell. Citrus notes and pine come throught the forefront. There is a slight bitternes at the end that might put off some people, but not me. Overall, a pretty good IPA!

Photo of kbnooshay
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with a small off white head. Aroma is super fucking floral. Flavor is the same. Super florally hoppy. This is fairly close to a standard ipa but there is a certain flavor i can't peg down. This is super fresh and refreshing though. Feel is tingly as fuck from the carbonation.

Photo of uberabr
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden amber, medium carbonation and a light head -- maybe too understated. Lacing abounds on the sides of my glass, I'm anticipating some good hops.

Aroma is subtle, but I'm a little stuffed up at the moment. Definitely bright, some bitters, but light overall. In the mouth it's got a big body, the hops create a light, crisp feel. It's very "drinkable." Taste starts off with spicy bitters followed by a bright, fruity hop. The Centennial creates good citrus without much of the overpowering tropical melon you find in the California IPAs loaded with Cascade. Still, there is a juicy apple/pear along with the citrus that places it well within fruity IPA country, and hop heads will admire it's soft touch. And there's something more, a hint of lime? pineapple? berry? I can't quite place it, it's subtle and well rounded.

It leaves the mouth with a creamy, malty butter. It's full of spice with a kind of musky earth to it and a hint of minty grass. Meanwhile, the bite and citrus from the hop lingers. All in all a very enjoyable brew. It's subtle, bright and balanced, with a weight and feel in the mouth that's bold enough to take it seriously without being too heavy to quaff down.

Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a copper color with a fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops on the nose and not all that much else. A bit of pine and bread in the background. Quite a pungent aroma, actually.

T: The flavor is less intense than the nose would let on, unfortunately. I still got the citrus and pine, but they were not quite as powerful. A bit of bread and sweetness, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. The finish is mildly bitter.

D: One of the first IPAs I had back when I got into beer, and to be honest, it's a little better than I had remembered. Not my favorite by any means, but it's still a good beer.

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

From a firkin at Tj's the other day. This was the Big Eye with simcoe hops version (thought there might be a separate entry, but I don't see one).

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The simcoe hops really sing on the nose with this one, resulting in a spicer, hoppier version of this beer (IMHO). Otherwise, I get some pepper, dank earth and light pine. This smells as if it will be on the dry side. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though I don't get the earthiness I got on the nose. Also, this IPA is no more than moderately hoppy, and I don't think the simcoe adds a whole lot to the flavor profile. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated and barely noticeable.

Nothing extraordinairy here. Just a good, solid west coast IPA (light sweet malt is well balanced by the hoppy bitterness, making for a very dry IPA). Carbonation was surprisingly lively I thought for a beer from a firkin. Cask conditioning didn't hurt this IPA at all.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask with Simcoe hops, served at TJ's yesterday.

Hazy amber with a dense, off-white head with great retention and lacing, this looks *very* good. The nose is big and bright, with the Simcoe hops really shining. Mango and papaya are present by the bucketful, with the Centennial backbone shining through with citrus and floral character. Malt is non-existent, though there is a touch of fruity sweetness. Very perfumey too, once it warms up.

The palate opens big and hoppy with a moderate bitterness and LOTS of hop flavor. Plenty of tropical fruit with the Simcoe overpowering the strong floral and citrus hop character.The palate is medium--light and while the carbonation is low, it also feels a little too smooth and slick. Drying and hoppy on the finish, this is very nice.

Photo of mikey711
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing quite like a growler of a fresh IPA

A: Deep orange color with great clarity and a nice sized head that holds very well for it being a growler. Decent lacing and some nice rising carbonation.

S: Mild pine and citrus hops. very pleasant with a bit of caramel in the background. Some floral hops present as well.

T: Much maltier than i was expecting as it starts out with a nice caramel note. Herbal and floral hoppiness up front with a touch of soapiness. Some pine and a hint of grapefruit and tangerine

M: Nicely balanced between being light but still having enough body.

D: Very enjoyable IPA however i fear this one would drop off if any less than fresh which is why i feel lucky to have drank it from a growler

Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up today after work.

Appearance- amber color, thick foamy head, some lacing

Smell- floral and citrus hops

Taste- floral hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I like it. I was impressed. I will end up drinking it again and recommending it at work.

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

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep amber with a nice white frothy head, leaving light lacing along the glass as I sip it.
S: That familiar west-coast ipa scent of citrus and hops.
T: Not too hoppy, solid balance between the hops and malts with good citrus notes as well as something else that I can't put my finger on.
M: Very smooth with great carbonation.
D: A classic west coast IPA - not exactly sessionable, but a few of these wouldn't be hard to put down.

For a company that produces two IPA's, this may be the lesser of the two, but that doesn't take anything away from it. While it doesn't have the various fruit flavors Sculpin does, it is still a great representative of the style and with year round availability, it is a great find.

Photo of kwjd
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with thick white head and lacing. Smells very lemony, which is a bit odd for an IPA, yet not a bad smell. Taste is almost as sour as it is bitter, with the lemon being very up front. Still tasty though. Not sure that I'd want many in a row. I had this at a good beer bar, so I don't think that the lines weren't cleaned or the keg was old.

Photo of squaremile
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Ballast Point taproom in San Diego. Pours a clear golden yellow with a small head that remains for the pour. Nose is milder pine and grapefruit, and the taste is more of the same but cranked up a bit in intensity. Some hop bitterness on the sides and a pretty dry finish.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a huge dense cream colored head that slowly settles into a solid cap leaving some webby lacing on the glass. Big citrus hop aroma, strong on the grapefruit, it also has a fresh buddy hop aroma as well. Not much malt big up due to the strong hop presence. Grapefruit flavors start things off, followed by tropical fruit notes, mainly pineapple. A bit of pine in the end. There is a sweet candied honey undercurrent that goes along with a bready malt. Overall big beer for the style. The feel is quite thick with soft carbonation so it feels heavier than it actually is. It is quite sweet but is overcome with the hoppy bitterness. Definitely on the heavier end of the AIPA spectrum, body almost feels like a DIPA.

Photo of simpliciter
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orangey amber with a thin white head.
S - powerfully floral and grassy. Definite Cascade (Chinook?) influence. Draws you in...
T - malty and very bitter in the finish. Well balanced, clean in the mouth.
M - light and clean.
D - very refreshing. Goes down easy. Great for a hot summer day.

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

sample soured from 22oz bomber.

a - light brown/orange color. cream head.

s - citrus hops.

t - not much bitterness. clean hop flavor. well balanced flavor.

m - med/light body. good carbonation.

overall - nice IPA that isn't too bitter. Sculpin' is way better though.

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

6 to 8 oz pour in standard pint glass

A - Light amber, nicely lingering white head and lacing

S - Lemon, earthy grains

T - Cut grass, ginger, and floral hops dominate up front, which makes for a unique west coast IPA. As expected, the back end is very bitter, with a hopped-up grapefruit/citric acid finish.

M - A lot of carbonation and a light body (especially for an IPA) make this crisp & refreshing in the mouth.

D - Very, very easy going down.

I'm a pretty big fan of this. Ballast Point pales have yet to disappoint. You should surely try this if you're into hops and haven't yet. And if you have, you should buy more.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,413 ratings.