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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,328
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 123
Gots: 365 | 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 jampics2
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. What a steal for $3.99!!

Medium bodied reddish-brown (amber) beer poured into my pint glass. What a beauty! Nice head retention.

Caramel bread in the nose with citrus notes. Really appealing!

Good, smooth IPA. Similar to many I've had, but really good. Reminds me of the Buckeye Hippie IPA, one of my all-time faves.

Mouth is great. Creamy, not sharp.

I could drink these all day. For the price, I could afford to. Nice solid offering from Ballast Point!

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

The beer is poured with a nice off white head with small bubble, and the colour is a light copper. It's almost brilliantly clear. The nose on the beer is filled with floral/citrus notes. There is a bit of spiciness that carries through. A nice sweet maltiness come through as well.

Most of the flavours that come through are a toffee with a solid spiciness. A nice bit of floral notes come through later while sipping. There is a really good balance from a sweetness and floral citrus notes followed by the spiciness. This is kind of like Two Hearted where you can just drink loads of the beer. The bitterness is firm, but exactly what you'd expect in a well hopped IPA.

The mouthfeel is great. Very creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. I could drink a bunch of these beers. Quite tasty.

Photo of JTahoe
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber gold with slightly surging foamy off-white head with small lace patches all over the glass.

S - Leafy hops with decent malt underneath.

T - Aggressive prickly hop bitterness kicks right up front. Lingering beneath I can discern tropical fruit, resinous pine, grapefruit pith, some juicy orange, and a base earthiness. The malt struggles to cut through the bitterness, but can be detected here and there. Alcohol has a higher presence than the ABV would indicate.

M - Crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Long dry aftertaste.

D - Fairly drinkable, though not as much balance as I prefer.

Photo of biophiliadude
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pint

A: 1/8 bright white head, cloudy orange, lacing.

S: Hops, flower, grapefruit.

T: Hops, danish, grapefruit again on the end.

F: Smooth, foams the tongue, tickle of bubbles.

D: Delicious but on the heavier side of a medium-bodied IPA. Very bitter, a very well made IPA. Lots of flavor as it slowly warms, but sometimes the bitter bite takes away from it at tad. Need to find it's perfect serving temperature. Recommend, a must for all HopHeads!!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-nice golden amber color, pretty hazy, two fingers of thick white head, nice lace left behind

S-big toasted caramel malt nose, not much in the way of hops coming from this bottle

T-sweet caramel malt up front, hint of toasted malt, some citrus and a good bit of bitterness throughout

M-full bodied and thick, pretty smooth and quite crisp

D-its pretty well balanced for an IPA, which I actually don't like. I want a full on hop assault with an IPA, save the balancing act for other styles.

Photo of qchic
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peach amber color with an off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma seems muted, but juicy fruit gum comes to mind. Hops and malts seem balanced, so we'll see what happens when I taste it...ah, the hops come forward, sending a wave of bitterness over the tongue. I'd expect no less from a west coast ipa. The malts don't really stand up, and citrusy flavors from the hops don't really pop. This medium bodied beer has an oily mouthfeel, and is easy to drink. Fine for an IPA fix, but I'd probably skip over this one next time in hopes for a more well-rounded flavor.

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

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours a nice cloudy amber/copper color in my SA Perfect Point. There is about an inch of quickly receding head that is leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel/honey notes followed by a bit of citrus (grapefruit), pine, and hops.

Taste - It oddly starts out a bit sweet yet bitter. I realize this is a bit of an oxymoron but it honestly has a strange complexity to it. I can definitely taste the caramel right off the bat, but I can then taste a hop bitterness intermixed. This is followed by a more citrus taste which seems to be a blend of grapefruit and pineapple and finishes on floral, bitter notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with decent carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Drinkability - Pretty quaffable. The more you drink the less of the bitterness you notice and the more flavorful it becomes. I wish I could have done a side by side when I had Sculpin a few weeks ago but overall this does not disappoint in the least.

Photo of DNICE555
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Julio's in MA

Amber with a crazy head. Nice lacing.

S - Floral, heavy on the citrus.

T - Bitter citrus. Not a huge fan. Not as hoppy as I'd like.

M - Too heavy on the citrus. Almost makes my mouth pucker.

D - Couldn't have too many of these.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A - beautiful copper color with 2 fingers worth of head, which dissipates to about 1 finger, but has great retention. Awesome lacing on the glass.

S - Soft hints of malts, stronger on the citrus, pine, and grapefruit

T - soft tastes for an IPA. Pine, citrus, nuts. Very smooth; very good.

M - Thin bodied, nice carbonation. Complements the tastes very well.

D - keep em coming. I could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this while in Mass glad I was able to try this and look forward to getting more form this brewer as well as a sculpin one of these days.

A - orange color with a thin head.

S - malts grapefuit, citrus.

T - Thin oragne, some grape fruit not much pine though.

M - Nice feel live a nice tany from the citrus fee.

D - Price and smoothness make this one well getting again for future drinking.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Dark golden-orange body with a small half-finger head. Left a modest cap and slight lacing.

S: A good combination of citrus and herbal hops, a bit grassy as well. Also had a pleasant spiciness. Malt background is noticeable.

T: Hops are in good order with the herbal overshadowing the citrus on the palate. Nonetheless, a good amount of orange peel. A bit peppery, maybe some cinnamon. Surprisingly, a distinctive chocoaltey malt, which was very unique and plesant enough. It actually made the beer quite sweet.

M: Dry and a bit thin.

D: Unexpected flavors for an IPA, but its overall profiles are very strong. It was a little too sugary for my tastes, but the hops were in great balance. I think this one was a bit old, so I'm looking forward to trying it again sometime, hopefully on tap.

Photo of ZAP
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Greeted with a strong but not overwhelming citrus aroma of oranges and tangerines. But just as impressive is the obvious toasted maltiness.

Taste is different than what I expected....not much of the juicy citrus...just more of a sharp piney bitterness...also the malt is hardly noticable on the taste.

Body is medium...reallly a dry finish to this...

Nice enough....aroma is top notch...the rest is fine but not memorable. Would purchase again but would not seek.

As I settle into this beer the malt re-enters with a toffeeish flavor...all in all a nice IPA..as I finish it, it feels more english ipa than west coast

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a large, white head. The first smell is pine and citrus from the Centennial hops, but you can also smell some malt. The taste follows the smell, but is considerably more balanced. While this is certainly a hoppy beer, the malt is right there neck and neck with the hops. This is much less hoppy than some other West Coast IPAs, but I think that makes it more drinkable. This is easily a beer I could see myself having several of.

Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: i really enjoy the ruby color with the white sticky head, a very good mix

S: nothing too strong but a solid malty hop aroma

T: there is a touch of alcohol over an ester of fruit and citrus hops. the bitterness comes in at the end this is a classic and solid ipa

M/D: i really enjoy this ipa and in a cluttered category it does a good job of being different while not being too different

Photo of canucklehead
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New to BC and joining its neighbour Green Flash on the private stores shelves.( Where's Stone?)

Nice dark gold colour with monster head ( almost too much head). Hops on the nose but this not a hop monster ( ie. this is less hoppy than Green Flash's IPA) but rather a balanced West Coast IPA that has a strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the thick side but suits the beer. I could drink a few of these and not find it overly bitter. Nice drinking IPA with enough hops to keep it interesting

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case from Beeryard back in the day on a recommendation from one of their guys. First offering from BP I got the opportunity to try poured into a Sam perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber/yellow/brown kind of color with a nice 1.5-2 finger foamy white head that lasted quite some time. Hard to keep off my nose while drinking.

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops. Fairly subdued, not overwhelming. Some caramel malt and subtle sweetness in there as well, but mostly hops.

Taste: A light, sweet caramel malt segues to a bitter, piney hop flavor. Some citrus flavors blend in as well. A nice chewy feel and bitterness are felt about half way through and follow through to the end, which was a kind of "dirty" bitter from what I recall. Not a bad thing. Also finishes a little sweet with sometimes a metallic hint to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bitter, and medium carbonation. Slightly chewy, somewhat sticky/resinous.

Drinkability: Decent. The medium body, relatively low ABV and nice balance of hops and malt make it a pretty easy drinker.

I do enjoy this beer, a nice break from Sculpin and Dorado which are much more hop forward.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More reviews from a great brewery. 12oz bottle poured into a Goose Island pint glass.

A: Pours out a crystal clear golden orange, really sort of remarkable how clear this beer is, its like looking through a beer stained window. Two inch head settles rather quickly into a quarter inch cap while leaving behind some sticky curtains of hop filled lace.

S: Can easity smell this thing a foot from my nose as I poured it out of the bottle. Christmas trees with touches of lemon rind with a burnt caramel with a dash of cinnamon and biscuity maltiness to keep the unrelenting hoppiness under control.

T/MF: Loads of malt, perhaps the hops have faded slightly from the front end of this beer as the bitterness sure makes itself known in the finish. Yet there is still enough bitterness here to let you know this is or at least could be a first rate IPA, tons on piny and spicy bitterness mixed together on top of an incredible sweet maltiness.

D: Goes quite fast, a few sips and the whole glass is nearly gone. Glad that I have more than one of these.

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

My first thought is that this reminds me of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. This sort of beer isn't what I would grab first if I had a hankering for an IPA but this is a tasty beer.
From a 22 ounce bottle into my Chimay chalice it pours a muddy, hazy warm brown. Not much head forms, some lacing is left on the glass.
Scents are toffee malts and floral hops. Deeper, sweeter flavors than typical IPAs. I'm guessing it's the use of only Centennieal hops in here that gives the beer its character. Not what I personally prefer in a flavor profile but it is well used.
Paired with a spicy, meaty stew, this beer cut through all the strong flavors of the stew and then some. Might be a bit too aggressive whenst consumed all by itself? Still worth a look.

Photo of cgstarry
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding brew.

I found it while on vacation in San Diego and am bummed that I can't get it here in Minnesota.

The appearance is clear and slightly amber. There is nice colorful artwork on the label and when ppoured it leaves nice lacing on the way down.

The smell is bright and hoppy. Almost citrus but with a sweet malty unlerlayment.

The taste is complex and very enjoyable. Starts sweet and finished bitter and clean.

Drinkability is excellent. Too excellent. This is a strong beer and is dangerously delicious. Wnjoy with this in mind!

Photo of cavedave
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, gorgeous golden, topped by a thick and lasting head of light beige. It recedes and leaves clinging sheets of wondrous lace.

The smell is a very strong, clean mix of sweet citrus (orange peel, lemon, grapefruit) effervescent pine, light and herbal floral notes, lighter toasty hints, with a pungency that is marvelous. The aroma has set my taste buds into high alert.

Wowwww, what a blast of great hop flavor. Bright, clean citrus fronts the sip, carried into pine, sweet floral, gentle herbal, subtle toasty notes, and finishes as clean as it started with lingering bitter and citrus that is remarkably brilliant and delicious. As the brew warms the flavors sparkle even more brightly, the finish gets even more wonderful. This is an IPA of amazing zest, balance, and clean fresh flavor.

The mouthfeel is light, even though the brew sticks to the palate, and the flavors last. It is obviously pretty medium bodied and resinous, but somehow the feel of it is light and refreshing. Nothing cloying or metallic here, it is a pureness that is rare in such a hoppy beer.

Drinkability is off the charts. Given enough of a supply, I could enjoy this without pause until global warming makes my ridgetop home into beachfront property.

Photo of beernut
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a golden/orangish color with a fluffy almost orange tint 1 inch head. aroma is grapefruit, hoppy, pine as well. taste is a real nice bite, very good. has also citrus/piney floral notes. the bitterness stays around for a while. than i get another taste that doen't really go away. it is somewhat of a metallic taste and i do not like it. maybe i got a bad bottle, but will try again.

Photo of Anthony1
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden orange with a big, fluffy, snow-white head that leaves a good bit of sticky lace.

S: Whoa... its a citrus hop party - pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach. The aroma is absolutely delicious!

T: Hops are big-time - some pretty heavy pine comes through with some grapefruit peel; not much sweetness from the malts, yet not overpoweringly bitter; alcohol kind of peeks through from time to time with a little hotness.

M: Not as heavy/resinous/oily as some other DIPA's; medium-bodied with a pretty crisp carbo zing.

D: One of the more drinkable DIPA's I've had, but still pretty heavy duty stuff

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this guy as an extra from Imperialbeachbrw. Another great one from San Diego that I have yet to review but love to enjoy. Poured into my usual DFH oversized snifter.

A: Pours with a nice sized 1 finger frothy head with bubbles popping pretty quickly. An amber autumn brown color with a rustic feel to it, pretty clear but not perfect.

N: Not super ridiculous on the hops, but they definitely dominate. A good piney hop presence and some light citrus to contrast it. A light crystal malt aroma seems to back it up as well. I also get a slight caramel smell on the back end. Otherwise its just a nice hop aroma, but the hops aren't really heavy on the nose.

T: Caramel malt taste starts off this guy with some sweet malt taste. It is followed quickly with some piney hops and bitterness. There's a good chewy taste in the middle. Some fruit and citrus line the middle as the malt shifts to hops. Lots of pine and a little citrus and touch of spice are what seem to constitute this hop bite.

M: Semi thick with a slight stickiness and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and sweet. It didn't seem to dry off as I had expected. It also got an almost metallic hop taste to it as the bitterness builds and then fades. I get a slight juicy hop taste at the very finish of the liquid as I swallow, just as the metallic taste starts to wane. Then the bitterness fades like some dream in the night, off just as a distant memory that seems to disappear the more you try to think of it. That is, until the next sip.

Final thoughts: This is a great IPA IMO. It starts with a great malt character thats not too malty or light, then hop flavor starts off as the malt fades and then finishes with a nice bitterness. It is a little too sweet if anything, but being 7% alc and hiding it well also helps. Not being overly bitter or hopped and not too high on the alcohol makes this a more likely candidate for drinking regularly than most big time IPAs. I like to reach for this when I just want a nice bitter and slightly malty IPA without breaking the bank, my tongue/taste buds, or my liver.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a fresh six pack at Ballast Point tonight. This was once an all Centennial beer, but not anymore. Consumed on 9/26/2009 and poured into a pint glass. The beer is dark orange with perfect clarity and a 1.5 finger white head. Retention is good and some lacing is left behind.

The beer is dominated by grapefruit. Some light peach and orange notes are evident, but grapefruit is the primary citrus hop component in the nose. The malt is caramel and it provides just enough balancing sweetness (slightly sugary). Some pine is noticeable, combining with the malt to form resiny caramel.

The beer opens up with big Centennial grapefruit notes, as well as some orange and pine. Strong caramel notes are evident, and while the malt doesn't balance out the high moderate bitterness, it does provide a welcome sugary sweetness, a temporary respite from the hops. The 7% is well hidden. The finish is bitter, crisp, and dry, with a touch of sweetness. This is wrecking my palate for a single IPA. Great stuff.

Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one in the closet for a couple of months now and I figured I better drink it before it gets too old as IPAs don't have too much of a shelf life, but damn, I wish I drank this one sooner and got a bunch more to go along with it as I feel it's very solid. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Light orange and coppery in color; comes with a short one finger white head that fades to a thick and uneven head with chewy looking spots floating on the surface of it all; body is hazy and shows pretty strong carbonation; full rings of sticky lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smells like juicy orange and orange peel; slight piney aspect; really firm and sweet, sugary even, malty backing.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness right up front with the strong elements of juicy orange and the bitter aspect of the peel of said fruit; nice and sugary sweet malty backing provides just enough balance but really allows the bitterness to dominate the flavor like a great IPA should; strong orange peel flavors in the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nice, full and sticky body; plenty of hop resin leaves a full coating which helps hold the flavors in the mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty dang high - a great beer that I could enjoy year round but I'm sure I would prefer moreso in the warmer summer months. I really love the juicy flavors and the smell is great and compliments and adds to it all the more. Easily one of the more solid IPAs out there in a world that's very full of them.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,328 ratings.