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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,034
Hads: 3,864
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 175
Gots: 759 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 MTLDOG
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA. Poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with white head. A little lacing. Smells earthy and spicy. A little caramel and citrus and definite spice that sticks to your palate and lingers almost making you hungry. Very west coast hoppyness. Finishes with a flurry of flavor, hops, spices, lemon pith. A good one, a tad boozy though. (344 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange, misty, small frothy white head.
Caramel stands out in the smell, pumping up the rich citrus feel (sweet orange, tangerine, pomelo, kumquat), with nice perfumey hints of tropical mango and papaya, faint pineapple. Some pine resin on the nose too, but not too much passes through sweetness.
Taste balances things out more, tho still the sweet side more than slightly overpowers the bitter pine resin. A sticky sweet fruity note, with (surprisingly) melon popping up first, nice mango, papaya, maracuja, apricot, overripe orange, tangerine, light pineapple, sitting on top of a mild caramel malt backbone, not as thick as the smell induced. Generous pine resin in the finish, spicy, nice and bitter, but not entirely dry.
So a bit of caramel/fruity sweetness passes in the aftertaste, keeping those tropical notes strong and alive. There's pine, a bit of honey and lingering bitterness too. Medium body, a bit sticky, medium carbonation.
A really great IPA with a long finish and big tropical notes. Had high hopes for these Ballast Point brews, started off on a really great foot. (1,097 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was going to review another beer but Ballast Point with their endless nautical references and their 7% ABV IPA caught my eye (the big one) and you know what? F**k it! Let’s do this (s)hit! Let’s give this highly rated brewer a stab at glory (in my mind - which is another deeply philosophical discussion for another day, but the jist is: I think = I exist). Apparently this beer put West Coast San Diego IPAs on the map... which is in South California, near Mexico (in case you were wondering).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy (with yeast sediment floating around doing its thing - making beer awesome) orangey/coppery/amber body with a chunky off-white 1cm head that appropriately reduces to a spider web of lace. 8/10.

S: Harsh San Diego hopping (think K-S Tower 10 IPA) produces an aroma that is 99% hop goodness with notes of: Pine resin, forest floor, earthy and grapefruit hops. A bare glimmer of some sweet caramel malt peeks through the dense hop fog. 8/10.

T: Clever bastards! The bold hopping (both wet and dry) in the aroma covers up a nice dense caramel malt base which balances the aforementioned aggressive San Diegan hops. The hop characters, as expected, are: Pine resin, earthy/forest floor, grapefruit, and a woody/dry note comes through towards the finish. It’s San Diego in a glass, impressive. I didn’t find it all that bitter, but then I’ve wrecked my taste buds with hundreds of IPAs now, and I’m a fairly bitter/cynical person to begin with. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a nice (but not Founders nice) carbonation. 7/10.

D: This was a big one for me as a mate did rave on about how good it was, expectations were high, there is a lot to praise about this brew but ultimately if you’re going to compete with the likes of Founders Centennial IPA or Sierra Nevada Torpedo (not to mention the amazing beers that I haven’t tried like Heady Topper), you had better bring the big guns to the table. This is a bazooka to Founders/SN’s 88mm Anti-tank gun... close but not even in the same vicinity. 8/10.

Food match: This piney/earthy brew would be just at home with a Pad Thai as it would with a Recette de Côte de boeuf sauce bordelaise et cèpes en persillade (Prime rib with porcini mushroom and parsley). (2,273 characters)

Photo of Creepee
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance : Cloudy amber

Smell: Citrus, Pine

Taste: Actually quite smooth for an IPA, nothing overly complex, all the elements blended perfectly.

Drink-ability: Easy to drink, calm and mellow, but still retains that ballast point signature.

Comments: Great IPA recommend it highly. (287 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BOD 241/14. Pours a very slightly hazy medium amber with a light dark ruby cast. As it warms, the chill haze disappears. Above average head volume and retention, world class lacing. Outstanding nose of sweet tropicals (pineapple, mango and tangerine) over caramel with a peppery note. Light medium body with a nice smooth texture that approaches slick. Well carbonated with a effervescent rush from the middle to the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense, very well balanced and complex in terms of hop flavor. It begins with a burst of blended hop flavor that separates into the tropical components as it fades into a caramel sweetness. Interestingly, a grapefruit rind flavor is also noted as it flows into the mild bitterness of the middle coupled with a pepper note. The finish is a slow fade from residual caramel sweetness into a rind like mild lingering bitterness. (893 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: BE 477 14263

Deep, copper-orange hued body with a thick, sticky, frothy white head. Rich caramel-smelling sweetness combines with strong citrus and pine sap hop aroma. Excellent marriage of delicate caramel malt flavors with a gentle, fruity twang and a robust, orange and citrus hop bitterness. The body feels medium-heavy in weight with a slick, not-quite syrupy quality; mostly dry finish.

This west coast IPA offers a lot for the hop head beer fiend. The bitterness and aroma are the epicenter of this tasty brute. The malt sweetness and stickiness nicely complement the hop character. An excellent and highly recommended IPA. (652 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Cloudy orange amber. Two finger head with good retention.

Smell- Heavy aroma of citrus. Very fruit like with notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste- The citrus notes arrive to the palate first, fresh grapefruit cuts right through. Midway, a heavy malt prescence takes over and definitely has a noticeable caramel quality to it. This blends into a solid bitter and dry finish that lasts awile.

Mouthfeel- Medium to medium heavy in body. Lively carbonation.

Overall- A solid IPA from a great brewery. I agree this one is just a tad bit below Sculpin in rank. Plenty of flavor and done correctly. (647 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to an uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: all hops - tropical fruit;

T: like the nose, it's all tropical fruit; a slightly astringent bitterness kicks in at mid-palate and stays through the finish;

M; medium bodied; moderate bitterness;

O: a complete hop bomb; I with the bitterness wasn't astringent; (365 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a beautiful balance of bitterness and sweetness. Citrus hits the nose first, giving way to lots of bready aroma. The taste is more geared towards the maltiness with a touch of noticable alcohol burn. (213 characters)

Photo of osant37
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. can at 45 degrees F. into a tulip style ipa glass.
A - golden blossom honey with a slight haze . 1 finger of clingy soapy foam that sticks around. alcohol legs are present around the glass.

S - Tropical fruits are strong, mango, pineapple & mandarin oranges. sweet, sweet malty / honey notes.

T - bitter tropical smash to the pallet. mid mouth sweetness from the malts almost like a frosted donut with tropical fruit salad on top. this is absolutely delicious.

M- full bodied. coats the mouth in flavor and leaves a delicious resiny aftertaste.

O - This Beer is fucking awesome. I can drink this IPA everyday. And IMHO is just slighty better than sculpin. I would buy this and many other of the fantastic offerings by Ballast Point Brewing whenever possible. happy to have a great ipa like this for my 300th beer.

Cheers! (846 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber that I happily found on my trip to Hawaii. Reviewing from notes after drinking on 10/22. The label is marked with a Julian date code of 14258, which translates to 9/15/14. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a jewel-like brassy orange that brings to mind a darker version of amber (fossilized tree resin). Not really any haze, with the only obscuring produced by a lazy stream of carbonation rising up to the top to replenish a towering three fingers of off-white creamy looking foam. Retention is excellent, leaving spotty sheets of sticky lace covering the sides of the glass and an island of frothy bubbles floating on the surface as the head slowly recedes.

Smell (4.0) - Rich notes of pine wood and resin are the predominant aromas, with some subtle notes of earth and cedar come through as well. There are also complementary notes of citrus zest, but that is definitely secondary to the pine. Underlying it all is a pleasant malt backbone, with some caramel and grain lending a sweet counterpoint to the hop profiles.

Taste (4.0) - Many of the same characteristics are present in the taste that were part of the smell. This time, the notes are a little more straightforward than I detected in the aroma, with a lot of the subtle undertones giving way to pretty clear notes of pine resin and some hints of bright citrus zest with a faint grapefruit pith on the finish. The malt is again there to provide a base for the hops, with barley and bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with a slightly prickly mouthfeel and a mostly dry finish with just a hint of sweetness.

Overall (4.0) - This is an excellent take on the IPA style, and I'm actually impressed that Ballast Point has managed to make two IPAs that differentiate from one another without sacrificing quality. Any other brewer would be happy to have a citrus-forward IPA like Sculipin or pine-forward IPA like Big Eye in their portfolio. I'll definitely have to try this one out of cans sometime. (2,062 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber.Nice pour with a 1 finger head.Smell is Grapefruit.The taste is grapefruit and a slight lemon taste with a little bitterness but not to much.This is a solid IPA with a good 7.0ABV.Not quite as good as Sculpin but pretty good.Give it a try.Thanks to Mr Renteria for giving this one to me. (300 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with a big, light brown foamy head that stays for a bit and results in some similarly foamy lacing. Pretty good retention. Lots of citrus in this one. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. A bit of pine resin. Some very light caramel and bready/grain malts as well. The first thing noticed with the taste is the bitterness, which pairs excellently with the grapefruit aroma an taste. Some lemon zest and sour orange give this one a very unique taste. The pine isn't as present now; it's still there but the flavors allow the citrus to dominate. Not as hop heavy as I expected. Overall the taste isn't overpowering but it is very well done. The only negative thing I have to say about this beer is that, in my opinion, it is a bit overcarbonated. It could've benefitted from a bit less. Sticks to the tongue a bit and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Overall a very good, easy drinking IPA suitable for any occasion. A good alternative if you're not in the mood to get knocked over by Sculpin! (1,011 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-golden amber color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is quite heavy of pine and grapefruit hops with the pine being the biggest and giving a very resinous smell overall. Along with the hops comes some aromas of a bready and slightly crackery nature as well as a hint of a grassy smell being there as well.

Taste – The taste begins rather bready and more fruity flavored with tangerine, some peach and apricot, as well as some mango like flavors all being there and mixing with a decent showing of a grapefruit hop presence. As the taste advances the grapefruit stays strong, but is joined by some other hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature. While these two hops begin rather light they both gain intensity as the flavor advances with the pine really stepping it up. While the pine increases it can never really out compete the grapefruit hop however. With the fruity flavors fading a bit and some light crackery flavors coming to the tongue, one is left with a moderately sweet and bitter grapefruit but moderately resinous flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side. For the mix of fruity, malty, and blend of grapefruit and resinous hop, the feel is very nice creating a thick and robust base for all the flavors to be taking in rather well.

Overall – This was a tasty brew. Ballast Point knows there IPA’s well, at least from what I can gather from the Big eye and Sculpin. While the Sculpin may beat this one out by a bit, this one is very nice none the less, and depending on my mood, may give Sculpin a run for its money. (1,922 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Lost my notes on this one so I'm winging it from memory. On tap in a pint glass at Cooper's Seafood House in Scranton, PA. Nice clear almost Amber color with a good two-finger head. Took a long time to settle and laced nicely. Aroma was very nice, grapefruit up front, pine tropical fruit and bready malt in the background. The flavor of this beer was excellent, with that grapefruit dominant, also some mango, resin and slight biscuit flavors. The mouthfeel was great, the hops coating the palate nicely and the carbonation set it off nicely. Very nice beer, wish we could get BP beers all the time in CO. (607 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Big resin, pine, mint hop nose.
Brilliant ruby tinted gold under a 2" finely bubbled foam cap, rapidly descends but leaves excellent lace.
The palate starts with malt caramel and bread then resin, pine and citrus hop flavors take over with an assertive hop accent on the finish.
Medium body and carbonation, crisp, dry, refreshing and smooth. (342 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz cold can w/freshness date into tulip

Appearance - Clear ruddy golden/orange, 2 finger head recedes into a nice foam cap and leaves ample sticky lacing

Smell - Very orange juice forward and citrusy; sour orange, orange rind, lemon/lime zest. A bit floral and perfumey. Caramely sweet malts deep in the background.

Feel/Taste - Medium body with plenty of gentle carb is smooth and creamy. Taste up front is a big, moderately bitter blast of citrusy hops; tons of orange and grapefruit flavors coat the tongue, a touch of pine, then the malts sneak in mid-palate with some slightly sweet biscuit and caramel action to help balance the hop onslaught. Finishes long and strong with assertive hop oil bitterness coating palate.

Overall - This is a big, bad, bold IPA that punches your mouth with massive citrus hop flavor and pronounced bitterness. Drink this, and you will know damn sure you're having a modern west coast IPA. While the bitterness is pronounced, it never gets overwhelming - which may be this beers most impressive quality. A damn fine IPA, and sure to please any hop-head. (1,094 characters)

Photo of jman42
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

12 ounce bottle

A = Crystal clear, dark golden color. Decent head/lacing

S = Nice and hoppy...citrus overtones. Typical of an IPA - perhaps better than average

T = Taste matches the smell....slightly bitter

M = Kind of a bitter lingering feel long after the swallow. It's an IPA - what do I expect?

O = I lIked the first taste better than the third. What started off as a nice hoppy IPA that I was digging turns into a too bitter beer for my tastes. (459 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a semi-transparent amber/orange. The pour kicks up a thick, frothy head that leaves a good amount of lace and takes several minutes to die down.

Aroma is wonderful, wonderful hops! Grapefruit, weed, onions, with the good support of some caramel malt. Slight astringent flavor of cat pee, so it hits all the aroma notes I always hope for in IPAs!

Flavor delivers all the hoppy goodness promised on the nose. Bigtime citrus/grapefruit juice, bits of weed, onions, grass, and resin supported by a light touch of caramel malt. Finish is very bitter, but the caramel malts come out more on the aftertaste to balance it out. Really great flavor notes!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation - accurate for the style.

Overall, really incredible flavors, and an amazing bang for your buck! I wasn't expecting it to be this wonderful what with the lack of any hip new hops in the hop bill, but it really eceeded my expectations! (994 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

The benchmark of Centennial IPAs. Yes, I've had Two Hearted and Founders Centennial

Draft into pint glass at Coopers, Scranton. Has the beautiful copper color of an extremely hoppy caramel malt beer. Very hazy and murky. Frickin yum, my taste buds are already alive.
Strong grapefruit starts it off, with a sweeping transition to a piney dry bitterness, that isn't offensive. That bitterness just leads to the next pull, and before you know it, you're ready for another pint.
The hops in this are the chewiest in any single IPA I've had. Palate coating. This beer is what Green Flash's Palate Wrecker should be.
I've had Big Eye a few months old, and loved it as it mellowed a bit too. Still very hoppy with a strong black pepper that came to the forefront. Same is in Dorado. (791 characters)

Photo of Tilghman
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

A very good IPA. Having tried my first Ballast Point brew last week (Sculpin) decided to try the Big Eye as well. Almost as good, but thought Sculpin was a little better (IMHO) However, Big Eye is a finely crafted beer and very good in its own right. (256 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%

What a wonderful beer. Its everything that I seek out in an IPA! Just like Sculpin, it is floral and juicy with wonderful hints of tropical fruit and citrus. Not as brightly scented and flavored as Sculpin in my opinion, but where it is not quite as potent with tropical elements, it has a wonderfully fresh flavor with crisp citrus notes to ripen it up. Truly a masterfully done beer! (385 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Eye IPA pours a golden color with a nice white lacing head. There is a mellow hoppy aroma. There is a big yet easy to drink, floral flavors, with a mellow bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink, great flavors, and good body. Overall its a very nice IPA, easier to drink, smoother flavors, and a mellow bitterness. (316 characters)

Photo of Curtis
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden/amber, pretty clear. Surprising how dark in color this is, but it makes it noticeable agaist the rest. Good one inch plus head that last a minute or two and leave nice lacing. Aroma is very noticeable: some fruit hints. Mouthfeel is very good, carbonation is spot on. No bitter hop bite or aftertaste. Taste is a good balance, the hops and grains are well balanced with the malt. Malt is present and gives a nice yin to the yang of the hops. This is a good one, the alc content is a little strong, but can't be tasted. They did well, and I would have this one again and recommend it. (598 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Deep gold color, great head with even better lacing. Aroma is hoppy and piney. Taste is full of hops, citrus, pine and resin. Great hopped up beer with an amzing aftertaste!! (174 characters)

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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