Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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Reviews: 1,021
Hads: 3,792
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 170
Gots: 714 | FT: 3
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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 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)

Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7% abv.

Appearance: The body has an orange amber color with a light haze and lively carbonation flowing up to the head. It’s head slowly settles from tall thick and creamy off white foam. A light coving holds on till the last sip.

Smell: This is one of the highlights of this beer. It is full of floral, citrusy orange and sweet tropical fruity notes of papaya and mango.

Taste / Palate: On the tongue hop bitterness is king. The flavor is darker and more bitter than the nose suggested. The malt lays down a nice sweet bready base but the hops quickly take over with orange pith and deep resinous bitterness which hangs on long into the finish. The palate feels right on and balanced with good lively carbonation. (823 characters)

Photo of BTodd
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a clear, gold/amber with less than a finger of fine bubbles.

S-pine, citrus with some floral notes as well.

T-reflective of smell with some spiciness. Nice bitterness with some of the hop characteristics shining through. Maybe some biscuit as well.

M-Fairly light. Nice carbonation. Fades pretty quickly. Easy drinker.

O-A nice IPA that is not quite as complex or powerful as those I like a little more. However, it's a nice drinker and I will buy it from time to time. (524 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle from Roths Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $2.00 Clear burnished orange colour with a nice half inch thick creamy off white head. Nice spicy, fruity hop aromas.Slighly toffee like malts. Taste is better than the aroma, thick caramel/toffee malt flavours vie with nice spicy/piney hops..nice. Nice mouth feel also its quite heavy for style but its very inviting on the tongue and the long lasting hop after taste is welcome. Very nice IPA. This might sound crazy, but I am beginning to see a slight split in IPAs from S.Cali and those from N.Cali,Oregon and WA. (578 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am trying not to be overly critical or give this one as high as a review as the Sculpin, its really good, but but to my recollection not as good as the Sculpin, and the price is justified, but this is a damn good IPA for sure.

Appearance: Golden light bronze. Nothing remarkable from the standard color scheme of the style.

Smell: Just like the Sculpin, I could smell this one all day, its not quite as floral, but its still very nice. Fruitiness, tropical fruits, in the aroma.

Taste: Much more here than in the aroma really, tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, but a hop assertiveness is definitely going on here. I detect some pine resin but not as dank as anything Stone puts out, this is a well balanced IPA. Very drinkable.

Overall: I am still a fan of Ballast Point. I am happy with my purchase. So. Cal is really pumping out some of the best beers right now. At least I think so. Thank god we are here in this time to experience these! (949 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: amber orange-gold and crystal clear; few fingers of ivory head easily achieved. Top lacing diminishing and then disappearing down the glass.

S: pine and citrus all at once - deep chewy resinous pine notes and juicier orange and grapefruit

T: like the nose, full of citrus and pine; malts bring something huskier, almost rustic, to the fore, along with some muted caramel sweetness.

M: light-medium, slim and slick; prominent bittering, some linger, some stick; drinkability high

O: whatta nice ale - kinda like a meeting point between typical gold-colored and brightly hopped IPAs with the darker, woodsier ones, like a Torpedo. From the brewers of Sculpin, this is a very nice IPA, certainly worth a try. (713 characters)

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

Golden light-orange color. Sudsy topper. Looks good. Could do without the frosted glass.

Pine, citrusy orange, apricot, and spicy floral notes. Lotta hoppy in the nose. Pale semi-sweet malty balance going on stung by a piquant alcohol odor.

Major pine, citrus, and spicy woodiness. A lot of bitterness, upfront, with a big malt punchiness. Excellently hoppy. A little bruising.

Mouthfeel is delightfully engaging. Carbonated well. Nice spiciness. Body has some crush to it. Points knocked for heavy heat.

Solid IPA. Not a typically West Coast, West Coast IPA. (563 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy amber with a big half inch foamy head that dissipated to a thin but lingering head. Very nice lacing. Malt forward scent, not my favorite profile. Malty taste, lacking in the big fruit/floral hops that I prefer. A nice bitter finish. Solid but forgettable for me. (272 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for Ballast Point's normal IPA but have always went with Sculpin and I finally tried the Big Eye.

A - Beautiful reddish color. Nice white head with light lacing. Crystal clear making it look very appetizing.

S - Nice hop nose with your typical NW hops being predominant. There are also some grassy, herbal, and floral tones but mostly the citrus hop smell. Slight hint of malt but definitely hop forward. Could have a bigger hop smell by dry hopping more.

T - Has a more balanced hop profile with about 65% hops and 45% ale in flavor. It's a nice IPA that has everything you would expect from a normal IPA. Light hints of malt and a subtle ale character that make this a good drinking beer. Nice mild bitter finish that helps to clear the palate.

M - Moderate to light mouth-feel. Has some bitterness and finishes clean giving it some balance even though it is hop forward. perfect carbonation making the body stand tall.

Overall, a solid NW IPA. I did enjoy this IPA but isn't the best IPA I've ever had and I could see why they went with it in their year round lineup. It's not offensive from any angle and could be a nice session beer, It's basically a hoppy pale ale. I'd recommend it for specifically that reason.

Glass- shaker pint (1,261 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Floral and grassy hops in the aroma. Taste is very balanced, sweet at first but the hops kicks hard at the end and continue to linger in the aftertaste. Medium body with creamy head. Really nice floral and resiny IPA. (217 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-very clear dark golden color with a white head that leaves a lace
S-grass, pine, and grapefruit
T-Strong pine resin flavor with hint of grapefruit. The hop aftertaste hits you hard and does not leave you.
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-outstanding beer with a great hop flavor that leaves you wanting more (315 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous clear amber with a one finger fluffy white head that stuck around. Quite the nice looking IPA. Scents of grapefruit, citrus zest, especially orange, tropical fruit, with notes of pineapple and mango and heavy hits of orange juice. An excellent, fruity, citrusy, West Coast IPA aroma. Flavor begins like a classic West Coast IPA, with big notes of citrus pith, grapefruit peel and hints of pine resin. In the middle the flavor picks up further notes of bitter citrus pith and pine resin, with slight floral notes appearing. The finish has a nice flavor of orange pith, grapefruit peel and pith, floral hop character and pine resin. A slight hint of alcohol is discernible throughout the sip. Aftertaste is bitter pine resin, grapefruit pith and peel and orange pith and peel. A good West Coast IPA flavor, with all the flavors expected from the style. Very nice, though maybe not as flavorful as Sculpin. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous, semi-drying feel. Good, easily drinkable and quite true to style. Overall this is another excellent IPA from Ballast Point that is a bit lighter, yet still aromatic and flavorful, alternative to Sculpin. Highly recommended. (1,220 characters)

Photo of thomda11
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful copper color matched by few beers. The aroma is something I had difficulties with; it smells like a standard American IPA, if that makes sense. No overt fruit aromas. The taste is pretty solid. The hop flavor is not terribly complex, consisting mostly of pine bitterness, with a hint of grapefruit. Of course, the lack of complexity is far from a bad thing. It has a nice malt balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a solid brew. I still think Ballast Point's Sculpin is a better IPA, but at about 4 bucks less a 6-pack than Sculpin, I think I'd prefer to pick this brew up instead. (628 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a buying trip to Ohio. This Aipa pours a rather orange copper hue. Darker than I had expected. There is a small off white head that leaves nice film and substantial lacing. The aroma pleasantly hoppy with lots of pine, grapefruit, and grass aromas. Slight malt backbone balances the beer out well. The mouthfeel is sticky but almost a bit too light in my opinion. The flavor is quite hoppy and bitter for the style. Almost seemed more dipa. This is good though, if it was in my market it could easily become my go to ipa. (541 characters)

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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