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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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2,529 Ratings

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Ratings: 2529
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%

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 Rjtribb1e


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has bold flavor. The first punch is like being punched in the face. It almost tastes like cocaine (not that I would know what that tastes like, wink wink). I really enjoy the smell and texture of this beer. This brewery just started shipping to Georgia and I cant wait to try everything else they offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:46:16 | More by Rjtribb1e
Photo of SplitsAtoms


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Glad to finally see Ballast Point in Atlanta. To me this is a great example of what a san diego style IPA should be--super drinkable, hoppy, citrusy, some pine and malt and just the right amount of stickiness on the tongue. Great appearance and aroma as well. This is like A Stone IPA thats kinda bursting at the seams. Delicious and interesting enough to the palate to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 23:20:02 | More by SplitsAtoms
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 13260, so September 17, 2013

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Some nice citrus and pine notes thanks to the hops, along with a solid malt backbone. Hops are definitely front and center

T: Starts out with the hops up front, lending some citrus and pine notes. The malts come in mid-way to help balance. Bitterness also comes along mid-palate, along with some floral, perfumey hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick

O: Much more piney and perfumey than Sculpin, so it's certainly more west coast styled. Easy to sit down and drink a couple, but the abv and IBUs will definitely take their toll after a few. Definitely recommended if you're into west coast IPAs

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 20:15:56 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of rajendra82


4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden amber colored body was filled with fine carbonation bubbles. The head formation was one finger thick and foamy. The aroma was full of pine straw and grapefruit peels, and was very inviting. The taste was full of grapefruit, with a massive dose bitterness. The finish was spicy and herbal, as the hops never let up. The body was a hair on the lighter side of medium dense, and the aftertaste was a little boozy. Ballast Point beer just started showing up locally, and this was fine first taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 06:10:50 | More by rajendra82
Photo of bmwats


3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, tight, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Pine resin, orange and grapefruit citrus, and honey.

T: Resiny hops, accentuated with citrus, honey, and wood.

M: Thick and syrupy. Great balance of biting hops with a touch of sweetness, fruity citrus, and a bit of earthiness. Citrusy bitter finish. A little steely.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Tightly formed, thick, foamy head; and Persistent beer ring lacing. Nose is resiny with citrus and honey. Thick and syrupy pine resin, accentuated with citrus and a bit of sweetness, and earthy character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:46:34 | More by bmwats
Photo of PieOhMy


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A. Orange/amber. Clear. Nice layer of white foam.

S. First hit is malt. Sweetness. Some pine. Floral aroma. Lemon zest. Hops.

T. Very malty. I like this. Sweet and zesty. Just follows the smell. Citrus peel. Floral and piney. There is a big bitter hop bomb in the end. This is amazing!

M. Medium but very thick and creamy for the style. Crisp. Finishes with a remarkable lingering hop bite.

O. Wow! Was not expecting this. Thinking this is the Jan to Sculpin's Marsha. Not the case. So good and balanced. Two sides - the malty sweet fruity to the enormous hop explosion. Super IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 01:25:25 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of DavidBart

New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally caught a Big Eye. It seems like Sculpins are easier to find around these parts.

A: Rich copper tone. One finger head. Some lacing.
S: Very faint nose: Malt, caramel & slightly boozy.
T: Along the lines of nose. Malty sweatness, slightly bitter finish. Not a lot of hops.
M: Light carbonation.
O: It doesn't taste much like your typical IPA. Less hop forward and more malt oriented. I am sure this one is fresh, so that's not the issue. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 19:31:02 | More by DavidBart
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Semi-clear dark orange amber with a finger of off white head.

S - I get grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and other citrus hops in the aroma. The faintest hint of caramel as well.

T - The taste is much different than what I smelled. It is mainly piney, earthy hops with a bit of grapefruit. Resinous floral notes can be found as well. Somewhat dry and quite bitter as well.

M - Moderate body and moderate carbonation, with a resinous and sticky mouthfeel.

O - I didn't really know what to expect with this beer. The aroma is misleading in regards to the taste. I prefer tropical fruity IPAs like Sculpin and Dorado, though this was still good. I just wish the taste followed the nose.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 17:38:49 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of matjack85


3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Roommate brought a few of these home to share so not sure of cost. 22oz (650ml) brown bottle with a freshness date of 9/16/13 printed on the front label.

The beer poured a nice copper/orange color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted a few minutes. Decent lacing.

Mild pine and citrus hop aroma.

Citrusy hop flavor with plenty of bitterness. Tangerine/grapefruit is the main flavor with just a touch of pine. Caramel malt sweetness helps balance it out.

Medium bodied with slightly higher than average carbonation.

It's OK but it didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 05:38:13 | More by matjack85
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Piney, citrus rind.

Taste: Nice balance. Starts with moderate sweetness with a fruity hop kick. Moderately bitter finish. As I go through the glass, it gets drier and drier on the finish.

Overall: A solid IPA from Ballast Point. Starts balanced but then gets drier as it warms up. Pretty good malt base flavor too.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 16:04:48 | More by Mdog
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Newly available in my area, sculpin and big eye! Glad to pick up a sixer of each.

Tannish orange, clear, moderate head and lace.

Taste and aroma are expectably IPA, and up to par with the quality of beer I've experienced with other ballast point beers that I've gotten in trades. Bitterness is high, hops flavors and aromas are high, with a little sweetness from the malt base to balance it out. Citrus dominates the hops flavors, with a little earthy and floral notes.

Body is medium and finishes bitter. It's a fine IPA, as is the sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:41:08 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of MattyG85


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. No bottling date.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A juicy and ripe hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and some sweet malt. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, tangerine, passion fruit, and lemon. Also some earthy hop hints of grass and some herbal pine resin. Bready malt background with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. A very juicy and solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a ripe and juicy hop forward IPA taste with big citrus fruit notes and a solid backing of bready malt. Upfront citrus hops with a taste of orange pulp, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, apricot, lemon, and passion fruit. Herbal hop notes of pine resin. Earthy notes of grassy hops. Bready malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. Pretty upfront with the juicy hops. A very good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: Another great American IPA from Ballast Point. Very similar to Sculpin with its citrus forward West Coast taste. Maybe a little more laid back and more malty? Will need to do a side by side. Both are great.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 07:05:38 | More by MattyG85
Photo of BMMillsy


3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with one finger head. Aroma is a nice grapefruit pine. Very nice. More malt flavor than expected. A sweet soapy flavor taste along with some dried apricots, something a bit muddled going on here in the taste. Dry finish with medium light yet slick mouthfeel. Clean apricot finish. Somewhat unique flavor profile. Not bad but not really what I was expecting after loving Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:15:03 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of bark


2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The colour is deep gold (24 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white, it sinks quickly to a thick lid leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet, fruity and hoppy. Hints of onions and olive oil. Grapefruits, oranges, apricots, green bananas and a touch of marzipan. Some bitterness.

The taste starts with a robust bitterness, some green berries and fruits. Oily notes of rubber, garlic and onions. Medium body. The aftertaste is smoother with some dry citric flavours, lemon and lime. Caramel-sweetness and some biscuits. The finish is bitter, dry and a bit harsh.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the shirt-lived bubbles smooth. The liquid is a bit thick and quite sticky.

A thick and oily AIPA with some disturbing garlic flavours.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 19:08:37 | More by bark
Photo of JamesMN


3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Code on bottle: 13273. I think that means it was bottled about 3 weeks ago.

Appearance: A perfectly clear honey/caramel color with a fluffy off-white two finger head. In my opinion, the ideal appearance of an American IPA.

Aroma: Earth, pine, and grain. Fruity undertones.

Taste: A pleasant mix of hop characteristics. Starts with a sort of bright earthy flavor that packs a mighty bitter punch to the palate. Then it transitions into piney and almost citrusy character near the finish and ends with deep earthy/spicy tones in the aftertaste. The bitterness stays high throughout and hits its most intense points in the echoing aftertaste. The malt bill goes nearly unnoticed beneath the forest of hops. Very robust for 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with higher than average carbonation. Steady drinkability but edging on palate fatigue.

Final Thoughts: Not my first choice when it comes to hop profile, but a decent one at that. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:51:46 | More by JamesMN
Photo of ckollias


4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this brew out of a group in a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that leaves a decent trail and thin wispy lace.

S: Hoppy and pine aroma with a malty background.

T: Bitter hoppy tart flavor up front with an alcoholic bite. Finishes on the tart side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a solid ipa – great balance between the hops and malt.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2013 00:33:55 | More by ckollias
Photo of fourstringer


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a moderately aggressive hand. "13261" printed on the label. Whatever that might mean.

A: Pretty clear golden orange-yellow. Clean white head of about 1.5 finger width. Reduces to fine layer over 2-3 minutes. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Citrus hop predominates with much more subdued pine notes. Faint malt. Touch of sweetness. Orange. A bit floral.

T: Grapefruit bitterness upfront that draws out nicely into some brief malt sweetness. Finishes reasonably dry. Citrus heavy with only a trace of piney/resin elements.

M: Moderate carbonation. Good full body and IPA creaminess. A bit sticky, but overall very nice.

O: Citrus-forward IPA with nice prominent hoppiness. Balance is shifted on the bitter side of things, but that is how I prefer my IPAs. Too much malt ruins the IPA, I say! Very solid. I actually think I prefer this to Sculpin. And at 2/3 the price, I think I will be revisiting.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:45:06 | More by fourstringer
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: translucent orange-yellow sustaining film of off-white head, with significant lacing
S: floral blossoms, bready, and a little earthy
T/M: Little malt up front, but more hoppy and dry than most. Earthy with maybe a hint of grapefruit way in back. The taste doesn't change too much, but the malt seems to make a presence in the middle, it seems. There is a constant increasing pull of the hops on the tongue throughout.
O: Very solid IPA that has the hops bite and dry feel. It also seemed to improve a little as it warmed from a cold fridge state. Although it has about everything I like, I think it could be a bit more complex. And even then it's not to say it's monotonous, just the layers aren't as distinct as in some other offerings I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 22:29:44 | More by cjgiant
Photo of mattsdenney


4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Rita's Folly Beach.

Light amber in color, clear, bubbly with little head. Strong hop presence, grassy, earthy, piney. Great hop flavor. Medium bodied, slightly dry, refreshing. Overall a solid ipa, very flavorful and drinkable. A solid ipa that is what you'd expect from the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 20:35:52 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb


3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, dark golden with a rich finger length head that dissipates into a cap. A lot of visible carbonation and mild lacing left behind. Nose is incredibly piney, with lots of spice and lemon zest very much there. Hops are also the story on the tongue, from start to finish. Light toasty malts are detected in the middle, but bitterness is the story with this bad boy. If you can handle big bitterness, this is very easy to drink and goes down clean, but I can't imagine anyone being able to drink more than 2 or 3 if that is the goal.

Overall: Piney IPA done well. If you like piney IPAs, check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 16:54:06 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
Photo of artoolemomo


3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head with even better retention. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium amber which glows a pale to medium amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Lots of presence, very rich. Lots of promise. Starts off with citrus (orange and lemon) with some subtle pine, followed by caramel and honey- definite floral and nectar notes. Not exactly complex but still quite nice.

Taste- A little different from the aroma. Hits you with a good amount of bitterness upfront- wood, pine, and resin. A little bit of matchstick. Some caramel and honey appears, alongside citrus of orange and lemon but it's really dominated by the hop bitterness. However, the caramel and matchstick blend well near the finish which has some earwax that extends into a linger with wood and spice. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit somewhat soar on the finish with the earwax. Solid IPA but then again, it's another IPA.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with minor hints of syrup in the texture. A good amount of carbonation which matches well with the spicy resin of the finish.

Drinkability- Sizable bitterness and a lot of the earwax variety. A little stultifying but not too much. No heat present.

Overall- Good beer. Solid IPA. Definitely worth giving a try. I'm a little burnt out on your basic West Coast IPA so it's hard to be enthusiastic about this beer. I almost wish there was more caramel or some sort of malt bill- what heresy!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:19:46 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of snaotheus


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Code on the bottom of the can is BE 380 13176.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a slight copper tint and a big fluffy white head that appears to be leaving huge clumpy lacing. Smell is slightly spicy with lots of fruity citrus aroma. Some honeysuckle, some lemon.

Taste is strawy, with some pine resin, a hint of honey. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, fluffy and pleasant. Overall, a pretty darn good beer.

Serving type: can

09-19-2013 00:05:25 | More by snaotheus
Photo of gatornation


3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden copper color with a 1finger head and a bit of lacing left a fresh collar
S-nice balance of tropical, pine and floral hops a bit of malts
T-follows the nose big burst of hops very tasty mid sweet malts try to balance this out
M- medium carbonation with a thick some what bitter finish from the hops
O- great IPA with loads of hops i like sculpin better but this is also very good

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:34:02 | More by gatornation
Photo of JackieTH


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Darker amber-orange, good clarity, an inch of white foam recedes to a persistent quarter inch, fits of lace.

Smell is clean pine forest woodsy slightly earthy and grapefruit pith.

Taste loads big bitterness right up front, it's got flavors of nice and clean pine resins, citrus pith, slightly grassy. Not super complex, but has a slightly floral-grassy element that works well with the bitterness and citrus-resin to create quite a nice and enjoyable crisp and refreshing flavor. Nice bite of carbonation that abides well with the persistent bitterness. Body is medium light. Finish is very clean and mildly bitter.

This is a very nice example of a West Coast IPA and its not shy about high octane bitterness. Bonus points on 'Overall' since I'm really enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 03:11:21 | More by JackieTH
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear copper coor with a dense head off off-white head. Unbelievable retention and lacing. Doesnt get much better looking than this!

Nose is juicy hops - papayas, pineapple and grapefruit flesh. Little bit of sweet, caramely malt. Clean overall and the hop aromas are really great.

Taste has plenty of both bittering and flavoring hops. The finish is biting and loooong lasting. The malt is well played...not so light it is all hops; there is a deft touch of toasty caramel that stays out of the way or the most part but compliments the hops. Its still firmly in the West Coast IPA category, but a bit of malt compensation is nice to see. Mouthfeel is airy and carbonation perfect. This is a great IPA when fresh, I could drink this just about anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:20:56 | More by twiggamortis420
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,529 ratings.