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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,070 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,070
Hads: 4,071
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 199
Gots: 924 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,070 | Hads: 4,071
Photo of StevenMilligan
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a 3\4" white head that fades. Nice lacing.

Smells fantastic. Tropical hops, carmel, little breadier than I expected.

Taste is alright, pineapple hops, bread Carmel malt backbone. Bitter finish just tastes a bit off to me.

Moderate carbonation. A bit creamy, I like that. However, it's no "Resin" (SixPoint)

I got my hopes up I guess. Sculpin does it for me. This...not so much. It's definitely complex enough. Style wise, this is a solid IPA and you will probably love it. I just didn't fancy the bitter finish (and I'm a hop head).

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep amber with one finger of white head. Head fades rather quickly to a thin layer that rests atop the brew, also leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, tropical fruit, bready malts, caramel, pine, and earthy hop grass like aromas.

T: Caramel, bready malts, pine, of resiny hops up front, then some lemony citrus, earthy hops, and a slight buttery tone with a great bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth and slightly creamy. The resiny bitterness lingers around for awhile.

O: This is a great beer through and through. It gets lost in the shuffle of great IPA's considering the juggernaut of an IPA also brewed by Ballast Point. While it may not be as mind blowing as Sculpin it is still a great beer and deserves some love.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very nice dark copper/amber with 1" white head that recedes pretty quickly. Retention & lacing are both excellent.

S: Zesty citrus, mild pine notes & a bit of breadiness, grass, maybe a skootch of onion. Mostly zesty citrus.

T: Burly & bitter. Lemon & pine jump out in equal share. A lot of what sticks around on the palate is resinous hop-bitterness. It's right up my alley.

M: Pretty full-bodied & resinous. A bit soapy. Moderate carb.

O: Truly impressive, focused offering from BP.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Stein's Liquor. Based on their bottle code, this one looks to be a little long in the tooth at about five months. Poured right from the fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a deep amber with about a half-inch of white head that falls pretty quickly to a healthy film and leaves good lacing on the glass. Clear, with profuse visible carbonation.

S: As I initially poured, I got strong notes of citrus and tropical fruit. In the glass, I'm getting more of a resinous hop quality, though the citrus rind is still present. Caramel malt is there. There are also some buttery notes, as well as something akin to plum wine and cider.

T: Caramel and bready malts right up front, along with some assertive pine hop notes. The middle sees the intensity of those resinous hop notes increase, and there's an additional buttery sensation to accompany this. Some citrus rind emerges toward the back, as well as a more earthy quality, and the malts are still making their presence felt. The lingering aftertaste is one of resinous hops.

F: Medium-bodied and quite smooth, apart from the abrasiveness of the hop bitter at the back. There's just a touch of creaminess in the middle owing to a nice level of carbonation. There's a lot of lingering bitter but no syrup sensation to this one.

O: I really enjoy this IPA. I wouldn't put it on the same level as Sculpin, but it's close. If you enjoy nice pine hop notes in your IPA, this one is sure to please. It brings a lot of great bitter without throwing the whole show out of balance. This is one that I'd likely return to, if I could find six-packs of Ballast Point for under $15.

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Photo of dcall384
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know if I got an old beer in a mixed six or what happened, but this beer was just not that great. The after taste was really bad. Seemed really sharp on the tough, not in a good way either. Overall just not impressed.

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Photo of ARoman
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip. A bread and marmalade aroma come through with a slight dampness, toffee, and juicy citrus supporting aromas. It's oily and clear with an amber hue and a soft, light tan, dense foam head with good retain and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet blend. The texture is oily with a soapy fuzz carbonation. The medium body is lightly flavored with bread and bitter marmalade and it finishes with a crisp zip and toasted rye bread, as well as a juicy citrus and bitter citrus peel. The aftertaste is bitter and waxy with heavy bitter grapefruit, toasted rye bread, and some grass notes. It's aftertaste is fairly strong with a medium long length.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber color with a bountiful head of coarse, cream-colored foam. Aroma smells of grapefruit and biscuity malt with hints of pine resin and bubblegum. Impressively thick gobs of lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste follows the nose, with grapefruit pith, pine resin, and bready malt, with a definite slant toward the bitter side. My first impression is very reminiscent of Angry Bastard. Alcohol adds a little bite on the back end but is mostly under control. Medium body and carbonation lend a slightly loose yet drinkable, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a no-frills, well-executed, bog standard IPA.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass (on a fine Friday evening).

Appearance - A nice bronze color (a little darker than your average West Coast IPA). Dense, off-white head. Great lacing. Amazing clarity. A very handsome beer.

Smell - A big citrus hop nose, upfront, but I also detect a whiff of toasty malt.

Taste - Big, pine needle hop flavor. Slightly herbal. Spicy (think black peppercorns). Like the nose, there is a bit of sweet, toasty malt just below the surface. Delicious.

Mouth - Fizzy. Very good carbonation.

Overall - I was expecting yet another West Coast IPA. What a I got was a truly wonderful beer. Yes, the big Cascade hops are there in full force. The malty foundation, however, ties the whole thing together. I wouldn't call the the ale "balanced" but it sure is tasty. This beer might be better than Ballast Point's Sculpin. It's definitely cheaper!

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Photo of minnz21
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. Everyone seems to know Sculptor but Bug Eye is no slouch. Darker in color and hops are subtle but punchy. Very consistent taste throughout the process. A must try.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off white head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber/copper color. The beer has a nice smooth texture to it.

The beer smell is very bitter and very hoppy. The hop notes mainly consist of a very strong dry hopped pine and resin note. However, the smell has a slight honey malt note underneath all of that.

The taste is a bit less bitter than the smell. The taste still has the strong bitter pine hop notes. However, the malt is a bit sweeter and stronger even though it is still overpowered by the hops. The malts actually take off some of the mass hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is interesting. The beer itself is medium bodied with a tickling carbonation. However, the actual drinking of the beer feels a bit rough for an IPA. Although it's still pretty good. The beer has a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. My only issue with it is how bitter the smell is and how under-powered the malts are.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.67/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that perfectly exemplifies the problems of many IPAs. It is overly sweet, using a caramel quality to hide the bitterness, rather than showcasing and embracing it. The hop flavors are masked by muddy malts. I just cannot get behind a beer like this, especially from such a remarkably good brewery.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottle date "15064."

Copper color and clear with a thick, sticky white head. Strong piney hop aroma with a solid caramel malt backbone to balance things out. Pine, hop resin, and caramel in the flavor. Medium-full body. Long lasting flavor.

If you're looking for fruit in your IPA, this one is not for you. A well-made beer that paired nicely with aged cheddar cheese.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- amber with a white head that has good retention
S- Hoppy with a hint of resin
T- Bitter hoppy, almost spicy, very better on the finish
F- Bright
O- Decent IPA in my opinion, might be a bit heavy on the hop resins, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear amber with a big frothy white head
-medium-high carbonation visible
-Mango,Papaya,Melon,Orange,Mandarine with a big resin_y Note
-Follows the nose completely plus grapefruit
-pleasant bitterniss
-medium body,medium carbonation
Great IPA

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

A: Amber/Orange with an off white head. This is a darker than normal IPA

S: Big citrus/apricot nose, with piney astringency and pungent hops. If this tastes like it smells, have mercy.

T: Citrus fruit, pine, lemon grass, and peach like flavor. Its big in the flavor component. There is enough malt to bring balance and backbone, but this is a hop monster. Superb IPA.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation. Not to slick or oily, not quite sessionable. A couple of these would suffice, but any IPA worth drinking should meet that criteria.

O: This is an excellent IPA. Sculpin is the darling at the Ballast Point ball, but Big Eye is the underrated hot girl that doesn't get enough press. This beer would be the flagship at 90% of the breweries out there. Well done Ballast Point!

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Photo of kgammell1
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As others have said, it's earthier than the Sculpin. It's also slightly drier with a heavier emphasis on the piney hops rather than the citrusy ones. Malts are present but I'd say the hood balance out nicely. Great springtime brew for when you aren't ready for the citrusy, fresh IPA's but still want some of those same crisp qualities. Overall: very nice.

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

Inhabits the rung on the IPA ladder just beneath the Sculpin. Real nice balance of hops and malt with a clean pale-ale finish. Perfect companion to fresh poke.

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Photo of michaelmarolla
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent brew! It seems like a near perfected IPA, in my humble opinion. I'm starting to see what some of the hype is about, and the reason Ballast Point is priced the way it is. I've noticed many people mention India Pale Ale was an acquired taste for them, but for me, It was love at first taste. Haha, But really, I enjoyed IPA from the start, my first IPA being the "Hopsecutioner" by Terrapin. If I had to sum this particular beer up with just one word, it would be, 'Amazing'!

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Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery apricot amber, offwhite head, wreaths of lacing. . Aroma of eucalyptus and guavas in syrup. Taste of menthol, pine resin and a touch of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy. Overall a fine West Coast IPA

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Photo of leantom
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review's a long time coming. Here goes:

A: Murky on the pours but cleans up rather nicely. Dark amber-copper with a great head and lacing. Plenty of carbonation to boot.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and pine balanced by a nice caramel malt backbone. Good

T: Follows the nose, making the beer very well-balanced.

F: Well carbonated but a little thick for an IPA.

O: Solid beer. Prefer Sculpin, but would have again.

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Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, bready caramalts, tropical fruits (mango), pine resin, grapefruit peel.

Taste - Starts off with a nice punch from the citrus and piney hops then goes into the bready caramalts, tropical fruits, hint of pine resin, and grapefruit peel. There is a pleasant balance of flavours in this one.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness the hops and sticky finish from the malts.

Overall - A stellar American IPA. Spot on on all fronts. Worth a go if you stumble across a bottle of this.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking head, lacing and carbonation. Smell and taste complex, early and lingering bitterness that doesn't suit my taste buds. Great feel but overall not one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of tedvr
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a white lacy, lacy head. Has a nice citrus smell. Tastes are citrus with a nice orange finish. Mouthfeel is clean with a nice hop aftertaste. Nice IPA, not overbearing.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is nothing standard about this beer, but it is what an American IPA should taste like. Feel, taste, smell. All around excellent beer and one of the best of this style.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This tastes just like the Mexican spicy dried fruit candies. If you haven't had one before, think spicy apricot. Not a very sessionable beer in my opinion, but I enjoy the unique taste very much. It has a resiny, spicy and fruity aftertaste, with the malt holding its own as well.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.