Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,752
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 164
Gots: 693 | FT: 2
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 PlacementSix
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a little malty for my taste but overall it's a pretty good American style IPA. The color is amazing, it's almost blood red.

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

Very good - just a clean, crisp , easy to drink California IPA. This could be your everyday beer.

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.

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.

Photo of OleGee
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved everything about this beer - was 2.5 months old but still was very fresh & hoppy with a great mouth feel - another excellent IPA from BP.

Photo of Hayden34
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA but definitely no Sculpin.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color and head, Amazing. Wasnt expecting much out of this beer seeing how it was 3 months old. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!

Photo of funjack5150
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just didn't care for this one.

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a sweaty clam. Tastes a lot less sweet. Pirates would dig this.

Photo of Ri0
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA has a combination of citrus and pine hop notes to go along with bready malts. The grapefruit and orange hit up front, with some sweater bread like malt in the middle and a nice pine finish.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good ipa! Very balanced! A winner in my eyes!

Photo of KidDoc
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into std pint glass. Thick head with medium retention and light lacing. Crystal clear light coppery Amber color. For some reason, I can almost pick up a hint of the ocean in the aroma. Flavor profile and mouthfeel are about as expected for a nice west coast IPA. Oddly, since I am on the East coast, I usually get these in cans or bottles and I do prefer the Sculpin in comparative tastes. I have once tasted them at the Ballast Point pub in Little Italy in SD, and the gap was much closer so freshness probably counts for a lot. In any event, give it a try if you can find it.

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

12oz bottle: no freshness date that I can see

Appearance: Very transparent dark copper body that looks beautiful under a very thick off-white head.

Aroma: I get a very strong orange zest aroma. There's a bit of a pine aroma in there as well. It smells very fresh.

Taste: I get a light bitter grapefruit flavor, and the aftertaste has a grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is off-dry with a good amount of bitterness that doesn't linger.

Overall: It was a really good IPA. I live on the East Coast and this is a beer brewed in CA, and it tastes very fresh. I am impressed by that. I would buy it again.

Photo of tlema1
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clean hop taste and excellent example of the style

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no bottle date; Wisconsin just started getting distribution so presumably this is fresh like the Sculpin are. Served in a snifter glass 2/9/2015.

A- Clear, dark copper body, two finger white head with excellent retention and very nice nets and rings of lacing.

S- Grainy pale malt, citrus zest, floral notes, even a touch of spices. Pine as well.

F- Grapefruit, crackers, freshly toasted grains, citrus zest, pine, floral notes. The grainy crackery sweetness kicks in even more towards the end, which is actually quite nice as it gives a nice respite to the piney bitterness that it transitions from. Very tasty, nice complexity, well-hopped.

M- Medium bodied, a bit sticky but not syrupy. Good carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink. I enjoy the combination of flavours that starts out aromatic then sweet then bitter then sweet. It's a very nice progression that is most evident when the beer is at more of a cellar temperature.

O- Very nice IPA, not the best I've had but one of the better ones that I see on the shelves in Wisconsin. Ballast Point makes very solid pale ales and I'm glad to have them here.

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA, ticks all the boxes for me.

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

excellent , in my growler from Isaac's

Photo of Chubbs616
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a light IPA not too hoppy

Photo of hoagzzz
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason never had this brew. Picked up a single at craft bottle shop by Oxford valley mall. Overall, very familiar taste though I can't place it. Good not great. Enjoyed it.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle: hazy and bright amber with a quickly receding off-white head; very nice lacing on the glass. Per the brewery, this ale was bottled on the 218 day of 2014 so it has some age.

This aroma was very unique and rather dank. It is unlike any beer aroma I have encountered until I realized Stone's IPA has a remarkably similar aroma. It has been several years since I have enjoyed a Stone IPA but that aroma is unmistakable; it is almost like a tomato.

The flavor has a strong, but not very distinctive hop punch with the abrasiveness tingling on my tongue. As the ale warms, there is a nice sweet, caramel flavor that gives the ale some balance. As with the aroma, the flavor profile is unique. Unlike most American IPAs I have tried, I cannot detect any citrus or pine flavors. The aftertaste does have some faint marmalade like flavors. I am enjoying the taste profile, it just seems a little odd.

The ale has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a lingering, tangy and sweet mouth feel.

Another good ale from Ballast Point, though rather strange and unique.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Hazy Amber color. Creamy off white head retains well at an inch in height. Sticky webs of lacing cement themselves onto the glass.

S: Earthy. Resin. Wet leaves and dank bud. Tangerine and apricot. Toast and caramel malt base.

T: Tangerine and apricot are juicy and vibrant on the tongue. Pine and earthy bitterness is firm but gentle. Lemon pith. Passion fruit. Toast and caramel malt base. Sweet bud, pine, passion fruit, and toast on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. soft and creamy texture with a bite of fine carbonation. Astringencies lay that gripping film on the tooth enamel.

O: I really find it amazing that this beer gets no love or recognition. It's always stuck playing second fiddle to Sculpin. Most breweries would kill to have an IPA like this. Superb stuff.

Photo of Decko
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold appearance. Big hoppy aromas which dominate and not surprisingly this comes through in the taste strongly. As it warmed in the glass I got a little of the alcohol coming through. Nice enough IPA but feels a little unbalanced to me with the hops overdone and the alcohol mouthfeel. I'm probably not used to the more gutsy west coast IPAs but would have it again but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of DucksFan16
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottle dating, so I am unsure of whether this is actually a fresh IPA or has been sitting on the shelf for some time. Aroma is not strong at all or very pleasant, The taste is primarily bitter with hardly any fruity notes.

Photo of MTLDOG
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Southside830
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew. One of my favorite. Juicy, nice hop flavor. Fruity pebbles and citrus. Bitter finish.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,752 ratings.