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Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Reviews: 1,084 | Ratings: 4,156
Photo of puboflyons
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled o August 20, 2015.

I drank it right after the Dorado DIPA and it is a good way to compare.

Handsome medium amber and modestly heady pour.

This one has more of a caramel malt essence with a vibrant but not overpowering pine hop sensation.

The body is in the medium mouthfeel range.

I enjoy this one for its quick malt sweetness even though the hops are the thing and they roll in with a vengeance to finish it off with a moderately lingering bitterness.

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Photo of rjd722
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA from Ballast Point! Poured from a can into my spiegelau glass, formed a big, frothy white head that dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Deep, hazy amber color. Dank, floral/citrus aroma - very pleasant, as the beer warms some malt comes through. Taste is piney with hints of citrus and even some rye. Leaves a very bitter coating on your tongue, exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA. I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle
L - surprising rich amber color, 1/2 inch white foam
S - malt, hops, pine, sweetness
T - First sip was malty, bitter, lots of pine, mellowed out as I drank it
F - Smooth, medium body, well carbonated
Gets better and better as you drink it

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep clear copper and a beautiful creamy white head.
S - Caramel, malt, hops and a slight citrus tone.
T - Orange peel, lime, hops. Bitter aftertaste.
F - Fresh, smooth, medium.
O- Great, would definitely have more in the future.

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Photo of Preisman
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep hazy amber with an off white head that lasts
S: Citrus, pines and a slight fruity aroma
T: Strong pine hop flavor, some caramel taste at the end, slight citrus flavor as well
M: Medium body, slightly carbonated, smooth at first and a nice bitterness that lingers.
O: Strong, bold flavor that lasts. Smells great. I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't think Ballast Point is capable of brewing a bad beer. They continue to impress and this one is no exception. Big nose......fruity/floral. The taste follows w/ big fruity notes, some floral and some grassy pine. Thoroughly enjoyed!!!!

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Photo of milehighhop
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great IPA from Ballast Point! A little darker than most IPAs I've had, nice thick head after pouring it into a snifter. A good taste of pine + nice hops, really enjoyed it. Haven't been disappointed buying any Ballast Point yet.

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Photo of fank2788
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This is a slightly hazy reddish copper in color, a swift pour yields a two finger thick head of nice small off white bubbles. The smell is spot on for an IPA with a good dose of pine and resiny hops. There is also a bit of herbal and citrus in there as well and a touch of sweet malt but the hops take the lead. Those hops also take the lead in the taste. They bring a good dose of bitterness that is just about balanced by the malt but it is quite clear that this is an IPA. The finish is tingly with a lingering bittterness that just holds on until the next sip. The body of this beer is medium with a good dose of carbonation and overall this is a surprisingly drinkable beer given the heavy dose of IPA bitterness. This is a very nice beer, maybe not as good as Sculpin from the same brewery but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Appearance: Deep amber with a thick white head. Aroma: Grassy and hoppy notes. Taste: Big and bold hop flavors upfront. Aftertaste: Slightly peppery with a hoppy bite. Overall: Solid and consistent offering. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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

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.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of forward pine hop on the nose. Crystal clear pour with a slightly hazy quality.

Big mat backbone support the hop forward aspects. Nose is nice with what feel like a lot of wet hopping effects. Nice, solid, all around IPA.

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Photo of SSS
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep gold color with a hint of warm orange. Thick, slightly off-white head that lingers
S-Toasted malt, bready, with an earthy pine hop aroma and a subtle dank quality
M-Medium to full body with a smooth carbonation ride
T-I get a nice malt dose with mild bittering and a hint of banana. Piney, dank hop use. There is also a peppery flavor upfront
O-I enjoyed this beer, it's a smooth and simple IPA that mellows things out and doesn't complicate the beer drinking experience. Recommend.

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Photo of Kelz87
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap at Nicos in Honolulu into pint glass

A- Hazy dark orange/ copper with nice lacing, thin white cap sitting atop the beer when the head recesses

S- citrsy grapefruit, and pine notes

T- the same as smell with a bitter piney aftertaste.

M- average mouthfeel and strong carbonation that helps remove some of the bitter aftertaste

O- not a bad beer, I had one last week from a bomber but didn't review, so I had another. A solid beer for the price.

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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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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.