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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,408 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,408
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 433 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Photo of Justindemino
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just not that great. Sculpin in far superior.

Photo of jmryan8
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jonnyd12345
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good for session IPA but no sculpin

Photo of kniles38
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

somewhat dark hoppy taste with a hint of citrus

Photo of KidSalami
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrispaulgeorge
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nicksanch81
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwm5067
3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

Pours dark orange, misty, small frothy white head.
Caramel stands out in the smell, pumping up the rich citrus feel (sweet orange, tangerine, pomelo, kumquat), with nice perfumey hints of tropical mango and papaya, faint pineapple. Some pine resin on the nose too, but not too much passes through sweetness.
Taste balances things out more, tho still the sweet side more than slightly overpowers the bitter pine resin. A sticky sweet fruity note, with (surprisingly) melon popping up first, nice mango, papaya, maracuja, apricot, overripe orange, tangerine, light pineapple, sitting on top of a mild caramel malt backbone, not as thick as the smell induced. Generous pine resin in the finish, spicy, nice and bitter, but not entirely dry.
So a bit of caramel/fruity sweetness passes in the aftertaste, keeping those tropical notes strong and alive. There's pine, a bit of honey and lingering bitterness too. Medium body, a bit sticky, medium carbonation.
A really great IPA with a long finish and big tropical notes. Had high hopes for these Ballast Point brews, started off on a really great foot.

Photo of Jeff_Winger
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerCrack
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krakabrew
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an IPA should be. Even balance of bitterness, malt sweetness and hop aroma. Absolutely perfect. Not too dry, not too sweet. A no brainer.

Photo of Tanktizzo
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smanson56
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,408 ratings.