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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,055 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,055
Hads: 3,975
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 189
Gots: 844 | 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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Reviews: 1,055 | Hads: 3,975
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/1/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear golden amber color body with a huge foamy whitish head, big bubbles and good lacing. Piney citrusy aroma, lemon. Some bitter dryness. Hoppy bitter maltiness. Watery palate, a little bitter. Some biter maltiness. Goes okay with buffalo chicken.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here it is, my hoppy beer to extinguish the spice from the soup I just ate. Here we go, 12 ounce bottle from Total Wine in Tustin, on to the beer:

Nearly amber in color with orange and reddish hues, the head is 2 fingers thick, froathy, and continuing to hold. Aroma...smells like an IPA. Mild tropical fruits, nothing "bitter' about it. Fruity, bready, caramely, "gummi" if you will, like gummy bears. No qualms on the flavor either. For (especially a San Diego) IPA, this has a good balance in its favor. Bready and sweet on one side, on the other side is a rush of fresh lusious hops and sweet citrus. A brush of pine hits and sticks to the palate. Drinkable? The bottle lists it as 7% ABV, but there's no way a beer like that could this quaffable.

Not as big as other San Diego IPA's, but certainly the most sessionable. Amazingly, I can find this for as little as $6.99 a six-pack in my area. Next up, the search for Double Dorado.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= amber color with a nice fluffy white head and some delicious lacing
S=sweet hoppiness like oranges smaller amounts of pine and toffee malt
T= woah hops! Pine and citrus but the orange sweetness is gone just gets more rough and intense awesome
M= high carbination with a smooth and crisp finish
D= high. I wanna say thanks to kadonny for this one. Its great for someone who likes hops. The smell tricked me but the taste is amazing

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Photo of lynx1245
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber-orange with a 1 finger white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Big grapefruit smell up front followed by a nice malty finish.

Taste: No skimping on the hops here which I love. However, I think the hops kind of take over the show. While I can initially detect some malty sweetness, it is quickly overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp taste, maybe a bit too much. I don't know exactly what it is, maybe too much carbonation? Still hop oils coat the mouth well and it has a nice full body.

Drinkability: I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, but it probably wouldn't be my first choice for an IPA. If I'm looking for a good hop blast then I might consider it.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thatnks to Golith on this one, poured into a tulip

A-Nice amber tone with a good 2 finger head great laceing all the way down the glass.

S-Big earthy hops nose with grapefruit and citrus notes, can also pull out some malt with a big inhale.

T&M-Same as the nose for the most part, has a fantasic hop complexity, little oiliy in the mouth and goes down very nice and smooth, Big standard IPA.

D-Makes me wish I could get this where I live it qould be in my fridge all the time

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Photo of Risser09
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a 4" tall cream colored head. Great retention on these foamy bubbles. Tons of sticky lace.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit and pine aromas. They are very strong. Malt has taken a far and long backseat to the hops.

Taste: Malty base is swamped by hoppy flavors. Bitter pine is smooth at first, and carries a distinct astringency from there on out. The taste is one dimensional because of the bitterness. It's almost as if they just chose to load the hop profile up to prove a bitter point.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy going initially. This feeling gives way to ample bitterness and a tiny alcohol zing.

Drinkability: This beer had potential but ended up being very one dimensional. I felt like I was eating the hop pellets. More complexity would make it a charmer.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a nice golden amber color. Kind of like a sunset. Big, two-finger plus, head of thick, creamy white foam. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Big citrus and floral hops dominate. There appears to be some sweet maltiness in there, but it's buried. Smells like it's going to be bitter. Grapefruits and oranges, mostly. Some pine notes and hints of lemon zest.

A little more balanced than expected. You get to taste a touch of sweet maltiness, briefly. Then you get hit hard by the bitter hops.
Slight notes of toffee are followed by big blasts of grapefruit and pine. All of this is enshrouded by floral hops notes. Light butterey biscuit notes.

Actually maintains it's crispness, while being a touch creamy, also. Very nice carbonation level. Fairly smooth and easy to drink.

This wouldn't be the first IPA that I'd reach for, but it's a top twenty for sure, maybe a top ten.
Refreshing and creamy, together, is a good combo.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery pour with a nice off white head, good retention and lacing.
Hoppy grapefruit perfumes make up the aroma. Blossoms with the scent of the hops and a honeyish malt. Close to a double IPA in its smell but this doesn't translate to the flavor which is
bracingly bitter with some malty undertones. But not to worry, the hops come back and beat back any hint of maltiness in a deliciously hoppy finish.
Nice amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel, very pleasant on the tongue.
I could drink a lot of this beer if I had more than one bottle.
This is a really fine example of a west coast IPA, one of the two or three best I've tasted.

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Photo of noknife83
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer full of big hop flavor, great aroma, high alcohol percentage. When I drink an IPA this is what want in a beer. It is very hooping has a nice bit to, and just enough sweetness but not too sweet to where it gets like syrupy. I also like that it has a abv of 7%, when I drink a beer I don't want to have to drink a whole 12 pack to get buzzed. So far I've had two and I've got a nice buzzed feeling. All in all if you're a fan of IPA's from CA and OR you'll probably like this one. For anyone who is a fan of Stone IPA or Lagunitas IPA then you'll like this too.

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Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange with a small, tightly creamy head. Smells like a couple handfulls of Centennial hops...Two-Hearted-esque. Fresh, juicy oranges, flowers, sugary malt, and some grassy dry-hop notes. Tons of juicy citrus flavor, peaches, pineapple, and toasty caramel malt. Rock solid body, hefty bitterness. Very nice IPA...I'll be back for more.

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Photo of causey007j
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this gem at the Beer Yard in Wayne...after looking for Harpoon's Glacier Wet Hop Ale (that had not been released yet). It was my contribution to our weekly Trivia night/ monthly Beer club. I bought it sight unseen and untasted....

The pour was nice with a hint of lacing. A nice nose with citrus and pine. The mouthfeel was full, but not over powering. This is an IPA with a lot of flavor but does not destroy your taste buds as overly hopped beer can.
Nice find.

Thanks for the suggestion Matt.


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Photo of Packforever1976
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into my british pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy medium amber. Smallish slightly off-white head recedes quickly, leaving a small layer on top. Good lacing.

S: A nice marriage of sweet maltiness and hoppy goodness. I get the sweet malts right away, with some nice grapefruit/floral hops following. Very nice.

T: Tastes alot like it smells. Sweet malts up front, with some bitter grapefruity hops in the back, with a balanced finish. Tasty stuff.

M: Proper level of carbonation and thickness. Very balanced, coats my mouth nicely.

D: Drinkability is good. This one goes down very smooth and is very balanced. A very tasty IPA for sure.

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Photo of Biggness
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber with no head and mild lacing. The smell is of citrusy and grassy hops. The taste has a very nice hop profile, but too much for the amount of malt in it, a little unbalanced in my opinion. The mouthfeel is ok, carbonation is a little low and there is a pretty distinct dry feeling after swallow. Ok on the drinkablility, but I would prefer something a little better balanced to session with.

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

Ballast Point is a new arrival in the area and damn, is it fine. My comrade-at-arms and fellow RLNBA TheWolfOfMibu gave this brewery and this particular brew his official Heathen Stamp of Approval long before I ever saw it in these parts, so in honor of the hopsucking little fiend (who is quite smugly up to his ears in San Diego's finest brews), I figured I'd give it a spin.

Pouring a 12-ounce bottle into my Reissdorf Kolsch cylinder reveals a hazed golden fire-orange body topdressed with a huge cap of pillowy white foam. The foam settles into sticky, ragged-top lacing that coats the glass in a sheet of fine-bubbled creamy film.

The aroma is fragrantly fruity with spicy orange blossom honey notes. A twang of citrus zest mingled with sweet pineapple joins a shifting bouquet of lime and grapefruit atop a mild toasted malt base.

The drink is crisply bitter with a malingering, sticky finish. The mild toasted malt noted in the aroma has a much bolder presence in the flavor profile, and now apparently has toasted brown sugar on it, but still exists only for the hops onboard the bottle to do their potently citric thing. It just so happens that the thing they do here is kick a lot of ass in a melange of tangy fruit and toast, pausing briefly to take names and rub in the everlasting grapefruity bitterness. As the drink warms, sweet toffee joins the overmatched malt team, kicking some tuckered-out hop ass of its own, but the effort goes really for naught as the oily bitterness quickly reasserts itself, engulfing the sweetness, and doing so in very fine style.

The drink is medium-bodied with nice carbonation and is highly drinkable. I hate to say it, but I think Wolfie *might* know what he's talking about!(well, this one time, anyway)

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SaCkErZ9 for this one.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange gold with a thin but bubbly off-white head.

Juicy hop aroma of grapefruit and pine resin upfront. Malts and biscuit are there in support.

Oh yeah, big taste of grapefruit, tangerine, and piney hops along with some sweet caramel maltiness and biscuit. Very well-balanced.

Medium bodied, smooth and oily, with a moderate carbonation.

So drinkable. I wish I had more. A top notch IPA from the folks at Ballast Point.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
September 27, 2008

Pours cloudy orange with a very thin, soapy head. Strong, grassy hops pours from the bottle on opening and the glass on the pour. Super big hop bitterness punch. The Ratebeer profile says 55 IBUs but it tastes waaayyyy stronger which leads me to doubt that measurement. Strong, unbalanced hop flavor, fabulous for hop heads. A must try for IPA fans.

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Photo of naterock
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Goliath for this trade with Specialk088

poured into a tulip, golden and slightly cloudy. two finger head that laces lightly.

smells of grapefruity and grassy hops, some biscuity malt and a wonderful hop aroma.

taste is hoppy but yet still has quite a wonderful malty flavor. such a well balanced flavor that really makes quite an impact on even an experienced palate.

mouth is oily and smooth, goes down easy and is very easy to drink. definitely one of the best standard IPAs.

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, clear and filtered, with a nice, tight white head.

Smells very nice. Good, bready and biscuity malt, not too heavy, along with some very citrusy high alpha west coast hops. Lots and lots of tasty hops complexity.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. Still pretty good, though. The hops are huge and dominate the malt, soapy and citrusy. The end is big bread and biscuit malts, with a pleasantly soapy hop aftertaste.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Much better than the Yellowtail. Pours clear orange with a white, fluffy head. Aroma is all hops and grapefruit, with the advertised malt. Taste is very hoppy, more citrus than pine, but with a sweeter bitterness. Mellower than expected for a San Diego product. It tastes like someone added malt to the Stone IPA.

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

12oz single, shipped by goodbyeohio in a recent trade

appearance: poured into a ND pint glass, medium amber-copper body with a nice frothy beige cap and nice retention

smell: freshly hopped, nice pine notes, orange citrus, light pulpy grapefruit, lemon zest

taste: another fantastic west coast ipa (shocker), zesty citrus west-coast hop profile, caramel malt compliment, orange/grapefruit and other strong citrus, dripping pine, lemon zest. Very well balanced, easy drinking, bright, and tasty

mouthfeel: zesty and fresh, medium body, light bitterness

drinkability: high

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very clear orange with some amber tinting. Very thick cream colored foam and a nice spider like lacing. Head retention is mediocre.

S- I'm getting a ton of citrus from this, most significantly pineapple. A bit of pine hits my nose as well.

T- Great citrus/pine hop burst followed by a bit of malt. Very hoppy beer and leaves a nice bitterness after you swallow it.

M- Very light, not syrupy at all. Leaves a nice bitter taste in the mouth.

D- Amazing. I could have this beer in a session.

Very glad that I got to try this west coast IPA.

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Photo of gibby
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very clear amber color with a thick white head. has a citrus type smell and grass. leaves a nice lacing on the glass. very light in the mouth and easy drinking. first time i bought this brew i was not a big fan but that has changed. i find it to be very good and I will certainly be buying again. wonder how the double ipa is?? hopefully i can find it locally.

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

wow, 271 reviews as of this writing. A great looking crystal clear golden amber colored beer with a huge billowy white heat. aroma and taste are an ode to the centennial hop. Yup, I can see this as a hop head's go to beer. A refreshingly crisp IPA and nicely only 6% ABV.

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Photo of hopdog
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a darker, murky orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of stronger pine and spices. Citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and caramel in the taste as well. Sweet start with a lightly bitter finish.

Notes from 2/23/05

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, orange copper colored with a large, white head. Very sticky. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is filled with fruity and citrusy hops. A strong malt backbone is present and adds a bit of sweetness and balance to the aroma. Grapefruit and orange peel seem to be the most persistent of the aromas. Very nice.

Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness as well. The malt is a little more subdued than the aroma would dictate, but this is certainly a hop bomb. Lots of orange peel and orange juice. The malt backbone lends its hand in the sweetness and keeps this one very balanced. Hop bitterness in the end certainly informs one that this is a West Coast IPA.

Perfect amount of bitterness and sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied and quite sticky. Lingers about the palate and tongue for quite a while. A thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable beer. Glad I found this one.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.