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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,034 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,034
Hads: 3,866
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 175
Gots: 760 | FT: 4
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 OldYoda
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle pours a nice clear amber into my trusty Troeg's pint. Excellent and appealing clarity with the slightest hint of haze. Wonderful subdued hop aroma - strong but in no way overwhelming.

Taste is exceptional. Hoppy, but not an extreme hop bomb, Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is oily hops with a dry finish.

Outstanding drinkability - several of these would be no problem at all.

An exceptionally well balanced representation of the style. (454 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

A big thanks to brentk56 for sending this as an extra in a recent trade. This was one of those slow gushers that created a gigantic head when first poured. Big Eye empties into my glass a moderately hazy pale orange. Large random carbonation bubbles make their way to the surface. After I was able to pour a glass the head was meringue-like and left huge sticky patches as it eventually settled. The head alone makes for a good looking IPA.

The nose is unmistakably full of centennial goodness. I always find centennials to bring a big nose of juicy ripe pears along with some tartness from green apples. Very reminiscent of orchard fruits. There's plenty of malt in the background mostly in the form of toffee and caramel. Makes my mouth water after each whiff.

While Big Eye is certainly a good IPA it just doesn't live up to the aroma. Those juicy ripe pears are in the aroma but caramel coated with a side of toffee. The flavors just seem a little rough around the edges and there's a slight alcohol present that seems to cut right through everything else.

Moderate body with perky carbonation. The carbonation will kick start the tastebuds. Finishes smooth with a nice sweet hop kick.

A fairly easy drinking IPA. The bomber is no problem at all to finish on my own.

Another quality IPA from the Left Coast. I'm a fan of both Big Eye and Dorado from Ballast Point. (1,386 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fordest for this nice IPA.
Slight hazed amber pour but mostly transluscent still, with a big long lasting white head. Nicely fresh hopped smell with good sweetness coming through in the way of sweet fruity pine. Taste is piney bitterness, some sweetness behind that, with a somewhat astringent soap finish. Above average hoppiness I'd say, and a good overall IPA. (374 characters)

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

Finally, an IPA that's hoppy, but doesn't try to beat you over the head with them. A fine looking beer, ever so slightly a step under crystal-clear, with a lot of foam on the top. Smells of hop oil and some citrus. Tastes about the same, hops, and some citrus, with a certain herbal quality that keeps things interesting.

Finishes cleaner than expected, making this a very drinkable beer. I'd recommend it. (407 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean Copper with a thick sticky head.

Smell was strong and nice with fresh grapefruit mixing with nice fresh sourdough bread maltyness.

A very nicely balanced strong IPA, a big blast of grapefruit, juniper, and mint from tasty centenial hops mixing with a nice toasted malt base.

Mouthfeel is Slick and oily with a lingering drying finish.

Very solid IPA, it could become a mainstay in my fridge if it wasn't for the 22oz only format. (453 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On CASK at O'Brien's

Appearance is a murky amber-orange hue, thin layer of bubbles and no lacing (cask)

Smell is fresh green hops, heavy orange/citrus emphasis, some raw pale malts, honey sweetness rounds it out

Taste is a perfect mix of malts and orange-forward hops, some sour grapefruit and cotton candy in the middle, finishes smooth and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery-to-slick texture, mild carbonation (cask)

Drinkability is good, a nice and sweet IPA that hold up well in the cask version, low alcohol presence in the session range, the hops shine through but there is great balance here (610 characters)

Photo of bcm119
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted blind along with 5 other California IPAs: Lagunitas, Drakes, Anderson Valley, Stone, and Racer 5.

Thinnest head of the bunch. Aroma is candied tropical fruit. Nose is sweet, dark fruity malt followed by a surge of juicy citrus hops mid palate. Coarse, damp grain malt bill. Medium body- heavy for the style- with oily, coating hops towards the finish that leave a juicy orange aftertaste. Juicy fruit is almost bubblegummy and not very refreshing.

Overall this IPA is a bit of a blundering mess-- too sweet and slightly cloying. It is neither clean nor crisp, and there seems to be an overabundance of finishing hops and not enough bittering hops. Least favorite in the blind tasting. (694 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Overlord.

Brownish golden pour with a small head and some carbonation present.

Smells very hoppy yet malty at the same time. Actually reminds me of a barleywine with the way it smells. There is a definite presence of some fruit in the smell.

Tastes pretty hoppy but there's that dark fruit again. Man, this reminds me of a hoppy barleywine. Not crazy about the hops in this one. They taste sort of off to me.

Glad I got to give this California regional a go. Decent IPA but certainly not elite. Thanks for the bottle, Overlord! (550 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good mix of floral hops, citrus, caramelized malt and a touch of vanilla.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of citrus & caramel, sweetness and a pale hops bitterness. The hops presence strengthens as the beer warms. The malt character is hearty but stays on the light side. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for an entire evening. (825 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ PB Taproom in San Diego, CA

A- copperish orange with a solid holding 1 finger fluffy white head

S- citrus and floral, hop oils

T- citric, pine, and spicy notes from hops, toasted malts are there and noticeable but its easy to get lost in the tasty hop bitternesss

M- slick with a dry after, hops numb up tongue a bit

D- i wouldn't session but i would drink this again, wonderful mouthfeel, very west coast, top notch IPA (434 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a high clarity orange, nice ring of drippy lacing. A little skim of foam sticks around for a few minutes. An aroma of caramel and toffee is dominant over any hop presence, but there's an herbal component there also.

Round feel to it, ample carbonation producing a dry frothiness toward the finish. Bitter herbal & vegetal hops in the finish, not fruity, more the sprucey pine sap variety. Full bodied for the style, but the flavor isn't really doing it for me. There is alot of caramel malt there, and the hops really are only there for bttering it seems.

Regardless, it's well put together, and it's very drinkable anytime. (634 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for the chance to try this fine brew.
Orange/amber in color. Thin lasting sticky head with lot's of sticky lacing.
Excellent aroma. Nice mixture of citrus and floral smells.
Good toasty malt backbone but this beer is all about the hops. Grapefruit rinds and pine trees.
Somewhat abrasive in the mouthfeel. This is the only knock that I have on this beer as it's an excellent example of a West Coast IPA. I've tried both of the Ballast Point brews that sirhc sent me and I'm very impressed. I wonder why I haven't heard more about this brewery. (559 characters)

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

This beer was a nice orange with a good sized head. There was plenty of lacing. The smell was piney hops. The taste was bitter, with a nice aftertaste of hops. A nice smooth beer. The mouthfeel was sticky. I could drink this beer again anytime. A mighty fine ipa. Thanks to wcudwight for sharing. (296 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass and served right out of the fridge.

A – Poured a very nice and dark orange colored amber with a big three finger high head of foamy white colored lace on top. Very nice retention as this hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving a thin film across the top of it. Very nice residual side glass lacing was evident throughout the session as was great carbonation. There were streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom of this one throughout the entire session replenishing the top of the glass repeatedly. The clarity was also superb, being nearly crystal clear throughout the entire session but keeping its orange tinted amber hue.

S – The aroma on this one was enormous, seriously one of the strongest smelling IPA’s I have seen in a good while. Huge floral and citrus hops leaped forward right out of the gate to take command over the direction this was going to go. Lots of orange and tangerine, grapefruit like aromas blending together with a good dose of sugary sweetness and piney resin like thickness gave it really a very full profile. There was a certain amount of freshness you could pick out of it as well. Very big here and really very nice, classic west coast IPA so far.

T – The flavored followed up the aroma perfectly. As soon as the first sip hit my tongue I knew where this one was going. It had the great super dry and bitter hop presence. You know the one where you think your lips are going to stick to your teeth, just classic. Big hops all the way with great orange and grapefruit notes leading the way and never really letting anything else in. As it warmed it got a touch sweeter and maybe some of the maltiness that was hiding underneath tried to sneak in, but nit much as this one maintained its teeth throughout the entire session. Really great finish as well as it just sucked the moisture out of your mouth and left you with this long lasting intensely dry and bitter citrus taste that you knew the only thing that was going to make it any better at all would be to take another sip.

M – Very nice I would have to say a light to medium bodied ale, as there was definitely a little weight to it for sure. The carbonation was superb. Not overly saturated with it causing it to become a fizzy mess but just about right keeping it from thickening up too much and turning into a syrup like drink, which when this many hops get involved can sometimes be a challenge.

D – Again it depends on who you are, but for me this is a session ale. Yes it has 7%abv, but who cares. If you love big tasting west coast hop bombs this one is right up your alley. I had no issue polishing this off and could have easily gone for another. Never came across as mouth shredding and no hint of alcohol in the flavor. Really very nice to drink and went perfect with dinner.

Overall this was a really great IPA. This is the style I love and I was very impressed with the example presented here. This was a classic west coast IPA from the moment I popped the cap on it, and I would gladly accept another one of these any day! (3,114 characters)

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Carlos for this brew.

Pours to a hazy prange amber body with a fuzzy off white head with full bubbles that last a couple of minutes. Leaves nice lace as it fades. Nose has a lot going on with notes of pine, dill, citrus, and peppery spice. Enters the mouth and really wakes up the taste buds with a shrill sour bitter that is initial but calms down quickly to a mild long bitter richness. The mouthfeel is a nice fullness comprissed of dry malt and nippy earthy bitter feel. Solid drinkable IPA with a consistant hop presence throughout. (548 characters)

Photo of Scoobydank
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Off white two finger frothy head. The beer itself is a browish red. No bubbles?
S: Very big pine needle grapefruit smeel. Just a touch of sweet malts.
T: The biggest taste come on the back pallat with the big pine needle grapefruit hops.
MThe consistency is a bit syrupy for me. Almost no fizz, if there is it is light.
D: This is a good example of a classic west coast IPA with the pine needle grapfruit flavor. (415 characters)

Photo of gubbt
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange with a small, but lasting white head.

Sweet aromas with caramel, orange, and grapefruit.

Sweet up front with tangerines, oranges, then a bit of caramel mid palate. Hop flavor in the finish is very citrusy with lots of grapefruit, but not too bitter.

Nice creamy, medium body.

I love centennials and citrusy IPAs, hence this beer was like candy to me. Highly drinkable. I want some more, fast. (408 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bombers pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & good head retention. good looking IPA

S: Oily, piney & orange hops, plus breadyness. I get floral hops later & they are really really the only scent that persists throughout

T: Leafy hops by the bunches, some grapefruit hops too & bit of breadyness up front. Some honey malt, piney hops & more leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with a touch of honey malt, then more leafy & tobacco hops (too much) & some grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, sort of creamy & pretty good balance

Drinks good, but there's the wrong mix of hops to make me happy. I could probably have 2 or 3 before moving on. Solid, but not my cup of tea (705 characters)

Photo of PhxHorn
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow color, plenty of foam which sticks to the glass. Smells of citrus, tastes of citrus, more orange than anything, with some grapefruit in there too, bitter aftertaste. Good amount of carbonation. Tastes great, and could drink lots of it. First rate IPA. (263 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, are those centennial hops? In short, this beer reminds me of Two Hearted Ale, but with a more balanced malt backbone. It's a good, standard American IPA with big, bitter citrus hops and a slight balance from semi-dry roasted caramel malt. Start to finish, a tasty and well-made beer (290 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly amber color with a thick inch and a half of foam. Good retention and a bit of soapy lacing.

Big citrus and pine aroma. A sweet lemon scent along with the typical grapefruit, bitter orange peel, tangy pineapple, and peaches in syrup. The hops are balanced by a generous combination on biscuit and caramel malts as well as hints of toasted bread, and a little bit of spices. The last quarter of the beer provides hints of caramel and berries.

Tastes toastier upfront with some bitter citrus flavors and a bread-dough and pine/citrus finish. A dry, lingering bitterness is felt on the back of the tongue after each sip.

Drink pretty good, it is almost a session beer, and the alcohol is well hidden but it is 7% (as stated on the bottle) and does feel a bit filling. (784 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light amber. Good head retention and decent lace is left. Strong inviting piney hop aroma. Piney hop note is strongest on the taste buds, malt backbone is a bit thin. Hop is not overpowering but could use a bit more balance. Thick mouth feel works and is a nice drinkable IPA. pretty good beer from San Diego area. (319 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rayjay for this bottle in a trade.
Pours a cloudy dark copper with a thin white head.
Smell is very sweet, but sweet in the hoppy department. Nice malts with a lot of citrus and pine.
Taste is like a fresh mown lawn with bitter grapefruit. The aftertaste is bitter, lingering, and vary aromatic. You can breathe out the hops.
Feels a little thin but is super easy to drink. At 6% this would make a great session beer. Damn tasty. (439 characters)

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber color with a light tan head that thinned to a light layer, leaving little trails of lace.

S - piney hop aroma.

T - good balanced brew, finish is slightly bitter.

M - medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - good tasting, drinkable brew. (298 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a two finger head that lasts a bit. Very thick lacing coats the glass as the beverage empties.

Smell: boatloads of pine resin and grapefruit citrus leap from the glass. The nose can detect this well away from the glass.

Taste: surely follows the nose as this is a huge IPA. Big caramel malt base with tons of pine, grapefruit, and some sweeter pears. Bitterness is biting but in a pleasant way. Alcohol is not detectable at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the pine and grapefruit seem to permanently stick to the tongue.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a very flavorful IPA this is one for you. Hopheads will love this offering. The bomber went down quick and I was looking for another bottle to open right away. (815 characters)

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