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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

2,870 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,870
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 99
Gots: 200 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000)
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-19-2013 19:01:32 | More by lccrunchy
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aengleman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-19-2013 11:45:35 | More by aengleman
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SadMachine

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-19-2013 01:48:33 | More by SadMachine
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head with even better retention. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium amber which glows a pale to medium amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Lots of presence, very rich. Lots of promise. Starts off with citrus (orange and lemon) with some subtle pine, followed by caramel and honey- definite floral and nectar notes. Not exactly complex but still quite nice.

Taste- A little different from the aroma. Hits you with a good amount of bitterness upfront- wood, pine, and resin. A little bit of matchstick. Some caramel and honey appears, alongside citrus of orange and lemon but it's really dominated by the hop bitterness. However, the caramel and matchstick blend well near the finish which has some earwax that extends into a linger with wood and spice. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit somewhat soar on the finish with the earwax. Solid IPA but then again, it's another IPA.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with minor hints of syrup in the texture. A good amount of carbonation which matches well with the spicy resin of the finish.

Drinkability- Sizable bitterness and a lot of the earwax variety. A little stultifying but not too much. No heat present.

Overall- Good beer. Solid IPA. Definitely worth giving a try. I'm a little burnt out on your basic West Coast IPA so it's hard to be enthusiastic about this beer. I almost wish there was more caramel or some sort of malt bill- what heresy!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:19:46 | More by artoolemomo
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snaotheus

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Code on the bottom of the can is BE 380 13176.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a slight copper tint and a big fluffy white head that appears to be leaving huge clumpy lacing. Smell is slightly spicy with lots of fruity citrus aroma. Some honeysuckle, some lemon.

Taste is strawy, with some pine resin, a hint of honey. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, fluffy and pleasant. Overall, a pretty darn good beer.

Serving type: can

09-19-2013 00:05:25 | More by snaotheus
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-17-2013 23:35:10 | More by Hopstout
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clausm76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-17-2013 22:39:39 | More by clausm76
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johunnic

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-17-2013 21:13:59 | More by johunnic
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PaulCam

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

09-17-2013 01:05:19 | More by PaulCam
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-16-2013 22:34:56 | More by Thedaver4220
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cjs61679

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-16-2013 15:03:19 | More by cjs61679
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-15-2013 23:56:42 | More by MNBeerGeek
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-15-2013 22:29:26 | More by Canada_Dan
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bundy462

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-15-2013 20:16:37 | More by bundy462
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-15-2013 19:17:13 | More by Cazlo
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ablackard

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-15-2013 01:34:46 | More by ablackard
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420Rick

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-14-2013 23:54:39 | More by 420Rick
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tmt71883

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-14-2013 19:12:36 | More by tmt71883
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

A-Pours a golden copper color with a 1finger head and a bit of lacing left a fresh collar
S-nice balance of tropical, pine and floral hops a bit of malts
T-follows the nose big burst of hops very tasty mid sweet malts try to balance this out
M- medium carbonation with a thick some what bitter finish from the hops
O- great IPA with loads of hops i like sculpin better but this is also very good

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:34:02 | More by gatornation
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-14-2013 02:11:47 | More by ROGUE16
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Cooper

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-13-2013 22:16:07 | More by Cooper
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Darker amber-orange, good clarity, an inch of white foam recedes to a persistent quarter inch, fits of lace.

Smell is clean pine forest woodsy slightly earthy and grapefruit pith.

Taste loads big bitterness right up front, it's got flavors of nice and clean pine resins, citrus pith, slightly grassy. Not super complex, but has a slightly floral-grassy element that works well with the bitterness and citrus-resin to create quite a nice and enjoyable crisp and refreshing flavor. Nice bite of carbonation that abides well with the persistent bitterness. Body is medium light. Finish is very clean and mildly bitter.

This is a very nice example of a West Coast IPA and its not shy about high octane bitterness. Bonus points on 'Overall' since I'm really enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 03:11:21 | More by JackieTH
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Remdog

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-13-2013 00:34:57 | More by Remdog
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-12-2013 23:53:26 | More by StlHopHead77
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear copper coor with a dense head off off-white head. Unbelievable retention and lacing. Doesnt get much better looking than this!

Nose is juicy hops - papayas, pineapple and grapefruit flesh. Little bit of sweet, caramely malt. Clean overall and the hop aromas are really great.

Taste has plenty of both bittering and flavoring hops. The finish is biting and loooong lasting. The malt is well played...not so light it is all hops; there is a deft touch of toasty caramel that stays out of the way or the most part but compliments the hops. Its still firmly in the West Coast IPA category, but a bit of malt compensation is nice to see. Mouthfeel is airy and carbonation perfect. This is a great IPA when fresh, I could drink this just about anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:20:56 | More by twiggamortis420
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,870 ratings.