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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,055
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 110
Gots: 263 | 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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Photo of Dcunicelli
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Dcunicelli, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

MeganPhillips, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

vinny21bal, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JGLittle, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out a beautiful burnt orange color with copper tones, its topped off with a thin white head that quickly forms a ring around the beer. Great lacing marks every sip you take. The aroma is mildly hoppy and citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemon and orange zest come through. Light and crisp when it first hits your tongue, this IPA is slightly bitter at first and then warms up your mouth as the hops become more present. The hops are very well handled and are the main point through this beer, the alcohol is barely detected even in its aftertaste. This is a well-balanced IPA and goes down quite well.

vickersspitfire, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dawkins, Dec 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

fthegiants, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

MichaelBigbone, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Denzo, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dbailey5503, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JGilbrech, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

GRBLUE12, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some über bougie restaurant on Balboa Island during Thanksgiving dinner.

Like a box of Tricuits at midnight, this one treated Raul right well. And Big Eye is exactly that; it's no organic cheddar bunnies, it's not a bag of GMO free Jalapeño Kettle Chips... It's just a solid, easily available IPA that won't make you holla, but you'd definitely snap for the butler to bring another.

Clean, crisp, and smooth. Like my baby mama after a hot wax, Big Eye is just clean, crisp and smooth.

RaulMondesi, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

fain12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of blackcompg
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a finger of light golden eggshell foam, body is a translucent light orange amber, steady carb from the base,

Smell - Slightly sweet citrus hops, semi-sweet grapefruit, pineapple, mango, light floral.

Taste - Wow, really nice clean citrus flavors, much like the nose - semi sweet grapefruit, slightly under ripe pineapple, mango, slight mandarin orange, lots of floral flavors towards the end of the quaff, finishes with slightly dry citrus peels and grapefruit pith. All of this rides a backbone of natural citrus sweetness, no carmel flavors here. Alcohol is perfectly hidden.

Mouthfeel - About medium, almost juicy mouthfeel from the bright citrus, carb is medium but light and crisp, leaving nice sharp edges on the sides of the tongue, finish is somewhat dry and just barely puckering, with juiciness in the mouth corners - begging the next sip.

Overall - Really an excellent ipa, nice complexity and extremely well balanced. Very drinkable, with a tendency to want to sip quickly to continue the wonderful citrus flavors. Sculpin is a great ipa, but this is a very close second - save yourself 5 bucks and pick up a sixer of Big Eye - no regrets, and a must try.

blackcompg, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Ultra-Plinian, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JeltMaaj, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

koakley, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

chicagoish, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of tmm313
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear orange in color. Poured a quickly dissipating, creamy 1 finger head. Pretty good soapy lacing.
S- Bitter grapefruit, rich toffee, pine. There's something funky in there I can't find a name for. Is this the “cat piss” I've read about?
T- Bitter grapefruit and pine over a subdued malt backbone. Slight wave of sour before a big, bitter finish. There's a little peppery spice, too.
M- Medium light body. Smooth and oily with medium carbonation.
O- I bought this because of my high regard for Sculpin. To me, it didn't come close to the same quality. It was pretty good, just not something I can picture myself drinking again.

tmm313, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dgherm, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

tkdchampxi, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

SortaAmbivalent, Nov 26, 2013
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,055 ratings.