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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,152
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 117
Gots: 292 | FT: 3
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JamesGWittel, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Ballast Point, acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My fourth beer from Ballast Point, I believe. Expectations are good based on the brewery and this beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden citric orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy bubbly khaki foam for a head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. Looks pretty nice. Some fine sediment floating around in there when you look hard enough.

S - Smell is big and citric - grapefruit rind, fresh cut herbal grassiness, lemon flesh, some soapiness, some earthy yeast presence, and a bit of natural peppery graininess. Herbal, tropical, and very floral hops, but nothing too over the top.

T - Smell follows the nose: dry bready malt, caramel malt, some coppery metallics, lemongrass, herbal / floral hops, pine, grapefruit, some sweetened herbal tea leaf presence. Pretty nice.

M - Feel is crisp and sticky, with some resinous / fruity bitterness, and some dry bready malt. Fairly average. Light-bodied and easy drinking for 7.00% abv.

Overall, a fairly average IPA, although it is a nice drinker for being 7.00% abv. Not nearly as goo as fresh Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is, but this is well enough for what it is. Not exactly sessionable with a borderline high abv, but a solid sipper.

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA ---3.5/5.

mfnmbvp, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Eighty, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SalukiAlum, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

nasastrums, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

T-34-85, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of scotorum
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/14/13, so this is ancient. Bought recently, but it had dust on it. I probably should have known better but I was anxious to try it after reading comments by a few BA's over the past few months who said they prefer Big Eye to Sculpin.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with a white head more than an inch tall which receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Fragrant floral and grapefruit. Yummy.

t: Grapefruit biting hops. Bitterness builds and lingers, but not particularly irritatingly so.

m: Moderate. Good body for an IPA.

o: I realize this is probably a distance from what it was like fresh, but I was impressed by the strength of the hops and also the citrus and floral notes, which I enjoy. This is an IPA with character, and I can uderstand why some like Big Eye even better than Sculpin. I'll definitely be looking for a 2014 version soon.

scotorum, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Hendo, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mmulebarn, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dreamer, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of BryanCarey
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring to an orange/tan color, Big Eye produces a small amount of foam and a nose that is citrus- like with bread, flowers, and pine in the background. The body of the beer is clear, but I did notice some very small particles floating within.

This beer has a very pleasant IPA flavor profile. The tastes of grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine make their presence known, backed by flavors of toasted malt, pine, and a hint of caramel. The flavor is balanced nicely for the style, but the taste that dominates is the citrus. No matter how much I try to focus on other flavors, my attention continues to come back to the flavors of fruit. The fruit sensation is the taste I notice and remember best with each passing sip.

This is a very clean, very likeable IPA that reminds me of several other west coast versions of the style. It has a very juicy, very tasty hop flavor profile that will thrill hopheads and I find myself enjoying my second bottle even more than my first. Great to find Ballast Point beers in my local stores now and I can’t wait to try more.

BryanCarey, Jan 04, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light Copper

S: Pineapple, wet grass, resiny citrus

T: Kind of reminds me of SN Torpedo--resiny grapefruit, piney citrus notes

M: Medium Bodied, kind of an alcoholic burn/aftertaste but still drinkable

O: Solid offering from BP, especially good value too. Definitely preview Sculpin but this is definitely a good beer.

MagicJeff, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

GinDC, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dwoolley1, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

chadski, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Sazz9, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

PSanger, Jan 01, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with a full two finger head.
S - Citrus and pine with hints of malt.
T - Similar to the smell, grapefruit with a bitter bite. Sweet carmel malt flavors compliment the hops.
M - Medium body with a crisp finish.
O - Sculpin might be a bit ahead of Big Eye but impressed with both of the IPAs

patpbr, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Cdmomo79, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jborg, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

FCRICH, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Mole_Playing_Rough, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cjohns73, Dec 29, 2013
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,152 ratings.