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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: 3,867
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 175
Gots: 762 | FT: 4
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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 mbunje
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from a 6 pack poured to a chilled pint glass.

Appearance is copper/redwood. A little darker than most IPAs. Not much carbonation. About 1/2" of head, shrinks to almost nothing. Not much lacing.

Smell is good, classic IPA. Piney, a bit of woody smell, a hint of chocolate. Not sure if I have had "Alpha" hops before. Seems to have a unique smell and character.

Taste is nice. Some citrus in the taste, but also a bit of cherry in there. Not much malt. Overall a unique IPA flavor...again maybe the Alpha hops.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, but the finish is a bit too dry.even at 7% abv.

Pretty drinkable, but the dry finish might get a bit much after 2-3 pints.

Overall a slightly different IPA experience. It's fairly hoppy for a beer that doesn't call itself a double. I like it and will get it again. If you are an IPA fan this is a good shot. (865 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a medium rocky off-white head that has fair retention. Large spots of lacing on the glass. Buttery hops aroma with hints of grass and cedar. Medium body with flavors of hops, sweet caramel malt and fruit. Dry, hoppy finish with a lingering buttery aftertaste. Unique and interesting overall. (323 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Huntington Beach BevMo,

A: Pours a clear amber, good clarity in this one, with a thick, off-white head, with great retention and very good lacing.

S: Smells of fragrant piney hops, pine forest smell of Centennial hops, with a fair amount of citrus, got a lot of pineapple too.

T: Taste is heavily hop-based, but this is one of the maltier IPAs I have ever had, surprising for a West Coast beer. Toasty, bread malts balance the striking pine and pineapple bitterness quite well, one of the better tasting American IPAs that I've ever had.

M: Resiny, oily, with tongue-tingling bitterness, could have had more body, but overall, quite good.

D: One of the better West Coast IPAs that I have had, it can stand its ground with the best of the group, Green Flash. A easy drinking beer for its size, great price too, at $3.29 a bottle, will definitely need to try more Ballast Point beers in the future, and pick this one up again. (958 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a thick rocky two inch head that stays around. No carbonation seen and a clear beer.
Smells of pine hops with warm alcohol. Also smelled pineapple and citrus and nice sweet carmel.
Pine resin, and oil taste. Some citrus and sweets come through.
Bitter hops remain for a while on the aftertaste.
Oily, resins, and a bitter mouthfeel.
I like the design on this bottle..a big collector one for me.
The beer seemed a little two one sided for me. Just my personal taste. The pine/oil hops were just a little to much for me..but i still know this is a good beer. (590 characters)

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

I walked into a 7-11 in San Diego and was amazed to see something of this caliber (I'm from Colorado). Nice orange color with citrus aromas. Taste was weaker than I expected, because I always assume San Diego IPA's have to be stellar. Still, nice flavors of citrus hops with a good malty body.This one was good but not spectacular. (331 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got me a bomber of this stuff, adorned with a fish.

I'll comment on the scent first, cause its quite nice. That sticky, sappy, hop-dripping scent most of us love. Fairly hazy copper-toned body, topped with a nice, cream colored head that lasts a while and leaves a nice trail of lace. And the taste is what I was hoping it would be: thick sappy hops all over your tounge. Not as intense as some on the market, but that's not necessarily a bad thing (although the more the merrier in my book). Bottle says the hops are exclusively American Centennial, and thats alright. Strictly the bitter hops. I could forget my name drinking these. (636 characters)

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

Clear orange IPA, copper highlighting, with lots of white head and uneven patches of lace.

Fruity hop aroma, with maybe a touch of a backdrop of herbs or pine. There's some caramel malt that tries to come through but just can't make it.

Hop bitterness leads the way, with citric and exotic fruit in tow: the Centennial hop flower is on display here. Caramel malt again subdued but present and in appropriate quantity. The finish is more herbs/pine, and slightly dry.

Medium body with good carbonation and lasting lace, smooth and chunky mouthfeel. Pretty damn tasty, for using only one hop varietal it is interesting enough to return to for 22 ounces, very palatable at 6%.

My first Ballast Point, and it's a good one. Recommended for W. Coast IPA fans. (758 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel malt aroma with strong wafts of tangerine pith and pineapple

Taste: Starts with a nice blend of caramel and citrus fruit, with building levels of tangerine and pineapple by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruity bitterness builds with some pithy elements; nice sweet and bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Just a superb IPA; hits all my buttons for the style (532 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On the lighter side of copper in color with a very decent head- not too big but sticks and laces well.

Smells great. Some sweet malt breadiness. Very citrusy, orange and grapefruit with some pine and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smells but more bitter than expected. Pine and citrus burst from the sweet bready malts before the extremely dry and bitter finish robs your mouth of everything but a bitter coating.

Soft and creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is nice and delicate.

Pretty darn good IPA, but that bitter finish keeps it from being overly drinkable for me. (571 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very underrated IPA.

Pours a coppery/burnt orange color with a big head that lasts quite some time. Taste is hoppy, with loads of pine-y bitterness, but also citrus flavors including grapefruit and ... orange? Is that a hint of tropical flavor? Maybe some pineapple. You see some nice malt/hop balance in quite a few of the better DIPAs, but this is one of the few IPAS that's both quite hoppy and well balanced.

Superb mouthfeel and drinkability.

Ballast Point continues to rise in my estimation with every offering I consume. (534 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in mid-May for $3.59.

Beer poured a copper color with a decent white head that dissapated pretty quickly. Nose is heavy on those wonderful citrus hops. Taste is pretty much like the nose, a nice healthy blast of those citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. There is a health dose of hops that actually does not overwhelm the palate llike others in the class. This is a very nice representation of the west coast ipa style. (515 characters)

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

This is one fantastic IPA! It pours rich reddish amber with a billowing, cream colored, rocky head. Good, sticky lacing helps this IPA The smell leaps out of the glass with spicy, tart, fruity hops, some notes of tomato, peaches, cream, chocolate (?!?!) and smooth, caramel, rich malt. The taste is fantastic, with rich, spicy, hops; caramel flavored malt, acidic tomato flavors, herbs, peaches, chocolate, cherries and strawberries. The mouthfeel is medium and velvety, but not the beer's strongest point. The drinkabilty makes this easily sessionable. Highly recommended. (573 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a sun kissed copper with not much a smell but packs a great taste and is less filling. Not a big west coast IPA, but still gives you a bang for your buck with a nice balance. Sweet taste, hoppy sting like a bee but light like a butterfly. I think their porter is the best beer they make but this is a great balanced IPA to enjoy without being overwhelmed. (368 characters)

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

Pours a clear copper orange with large pearl head that retains and laces sheets on the glass. Smells of fresh hops, citrus and rind with a malty backend. Tastes of juicy fruit, crisp hops, tangerine and pineapple. Feels medium and refreshing in the mouth with nice carbonation. A bitteness and earthy feel lingers on the tongue. Very good drinkability, crisp, clean and refreshing. A wonderful, sessionable IPA. (411 characters)

Photo of karst
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from the beer frigde at 8:00. Lift the cap and hops scream "Hello baby yeah this is the Big Bopper speaking " A deep golden light copper approaching 10 SRM on the color scale fills the Samuel Adams "Ideal" Rastal sending up a collumn of fine beads to join the well formed white head that leaves a little "Chaintily" lace on the tulip top of the glass above the blue pour lines. What a way to begin picking the last of this season's hops on a beautiful Ozark morning. As I come down the ladder the hop aroma on my fingers blends with hoppy nose as the glass warms slowly in the low morning sun that is just reaching the tops of the Cascade and Saaz binds. The warming helps express the malt backbone that supports the west coast citrus hop levels that leave no doubt that this big eyed girl is an IPA like her big sister Durado. The delicious grapefruit rind lingers in the finish cutting the malty middle cleanly.

A perfect session beer that will put wiggle in your walk and giggle in your talk

Medium round mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Hop flavors delight the palate and just let the malt flavors peak through only to return to hop bitterness.
In the words of Jerry Lee Lewis (you yeah huh now this is the Killer speaking)

There ain't nothing in the world
Like a big eyed girl

Sending out a special thanks to OstrungT in San Diego for hookin me up to this sweet thing

"you know what I like" IPA from Ballast Point. (1,442 characters)

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little tannish head, nice thick sticky lacing follows. The nose is a big hop bomb, citrus, pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is very hoppy for a 6% ABV IPA, nice citrus feel, piney, and some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, an awesome IPA from Ballast Point, highly recommended. (401 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium amber color with an orange tint. Nice thick white head leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus in the form of oranges. Also some sweetness from the malts and of course some pine.

T: Starts out with a lot of fruit mostly in the form of orange. The solid and slightly sweet malt backbone is always there. The hops finish this beer off with a delicious bitter bite and drying aftertaste. A very tasty and well balanced brew.

M: I loved the mouthfeel on this one. It's full, creamy and the carbonation is damn near perfect.

D: Highly drinkable due to the great flavors and relatively low ABV. Yet another excellent west coast IPA from a San Diego brewer. Highly recommended. (763 characters)

Photo of bgraney
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost clear amber, moderate carbonation, thick foamy head.
Aroma hits immediately upon opening the bottle. Huge fruity aroma, kind of a grapefruit/lemon hybrid.
Extremely bitter, even for a west coast ipa. Every aspect of the flavor is dominated by hops. This makes for a tasty, although not particularly well balanced, ipa.
As expected the massive hop presence is what lingers on the tongue and expands through the mouth long after the sip is finished.
I'm a hop lover and I enjoy this but I wouldn't drink a lot of it.
I did find that by the end of the glass the flavors had settled down somewhat and the thought of having another seemed more reasoable than after the first few sips. (692 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber: Thanks to Vac for this one. It pours a slightly orangish-amber color. There was a small off white head that didn’t hang around too long. It didn’t leave too much lacing wither. The aroma is mainly pine hops, but not overly done. Some caramel malts and floral notes also. The hop bite is somewhat subdued in the taste. There is a dryness to the flavor also, as well as a somewhat biscuity taste. An interesting mouthfeel. It isn’t silky, and I’m not quite sure that I can put my finger on it. Someone else said soapy in their review. It isn’t quite that, but along those lines. It doesn’t make it bad, just a little different. (644 characters)

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

Aroma is hop sweet, fruity, grassy and a little citrus. Fairly fresh. Nice complexity that changes throughout the drink. Fruity malt too plus some toastiness. Nice.
Good amber and a very dense head that becomes rocky. Clear. Lots of lacing.
Long dry flavors with moderate bitterness on the finish with bits of flavor included. Very nice malt background for balance and taste - a little sweet and a touch of roast. Hops of fruitiness too, especially orange.
Even with the hop bite on the smooth side overall. Nicely carbonated and moderate feel.
Well rounded, flavorful, complex and interesting. I like it.
Thanks John. (623 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with perfect clarity and a chunky head.

Odd tropical fruit, peach, caramel, and metalic aromas. Almost off-putting.

Lots of caramel and toffee flavors upfront. Grapefruit pith, orange, and some pine flavors arrive on the palate towards the middle of the sip. Hops flavors were mildly vegetal; not bright or fresh tasting. Not really in the same vein as other IPAs coming out of San Diego, this is more balanced and tastes a bit old. Still decent.

Nice malty mouthfeel with some bite. The balanced nature of this brew makes it highly drinkable. I might buy this again but there is so many execptional IPAs from the same region (not to mention the entire state) that I would prefer.

Edit 5-14-2008

Have had many times since my initial tasting and I must say that the hop character is much more pronounced. I believe I had an older bottle. Tons of grapefruit and pine. The weird tropical fruitiness has not been present in any of the following bottles. Increased smell and taste to 4.0 from 3.0. Very good IPA that I would recommend. (1,049 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sirhc for this one!

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic

Pours a clear copper hue with a two finger fluffy off-white colored head that takes forever to die down. Stickiness is crazy good, all over the glass, love how this one looks. Smell...damn I love it. Such a fresh pine odor mixed perfectly with a crisp grapefruit. I could smell this one all night, but I'm getting thirsty. Taste is actually maltier than I had anticipated. Starts off very smooth on the tongue with a pale malt then quickly the hops take over and leave the mouth feeling very dry from the bitter citrus hop flavors. Probably one of the most balanced IPA's I've had. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. I really want the DIPA now from Ballast, who wants to trade? Please. (777 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. I poured it into a Chimay goblet and it is a very clear dark amber reddish color. The only downside is that it had very little head. The aroma is filled with grapefruit. The flavor is a good strong blast of grapefruit with slightly more bitterness than the big hop flavor. Behind the grapefruit there is some grassy flavor too. There is a good bit of sweetness as well. This is a good IPA but the bitterness adds up so I can't drink too much of it. (478 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Ballast Point brew, thanks to bennetj17 and nvsblman
for bombers sent for secret santa and BA annv. Thanks mucho, gents!

I can see how this rates such good points here on BA – from the pour to the quaff this is just standout suds. Clear amber pour, fine ivory head. Aroma just grabs you by the nose and shakes it around with the citrusy orange hops.

Oily and juicy with the strong hop presense, this would certainly rate as a DIPA for me – except the alcohol may be a tad weak. No hint what-so-ever of a 7%. The oil subsides quickly, leaving a dry finish. Pretty nice drinking IPA, glad I had the chance to savor this tasty treat. (645 characters)

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

Clearish, golden/amber hue, fiercely carbonated, under a slim ring of creamy foam.

Hugely hoppy aroma, grassy, piney, bursting with fruit, orange and apricot, lemon zest...lime peel...fresh, and inviting.

Full-bodied, juicy, delicious. Fresh, invigorating, with brash and bitter hops, matched well with judicious malt. Toasty and sweet. Constant deployment of tastiness, jettisoned again and again onto the tastebuds. Tangy, tart, and well-tempered. Sticky puckering bitterness never quite quits. Citric feel remains dominant, hops ever-lasting.

Killer diller IPA. Reminds of Two -Hearted, no shocker as they're both all-Centennial. But, still quite it's own beast. Sure to please any hoppy ale afficianado. It just never stops tasting good!

I'll be back for more! (776 characters)

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.