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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,045 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,045
Hads: 3,919
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 182
Gots: 798 | 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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Reviews: 1,045 | Hads: 3,919
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Scoobydank
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of gubbt
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Mark
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of mbunje
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of BeerZack
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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