Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,021 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 1,021
Hads: 3,794
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 171
Gots: 719 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Clydesdale
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a mostly clear orange-amber color. The tall, foamy head is of medium density, with a light amber tint. Retention is very good, and excellent lacing sticks to the glass.

S: The faintest caramel sweetness tops a primarily pale maltiness. Very citrusy hop notes of orange juice/lemon oil are prominent, but there's also an underlying grassy/herbal character present to provide some depth.

T: Very faint caramel - this is mostly a sugar cookie-ish pale malt profile. Hop bitterness is firm but not bracing. Prominent notes of orange and lemon, with fainter grapefruit. There's also a definite grassy/herbal undertone - perhaps from dry hops?

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is extremely smooth and supple. Some oily hop presence precedes a fairly dry finish. A well-done mouthfeel overall.

D: A very enjoyable, extremely well-brewed IPA. Centennial and Columbus work extremely well here to provide a big citric presence with a nice herbal/floral secondary note. I'd been reluctant to pick one up here on the East Coast because I wasn't sure how fresh it would be, but this is excellent beer. (1,105 characters)

Photo of patoakes7
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice reddish amber almost copper in color. Nice lacing through the entire glass. Poured a finger and half head and stayed nicely through the beer.

S-Hints of citrus and pine. Very great refreshing floral aroma.

T- Taste derives alot from the nose with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and piney finish. Not alot of booze but you know it there. Love the hop flavor in Big Eye. Dry Finish

M- Pretty thick for an IPA but not in a bad way. Leaves the mouth dry.

D-Have loved this IPA for awhile, one of my favorites. Its got the perfect bite I look for in an IPA (565 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

enormous off white head that may be as dense and firm as i have seen, with a glowing orange color.
smells just like a bowl of diced peeled oranges. now i know what others mean when they describe the citrusness of centenial.
feels like drinking orange juice as you lift the glass. just plain mouthwatering.
the bitterness hits strongly right up front but its not harsh. almost manages to overshadow any maltiness at all, but that manages to find its way out.
by the end of the bottle, some dryness comes out a bit. the finish though always seems very crisp.
one of my new favorite ipa's. the centenials really are the strong point of this, and i like it. (659 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper color with nice long lasting white head. Smells of pineapples, mangos & other citrus like fruit with a tinge of pineness. Has a sweet smelling, sticky hop aroma to it that's also noticeable in the taste. A little too sweet for me. Wish it was a tad more balanced in bitterness. It's rather light & drinkability is good but I think the sweetness would limit me to only a few of these at a time. A nice IPA, but I think this one's not in the upper echelon.

Re-reviewed from notes on 9/8/11 after buying a bottle fresh from the Home Brew Mart. My scores reflect a change from previously. Fresh from the brewery, this is one of my favorite IPAs:

-pours amber with hop particles suspended, otherwise clear.
-smells very piney, spicy, peppery.
-hoppy taste, bitter, resin-like.
-caramel malts, slightly syrupy-like due to the sticky sweet hop complexity.
-overally - an excellent IPA!!! (903 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bright orange hue with brilliant clarity. About a finger of off white head.

tropical fruit on the nose. dried papaya, hints of pineapple and grapefruit with a bit of citrus. some dried mango as well.

Not an in your face IPA but rather a simple and damn tasty one. Medium mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Goes down real easy and is super refreshing. Some sweet malt gives life to the dried fruit flavors of the hops. Ends semi-flowery with a nice underlying yet balancing bitterness. Really really good. This IPA takes the classic west coast flavors of an American IPA while presenting them in a subtle and super drinkable english-style. Unique, amazingly balance, super flavorful, and dangerously chuggable. That's what makes a damn good beer. (752 characters)

Photo of NolanGTI
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really taken back by how good this beer was. First pint out of the keg it was ridiculously fresh. Poured nice and copper, 2 fingered head. Tons of lacing on the way down.

Smell was a nice mix of pine and citrus. Mouthfeel was very nice with an amazing blast of fresh fruity hop goodness. I could drink a lot of these. One of the better IPAs I have had in a long time. (374 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- deep amber/gold with a big creamy white head that lasts throughout. Big lacing.
S-big citrus, pine, and floral notes. Awesome smell.
T-similar to aroma but a little bit subdued by comparison. This isn't a bad thing. The malt backbone holds up well to the big hops.
M-smooth with just a hint of hops oily-ness.
O-awesome IPA (327 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, nice amber in color. Loads of carbonation. A pleasant, creamy two fingers of head coats the glass in foamy lacing. Brilliant thus far. Deep grapefruity-hoppy arromas dance around the glass and fall into your nose. This has a fruitier, sweeter aroma than most West Coasters of the IPA-suasion. I love this. This is top notch, hop heady ale thus far. Even some warmer, rounder, more muted aromas like almond. Awesome. Oh wow, the pineapple and grapefruit notes in the flavor just blast off. There is also some other, more nuanced notes tap-dancing around on your tongue. This is world class beer. One of the best I've ver had. Unique and complex, hoppy like a Left-Coaster should be. It would take all day to pull out all the interesting flavors that are in this. It';s like trying one beer, then another and saying "If I could take this and this out of these two, you'd have a fantastic beer!" Well, that fantastic beer is this beer. I'm gonna have to try their Sculpin, because people swear by that one, but this is to Sculpin what Blind Pig is to Pliny - probably the better of the two beers, after all is said and done. This is likely one of the three or four best IPAs I've ever had. Drinkable to a fault, most could get well hammered off a bunch of pints of this. At $10.99/sixer it's also decently priced. Find this beer at all costs folks, it's worth every penny.

What I like most: Everything - I can't find fault in it.

What I like least: Nothing.

Verdict: World class IPA and one of the best beers I've ever had. (1,538 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a thick fluffy off white head. The head has orange tints in it. It fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a pleasent grassy hop aroma. It has a slight lemon citrus aroma also. It has a very slight piney aroma.

This beer has a very good grassy flavor. It has just a touch of citrus in the flavor. It has avery slight bready malt flavor, but only just a little.

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a grassy aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would be a great session beer. It is not overly high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is not aggressive. Also it tastes great. This is a very fine beer from the Balast Point guys. I am surprized it took me so long to review it. (752 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Go Pack

appearance: Pours a light khaki one finger head, pretty fluffy and persistent. Nice retention after the initial recession, even some nice lacing. The beer is the color of polised old copper.

smell: Love it. Biiig tropical, pine, and floral hop aroma with a worthy caramel-apple malt backbone. The hop aroma in itself is complex, and the malt compliments perfectly with a moderate caramelized sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is really smooth, just around or under medium...and the body a full medium. Maybe heavy for the style, but it works really well for me.

taste: Really nice malt/hop balance going on. Tropical fruit hop flavors abound, just barely getting the edge on the caramel malt. Some floral notes and sappy pine astringency, but the hops are primarily tropical. Moderate-high bitterness in the finish. Love an IPA big on both hops and malt.

drinkability: quite easy, highly recommended...doesn't seem to have gotten much love recently for some reason

from nvsblman in Get Bombed (1,022 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 5/26 blind ipa tasting

pours light copper orange 1 finger head that left lacing

smell is big pine - my kind of ipa

taste was pine upfront then grapefruit hops - i did not pick up any malts at all but i didnt mind

mouthfeel - the pine hops sting the mouth plent of carbonation crisp finish for a medium body beer

drinkability - just what i look for in an ipa pine which might kill you taste buds but that what i like

over this beer finished tied for 3rd in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye=Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min=AlphaKing-Hdevil (572 characters)

Photo of happybear
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head with sticky lacing

S: Hops, hops, hops. Grassy/pine.

T: Hoppy, grapefruit and pine notes. Very big flavored.

M: Crisp with a sticky mouthfeel

D: Drinkable and very addicting

Enjoyed at the Irish Pol in Philadelphia. Excellent offering from the West Coast and consistent with big hop beers. If you are sampling beers, make this last. I sampled a Hopdevil and Double Bastard after a few of these and could not taste either one of those. (453 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a mason jar.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange color with fluffy white head that left some webbed lacing.

S- Huge pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach and mango, some malt sweetness, and light pine notes. This smells like a classic West Coast IPA.

T- Big pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach, mango, and orange citrus hop notes. Quite a bit of sweet caramel malt note, finishes with some piney hops notes, and finishes with high bitterness.

M- Very smooth, soft carbonation, very dry, refreshing, and medium body.

O- This is an awesome West Coast IPA. I actually thought I was getting a Sculpin when I saw Ballast Point IPA on the beer menu and I will say this is definitely in the same league as Sculpin. (741 characters)

Photo of blackjack000
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, cloudy, dark honey. A light amount of off-white head.

Smell: That sweet smell of alcohol mingling with strong hops and thick malt. This smell is nearly perfect. The smell makes me think of IPAs with far more alcohol than is actually here. I think the alcohol scent carries along with the strong hops and thick malts. It clings to my nose and lingers on my breath like menthol--very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm...I love IPAs with a silky and lightly syrupy maltiness underneath. The hops have a good range, but sit a little high-pitched, which helps balance out the sweet malt. There's almost a roasty aftertaste how the malt and the hops work together. Very pleasant citrus and sweet flavors.

Drinkability: Wonderful. This beer is incredibly packed with flavor. There's quite a bit going on with this one. I really wish I had more around so I could keep experiencing it. (940 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful deep golden yellow and with a decent head after storing the beer in the growler for ten days.

S: Extremely hoppy. There are a decent amount of caramel tones to the nearly perfect aroma.

T: Very bitter and maybe a little bit too bitter. Ballast Point definitely has a near perfect balance in this beer with the caramel and citrus undertones present in this beer.

M: There was excellent carbonation despite storing in a growler for 10 days. The retention could be a tiny bit heavier but it is still very good.

O: If you have the opportunity to try this definitely do. Personally, I think that this is the best IPA that Ballast Point produces, better than Sculpin IPA. (684 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks a lot man.

Poured a rich copper color with quite a bit of beige head on it. Great lacing as well.

Smell is malty at first with the hops coming through to spice it up.

Taste is very balance with a great bitter spicy hop flavor throughout. Really good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Smooth easy drinking beer.

I really enjoyed this beer. I wish it was available in Wisconsin. Luckily I can trade for it from the great BAs on this site. (519 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber with a thick white head that descends to a thin creamy cover, leaving lacing on the glass.

The smell is of floral and citric rush on the nose - gotta love those Centennial hops! Very aggressive with toffeeish notes way in the back.

The taste is - well...not that's an IPA! Juicy, bitter citric and floral hops tied together with a sweet toffee maltiness. Very nice use of a single hop - Centennial - no complaints here! Finishes with a well-controlled bitterness.

Full-side of medium-bodied and creamy with a lingering aftertaste of tangerine.

If I could drink this all day I'd be a happy man! (609 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to nvsblman for this brew for the BA Anny Club. It looks like me and blackie had the same idea!

Pours with a one inch head. A little light in color for an IPA and a huge smell of citrus hops which both remind me of Nugget Nectar. Tastes like a true West Coast hop bomb with a dominant citrus taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is very drinkable. Top notch IPA.

Cheers. (382 characters)

Photo of TylerJones62
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great example of an IPA. As far as IPA's go I have two controls; Stone's IPA and Anderson Valleys Hopottin.

For me, I prefer IPAs that have a more berry/fruit/citrus type of bitterness to it, where as Stone IPAs have the more floral/perfumey taste. This beer leans more towards the fruit/berry side of the track. As far as the bitterness goes, its quite moderate, not as harsh as I was expecting(from the smell).

Overall a very good beer, I would definitely recommend trying this one if your an IPA fan. (506 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The ABV on this beer is 7% according to the bottle... BA has it listed as 6%.

Pours an amber/orange color..typical of IPA style. Lacing and head is very nice..off white, pillowy head with big bubbles.

Aroma is huge..citrusy hop blast and intermingling caramel.

Taste is even bigger. a maltyness gives yield to puckery grapefruit blast of hops...then the pine resin aftertaste kicks in for a long time...also a nice numbing, severely bitter dryness on the tongue and finally a peppery note from the booze.

I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer but I am a hophead and I could see how it could be hard to drink for others.

Drinkability is affected a little by the sheer strength of this delicious ale. Can't drink a lot of these in a session. 3-4 is an enjoyable number for me at home. (792 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 BigMike
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a two finger head.

A strong smell of minneola tangelo hits the nose right off the bat. Citrus and floral notes are also very present.

This is very tasty. The smells definitely carry over into the flavor. Oranges are very strong in the flavor with tangelo juice taking the forefront.
Nice and crisp and clean. Very good mouth feel and nice hoppy finish make this one very balanced and very drinkable.
Even at 7%abv its almost sessionable.

This is one of the more tastier IPA's i've had in a while. Being my first example from Ballast Point i'm impressed and am looking forward to trying more from said brewery. (652 characters)

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

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Big Eye appears a hazed medium amber color with about an inch of fluffy bone white head. Aromas and flavors consist of tons of citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit, just about the right amount of caramelized malt, floral hops, some resinous pine as well. The IPA is a notch or two better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Damn my glass was empty rather quickly! Perfect drinkability and yes, it's better than Sculpin. (540 characters)

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

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Nice bright orange hue, slightly hazy. Large foaming head. The aroma of centential hops permiates the air. There is no shortage of bitterness and floral hops throughout this session. The body is medium with medium carbonation. Very similar in taste as Stone IPA, probably to do with the water and hop content. (345 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, sparse bubbles, decent head.
There's a nice orange zest of a nose to this, fruity pepper. Great complex smell.
Taste follows suit. Orange, citrus-based hopfest that leaves a subdued linger of bitterness on the palate. Spices live in here, pepper, and a tangy orange rind throughout.
Zesty beverage. Carbonation is good.
A complex, orange-based IPA that's very well-done, as is their Sculpin. (404 characters)

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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