Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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Reviews: 1,045
Hads: 3,919
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 182
Gots: 797 | FT: 4
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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 phishgator
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-transparent amber with a nice frothy cream colored head. some lacing

S-a good scent of creamy hops and some grapefruit. its a decently strong scent.

T-wow it hits the mouth with an extreme bitterness. it then comes with creamy hops and leaves with a taste that reminds me exactly like a really bitter grapefruit juice. the taste of grapefruit rinds lasts as an after-taste.this is quite a bitter an memorable IPA.

M-light bodied with a creamy medium carbonation and only a slightly dry finish

O-the bitterness seems to tame down as the drink goes on. this is definitely an interesting IPA that I'd recommend. its definitely a good drinker as well. i'd say the sculpin is still beyond this though.

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Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7% abv.

Appearance: The body has an orange amber color with a light haze and lively carbonation flowing up to the head. It’s head slowly settles from tall thick and creamy off white foam. A light coving holds on till the last sip.

Smell: This is one of the highlights of this beer. It is full of floral, citrusy orange and sweet tropical fruity notes of papaya and mango.

Taste / Palate: On the tongue hop bitterness is king. The flavor is darker and more bitter than the nose suggested. The malt lays down a nice sweet bready base but the hops quickly take over with orange pith and deep resinous bitterness which hangs on long into the finish. The palate feels right on and balanced with good lively carbonation.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stakem for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date (black label).

Pours an orange amber with great clarity and some thin, but sticky off-white head. Nose is like a peeled orange rolled in hop flowers. Smells great!

Palate has crushing bitterness for a single IPA! Wow bold stuff. Lots of earthy, dry, drying leafy hops. Lemon peel/rind and bitter herbs like a digestif. Long, gripping finish, but clean too. Very focused.

Has a lot of similarities with bitters (like Campari or tonic). Really fucking good. Need to grab a couple sixers if I ever see this!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point Brewing Company - Big Eye IPA - Bomber

Look - Pours a clear deep copper amber with a two finger foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves tons of sticky lacing all over.

Smell - Rich malt with a nice tropical citrus hop balance. Absolutely phenomenal aroma, maltier than the Sculpin but just as appetizing to the nose. I was excited to take a sip.

Taste - Rich, smooth and somewhat sweet malt transition into juicy citrus hop wave and that's where it sits.

Mouthfeel - Lingering sour citrus hops are quite pleasant on the palate. Quite drinkable but the malt does make this one a little (slight bit) boozy.

Overall - Another home run by Ballast Point, this one is a bit maltier than the Sculpin. Just enough uniqueness to differentiate. I do prefer the Sculpin but I would not hesitate to purchase this in a pinch.

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Photo of GregBlatz
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper in color. Slightly off-white head that starts around 1/2" and settles to 1/8'. Laces very nicely. Bubbles are very tight and not pillowy at all. Beer is very clear.

S - Strong combination of resinous pine and strong fruitiness. Very very estery. Hops dominate but there is some warm side fermentation and some sweet malt. This is a very bold smelling beer.

T - Bitter and citrus flavors hit me up front. Sort of grapefruity. darker caramel malts are strongly at play after the punch from the fruitiness. This balanced out pretty well. Often you won't find the darker malts in an IPA.

M - A little chewy and med to med-high carbonation. Somewhat slick mouthfeel.

O - This is a big strong IPA. Definately west coast style. I'm guessing a lot of high alpha acid hops and likely some simcoe. I really enjoy this.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brilliant copper color with a very tight 1-1/2 finger head. The smell consists of a pungent bouquet of citrus and floral aromas with a light hint of biscuity malt in the background. This aroma will make you slobber on yourself! The flavor is a repeat of the smell with more of a pronounced hop punch and a nice burnt caramel malt backbone. This beer has a lighter bodied mouthfeel and finishes dry with each swallow making you more than ready for your next. Thanks xlperro!

Notes: Superb IPA! This is one of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had!

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Photo of ISmith87
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stout/porter glass.

Appearance - 4.50 - great looking beer, not that much head but it laces well, golden-amber, crystal clear color

Smell - 4.50 - Definitely hoppy/spicy citrusy smell. Grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, lime, pine. Not as intense as some others.

Taste - 4.50 - Definitely very hoppy, not balanced by much malt. More grapefruit, pine, orange/lemon/lime zest. Tiny bit of bready malt/caramel.

Mouthfeel - 4.75 - Great, medium carb, nice solid bitter aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

Overall - 4. 50 - Great beer, I agree that it's not as good as Sculpin. Missing the hop bite/spiciness that sculpin has. Definitely in the same league though.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this today at the sterling Sun Singer, and a fine grab it was, if I may say so. Two generous fingers of white froth top a yellow-orange body, with dense rings of lacing adorning the pint glass--excellent. In fact, after I was finished, I could count my sips of Big Eye by the rings seemingly etched on the side of the glass--like rings inside a tree; amazing. The nose is strong, rife with citrusy hops, particularly orange and grapefruit.

The taste brings out a good deal of citrus, but is nicely complemented by a robust malty taste--lots of roasted caramel. It really is very well balanced, which says a lot given the dense hop content. The mouthfeel is terrific, with a fair degree of hop grit offset by the smooth, malty texture.

Just an excellent IPA--complex, balanced, and very satisfying. A must-try.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear copper coor with a dense head off off-white head. Unbelievable retention and lacing. Doesnt get much better looking than this!

Nose is juicy hops - papayas, pineapple and grapefruit flesh. Little bit of sweet, caramely malt. Clean overall and the hop aromas are really great.

Taste has plenty of both bittering and flavoring hops. The finish is biting and loooong lasting. The malt is well played...not so light it is all hops; there is a deft touch of toasty caramel that stays out of the way or the most part but compliments the hops. Its still firmly in the West Coast IPA category, but a bit of malt compensation is nice to see. Mouthfeel is airy and carbonation perfect. This is a great IPA when fresh, I could drink this just about anytime.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Somewhere between gold and orange with a slight haze. Half inch of off white head forms with great retention; even after 5 minutes or so a thick cap remains. Moderate/decent lacing as well.

S - Good stuff going on here, this reminds me a lot of some of my favorite DIPAs. There's a great bready sweetness as the backbone with the full spectrum of hop aromas. Most prominent is citrus, mainly grapefruit and lime, with pine and tea-like aromas coming in a close second. Earth and grass is present in small amounts with a touch of saltiness. The buttery, almost caramel like sweetness is extremely enticing for me when it comes to hoppy beers like this.

T - Fruity sweetness hits immediately reminding me of apples and peaches mixed with pine. Buttery-ness pulls through mildly but doesn't approach the near-caramel territory of the nose. Sweetness is short lived as the hops take over mid palate with very green, herbal notes. Grass and tea stand out the most but everything from celery seed to chive to rosemary to Italian herbs can be found along the way. The spicy/vegetal flavors segue into the inherent salty-like flavor of grapefruit, and citrus takes center stage late palate. Grapefruit is the main contender but there's a strong lime element, something I don't normally run across in the average IPA. Rough, pith like bitterness takes hold in the finish and doesn't let go.

M - Solid medium body with moderate to low carbonation. A little heavier than I would expect for the style but probably suits the flavors well.

D - A little heavy and definitely a little intense. I doubt I could handle more than one at a time. Big Eye IPA definitely walks an interesting line between IPA and DIPA with much focus on the hops. A great beer to be sure, probably a must-have in a market saturated with medicore IPAs.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus, mango, pineapple, and orange. In the taste, starts pine like hops to a orange citrus end, with a nice balanced malt all the way through. A hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops and it could be a daily drinker.

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Photo of aglose45
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, golden brown, with an off-white head.

S: Nice citrusy hop flavor, possibly a hint of apricot or peach, that is balanced out nicely by a sweet bread-like malt backbone. Smells great.

T: WOW... After having Sculpin i figured this would be good too, but this is really good! Nice tart, more peach than apricot, hop flavor. There is a small amount of sweet bread malt backbone, but I prefer hop assaults. There is also a nice bitterness to this beer.

M: Great. Nice amount of hop resin, nicely lighter bodied, and a pleasant amount of carbonation.

D: This is officially my new staple beer that I will have in the fridge at all times. Highly recommended!

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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 bosox941827
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

A - A bit lighter than you might expect from an IPA, but clear and coppery in any case, with a bit of a chill haze. A nice head forms after an agressive pour, and a thin layer hangs around down the glass.
S - Nice resiny, piney hop aromas here; bodes well for the taste...
T - A bit of alcohol and hops right off the bat, which then mixes with some caramel-y sweetness in the middle (a bit of roasted malts in there too), before wrapping up with nice mix of lingering sweetness and bitterness from the hops. The roasted malts are fairly prominent at the end as well, resolving into the "dry tongue" typical of IPAs. This is a VERY well-balanced IPA.
M - A higher level of carbonation than I'm used to, but contributes to the drinkability of this one, which is really through the roof.
D - Yeah, I could drink a bunch of these...almost to the point that it's gulp-able.

This is a pretty great IPA, balance and drinkability matched only by a few that I've had; Sierra Nevada Celebration comes to mind. This is a bit less assertive than Celebration, but very easy to put down. Will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Eye IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.00 %

Out of the bottle into a chilled glass. I had this right after the AleSmith IPA, which I liked a lot. This beer was better.

They were mostly similar in appearance and taste until the finish. The Big Eye had a less bitter, less harsh finish than the AleSmith.

Recommended for any IPA lover.

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Photo of minnz21
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. Everyone seems to know Sculptor but Bug Eye is no slouch. Darker in color and hops are subtle but punchy. Very consistent taste throughout the process. A must try.

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Photo of nuggetnectar01
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium copper color with a three finger slightly brown foamy head. Little bubbles are left on top of the beer scattered around. Average head retention with great lacing left behind.

Smells of apricot, honey, lemons, grapes, caramel, biscuit, and bubblegum, it sure smells delicious.

Taste is full of citrus upfront with a nice malt backbone to balance it out, nice hop bitterness shows up at the end. Very balance beer IMO. Wonderful taste.

Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

This is one great beer. I can drink this beer all throughout the summer. Great find and recommended. Reminds me kind of Alpha King from Three Floyds.

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Photo of Dmann
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from a San Diego brewery. This one poured a sunset orange color with a dense white head that left some nice lace. The smell was big on citrusy hops with a slight scent of malt way in the background. As for the taste, this has to be one of the more balanced IPA's I've ever had and would be a good session IPA for sure. The flavor is hoppy for sure, but it is balanced out very nicely by a thick malt backbone and a nice hearty mouthfeel. A great beer that I will revisit soon.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle serveed onto a nonic glass poured with a generous very creamy off-white head slowly fades to a thick pillowy layer leaving thick rings of lace down the glass.

Strong carmelled aromas with some burnt notes. Strong hop aromas as well with resinous pine and citrus.

Tastes as it smells no suprizes here. Well balanced with a strong resiny pine finish and a touch of a heat feel.

Suprizingly drinkable very creamy and leaving a nice sticky hop coating of the roof of the mouth. Very intense ipa,could easily pass for a double. stronger than a lot the the doubles i've tried.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color with perfect clarity in the usual Ballast Point fashion. A two finger head slowly settles into a half-inch cap.

Smell: A huge aroma of centennial hops - citrus and pine in equal portions. Unmistakable as I just brewed with them this week.

Taste & mouthfeel: So damn hoppy and flavorful, it's like chewing on a hop flower (minus the palate-wrecking bitterness). The bone-dry malt profile really brings out the citrus flavor in the hops. The body is light and the crisp dryness is remarkable; I wish every IPA was like this. Bitterness in the finish is moderate but not enough to overpower the actual hop flavor, which lingers on the palate long after the glass has emptied.

Drinkability: I had to slow myself down while drinking this one.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a semi-transparent amber/orange. The pour kicks up a thick, frothy head that leaves a good amount of lace and takes several minutes to die down.

Aroma is wonderful, wonderful hops! Grapefruit, weed, onions, with the good support of some caramel malt. Slight astringent flavor of cat pee, so it hits all the aroma notes I always hope for in IPAs!

Flavor delivers all the hoppy goodness promised on the nose. Bigtime citrus/grapefruit juice, bits of weed, onions, grass, and resin supported by a light touch of caramel malt. Finish is very bitter, but the caramel malts come out more on the aftertaste to balance it out. Really great flavor notes!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation - accurate for the style.

Overall, really incredible flavors, and an amazing bang for your buck! I wasn't expecting it to be this wonderful what with the lack of any hip new hops in the hop bill, but it really eceeded my expectations!

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Photo of Zorro
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown brew.

Smell is malt and strong pine and grapefruit from the hops.

Taste is well balanced for an IPA. The taste of the malt isn't obliterated by the amount of hops used. Mildly sweet with a strong flavor of hops. The flavor comes through as a tasty fruity flavor. This isn't one of those IPAs with only a pine and grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Outstanding Drinkability for an American IPA. Tasty balanced and not so hoppy that is shocks your tastebuds.

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Photo of Enola
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a nice orange with a good sized head. There was plenty of lacing. The smell was piney hops. The taste was bitter, with a nice aftertaste of hops. A nice smooth beer. The mouthfeel was sticky. I could drink this beer again anytime. A mighty fine ipa. Thanks to wcudwight for sharing.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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