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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,328 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,328
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 123
Gots: 365 | FT: 2
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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of LukeK1231
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32 oz. "Big Z" growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber/golden with a 1 finger off-white head

Smell: Unbelievable!! Lots of fruit smells including pineapple, various citrus and maybe mango. Hoppy smells came thorugh almost as strong and made for a powerful yet perfect aroma.

Taste: Bitter hop taste in the beginning followed by a combination of fruits, pineapple taking the lead. Nice combination. Finish was crisp and smooth refreshing; "classic IPA" taste at the end.

Overall: A great IPA that I will make my standard until a better comes along. And at a nice strong 7% a well-rounded beer.

Photo of AyeMito
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%

What a wonderful beer. Its everything that I seek out in an IPA! Just like Sculpin, it is floral and juicy with wonderful hints of tropical fruit and citrus. Not as brightly scented and flavored as Sculpin in my opinion, but where it is not quite as potent with tropical elements, it has a wonderfully fresh flavor with crisp citrus notes to ripen it up. Truly a masterfully done beer!

Photo of yemenmocha
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Glorious dark copper color with thin micro-bubble head that retains well.

Nose is sharp/prickly citrus, maybe orange peel or tangerine. Enticing nose for sure.

On the palate is a notable (pleasant) black Darjeeling Tea taste from the malt sweetness with an ESB-like quality to the ale. This is very clean, refreshing, with most of the hop character towards the end.

Creamy characteristic across the palate. The nice head probably enhances this (good foam onto the palate at first, especially). More body than expected.

Finish is firm and somewhat dry with a smooth chalky, tea-like sweetness with hop dryness. Very satisfying!

One of my favorite and more unique IPA's. Worth seeking out!

Photo of BeerSquid
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recomended by the fine folks of Whitemarsh Beverage, Plymouth Meeting Pa.
Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours very smoothly. Settles into the glass with a light translucent orange colour. Minimal head that stays throughout the consumption.

S- Very powerful. I can honestly smell this onw from a good foot and a half away. Great sent of American Hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T- Its all there. Miraculous complexity that washes over the whole mouth. Great bit that magnifys from the first sip and holds to the back of the tongue. The pine and citrus carry from the nose and really make for a spectacular brew.

M- Not overly carbonated. The flavour really concentrates to the sides of the tongue and lingers very nicely.

D- Would absloutely have this beer again. In fact, Im about to. Fantastic pick.

Cheers.

Photo of lumikuuro
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle, now 6.0% abv.

Appearance: Vibrant copper, clear. Thick off white head with some retention that leaves heavy lace.

Aroma: Sweet and tart citrusy hops, with a slightly curious wet malt smell that isn't bad, rather it grows on you.

Taste: Divine. Delicate lemon and tangerine flavours along with an intense physalis hop bitterness that lingers for a long time. The hops also offer just a hint of grapefruit, a touch of grass, even some orange and lime. There is even just the slightest touch of banana from the soft malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated but very quickly evaporates into an unusually dry finish for the style. A welcoming change.

Drinkability: A really beautifully balanced IPA that takes citrus hop flavours to a whole new level. This is an absolute delight.

Photo of chargerfanjess
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap Big IPA great different hop notes from pepper to pine could be columbus and chinook. Nice big head and copper clear look with tight little bubbles. Excellent malt backbone of munich taste and perfect bitterness. Great finish for a great brew.

Photo of DrLasers
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very popular beer in San Diego and for a good reason. It embodies what I (and many other locals) consider to be a West Coast IPA. It hits all the marks expected without going overboard in one certain area. In 2012 alone I added 3, 1/6 barrels to my kegerator rotation and it was exceptional every time.

Update 2014- After several more kegs of this IPA I am still in love. IMO the best IPA in San Diego.

Photo of beerdedking
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%

The benchmark of Centennial IPAs. Yes, I've had Two Hearted and Founders Centennial

Draft into pint glass at Coopers, Scranton. Has the beautiful copper color of an extremely hoppy caramel malt beer. Very hazy and murky. Frickin yum, my taste buds are already alive.
Strong grapefruit starts it off, with a sweeping transition to a piney dry bitterness, that isn't offensive. That bitterness just leads to the next pull, and before you know it, you're ready for another pint.
The hops in this are the chewiest in any single IPA I've had. Palate coating. This beer is what Green Flash's Palate Wrecker should be.
I've had Big Eye a few months old, and loved it as it mellowed a bit too. Still very hoppy with a strong black pepper that came to the forefront. Same is in Dorado.

Photo of cgstarry
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding brew.

I found it while on vacation in San Diego and am bummed that I can't get it here in Minnesota.

The appearance is clear and slightly amber. There is nice colorful artwork on the label and when ppoured it leaves nice lacing on the way down.

The smell is bright and hoppy. Almost citrus but with a sweet malty unlerlayment.

The taste is complex and very enjoyable. Starts sweet and finished bitter and clean.

Drinkability is excellent. Too excellent. This is a strong beer and is dangerously delicious. Wnjoy with this in mind!

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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,328 ratings.