Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
The beer is poured with a nice off white head with small bubble, and the colour is a light copper. It's almost brilliantly clear. The nose on the beer is filled with floral/citrus notes. There is a bit of spiciness that carries through. A nice sweet maltiness come through as well.
Most of the flavours that come through are a toffee with a solid spiciness. A nice bit of floral notes come through later while sipping. There is a really good balance from a sweetness and floral citrus notes followed by the spiciness. This is kind of like Two Hearted where you can just drink loads of the beer. The bitterness is firm, but exactly what you'd expect in a well hopped IPA.
The mouthfeel is great. Very creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. I could drink a bunch of these beers. Quite tasty.
11-25-2009 01:03:44 | More by swizzlenuts
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
I enjoyed this on draft at the Fridge in Lancaster served chilled in a pint.
The color is beautiful, golden and has a thick creamy pale cap, the lace clings in thick rings on the glass. The bead is fine and there is visible carbonation. The smell is very good with some moderately vibrant citrus rind elements, very orange-y which brings to mind centennial hops, but only a mild malt element in the nose which is gentle and accents the intensely aromatic hops. The feel is great...just as close to perfect as it gets for an American IPA in my opinion. The bitterness is right on without going too far toward Imperial IPA bite and the alcohol is there without outpacing the slight oily texture from the hops. There is moderate carbonation and the feel finishes with a mostly dry quality.
The taste of this IPA is very citrus yet there are other elements that come off as herbal/floral without much in the way of vegetal, just a mild amount of hop spiciness. The citrus starts grapefruity but seems to hit the lemony side and verges toward orange rind zest in the middle when the malt sweetness is a little more noticeable. The flavor lasts well after the swallow with a mild peppery quality which blends well with the mild alcohol which seems to add a dry quality to the overall flavor, very juicy throughout and the flavor really rocks, I find the bitterness to be very smooth. Overall you can't find many better IPA's in the west coast style. This is a solid beer through and through. I don't think there can be much in the way of improving this I put it pretty close to the top.
11-27-2011 22:35:03 | More by Slatetank
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Growler fills of Calico Amber and Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewery in San Diego. Big Eye features an amazing nose of herbal, piney, slightly earthy hops; slight currant and blackberry at the end. Light copper color with a fluffy white head that dissapates into an intricate web of lacing around the glass. Nice carbonic bite with a medium body. Flavor is ALL herbal/piney/earthy hop taste. No sweetness, very little citrus to be found. Malt body is very much in the background; lightly biscuity and bready. Hard to take any real notes in flavor other than the pungent hop overload. This is definitely for hop heads. Sculpin IPA seems to be a little less dank in terms of pungency, I prefer it to Big Eye.
08-16-2013 18:48:53 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,953 ratings.