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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,070 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,070
Hads: 4,074
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 201
Gots: 924 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 Wer34truh
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a one-head finger with a beautiful clear dark amber color.

The smell is quite subtle, with notes of malt and hops. With some pine and citrus in there. The taste follows suit. The pine is noticeable immediately, with the hops developing over time. Both the feel and the carbonation are quite light.

This beer hardly blew me away, but it's a well-balanced and enjoyable IPA. Paid $11 for a six-pack.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with a short head but very good lacing. Smells lightly hoppy and a little grainy. There is also a slight soapiness. The taste has piney hops up front followed by stone fruit and bubblegum. Fairly balanced with bitter hops and grainy malt. The mouthfeel is a little grainy for my taste but with good weight and carbonation. Quite drinkable

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy amber with a big half inch foamy head that dissipated to a thin but lingering head. Very nice lacing. Malt forward scent, not my favorite profile. Malty taste, lacking in the big fruit/floral hops that I prefer. A nice bitter finish. Solid but forgettable for me.

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Photo of BTodd
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a clear, gold/amber with less than a finger of fine bubbles.

S-pine, citrus with some floral notes as well.

T-reflective of smell with some spiciness. Nice bitterness with some of the hop characteristics shining through. Maybe some biscuit as well.

M-Fairly light. Nice carbonation. Fades pretty quickly. Easy drinker.

O-A nice IPA that is not quite as complex or powerful as those I like a little more. However, it's a nice drinker and I will buy it from time to time.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a darker golden color with a big fluffy slightly off white head. Aroma is more malty than hoppy but the hops presence is more of a citrus variety then pine. The taste is more malty than I thought it would be but it does have a nice hops character to it. Nice lace left on the glass. Lingering bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of Biggness
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber with no head and mild lacing. The smell is of citrusy and grassy hops. The taste has a very nice hop profile, but too much for the amount of malt in it, a little unbalanced in my opinion. The mouthfeel is ok, carbonation is a little low and there is a pretty distinct dry feeling after swallow. Ok on the drinkablility, but I would prefer something a little better balanced to session with.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 6/16/2013
Glass: Tulip

Big Eye balances the caramel malt base with its aggressive hops (Cascade?) quite well, the emphasis on the caramelized malt flavors slightly dominating the others. With so many IPAs out there, this one mostly stands amongst the rest, one that I might return to if seeking a caramel-grapefruit bomb.

Pours a 2cm head of slightly off-white bubbles, mostly small in size, average length of slightly over one minute in its retention. The foam descents to a thin ring around the beer with a modest island floating atop the body. Lacing is significant, with substantial rows of intriciate patterns affixed to the interior of the glass, almost like a geologic strata. Body is a caramel-orange color, with light bringing out copper orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy (20-30% opaque) body,

Aromas of caramel malt with modest grapefruit and pine hop aromas. Not unpleasant at all, but fairly simplistic for a West Coast IPA.

Dominant flavors of caramel malts, grapefruit, and hop bitterness. Front of palate picks up caramel malt sweetness melded to grapefruit rind fruit esters and mild pine resin. Mid-palate continues the flavors of the front, with strong caramel malt ad grapefruit-like hop contributions, with significant hop bitterness, and lesser pine resin flavors. Back of palate tastes continued caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit and pine hop contributions, and medium-intensity hop bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of substatial hop bitterness with caramel malt and grapefruit-like flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is quicklky fizzy, modestly foamy, and overall smooth across the palate. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness from the malt heaviness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from bspringer as a very generous extra.

A - Clear amber color with a white head that left some random stick on the sides.

S - Decent amount of hops, mostly citrus and grapefruit, with a little bit of pine.

T - Interesting taste, almost tastes wet-hopped, which I'm not a huge fan of. Little bit sweet, grapefruit taste and pine hops are the dominate flavors here.

M - Crisp, lighter bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Not a bad beer, but doesn't compare to Sculpin for me, although I'm sure it's not supposed to. Solid, but I wouldn't drink this regularly.

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Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lothore for dropping this in as an extra in a recent trade. Ballast Point knows what to do with their hops, so as soon as I popped this, the Vikings scored. Good beer!

Nice light amber, with racing carbonation. White flippy top bubbles up. Hop smell is nice & harsh with a bite of grapefruit.

Big Eye is all about the bitterness. Taste is dominated by the grapefruit hops, if the grapefruit was laced with cyanide. Very oily, sticks to the tongue, teeth, & gums. That's all. No malts, no bread, nothing. Hops.

Very good beer. Anyone who likes hops, will like this.

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Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip a hazy orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma is some slight sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a decent amount of bitter citrus hops with sweet malts backing it up. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable IPA to say the least, but there's really nothing all that special about it.

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Photo of mchegash
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Medium orange-red. Quite clear, several fingers of light tan head. Slightly less than average amount of carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: Pine, very funky resin. Small hints of citrus. Not incredible strong aroma, had to practically stick my nose in the beer to detect anything.

T: The main taste is a funky resin. There is also some malt flavor and slight citrus aspects

F: Very smooth, slightly fuller than medium-full body. Light carbonation.

O: This is a decent IPA overall, but I would prefer the Sculpin to this any day.

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Photo of Ego
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on an easy pour the head roars forth from the bottle quickly stacking up into a full 3 fingers of head, as time passes the head dissipates into larger bubbles slowly retreating toward the brew itself. the color dances somwhere 'tween orange and amber, well carbonated, clean/consistent looking.. she's a looker (now let's see what's under the skirt)

piney fresh hops tempt the olfactory sense, the sweetness of the malt is just barely peeking through, IPA? yep... American-ized... for shizzle...

taste etc...
nice mouth feel.. right on, medium bodied all the way through, pretty high on the bitterness scale but not over powering for this hop lovin' fool, the malt does come through allowing this to not just be hops.. but let's face it, hops are the key. The centennial hops have a touch more "brown" flavor to them than some of the other high alpha hops we find running a muck these days, something about this hop becomes a bit distracting as I get further in...

tasty. a good AIPA with better marks in certain categories, not worth pawning off grandma's dentures but worth checking it out if available locally

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-nice golden amber color, pretty hazy, two fingers of thick white head, nice lace left behind

S-big toasted caramel malt nose, not much in the way of hops coming from this bottle

T-sweet caramel malt up front, hint of toasted malt, some citrus and a good bit of bitterness throughout

M-full bodied and thick, pretty smooth and quite crisp

D-its pretty well balanced for an IPA, which I actually don't like. I want a full on hop assault with an IPA, save the balancing act for other styles.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is like someone started out to make an American-style IPA (a style I love), and somewhere in the middle of brewing, went insane.

It has that grapefruity bitter hoppy taste -- usually a positive point for me (I hate too much malt) -- but SO much so that it actually tastes like grapefruit juice. I'm not exaggerating, it really does. I kept expecting the taste to mutate as I drank, since that so often happens with good beer, but nope, it was grapefruit juice, beginning to end.

Luckily I like grapefruit juice too, and as grapefruit juices go, this was quite excellent -- lots of bitter, not too sweet. It was quite a refreshing glass. But as a beer, even as an american IPA, it's downright weird, and could do with at least a little more subtlety and balance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is a weird twang at the end of this beer which drops the taste score for me. This is a bitter IPA...meaning unbalanced. While there is sweet malt present...it is still very bitter. There are hints of citrus. The mouthfeel is decent and overall it is ok. I've had better IPAs

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint: 3 fingers of glistening, spongey head over medium amber body, clear. Good head retention, heavy, splotchy lacing.

Smells of floral hops, orange zest & pith. Breezy & light.

Taste is a combination of bitter orange & biscuity, caramel malt that's moderate but surprising given the smell. Dryness like dark bread crust. Dry & bitter in finish with a lingering citrus & pine flavor. Orange is interesting at first but gets old before too long.

Medium-bodied, a little heavier & more sugary than a lot of IPAs.

The contrast between smell & taste is a little bit of a letdown: starts crisp & turns sweet & on the heavy side. Not my favorite balance in an IPA. Not bad, just not my fave.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Eye IPA pours a crystal clear bronze color with a small, frothy off white head. The foam fades quickly leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and hoppy. Notes of caramel malt, bready yeast and grapefruit citrus and pine are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is oily with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is more malty than I expected. Caramel and pale malt are followed by orange and pine citrus hops. Fairly well balanced, but the malt is more pronounced. It finishes bitter with a lingering orange citrus flavor when gone.

An easy drinking IPA that's somewhat sweet for the style. Could use a touch more more bitterness and hop flavor.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Dark gold, with a nice white head. This one has a nice huge hoppy aroma (some light citrus, pine). On the palate, I get some nice, big earthy hop flavors. Good malt presence tempers the bitterness a little, but it is still quite prevelant. A nice hoppy/bitter IPA.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Lovely honey/amber elixer! Tall white head that fades slowly and drags itself back into the glass leaving a islands of sticky lacing. Pretty clear with nice carbonation.

S- Orange, pineapple, yellow grapefruit and some faint peaches. Really piney and dank! Picking up the sweet malts and a touch of yeast.

T- More bitter than I would thought. Not overwhelming, but I wish the fruit would shine thru a bit more. The malt comes thru a bit and mellows the pine. Certainly not as fruit forward as Sculpin.

M- Nice blend of bitter, sweet, and citrusy. The bitterness sticks to your teeth a little bit. Really wishing this was a bit more citrus forward.

O- Decent IPA. I've had better, and I've certainly had worse. Not sure I'll pick this up again at the price ($14.99/6).

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Photo of GregSVT
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours orange with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with pine and grapefruit along with some decent tropical fruit aromas. There is a good caramel malt backbone as well.

T: The taste is a blast of hop bitterness at first with the caramel malt sweetness towards the middle followed by more bitterness on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: This a nice bitter IPA but nothing super exciting. Very middle of the road and a bit high on the bitterness factor for me.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 650ml bottle from Friar Tucks in Peoria a few weeks ago. The opening act for this beer (Boulevard Double Wide) was miserable and left me hoping for the best. Thankfully Ballast steps up when needed. The beer is chill hazed, light copper colored, with a thin foam that laces in thin rings. The aroma is well balanced between malts and hops, more than I'd like as a hophead. Kind of a light citrus style of hops, lemon and orange more than grapefruit, very nice. The taste is sweet to begin with, it seems to me that the sweetness comes from malts but still is appreciated. Delicious hops citrus flavors in the middle and a mild bitterness in the aftertaste. I'd say that the aftertaste leaves a lot of flavors, a little pine resin and toffee, again a strong balance of malts and hops. I found the body to be mildly carbonated, giving a soft mouthfeel that matches IPA's well. Overall well done, maybe a little too balanced but it could be that the hops faded with time or something. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of letsgopanthers
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a darker translucent copper color. Much darker than I was expecting based on reviews from friends.
Two-Finger head with medium density.

Smell of citrus originally with an immediate transfer to butterscotch on the second waft.

There is a hoppy jolt on the first sip but the malt chosen allows for the hoppy flavor to vanish within seconds. A very butterscotch flavor clearly kills most of the citrus flavor that makes it more of an average IPA to me.

Has a smoother flavor than most malt-heavy IPAs but very different than the IPAs from the IPA Mecca of San Diego.

Overall, a good beer but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of qchic
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peach amber color with an off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma seems muted, but juicy fruit gum comes to mind. Hops and malts seem balanced, so we'll see what happens when I taste it...ah, the hops come forward, sending a wave of bitterness over the tongue. I'd expect no less from a west coast ipa. The malts don't really stand up, and citrusy flavors from the hops don't really pop. This medium bodied beer has an oily mouthfeel, and is easy to drink. Fine for an IPA fix, but I'd probably skip over this one next time in hopes for a more well-rounded flavor.

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Photo of bgraney
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost clear amber, moderate carbonation, thick foamy head.
Aroma hits immediately upon opening the bottle. Huge fruity aroma, kind of a grapefruit/lemon hybrid.
Extremely bitter, even for a west coast ipa. Every aspect of the flavor is dominated by hops. This makes for a tasty, although not particularly well balanced, ipa.
As expected the massive hop presence is what lingers on the tongue and expands through the mouth long after the sip is finished.
I'm a hop lover and I enjoy this but I wouldn't drink a lot of it.
I did find that by the end of the glass the flavors had settled down somewhat and the thought of having another seemed more reasoable than after the first few sips.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before March 27, 2013, approx 3 months old. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves nice drippy rings of lacing and settles to a foamy island and ring.

Aroma is kind of muted, but features some fruity hops, citrus, caramel malt, hints of apricot and bread. Moderate strength.

Flavor is more bold and features nice citrusy and fruity hops, decent bit of caramel malt, moderate sweetness in the middle, good bitterness on the finish. Light alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, somewhat creamy, good carbonation.

Nice IPA, holding up OK, but can tell the aroma has fallen off some and the caramel has moved forward in the flavor. Got this via mail order which can be a crapshoot as far as freshness goes, but at least I’m happy that it was within the Best By range.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.