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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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3,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,057
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 110
Gots: 264 | FT: 5
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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52P48, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Surprisingly clear orange with a red/amber hue. Really nice creamy, thick head that's probably going to leave a ton of lace. Laces nicely and keeps a firm but thin cap throughout the entire glass.

S - Hops lead the charge with a pretty unique citrus/floral blend. Orange/tangerine mixed with some floral notes. The malt isn't so much detectable in smell, but it seems to lend a really sweet background to the hops. It's really nice and definitely pretty unique, but there's a sharpness from the alcohol that isn't that strong, but it would be better without it.

T - Follows the nose perfectly, and by perfectly I mean it really emphasizes the orange and tangerine notes. It's literally an explosion of oranges and tangerines. Pale malt does a great job again by providing a background for the hops, but it's kept at just that, which is great. Floral and pine-y notes bring in a nice, bitter finish.

MF - More than enough carbonation for it to move along, and it has enough body to keep it from being watery. Sticky and slightly oily in the finish.

D - I just have 12 oz. to work with, but I definitely wish it were 24. The citrus notes and finishing bitterness keep me coming back. The incredible orange-ness that the beer has is unique and delicious, though at the same time does keep drinkability from being a little higher.

HitokiriNate85, Feb 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, rusty orange in color with 2" of creamy copper tinged head. The retention is very impressive. Big chunks of pillow like foam stick around for several minutes. The chunky lacing sticks around to the finish.

The aroma gives off a nice caramel honey fragrance, with tropical citrus, and a touch of pine.

There is a strong taste of bitter, burnt caramel. The taste is not nearly as sweet as smell. The bitterness is very earthy, slightly grassy. The pine and citrus that stands out in the aroma isn't really present in the taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, yet somewhat dry. Very drinkable. The abv is relatively low for the style, making it nice to enjoy a few.

jbhuxley, Aug 26, 2009
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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,057 ratings.