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Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

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1,056 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,056
Hads: 3,978
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 190
Gots: 850 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Reviews: 1,056 | Hads: 3,978
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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Photo of alaimoa
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can bought in NY and roughly 40 days since canning. Poured a clear copper with a bit of offwhite/copper undertone soapy head. Smells of citrus with some grapefruit rind. Taste is solid with upfront orange/grapefruit and a lingering semi-bitterness. Good solid mouth feel. Tasty overall

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is big on hops, some citrus notes. Taste is also very hop heavy, a touch of citrus, considerable bitterness throughout. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good ipa with a little more alcohol than a typical ipa but less than a double. Great golden/amber color, excellent carbonation and light colored head. very memorable and enhance aroma. Had this at a bar on the east coast (Amsterdam Ale House on the upper west side) and will continue to have this as long as it's available.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The good news about this beer is that there is a very bready middle to the beer that balances well with the very acerbic and biting hop. That's the high point. On the other hand, the hops are extremely bittering, acerbic and tart, slighly grapefruity, but they linger way too far in to the aftertaste. The beer does look good with a lightish clear coppery color with a decent white head, some lacing and retention. The nose on the beer is nice pungent estery and oily hop, with some florals hidden underneath. The taste of the beer doesn't bring out the hoppy florals nearly enough, but more like the bittering ends of the fruit. The beer is medium bodied, decently carbonated, and the plus, the big plus is the nice balance with the bready malts in the mid section. Not my favorite IPA by a long shot. The 7% ABV is well hidden. The hops will clear out the palate but will linger longer than is warranted.

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Photo of grannaniwa
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hops: Columbus, Centennial

Nose is crystal-clear strong, citrusy, clean hops. First taste matches the aroma perfectly. Rounds out with some malts in the second half, never quite gets sweet. Then drops into a brief bitter taste before dissipating quickly. Very dry finish. High alcohol is definitely undercover and doesn’t out itself at all.

Definitely fits into the Ballast Point style, next to the Sculpin and the Calico. Little brother of the Sculpin.

Overall: B+, crisp, clean, easy-drinking IPA

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Photo of JamesMN
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Code on bottle: 13273. I think that means it was bottled about 3 weeks ago.

Appearance: A perfectly clear honey/caramel color with a fluffy off-white two finger head. In my opinion, the ideal appearance of an American IPA.

Aroma: Earth, pine, and grain. Fruity undertones.

Taste: A pleasant mix of hop characteristics. Starts with a sort of bright earthy flavor that packs a mighty bitter punch to the palate. Then it transitions into piney and almost citrusy character near the finish and ends with deep earthy/spicy tones in the aftertaste. The bitterness stays high throughout and hits its most intense points in the echoing aftertaste. The malt bill goes nearly unnoticed beneath the forest of hops. Very robust for 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with higher than average carbonation. Steady drinkability but edging on palate fatigue.

Final Thoughts: Not my first choice when it comes to hop profile, but a decent one at that. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark bronze color with a smaller head of sticky white foam. Lots of lace. Medium levels of carbonation.

S: Oh God, I love West Coast IPA's so much. Rich, powerful, bursting-at-the-seams hops, citrus, pine, sweet bitter earth notes. Reserved malt note. Interesting afterthough of strawberries. Nice.

T: Mild base malt flavor gives way to a developing hop flavor, with mild citrusy sweetness, followed by a dry pine cone note. Woody textures and flavors are present toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied, and far lighter than I would've expected for such a hop blast. Mild carbonation on the palate. Slighty oily. Appropriate for the style.

D: Not bad. Probably not a sessioner, but a good fix for a mild hop addiction. Worth trying.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet candy sugar, melons and pine.

The flavor is biscuity malts and sweet melon with piney peppery hops that have a decent amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a fine IPA. I got excited by the all Centennial, but this wasn't nearly as good as Two-Hearted. It is still solid.

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Photo of PerHops
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date listed, I am guessing this one is about two months old. A dark shade of amber with a pencil thin head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass as it is being drunk. The smell is nothing too special, but I am sure age played a part in that. Very little citrus, a fair amount of pine, some herbal notes and carmel on the nose. The taste follows the nose but finishes quite a bit more bitter and dry than I expected. Drinks very well. Sculpin takes the cake as far as a citrus forward IPA, but this is a very well balanced IPA and has a great finish. Another solid offering from Ballast Point.

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Photo of jslot38
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fan of Sculpin, so I have high expectations for this offering.

A: Golden amber body, with a large white pillowy head. Sticky lacing.

S: very clean aroma with not a lot going on. Lemon grass is the primary aroma, with hints of orange and grapefruit.

T: Pretty simple IPA, as with the aroma this is very clean. Some grass, little bit of tart fruitness. This is followed by a biscuit and grain aftertaste.

M: mid level of carbonation, soft on the tongue.

D: at 6% this is a drinkable ipa, bomber won't be an issue.

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Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fordest for this nice IPA.
Slight hazed amber pour but mostly transluscent still, with a big long lasting white head. Nicely fresh hopped smell with good sweetness coming through in the way of sweet fruity pine. Taste is piney bitterness, some sweetness behind that, with a somewhat astringent soap finish. Above average hoppiness I'd say, and a good overall IPA.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, dark golden with a rich finger length head that dissipates into a cap. A lot of visible carbonation and mild lacing left behind. Nose is incredibly piney, with lots of spice and lemon zest very much there. Hops are also the story on the tongue, from start to finish. Light toasty malts are detected in the middle, but bitterness is the story with this bad boy. If you can handle big bitterness, this is very easy to drink and goes down clean, but I can't imagine anyone being able to drink more than 2 or 3 if that is the goal.

Overall: Piney IPA done well. If you like piney IPAs, check this one out.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.