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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

3,408 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,408
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 433 | 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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Photo of n2pux
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirty_Island
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoagzzz
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason never had this brew. Picked up a single at craft bottle shop by Oxford valley mall. Overall, very familiar taste though I can't place it. Good not great. Enjoyed it.

Photo of krh
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danmullens1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrich
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle: hazy and bright amber with a quickly receding off-white head; very nice lacing on the glass. Per the brewery, this ale was bottled on the 218 day of 2014 so it has some age.

This aroma was very unique and rather dank. It is unlike any beer aroma I have encountered until I realized Stone's IPA has a remarkably similar aroma. It has been several years since I have enjoyed a Stone IPA but that aroma is unmistakable; it is almost like a tomato.

The flavor has a strong, but not very distinctive hop punch with the abrasiveness tingling on my tongue. As the ale warms, there is a nice sweet, caramel flavor that gives the ale some balance. As with the aroma, the flavor profile is unique. Unlike most American IPAs I have tried, I cannot detect any citrus or pine flavors. The aftertaste does have some faint marmalade like flavors. I am enjoying the taste profile, it just seems a little odd.

The ale has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a lingering, tangy and sweet mouth feel.

Another good ale from Ballast Point, though rather strange and unique.

Photo of Yancey82
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loudidonato
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kristian
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Hazy Amber color. Creamy off white head retains well at an inch in height. Sticky webs of lacing cement themselves onto the glass.

S: Earthy. Resin. Wet leaves and dank bud. Tangerine and apricot. Toast and caramel malt base.

T: Tangerine and apricot are juicy and vibrant on the tongue. Pine and earthy bitterness is firm but gentle. Lemon pith. Passion fruit. Toast and caramel malt base. Sweet bud, pine, passion fruit, and toast on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. soft and creamy texture with a bite of fine carbonation. Astringencies lay that gripping film on the tooth enamel.

O: I really find it amazing that this beer gets no love or recognition. It's always stuck playing second fiddle to Sculpin. Most breweries would kill to have an IPA like this. Superb stuff.

Photo of Wortman1998
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Decko
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold appearance. Big hoppy aromas which dominate and not surprisingly this comes through in the taste strongly. As it warmed in the glass I got a little of the alcohol coming through. Nice enough IPA but feels a little unbalanced to me with the hops overdone and the alcohol mouthfeel. I'm probably not used to the more gutsy west coast IPAs but would have it again but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of vheissu15
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nelsonracite
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottle dating, so I am unsure of whether this is actually a fresh IPA or has been sitting on the shelf for some time. Aroma is not strong at all or very pleasant, The taste is primarily bitter with hardly any fruity notes.

Photo of Inglewood
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfecteau
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTLDOG
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA. Poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with white head. A little lacing. Smells earthy and spicy. A little caramel and citrus and definite spice that sticks to your palate and lingers almost making you hungry. Very west coast hoppyness. Finishes with a flurry of flavor, hops, spices, lemon pith. A good one, a tad boozy though.

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Southside830
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew. One of my favorite. Juicy, nice hop flavor. Fruity pebbles and citrus. Bitter finish.

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,408 ratings.