Big Eye - Ginger
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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IPA - American
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3.88 | pDev: 10.31%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

September 23rd, 2015 - Ballast Point with big with the ginger on this herbal uppercut. Colored much like the unflavored Big Eye, the smell packs a wallop of ginger which is fresh and rich and certainly better than any ginger flavored packet tea I've tried. Ginger gives the flavor it's sharpest edge, in a way that is fresh, potent and almost medicinal. I also appreciate the restraint of the sweetness, with allows the raw ginger to lead untainted by the temptation to taste like ginger candies.

June 8th, 2015 - The Ginger version of the big eye is a godsend for ginger heads with a puissant palate. Beautiful in color - a deeply orange and red brew - it's aroma is veritably therapeutic with tons of ginger and ginger candy aggressively moving up the nasal canal. It has a floral side too, which sends relaxing ASMR style shivers down my spine. The flavor is more bitter with more hops and a huge dank aftertaste. The ginger note tags along for the ride this time, bringing a light soapiness and potpourri, and a long lingering aftertaste where the ginger flavor gets to coast again unhindered by hops.

Aug 26, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light copper color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has resounding ginger hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very nice ginger flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice ginger variation IPA

May 14, 2018
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Jshbrown40 from Maine

2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disclosure: I like beers with ginger: that said its a fine line to get it right, and this offering swung and missed. Did not smell or taste much of ginger in it. The balance of citrus/hop, spice and ginger was just not right ( 2016 Alagash Fluxus, and Bissell Brothers i-Lucky are much better offerings of this type of beer). Had this beer in a pint glass, smelled of an ale light spice, low ginger: taste is a cluster F in your mouth. Very disappointing, as Ballast Point has knocked it out of the park on so many other infused beers.

Aug 30, 2016
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OhioLimoncello from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I love most Ballast Point offerings, but this is the exception. I love ginger, but this brew didn't cut it.
Poured out of a non-dated 22oz bomber, it gets it's highest rating on the Look, with a thick, soapy head.
The smell is the worst rating, coming somewhere between wet latex gloves and moldy pine cones.
The taste is tolerable, since the malt backbone holds up to the sting of the ginger and spicy hops.
The feel is less pleasant, with a steely finish. This would only pare well with a strong sushi or a sardine sandwich with spicy mustard.

Jun 28, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear, medium-deep amber producing almost 3 fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, beige head that leaves a webby splotches & specks
of lace. Aroma is a wave of dominating ginger that beats into submission the hoppy tropical fruit forward with hints of orange, tangerine, citrus pith, peach & faint pine hoppiness swimming in a sweet caramel background of the original Bid Eye IPA. Taste is the same with the ginger overpowering the fruity mix of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, subtle pine resin & sweet, bready dough & caramel malt of the original. Aftertaste is a long lasting, unpleasant, phenolic, astringent bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, slick & wet in the mouth but drying rapidly in the finish. This is my first truly disappointing brew from Ballast Point. Absolutely too much ginger.

Jun 12, 2016
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Definitely not a fan of this particular beer. First off, the smell is awful - somewhere between funk and plastic. The smell is quite off putting as get your sips of beer. As for the flavor, it's not great and quite a harsh ginger flavor. Between the smell and the flavor harshness, I do noticing some redeeming but faint, typical IPA qualities.

May 20, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Hogan's Hideaway in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light amber, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like kind of rotten stale ginger, heavy caramel malt, and a dearth of hops.

As all of the new Sculpin flavor creations have been, this is a monstrosity and really bad. The ginger is not well integrated, it kind of makes everything taste stale and weirdly spiced, and completely flattens the hop profile. It just doesn't taste good. Underneath is all caramel malt, with a little bit of bitterness. This is just muddled in the worst, worst way. Nothing stands out that makes me want to take another sip.

This is medium bodied, not all that drinkable at all.

Ballast Point is slowly but surely jumping the shark. Highly unnecessary, and highly undrinkable.

May 15, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of ginger, pine and citrus fruits. Lots of ginger taste with citrus and toasted caramel.

May 14, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear amber with massive fizzy head receding to a thin soft blanket and clingy lacing.

This really smells like freshly grated ginger root with that fruity yet spicy element. I also find myself imagining some lemongrass and soy sauce...

Taste is more balanced where the hops are big and bitter, in such a way it's like eating an Asian salad. There is a little bubblegum in there as as well, but mostly some caramel malt. I'm not disappointed with this like I was the other recent variants that they released recently.

May 07, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of beige colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: A little ginger, not much else

T: A little ginger & grapefruit up front. Ginger picks as this warms, a little pine & grapefruit & a little dryness. Finishes with piney bitterness, ginger, some cakey malt & dryness

MF: Medium body with firm carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable, but not life changing

Apr 02, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells hoppy and spicy with the sting of ginger in the nose. Scents of grapefruit, pine wood and heat. Scents of green pepper and ginger. Other than that similar to the original.

Starts out dry and peppery with a woody after taste. Medium bitter with a little sourness to it. Tastes of pinewood mostly. Heat and warmth from the ginger. All I get is a ginseng like woodiness.

Overall OK beer, but the ginger didn't do much.

Apr 02, 2016
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Deerin from California

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange golden. Billowy head. Jumps out with massive lacing.
Smells like hops and ginger.
Big dry ginger in the taste. Spicy. Citrus hops follow. Malt at the end. A little rough around the edges, but still masterful in my opinion.
Good feel. Nice carb, smooth, doesn't stick, solid 7%, no problem drinking it fast.

Never had big eye before, so I didn't know what to expect. They went big on the ginger. If you prefer your 'flavored' beers aggressive (I do), this'll deliver. The spicy ginger might be off putting to some. Not a tame beer. Delicious IMO.

Mar 31, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at southside on colfax. those guys are doing a nicer and nicer job with their beer selection all the time, although this is a letdown for me. seems like ballast point has stopped making new beers and just adds whatever is in the spice cabinet or crisper drawer to beers they already make. heres the problem though, the beers they already make are famous for a reason, highly refined, well loved, and in need of nothing else. this base beer is awesome, and needs no ginger. similarly, sculpin needs no habanero, dorado needs no watermelon, and victory at sea needs no peppermint. some better than others, and this isnt one of the good ones i dont reckon. the ginger adds a heaviness to the malt i dont remember in the original, and the hops are lost to its sharp spiciness. its refreshing in the nose, but heavy and overbearing in the flavor, and it ends up being more bitter and less flavorful on the hops than the base beer, and its not flattering. for me this was weighty and too pungent to be real drinkable, and even a small glass felt like a lot. some of these beers just need to be left alone, and while i like ginger, this is the wrong base beer to mess with and add it. long ginger finish on the tongue, not a huge fan.

Mar 22, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Hop Cat Detroit.

Lemon Pledge. What else should I say. The other three in my group totally agreed. Now, that sounds absolutely disgusting -- the three of them thought the smell was off-putting -- but I like it. Seriously... piney, lemony, and a bit of ginger that really makes it smell like wood cleaner. I understand a lot of people being bothered by this, but uh... I quite enjoyed it. Even the taste sort of reminded me of what it might taste like sucking on a Lemon Pledge wipe, but in a not terrible way? I know, I'm crazy. There's not a lot of depth of flavor here -- it's really potent lemon, ginger, and pine -- but I enjoy it. I wouldn't want more than a pint, but I'd recommend it if you think you'd like drinking Lemon Pledge juice. Strangely, I kinda like it.

Mar 21, 2016
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber. cannot make out the date on here, white print on white writing doesn't work too well...

A: amber brew that has chunks of something floating around in it. I assume that is the ginger? maybe yeast? either way not a good looking beer. head is off-white with good lacing.

S: getting whisps of ginger after an aggressive swirl. it actually overpowers any hop aromas in my opinion.

T: flavor, not really getting any ginger aspects, just a bit of oxidized hops. oxidized finish. nothing too distinctive here.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: overall a bit of a letdown as it seems like Ballast Point is trying to throw whatever they can into their core lineup. Some good, some bad, this is of the latter imo.

Mar 17, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 1/6/16. Clear medium amber pour with a hint of garnet. Quite outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus (pineapple, orange, light zest) and spruce over a biscuit base with slight ginger notes.

Light body that is smooth with a hint of oiliness. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite good and very well balanced. Intensity is moderate while complexity is average. It begins with a slightly sweet wave of pineapple and orange that flows to a moderately bitter middle. Middle bitterness has a bit of spicy peppery spruce and pine over a predominate zest influence. Sweetness maximizes as the bitterness begins to fade and mango comes forward. The finish is dry and orange zest lingers with spruce becoming more noticeable as the finish trails off. A light astringent alcohol note appears at the very end. Ginger is present but never really becomes pronounced until after the middle. Its strongest showing is just before the finish and through it.

Mar 15, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Best By: 5/5/16

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice citrus notes, ginger, slight pine. The taste is very nice hoppy, with some very nice citrus, ginger notes, slight pineyness. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice brew. Definitely worth checking out.

Mar 11, 2016

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love regular big eye. But to me this is reminiscent of cleaning solution or something. It's not terrible, but the ginger adds a weird angle that just doesn't do the base beers glory justice.

Mar 08, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice clear copper color with a white head that's sticking and leaving nice lacing
S - whole Lotta ginger, overpowering the other notes, maybe some pine and grapefruit in there too?
T - more balance in the taste. The pine, grapefruit, floral hops nicely balance out the ginger flavor.
Feel - average ipa, light to medium, not super drinkable with the bitterness and ginger being the main culprits, but that's okay. Alcohol is covered. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit rind.
O - in all fairness the fruit/vegetal variants of Ballast Point beers get knocked a lot, but they're generally still better than most of the stuff out there.

Mar 05, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good IPA. Orange is color very big head when poured. The smell of ginger citrus and lots of spices hit you. Giner is not overwhelming. Smooth and clean finish. Flavor is intense and full bodied. Defintely worth trying.

Feb 28, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of ginger and citrus hops. Big upfront scent of ginger spicing. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, melon, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy and herbal hops with hints of pine resin, cannabis, and pepper like spice. Background malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and spicy hop driven taste with notes of ginger and citrus fruit. Upfront spice presence of ginger along with some pepper. Ripe and bitter citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Earthy and herbal hop notes of pine resin and grass. Backing malt notes of caramel, cracker, grains, and yeast. A very good hoppy and spicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a very good West Coast IPA. The ginger flavor is strong but it doesn't overwhelm the ripe and bitter citrus hop flavors.

Feb 24, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not only happy Ballast Point is now in MN, but delighted they started dating their bottles in visible numbers. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, dated 1/6/16.

The pour is washed-out copper with plenty of visible zest. The nose has just a scrap of the base grapefruit that’s buried in a washout of spicy ginger. Subtlety, thy name is not.

Ginger Big Eye is what the world would taste like if it was one big ball of ginger. Ginger, ginseng ginger, red-haired ginger, it all pops out like it was just plucked from the organic garden of a Ween fan. It‘s accompanied by the sharp bitterness of the base beer. After my palate adjusts to the ginger full frontal, I might be able to tease out strings of grapefruit, caramel,& an almost rye spiciness above & beyond the ubiquitous ginger. Very tacky in the mouth, but oh-so drinkable.

Well, it certainly is unique, & they didn’t stint on the adjunct! Nice addition to the base & so strong that it would be impossible to sip mindlessly. Good beer.

Feb 24, 2016
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear orange with a big, fluffy head. Good lacing as I drink this one down. The ginger is present in the nose. Taste is interesting if not "wowing." Getting a mix of ginger and citrus hops, just a bit of bitterness. Not the most overpowering flavors. Subtle, but flavorful IPA. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad I tried it. I may do another NBS entry later. Cheers!

Feb 21, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Bronze with minor amount of clarity, 2 fingers of head and lots of lace left all over the glass

S - The Big Eye, but lots of ginger.

T - Ginger is overwhelming. But as my palate adjusts, I am digging it. A damn tasty IPA, more on the West Coast bitter style

F - Medium body, oily, and full carbonation

O - At 1st the ginger was too much, but my palate adjusted and I actually enjoyed it.

Feb 20, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Pours a clear copper color. Aroma was all ginger and alcohol. Hops get swept away by the ginger flavoring. I enjoy basic Big Eye. This one was too heavily tweaked. It was almost like a hoppy ginger beer. Too heavy on the ginger flavoring and too boozy. The feel was sugary. Not a fan.

Feb 20, 2016
Big Eye - Ginger from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 247 ratings