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Ginger Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ginger Big Eye IPAGinger Big Eye IPA
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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Deuane on 09-12-2008

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Reviews:
49
Ratings:
221
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
23.1%
 
 
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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Deerin
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of trishhart
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Some nice citrus and fruity hops along with a hit of the spicy ginger. Malt balances nicely. A little on the sweet side

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a pleasant ginger tone and some citrus hop notes. Malt holds everything together nicely. Ginger lingers a bit along with some bitterness, but neither get out of hand at all. Finishes with some earthy tones that compliment the ginger

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid take on Big Eye without overwhelming the base beer (cough, watermelon dorado, cough) that is quite enjoyable if you're a fan of ginger. Very easy to drink as well. The bomber would go very well with a double plate of sushi, methinks

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Photo of beergoot
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear body with a dark golden hue; nice, frothy, white head. Zingy ginger aroma; faint caress of caramel malt. Respectable level of toasted malt flavor, strong hop bitterness, and spicy ginger taste. Medium body; crisp and zesty on the palate; somewhat sticky with residual sugars yet ultimately dry at the finish.

A good, solid ginger-tinged IPA. Hop bitterness is the strong point with this one although the sweet malt sugars and ginger flavor do a fair job of keeping things interesting.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/6/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, ginger, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate ginger/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, ginger, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, ginger, pepper, pine, light caramel/bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate ginger/bready malt flavors; with great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding spiced IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate ginger/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The ginger wasn’t overdone at all in this, and the flavor blended extremely well with the resin/spicy C hop flavors all around. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 1/6/2016:
This beer looks fine, with a decent pillow of white head, and lightly hazy with very small particles on an orange-ish golden body.

Nose seems a little piney, maybe some grapefruit pith, and something else. warmth and continued analysis does bring out the ginger note more in the back. At times, the nose seems holiday-like, at others like a wet forest where the wet ground and fungi that populate it are noticeable.

The beer needs some warmth to clear up a mostly muddled taste. The pith comes out more in the taste, and the pine a tad more muted. The ginger adds an earthy/root-like bitterness actually to an already bitter beer. I do not get much of that spice bite that I expected and hoped from the ginger.

Decent feel through the sip with a nice level of carbonation, but ends up a tad dry on my palate.

Too muddled to begin with, too one-dimensionally bitter as it warmed for my liking. I think the ginger detracts a little from a base IPA I do enjoy. If you like a little raw bitterness to wipe your tongue with, this may work better for you.

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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have hints of ginger with some earthy hops. Some caramel malts are in the mix as well. The flavors seem to follow the nose perfectly. The ginger shines, but isn't overwhelming. The ginger blends well with everything. Very earthy. Sharp bitterness. Slightly spicy with hints of pine. Hints of rye and black pepper. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

This is a unique IPA, and I mean that in a good way. It started off as nothing crazy, but it became more enjoyable the more I drank it. It has alot going on, but is simple at the same time. It's exactly what you would want from a "ginger IPA". Well done.

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