Big Eye - Ginger | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by Raime:
Photo of Raime
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ginger Big Eye.

Isn't this a brand new release? Saw a bomber sitting at a local store for $9 and said no way, but saw another at a different store for $6 and said why the hell not?. Ballast Point has quickly gained popularity around here since being sent to to mitten. Let's give it a shot.

Look - From the twenty-two ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours that ever apparent Californian sunset copper with a two finger somewhat off white head that quickly dies down to a thick ring amongst the top with a thick cloud formation to boot. Carbonation appears to be about moderate on this one. Leaves a decent amount of lacing and stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Pungent. Loads and loads of pine and stone fruit all over this nose with what comes through seemingly like a bit of honey. The whole ginger aspect really isn't all that present here but you can certainly pick it up of you let the beer warm up a bit. Pine, ladies and gentleman.

Taste - I honestly cannot believe how much flavor they managed to pack into this beer for it only being a meager 7%. Big, and I mean BIG pine notes up front which really dominate in terms of the hops with other fruits only coming through mildly. The ginger finally makes its way into the fray and might I say it is tame but exceptionally pleasant like...we'll I don't really know where to go with that which doesn't lead to a sexual innuendo. Big pine with a very welcome and authentic ginger is basically what I'm trying to get at here.

Feel - The sticky sweetness really steals the show here and in the best way possible. The sweetness coats the tongue but doesn't become cloying in any way whatsoever. The flavors all retain as expected and the juicy level even turns up quite a bit. Also to note the ginger lingers around the mouth and even builds up long after the swallow but it never once becomes offensive. Swallows with a moderate bitterness and a low to moderate level of carbonation.

Overall - This was yet another exceptional beer out of Ballast Point. I've never had the regular version of Big Eye, but I gladly would given how good this beer was. The ratings on here really don't reflect how unique of an experience this beer is. To pack that much flavor and uniqueness into a beer of a lower ABV is magical. All the flavors meld perfectly and the ginger has a true showing as to what it can do in moderation. Try this one for sure.ll

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Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting brew combo. A straight forward West Coast IPA coupled with a ginger tea that was added at secondary fermentation.

A-Deep golden yellow with a medium white head. Headed lasted and left behind decent lace.

S-Wow! Sharp ginger spice and citrusy hops duke it out in my nose to declare a winner!

T-More of the same! A great combination of hop and ginger flavours. I really like the combination. Enough caramel malt backbone to support of the spicy flavours.

M-Medium body with a lovely, lingering spicy finish.

D-Man do I like this! Along with Big Eye, Dorado and Sculpin can this place make a bad IPA?I don't think so! This is so interesting and damn good it has inspired me to try this combo on the homebrewing level at some point.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
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.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loved It! Just a chef who loves ginger and got his world rocked by this great balance speaking here, but.. Hell yes ginger and hops work together incredibly!

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Photo of Tiernan
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefbender
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of SudsSurfer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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Photo of MattyG85
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.

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

Photo of jeschaefer
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of acurtis
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of En29356
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Photo of socon67
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SamuelR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lord Hobo. Served in a pint glass. Hazy orange. Citrus and tropical hop aroma. Taste is strong bright tropical citrus hops. Pale malt sweetness. Grassy bitter finish and a lightly toasty malt flavor. Medium body. Enjoyable.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sushi beer to a tee? Super natural tasting vein of ginger running throughout this one. Big Eye is a bit overlooked due to all the Sculpin love, but it's a good beer in its own right, and the ginger addition pairs nicely indeed.

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Photo of terpinsd
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Highbury09
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Big Eye - Ginger from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 246 ratings