Big Eye - Ginger | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye - GingerBig Eye - Ginger

Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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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.

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Photo of Keeling
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samnic
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 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 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 Deerin
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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