Ginger Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ginger Big Eye IPAGinger Big Eye IPA

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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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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 227
Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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 +17.1%
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 +16.3%
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 +15.8%
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 Beerlover
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best variant so far imho, waiting on mango even keel. I dont know if i would buy this again despite the fact my rating says i would (3.5 or higher), the reason why is that this is pretty gingery and rich, its a great pairing beer for food, specifically some wings, but ONLY if you really like ginger! I feel that the ginger mixed very well with the hop profile in this one, and dont feel as if a ginger sculpin would have been nearly as good, since big eye is more piney/earthy than citrusy/fruity. Great ipa, but again if you dont like ginger or arent looking for something off the beaten path, i wouldnt chance this one

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ballast Point's Old Grove location. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear copper orange, produces a finger of creamy beige head, great retention, good lacing.

S- Ginger aroma is amazing, very bright, potent blend of freshly chopped ginger and citric hops. I really can't believe how much ginger aroma is packed into this beer.

T- Very hoppy, citric grapefruit and pine, the ginger is prominent here again, but works closely with the hops, lending some spicy and well... ginger flavors. Excellent call on using ginger as an ingredient, it complements the fruitiness and bitterness of the hops really nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, dry feel, a tiny bit of spice in the finish.

O- An awesome beer, finished an 8 oz pour easily, a damn good idea and well-executed.

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Photo of hardysf
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good take on an adjunct ipa. Smells like citrus and ginger. Great clarity in the beer as expected. Taste is well balanced malt, citrus, pine, and ginger. Everything is very noticeable but not over powering. Clear winner here. Just have to be in the mood for ginger. I'll be buying more of this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 rjd722
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a clear orange-amber with a thick, off-white frothy head. Great lacing and retention all the way through.

Aroma: Nice ginger up front mixed with citrus (lemon), pine, and grass.

Taste: Ginger root, bready caramel malts, and earthy hops. Slight citrus zest as well.

Feel: Strong ginger root aftertaste and mouthfeel, quite interesting. This lingers for a while while the hops and malt create a nice balance. It's a solid "west coast" IPA with a ginger twist, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is hard to judge. Nice look to it with a slight ginger aroma. The taste was very unique. I actually quite liked this beer the ginger gives it a very interesting taste and feel to it. At 5.99 a bomber I will definitely be getting this again.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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 AlpacaAlpaca
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was expecting a bit more ginger in the taste, but it definitely has that almost chalky, rooty ginger feel on the back end (which lingers for a long time). An interesting and enjoyable spin on the original!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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 HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Home Brew Mart. Big Eye infused with Zingiber Officinale Root.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a frothy one finger head that leaves lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Bright orange and grapefruit with a little pith. Ginger is aromatic but restrained and pretty nice. Lightly floral. Malt is very light. 

T: Grapefruit flesh and orange pith with crackery malt and an upper moderate level of dry bitterness. The ginger adds just a little flavor and spiciness, it's a lot better than  I expected. 

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Surprisingly, this is pretty damn good, though I think the bitterness-ginger combo would be palate wearying after more than a taster. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 DrStiffington
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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 SerialTicker
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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 BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 tillmac62
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light brown color. Good starting head which leaves an initial ring of streaky lace.

Strong ginger. I can smell little else.

Biting bitter hop with a strong ginger swallow. Lots of carbonation which cuts through the light richness. Long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look- clear pinkish orangish hue with lots of head and fine lacing on the glass!

Smell like ginger shampoo lemongrass Thai food pretty amazing.

Taste- ipa up front hoppy and delishes. Has that ginger taste with non of the heat or warming like a hit of straight ginger. Closer to like a ginger tea.

Mouth- hey what ever you are eating hopefully it compliments this because it stays on the pallete a while.i feel it kind of in my teeth. The 7% is disguised quite well. The bubbles really enhance the ginger was through the nose.

Overall- unique and well done. Would love to try this one with some Thai food or sushi. I don't know about enjoying this one all night either. But man it would be a great compliment to a lot of stuff! Yams, sushi, pumpkin pie, fatty meats.

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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of ichorNet
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ballast Point's lesser-known IPA, Big Eye, has always been kind of an underdog in the CA IPA scene. Always overshadowed by its brother, Sculpin, I've generally found BE to be pretty dang good as well, and this ginger version is the latest BP variant to hit shelves since the brewery's purchase by the Modelo group.

The pour is a simple and unassuming amber hue with medium clarity and a sticky, sudsy ring of white lace that fades very quickly to a single finger of head. On the nose, I instantly get a huge hit of gingersnap cookies and a mild vegetal, earthy note in the back. Hops seem spicy and complimentary, but ginger is definitely the main note. I wouldn't consider it "unbalanced" really, because it seems kind of obvious that with these variants they are really pushing the adjunct flavors, but the meld with Big Eye itself seems to be pulled off decently well. On the tongue, it's rather richly spicy and layered with biscuity malt, ginger and earthy, herbal and lightly-citric hops. Swallow is good and the finish is medium-drying. It's not a pushy or heavy beer, but it's also not passive; it definitely has a robust zing to it, which is important to understand going in.

I happen to enjoy gingersnap cookies, so that flavor being a pretty big component works for me. Obviously, mileage will vary, as it is bound to with any of these variants, depending on how much you like the flavor(s) utilized. This is well-made and should be picked up by fans of ginger beer/ginger-flavored desserts as well as by IPA fans looking for something other than pine and citrus bombs from their California standbys.

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