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Ginger Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ginger Big Eye IPAGinger Big Eye IPA

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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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.57/5  rDev -33.9%
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 iheartmyTHO
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
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 jeschaefer
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LeeEvolved
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
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 Jshbrown40
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of MrDave
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Hoptometrist
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Jimmys
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
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 kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rating from notes taken in Austin, TX in Spring 2015:


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Photo of jooler
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look is very dark and tastes pretty malty. I don't really get a taste of the ginger. Not really worth going out of my way. Though, carbonating is on point

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Photo of Invinciblejets
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 5/5/16.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of ginger root, ginger juice, earth, and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, ginger root, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a ginger presence that comes across and earthy and dirty to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ledouge
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of mothmanscott
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Crockettr
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong ginger taste and aroma is interesting but not my favorite Ballast Point beer. I would go with the Sculpin next time.

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Photo of Papa_Marsh
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orangey amber with a hint of rose. Modest foam in the pint shaker. From the very first sip the ginger makes its presence known-- hot and spicy. The other sensation is how dry this is. It's quite sharp and lacks even a hint of sweetness. The malt provides some body, though. The ginger flavor is good but the hops are a one-dimensional bitter burn.

This flattens out considerably in the carbonation department. The heat from the ginger is interesting, but overall this is really tart and a little harsh. Drank this at Fathom on Shelter Island while waiting for the big cruise ship to sail by.

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Photo of Dur921
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Ginger Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 233 ratings
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