Ginger Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ginger Big Eye IPAGinger Big Eye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Deuane on 09-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
229
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
45
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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 spycow
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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 billab914
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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 smithj4
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ginger Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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