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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
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 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 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 Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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 stevoj
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Winco. Big foamy head on pour, orange/amber body. Ginger dominates the aroma, pretty much all you can smell. IPA tastes temper the ginger, but still accentuates the hops. Already a pretty solid IPA, the ginger is a nice distraction, and addition, to this brew.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.57/5  rDev -32.4%
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 Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells hoppy and spicy with the sting of ginger in the nose. Scents of grapefruit, pine wood and heat. Scents of green pepper and ginger. Other than that similar to the original.

Starts out dry and peppery with a woody after taste. Medium bitter with a little sourness to it. Tastes of pinewood mostly. Heat and warmth from the ginger. All I get is a ginseng like woodiness.

Overall OK beer, but the ginger didn't do much.

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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 VelvetExtract
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
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 maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not only happy Ballast Point is now in MN, but delighted they started dating their bottles in visible numbers. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, dated 1/6/16.

The pour is washed-out copper with plenty of visible zest. The nose has just a scrap of the base grapefruit that’s buried in a washout of spicy ginger. Subtlety, thy name is not.

Ginger Big Eye is what the world would taste like if it was one big ball of ginger. Ginger, ginseng ginger, red-haired ginger, it all pops out like it was just plucked from the organic garden of a Ween fan. It‘s accompanied by the sharp bitterness of the base beer. After my palate adjusts to the ginger full frontal, I might be able to tease out strings of grapefruit, caramel,& an almost rye spiciness above & beyond the ubiquitous ginger. Very tacky in the mouth, but oh-so drinkable.

Well, it certainly is unique, & they didn’t stint on the adjunct! Nice addition to the base & so strong that it would be impossible to sip mindlessly. Good beer.

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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 cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 1/6/2016:
This beer looks fine, with a decent pillow of white head, and lightly hazy with very small particles on an orange-ish golden body.

Nose seems a little piney, maybe some grapefruit pith, and something else. warmth and continued analysis does bring out the ginger note more in the back. At times, the nose seems holiday-like, at others like a wet forest where the wet ground and fungi that populate it are noticeable.

The beer needs some warmth to clear up a mostly muddled taste. The pith comes out more in the taste, and the pine a tad more muted. The ginger adds an earthy/root-like bitterness actually to an already bitter beer. I do not get much of that spice bite that I expected and hoped from the ginger.

Decent feel through the sip with a nice level of carbonation, but ends up a tad dry on my palate.

Too muddled to begin with, too one-dimensionally bitter as it warmed for my liking. I think the ginger detracts a little from a base IPA I do enjoy. If you like a little raw bitterness to wipe your tongue with, this may work better for you.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear amber with massive fizzy head receding to a thin soft blanket and clingy lacing.

This really smells like freshly grated ginger root with that fruity yet spicy element. I also find myself imagining some lemongrass and soy sauce...

Taste is more balanced where the hops are big and bitter, in such a way it's like eating an Asian salad. There is a little bubblegum in there as as well, but mostly some caramel malt. I'm not disappointed with this like I was the other recent variants that they released recently.

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Photo of beergoot
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear body with a dark golden hue; nice, frothy, white head. Zingy ginger aroma; faint caress of caramel malt. Respectable level of toasted malt flavor, strong hop bitterness, and spicy ginger taste. Medium body; crisp and zesty on the palate; somewhat sticky with residual sugars yet ultimately dry at the finish.

A good, solid ginger-tinged IPA. Hop bitterness is the strong point with this one although the sweet malt sugars and ginger flavor do a fair job of keeping things interesting.

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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 Moose90
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours out a very hazy and foamy murky orange hue into the glass. A billowy voluminous white head sits atop the beer, leaving behind some spots of sticky & frothy lacing.

S — Smell is pungent, bright, strong, dominated by sticky fresh sliced ginger. Not spicy dried ginger, but some nice notes of sliced / grated ginger root. Nice and fresh. Notes of sweet citrus dominated by caramel malt undertones and pungent hops.

T — Much like the nose, though a whole lot more understated. Mild notes of ginger, big malt sweetness, little bit of a piney hop bitterness.

M — Medium bodied, sticky & lingering finish.

O — Pretty good overall, smell is much better than the taste though, pretty mild on the taste but the nose was great.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Ginger Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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