Ginger Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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228 Ratings
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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:
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Added by Deuane on 09-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
45
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Abragg3
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 zeff80
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IceAce
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 kpowledge
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopmeplease
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ssgunbond
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of npachl
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mscudder
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keeling
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfish2942
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeCross
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 alcohline_trip
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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