Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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4,285 Ratings
Big Eye IPABig 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: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,285
Reviews:
1,113
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
222
Gots:
1,127
For Trade:
4
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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed at first but turn to be clear thereafter with an amber orange showcase and thick creamy off-white head, the head stays with good retention before slowly subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving lots of lacing here and there.

Intense hop in the aroma, it is led by citrus, pine, and lemon rind, then floral and slight herbal. The said hop characters are back up by malt that provides notes of bread and cracker.

The taste is dominated by hop of course with its citrus, pine, lemon rind, floral, herbal, and persistent bitterness that is covering and coating through the taste buds. Malt is in the supporting with its bread and cracker. The end and aftertaste is lasting with piney and herbal hop bitterness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its quite lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with a very dry finish.

With bold suggestion of Centennial, this one is more citrusy, piney, and lemony comparing to, its counterpart, Sculpin but with less balance and mellowness. Still a good take for IPA anyway.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MHJeff06
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange gold with a white head. Smells of hops and sweet citrus. Tastes slightly bitter with hops, citrus, and a little sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall a great IPA. I slightly prefer this to Sculpin actually.

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Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goofster
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tucson_brewson
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz can as part of a mix-a-six. Poured into pint glass.

L - Pours a clean, clear, copper color. Almost like an amber ale. An inch of hazy, off-white head sits at the top. Good retention and lacing that sticks throughout the pint.

S - Metallic hops, pine, floral, citrus zest, slightly sweet and caramel-y

T - For an IPA (American) this had some roasted malt and brown sugar sweetness to balance out the bitter grapefruit rind and citrus zest that hits up front. A very nice balance of bittersweet flavors.

F - Medium-bodied, light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

O - A very good representation of an American IPA. Glad I spotted this one in the IPA section. Hop-heads and non-hop heads alike will enjoy this one as it provides a nice balance of citrus, pine, and malty sweetness.

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Photo of asuburbanman
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spicy hops, piney hops, sweet malt, tea, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of strong spicy hops, piney hops, sweet malt, tea, hint of earthiness, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, average aroma and feel, but the body is hurt by the earthiness and tea dominance.

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Photo of njbusa
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jayfarley3
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digboy
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased one bottle here on the east coast - not sure how old it is but likely over 3 months

Pours an outstanding slightly hazy copper color with a one finger pillowy head. Fantastic lacing. Very appealing look.

Aroma has a pleasant malt characteristic. This follows through to the flavor which is malt forward. The hops lend more to the bitter which is on the heavy side of moderate and there is a bright, slightly citrusy hop flavor, possibly a hint of fruity coming through too. Feel is a little sticky, effervescent and clean feeling. Overall this is a great standard IPA. Tastes full bodied but not overwhelming with the malt. Bitterness is up at a good level too.

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Photo of haines710
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased bottle from grocery and poured into pint glass. Beautiful copper color and very large head. Lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. This beer is very hoppy and dry. Fruit smell and taste is way in the background. I enjoyed this beer, but not my favorite to have with food due to it being so dry. I will definitely have it again.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gboley
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinAbs
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of KitoUY
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trev311
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of geeves
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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