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Big Eye | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,415
Reviews:
1,125
Ratings:
4,360
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,360 |  Reviews: 1,125
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Selma's in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pungent grapefruit citrus and pine foliage form a perfect marriage of hop aromas, yet allow a glimpse of toasty grain. This beer smells exactly like an American IPA should.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with mild caramel malt and juicy grapefruit hop aromatics. The middle is drying, toasty, and strikingly herbaceous--generally clean. Bitterness surges in the finish, becoming bracing at its peak and tasting strongly of grapefruit peel. The level of astringency in the finish becomes distracting at times.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Probably better known as "Not Sculpin" by IPA seekers, this beer fulfills a necessary position in the Ballast Point pantheon and sends a clear message that the brewery is so dedicated to the IPA style that they will successfully produce and market two versions of the style. Maltier than Sculpin or Green Flash's West Coast IPA, this beer reminds of some of the better IPAs commonly encountered in Oregon--Deschutes Inversion IPA comes to mind. (The most similar IPA from the San Diego area is Port's Wipeout IPA.) A very solid brew, but a little more sweetness early and less astringency in the finish could improve appeal even further.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BlueKurenai
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of all the IPA's I've tried, as of right now this one is by far my favorite. It has a smooth feel too it, very good flavor and stands out among the other IPA's I've tried. It's darker in color compared to most other IPA's, and is much more flavorful then the others I've tried. Definitely a good buy if you're looking for a good flavorful IPA.

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Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery apricot amber, offwhite head, wreaths of lacing. . Aroma of eucalyptus and guavas in syrup. Taste of menthol, pine resin and a touch of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy. Overall a fine West Coast IPA

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Photo of osant37
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. can at 45 degrees F. into a tulip style ipa glass.
A - golden blossom honey with a slight haze . 1 finger of clingy soapy foam that sticks around. alcohol legs are present around the glass.

S - Tropical fruits are strong, mango, pineapple & mandarin oranges. sweet, sweet malty / honey notes.

T - bitter tropical smash to the pallet. mid mouth sweetness from the malts almost like a frosted donut with tropical fruit salad on top. this is absolutely delicious.

M- full bodied. coats the mouth in flavor and leaves a delicious resiny aftertaste.

O - This Beer is fucking awesome. I can drink this IPA everyday. And IMHO is just slighty better than sculpin. I would buy this and many other of the fantastic offerings by Ballast Point Brewing whenever possible. happy to have a great ipa like this for my 300th beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, bright pumpkin orange-amber. The larger than average head is dark cream in color, finely pitting and firmsticky. I'm already seeing loads of fine lace in intricate patterns, ultimately in thin rings. Beautiful hoppy nose. Man I love Centennial! The citrus fruitiness seems to be more orange and lemon than grapefruit. I've smelled a lot of IPAs lately and this aroma is up there with the best.

This may be the most 'orangey' tasting IPA that I've ever had (actually, it tastes more like tangerine juice than orange juice). There's also the unmistakable flavor of grapefruit pith and pine sap that I love so much. The hopping is pretty well done, perhaps a little harsher than I'd like, but not bad. Pale malt is appreciated, but is playing second fiddle for sure. The finish is long, hoppy and bitter and the mouthfeel is full for the style.

Big Eye is a pretty darn good IPA. It doesn't get into my upper tier, but it's still heartily recommended. Especially if you're of the hophead persuasion.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A swirling flurry of bubbles create a substantial, fluffy off-white head which rests atop a clear body of light copper.

Smell: The bouquet is a tad light for the style, but has some interesting qualities. On top of the expected C-hops, a pinch of nutmeg makes this smell a bit like a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness highlighting grapefruit and resin. Grainy toasted malt plays a supporting role that gets a quick moment in the spotlight in the finish. As the beer warms, a drip of caramel can be detected towards the beginning of each sip.

Mouthfeel. Dry finish with lasting bitterness tap dancing on the tongue and roof of mouth. Medium carbonation is just the right amount--more, and this IPA would be on pins and needles. Medium-light body keeps things crisp and refreshing, disguising the 7% ABV.

Overall: Refreshing and balanced, this is a strong IPA for true hop heads, but a bit sharp for those not yet sure of all IPAs. It's classic and traditional, but too well-made to be boring. A stronger aroma would render it excellent.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkish amber, thin head, decent retention. Ring like lace is ever present.
Sweet aroma overall; malt, and a combination of tropical and citrus fruit.
At first palate is dry and hops forward, particularly pine and resin. Then a caramel malt backbone becomes evident mid palate, and sweetness becomes present. In addition, I become aware of the zesty citrus quality. The interplay between malt and hops begins alternating in feel, providing an interesting balance. The mouthfeel is medium, at times on the high side due to the maltiness, yet, it feels really light and drinkable at times.
Overall, a really tasty brew that is complex in its sweet and bitter counterpoint. Another good one from Ballast Point.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange amber body with a monsterous cream colored head very creamy texture to it, awesome retention that forms into specks of lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma: Aggressive dose of hops is the main act here with big grapefruit notes and woody herbal flowery hop bursts some caramel malts are here to contrast the hops. Taste: Great mixture the hops are there doing their thing, but the balance of a bready yeast and specialty malts blended is a nice break from the amount of Centennials they used here. Hops are floral with a piney grapefruit edge to them very nice stuff, nice cohesion here like a well oiled machine. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale creamy smooth texture even carbonation. Drinkability: Very solid all around IPA glad I got ahold of this sample through a beer trade, thanks Chap.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date 10/27/13. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, coppery amber color with over 1/4 of just off-white head that had decent retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was a little sweet up front, then gave way to some very nice pine and floral hops. No real malt or grain in the nose however. There was a bit of sweetness at the front of the palate as well, then big, bright hops took over. The above mentioned floral and pine notes across the front and middle, with some gently bitter citrus on the back.

The body was a bit fuller than average, and had a bit of light stickiness. The citrus lingered a few moments at the end. Drinkability was good for a 7% IPA, not a quick, smooth drinker, but one that's a nice companion during a couple innings of a ball game. Overall, a pretty nice brew. One that's not particularly different or outstanding from so many others, but a beer that's certainly worth your time.

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Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a 1" off-white head that is slow to reduce, leaving scant lacing down the sides.

Has a thick, piney aroma, with heavy resin, hints of citrus, dry leaves, and spicy greens. This has a heavily hopped aroma, like whole cones were tossed in and allowed to impart their oily essence!

Starts slightly sweet and hoppy, before a tidal crash of astringent, resinous hops hit. Hints of orange, pineapple and mango dance beneath a surf of bitter pine and notes of tobacco. Finish is bitter, pithy, and dry.

Medium to almost full-bodied, this is a sipper, that oddly enough sweetens as you get further into it (either that or my tongue is going numb!). Drying to the tongue, but not so hopped that it leaves your tongue or gums tingling.

Ballast Point call this their flagship IPA, and I can see why. Tasty, full-flavored, and with enough hops for the most intense hop-heas out there, this is an AIPA to seek out and try. The flavor is intense enough, though, that served as from a 22 oz bottle, you will really want to find someone to share this with.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Rita's Folly Beach.

Light amber in color, clear, bubbly with little head. Strong hop presence, grassy, earthy, piney. Great hop flavor. Medium bodied, slightly dry, refreshing. Overall a solid ipa, very flavorful and drinkable. A solid ipa that is what you'd expect from the style.

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Photo of ThirstyMiner
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of verdict603
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of DarthTremens
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BWH999
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MLKincer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of NationalEERS
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of alostplot
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of AFCuevas
3.2/5  rDev -21%

Photo of SurferEric
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Refreshingly delicious IPA from Ballast. Very hoppy and full of flavor. Bitter with the perfect amount of hoppiness.

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Photo of npachl
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as it immigrates from the “Brown Bomber” to my special mug a transpicuous deep amber color and no slight is intended to that master of pugilism, “Joe Louis” who was the real “Brown Bomber”! The head is modest in its stature, the texture spumous and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a silky sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a mild hop floral spiciness at the front with a sweet malt middles, the back is fresh and crisp, and start is ambrosial with a nice malt presence, which leads us to the middling top. Finish is benevolent in its acidity; the hops survigrous in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste continues the spicy floral bite from the hops, a quaffable brew, and a palate pleaser. I’m always quite impressed with their labels and think them an excellent brewery.

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Big Eye from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,360 ratings