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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,051
Reviews:
1,121
Ratings:
4,342
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
1,155
Trade:
4
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1.72/5  rDev -57.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2.06/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.12/5  rDev -47.7%

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2.38/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Chico1985
2.39/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz to pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a super creamy off-white head. It retains very well and leaves nice lacing. I should have been suspicious of the noticeably little amount of bubbling going on. At least it looked great.

Mostly just getting toasty malt in the scent, very little/no hop presence.

Toasted malt/caramel is more or less the only flavor here, unless you count booze. Maybe the tiniest, tiniest bit of floral hops. Mouthfeel is syrupy on the brink of flat. Just really off, I can only assume this is a bad bottle. It has the '10' notch on the bottom so I figure it's fresh though..

Edit: Had it again on-tap, presumably fresh...not as offensive as the bottle taste, but to me still a very dull IPA. Just not getting much hop flavor here.

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Photo of ClaudeHenrySmoot
2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

L- Pint glass via bottle. Crisp, clear(ish) amber. More browns than the reds that I usually associate with the color amber.

N- Average citrus and floral notes upon pour, but were muted as soon as the head settled. Difficult to zero in on distinct notes at that point but found balanced mute floral notes.

T- Super-soft, balanced florals that aren't in every drink. No unordinary, nor distinct back-end that one's Busch Light-drinkin' cousin doesn't experience after a 12pack of The Mountains.

Overall- Very middle of the road...which could also be synonymous with balanced. No overpowering nose, no overpowering ingredient in its taste, so yes...awesomely balanced. Good beer. I would likely ease aforementioned relative into, as he labels them, *hipster beers with this left coast staple.

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2.46/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Not my choice.
I didn't like the malt. I thought i was getting an ipa that i would love. Instead i hated it.
Looked good in glass. Felt good in mouth. But the horrible aftertaste is a turn off. .wanted to love it. Alcohol taste and weird aftertaste is enough to have me give it away and regret my purchase of this 6 pk

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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Photo of Jonathan-Dixon
2.56/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not my thing at all, taste is muddled and a little funky. Needs way more of a hop bite, get a clue from your cousin Grapefruit Sculpin.

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Photo of gyllstromk
2.58/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, light amber. Nose is a very woody, earthy hop with light citrus and watermelon. A peculiar smell that piqued my interest. Taste starts with a hop resin, moves to an intense bitterness, and concludes with cloves and a strong earthy flavor. The hop flavor is poorly balanced, pungent, and cloying like drinking a perfume or eating a raw hop. I love the hoppy beers but this one seems like hop extracts stirred into water. Feel is perhaps wetter than the average IPA. Drinkability suffers from the intense bitterness.

Nonetheless, I can say this is a very unique beer and may impress some. It's really not my style, though, and I love American IPAs. I've heard good things about their Sculpin and can't wait to try it. This one is really out there, though.

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Big Eye from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,342 ratings