Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

1,110 Reviews
Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Reviews: 1,110 | Ratings: 4,277
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 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 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 josanguapo
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Beergium. In Teku glass. Playing The Last Door Season 2. Resinous, with a very tasty orange/grapefruit profile. Very refreshing and really moreish. Would be great to have easy access to it.

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Photo of kitch
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 16327, meaning it was bottled on 22nd November 2016. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A clear copper colour with a big three finger off white head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a fluffy layer while leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit zest and orange with touches of caramel malt.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit zest, orange rind and pine balanced with some lightly sweet biscuit and caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation.

Overall: A nice and balanced IPA that I wouldn’t mind drinking more of.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear, medium amber producing almost 3 fingers of foamy, moderately lasting, beige head that leaves a webby coating of lace. Aroma is hoppy tropical fruit forward with hop hints of orange, tangerine, citrus pith, peach & faint pine all mixed in a sweet caramel background. Taste is a fruity mix of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, & some pine resin sitting on top of sweet, bready dough (peach cobbler like) & caramel. Bittersweet up front but transitioning to sweet before mid-sip into the finish where is rapidly gravitates to bitter producing a very lasting, bitter citrus & pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, slick & wet in the mouth but drying after the swallow.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle without freshness or bottle date into standard pint glass.

L: Slightly hazy copper color with thick two finger off-white head that recedes slowly into a fluffy blanket under a finger thick. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, pine and floral hops with a good malt backbone.

T: Citrus and pine hops at the forefront with a hint of floral. Good fruitiness to this beer. Toasted biscuits and caramel in the malt range that has to fight a little to be shown.

F: Medium body, prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O: A really solid beer overall and another job well done by Ballast Point.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 10/18/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through dark orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggnog head; a frothy curtain of lace.

Orange citrus, pine needle & dry grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus flavor up front; dry pine & grapefruit notes on the finish. A nice nose, but this is too dry for me to love. Certainly drinkable though.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chunky two finger head that clings to the glass and lasts the whole beer through.

Smell: Big piney smell.

Taste: Well balanced, bitter but not as much as some.

Feel: Medium body, tangy.

Overall: Very good representation of the style

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Photo of jonwiseman
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look is Amber. Ample lacing! Smooth mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation. Smell is sweet citrus. Taste is chestnut initially and finishes oaky. Different for an IPA but very good beer. Worthy of its 91 rating.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with one-finger off-white head, excellent retention, eventually settled to a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: brown sugar, bread and faint pine notes.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar and bread then a pine resin hop profile that lingered around for a while.

PALATE: medium body and somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: this is a fine IPA that is very well balanced, I have enjoyed every beer I tried from this brewer and they are now one of my favorites right up there with Sierra Nevada and Deschutes, I will buy this again and would recommend to anyone that enjoys IPA.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing 'Big Eye IPA' @ 6.8% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a orange/gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-pine/malt with a decent amount of columbus/centennial hops
T-clean tasting IPA , malty dry swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied , dryness lingers on the swallow
Ov-good IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of mpyle
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber color, slightly hop cloudy. Nice white head with good retention.

Big pine hop aroma, also a bit of caramel malt and nuttiness.

Big malt and pine hop flavor again, nice hop bitterness but not overpowering. Nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

Med body and carbonation. Some warming, but gentle.

More old school and piney/earthy than Sculpin. Very well made and clean.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8/15...pours bright copper, amber hued, foamy white top. Nutty, oily hop filled nose. Heavy citrus filled bitter that envelops the malt. Creats a buzz in the mouthfeel. Black pepper and pine. It;s electric.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 Bruno74200
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West coast IPA. Between a pale ale and an IPA actually. The bitterness is still great and the pine and citrus are there all along. The smell reminds me a lot of sculpin but a notch at a lower level. Still great stuff

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Photo of q33jeff
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A poor man’s Sculpin. Good flavor, hops and citrus are well balanced, but pine is a bit too intense for my liking. Medium carbonation. The Pine really sticks around and lingers somewhere between bitter and sour."

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 06/21/16:

Enticing, mostly clear brandy-amber with tannish foamy head of moderate retention. Resin, spice, apricot, alcohol, perfume aromas. Similar on the palate, though favoring apricot and spice, and more overtly bitter, with alcohol flavor balanced out. Delicious! Full-bodied but relatively thin, carbonation sloshy then creamy. Quite hot, mouth-coating.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amer color with an inch of head. Nose pineapple, grapefruit, floral with hints of malt and citrus. Taste grapefruit, melon, orange and resin. Hoppiness rounds it out on the back end. Nice clean finish. Once again Ballast Point never disappoints with their IPAs. Will happily drink again.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excited this was a pick six to drink while watching game six. Bottle to snifter. 1 finger head with medium pour. Not much retention. Dark golden honey color. Lacing is moderate. Nose is dry hoppy notes with a bit of a floral bouquet. Taste is not as citrusy but ok. Bits of pineapple, mango maybe but that earthy dryness off the nose still resounds on tongue. Adds to a bitter resinous mouthfeel. Overall a standup IPA, seems a mild 7%er.

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Photo of Gear54
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Almost no head on this gold/Amber colored IPA.

Smell is typical citrus IPA with hops and some light grapefruit undertones.

Taste surprisingly more floral with the citrus coming on the back of the toungue. Plenty of hops up front give good balance.

Feel is crisp and refreshing. Not too heavy with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker than average ipa, this one has a dark amber leaning almost auburn/light brown around the way. Creates an off white 2/3" head, uniform lace on the glass. Aroma was dry hop seemingly in the Amarillo vein.

Taste pairs both big crystal malt usage and big hops and bitterness. Normal grapefruit and pine stuff. Gotta drink these fresh or else the malt will overcome the hops.

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Photo of MohaBeer
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ambar claro con transparencia, buena espuma y adherencia. Lúpulo pináceo moderado alto, malta maltoso caramelo moderado, notas herbáceas, cárnicas, prosciutto, mantequilla suave, jamón serrano. En boca lúpulo de amargor moderado alto, malta maltoso caramelo moderado, notas cárnicas ahumadas, jamón serrano, prosciutto, lúpulo pináceo moderado y ligeras notas a ceniza. Final cárnico-lupulado pináceo prolongado sin astringencia, buena carbonatación y cuerpo medio. Excelente cerveza!

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

A pale ale that doesn't get in its own way.

Dark amber with an off-white head. Nice balanced but hop-forward nose, with a taste to match. Resinous and somewhat aromatic hops are dominant. The balance in ways makes this a quintessential pale ale. Some waxing and waning of flavors, smoothly. Slick oily mouthfeel, but never overwhelming, just right for the style.

Bottle date 16123 (Julian). Drank 3 June 16.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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