Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA
BA SCORE
87.2%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 4,313 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
Ranking:
#2,452
Reviews:
1,119
Ratings:
4,313
Liked:
3,763
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
9.61%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
227
Gots:
1,142
Trade:
4
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Photo of thampel09
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jesterr44
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this after finishing an Unfiltered Sculpin. Seemed a little darker, although I didn't look at them side by side. Similar look; fine sediment makes an otherwise almost transparent beer look slightly cloudy. More active carbonation in this one, tall fluffy off-white head which leaves significant lacing. Again, the taste is very hop forward with smooth piney citrus and has some of the same flavours as the Sculpin; again there is no astringent bitterness but the taste ends with a mild earthy spiciness. Quite similar to the Sculpin really, with the difference being slightly more warmth from the alcohol & that spiciness in the taste. Another quality IPA from Ballast Point.

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Photo of WhackoMillah93
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Plonk
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shortbox81
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jenrhart
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely better in a glass. Taste is very closed out of the bottle.

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Photo of JPadilla
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKCNittany
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leslie91
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

too fruity

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Photo of IPAExpert69
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a big fan of Ballast Point since I tried my first Sculpin, so I wanted to give this beer a go. Cheap for Ballast Point, bought a 6 pack of bottles and poured my first into a glass.

L: Dark Amber, especially compared to the Unfiltered Sculpin I poured previously, really clean pour with mid level carbonation.
S: Metallicy with a piney orange zest kinda vibe. Compares most to a Two Hearted Ale
T: Definitely not for the casual IPA fan, stronger taste for sure, but lacking in that bitter kick i want in an IPA. A good beer for sure, but lacks something unique.
F: Easy to drink, definitely could see pounding a few of these out on the lake or on the beach.
O: 4.169, definitely a good, tasty, strong yet easy drinking ipa. Lacks something special, but a serviceable beer for sure

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Photo of lbond
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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7% ABV

Not the beer I would give a new IPA drinker, this has all the tenants of an IPA that an IPA lover will enjoy. This beer is very unapologetic about the hops, it is the type of IPA that celebrates the hops itself, rather than focusing on hiding a multitude of subtle flavors under the hops (while those flavors are still there). The angle that I would describe the flavors as is earthy, with a nice welcoming, musky scent as you go to drink.

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Photo of Skillz
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ndburke21
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manthon
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

The appearance was always a nice somewhat hazy golden transparent color with a decent one and a half fingered white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace and left some nice somewhat foamy clingy lacing. The smell was a bit earthy and dry bitter to sweet citrus hops. Honestly, I kinda thought it was somewhat like those sweet citrusy hops were covered by malts and combined in the boil. Still, I liked it for the most part. The taste was balanced through the hops and malts adequately and showed a decent bitter to sweet aftertaste that lead into a somewhat dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium with a nice sessionable aspect leading my taste buds onward and enthused to try a bit more of this wonderful brew coating my mouth and tongue. Overall, very nicely done AIPA that I would love to come back to.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty close in flavor to this brewery's Sculpin but not quite as good. It ranks up there with it but the price is 3-4 bucks a six cheaper. I wonder why that is? ****Update: I am drinking one now and decided to increase my rating by .25.

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, with moderate but fast rising carbonation in the middle, like a cyclone. Topped with 3 fingers of yellowish, fluffy head.

Smells of dark toffee, caramel, garlic, onion, pineapple, and tropical fruit.

Tastes of dark, toasted notes, garlic, onion, chives, caramel, hard water, tropical fruit, and a big but dull bitterness.

Medium, slightly syrupy body with medium low, spritey carbonation.

Got and drank in Chiang Mai, having it June 11th, 2017. Well done brew by a great brewery.

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.2% out of 100 with 4,313 ratings
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