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Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

1,092 Reviews
Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Reviews: 1,092 | Ratings: 4,197
Photo of Hokies
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pour glass. Pours a nice golden amber color with a nice white head that lasts to the bottom with a decent amount of sticky lace left on the glass.

The aroma is filled with grassy and piney hop notes. Underneath the hops their is a strong caramel malty note.

The hops are nice and comparable to the taste being piney and quite chewy. In the middle the malt balances out the hops until the strong hop tastes takes over and leaves a strong hop bitter finish.

Nice IPA that could use more balance to raise the drinkability.

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

The good news about this beer is that there is a very bready middle to the beer that balances well with the very acerbic and biting hop. That's the high point. On the other hand, the hops are extremely bittering, acerbic and tart, slighly grapefruity, but they linger way too far in to the aftertaste. The beer does look good with a lightish clear coppery color with a decent white head, some lacing and retention. The nose on the beer is nice pungent estery and oily hop, with some florals hidden underneath. The taste of the beer doesn't bring out the hoppy florals nearly enough, but more like the bittering ends of the fruit. The beer is medium bodied, decently carbonated, and the plus, the big plus is the nice balance with the bready malts in the mid section. Not my favorite IPA by a long shot. The 7% ABV is well hidden. The hops will clear out the palate but will linger longer than is warranted.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy 34th birthday to me! This is my first beer of the night. Picked this one up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. Great place - if you are in the area, definitely check them out.

Pours an attractive, crystal clear amber with a light tan, big and frothy head with big bubbles. Good head retention and nice sticky legs.

Average nose of light citrus hops trailed by sweet, bready malts. I was expecting a little bigger nose, but onto the taste.

Nice... Much like the nose. Bready, sweet malts mix with a nice, average portion of citrus hops. Medium bodied and medium flavored. Finishes bitter with a nice, clean end.

No freshness date on the bottle, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a few months old and getting just past its' prime.

A nice, average example American IPA. Easy to drink example with no frills.

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Photo of kish002
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this IPA, nice amber color with about 2 fingers of head, smell is nice; hops with citrus/pine. Taste is very grapefuity, but not too bitter, some malt to balance out the citrus. Not too watery or too oily, nice mouthfeel and great drinkability!

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

This brew pours our a clear copper color with a huge 2 finger head of rocky white foam. Nice head retention throughout with thick lacing. The nose is of citrus and floral hops followed with some bready malts. The taste has a healthy well mixed balance of hops, though not bitter. The finish is where you find the malts. I found this to be a very well balanced beer. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, on the lighter side of a medium body but not watery. This is certainly a beer worthy of sitting down with for an evening.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. no date found.

classic golden amber with straw tones. clear. nice head recedes slowly to a thin layer. great, delicate lacing.

grapefruit and fresh pine aromas, with caramel and toffee underneath. hints of floral notes. simple, but very fresh and fragrant.

flavor is hoppy (citrus and pine) at first, but quickly backed up by robust caramel maltiness, then more citrus zest and tropical fruitiness. bold, but not overly aggressive bitterness is well-balanced. finish starts with interplay of hops (bitterness, zestiness, and even fruitiness) and malt, with hint of yeast, then it all cleans up with some light resins.

smooth, with medium to substantial body, and lightly resinous texture in the finish. lively but moderate carbonation.

very good.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Imperial pint glass on 2/4/09. Obtained via Growling at the Moon BIF courtesy of d0ggnate.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles and one finger of creamy bright white head that transformed into thin, sticky web-like lacing.

S - Pungent fume of citrus hops with a big smack of resiny pine and tree sap. Oh yeah, there's some sweet caramel malt too. This puppy is bordering on a DIPA nose!

T - Initial flavor is juicy citrus hops with predominant grapefruit character blended with a bit of pine and resin notes. This is a well-balanced IPA with a sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Bold and flavorful, Big Eye is a fantastic IPA that actually is meandering into DIPA territory, in my opinion. Ballast Point makes incredible hoppy beers, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of happybear
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head with sticky lacing

S: Hops, hops, hops. Grassy/pine.

T: Hoppy, grapefruit and pine notes. Very big flavored.

M: Crisp with a sticky mouthfeel

D: Drinkable and very addicting

Enjoyed at the Irish Pol in Philadelphia. Excellent offering from the West Coast and consistent with big hop beers. If you are sampling beers, make this last. I sampled a Hopdevil and Double Bastard after a few of these and could not taste either one of those.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

A: Comes out clear and golden amber. Got about two fingers of sticky, white head that refused to die. Quite good, quite good.

S: Hops of a citrus and grassy variety jump out and take over. Seriously, I could smell little else. Hops had a nice floral quality which I liked.

T: Again, hoppy. The taste was a bit more piney and resin-like than the nose suggested, and the aftertaste was extremely bitter, bordering on unpleasant. There was dominating, astringent quality that put me off somewhat.

M: On the heavier side of light-bodied. Carbonation was crisp and the malt construction helped was down the hop bitterness with admirable gusto, minus the aftertaste.

D: Certainly very drinkable. Went down fairly smooth.

I had this beer a while ago and thought that it tasted funny. With this tasting, I can proudly say that my previous assessment has stayed exactly the same. For what it's worth, this is a very well constructed beer. However, something about the taste did not agree with me. Others might feel differently though. I like IPAs as much as the next guy, but I'm not sure I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine froth of micro bubbles, so tiny that it's hard put to become strong lacing. Red amber color, more yellow around the rims, very aggressive bubbles beneath the surface, more a storm than beads. Hoppy nose with sour lemon and orange citrus zest, wheat, straw, tea leaf, some biscuit or barley, minimal caramel or toffee, pinch of cherry fruit, the nose actually shows a good deal of restraint and tactful length. Full-bodied, not overly dense but together the high level of carbonation plus its overall dryness increase its mouth presence a lot. Lemon, white grapefruit citrus adds more tartness. Here, though, the tea and tobacco leaf aspects sweeter. Touch of molasses helps add balance. Biscuity, bready ending, especially as it warms. Not bad but comes off as a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of ironlung
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my first big eye...not my last for sure. Pours clean with wheatever head you want (depending on pour strength). Has that very clear burnt orange look to it, and smells like a nice citrus bomb. The taste reminds me of a lighter, more well done union jack. This beer is a classic session beer, and at under 4 bucks a bomb should not be passed up.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Oaktree in NJ almost 3 months ago with no idea what to expect. I placed it in my cellar, and forgot about it. Why do I always do this with IPA bombers?!?!

Nice pink and orange blend, with no head from an aggressive pour.

Very light caramel scent with citrus hops and a grainy scent. Some older tea scents which i am attributing to the alcohol.

Very crisp and light. Grainy texture and feel all through out. Nice aggressive citrus and pine hops. Still there though hop fading was present in the smell. Above average in here.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery, red-orange color is bright and vibrant. Mostly clear brew topped by a soapy textured, off white colored, modestly sized (for an IPA) head. Head is too slick for lace to grab the glass however the deep pretty colored, juicy look to this beer helps make for that a bit. The smell is great; Pleasurably sniffable indeed. Its packed with juicy hops held up by a solid malty base, smelling of candied oranges, apples, pine, leaves backed by various woody aromas, melons, tangerines, peaches, etc, etc, etc... Taste is also pretty good but doesn't stand out as much as the nose for me. It has more pronounced pine scents, some mint perhaps and still piles of oranges. Elongated bitterness begins shortly after the beer hits your tongue and lasts throughout the finish until you're ready for your next sip. Slick, somewhat hop oily-like mouthfeel with slight resinous qualities as well.

This was enjoyable and perhaps I'll pick it up again some another day.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet candy sugar, melons and pine.

The flavor is biscuity malts and sweet melon with piney peppery hops that have a decent amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a fine IPA. I got excited by the all Centennial, but this wasn't nearly as good as Two-Hearted. It is still solid.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark gold-orangle color with great carbonationa nd a huge white head. LOOKED GREAT!aNose is floral bitter hops(hence Centennial). Taste is floral, hop bite and little citrus all the way through. I like single hop IPAs and this is a good one. Another really good one is Lengthwise Centennial Ale.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. First time trying. Pours a very nice copper with an inch head. Lacing begins early, head remains about half way through and forms a ring thereafter. Very floral and hoppy nose. I pick up citrus aromas very strongly. Taste is strikingly similar to a Stone IPA, which is a very good thing. Very well balanced IPA. This is the second offering I've tried from Ballast Point and so far I have not been disappointed. Hopheads should give this one a whirl. Very nice beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle, from Bruisn-Ales in Asheville, pours a clear copper/orange body with a medium beige head. Good retention with some sticky patch lacing.

Succulent aroma of grapefruit and orange, edged with pine and toasted caramel.

Medium body and carbonation with a slick hop oil presence.

Taste has an assertive citrusy hop bitterness with a pine cone note underneath. Toasty caramel malt balances well. Grapefruit hop presence rules the finish and pervades the aftertaste.

This could be a "go to" American IPA if it were widely available. Very well done.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/1/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear golden amber color body with a huge foamy whitish head, big bubbles and good lacing. Piney citrusy aroma, lemon. Some bitter dryness. Hoppy bitter maltiness. Watery palate, a little bitter. Some biter maltiness. Goes okay with buffalo chicken.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here it is, my hoppy beer to extinguish the spice from the soup I just ate. Here we go, 12 ounce bottle from Total Wine in Tustin, on to the beer:

Nearly amber in color with orange and reddish hues, the head is 2 fingers thick, froathy, and continuing to hold. Aroma...smells like an IPA. Mild tropical fruits, nothing "bitter' about it. Fruity, bready, caramely, "gummi" if you will, like gummy bears. No qualms on the flavor either. For (especially a San Diego) IPA, this has a good balance in its favor. Bready and sweet on one side, on the other side is a rush of fresh lusious hops and sweet citrus. A brush of pine hits and sticks to the palate. Drinkable? The bottle lists it as 7% ABV, but there's no way a beer like that could this quaffable.

Not as big as other San Diego IPA's, but certainly the most sessionable. Amazingly, I can find this for as little as $6.99 a six-pack in my area. Next up, the search for Double Dorado.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= amber color with a nice fluffy white head and some delicious lacing
S=sweet hoppiness like oranges smaller amounts of pine and toffee malt
T= woah hops! Pine and citrus but the orange sweetness is gone just gets more rough and intense awesome
M= high carbination with a smooth and crisp finish
D= high. I wanna say thanks to kadonny for this one. Its great for someone who likes hops. The smell tricked me but the taste is amazing

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Photo of lynx1245
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber-orange with a 1 finger white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Big grapefruit smell up front followed by a nice malty finish.

Taste: No skimping on the hops here which I love. However, I think the hops kind of take over the show. While I can initially detect some malty sweetness, it is quickly overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp taste, maybe a bit too much. I don't know exactly what it is, maybe too much carbonation? Still hop oils coat the mouth well and it has a nice full body.

Drinkability: I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, but it probably wouldn't be my first choice for an IPA. If I'm looking for a good hop blast then I might consider it.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thatnks to Golith on this one, poured into a tulip

A-Nice amber tone with a good 2 finger head great laceing all the way down the glass.

S-Big earthy hops nose with grapefruit and citrus notes, can also pull out some malt with a big inhale.

T&M-Same as the nose for the most part, has a fantasic hop complexity, little oiliy in the mouth and goes down very nice and smooth, Big standard IPA.

D-Makes me wish I could get this where I live it qould be in my fridge all the time

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Photo of Risser09
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a 4" tall cream colored head. Great retention on these foamy bubbles. Tons of sticky lace.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit and pine aromas. They are very strong. Malt has taken a far and long backseat to the hops.

Taste: Malty base is swamped by hoppy flavors. Bitter pine is smooth at first, and carries a distinct astringency from there on out. The taste is one dimensional because of the bitterness. It's almost as if they just chose to load the hop profile up to prove a bitter point.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy going initially. This feeling gives way to ample bitterness and a tiny alcohol zing.

Drinkability: This beer had potential but ended up being very one dimensional. I felt like I was eating the hop pellets. More complexity would make it a charmer.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a nice golden amber color. Kind of like a sunset. Big, two-finger plus, head of thick, creamy white foam. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Big citrus and floral hops dominate. There appears to be some sweet maltiness in there, but it's buried. Smells like it's going to be bitter. Grapefruits and oranges, mostly. Some pine notes and hints of lemon zest.

A little more balanced than expected. You get to taste a touch of sweet maltiness, briefly. Then you get hit hard by the bitter hops.
Slight notes of toffee are followed by big blasts of grapefruit and pine. All of this is enshrouded by floral hops notes. Light butterey biscuit notes.

Actually maintains it's crispness, while being a touch creamy, also. Very nice carbonation level. Fairly smooth and easy to drink.

This wouldn't be the first IPA that I'd reach for, but it's a top twenty for sure, maybe a top ten.
Refreshing and creamy, together, is a good combo.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery pour with a nice off white head, good retention and lacing.
Hoppy grapefruit perfumes make up the aroma. Blossoms with the scent of the hops and a honeyish malt. Close to a double IPA in its smell but this doesn't translate to the flavor which is
bracingly bitter with some malty undertones. But not to worry, the hops come back and beat back any hint of maltiness in a deliciously hoppy finish.
Nice amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel, very pleasant on the tongue.
I could drink a lot of this beer if I had more than one bottle.
This is a really fine example of a west coast IPA, one of the two or three best I've tasted.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.
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