Big Eye | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Big EyeBig Eye
4,346 Ratings
Big EyeBig Eye

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 4,346 |  Reviews: 1,124
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Mondiale 2008. Some citrus aroma and citrus taste. A good representative American IPA, but also another and similar American IPA. Lacey, after well drinking through its orangey coloured body.Some astringencey yet satisfying.Yet a beer I did not and would not seek out again.

 284 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head. Amber and clear. Nice lace

S: Fairly pungent. Hoppy and spicey odor. Very nice introduction for the taste you get next.

T: Pine and citrus. A strong hop flavor. Floral and peppery notes.

M: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Stings the nostrils a bit.

Overall: I have been pleased with most of Ballast Pointe's offerings. I have had 5 or 6 of their brews now though this is the first I am reviewing.

 421 characters

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really good ipa, but after sculpin, ballast point cant really top it. this is by all means a great beer, and uniquely hopped with shades of pine and a great punchy bitterness, but it pales in comparison to sculpin, which is one of the finest crafted anywhere. red malts balance this out a little better, and its got a beautiful red glow to it beneath a white foamy head with excellent retention. pine is the hops family, but not as aggressive as some, this is more of a session beer to me, although it does pack a bit of an alcohol punch after a few. I had this at blue tuck in Syracuse amongst several other great india pales, and it stood up well to all of them. carbonation is excellent and this is a well made brew overall, but its nothing compared to a sculpin.

 768 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

 532 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a light hazy yellow color with a creamy white colored head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad but could have been a little better I thought. The smell of the hops came through pretty well but were a bit muted I think. The taste wasn't too bad. The hops were softer than expected but I feel that this happens to most IPA's from a cask. The mouthfeel was soft and had a light creaminess to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I have a feeling that it would be better on regular draft.

 498 characters

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured clear amber-orange in color with a one finger head that has a good amount of retention. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of piney hops in the nose and some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is primarily filled with bitterness from the piney and citrusy hops, although the malts lend some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There is also a lot of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable if you like hops; it almost seems like it is a Double IPA.

 546 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boy was I glad I tried this one. One of the better IPA's I've had and starting to like these left coast beers. Just a very smooth, balanced beer overall that you could just drink all day. I'm surprised my go to beer store has such a random beer from a well established Cali brewery and I wish they could get some more... this was a damn good IPA.

 346 characters

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, @6% ABV for the batch sent to Canada, and procured at a surprisingly well-stocked Vernon, BC bottleshop last week or so.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium copper amber colour, with lots and lots (and lots) of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some randomly broken spiderweb lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells strongly of wet pine needles and orange and red grapefruit citrus notes, with a reserved bready and somewhat crackery caramel maltiness, some weird chalkiness, a further strange sense of white pepper spice, and less overt leafy, floral, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is more malty upfront than I was expecting, but that wan bready caramel is soon duly eclipsed by some pleasantly acrid piney and citrusy bitterness, with some tame herbal and leafy green hop notes rounding things out.

The carbonation is moderate in its laid-back beach bum frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a tacit creaminess that is wholly dependent on the current whim of the hops. It finishes off-dry, as the hops increasingly seem prone to overshadow the fading sweet caramel/toffee malt.

Always nice to see these West Coast IPAs available north of the border - especially from San Diego's environs, as Stone and Green Flash have whet my appetite for Stateside IPAs for a while now. Ballast Point's effort here doesn't disappoint - a pleasant balance of the basics - and the hop tendencies allow the exclusive use of Centennial to shine through. Good stuff - I get the point!

 1,576 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Steve for bringing this back from a recent Asheville trip. A nice IPA with some aggression that proves challenging.

The beer certianly looks the part with a solid copper color. As expected, this IPA showcases a lot of lacing left behind the stubborn head formation/retention.

The beer has a lot of fruitiness going on; part from the citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange zest) but also from the yeasty esters (oranges, appricots, apples). This makes for a nicely complex character that accompanies the maltiness in both the nose and taste.

The maltiness may not be as crisp and cracker-like as I like in the tasted and mouthfeel. It remains a touch sweet with caramelized, unattenuated malts. It doesn't kill the beer but it starts to give the impression of a Barleywine.

Though the malts are sweet and a bit weighted, the beer demonstrates the hop dominance that an IPA demands. Dry, citrusy, and a little grassy in the finish (dry hopping?). Perhaps they went a little nuts with the high-alpha acid hops, which give a bitey metalic note (maybe not the cream of the hop crop?) Still, bright and fresh from nose to finish.

The alcohols give a larger impression than the listed 7%. They begin to give an ethynol taste and bitterness that interfere with the crisp hop flavor from time to time.

I'd prefer a little drier and crisper in the finish, and with a more subtle alcohol impact. Otherwise the beer hit the marks on good IPA's.

 1,439 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bet before 05/17/13. Acquired as part of a six pack at a local Von's grocery store. 7.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose Sculpin IPA I hugely respect. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style; there's nothing unique or special here. But there are no overt flaws either.

Sm: Oily piney hops, heavy floral hops, pale malts, messy grapefruit citrus zest, mango and more tropical notes, pineapple, and light nectar hops. Something's off; it doesn't come off fresh or refreshing. It's messy and the flavour profile isn't what I like and expect from a great IPA. Still, it's clean and more complex than most other IPA aromas. Not at all too hoppy, though some hop bitterness is evident. An above average strength aroma.

T: Lots of juicy crisp fruity hops, redolent especially of tropical fruit like mango and pineapple. Pale malts form the clean somewhat refreshing foundation. Unfortunately, hop bitterness does creep out on the climax and in the finish - a severe flaw. Floral hops. Light hop nectar. It's not the oily hop extract core of an IPA like Lagunitas; the profile is much more tropical than most IPAs. Anyone who claims this is exactly like Sculpin is out of their gourd. It's clean and pleasant but lacks the body and complexity of a superior IPA (like Sculpin). Not too hoppy at all. I kind of like that though; it's not trying to be a double IPA. No malty sweetness or backbone; it's more cut and dry hoppy. Fairly balanced but lacking the complexity and subtlety it needs. I like it, but it's far from fantastic. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thin and weak, lacking body and presence. Carbonation is slightly overdone. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom tailored to it.

Dr: A pretty good IPA that hides its ABV well, but it's nothing to write home about. $11 in a grocery store feels rather steep. I wouldn't get it again with Lagunitas' offerings next to it on the shelf, but it's a passable beer for the style. Ballast Point does far better. I don't understand the comparisons to Sculpin; this don't hold a candle. Still, it's worth looking into for fans of the style. It's quite drinkable; I'll have no trouble polishing off the six pack I picked up.


 2,768 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a high clarity orange, nice ring of drippy lacing. A little skim of foam sticks around for a few minutes. An aroma of caramel and toffee is dominant over any hop presence, but there's an herbal component there also.

Round feel to it, ample carbonation producing a dry frothiness toward the finish. Bitter herbal & vegetal hops in the finish, not fruity, more the sprucey pine sap variety. Full bodied for the style, but the flavor isn't really doing it for me. There is alot of caramel malt there, and the hops really are only there for bttering it seems.

Regardless, it's well put together, and it's very drinkable anytime.

 634 characters

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(got it recently from Ohio though, so we should be ok). Pours a lightly cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, herbal, floral, pine, grass, orange, mango, pineapple, honey, caramel, citrus rind, and bread. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; slightly more herbal and piney than I am used to as well. Taste of big grapefruit, herbal, pine, floral, grass, mango, citrus rind, pineapple, caramel, honey, and bread. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, tropical, honey, caramel, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malt/bitterness balance in this; with a nice balance and complexity of hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming at all noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent IPA. A bit more malty than your typical West coast IPA, but I am not complaining. Great hop flavor balance, and very smooth to drink. Great stuff.

 1,236 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that left some lace.

S - Citrus is the dominant aroma with some floral and grassy notes.

T - Nice balance of hop bitterness and sweet, biscuity, malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. The balance of flavors is outstanding.

 364 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Big Eye from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,346 ratings