Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

4,292 Ratings
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

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

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Ratings: 4,292 |  Reviews: 1,114
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a pint at Capitol Ale House Midlothian, VA.

A - 1/2" foamy slightly off white head with moderate lacing on top of a clear amber colored beer.

S - Dense earthy hops shining through.

T - Grapefruit but not much else. The bitterness seems to overpower most anything else in this one.

M - Full bodied with a terrific bitterness left on the palate.

O - I enjoyed this, but it was a bit of a palate wrecker (in a good way) that made it difficult to pick up any other tastes.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/9/10

Thanks to scottyshades for the chance to try this

Robust shade of amber; nearly appears crimson at times. Two fingers of foam takes its time dissipating; the top clinches into a puffy form while the lower seated foam becomes riddled with holes & drops out, leaving nice amounts of drippy lace. Thin retention but good lacing.

The aroma features a little bit each of pine, citrus, earthy & floral hops; the only downside being the hops come across as muddled in the nose. Airy with a mild touch of booze & something that seems medicinal (not too prominent though). Substantial malt balance; toasty bread, caramel & doughy yeast. Too balanced, possibly.

Thankfully Big Eye tastes much better than the nose lets on. Piney bitterness hits upfront, awash in juicy, if medicinal, flavors. Said bitterness is accented by lively grapefruit & lemon zest, though possibly a wee bit too ripe. Malts are rather restrained with toasty undertones & a dollop of caramel. Bit of yeast, too.

Medium bodied, reasonable carbonation & a modest grittiness. The caramel adds a touch of sweetness but it dries out on the finish. Pine & citrus zest linger on.

Overall, it's an enjoyable beer. The aroma seems a little sketchy to me & the taste a little too medicinal. Other than that, it's a solid IPA. Depending on the price of admission, I'd likely be inclined to go with Sculpin over Big Eye. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of edthehead
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpalestino
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass very deep, somewhat hazy amber red. A healthy inch of creamy off white head on top that leaves sticky patches of lacing in its wake. Aromas are big on rich caramel and toffee malts. Floral, herbal, slightly citric hops are not far behind. Quite perfumy. There's somewhat of a biscuity quality here as well.

First sip brings a slightly sweet caramel/toffee malt body upfront. I get a touch of biscuit flavor in there as well. The floral, perfumy hops move in with a green, herbal tinge to them as well. Good bitterness follows and provides a nice respite from the sweetness. Finishes with lots of lingering caramel and toffee flavors, really too much for me in this instance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Goes down smooth and is a pretty easy drinking IPA. Mellow carbonation throughout. Overall, this one seemed a little malt forward to me and the caramel/toffee was quite intense. Not something I would actively seek out but I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks to Overlord for tossing this one my way.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange and with a shine from clarity. A fat head of off white foam finally settles so you can drink. Stream of bubbles to look at while you wait. Nose is orange. Orange peel, orange ripeness, fruit sweetness and tropical backnotes. A bit of subtle and earthy pine This beer is about 3 moths old so if the pine isi stronger in yours that could be why. Taste is wonderful .light malt, practically invisible on the palate except for some nuttiness. Once the palate is indoctrinated the nutty flavor subsides and you are left with only hop fruits. Orange and more orange, the ripe orange, the pith the bitter seed. Authentic and light in the drink. Finishes with a bitter than deserves your attention. This bitter while earthy and while moderate actually scoops up the entire beer in it's aftertaste and leaves it at the back palate .

I'll have another one of these. You could drink this beer all day.

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

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Piney, citrus rind.

Taste: Nice balance. Starts with moderate sweetness with a fruity hop kick. Moderately bitter finish. As I go through the glass, it gets drier and drier on the finish.

Overall: A solid IPA from Ballast Point. Starts balanced but then gets drier as it warms up. Pretty good malt base flavor too.

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

Got in a trade with bkrefetz...thanks Brett!

A- Poured into pint glass. Nice dark golden amber color to it. Little 1/4 inch head that went away rather quickly leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice fruity hops smell right off the top along with a little malt background. A little floral smell to it as well.

T- Nice hop profile to this. A little more bitter than I expected which was a nice suprise. Alcohol taste creeps up on the backside of the taste. Nicely hidden up till the end. Citrus/floral hop taste along with a nice underlaying malt taste.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel. Oil from the hops clings onto the palate leaving a nice bitter aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Carbination is just about perfect I think for the style. Nice full feel to it.

D- Nice drinking beer that I wish I had more than one of. Even though this isn't a "session" beer I could see myself treating this one as one.

To be honest I didn't know what to think when I got this bottle. I am glad I cracked it open though. I should have realized that you can't really go wrong when you are drinking a west coast IPA.

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Photo of Celtics76
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Cotton_27
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mentor
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by OStrungT as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a strong finger of tan head over a clear light brown-rust liquid. Smells beautiful citrus hoppy. Orange oils and grapefruit pith. Woody tangerine and caramel sweet.

Tastes delicious. Nice citrus hop flavor with a supporting malt and fruity esters. Hop bitterness is in line with an oily dry co-humulone. Hop flavors are oranges, tangerine dryness, and modestly pink grapefruit. Pith dry at the swallow. Malt is a faint caramel that'sactually mostly colored by the hop flavors. Esters are buried under the hops but come across as peach and some apricot. Thick mouthfeel could comes across as syrupy, except the hop bitter and woody dryness keeps the sticky ending from being an overly sweet aftertaste. Still a thin layer of head on top of the liquid. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

Today is a hot sunny summer Sunday afternoon. I was looking for a brutal IPA to lead me into a nap. This was just the thing. I even tipped the bottle on edge so I could get the last dribble out of the bottom.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, orange copper colored with a large, white head. Very sticky. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is filled with fruity and citrusy hops. A strong malt backbone is present and adds a bit of sweetness and balance to the aroma. Grapefruit and orange peel seem to be the most persistent of the aromas. Very nice.

Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness as well. The malt is a little more subdued than the aroma would dictate, but this is certainly a hop bomb. Lots of orange peel and orange juice. The malt backbone lends its hand in the sweetness and keeps this one very balanced. Hop bitterness in the end certainly informs one that this is a West Coast IPA.

Perfect amount of bitterness and sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied and quite sticky. Lingers about the palate and tongue for quite a while. A thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable beer. Glad I found this one.

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Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of Shawner
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of garuda
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mostly clear golden in color with a white head that has good retention and lacing down the glass.

S/T - Grapefruit and pineapple in the nose with some caramel sweetness in the background. Taste has more of the same, but finishes with resinous pine with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes clean and dry, without any over-the-top bitterness.

D - I'd definitely get this again. I feel it gets overlooked by Sculpin, but this is a fine IPA in itself.

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Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, tight, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Pine resin, orange and grapefruit citrus, and honey.

T: Resiny hops, accentuated with citrus, honey, and wood.

M: Thick and syrupy. Great balance of biting hops with a touch of sweetness, fruity citrus, and a bit of earthiness. Citrusy bitter finish. A little steely.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Tightly formed, thick, foamy head; and Persistent beer ring lacing. Nose is resiny with citrus and honey. Thick and syrupy pine resin, accentuated with citrus and a bit of sweetness, and earthy character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel and bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. I liked Sculpin much better.

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Photo of GJ40
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A - A deep golden ale with good clarity and a thick off white head with good lacing.

S - Lots of hops aroma with citrusy, floral and piney elements. Some malty sweetness too.

T - A complex rich and malty flavor with hop bitterness, malt and alcohol. I didn't think the hop flavors had a prominent enough role.

M - Thick and chewy consistency. Good carbonation.

D - A good beer but not as smooth and balanced as I like in a west coast IPA.

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Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus fruits, tropical fruits such as mango, even some dark fruits like prunes and figs, grapefruit rind. Tastes of sweet caramel like malt followed by a good wave of tropical fruits. Some dark fruits with the bitterness as well as some caramel. Finishes fairly sweet with more tropical fruits.

A good beer, definitely hop forward with just enough malt backbone to counter the hops. That said, i kind of got tired of the centennial hops in this beer, really hits you over the head with the fruitiness. I appreciate the effort, just not my type of IPA.

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Photo of Wayne17
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,292 ratings.
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