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Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA
4,326 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Ratings: 4,326 |  Reviews: 1,119
Photo of bgold86
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
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 GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice copper color with a finger and a half of white head. Nice lacing.

S: Nice floral hop nose. Kind of one dimensional but thats the point.

T: Really powerful hop taste. Tastes more like a double than anything else. Not really balanced but that is ok.

M: Slightly sticky. Coats the tongue well.

D: Very nice beer. Reminds me of a poor man's masala mama. I mean that as a compliment. Double taste without the booze hammer.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp and clear light golden yellow with minimal foam.

Biscuity malt sweetness, citrus, slightly floral.

Citrusy, floral, and slightly herbal hop bitterness with a nice sweet biscuit malt backbone.

Light-bodied, low carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, not an in your face IPA but pretty good.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean Copper with a thick sticky head.

Smell was strong and nice with fresh grapefruit mixing with nice fresh sourdough bread maltyness.

A very nicely balanced strong IPA, a big blast of grapefruit, juniper, and mint from tasty centenial hops mixing with a nice toasted malt base.

Mouthfeel is Slick and oily with a lingering drying finish.

Very solid IPA, it could become a mainstay in my fridge if it wasn't for the 22oz only format.

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Photo of stephensinner
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Paccamacca
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of thufflife
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. mini-pint glass.

Appearance: Great lacing, clear, sparse carbonation. An orange-gold-bronze colored beer with one-finger head and good retention. Very good.

Aroma: Big citrus and tropical fruits - orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple - lots of caramelized sugars, a few leafy vegetal notes, and a healthy amount of pine. Nice.

Taste: Mellow but citrusy, lots of fruity zest, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruit (all of which contribute to a nice but not distracting or overwhelming tartness). Some light bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste. Pale and sweet bready malts, lightly caramelized.

Mouthfeel: Largely even, medium-bodied, and oily.

Drinkability: An above average IPA in all departments, without being mindblowing. Just a very good, very drinkable, very tasty IPA. Easily manageable alcohol and a lot of tasty notes, decently complex, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ffshore545
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a simple pint glass. Purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A: Pours a clear (filtered) amber color. One finger, off white head, which disapates quickly. Good carbonation and bubbles throughout drinking.

S: Citrus and piney hop nose. Mild malts. Not crazy aggressive.

T: Good hop flavor, as noted not aggressive. Good bit in the middle of the sip. Nice pucker aftertaste.

M: Good mouth coating, chewy taste.

D: Very easy drinking beer. I would have thought this was a 5% ABV brew when consuming. Nicely hidden.

Overall, a solid beer. The Ballast Point Sculpin is MUCH better, but this is found more easily in our parts. Good by-product if you can't get the Sculpin.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really was hoping to get my hands on the Sculpin, but settled on this as a consolation prize.

Clear copper with adequate big-bubbled foam.

Standard citrus and raw herbs through and through with a nice helping of caramel malt. Plenty of body and strength to balance the hopping and a clean fermentation profile to let the hops linger on.

I know if I were to find this on the shelves of an Oklahoma beer store it would probably rate an "A". But being surrounded by the best IPAs and DIPAs in the world here in Southern Cal for last few weeks this one merely rates as really good.

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Photo of Act25
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A year later, when I revisit Big Eye, and let it warm, I upped my review. This time enjoyed after Surfski, with thai noodles and duck and basil, cherry tomatoes, peppers from garden.

Came back another year later and liked it even more.

A: Poured from bottle into Chalice named Leffe. Big head, decent retention, steady lacing. Beautiful dark amber clear brew. Good body.

S: Apricot / Orange / Apple predominates with a malt background. More aroma as she warms. More fruit than malt, with orange predominant from start to finish.

T: A sweeter IPA. The fruit flavors present first again, ranging from orange, apricot, melon to apple and white grapes. The bready malts are a low-light, the flavor is complex and finishes strongly, tingly bitter with a lot of tongue tickling happiness. A first rate west coast IPA.

F: I didn't find the 7% alcohol in evidence, except in the excellent mouth feel, Crisp, tingly, a good food beer, with medium body and heft. *Tonight with Sauteed shrimp & Garden veggies.
Perhaps a little sweet in the finish, but interesting. No false notes.

Overall - Sculpin is one of my favorite beers, Big Eye is a close contender.

Got better as it warms as do all strong ales. A good after dinner brew, a good meditation brew due to the complexity. Not the first brew of the evening. Complex deserves time. ( and sometimes cheese ).

Warmer - It gets better and better - Let this one warm. Almost a GRAND MARNIER or Cointreau feel to it. After dinner IPA.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 VonZipper
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DrStiffington
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,326 ratings
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