Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

4,296 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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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Llamameister
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HopGrazer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ImperialStout
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of IDYVM
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of DerrickW
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a bottle, poured into short taster glasses, and consumed over 35 minutes.

Orange amber with fine clarity interrupted only by carbonation. Head is fairly thin with fine lacing, and just an occasional bubbly clump.

The nose is full of hop citrus and mild spruce. Grapefruit, musty pineapple, and mango are evident. There's a subtle spice note, too, that comes out in the mouth.

Flavor profile is heavy on citrus early, nice and clean; but turns somewhat funky as the fibrous burn of fruit folds. There's a peppery mid-palate streak, but it gets smothered by the cheese a bit too early. Though there is sufficient length to rescue the experience with hop oil bitter sweetness that's pleasant enough to encourage another gulp.

The mouthfeel is both astringent and juicy, but not quite as chewy as would be desired--the feel is a touch sharp as a result. It is lively in the mouth in positive ways, though, too, and rather clean in contrast to the dank taste notes.

Overall, I'm glad to have tried this good-reputation creation. I can't say I'm enthralled, but it's a solid representative of a region that does this style consistently well.

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Photo of KGalindo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mstrcrwly
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bnes09
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slight hazy orange colored ale. Huge, frothy head does not give up and literally blankets the glass in creamy, wavy lacing.

Big citrus and rye bread aroma. Spicy and malty.

Very spicy, pungent hop flavor right away with grapefruit, pinesol, herbs and spinach leaves. Dense malt backbone hinting at rye bread. Well balanced.

Sturdy medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Solid IPA and definitely showcases the west coast nuances.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of berlinabb
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Never seen this beer before until it popped up at my local Kroger. Made damn sure it wasn't brewed in "Rochester, NY" before purchasing it (this due to previous bad experiences with new brands that were being brewed by the mega-brewery in the Empire State). San Diego! Yes!

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a rich, golden color. Slightly opaque. Nice sized head, but was obviously CO2 powered as it quickly dissipated.

Smell 4.25: Very interesting bouquet on this brew. Hops dominate -obviously-- but there is something else here that is intriguing. Very green, very chlorophyllic...lots of citrus notes, pine resin, biting alkaline notes. Fabulous.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry with a pleasant and equally dry hit of mid-palate hops. Middle has much more of a malt sweetness, but this is very restrained. Hops also dominate at this taste level, but this is constructed in such a way that the taste fades into the...finish which is where a very pleasant and refreshing burst of grapefruit-rind flavored hops floods in with a cleansing and taste-altering focus. The aftertaste is short, dry and brings even more hop goodness to the fore as it seems to creep in from the sides of the mouth to the center of the palate.

Mouthfeel 3.5: I honestly thought it could be more creamy. The basic CO2 conditioning was not bad, but certainly was not anything special.

Overall 4.0: Excellent IPA. I cannot imagine sitting down and trying all my top IPAs back to back. It might make it impossible to differentiate. However, this baby would stand out for its emphasis on bitterness and on different levels of hops. It's almost as if they decided to just go hop crazy and make an IPA and then dry-hop the heck out of it as well. Highly recommended for fans of the style. You will be hard-pressed to find an IPA so distinctive.

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Photo of heartofgold
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with a luscious warm amber, building and maintaining a thick creamy head. The aroma is relatively subtle with piney and resinous notes; there are little flowery characters in the nose. On first sip, I realized that I had just drenched my thirsty chasm with sticky needles and sap that could take an afternoon to peel off my palate. Subsequent tastes allowed the malt to come through, but the bitterness dominates.
Moving the hops towards later addition would better match the style, or perhaps a bit more malt sweetness of of a DIPA for the hops, but this bitter representation of a west coast IPA is quite satisfying, as long as you live at the far end of Vinnie's "Lupluin shift". Overall, given my own penchant for hoppy beer, I enjoyed this one; it provides an honorable analog to a peaty Islay scotch, which similarly delivers enjoyment to a few, dedicated aficionados.

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Photo of Drecher
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear copper penny with a billowing cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is skunky, resiny, dank, with sharp grapefruit and a slightly fecal note that thankfully disappears relatively quickly.

Muted grapefruit forms the base of the flavor profile, with tangerine and lightly toasted, bready caramel malt offering a touch of sweetness to counter. The finish is fairly bitter and resiny.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth surfacing.

Minus the fecal note, a great example of the style. Good balance of flavoring and bittering hops, though the bittering is a little more than I prefer.

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Photo of South2NW
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to Sierra Nevada IPA Glass

A: Golden amber color with about a 2" creamy head.

S: citrus dominates the aromas with a nice balance of caramel malts.

T: a nice balance of citrus/floral hops. A nice bitterness countered by a malty backbone.

M: crisp, medium body, high carbonation.

O: not quite on the level of sculpin, but still a delicious IPA.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,296 ratings.
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