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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy pine resin hops, nice malt sweetness to balance, citrus and floral

T: bitter grapefruit peel up front, middle moves to a honey like sweetness, finish is dry pine needles

M: medium body with good carbonation

O: first BP I've seen in GA, nice WCIPA from a solid brewery

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After enough ups and downs with Sculpin, I decided it was finally try to move on and try some of the canned versions of Ballast Point's other year-round offerings that have started to rain upon my area. Poured out of a 12oz can into a tulip glass. Canning date is listed as "13255," or September 12th of this year.

Pours a darkened amber color that's actually a bit cloudy, complete with a frothy, off-white head that rose all the way to the top of the glass at the equivalent of five fingers high. Lacing isn't too big at the top, but it still leaves behind some foam clinging to the glass as the head dissipates. Carbonation is medium leveled, and while I can't make out any noticeable sediment in the cloudy body, there's definitely some high quality force at play that keeps the head going the entire time. A commonplace, if not slightly better than average West Coast IPA.

Smells pretty good - classic elements of hoppy San Diego beers as well as some caramel and toffee as the backbone. Pine, grapefruit, apricots, and orange peel are the main flavors at play, as well as some earthiness and nutty spices that soon follow. The caramel is quite present at the finish, but the star here really is the pine/grapefruit combo that comes in so vividly, yet never overpowers other essential elements of the beer. There's a short sweetness at the back, as well as a little bit of booze, but the hops and malts do a good job masking it up.

The flavor is more of the same, although it's definitely far maltier than I expected it to be at the finish. While this is a little over 2 months old, the can definitely has done its wonders to protect the precious hop oils at hand. Pine sap, grapefruit, orange peel, orange blossom, apricots, and green melon make their way towards the front, with some almonds, caramel, toffee, and earth following quite instantly. The more this warms up, however, the more herbal the finish becomes, with notes of sage and cannabis taking over particularly well. The malty backbone does indeed provide a bready characteristic that makes this easy and creamy to drink, but I do wish I could have those resinous hop flavors cutting through a little bit more vividly. Otherwise, it's very well carbonated and well built - a no-frills IPA that gives you everything you want in the style without taking too many risks.

This is a good IPA that I'd love to re-visit fresh on tap, and in all honesty, it seems that us folk up north get the better experience of this brewery's offerings straight out of the keg rather than the bottles (or cans, for that matter). Still, this is definitely one of my new favorites, and I'll gladly have another when the time comes. It seems to fall off quicker than others that are readily available, however, so time is quite the factor in rating its enjoyability.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

After falling in love with Sculpin I had to give this a whirl.

appearance: pores a golden copper color with a pretty decent head about a finger and 1/2 thick with moderate carbonation.

Smell: gives of the scents of citrus, pine and a solid amount of malts.

Taste: Hops forward with the taste matching the nose, a good amount of citrus and pine but finishes with a strong malty background. The malts over take the hops in the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, the hops hit but then vanish thanks to the malts.

Overall: Another decent offering from Ballast Point. Great flavors in the beginning but I prefer the malts to either balance it out or intervene very subtle rather than overtaking the taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of alaimoa
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can bought in NY and roughly 40 days since canning. Poured a clear copper with a bit of offwhite/copper undertone soapy head. Smells of citrus with some grapefruit rind. Taste is solid with upfront orange/grapefruit and a lingering semi-bitterness. Good solid mouth feel. Tasty overall

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Nice rich gold color with a two finger fluffy white head, thick lacing.
S - Big fresh orange juice aroma lots of citrus up front some caramel and biscuit malts, a little hop spice.
T - Citrus flavors forward, then you get a nice creamy sweet blend of malts, fades to a dry tart bitterness on the end.
M - For 7% it treats your palate nicely, not overly bitter or sweet.
O - Great IPA from BP, people rant and rave about Sculpin, which is still good, but this is an excellent IPA from them as well.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Coppery orange. Two finger white head lasts well. Big carbonation bubbles.
S- Citrus hop aroma, and some balancing malt. Actually a bit more balanced than I would have liked. Hop profile was nice but would have liked even more.
T- Hops bring more bitterness here than the nose suggested. More assertive here, but the hops brought more bitterness and less citrus than would have liked. Malt profile is sweet and supportive of hop profile.
M- Medium body. Medium-high carbonation.
O- This is a good beer. I liked it quite a bit, but would have liked just a bit more citrus in taste.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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