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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 13260, so September 17, 2013

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Some nice citrus and pine notes thanks to the hops, along with a solid malt backbone. Hops are definitely front and center

T: Starts out with the hops up front, lending some citrus and pine notes. The malts come in mid-way to help balance. Bitterness also comes along mid-palate, along with some floral, perfumey hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick

O: Much more piney and perfumey than Sculpin, so it's certainly more west coast styled. Easy to sit down and drink a couple, but the abv and IBUs will definitely take their toll after a few. Definitely recommended if you're into west coast IPAs

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden amber colored body was filled with fine carbonation bubbles. The head formation was one finger thick and foamy. The aroma was full of pine straw and grapefruit peels, and was very inviting. The taste was full of grapefruit, with a massive dose bitterness. The finish was spicy and herbal, as the hops never let up. The body was a hair on the lighter side of medium dense, and the aftertaste was a little boozy. Ballast Point beer just started showing up locally, and this was fine first taste.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A. Orange/amber. Clear. Nice layer of white foam.

S. First hit is malt. Sweetness. Some pine. Floral aroma. Lemon zest. Hops.

T. Very malty. I like this. Sweet and zesty. Just follows the smell. Citrus peel. Floral and piney. There is a big bitter hop bomb in the end. This is amazing!

M. Medium but very thick and creamy for the style. Crisp. Finishes with a remarkable lingering hop bite.

O. Wow! Was not expecting this. Thinking this is the Jan to Sculpin's Marsha. Not the case. So good and balanced. Two sides - the malty sweet fruity to the enormous hop explosion. Super IPA!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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