Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

4,285 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Julian date code on the label: 13234. Pours a clear amber color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is what I would describe as hop perfume. Also some pine hop aroma as well. No sign of malt in the typical West Coast IPA tradition.

Pure hop flavor with the malt not getting in the way at all. Dank with some pine and floral notes. Dry malt which comes as no surprise. Very bitter combined with the dry malt, does not make an easy drinking beer.

Good carbonation combines with the medium body to give a nice feel.

If you are a fan of West Coast IPAs, this is as good as many. I am probably limited to one or two before my palate is crying for mercy.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really good ipa, but after sculpin, ballast point cant really top it. this is by all means a great beer, and uniquely hopped with shades of pine and a great punchy bitterness, but it pales in comparison to sculpin, which is one of the finest crafted anywhere. red malts balance this out a little better, and its got a beautiful red glow to it beneath a white foamy head with excellent retention. pine is the hops family, but not as aggressive as some, this is more of a session beer to me, although it does pack a bit of an alcohol punch after a few. I had this at blue tuck in Syracuse amongst several other great india pales, and it stood up well to all of them. carbonation is excellent and this is a well made brew overall, but its nothing compared to a sculpin.

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden-orange hue with a light touch of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with a little bit of orange to it. Pretty good!

Smell: nicely balanced hop-forward aroma with an earthy, citrusy and a little bit piney character. Quite good.

Taste: dry malty base with a bit of a bready character does a good job supporting the earthy, piney hops. This is a pretty dry experience overall, and I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good level of creaminess for an IPA. I like it.

Overall: this is a nice, dry, earthy IPA. There is definitely a bit of West Coast citrus bomb in its DNA, but it has evolved into a drinkable and balanced (for an IPA) brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to MN Ballast Point. Glad to have this beer available.

A lot of the usual suspects for a well crafted IPA.

Looks very appealing with white soapy head.

Fragrant hops. Both floral and tropical.

Juicy, piney, dank on the palate.

Nice dry finish. Lower carb.

This will likely find a place in my rotation.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,285 ratings.
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