Big Eye | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in a BP pint glass

A: Clear golden amber with a thick whtie head. Good carbonation and lacing. Head clings to glass as you drink.

S: Fresh and zesty. Tones of lemon and pine. Smells fresh and clean.

T: Piney hop wallop on the attack that doesn't let go. The pine mixes up with lemon and grapefruit to really smack your taste buds awake. Then like an eye of a hurricane a bit if nutty malt some through but is quickly thrown out by more hop.

M: Tangy and zesty. Medium bodied and sticky. Finished somewhat dry and crisp which is strange considering the body.

O: A classic from Ballast point. Get over looked quite a bit from it's big brother Sculpin but this is definitely a solid alternative. Pretty classic representation of a WCIPA . Check it out.

Side note: This guy is a ton better out of tap. Bought it in a brewer sample pack and it wasn't the freshest.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Appearance - 4.50 - great looking beer, not that much head but it laces well, golden-amber, crystal clear color

Smell - 4.50 - Definitely hoppy/spicy citrusy smell. Grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, lime, pine. Not as intense as some others.

Taste - 4.50 - Definitely very hoppy, not balanced by much malt. More grapefruit, pine, orange/lemon/lime zest. Tiny bit of bready malt/caramel.

Mouthfeel - 4.75 - Great, medium carb, nice solid bitter aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

Overall - 4. 50 - Great beer, I agree that it's not as good as Sculpin. Missing the hop bite/spiciness that sculpin has. Definitely in the same league though.

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Big Eye from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,338 ratings