Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

1,106 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,106 | Ratings: 4,259
Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold. Ample head of foam.

Piney nose with some cracker like nose. Hints of lemon.

Taste matches the smell. Delightful and very approachable IPA.

On draught at Old Chicago.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color which took on more of an amber color when held to the light with a little over half a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed til the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with some fruity hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice citrus and juicy aroma with a little bit of floral hops showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some pale malts and sweet malt aromas with the sweet malts sticking out the most. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's a little too sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as sweet and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and this time they impart more of a floral aspect with citrus rinds showing up in the back ground. Up next comes some doughy yeast followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt aromas with some pale malts showing up towards the end along with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a floral and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the hop profile was as fruity as it was in the aroma.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little clean, medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was an above average example of the style, it was true to style, but it was still just a little rough around the edges. This beer had nice drinkability, I think a couple would be my limit, it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer, that it's just nice and true to style IPA. What I like the least about this beer is that the fruity hops didn't carry over from the aroma to the taste. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for an IPA and I wouldn't turn it down. I would recommend it as a solid IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer. Good job guys, this is a tasty IPA.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color was an orangish copper with limited off-white head. The flavor had a decent amount of pine on the front and an very clean finish...just not as strong of flavor or aroma as I'd like. Mouth feel was crisp, but nothing special. Not bad.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of all the IPA's I've tried, as of right now this one is by far my favorite. It has a smooth feel too it, very good flavor and stands out among the other IPA's I've tried. It's darker in color compared to most other IPA's, and is much more flavorful then the others I've tried. Definitely a good buy if you're looking for a good flavorful IPA.

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Photo of Finkline
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Smooth for an IPA and a great flavor. The only problem I have with this beer is that it doesn't have much chance of me drinking it if there are Sculpin or grunion flavors around. I would still grab it ahead of about 90+% ahead of other IPA's

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ballast Point shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear copper colored body sits under a thick froth of light cream colored head, great head retention with sheets of wicked lacing.

Aroma: Cedar, spicy hops, faint white pepper, hints of tropical fruit sweetness.

Taste: Much like the aroma, this is a spicy, woody affair with a bitter grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: A little on the heavy side, sticky.

Overall: Not exactly a refreshing one, this. Very woody and spicy.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange body, fluffy off-white head, lots of lacing.

S - The front is pine and pith, with a hint of citrus flesh on the back.

T - Follows the nose, with distinct threads of grapefruit and orange flesh, a hit of pith, and oils, then a middle of honeyed malts, thin and mild, closing with a strong bitter turn, punchy and suggesting aspirin.

M - Mild carbonation, light body, and a definite but mild drying in the close.

O - A rock solid IPA, prickly but full of flavor and vigor.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles from within. There's a half inch of beige head resting on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is of lightly piney hops and light malt. The taste is very in line with the aroma. Light amounts of piney hops and light biscuit malt is very much in balance. The mouth is lightly sticky and very dry.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber-orange body, clear except for some small debris floating around, slightly tan dense malleable head. Nose is standard IPA; citrus fruit, good balancing malt. Flavor is good but boring; balanced bitter hops like orange and grapefruit, sourdough malt. Neither overly bitter nor malty. Body is great, on the fuller side, crisp and quenching.
The balance and feel are the best features; actual flavor/nose is good but doesn't stand out in any way.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very resinous and grassy IPA, not citric nor fruity, very nice hop character. Aroma and taste are hoppy with an english twist. I really liked it.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Looks of an orange/amber colour with a quickly dissipating off white head. Smells of hops with a hint of friut. Tastes come through that are more fruity than citrus. GroƟ Bier! Prost!

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Beer. Cant say that enough, this one especially surprised me, even being from Ballast Point. For a "regular" IPA this out does the rest. If you can afford it, don't think twice. Enjoy

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look-It pours a relatively clear orange-golden color with a foamy head that leaves sticky persistent lacing even after the head settles.

Smell-It smells brilliantly of fruits like apricot and peach tampered with a strong malt backbone.

Taste-It tastes like it smells with the hoppy bitters tampered with strong citrus notes of fruits like apricot, clementine, and peach. The malts are strong, but not quite overwhelming thanks in part to the carbonation, alcohol content (7% ABV) and the hops. It is definitely a medium-bodied brew with a chewy and rich flavor that is almost sticky.

Overall-I like this beer, but it was a tiny bit on the sweet side for my likes. I do think that this is a world class beer as the Bros have said, but at the moment I prefer something a bit more tampered.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a one finger white head. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits, pine, resin. Taste follows with big citrus up front followed by orange, orange marmalade, pine, resin, grass, and earth. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, and a bit oily. Overall a very good west coast ipa. I like this better than sculpin and just about equally with grapefruit sculpin.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange with a tan head that leaves its jack frost patterns all the way down after each sip.

S - Citrus, piney, juicy fruit, earthy.

T - Hop forward, big citrus flavors met by an equal malty back bone, caramel malts, and a dank and slightly resinous finish.

O -Another solid offering from BP, but IMO, not as tasty as the flag ship sculpin and especially not the Grapefruit sculpin.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really solid and definitive example of an IPA. A little bit of a pine taste, but far from dominating. The hops are what really shine here, and it's very reminiscent of the better west coast IPAs.

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Photo of Bearman1
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an amazing beer in early 2014. A really present floral flavor that just knocked other IPAs out of the water. They must have moved to a cheaper hops because the current incarnation has no floral notes and pretty much tastes the same as any other decent IPA.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 5 - nice dark orange amber clear color, white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - 4 - Nice earthy hop smell, light citrus, pine, bready notes in the background.
T - 4 - Nice earthy and citrusy hop flavors, grapefruit, pine, bready notes in the background
M - 4 - medium mouth feel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is earthy hops and grapefruit.
O - 4 - Nice Ipa. Not as good as Sculpin, but I think that's mostly because it's a different IPA. Leans more towards a good take on a British ipa as opposed to a straight American IPA.

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Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark golden pour and settles a transparent amber in the glass. A thin lacing of off-white foam formed on top but quickly dissipated. Modest nose but pleasant. Notes of pine, hops, juicy citrus, and malt. The taste follows. No huge flavors here, but again notes of pine and citrus dominate. There's a mild hop bitterness up front that intensifies as it warms on the palate. Little malt initially, but some bready notes shine through once the beers warms a little. Decently smooth, though not all that creamy. Not bad. Not nearly as good as Sculpin, but better than Dorado.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - Dark amber colored brew with a bright white foam atop.
S (4.25) - Nice little hop aroma here. Nothing in particular stands out, just a well balanced potpourri.
T (4) - Tastes okay. It's a nice tasting IPA, but nothing stands out. Fairly well balanced with respect to hop/malt.
F (4) - Easy drinking beer. Nothing weird in the carbonation or astringency or anything.
O (4) - I've had a few BP beers now and this one is a solid offering of theirs. It's good, not great. I'd drink it again, but I don't need it to be in my regular or semi-regular rotation.

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Photo of ClaudeHenrySmoot
2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

L- Pint glass via bottle. Crisp, clear(ish) amber. More browns than the reds that I usually associate with the color amber.

N- Average citrus and floral notes upon pour, but were muted as soon as the head settled. Difficult to zero in on distinct notes at that point but found balanced mute floral notes.

T- Super-soft, balanced florals that aren't in every drink. No unordinary, nor distinct back-end that one's Busch Light-drinkin' cousin doesn't experience after a 12pack of The Mountains.

Overall- Very middle of the road...which could also be synonymous with balanced. No overpowering nose, no overpowering ingredient in its taste, so yes...awesomely balanced. Good beer. I would likely ease aforementioned relative into, as he labels them, *hipster beers with this left coast staple.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Somewhat cloudy honey gold color with thin white head that climbs the glass at the end of the pour. Good retention. S: Sweet malts, lemongrass and floral notes. T: Big pine resin and grapefruit. Nice hop bite but extremely well balanced. Rolls across the tongue very nicely. F: Very smooth and clean. O: Great example of an outstanding American IPA. Definitely meets all the criteria of a top tier brew.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great cloudy Amber color with a lasting white head. Piney malty smell. Great balance between malt and pine with some floral and pine hops with some fruit tartness. Medium body with creamy feel and medium carbonation. Great beer!

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Yada, yada, yada, I know a bunch of adjectives, this is a simply outstanding IPA. A bargain even at $10.99 a six pack. The color is outstanding. The coppery amber going on with this is pleasing in every way. The taste says, "Pine coming at a in a big, bitter way ... but, I'm going to be real, real cool about it." I dare say this is the best IPA I know of that doesn't come in a big bottle with a big price tag.Highly recommended.

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

Ballast Point is not all Sculpin. Hops - forward IPA. Wonderful from the bottle when away from the taps. This is a great choice for a lazy afternoon off. Taste, lace, smell, fell are for numbers. This beer is for drinking.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,259 ratings.
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