Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

4,284 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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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden and clear with a thick foamy head. Aroma is piney hops but with a nice sweet malt presence. I can really smell the grains in this one. This is one of the maltiest IPA's I've had. Otherwise similar to many California IPA's I've had recently. Body is full and smooth and finishes with only a slight bitter aftertaste. Bites back a little bit at the end. This is another nice IPA from Cali. I'm impressed.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, orange-amber in color with a dense, off-white head. It lingers for quite a while, leaving a clingy lace.
The aroma is sharply hoppy. Sweet & piney with a bready malt note.
Clean hop taste. Grapefruit juicy bitterness that settles in nicely. A good tasting IPA. Not overpowering and pretty well balanced.
A very refreshing beer. Medium body, lightly carbonated and very drinkable. I'd like to try some of their other offerings someday. Very solid-not mindblowing-but solid.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber color. Medium head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney and malty. A medium bodied IPA. A big, bold, hoppy west coat IPA. Hops are very prevalent, bitter, grapefruity and piney. Balanced by nutty and sweet malts. For a west coast IPA, its only slightly overbalanced towards the hops. Perhaps a touch too bitter, but a nice drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 26 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This brew has lots of lemon & grapefruit in the nose. It pours a clear golden color w/ a quickly diminishing head. Lots of hops up front that taper off to a smooth finish.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a thick, long-lasting off-white head. Great spiderweb of lac down the glass. Citric hops dominate the aroma, undergirded by a light malt sweetness and with a hint of floral hops detectable on the margins. Flavor is peppy, lots of citric hops all the way through, though the Centennial hops lend it a milder, more grapefruit-like character than some of the Cascade-based IPAs. Interesting choice in malt, too. Much more toasty than caramel, and sweetness in the beer is accordingly low. Still damn drinkable! A nice, and subtley different IPA.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good-looking copper with a decent sized off white head. The smell of Centennial hops is a very pleasant departure from the usual Cascades. It also has a slightly sweet bready smell. The taste is quite nice and complex. In addition to a bit of dough-like flavor, notes of flowery hops are present. This is a very nice IPA, and I'm looking forward to trying other Ballast Point beers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The excellent clarity of the lovely looking light brown body is a superb backdrop for the small quantity of fast rising bubbles that race to the surface.

Slightly off-white agitated head masses on top of the beery body as it is poured. The frothy entity has a short life. As it collapses to a thin bubbly covering it leaves its crusty residue on the walls of my drinking vessel.

The upper half of the empty pint glass is filled with smells of crisp freshly harvested hops and grass together with lemon tree orchards. The aromas are pungently hoppy.

Mouthfeel is wholesome, fulfilling and very smooth. Excellent carbonation lends life to this most provocative of tongue dancers.

Has a very distinctive kind of hoppiness – for it is not the usual type – it is bold but controlled, strong but well-defined, assertive but never dominating and always crisp like a freshly laundered shirt. This is a well behaved thug of an IPA.

Bitterness is the parting trademark of this IPA it lingers just long enough to remind you how damn good this India Pale Ale really is.

Expertly put together, and no Cascade Hops – A Rebel ‘with’ a Cause.

Thank Goodness that this parcel of hop heaven came in a 22 fl.oz. Bomber.

*Yet* Another West Coast Stunner from the San Diego Area.
Keep your Big Eye out for this one – it is well worth it.

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Photo of beernut7
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark golden brew with a huge spicy hop aroma. The large bitter spicy character balances the malts very well. This IPA has a flavor characteristic I have never tasted in this style before, lemon. This brew is very tasty and really is a plus for a quality brewery.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a blurb about the beer on the side of the label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear copper-orange colour with a hearty off white lace that leaves small patches all of the glass.

Smell: Fairly bristly hoppy aroma with a fruity back round, rather malty underneath the hops with hints of caramel.

Taste: Beefy medium body with a moderate carbonation and smooth and creamy mouth feel. Aggressive prickly hop bitterness with a juicy fruit character both from the hops and yeast. Suggestions of tangerines and pineapple on the tongue, caramel maltiness middle to end though has difficulty getting through the big hop presence. Hop flavour leaves an everlasting finish of raw herb and a touch of earth that helps dry in the end.

Notes: Hopped with a single variety of hop called Centennial, well structured to make for a great American IPA with an outstanding balance and drinkability.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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