Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 BethanyB
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A swirling flurry of bubbles create a substantial, fluffy off-white head which rests atop a clear body of light copper.

Smell: The bouquet is a tad light for the style, but has some interesting qualities. On top of the expected C-hops, a pinch of nutmeg makes this smell a bit like a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness highlighting grapefruit and resin. Grainy toasted malt plays a supporting role that gets a quick moment in the spotlight in the finish. As the beer warms, a drip of caramel can be detected towards the beginning of each sip.

Mouthfeel. Dry finish with lasting bitterness tap dancing on the tongue and roof of mouth. Medium carbonation is just the right amount--more, and this IPA would be on pins and needles. Medium-light body keeps things crisp and refreshing, disguising the 7% ABV.

Overall: Refreshing and balanced, this is a strong IPA for true hop heads, but a bit sharp for those not yet sure of all IPAs. It's classic and traditional, but too well-made to be boring. A stronger aroma would render it excellent.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Typical of Ballast Point, I can't read the bottling date code.

L- Medium amber, great clarity, two finger slightly off white head.

S- Typical Centennial notes of orange and floral and a slight sort of Fruit Loop character that I get from fresh Two Hearted.

T- Similar to aroma, orange and floral, medium bitterness, floral and bitter orange on the finish.

F- Medium, good carb, good drinkability.

O- Very nice IPA, comes as close as Founders Centennial does at being a Two Hearted clone.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a one-head finger with a beautiful clear dark amber color.

The smell is quite subtle, with notes of malt and hops. With some pine and citrus in there. The taste follows suit. The pine is noticeable immediately, with the hops developing over time. Both the feel and the carbonation are quite light.

This beer hardly blew me away, but it's a well-balanced and enjoyable IPA. Paid $11 for a six-pack.

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

Well let me just say that this one has a flavor to it that i did not really expect. I can't really describe it or don't know exactly what it is but i will just say that it's probably malt mixed in with grapefruit. These two take over this beer and you can run but you can't hide from them when you are drinking it. It's not bad but it's so there that it could be a turn off sometimes. I gave it a 3 because it's worth trying at least one time and .5 for originality. I don't think i will be getting this again though but it was fun drinking it for the most part.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a mostly clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head. Solid toffee and bready caramel maltiness with plenty of earthy pine and hints of citrus. Solid old school IPA.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one surprised me but then again I am not sure why as Ballast Point continues to do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Didn't check the canned date but fresh and clean for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was comped a sixer of this stuff, and was really looking forward to trying it. poured from a can into a snifter, appears somewhat transparent, dark orange, with a thick head - decent retention and some nice lacing clings to the glass. While the scent was nice with two fingers of head present, I cant say I really enjoyed the nose at all after the head receded. Noticeable malt flavor with bitter hops and resinous pine - not much in the way of citrus scent or taste which was disappointing because I love IPAs with a 'tropical' character. although its a pretty good beer, it doesnt stand out in any way, and overall it just isnt the style of IPA I prefer. that being said, some other people may enjoy this style more, for me its decent - but it wouldnt justify a $15 price tag.

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2.46/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Not my choice.
I didn't like the malt. I thought i was getting an ipa that i would love. Instead i hated it.
Looked good in glass. Felt good in mouth. But the horrible aftertaste is a turn off. .wanted to love it. Alcohol taste and weird aftertaste is enough to have me give it away and regret my purchase of this 6 pk

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Photo of WeedWolf
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12oz to a pint.
Pours a clear light copper with medium head and slight retention.
Smells like a classic West Coast IPA (grapefruit, citrus and pine) with a noticeable Malt quality.
Tastes like the smell. Not as bitter or dry as there Sculpin. Has more balance between the Malt and hop profiles.
Feel is decent but lacking anything special. Slightly watery but sticky in the finish.
Overall another fine West Coast example. Slightly basic by today's standards but holds up well enough in my opinion. Could have used a little more body but still very decent! Bottled on date would also be nice.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with little head. Smell is a bit funky, with caramel notes. Taste is full, a bit alcohol forward, but in a good way. Some pine bite on the finish. A 180 degree change from Scalpin, but very good - excellent in it's own right.

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

Pours a clear honey amber color. Smells of juicy hops, grapefruit rinds, small bready scents, and slight pine scents. Taste reflects the smell with more grapefruit rind flavors, resiny flavors, slightly bready flavors show themselves here and there, with a small alcohol flavor at the end of each sip. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with sufficient carbonation that makes this pleasant to drink. A minor alcohol warmth presents itself at the end of each sip. Overall, this is a very good beer with good hops characteristics that are better in the taste than the scents.

Criminally underrated due to being overshadowed by Sculpin. Give this a try, it's a nice beer.

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Photo of mnrider
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a medium amber with a slight reddish tint. Mostly clear with one finger of
light tan head. Nice retention with a small amount of lacing.

S: Pine. Pungent. Biscuits. Malt. Spices.

T/M: Hops. Pine. Bitter. Dry. Spicy. Some chewy malts. A little citrusy. Medium bodied
with a faint alcohol feel. The finish is hoppy and dry.

O: Great IPA. Big hoppy taste. Love the pine and spices. Well made nothing fancy beer.


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another bood IPA offering by Ballast point. A nice brilliant orange color with a decent off white, bubbly head. Hops galore with a decent balance malt, but favoring the hops.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty good beer. Nice dark color, taste not overly hoppy, slight bitter taste, smooth drinking. Overall a decent IPA. Would drink again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled o August 20, 2015.

I drank it right after the Dorado DIPA and it is a good way to compare.

Handsome medium amber and modestly heady pour.

This one has more of a caramel malt essence with a vibrant but not overpowering pine hop sensation.

The body is in the medium mouthfeel range.

I enjoy this one for its quick malt sweetness even though the hops are the thing and they roll in with a vengeance to finish it off with a moderately lingering bitterness.

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Photo of rjd722
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA from Ballast Point! Poured from a can into my spiegelau glass, formed a big, frothy white head that dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Deep, hazy amber color. Dank, floral/citrus aroma - very pleasant, as the beer warms some malt comes through. Taste is piney with hints of citrus and even some rye. Leaves a very bitter coating on your tongue, exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA. I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle
L - surprising rich amber color, 1/2 inch white foam
S - malt, hops, pine, sweetness
T - First sip was malty, bitter, lots of pine, mellowed out as I drank it
F - Smooth, medium body, well carbonated
Gets better and better as you drink it

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep clear copper and a beautiful creamy white head.
S - Caramel, malt, hops and a slight citrus tone.
T - Orange peel, lime, hops. Bitter aftertaste.
F - Fresh, smooth, medium.
O- Great, would definitely have more in the future.

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Photo of Preisman
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep hazy amber with an off white head that lasts
S: Citrus, pines and a slight fruity aroma
T: Strong pine hop flavor, some caramel taste at the end, slight citrus flavor as well
M: Medium body, slightly carbonated, smooth at first and a nice bitterness that lingers.
O: Strong, bold flavor that lasts. Smells great. I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't think Ballast Point is capable of brewing a bad beer. They continue to impress and this one is no exception. Big nose......fruity/floral. The taste follows w/ big fruity notes, some floral and some grassy pine. Thoroughly enjoyed!!!!

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Photo of milehighhop
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great IPA from Ballast Point! A little darker than most IPAs I've had, nice thick head after pouring it into a snifter. A good taste of pine + nice hops, really enjoyed it. Haven't been disappointed buying any Ballast Point yet.

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Photo of fank2788
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This is a slightly hazy reddish copper in color, a swift pour yields a two finger thick head of nice small off white bubbles. The smell is spot on for an IPA with a good dose of pine and resiny hops. There is also a bit of herbal and citrus in there as well and a touch of sweet malt but the hops take the lead. Those hops also take the lead in the taste. They bring a good dose of bitterness that is just about balanced by the malt but it is quite clear that this is an IPA. The finish is tingly with a lingering bittterness that just holds on until the next sip. The body of this beer is medium with a good dose of carbonation and overall this is a surprisingly drinkable beer given the heavy dose of IPA bitterness. This is a very nice beer, maybe not as good as Sculpin from the same brewery but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Appearance: Deep amber with a thick white head. Aroma: Grassy and hoppy notes. Taste: Big and bold hop flavors upfront. Aftertaste: Slightly peppery with a hoppy bite. Overall: Solid and consistent offering. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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

Floral and grassy hops in the aroma. Taste is very balanced, sweet at first but the hops kicks hard at the end and continue to linger in the aftertaste. Medium body with creamy head. Really nice floral and resiny IPA.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of forward pine hop on the nose. Crystal clear pour with a slightly hazy quality.

Big mat backbone support the hop forward aspects. Nose is nice with what feel like a lot of wet hopping effects. Nice, solid, all around IPA.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,226 ratings.
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