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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

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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Reviews: 1,102 | Ratings: 4,240
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear amber with a tall white head that lasts, leaving plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma of pineapple and toffee with a damp green leafy undertone.

Flavor profile: toasty, bready malt, toffee, and a slight hint of sour red grapes. Fruity hops, and a good amount of hop bitterness. Aftertaste of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, toffee, and leafy hops.

Medium-light body, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

This is a very tasty and drinkable IPA. It would be great out of a cask, possibly with more hops added to the barrel.

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Photo of ATPete
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pour @ Rattle & Hum

Pours a glowing, chill hazed orange color. A small peachy/off white head leaves some stickage on the imperial pint glass. Big, juicy West Coast hop aroma booms from the glass. Good balanced is achieved in the mouth while still keeping the immense hop character center stage. Oily and slick still with some ample carbonation. Very nice, the draft offering blows the bottle away, IMO.

notes taken from my IPod, 9/14/09

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Photo of MisterClean
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at total wine.

A - Poured copper orange with 3 fingers of orange-white head. Dissipates slow and left beautiful lacing.

S - Honey, grapefruit, and nectar esters.

T - Honey, grapefruit and bittering hops.

M - Medium bodied, hop dominated, and dry. There is a lingering of bitter hops.

D - Good. Bittering hops in mouthfeel was a bit much.

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Photo of bruachan
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the beer pours with an attractive merengue head. tall early and with good retention and lacing. a nice copper color, as well, from the modicum of yeasties that made the leap

gorgeous NW hop aroma; caramel sweetness; buttery; piney. all in all a fairly complex malt aroma

i have heard drinking outlandishly hoppy brews likened to licking a rusty can, and this may come close. strong bitterness: citrus and very herbal hop aspects. sweetness abounds from juicy hop (quite sweet, the hop, really) and malt alike. a bit of mint buried in herbal contributions

nice, representative IPA: mega-hopster with a decent malt backbone (a tough on the light side, but this perhaps is a function of beers with a hop schedule like this typically being a little more robust)

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Photo of jdg204
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in the mood for some hoppy brews on my latest trip to Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. After perusing the shop I came across a well rated Ballast Point offering and I decided to give it a shot.

A: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head that leaves a few shards of lace.

S: Caramel malt aroma with strong wafts of citrus and pineapple.

T: Starts with a nice blend of malty caramel and citrus fruit, with building levels of pineapple by mid-palate. Nice sweet, floral and very bitter hoppy finish (pushed the balance a twinge out of whack).

M: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation.

D: A rock solid West Coast IPA, really well put together (you can taste the San Diego influence). A very impressive first offering from Ballast Point, I can see we're gonna be good friends and I'm excited for some more offerings. The hops were just a pinch too much for the malt or else the balance would've been superb. If you're looking for a prototypical West Coast IPA, this is for you.

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Photo of egreenbery
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank on tap 8.17.09 at the S*** G*** in Northampton,MA. I don't want to slam their local competition by name, but as far as reasonable prices and attitude go, this is place for great craft brew on draft in Noho!

Pours a rusty amber color. Slightly hazy, but mostly clear---looks like a West Coast IPA, though darker than some (like Stone IPA for example). Small but long-lasting head, great lacing remaining on the side. Perfect "West Coast" citrusy aroma like you'd expect, but not extreme like some. Full of hop flavor without high bitterness, moderate malt backbone; the hops seem to dominate the taste buds here. Medium mouthfeel due to the very moderate malt character and 6.0% ABV. Extremely high drinkability; it would be easy to session the Big Eye IPA because it's so delicious, but at the same time isn't too bitter on the palate and has an alcohol level which is lower than most in its IPA class.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass. Nice orange/amber hue, with a good head. The nose was very citrusy but also had malty sweetness which hinted at good balance. This was certainly the case with the flavor; not an overpoweringly flavorful beer, but very very balanced from start to finish, between citrus/malt/hoppiness. The feel was moderately carbonated, but a little thin for an IPA. Very good session beer.

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Photo of william5586
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark golden color with a finger of fluffy head that left rings of sticky lace. This looked really good.

Nice citrus and floral hoppy smell.

Tea like malt opens up and hangs around just long enough to balance out the citrus hops very nicely. Bitter finish but it's not overpowering, and the malt finds a way to sneak back in. Very well balanced IPA.

Exceedingly smooth medium body.

The balance and the smooth mouthfeel make this beer very easy to drink.

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

I picked this one up for one reason: Sculpin. It's the closest thing we have so I want to give it a try.

Served cold in a pint glass. It pours a pretty amber red color with very good clarity and long lasting creamy white head.

Aroma is slightly sweet hoppy goodness with a heavy-on-the-citrus west coast flair.

Flavor is definately big on the hops as well. In fact, given the mild mannered aroma, the flavor is a downright kick in the mouth. Lots of pine and bitter citrus melding with an amber malt body works really well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. This beer seems to coat the mouth and stick to the teeth with hop resins. Impressively strong in flavor for a standard IPA. More like those trendy "extra" IPAs.

No date on the bottle so there's no way to tell how fresh it is. If I go by the taste alone, I would say it was bottled in the past 3 months. So much for satisfying my jones for sculpin - this beer just made me want it more.

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

Pours hazy, rusty orange in color with 2" of creamy copper tinged head. The retention is very impressive. Big chunks of pillow like foam stick around for several minutes. The chunky lacing sticks around to the finish.

The aroma gives off a nice caramel honey fragrance, with tropical citrus, and a touch of pine.

There is a strong taste of bitter, burnt caramel. The taste is not nearly as sweet as smell. The bitterness is very earthy, slightly grassy. The pine and citrus that stands out in the aroma isn't really present in the taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, yet somewhat dry. Very drinkable. The abv is relatively low for the style, making it nice to enjoy a few.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Poured bright copper-amber with a slight haze and was topped with a fairly thin, foamy, off-white head that left some sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas were of floral and citric hop with a hearty malt bill. Tastes were similar to other Ballast Point offerings - especially the biscuity malt character. Sweet up-front followed by juicy citric hop, mainly grapefruit, with plenty of piny bitterness and spiciness on the finish. Mouth-feel was medium bodied and the hop oils coat the palate well along with ample carbonation. Another well-rounded, well-balanced ale from Ballast Point!

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Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper-orange color with a nice fluffy cream colored head that sticks to the glass nicely. Good Clarity.

Smells is a touch on the malty side for and IPA...more of an English style smell.

Taste is a really nice blend of hops and malts. Almost 50-50. You get a nice bitterness in the front, and then the malt flavor kind of takes over. There is a bit of a lingering hop bitterness though.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I could definitely drink a few of these.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not good enough to be in my top 5 hoppy beers, but darn good none the less. Reminds me a bit of Loose Canon.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice caramel color, no cloudiness and bright orange in the light.

Delicious pine and grapefruit flavors from a very hoppy presence. Sweet and very flavorful. A nice change from some of the more bitter IPAs that seem to be in the IBU war.

Light Carbonation, slightly sweet aroma left my mouth feeling like it had some syrup in it, but welcome.

Hard to beat this one for the price, I will definitely be keeping this one as a steady holder in my rotation of IPA's

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Photo of chadu
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice thick pillowy egg white head. Caramelly orange tint to a slightly hazy glass.

Aroma has a nice orange like scent and pine.

A sweet cirtusy taste with some syrup base. Carbonation is light, but not overly so.

Overall a very solid hoppy IPA.

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Photo of botham
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. pours amber with gold highlights and a single finger of tight, bright white head and moderate retention and mild lacings.

aroma is of rich piney hops and a bit of citrus and some spice. a bit of caramelized sugar forms a base. the spice gets a bit more pronounced as the beer warms a bit. pleasant in the nose.

taste is mroe of the same with a sublime freshness and a wonderful hop quality. only semi-dry on the palate with a moderately bitter finish. very well put together.

mouthfeel is full bodied and semi-dry with a dry finish and aftertaste of residual piney hops. pleasant, and not too bitter.

drinkability is good. very fresh and wonderfully hopped with a great finish and piney profile. solid on the palate. cheers!

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

This poured a slightly hazy dark gold with a little off-white head. It smelled like fresh oranges and grapefruit, with honey and light caramel malt. It tasted like grapefruit, with oranges and some pineapple and copper, balanced with sweet caramel malt. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very nice IPA with great flavors. It wasn't quite as succulent or clean enough to be top tier (e.g. Sculpin), but it wasn't far off either. It had a nice body and was plenty easy to drink. This could make for a solid staple IPA.

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Photo of kels
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bottle-pour into my pint glass yields a bright, hazy copper liquid with a 1 1/2 finger white, creamy head. The head fades and retains at a thick, bubbly skim and slippery washes of white lace slide down the sides of the glass back into the beer.

Smell: Aroma is definitely sweeter and thicker than I expected. The sweetness is almost honey-like and the thickness comes from a syrupy malt presence. The hops present as lightly sweet citrus and berry fruity presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Syrup in the smell is reflected strongly in the taste. Honey and chewy, syrupy malt is really well-defined, and it is joined by a hearty graininess and bitterness that reminds me of the pith and rind of citrus. The bitterness really hangs around in the aftertaste with just a hint of the alcohol. Feel is moderate and quite sticky. Would have liked just a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Really pretty high. Very solid, fully-flavorful IPA with pleasantly low ABV.

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Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus fruits, tropical fruits such as mango, even some dark fruits like prunes and figs, grapefruit rind. Tastes of sweet caramel like malt followed by a good wave of tropical fruits. Some dark fruits with the bitterness as well as some caramel. Finishes fairly sweet with more tropical fruits.

A good beer, definitely hop forward with just enough malt backbone to counter the hops. That said, i kind of got tired of the centennial hops in this beer, really hits you over the head with the fruitiness. I appreciate the effort, just not my type of IPA.

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Photo of hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Friar Tuck Beverage in Springfield, IL. Pours a hazy orange color with an off white 2 finger foamy head which leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is of citrus hops, orange and grapefruit. The flavor matches the aroma. The taste is bitter, but there is more sweetness than I expected. There is a nice malt backbone. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, and good drinkability. I would buy this again if it were available in Minnesota.

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drink different kinds of IPAs all the time, to the point that they all run together. But the Big Eye stands out. Bronze or copper with great foam and awesome sticky lacing. The aromas consists of juicy citrus hops. The taste is better though with an awesome balance that still allows the hop bitterness to be the headliner. Sweet, but hoppy. Smooth, but sticky. Great beer, I wish it was more readily available in my area.

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Photo of jxhill
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with very little head. There are immediate grassy and fruity hops aromas. Tasted a very fruity and sweet hops flavor which I associate with heavy dry-hopping. Hop character even borders on tart, without much bitterness either in the sip or the aftertaste. Despite the intesnity of the aroma, the flavor is much lighter. Body is medium. Taste fades quickly toa bright and light aftertaste. Head dissipates, leaving little lace. Nice IPA.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Big Eye appears a hazed medium amber color with about an inch of fluffy bone white head. Aromas and flavors consist of tons of citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit, just about the right amount of caramelized malt, floral hops, some resinous pine as well. The IPA is a notch or two better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Damn my glass was empty rather quickly! Perfect drinkability and yes, it's better than Sculpin.

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Photo of aristeros
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, the color of iced tea, orange highlights. I can smell a good amount of citrus from several feet away. Also, sweet red fruit, a bit of a resinous smell from the bittering hops on the back end.

Slightly lower carbonation than most examples of this style. Sweet malt and red fruit up front. Some pineapple, some tartness, decent malt background. Interesting hop profile. Some bitterness, but on the low end for an APA.

Dry finish, medium-body. I don't like the tartness, whether it's an 'off' flavor or intentional. Otherwise, this beer'd be an 'A.'

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye see what you did there! Pours a mostly clear light amber color with a noticeable orange hue throughout. A soft white head with good retention and lacing but both did not make it through the full tasting.

The nose is along the lines of a West Coast IPA. Piney and orange hops come out with a light floral and herbal aroma. Some bready notes with a light biscuit aroma on just detectable in the back ground. Some esters, rose peddles and a hint of cloves specifically.

The taste is a bit more balanced but still scream west coast. The malt is a bit sweet up front with a bready and biscuit-esk flavor. This is quickly replaced by a noticeable grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. Some orange and more lemon herb hop. The bitterness comes out strong, almost a bit too much as it lingers into the finish. Some chalky notes are finish that leaves a odd finish. Some honey notes in the finish but nice dry finish.

The carbonation is a bit low but any more would enhance the bitterness already as is. Some astringency from the hops. Overall a good west coast ipa but just slightly off balanced. Would like more finishing and less of the bittering.

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Photo of Docer
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the OBF!

- Ever so slightly cloudy caramel, brown, amber... usual.

- Bursting with floral and citrus hop, roasty caramel... and extract.

- Citrus sweet explosion... smooth, caramel, cotton candy... sucrose... not too bad... but a bit 'extracty'.

- Sticky.... really sticky... some oil.. sweet. Gummy...

- Not too bad... love the Dorado much better now as I write this review....

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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