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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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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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Photo of supercolter
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was not an IPA that I got really crazy about.
I don't think I appreciate the separation of flavors that some IPA's such as this have. I am all for complexity, however this beer smells and tastes like sweet caramel, mixed with dried biscuits- and then almost immeadiately kills this flavor with an attempt at creating an IPA with only Centennial Hops. Not all that impressed for the most part. However, I did raise my scores a bit as I realize this is partially a preferance within a style.

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

Pours medium amber into my tulip with a fingers worth of white head that disappears after about a minute and leaves fine lacing. Smells of bright citrusy hops with a nice sweetness in the rear. The first sip reveals a very well-hopped brew, with more pine notes shining through than citrus. A pleasant hint of alcohol comes towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light, with adequate carbonation that lends to the drinkablitlity of this nice offering.

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

Had this last night from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Solid, fluffy, 2-inch white head on top of a very appealing orange-copper brew. Pretty IPA for sure.

Smell: Citrusy, aromatic hops dominate the nose with a very mild plum or raisin undertone. The character of the smell develops as it opens up as well, opening to a bit more herbal scents as well.

Taste: Slight pine with an oily, hoppy, and citrusy taste that eventually gives way to a bit of the malts, but finishes on the swallow with more hops due to the oily texture. Bitter, but not quite in DIPA territory, but solid, tasty, and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a wetter beer, as the flavors coat the tongue with a thick and heavy coat of hop oil amongst solid carbonation. I know this isn't some people's cup of tea, but I really dug it and loved the resiny coating.

Drinkability: Slows a bit on the finish due to the thick and resiny nature but still very drinkable. I really liked this beer, more than I was expecting I would. I have the Sculpin from BP in my fridge too and if that's much better than this (which all indications are that it is supposed to be) I'm really in for a treat. Solid beer, tasty from start to finish, and a great example of a San Diego IPA.

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

Pours a clear bright orange with a huge gchunky offwhite head with staying power. Leaves a nice chunky lace.

Big citrus aroma that reaks of oranges. slightly piney, with a hint of bubblegum. Sweet toasty toffee aromas come from beneath the hops.

Tastes like it smells. Big tangy oranges with a hint of pine/bubblegum. A tasty light toffee and bread malt character really pushes the hops forward. Floral bitter resinous aftertaste.

Med bodied, dry, a bit sticky, nicely carbonated, very smooth

For such a hoppy beer, not as much bitterness as other big IPAs, lots of late additions of centennial hops without a lot(an excessive ammount) of early boiling hops. Malts are tasty and balanced for its purpose: to showcase the centennial hops. Which it does to great effect. This is one Big Orange hoppy IPA. Very drinkable and delicious. I could drink this one for breakfast...

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

Purchased as a single from Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a bright clear orange color with a small head that never completely disappears. The small amount of head that is there leaves behind huge sheets of lacing with each swallow.

S: It has a very nice nose. It has big citrus aromas that seems to be predominately made of orange. There is a bit of pine in the aroma as well as hints of caramel malt.

T: The caramel malt gives it a bit of an initial sweetness that does not last long at all. Waves of bitter malt flavors sweep it away quickly. Just like the aroma, the main flavor seems to be of orange with a bit of pine resin along for the ride. The finish is just a little too far on the bitter side to be as enjoyable as it could be for me.

M: The feel is extremely smooth and the body is medium for the style.

D: The over the top bitterness that was around in the beginning seems to calm down as the session progresses. Once that diminishes the beer starts to disappear quickly.

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Photo of mwa423
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in trade with kmurray8621, 12 oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A - The color is a hazy red/brown with a a two finger head that almost overflowed in the glass. The head stuck around for a good amount of time.

S - Hoppy, citrus and lots of pine

T - The taste wasn't nearly as much hop as I expected. More malty sweetness then hop bite. Exceptionally well balanced.

M - Good, but nothing to write home about, goes down easily enough.

D - It's not the best IPA I have had but eminently drinkable

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.
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