Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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4,285 Ratings
Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,285
Reviews:
1,113
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
222
Gots:
1,127
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,285 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of Rick_Ryan
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mlplus
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent , in my growler from Isaac's

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Photo of Critters
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tally
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of jxc5
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chubbs616
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a light IPA not too hoppy

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Photo of n2pux
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hoagzzz
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason never had this brew. Picked up a single at craft bottle shop by Oxford valley mall. Overall, very familiar taste though I can't place it. Good not great. Enjoyed it.

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

Photo of Danmullens1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrich
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle: hazy and bright amber with a quickly receding off-white head; very nice lacing on the glass. Per the brewery, this ale was bottled on the 218 day of 2014 so it has some age.

This aroma was very unique and rather dank. It is unlike any beer aroma I have encountered until I realized Stone's IPA has a remarkably similar aroma. It has been several years since I have enjoyed a Stone IPA but that aroma is unmistakable; it is almost like a tomato.

The flavor has a strong, but not very distinctive hop punch with the abrasiveness tingling on my tongue. As the ale warms, there is a nice sweet, caramel flavor that gives the ale some balance. As with the aroma, the flavor profile is unique. Unlike most American IPAs I have tried, I cannot detect any citrus or pine flavors. The aftertaste does have some faint marmalade like flavors. I am enjoying the taste profile, it just seems a little odd.

The ale has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a lingering, tangy and sweet mouth feel.

Another good ale from Ballast Point, though rather strange and unique.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zonian1
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Hazy Amber color. Creamy off white head retains well at an inch in height. Sticky webs of lacing cement themselves onto the glass.

S: Earthy. Resin. Wet leaves and dank bud. Tangerine and apricot. Toast and caramel malt base.

T: Tangerine and apricot are juicy and vibrant on the tongue. Pine and earthy bitterness is firm but gentle. Lemon pith. Passion fruit. Toast and caramel malt base. Sweet bud, pine, passion fruit, and toast on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. soft and creamy texture with a bite of fine carbonation. Astringencies lay that gripping film on the tooth enamel.

O: I really find it amazing that this beer gets no love or recognition. It's always stuck playing second fiddle to Sculpin. Most breweries would kill to have an IPA like this. Superb stuff.

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Photo of Wortman1998
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,285 ratings.
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