Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

1,110 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Reviews: 1,110 | Ratings: 4,277
Photo of gmfessen
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a beautiful orange-red color with a two finger, frothy off-white head. The smell is a wonderful perfume of American hops. Lots of citrus present; lemons, oranges, grapefruit and pineapple all come to mind, also some grassy pine. The taste is a floral bouquet of hops, balanced nicely with a biscuity, slightly toasted malts. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky smooth carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent IPA, not overboard on hops but satisfying and drinkable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very typical dark amber IPA color with a nice half inch of foam that turns into a nice ring of lace.

S - Very solid pine and citrus like hops with a nice malt.

T - Wow is that balanced! The flavor of the bitter hops is is balanced by a sweet malt. I find it less dry than most IPA's I usually drink and it masks the ABV well without being too hoppy. Loved it.

M - Very light to medium. Enjoyable to drink.

D - Yes and please more! I have not had many IPA's this smooth and hopefully had this fresh but I am loving the flavor and bite. I will probably make this a regular.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd review as the first was from a bottle, this one is a growler

A: Clear copper color with a nice off white head and moderate lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma and fruity sweetness is present. Mild pine, malty underneath the hops with hints of caramel.

T&M: Medium bodied with very smooth feel. Hop bitterness with nice, mildly sweet citrus hops taste. Hop flavor leaves a nice earthy taste and dry finish.

Excellent IPA. Fresher is always better, but the bottle was very good also. This growler is definitely smoother. Taste is a bit better due to the balance of hops and malts. Great quality and I almost prefer the taste of the Big Eye to the Sculpin. I'll need to try them side by side to determine my preference. This might be a while since both may never be on tap at the same time :( At least in this area!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden amber colored body was filled with fine carbonation bubbles. The head formation was one finger thick and foamy. The aroma was full of pine straw and grapefruit peels, and was very inviting. The taste was full of grapefruit, with a massive dose bitterness. The finish was spicy and herbal, as the hops never let up. The body was a hair on the lighter side of medium dense, and the aftertaste was a little boozy. Ballast Point beer just started showing up locally, and this was fine first taste.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a mostly clear orange-amber color. The tall, foamy head is of medium density, with a light amber tint. Retention is very good, and excellent lacing sticks to the glass.

S: The faintest caramel sweetness tops a primarily pale maltiness. Very citrusy hop notes of orange juice/lemon oil are prominent, but there's also an underlying grassy/herbal character present to provide some depth.

T: Very faint caramel - this is mostly a sugar cookie-ish pale malt profile. Hop bitterness is firm but not bracing. Prominent notes of orange and lemon, with fainter grapefruit. There's also a definite grassy/herbal undertone - perhaps from dry hops?

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is extremely smooth and supple. Some oily hop presence precedes a fairly dry finish. A well-done mouthfeel overall.

D: A very enjoyable, extremely well-brewed IPA. Centennial and Columbus work extremely well here to provide a big citric presence with a nice herbal/floral secondary note. I'd been reluctant to pick one up here on the East Coast because I wasn't sure how fresh it would be, but this is excellent beer.

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Photo of patoakes7
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice reddish amber almost copper in color. Nice lacing through the entire glass. Poured a finger and half head and stayed nicely through the beer.

S-Hints of citrus and pine. Very great refreshing floral aroma.

T- Taste derives alot from the nose with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and piney finish. Not alot of booze but you know it there. Love the hop flavor in Big Eye. Dry Finish

M- Pretty thick for an IPA but not in a bad way. Leaves the mouth dry.

D-Have loved this IPA for awhile, one of my favorites. Its got the perfect bite I look for in an IPA

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Photo of joecast
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

enormous off white head that may be as dense and firm as i have seen, with a glowing orange color.
smells just like a bowl of diced peeled oranges. now i know what others mean when they describe the citrusness of centenial.
feels like drinking orange juice as you lift the glass. just plain mouthwatering.
the bitterness hits strongly right up front but its not harsh. almost manages to overshadow any maltiness at all, but that manages to find its way out.
by the end of the bottle, some dryness comes out a bit. the finish though always seems very crisp.
one of my new favorite ipa's. the centenials really are the strong point of this, and i like it.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper color with nice long lasting white head. Smells of pineapples, mangos & other citrus like fruit with a tinge of pineness. Has a sweet smelling, sticky hop aroma to it that's also noticeable in the taste. A little too sweet for me. Wish it was a tad more balanced in bitterness. It's rather light & drinkability is good but I think the sweetness would limit me to only a few of these at a time. A nice IPA, but I think this one's not in the upper echelon.

Re-reviewed from notes on 9/8/11 after buying a bottle fresh from the Home Brew Mart. My scores reflect a change from previously. Fresh from the brewery, this is one of my favorite IPAs:

-pours amber with hop particles suspended, otherwise clear.
-smells very piney, spicy, peppery.
-hoppy taste, bitter, resin-like.
-caramel malts, slightly syrupy-like due to the sticky sweet hop complexity.
-overally - an excellent IPA!!!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bright orange hue with brilliant clarity. About a finger of off white head.

tropical fruit on the nose. dried papaya, hints of pineapple and grapefruit with a bit of citrus. some dried mango as well.

Not an in your face IPA but rather a simple and damn tasty one. Medium mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Goes down real easy and is super refreshing. Some sweet malt gives life to the dried fruit flavors of the hops. Ends semi-flowery with a nice underlying yet balancing bitterness. Really really good. This IPA takes the classic west coast flavors of an American IPA while presenting them in a subtle and super drinkable english-style. Unique, amazingly balance, super flavorful, and dangerously chuggable. That's what makes a damn good beer.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really taken back by how good this beer was. First pint out of the keg it was ridiculously fresh. Poured nice and copper, 2 fingered head. Tons of lacing on the way down.

Smell was a nice mix of pine and citrus. Mouthfeel was very nice with an amazing blast of fresh fruity hop goodness. I could drink a lot of these. One of the better IPAs I have had in a long time.

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Photo of delta490
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- deep amber/gold with a big creamy white head that lasts throughout. Big lacing.
S-big citrus, pine, and floral notes. Awesome smell.
T-similar to aroma but a little bit subdued by comparison. This isn't a bad thing. The malt backbone holds up well to the big hops.
M-smooth with just a hint of hops oily-ness.
O-awesome IPA

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, nice amber in color. Loads of carbonation. A pleasant, creamy two fingers of head coats the glass in foamy lacing. Brilliant thus far. Deep grapefruity-hoppy arromas dance around the glass and fall into your nose. This has a fruitier, sweeter aroma than most West Coasters of the IPA-suasion. I love this. This is top notch, hop heady ale thus far. Even some warmer, rounder, more muted aromas like almond. Awesome. Oh wow, the pineapple and grapefruit notes in the flavor just blast off. There is also some other, more nuanced notes tap-dancing around on your tongue. This is world class beer. One of the best I've ver had. Unique and complex, hoppy like a Left-Coaster should be. It would take all day to pull out all the interesting flavors that are in this. It';s like trying one beer, then another and saying "If I could take this and this out of these two, you'd have a fantastic beer!" Well, that fantastic beer is this beer. I'm gonna have to try their Sculpin, because people swear by that one, but this is to Sculpin what Blind Pig is to Pliny - probably the better of the two beers, after all is said and done. This is likely one of the three or four best IPAs I've ever had. Drinkable to a fault, most could get well hammered off a bunch of pints of this. At $10.99/sixer it's also decently priced. Find this beer at all costs folks, it's worth every penny.

What I like most: Everything - I can't find fault in it.

What I like least: Nothing.

Verdict: World class IPA and one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a thick fluffy off white head. The head has orange tints in it. It fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a pleasent grassy hop aroma. It has a slight lemon citrus aroma also. It has a very slight piney aroma.

This beer has a very good grassy flavor. It has just a touch of citrus in the flavor. It has avery slight bready malt flavor, but only just a little.

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a grassy aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would be a great session beer. It is not overly high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is not aggressive. Also it tastes great. This is a very fine beer from the Balast Point guys. I am surprized it took me so long to review it.

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Photo of blackie
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Go Pack

appearance: Pours a light khaki one finger head, pretty fluffy and persistent. Nice retention after the initial recession, even some nice lacing. The beer is the color of polised old copper.

smell: Love it. Biiig tropical, pine, and floral hop aroma with a worthy caramel-apple malt backbone. The hop aroma in itself is complex, and the malt compliments perfectly with a moderate caramelized sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is really smooth, just around or under medium...and the body a full medium. Maybe heavy for the style, but it works really well for me.

taste: Really nice malt/hop balance going on. Tropical fruit hop flavors abound, just barely getting the edge on the caramel malt. Some floral notes and sappy pine astringency, but the hops are primarily tropical. Moderate-high bitterness in the finish. Love an IPA big on both hops and malt.

drinkability: quite easy, highly recommended...doesn't seem to have gotten much love recently for some reason

from nvsblman in Get Bombed

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Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 5/26 blind ipa tasting

pours light copper orange 1 finger head that left lacing

smell is big pine - my kind of ipa

taste was pine upfront then grapefruit hops - i did not pick up any malts at all but i didnt mind

mouthfeel - the pine hops sting the mouth plent of carbonation crisp finish for a medium body beer

drinkability - just what i look for in an ipa pine which might kill you taste buds but that what i like

over this beer finished tied for 3rd in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye=Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min=AlphaKing-Hdevil

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Photo of happybear
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head with sticky lacing

S: Hops, hops, hops. Grassy/pine.

T: Hoppy, grapefruit and pine notes. Very big flavored.

M: Crisp with a sticky mouthfeel

D: Drinkable and very addicting

Enjoyed at the Irish Pol in Philadelphia. Excellent offering from the West Coast and consistent with big hop beers. If you are sampling beers, make this last. I sampled a Hopdevil and Double Bastard after a few of these and could not taste either one of those.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a mason jar.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange color with fluffy white head that left some webbed lacing.

S- Huge pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach and mango, some malt sweetness, and light pine notes. This smells like a classic West Coast IPA.

T- Big pungent grapefruit notes, lots of peach, mango, and orange citrus hop notes. Quite a bit of sweet caramel malt note, finishes with some piney hops notes, and finishes with high bitterness.

M- Very smooth, soft carbonation, very dry, refreshing, and medium body.

O- This is an awesome West Coast IPA. I actually thought I was getting a Sculpin when I saw Ballast Point IPA on the beer menu and I will say this is definitely in the same league as Sculpin.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, cloudy, dark honey. A light amount of off-white head.

Smell: That sweet smell of alcohol mingling with strong hops and thick malt. This smell is nearly perfect. The smell makes me think of IPAs with far more alcohol than is actually here. I think the alcohol scent carries along with the strong hops and thick malts. It clings to my nose and lingers on my breath like menthol--very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm...I love IPAs with a silky and lightly syrupy maltiness underneath. The hops have a good range, but sit a little high-pitched, which helps balance out the sweet malt. There's almost a roasty aftertaste how the malt and the hops work together. Very pleasant citrus and sweet flavors.

Drinkability: Wonderful. This beer is incredibly packed with flavor. There's quite a bit going on with this one. I really wish I had more around so I could keep experiencing it.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful deep golden yellow and with a decent head after storing the beer in the growler for ten days.

S: Extremely hoppy. There are a decent amount of caramel tones to the nearly perfect aroma.

T: Very bitter and maybe a little bit too bitter. Ballast Point definitely has a near perfect balance in this beer with the caramel and citrus undertones present in this beer.

M: There was excellent carbonation despite storing in a growler for 10 days. The retention could be a tiny bit heavier but it is still very good.

O: If you have the opportunity to try this definitely do. Personally, I think that this is the best IPA that Ballast Point produces, better than Sculpin IPA.

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Photo of richkrull
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks a lot man.

Poured a rich copper color with quite a bit of beige head on it. Great lacing as well.

Smell is malty at first with the hops coming through to spice it up.

Taste is very balance with a great bitter spicy hop flavor throughout. Really good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Smooth easy drinking beer.

I really enjoyed this beer. I wish it was available in Wisconsin. Luckily I can trade for it from the great BAs on this site.

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Photo of MohaBeer
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ambar claro con transparencia, buena espuma y adherencia. Lúpulo pináceo moderado alto, malta maltoso caramelo moderado, notas herbáceas, cárnicas, prosciutto, mantequilla suave, jamón serrano. En boca lúpulo de amargor moderado alto, malta maltoso caramelo moderado, notas cárnicas ahumadas, jamón serrano, prosciutto, lúpulo pináceo moderado y ligeras notas a ceniza. Final cárnico-lupulado pináceo prolongado sin astringencia, buena carbonatación y cuerpo medio. Excelente cerveza!

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Photo of jwc215
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber with a thick white head that descends to a thin creamy cover, leaving lacing on the glass.

The smell is of floral and citric rush on the nose - gotta love those Centennial hops! Very aggressive with toffeeish notes way in the back.

The taste is - well...not that's an IPA! Juicy, bitter citric and floral hops tied together with a sweet toffee maltiness. Very nice use of a single hop - Centennial - no complaints here! Finishes with a well-controlled bitterness.

Full-side of medium-bodied and creamy with a lingering aftertaste of tangerine.

If I could drink this all day I'd be a happy man!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to nvsblman for this brew for the BA Anny Club. It looks like me and blackie had the same idea!

Pours with a one inch head. A little light in color for an IPA and a huge smell of citrus hops which both remind me of Nugget Nectar. Tastes like a true West Coast hop bomb with a dominant citrus taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is very drinkable. Top notch IPA.


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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 Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very resinous and grassy IPA, not citric nor fruity, very nice hop character. Aroma and taste are hoppy with an english twist. I really liked it.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,277 ratings.
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