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Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA
BA SCORE
4.06/5
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4,318 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,539
Reviews:
1,119
Ratings:
4,318
pDev:
9.61%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
1,144
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 4,318 |  Reviews: 1,119
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 05/17/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger dense white head. A good amount of visible carbonation. No real lacing. Head remains as a thin covering.

S: First aroma on the nose is a grapefruity/citrus hop with a sweet malt backing. Pretty good earthiness to it.

T: Good bitterness in this IPA. Much more focused on the hops as opposed to the malts. Booze is well hidden.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Perhaps a little thin but not too much so but not as nectary as others.

Overall a real tasty IPA. Love the full on hop approach. Not as full bodied or balanced as the Sculpin but I am certainly still a fan.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-orange rests beneath a creamy white head that holds quite well and leaves lots of thin, splashy lace at the outset. Limited amounts of tiny bubbles can be seen streaming to the surface through a thick, proteinaceous haze, helping to maintain its creamy white lid. The malty/fruity/piney/floral/citrusy nose is rather interesting with a combination of sweet, lightly caramel-drizzled dough; apricots; citrus rind; wild flowers; dull pine; wet earth; and dried leaves. It's quite unique, and is even reminiscent of bourbon in a way. It's gently crisp on the tongue before warming to become just slightly creamy with a medium-full body and very fine, natural carbonation (it's bottle conditioned). In the flavor, fruit appears and vanishes quickly, followed by piney hops atop a toasty, caramel-drizzled malt base. It's well-balanced by a solid bitterness, and it finishes drying with some more of its floral and citrus-rind flavors amidst a lightly sticky malt.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamSkylar
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbqnbeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass*

A- Yellow and cloudy on the bottom of glass like a wheat beer, but copper/bronze on the top of glass. The head is very soapy and foamy like a bubble bath, but retains to just a nice foamy constancy like dish soap around the top of glass. Real good lacing!

S- Huge citrus notes. Smells like grapefruit juice, but equally as malty. Not too pungent on the nose. If this is how IPAs smelled all the time, I'd be in heaven!

T- Grapefruit juice. Very citrusy hop flavor. The malty taste creates a kind of velvety texture on the tongue. The bitterness hits you in the back of the throat, but not too hard. It slowly coats the back of the throat, but finishes somewhat dry.

M- This is awesome! Big Eye is very light in mouthfeel. It is not heavy at all. Easy drinking for an IPA!

HOLY CRAP! This has to be one of my favorite IPAs, has down. This is just awesome. This juicy quality mixed with the light mouthfeel and drying finish makes this a homerun of an IPA. I'd drink the Big Eye IPA anytime of the year!

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IBUnit63
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold, crystal-clear honey/butterscotch body with semi-sparse carbonation rising to soapy, foamy dulce de leche-colored head with nice Florentine lacing.

Oh yeah - LOTS of floral and citrus (Grapefruit) hops in abundance. Sweet, oily malt is abundant in backbone.

The floral hops come up big with a bit of citrus but the caramel malt is much more abundant that with your typical standout hop bomb. Very viscous and enjoyable - sweet alcohol brings a kicker. Hops get more grassy with warmth.

Mouthfeel is a little more earthy than expected. Alcohol and carbonation tingle. A little astringency shows up, masking deep, grassy hop finish.

This is one of the good ones - a little heavy on malt and alcohol but borderline sessionable.

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Photo of VenAtta
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NT03
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmangold
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Bailey's in Levittown.Clear golden color some big particulates in it.Decent white heading that didn't stick around very long. Lively carbonation freeflowing from the bottom of the glass to the surface.

Smell from the get go has some great balance. A nice hop pop to it but a very heavy syrupy,sugar sweetness covers a more subtle fruitiness of apricots,tangerines,and oranges.

Very well balanced taste not just a simple hop bomb. Solid malt backbone of roasted ,biscuit and fruity malts. A tangerine like bitterness dancing in the background along with a slight pine sappiness.

Crisp mouthfeel with a beautiful medium body.Good carbonation,a little thick in the mouth not necessarily syrupy but not watery in anyway.

Wow an IPA with some balance. Not just a simple basic malt bill with an overhopped listing of ridiculous amounts.

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Photo of hopdog
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a darker, murky orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of stronger pine and spices. Citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and caramel in the taste as well. Sweet start with a lightly bitter finish.

Notes from 2/23/05

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Photo of rkarimi
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lard_City
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color. Mild malt and hop nose. Hoppy, sweet and malty. Very well balanced. I prefer this to Sculpin.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is poured with a nice off white head with small bubble, and the colour is a light copper. It's almost brilliantly clear. The nose on the beer is filled with floral/citrus notes. There is a bit of spiciness that carries through. A nice sweet maltiness come through as well.

Most of the flavours that come through are a toffee with a solid spiciness. A nice bit of floral notes come through later while sipping. There is a really good balance from a sweetness and floral citrus notes followed by the spiciness. This is kind of like Two Hearted where you can just drink loads of the beer. The bitterness is firm, but exactly what you'd expect in a well hopped IPA.

The mouthfeel is great. Very creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. I could drink a bunch of these beers. Quite tasty.

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Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: BE 477 14263

Deep, copper-orange hued body with a thick, sticky, frothy white head. Rich caramel-smelling sweetness combines with strong citrus and pine sap hop aroma. Excellent marriage of delicate caramel malt flavors with a gentle, fruity twang and a robust, orange and citrus hop bitterness. The body feels medium-heavy in weight with a slick, not-quite syrupy quality; mostly dry finish.

This west coast IPA offers a lot for the hop head beer fiend. The bitterness and aroma are the epicenter of this tasty brute. The malt sweetness and stickiness nicely complement the hop character. An excellent and highly recommended IPA.

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Photo of winomark
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with a thick white head.

Aroma: Lots of citrus, with malt giving a backbone.

Taste: Good spices and hoppiness throughout. Nice and crisp on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but very satisfying. Good bitterness and maltiness balance well.

Drinkability: Could drink this one all day long. Great IPA. Can't wait to try more beers from this brewery.

P.S. While drinking this, it more than once reminded me of Two-Hearted Ale from Bell's.

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Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in mid-May for $3.59.

Beer poured a copper color with a decent white head that dissapated pretty quickly. Nose is heavy on those wonderful citrus hops. Taste is pretty much like the nose, a nice healthy blast of those citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. There is a health dose of hops that actually does not overwhelm the palate llike others in the class. This is a very nice representation of the west coast ipa style.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caahare
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jucifer1818
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This one comes off with a very light amber color. A good amount of head to this one as well, with some decent staying time. 4

Smell: Sweet zombie jesus...this brew smells god. Lots of juicy topical fruits (and I swear, some fruit loops smells), mixed in with a sweet carmel malt aroma. Excellent and very bold. 4.5

flavor: mhhmmmm, this beer tastes good too....and its knows who its audience is (hop lovers that is). This beer has a strong piercing bitterness to jumps right to the point and barley tapers off. Some grape must like flavors follow up on this bitterness, which is something I personally LOVE in IPA's. A bit of fruit and citruis are present as well, but their mostly in the background. The flavor is all about the hops and that bitterness is pretty much all your going to taste. And I'm sure that most hop loves out their will like what they see. 4.25

Mouthfeel: This one comes pretty medium-of-the-road in this area...and by that I mean medium heaviness and medium carbonation. They had one job to do, make a body that facilitates the hopes (not too heavy and not with enough carbonation to cause global warming) and they did that job well. 4

Overall: I'm giving this one a 93.Its a very sharp bitter brew that has little nonsense of excess character. I does what hop lovers want it to do and it does it well. It fits the mid-sized range for beer drinkers very well, and clocks in at an affordable price and is usually not too hard to find. Its best lumped into the category I place "go too" beers. X2IPA, Maxamus, GI harvest ale, etc. All are good hoppy brews of different calibers that you can enjoy anything...and yea. You can enjoy this anytime. I highly recommend it. 4.25

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Photo of Tanktizzo
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,318 ratings
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