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Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

1,092 Reviews
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Mondiale 2008. Some citrus aroma and citrus taste. A good representative American IPA, but also another and similar American IPA. Lacey, after well drinking through its orangey coloured body.Some astringencey yet satisfying.Yet a beer I did not and would not seek out again.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours rich gold with thick creamy head. Lots of lacing adorn the side of the glass as the head subsides.

S - Lots of citrus in the nose, lemon peel, tart apple, citronella candle

T - Crisp tartness slaps you in the tastebuds. A Hint of caramel sweetness follows. Alot of orange pith on the back of the tongue, with the tart apple closing before the swallow

M - Nice refreshing carbonation, not as creamy as the head wants you to believe.

O - Great beer, the citronella candle thing is kinda confusing. It comes into play in the aroma and also in the taste. Not unpleasant. Definitely work seeking out.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color which took on more of an amber color when held to the light with a little over half a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed til the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with some fruity hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice citrus and juicy aroma with a little bit of floral hops showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some pale malts and sweet malt aromas with the sweet malts sticking out the most. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's a little too sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as sweet and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and this time they impart more of a floral aspect with citrus rinds showing up in the back ground. Up next comes some doughy yeast followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt aromas with some pale malts showing up towards the end along with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a floral and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the hop profile was as fruity as it was in the aroma.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little clean, medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was an above average example of the style, it was true to style, but it was still just a little rough around the edges. This beer had nice drinkability, I think a couple would be my limit, it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer, that it's just nice and true to style IPA. What I like the least about this beer is that the fruity hops didn't carry over from the aroma to the taste. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for an IPA and I wouldn't turn it down. I would recommend it as a solid IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer. Good job guys, this is a tasty IPA.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle to HFS sniffer

A: Golden to brown honey colored with some thin white head that leaves a thick white lacing. It is almost completely clear translucent as much as an ipa can be.

S: There are definitely hops in there, but there seems to be a lot more mal then i expected comparing this to the scalpen this is much less balanced smelling as the sweetness of the malt is much more powerful and the dominant smell in this case.

T: follows the nose in terms of the malt the taste is almost completely malt dominant not what I was I what expecting at all as I always look for hops in a IPA and here they are almost non existent with a little bit of bitterness in the finish though other then that nothing there. i really do not think I will ever understand the malt forward ipa. it really isn't that bad just not to style in my opinion at all.

M:The feel is really oily to the point were it almost slides down your throat, but smooth is not a word that I would use to describe it. There is a little carbonation but not much as well as a little bit of resin but not enough to hang around to complement the bitterness.

O: This is a decent malt forward ipa, I hate malt forward IPAs that being said I did not hate this beer but it definitely was not my favorite. If malty ipas are your thing then give it a try but if you have some dick throw in two big eye's in your scalapen six pack without you noticing before you got home you have the right to be pissed off.

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3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Carlos for this brew.

Pours to a hazy prange amber body with a fuzzy off white head with full bubbles that last a couple of minutes. Leaves nice lace as it fades. Nose has a lot going on with notes of pine, dill, citrus, and peppery spice. Enters the mouth and really wakes up the taste buds with a shrill sour bitter that is initial but calms down quickly to a mild long bitter richness. The mouthfeel is a nice fullness comprissed of dry malt and nippy earthy bitter feel. Solid drinkable IPA with a consistant hop presence throughout.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with one finger head. Aroma is a nice grapefruit pine. Very nice. More malt flavor than expected. A sweet soapy flavor taste along with some dried apricots, something a bit muddled going on here in the taste. Dry finish with medium light yet slick mouthfeel. Clean apricot finish. Somewhat unique flavor profile. Not bad but not really what I was expecting after loving Sculpin.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bombers pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & good head retention. good looking IPA

S: Oily, piney & orange hops, plus breadyness. I get floral hops later & they are really really the only scent that persists throughout

T: Leafy hops by the bunches, some grapefruit hops too & bit of breadyness up front. Some honey malt, piney hops & more leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with a touch of honey malt, then more leafy & tobacco hops (too much) & some grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, sort of creamy & pretty good balance

Drinks good, but there's the wrong mix of hops to make me happy. I could probably have 2 or 3 before moving on. Solid, but not my cup of tea

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one. I skipped it for a while because of how fantastic Sculpin is.

Appearance is nice. Angry burnt orange color with a fluffy head that doesn't run away. Even the lacing is fluffy.
Smells typical of the style: Piney, citrus(more towards lemon/orange than grapefruit), caramel malt, notes of earth and bread.
Taste is as expected. Citrus infused bitterness mixed with some caramel and bread for balance. Overall very good.
Mouthfeel was very pleasant with medium carb, essentially a light to medium body, hops were not particularly sticky, kind of a slick feel.
Drinkability is high. Not a heavy beer, enjoy responsibly.

Overall this is an excellent IPA, but as the IPA competition continues to ramp up so do expectations. This beer while very good did not particularly stand out to me. Not a slam.. just an observation.

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours your average deep golden, nice fluffy white head, nice lacing and retention; good looking. The aromas are nice, just a bit subtle. Lots of orange, lemon, and pine. The flavors taste pretty good, much more robust than the aromas. There's a loud bitterness to this one, which is pretty enjoyable. More pine and citrus. Not as tropical as some, but still really nice. Very crisp. Dry. Mouthfeel is really nice, creamy, right amount of carbonation, medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's pretty easy to drink.

This is more of a standard IPA. Really good, better than alot, but not mind blowing. Maybe it's just because I had Sculpin for the first time yesterday. They're completely different. Either way, it's pretty nice and is one to try.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with a two-finger light-tan, fluffy head. Nice lacing as this goes down.

S: Caramel, roasted grains, fresh biscuits make up the malt profile. Hops come as a citrus explosion, herbal, grassy and flowery all coming together fresh and aromatic.

T: Bitter orange peel and zest, herbal and grassy notes hit first and sharply. Some toasty and toffee like malt flavors. Finish is floral, spicy and a bit dry.

M: Medium body with moderate bubbly carbonation. Some noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: Intense bitterness but great for a hop lover. It is a bit off balance for me but still very tasty. Would stop after 2 of these though.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear bright orangey color... Almost like dark honey. Nearly white head cones up a finger and half before relaxing into a frothy cap of giant bubbles. Lacing is really thick and impresssive.

Smells of slight caramel malt, with a great hoppy presence-- more piney than citrusy. A big amount of earthiness. Like dirt on a summer day. Usually I love a grapefruit bomb, but this bouquet actually works pretty well.

Taste starts sweet. Then gets dry and earthy. Finishes dry, little piney, and more earthiness. This isn't lively and exciting... It's kind of dull. My taste buds are still hoping for some huge flavors of citrus or grass or floral bites--- but no. I just got a slight hint of apple juice on the finish though.

Feels really nice. Great carbonation. Light to medium-light body is pretty smooth and refreshing.

I would never turn one of these down, and I'm glad to have tried it, but I won't be trading for this again. It isn't bad, by any means, and I could understand what they were going fir and why poeple might like it... But thus just isn't my favorite take on the style.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Sculpin pint glass. Canned date was 7/13/13, about 2mos old at this point.

A - Clear burnt orange. Classic West Coast IPA color. Eggshell head leaves good lacing.

S - Orange, grapefruit, peach, catpiss. Can smell a little breadiness. Also some black tea.

T - All the hop profiles in the aroma come out in the taste also. They seem a little muted, but this is a little old of a can. They would probably pop much more if fresher. Malt comes in at the end, kinda of a dark bread flavor. Dries out nicely.

M - Medium, nice and creamy. Carbonation is also medium. This is really nice.

O - An above average IPA, that is very easy to drink. Probably much better fresher (need to start checking the dates at the store). Bought a 6pk and I'm not regretting it.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head with even better retention. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium amber which glows a pale to medium amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Lots of presence, very rich. Lots of promise. Starts off with citrus (orange and lemon) with some subtle pine, followed by caramel and honey- definite floral and nectar notes. Not exactly complex but still quite nice.

Taste- A little different from the aroma. Hits you with a good amount of bitterness upfront- wood, pine, and resin. A little bit of matchstick. Some caramel and honey appears, alongside citrus of orange and lemon but it's really dominated by the hop bitterness. However, the caramel and matchstick blend well near the finish which has some earwax that extends into a linger with wood and spice. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit somewhat soar on the finish with the earwax. Solid IPA but then again, it's another IPA.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with minor hints of syrup in the texture. A good amount of carbonation which matches well with the spicy resin of the finish.

Drinkability- Sizable bitterness and a lot of the earwax variety. A little stultifying but not too much. No heat present.

Overall- Good beer. Solid IPA. Definitely worth giving a try. I'm a little burnt out on your basic West Coast IPA so it's hard to be enthusiastic about this beer. I almost wish there was more caramel or some sort of malt bill- what heresy!

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Photo of GJ40
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A - A deep golden ale with good clarity and a thick off white head with good lacing.

S - Lots of hops aroma with citrusy, floral and piney elements. Some malty sweetness too.

T - A complex rich and malty flavor with hop bitterness, malt and alcohol. I didn't think the hop flavors had a prominent enough role.

M - Thick and chewy consistency. Good carbonation.

D - A good beer but not as smooth and balanced as I like in a west coast IPA.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a bottle, poured into short taster glasses, and consumed over 35 minutes.

Orange amber with fine clarity interrupted only by carbonation. Head is fairly thin with fine lacing, and just an occasional bubbly clump.

The nose is full of hop citrus and mild spruce. Grapefruit, musty pineapple, and mango are evident. There's a subtle spice note, too, that comes out in the mouth.

Flavor profile is heavy on citrus early, nice and clean; but turns somewhat funky as the fibrous burn of fruit folds. There's a peppery mid-palate streak, but it gets smothered by the cheese a bit too early. Though there is sufficient length to rescue the experience with hop oil bitter sweetness that's pleasant enough to encourage another gulp.

The mouthfeel is both astringent and juicy, but not quite as chewy as would be desired--the feel is a touch sharp as a result. It is lively in the mouth in positive ways, though, too, and rather clean in contrast to the dank taste notes.

Overall, I'm glad to have tried this good-reputation creation. I can't say I'm enthralled, but it's a solid representative of a region that does this style consistently well.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a nice golden amber color. Kind of like a sunset. Big, two-finger plus, head of thick, creamy white foam. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Big citrus and floral hops dominate. There appears to be some sweet maltiness in there, but it's buried. Smells like it's going to be bitter. Grapefruits and oranges, mostly. Some pine notes and hints of lemon zest.

A little more balanced than expected. You get to taste a touch of sweet maltiness, briefly. Then you get hit hard by the bitter hops.
Slight notes of toffee are followed by big blasts of grapefruit and pine. All of this is enshrouded by floral hops notes. Light butterey biscuit notes.

Actually maintains it's crispness, while being a touch creamy, also. Very nice carbonation level. Fairly smooth and easy to drink.

This wouldn't be the first IPA that I'd reach for, but it's a top twenty for sure, maybe a top ten.
Refreshing and creamy, together, is a good combo.

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Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured the 22 oz bottle

smells amazing, looks great, with good carbination

the flavor let me down, the initial impression was stellar but followed by a light bodied lingering hop flavor that doesnt seem to justify the body style of the beer.

very drinkable beer tho considering the body style, carbonation but i wish it had a a little more umph to it, understandable tho for roughly 6.0%

i would buy it again but first impressions arent everything with this beer

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Photo of xymyl
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pale copper/gold very light head (seemed slightly pink), head stays around a little while.

Aroma: Hops, Alcohol & Malt, nothing complex but it smells nice. The typical resin/sap, spice etc...

Taste & Body: Light and refreshing, clean and simple. A textbook American IPA, or should I say benchmark? It's no surprise at all, but it's enjoyable and very well made. I'll buy it from time to time.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split two ways. Mine into a Bruery tulip. Beer and glass generously provided by DearthVader.
Gorgeous brew, for me this is the ideal IPA appearance. I personally could have used more than the 1 ½ finger head that was yielded, but the color and clarity were superb. A crystal clear copper amber that leaves surprisingly good lacing throughout.
Smell is a bit of a letdown. Distinct smell of the Columbus hops with a crisp malt character as well as a subtle metallic scent.
Taste boasts a pretty good mix of pine and citrus flavors but nothing too special. Mild grapefruit and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel isn’t impressive either. Medium-low carbonation and I could use some more bitterness.
Overall, this beer was highly drinkable despite its flaws but it doesn’t stand up to Sculpin or other West-coast IPAs I’ve tried.

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Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange-yellow in color with 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: citrus hops and caramel malt. This has the generic smell I associate with the style

Taste: citrus hops, caramel, biscuit, and a bit of pine hops--a lot more complex than the smell

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, moderate carbonation, bitter with a sweet backbone

Drinkability: When I smelled this brew I was like not again--same indistinguishable American IPA. However, this beer opens up just about as much as any beer I have had when tasted. There are a lot of layers here. A nice and complex beer, I could have two or three.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a one-head finger with a beautiful clear dark amber color.

The smell is quite subtle, with notes of malt and hops. With some pine and citrus in there. The taste follows suit. The pine is noticeable immediately, with the hops developing over time. Both the feel and the carbonation are quite light.

This beer hardly blew me away, but it's a well-balanced and enjoyable IPA. Paid $11 for a six-pack.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with a short head but very good lacing. Smells lightly hoppy and a little grainy. There is also a slight soapiness. The taste has piney hops up front followed by stone fruit and bubblegum. Fairly balanced with bitter hops and grainy malt. The mouthfeel is a little grainy for my taste but with good weight and carbonation. Quite drinkable

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy amber with a big half inch foamy head that dissipated to a thin but lingering head. Very nice lacing. Malt forward scent, not my favorite profile. Malty taste, lacking in the big fruit/floral hops that I prefer. A nice bitter finish. Solid but forgettable for me.

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Photo of BTodd
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a clear, gold/amber with less than a finger of fine bubbles.

S-pine, citrus with some floral notes as well.

T-reflective of smell with some spiciness. Nice bitterness with some of the hop characteristics shining through. Maybe some biscuit as well.

M-Fairly light. Nice carbonation. Fades pretty quickly. Easy drinker.

O-A nice IPA that is not quite as complex or powerful as those I like a little more. However, it's a nice drinker and I will buy it from time to time.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a darker golden color with a big fluffy slightly off white head. Aroma is more malty than hoppy but the hops presence is more of a citrus variety then pine. The taste is more malty than I thought it would be but it does have a nice hops character to it. Nice lace left on the glass. Lingering bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Very easy drinking.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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