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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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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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Photo of vikinggary28
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Looks of an orange/amber colour with a quickly dissipating off white head. Smells of hops with a hint of friut. Tastes come through that are more fruity than citrus. Groß Bier! Prost!

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Beer. Cant say that enough, this one especially surprised me, even being from Ballast Point. For a "regular" IPA this out does the rest. If you can afford it, don't think twice. Enjoy

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look-It pours a relatively clear orange-golden color with a foamy head that leaves sticky persistent lacing even after the head settles.

Smell-It smells brilliantly of fruits like apricot and peach tampered with a strong malt backbone.

Taste-It tastes like it smells with the hoppy bitters tampered with strong citrus notes of fruits like apricot, clementine, and peach. The malts are strong, but not quite overwhelming thanks in part to the carbonation, alcohol content (7% ABV) and the hops. It is definitely a medium-bodied brew with a chewy and rich flavor that is almost sticky.

Overall-I like this beer, but it was a tiny bit on the sweet side for my likes. I do think that this is a world class beer as the Bros have said, but at the moment I prefer something a bit more tampered.

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

Pours a light copper with a one finger white head. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits, pine, resin. Taste follows with big citrus up front followed by orange, orange marmalade, pine, resin, grass, and earth. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, and a bit oily. Overall a very good west coast ipa. I like this better than sculpin and just about equally with grapefruit sculpin.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange with a tan head that leaves its jack frost patterns all the way down after each sip.

S - Citrus, piney, juicy fruit, earthy.

T - Hop forward, big citrus flavors met by an equal malty back bone, caramel malts, and a dank and slightly resinous finish.

O -Another solid offering from BP, but IMO, not as tasty as the flag ship sculpin and especially not the Grapefruit sculpin.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really solid and definitive example of an IPA. A little bit of a pine taste, but far from dominating. The hops are what really shine here, and it's very reminiscent of the better west coast IPAs.

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Photo of Bearman1
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an amazing beer in early 2014. A really present floral flavor that just knocked other IPAs out of the water. They must have moved to a cheaper hops because the current incarnation has no floral notes and pretty much tastes the same as any other decent IPA.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 5 - nice dark orange amber clear color, white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - 4 - Nice earthy hop smell, light citrus, pine, bready notes in the background.
T - 4 - Nice earthy and citrusy hop flavors, grapefruit, pine, bready notes in the background
M - 4 - medium mouth feel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is earthy hops and grapefruit.
O - 4 - Nice Ipa. Not as good as Sculpin, but I think that's mostly because it's a different IPA. Leans more towards a good take on a British ipa as opposed to a straight American IPA.

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Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark golden pour and settles a transparent amber in the glass. A thin lacing of off-white foam formed on top but quickly dissipated. Modest nose but pleasant. Notes of pine, hops, juicy citrus, and malt. The taste follows. No huge flavors here, but again notes of pine and citrus dominate. There's a mild hop bitterness up front that intensifies as it warms on the palate. Little malt initially, but some bready notes shine through once the beers warms a little. Decently smooth, though not all that creamy. Not bad. Not nearly as good as Sculpin, but better than Dorado.

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

L (4.25) - Dark amber colored brew with a bright white foam atop.
S (4.25) - Nice little hop aroma here. Nothing in particular stands out, just a well balanced potpourri.
T (4) - Tastes okay. It's a nice tasting IPA, but nothing stands out. Fairly well balanced with respect to hop/malt.
F (4) - Easy drinking beer. Nothing weird in the carbonation or astringency or anything.
O (4) - I've had a few BP beers now and this one is a solid offering of theirs. It's good, not great. I'd drink it again, but I don't need it to be in my regular or semi-regular rotation.

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Photo of ClaudeHenrySmoot
2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

L- Pint glass via bottle. Crisp, clear(ish) amber. More browns than the reds that I usually associate with the color amber.

N- Average citrus and floral notes upon pour, but were muted as soon as the head settled. Difficult to zero in on distinct notes at that point but found balanced mute floral notes.

T- Super-soft, balanced florals that aren't in every drink. No unordinary, nor distinct back-end that one's Busch Light-drinkin' cousin doesn't experience after a 12pack of The Mountains.

Overall- Very middle of the road...which could also be synonymous with balanced. No overpowering nose, no overpowering ingredient in its taste, so yes...awesomely balanced. Good beer. I would likely ease aforementioned relative into, as he labels them, *hipster beers with this left coast staple.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Somewhat cloudy honey gold color with thin white head that climbs the glass at the end of the pour. Good retention. S: Sweet malts, lemongrass and floral notes. T: Big pine resin and grapefruit. Nice hop bite but extremely well balanced. Rolls across the tongue very nicely. F: Very smooth and clean. O: Great example of an outstanding American IPA. Definitely meets all the criteria of a top tier brew.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great cloudy Amber color with a lasting white head. Piney malty smell. Great balance between malt and pine with some floral and pine hops with some fruit tartness. Medium body with creamy feel and medium carbonation. Great beer!

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Yada, yada, yada, I know a bunch of adjectives, this is a simply outstanding IPA. A bargain even at $10.99 a six pack. The color is outstanding. The coppery amber going on with this is pleasing in every way. The taste says, "Pine coming at a in a big, bitter way ... but, I'm going to be real, real cool about it." I dare say this is the best IPA I know of that doesn't come in a big bottle with a big price tag.Highly recommended.

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

Ballast Point is not all Sculpin. Hops - forward IPA. Wonderful from the bottle when away from the taps. This is a great choice for a lazy afternoon off. Taste, lace, smell, fell are for numbers. This beer is for drinking.

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Photo of mchegash
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Medium orange-red. Quite clear, several fingers of light tan head. Slightly less than average amount of carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: Pine, very funky resin. Small hints of citrus. Not incredible strong aroma, had to practically stick my nose in the beer to detect anything.

T: The main taste is a funky resin. There is also some malt flavor and slight citrus aspects

F: Very smooth, slightly fuller than medium-full body. Light carbonation.

O: This is a decent IPA overall, but I would prefer the Sculpin to this any day.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark straw pour with clingy white foam leaving a ton of lace. Aroma is deceiving, as I get a lot of malt and some tropical fruit belying the full blast of hops to follow. Flavor is big pine resin up front with a lingering, but balanced bitter finish. Interestingly different from Sculpin, and almost as good.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Can from Brewdog online shop (£3.00):
This one is another excellent IPA from Ballast Point, it falls slightly short of the can of Sculpin but that is more down to the fact that Sculpin was a truly world class beer. Big Eye is a very hop-centred beer with lots of pine & grapefruit coming through whilst not being as bitter or dry as Sculpin IPA, great stuff & one I'd definitely like to try again.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle served in a mug.

Pours a beautiful, opaque golden color with a frothy, 2-finger head with nice lacing throughout.

Smells of citrus hops... wonderful, wonderful aroma.

Taste of citrus hops with a nice bite of bitterness (not overpowering) at the end.

Well done beer and certainly worth a six pack.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey-copper color, off white head. Smell has some general fruity notes, a little juicy fruit or bubble gum like. Taste follows the smell, a little pithy bitterness, grapefruit, generic fruity/tropical. Pretty good, but I'd rather go with Grapefruit Sculpin if looking for grapefruit.

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

12oz can.

A: Clear cropper. Poured with moderate amount of foam with good retention.
S: Orange peels, somewhat grassy. A little toasted aroma.
T: Intense citrus flavors. Moderate bitterness. Somewhat spicy (rye?). Dry.
M: light bodied. High carbonation.
O: Fairly good IPA.

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Photo of sentimetal
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I've been eyeing Big Eye for quite a while. This will be the 4th beer from BP that I've tried. All have been exceptional - Sculpin has kind of become the staple for west coast IPAs as of late and even my less hop-friendly friends enjoy it. That being said, I had no idea what to expect from Big Eye. When people think of BP, they think Sculpin. I assumed I'd be drinking another citrus-heavy IPA with little malt back bone. Don't get me wrong, Sculpin is great, but west coast IPAs tend to blur together if you don't give yourself a break. Anyway, let's talk about Big Eye - a rather complex, grapefruit-heavy, malty IPA.

Look [4.5] - A deep copper/amber color with a creamy off white head. Looks a lot like SN Torpedo or VIctory Hop Devil, which are both fantastic IPAs in my experience. A good looking IPA, not as golden colored as the past few I've had.

Smell [4] - First note is a toasted, grainy malt smell followed by slight lemon and then grapefruit. The malt stays persistent throughout the scent, making the "total package" almost dark fruit-esque. You could escape the scent for an imperial red ale or barley wine. Love it.

Taste [4.25] Like the smell, your initially hit with a good amount of malt, but it soon meshes well with resinous pine and grapefruit. I love how the beer's malt is present throughout the taste. The scent holds true to the taste - a slight lemon followed by pine and grapefruit. It's a very complex tasting beer, and if I didn't know any better, I'd think I was drinking a mild barley wine.

Feel [4] Slight carbonation followed by a very smooth, drinkable feeling. This a complex IPA that has very good drinkability in terms of mouth feel. I can't believe I haven't tried this beer before. Leaves a bit of a sting on the tongue due to the hoppiness that comes along in the mid/later stages of the taste.

Overall [4.75] A malty, yet well balanced yet intense IPA. A beer I've slept on way too long. This beer comes from a brewer known best for their west coast IPA - Sculpin, but this beer brings more to the table than your typical west coaster. It's intense in all aspects, and for that I love it. Anyone who is a fan of Sculpin will love this beer - same with with anyone who is a fan of Hop Devil IPA. This is a fantastic IPA for anyone who craves some rather [intense] IPA balance in their beer.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A swirling flurry of bubbles create a substantial, fluffy off-white head which rests atop a clear body of light copper.

Smell: The bouquet is a tad light for the style, but has some interesting qualities. On top of the expected C-hops, a pinch of nutmeg makes this smell a bit like a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness highlighting grapefruit and resin. Grainy toasted malt plays a supporting role that gets a quick moment in the spotlight in the finish. As the beer warms, a drip of caramel can be detected towards the beginning of each sip.

Mouthfeel. Dry finish with lasting bitterness tap dancing on the tongue and roof of mouth. Medium carbonation is just the right amount--more, and this IPA would be on pins and needles. Medium-light body keeps things crisp and refreshing, disguising the 7% ABV.

Overall: Refreshing and balanced, this is a strong IPA for true hop heads, but a bit sharp for those not yet sure of all IPAs. It's classic and traditional, but too well-made to be boring. A stronger aroma would render it excellent.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Typical of Ballast Point, I can't read the bottling date code.

L- Medium amber, great clarity, two finger slightly off white head.

S- Typical Centennial notes of orange and floral and a slight sort of Fruit Loop character that I get from fresh Two Hearted.

T- Similar to aroma, orange and floral, medium bitterness, floral and bitter orange on the finish.

F- Medium, good carb, good drinkability.

O- Very nice IPA, comes as close as Founders Centennial does at being a Two Hearted clone.

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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