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Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA
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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:
#2,537
Reviews:
1,119
Ratings:
4,318
pDev:
9.61%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
1,143
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 4,318 |  Reviews: 1,119
Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of patre_tim
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, with moderate but fast rising carbonation in the middle, like a cyclone. Topped with 3 fingers of yellowish, fluffy head.

Smells of dark toffee, caramel, garlic, onion, pineapple, and tropical fruit.

Tastes of dark, toasted notes, garlic, onion, chives, caramel, hard water, tropical fruit, and a big but dull bitterness.

Medium, slightly syrupy body with medium low, spritey carbonation.

Got and drank in Chiang Mai, having it June 11th, 2017. Well done brew by a great brewery.

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HabaJohn
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of fryeguy52
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed at first but turn to be clear thereafter with an amber orange showcase and thick creamy off-white head, the head stays with good retention before slowly subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving lots of lacing here and there.

Intense hop in the aroma, it is led by citrus, pine, and lemon rind, then floral and slight herbal. The said hop characters are back up by malt that provides notes of bread and cracker.

The taste is dominated by hop of course with its citrus, pine, lemon rind, floral, herbal, and persistent bitterness that is covering and coating through the taste buds. Malt is in the supporting with its bread and cracker. The end and aftertaste is lasting with piney and herbal hop bitterness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its quite lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with a very dry finish.

With bold suggestion of Centennial, this one is more citrusy, piney, and lemony comparing to, its counterpart, Sculpin but with less balance and mellowness. Still a good take for IPA anyway.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MHJeff06
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange gold with a white head. Smells of hops and sweet citrus. Tastes slightly bitter with hops, citrus, and a little sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall a great IPA. I slightly prefer this to Sculpin actually.

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

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

Photo of stephenlee
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goofster
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tucson_brewson
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz can as part of a mix-a-six. Poured into pint glass.

L - Pours a clean, clear, copper color. Almost like an amber ale. An inch of hazy, off-white head sits at the top. Good retention and lacing that sticks throughout the pint.

S - Metallic hops, pine, floral, citrus zest, slightly sweet and caramel-y

T - For an IPA (American) this had some roasted malt and brown sugar sweetness to balance out the bitter grapefruit rind and citrus zest that hits up front. A very nice balance of bittersweet flavors.

F - Medium-bodied, light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

O - A very good representation of an American IPA. Glad I spotted this one in the IPA section. Hop-heads and non-hop heads alike will enjoy this one as it provides a nice balance of citrus, pine, and malty sweetness.

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Photo of asuburbanman
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spicy hops, piney hops, sweet malt, tea, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of strong spicy hops, piney hops, sweet malt, tea, hint of earthiness, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, average aroma and feel, but the body is hurt by the earthiness and tea dominance.

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

Photo of jayfarley3
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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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