Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

4,277 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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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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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 youcantmakeme
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well let me just say that this one has a flavor to it that i did not really expect. I can't really describe it or don't know exactly what it is but i will just say that it's probably malt mixed in with grapefruit. These two take over this beer and you can run but you can't hide from them when you are drinking it. It's not bad but it's so there that it could be a turn off sometimes. I gave it a 3 because it's worth trying at least one time and .5 for originality. I don't think i will be getting this again though but it was fun drinking it for the most part.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a mostly clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head. Solid toffee and bready caramel maltiness with plenty of earthy pine and hints of citrus. Solid old school IPA.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one surprised me but then again I am not sure why as Ballast Point continues to do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Didn't check the canned date but fresh and clean for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was comped a sixer of this stuff, and was really looking forward to trying it. poured from a can into a snifter, appears somewhat transparent, dark orange, with a thick head - decent retention and some nice lacing clings to the glass. While the scent was nice with two fingers of head present, I cant say I really enjoyed the nose at all after the head receded. Noticeable malt flavor with bitter hops and resinous pine - not much in the way of citrus scent or taste which was disappointing because I love IPAs with a 'tropical' character. although its a pretty good beer, it doesnt stand out in any way, and overall it just isnt the style of IPA I prefer. that being said, some other people may enjoy this style more, for me its decent - but it wouldnt justify a $15 price tag.

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2.46/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Not my choice.
I didn't like the malt. I thought i was getting an ipa that i would love. Instead i hated it.
Looked good in glass. Felt good in mouth. But the horrible aftertaste is a turn off. .wanted to love it. Alcohol taste and weird aftertaste is enough to have me give it away and regret my purchase of this 6 pk

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Photo of WeedWolf
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12oz to a pint.
Pours a clear light copper with medium head and slight retention.
Smells like a classic West Coast IPA (grapefruit, citrus and pine) with a noticeable Malt quality.
Tastes like the smell. Not as bitter or dry as there Sculpin. Has more balance between the Malt and hop profiles.
Feel is decent but lacking anything special. Slightly watery but sticky in the finish.
Overall another fine West Coast example. Slightly basic by today's standards but holds up well enough in my opinion. Could have used a little more body but still very decent! Bottled on date would also be nice.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with little head. Smell is a bit funky, with caramel notes. Taste is full, a bit alcohol forward, but in a good way. Some pine bite on the finish. A 180 degree change from Scalpin, but very good - excellent in it's own right.

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Photo of Reema
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear honey amber color. Smells of juicy hops, grapefruit rinds, small bready scents, and slight pine scents. Taste reflects the smell with more grapefruit rind flavors, resiny flavors, slightly bready flavors show themselves here and there, with a small alcohol flavor at the end of each sip. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with sufficient carbonation that makes this pleasant to drink. A minor alcohol warmth presents itself at the end of each sip. Overall, this is a very good beer with good hops characteristics that are better in the taste than the scents.

Criminally underrated due to being overshadowed by Sculpin. Give this a try, it's a nice beer.

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

A: Pours a medium amber with a slight reddish tint. Mostly clear with one finger of
light tan head. Nice retention with a small amount of lacing.

S: Pine. Pungent. Biscuits. Malt. Spices.

T/M: Hops. Pine. Bitter. Dry. Spicy. Some chewy malts. A little citrusy. Medium bodied
with a faint alcohol feel. The finish is hoppy and dry.

O: Great IPA. Big hoppy taste. Love the pine and spices. Well made nothing fancy beer.


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another bood IPA offering by Ballast point. A nice brilliant orange color with a decent off white, bubbly head. Hops galore with a decent balance malt, but favoring the hops.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty good beer. Nice dark color, taste not overly hoppy, slight bitter taste, smooth drinking. Overall a decent IPA. Would drink again.

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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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