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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
84 88 74 10 28 20
Big Eye IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA
6.00 % ABV

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Last 5 Drinks Consumed
Review by rhoadsrage on 03/28/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 4 6 2012
(Served in a tulip glass) best by 1/3/13
A- This beer pours a slightly deep copper color with a sticky light beige head and a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a green woody hop aroma that is mellow.

T- The sweet caramel malt has a strange pungent hop flavor with some bright pungent hop flavor in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish

O- The hops had a nice aroma but a bit mellow especially for the big caramel malt flavor. I drank this beer on 1/3/13 but it is the freshest Ballast Point I have found even though it was at the end of its date.

Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by tavernjef on 09/03/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Honey hued amber color and moderately clear with some very slow bubbles within. Nice tall cap of ivory fluff sits on top after a medium pour. Laces very well with rings of left over patchy foam and broken sheeting, some thick, some thin.

Aroma is heavenly plump with a high ended but well rounded citrus tone of lemon and orange peels surrounded by a parched and toasted grapefruit and slight piney bittered residue coating. Carries a partially sweet under tow of malts leaning in a candied melon and caramel aura. Tends to pick up a bit of grassy spices as it warms.

Taste is mildly crisp and clean with a very tender and easy bitterness to its hop tone. Toasty controlled parts of citrusy hops and malts really take a step towards a quick drying parchment as it cruises across the palate leaving traces of dried lemon, grapefruit, orange peels, and lightly spicy grasses along with a high grained toastyness of added bittering bite. Maintains a fairly balanced approach in the bitterness but takes a bit of an overload of the toasted dryness. It squeezes alot of dryness in while keeping just a nudge of sweetness underneath keeping its all-together firmly set hop tone of drying bitterness from going too far. It seemed to change balance from certain sips to others with the parching dryness as it warmed.

Feel is calm and smooth with a clean, unwavering medium body and a yielding tone of bitterness. Dryness is apparently the dominant characteristic, but tends to change some as it warms. Piney, parched finish with a slightly sweet and toasted background.

A firm standing IPA. A pretty decent showing thats drinkable to the extent of getting use to its overall parching dryness that tends to fade in and out as it warms.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 04/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 19 4 8 0
Nice beer from Ballast Point – pours a dark golden hue with very little head. Extremely bitter smell w/some hop overtones and both follow through on the taste. It has some of the very hoppy flavor of a good West Coast IPA but not quite there yet. Nevertheless, a good beer for quaffing a few given its lower alcohol (at least for an IPA) and it does have some resiny, kerosene flavor.

Price: $5.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
22oz Bomber

A big thanks to brentk56 for sending this as an extra in a recent trade. This was one of those slow gushers that created a gigantic head when first poured. Big Eye empties into my glass a moderately hazy pale orange. Large random carbonation bubbles make their way to the surface. After I was able to pour a glass the head was meringue-like and left huge sticky patches as it eventually settled. The head alone makes for a good looking IPA.

The nose is unmistakably full of centennial goodness. I always find centennials to bring a big nose of juicy ripe pears along with some tartness from green apples. Very reminiscent of orchard fruits. There's plenty of malt in the background mostly in the form of toffee and caramel. Makes my mouth water after each whiff.

While Big Eye is certainly a good IPA it just doesn't live up to the aroma. Those juicy ripe pears are in the aroma but caramel coated with a side of toffee. The flavors just seem a little rough around the edges and there's a slight alcohol present that seems to cut right through everything else.

Moderate body with perky carbonation. The carbonation will kick start the tastebuds. Finishes smooth with a nice sweet hop kick.

A fairly easy drinking IPA. The bomber is no problem at all to finish on my own.

Another quality IPA from the Left Coast. I'm a fan of both Big Eye and Dorado from Ballast Point.

Reviewed: 2/28/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Eye see what you did there! Pours a mostly clear light amber color with a noticeable orange hue throughout. A soft white head with good retention and lacing but both did not make it through the full tasting.

The nose is along the lines of a West Coast IPA. Piney and orange hops come out with a light floral and herbal aroma. Some bready notes with a light biscuit aroma on just detectable in the back ground. Some esters, rose peddles and a hint of cloves specifically.

The taste is a bit more balanced but still scream west coast. The malt is a bit sweet up front with a bready and biscuit-esk flavor. This is quickly replaced by a noticeable grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. Some orange and more lemon herb hop. The bitterness comes out strong, almost a bit too much as it lingers into the finish. Some chalky notes are finish that leaves a odd finish. Some honey notes in the finish but nice dry finish.

The carbonation is a bit low but any more would enhance the bitterness already as is. Some astringency from the hops. Overall a good west coast ipa but just slightly off balanced. Would like more finishing and less of the bittering.

Served In: Bottle

Review by wagenvolks on 08/23/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
Big Eye pours a crisp & clear, golden-orange hue. Typical IPA appearance, but still quite attractive with a large cap of custard foam that retains well and leaves behind a few spackles of lacing. Delicious, hoppy aroma of fresh citrus and pine needles. Orange peel and tree sap blend with a solid backbone of crystal-caramel malts that suggests biscuit and honey.

The taste mirrors the aroma nicely, with a slightly more aggressive palate of raw hop cones drizzled with pine resin. Loads of citrus fruits, too, as well as some yeasty esters of mango and pineapple. A crisp, caramel malt backbone balances perfectly with the hoppiness. Mouthfeel is phenomenal, with a spot-on carbonation level that gives the semi-chewy, medium body some pep to the finish. Big Eye is the epitome of a West Coast IPA--heavy on the hops, but with enough malt balance, and ever so drinkable. A superb beer!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 08/27/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
Pours a copper color with about two inches of soft and soapy foam.

The aroma is rich with grapefruit, orange, peaches, pineapple, pine, and lemons. The malt comes through in notes of caramel, toast and crackers. It also has an aroma of fruit in syrup.

It has a nice bitterness upfront mixed with harsh toasted flavors, citrus rind, and caramel. Bitter lemon peel comes through in the end and a lingering toasted and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Great mouth-feel.

One of my local IPA staples.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 01/09/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Poured out a bit on the dark side for an IPA, nicely deep amber/gold. Nice head, and some huge, chunky foam.

I really like the smell of this beer. It has a good hoppiness to it, without being extreme or overpowering. It is definitely not a traditional IPA, but a good example of a strong West Coast IPA.
The taste follows along this smell very well, and adds some bitterness in the finish that is nice.

Overall, this is a really good IPA, and one that I wish I could have around more often.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 01/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Light copper color. Smell was a great mix of citrus, hops and some floral. Taste similar to the smell. Citrus hops stayed around a while. Didn't really get much if any malt in this one. All hops, but not overwhelming. Feel was about expected for the style.

Overall, a great IPA. Certainly one of the better ones I've had. The hops were there in abundance, but didn't overpower you, which made it a nice IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Review from 02/02/07

A - Light copper/dark golden body with good bubble action in the glass. Big, two inch, light tan head that is soapy looking.

S - Big, bold citrus notes. Grapefruit and a bit of orange. Floral and fruity. Really, really nice.

T - Taste follows the smell on this one. Big bursts of citric hops hit up front and continue. Not bitter, more hoppy, showing how nice and sweet hops can be. Slight caramel malt backing, but this beer is all about showcasing big, juicy hops.

M - Medium bodied with bubbly carbonation.

D - Wow, I had this once before and don't remember it being this good. Top notch IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

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