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RATINGS: 1613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
If you have fallen for the IPA style like we have, Big Eye will be a welcome addition to your repertoire. You’ll revel in Big Eye’s bitter, hoppy flavor thanks to the American Columbus and Centennial hops that are used to flavor and dry hop our flagship IPA. We thank our hops every day that the English loved their bitters—or else the IPA style may not have been born to help the beer survive the journey from Cape Hope to India back in the 18th century.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 1. From the Bottle at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 06/08/2009 Big hop aroma. Amber coloured fruity and hoppy pine flavour with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 04/08/2010 Big hop aroma. Amber coloured strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap, pours a copper colour. Citrusy hops, with a bit of orange and maybe a hint of other fruits. Very good IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4433) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
The look is copper colored, nice off white head, and clear. The smell is tropical fruits, hops, caramel, and nice. The taste is hops, some bitterness, caramel, fruits, citrus, and good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Citrusy IPA that finishes good and bitter, a good, better than normal style California IPA. Very drinkable and good!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
In short: Plenty of caramelized malts and plenty of citrusy and resinous hops. Above average American IPA archetype.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Clear golden copper body topped by a small beige head
In long: The pleasant hoppy nose is mostly citrusy with also some resinous, floral and coniferous notes. Smooth body with a soft carbonation. Rich smooth caramel followed by a citrusy and resinous hopping. The bitterness is of medium-high intensity but it is never aggressive with enough smooth juicy citrus flavour to offset the rougher resinous flavour. This beer sure does not re-invent the style, it actually feels very common, but this is the type of well done IPA I can drink all night long and get myself as wasted as a green party vote in Kansas.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber, small off-white head. Hops, sweet malt and pine dominate the aroma. More of the same within the flavor profile, really nice blend of the three. Finish is bitter, dry and hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 23, 2009
This orange-copper ale poured with a decent off-white head and a strong citrus and pine aroma. There is a hearty caramel flavor infused with lots of bittering hops, resulting in a very satisfying drink, though more so for hopheads.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Pours from the bottle to a hazy golden-orange color with thick white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. From the start, the nose is a pleasant hoppy citrus (mostlyu grapefruit and lemons), and the mouthfeel full and tangy. Taste accentuates the citrusy hops of the nose, and the finish is slightly dry and bitter, as I would expect. A darn good beer from a brewer we can’t get much from in Atlanta.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Clear orange amber color with a tall white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and some pine. Flavor is mild-well-balanced with grapefruit, hops, and some caramel. Well done.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
I’ve had many bottles of this-- 12 oz and 22 oz, and I just had a 22 oz with lunch today-- and I like this IPA. Considering that I can get it many places (I live in Southern CA), and that a 22 oz bottle is just $3.99 at the place where I usually go, and it’s usually in-stock (as opposed to Pliny, which is not easy to get whenever you want it), there is a lot to like about this IPA. The finish, which strikes me as a little bitter, lingers longer than I would prefer, but otherwise this is a very fine example of a well-done west coast IPA. I have to wonder if they could improve the beer by incorporating something other than Centennial hops, but this is one of my go-to IPAs.


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