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RATINGS: 1629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Pours a dark orange with a large, white head. The first smell is pine and citrus from the Centennial hops, but you can also smell some malt. The taste follows the smell, but is considerably more balanced. While this is certainly a hoppy beer, the malt is right there neck and neck with the hops. This is much less hoppy than some other West Coast IPAs, but I think that makes it more drinkable. This is easily a beer I could see myself having several of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pretty good IPA, though sweeter than I liked. Makes me want more Ballast stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (475) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Poured from 12oz., golden-amber in color with nice medium white head. Nose of malt and hops, lotta citrus and fresh-cut pine. Taste was bitter, but not too. Nicely balanced very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle shared with tashi at my "All my US bottles from GBBF need drinking" tasting, 16th Aug 09. Clear amber, sharp hop taste initially but well balanced. Not overly bitter and has a good long finish with some good Cascade and citrus notes. A really good example of a single IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12984) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle. Golden- orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus, malt, hop. Flavour is citrus, grapefruit, hop, malt. Bitter finish. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Shared with tarheels. Pours amber with a big white head and tons of lacing. Taste is grapefruit, orange, spice with a bitter hoppy finish. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2009
On tap at Pony Bar. Mistakenly assumed this would be a run of the mill IPA... not knowing the brewery at the time, very mistaken. This sucker packs a huge bitter herbal and pine tang punch. I agree with DeadGirl.. this beer isn’t reinviting the IPA but perfecting it. An excellent IPA 3.85

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2009
Golden orange-yellow color with thin white head. Huge citrus and floral aromas and flavors (pomelo, orange), candy, hints of pine, honey and biscuits. Late palate balances hop-bitterness and mild sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily, medium body and long finish. This is one of my favorite IPAs to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Barnaby (22) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Holy mackerel, this beer smells so good; grapefruit, tangy spice, lemon bright golden / amber hues with, disappointingly, no head at all nice carbonation and light on the tongue Definitely a hoppy beer. The hops are right up front, just like smelling a handful. The sweetness of the beer couldn’t be better balanced with the hopps I would call this a PERFECT IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle. Light to moderate aromas of light bread and caramel for the malt, moderate pine and orange for the hops, moderate soap for the yeast, with pepper and date in the background. Head is small, thin, white with spotty lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is clear pale orange/tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, watery but a little slick, with lively carbonation and is lightly astringent in the finish. A great beer and a perfectly balanced IPA.

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