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RATINGS: 1442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2402) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit that fades to bitter grapefruit at finish. No surprises here. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Strong offering. Very floral hop essence. Big strong, caramel malt body wtih a huge helping of big citrusy, piney, resiny hops that also had a sharp peppery component that was well balanced. Nice drink.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Tasted wedding night, one among many. My new favorite ipa. Great floral flavor, just the right amount of bitterness. No unpleasant weedy aftertaste. Needs another taste to pick apart. 4-23-09 Tasting it again to really analyze it, I still love it, it’s still my favorite IPA. Maybe I’m biased from living in San Diego. It’s a great IPA with a heavily floral and resiny hop flavor that mirrors the aroma. I also recognize a nice roasty flavor that I didn’t notice before. The finish leaves a bitter resiny pine taste. Very full, almost a bit syrupy mouth feel. This may have a different tinge since it’s been "aged." I may have lost some of the impact of the fresh hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2008
bomber. brilliant pour... deep golden/amber color with a huge 3 finger white fluffy head. nice citrus hop aromas - but too muted. an interesting IPA... way to malty for me... I would like to see the hops come through more. solid body over the palate with some bitterness on the tip and back. very smooth...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baggio (319) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle@home Apperance: Lovely golden brown with a nice, creamy, white lace that sticks to the glass. Aroma: Caramel, Hops, Pine, Fruit Flavor: Vegetables, Exotic fruit, Caramel, Herbs. Palate: Nice sweet initial taste of caramel and bread and ends with a fruity bitterness. Yessir! A very drinkable ipa with a nice hop-profile. More please!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle @ EBF 2008. Heavy aroma of peaches and grapefruit. Flavor is rich malty with a distinct peach, grape bitterness and some caramel. Well balanced, pleasant, long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charlotte (4181) - rødovre, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
At EBF 2008.Clear amber colour with medium white head.Aroma is bitter hoppy with strong note of Grapefruits,well balanced nice mouthfeels and light peppery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2008
Sampled at EBF2008. Pours an amber beer with a white lasting head. The aroma is citrus (american c-hops). The flavor is very good, with grape from hops. Leaves a good hoppy mouthfeel. Very good IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4008) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 13, 2008
Clear amber colour, off-white head. Aroma is bitter hoppy, with grapefruits. Flavour is smoother, with fresh hops and malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
On CASK at O’Brien’s. Appearance is a murky amber-orange hue, thin layer of bubbles and no lacing (cask). Smell is fresh green hops, heavy orange/citrus emphasis, some raw pale malts, honey sweetness rounds it out. Taste is a perfect mix of malts and orange-forward hops, some sour grapefruit and cotton candy in the middle, finishes smooth and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery-to-slick texture, mild carbonation (cask). A nice and sweet IPA that hold up well in the cask version, low alcohol presence in the session range, the hops shine through but there is great balance here.


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