Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1627   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Pours a nice golden amber color. Kind of like a sunset. Big, two-finger plus, head of thick, creamy white foam. Great retention and excellent lacing. Big citrus and floral hops dominate. There appears to be some sweet maltiness in there, but it’s buried. Smells like it’s going to be bitter. Grapefruits and oranges, mostly. Some pine notes and hints of lemon zest. A little more balanced than expected. You get to taste a touch of sweet maltiness, briefly. Then you get hit hard by the bitter hops. Slight notes of toffee are followed by big blasts of grapefruit and pine. All of this is enshrouded by floral hops notes. Light butterey biscuit notes. Actually maintains it’s crispness, while being a touch creamy, also. Very nice carbonation level. Fairly smooth and easy to drink. This wouldn’t be the first IPA that I’d reach for, but it’s a top twenty for sure, maybe a top ten. Refreshing and creamy, together, is a good combo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours copper. Nose is all the typical west coast IPA usual suspects ... citrus, pine, grapefruit, etc. Flavor is bitter grapefruit rind, unripe oranges, resiny pine al nicely melded together with a sweet malt backbone. Another great job from Ballast Point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of hopshunter. Pours a hazy dark amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of honey, caramel, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, floral hops, light spice. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of honey, pine, grapefruit, light citrus notes. Medium body with a pleasing floral hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2009
12 oz. bottle pours a copper color with foamy white head. Aroma is of malt with piney underpinnings. Front palate is dry and of green hay with warm middle of pine, spice and yeast and a hearty hops finish. Mild aftertaste of hops. Nicely blended beer with a solid profile of malt and hops without being too over the top hoppy. Would pair nicely with crisp greens or a lightly flavored chicken dish.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10034) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4531) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8737) - 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!

   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.

   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.

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