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RATINGS: 1704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Big Eye IPA is a big hoppy brew, thanks to the abundance of American Columbus and Centennial varieties we use to flavor and dry hop. While the English originally added extra hops to preserve their beers for sea travel, we do it for the love of all that bold, intense flavor that makes India Pale Ale one of our favorite styles.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Pours very clear gold with a white head. Aroma is a bit subdued of grapefruit and pine needles. The flavor is clean and hoppy with big time lemony grapefruit and pine. Very little to balance it out, but very tasty and a hop lovers delight.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle thanks to Lagunitasfan!
Clear copper color, large foamy white head. Nose of pine and biscuit, light grapefruit. Very fresh flavor, lots of earthy pine and grapefruit backed by nice pale malt balance. A little sticky and salty, and next to Pliny, the weaknesses are exposed, but this is still a great IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (632) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Sampler at the brewery, though I ’ve had it before and simply failed to rate it. Aroma and taste are balanced of piney, sweet hops, with a caramel undertone in the body. Really solid IPA. Doesn’t get the press of Sculpin or Dorado, but is a very good one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Sample at Ballast Point. Orangish body with little head. Aromas are thick with tangerine and floral hops. Flavor has both of those blending with a sharp piney bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a tall off white head. Nose is pine, grapefruit, caramel, and light bread. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. Flavor is a heavy caramel/toffee malt base, medium sweet with big notes of pine, grass, and grapefruit. Finishes with moderate bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (6151) - 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.

3.5
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (502) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13969) - 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.


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