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RATINGS: 1689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours golden from the 12oz. bottle at Plan B (Simsbury, CT): Smooth floral notes balance with a strong, resiny flavor. This one doesnít try to re-invent itís style, rather complementing a traditional, solid IPA. Drinkability: Robust flavors, however very smooth throughout and into the finish. Rebuy: Yeah. #216 on 24112009, DG.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Tap at Blue Palms. Nose is a great grapefruit, orange, sweet hop nose. Flavor is much more subdued than the scent lets on, and is straightforward and almost acidic - none of the creamy sweetness the bouquet implies. Nicely balanced.

3.8
   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 itís buried. Smells like itís 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 itís crispness, while being a touch creamy, also. Very nice carbonation level. Fairly smooth and easy to drink. This wouldnít be the first IPA that Iíd reach for, but itís a top twenty for sure, maybe a top ten. Refreshing and creamy, together, is a good combo.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - 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.

3.7
   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.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9173) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 1. From the Bottle at the GBBF, Earlís 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, Earlís 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 (11936) - 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 (4717) - Dallas, 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 (9207) - 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!


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