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RATINGS: 1422   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2008
After falling in love with Ballast Point’s Dorado, I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long while now. The brew pours a mostly clear, very lightly hazy, medium orange-amber color. A large, rocky head of cream colored foam shows excellent retention and leaves thick, sticky cobwebs of lacing down the entire glass. The aroma shows big creamy caramel and buttery toffee malts, as well as bitter grapefruit hops, and grassy herbal hops. I also picked up a hint of ripe mango on the nose, which is a nod to the Dorado’s tropical style. The flavor is very rich and creamy for a single IPA, with caramel and toffee again showing big. The hop character takes a turn away from grassy and more towards orange and grapefruit, while some cereal grains creep their way into the background. The fuller than average body is smooth and very creamy, finishing long and bitter on the tongue. This is a really solid IPA that borders on being an IIPA, in my opinion. Ballast Point really gets it when it comes to hoppy beers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pours a nice orange/yellow color, clearish, with a nice, thick, sticky looking white head. Leaves pretty good lace all over the glass. Smells great. Floral and citrusy hop notes. Unmuddled hoppiness. Tastes much like it smells. Bitter citrusy hops upfront and sweet floral hops on the way down. Pretty classic IPA. Has some nice body. Kind of thick feeling, mellow but definitely present carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1060) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Aroma is a mix of grapefruit hops and a small amount of very sweet malt. Malty sweetness is stronger in the taste, but it’s tasty. Hop profile is solid but not amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Light amber, thin lingering white head. Aroma is piney and flowery hops with a hint of honey. Lots of nice hops in the flavor, mostly piney, but some earthy floral tones are present too. The honey sweetness remains in the flavor, but is mostly covered up by a bitter earthy hop finish. Nice mouthfeel, Overall very nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2008
It smells of piney hops, but it’s really sweet too and seems to detract from the hoppy aroma that is so wonderful in IPA’s. It’s a nice copper hue with a creamy head. The flavor is much like the aroma, piney, citrus hops, but this very distinctive sweetness that definitely serves to remove the bitter. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Nice amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is a nice piney hoppiness with honey and some floral notes. Pretty hoppy, but it has an interesting sweetness that approaches you along with the hops, some floral notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4948) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
At BPB. Amber orange pour with creamy off white head. More hops on the nose with a little maltiness to boot. Full hard citrus bitter with good malt to carry it. Excellent semi sweet. Good carbonation body is just a tiny bit thin. Overall good IPA that pushes the bitter to the top.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Beautiful crystal clear deep gold color with a small white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smell is surprisingly malty, with a touch of caramel and toasted biscuit, I’m just not getting much hop smell, the taste is pleasantly bitter with hops but once again not much hop aromatics - a bit of orange or tangerine, but not much. The beer is smooth on the palate with a nice, refreshingly bitter finish that lasts a while. A nice eneough beer but not quite what I’d expect from a San Diego IPA - perhaps this bottle isn’t fresh? No dating apparent on the bottle, I seem to remember enjoying this more in the past so I will try again even though this sample let me down a bit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Overlord. Pours a golden, slightly bronze with a small head and some light carbonation. Aroma is very hoppy. Sort of smells like a barleywine too. Has some dark fruit elements to it as well. A mixture of citrusy hops, dark fruit, and malts on the taste make for a blend that initially is pleasant but seems somehow off at the finish. About halfway through this, I’m beginning to dislike the aftertaste of the hops. Its bitter which I usually love but in this case, it has an unpleasantness to it. Overall, an average IPA. Certainly not one of the elites. Glad I got to give this California local a try though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3536) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2008
tap at the brewpub - Pours copper with a one finger white head and a good citrus hop aroma. The crisp, bitter flavor has ample citrus hops but at the same time is very well balanced. The lingering bitterness of these same high quality hops caps off this great IPA.


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