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RATINGS: 1698   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3050) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Believe it or not, a step down from their amber ale. Very nice citrus pine aroma. Pours amber with a big fluffy head. Fkavor is hoppy with a nice malt balance. Very good dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1486) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Tasty but somewhat one-dimensional. Nice grassy hops, bit of crisp maltiness. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle acquired in a trade with Turdferguson. This pours a copper color with a nice thick frothy off-white head with some decent staying power. A bunch of sticky lacing after each sip. The aroma is grapefruit hops combined with caramel. Flavor shows resin and piney hops, herbal notes, with a gradual hop bitterness. This is really balanced with solid malt support with quite a bit of caramel showing, especially in the finish. Very good. Thanks Sam!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
This is absoutely an exceptional IPA! I sampled this from a bottle courtsey of the Craft Ale House. This IPA pours a clear and beautiful copper color with an off-white head. The head left a sticky and cascading lace around the glass that was really something to behold as I enjoyed this massively great IPA. The aroma featured notes of grass, earth, caramel, bread, grapefruit, black pepper and cumin. The flavors were excellently balanced, with tones of spicy hops, grass, lemon, grapefruit, bread and yeast. The finish was malty with a smooth texture of spicy hops, caramel and a perfect touch of dry grapefruit and orange. This is one of those bottles that you wish could last forever. I can’t wait to try more beers from Ballast Point! This is a very excellent IPA!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Solid citrus and pine flavor throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 1, 2009
22 oz. Pours a light copper with medium white head. Nice floral aroma citrus, pine. Hops dominate here. Nice and bitter well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Soild IPA. Pours hazy copper with a thin head. Aroma of citrus and a little pine. Nice malt balance, but the hops dominate. Good IPA. Refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2009
On tap at the brewery in San Diego. Pours a crystal clear, pale golden body with a thinner, creamy white head that has a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is pretty straightforward citrus with mostly sweeter tangerines and oranges. Some nice caramels as well. Smells well balanced. Flavor is similar. Well balanced and enjoyable. Sweet piney citrus and a light, but balancing caramel. Finishes dry and goes down easy with a relatively light body. Overall, a very straightforward, but tasty and well balanced IPA. Nice one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Pine needles, tangerine juice, and maybe something illegal from college on the nose. Pungent but not out of line. Malt and Hops are absolutely hand in hand over the tongue. Balance, balance, balance. Tough to find in a West Coast IPA I say. Dry finish is not chalky or herbaceous, but clean with a lingering sweet-spicy fade. Amazing flavor for such a low abv. 93

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
On tap @ Shady McGrady’s. Pours a slightly hazed amber color with a lacing white head. A good hop/citrus balance on both the nose and body. Crisp finish.


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