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RATINGS: 1614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2008
22 oz bottle purchased at Metcalf Discount Liquors on 91st Street in Overland Park, KS. Pour is orange ruby with a 2 inch off white head. Really thick pretty lacing. This beer was very pretty in my tulip glass. Aroma is piney hoppiness and some bright citrus hops. Oranges, kiwi, lemons, and a touch of grapefruit. No malt detected. Nice nose. Taste is earthy, mineral, piney hoppiness and a decent citrus blast. Really no malt to speak of, but this beer is about the hops. Palate is thin to medium. Drinkable and flavorful. Its nice to have a hop bomb like this locally available for when I am in the mood for this sort of thing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2053) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Quite a good IPA here. Pours a deep orange-amber into the glass, with a small cap that diminishes to a thin ring, leaving nice soapy lace. A large amount of citrus and pine comes through in the floral bouquet. The flavors, impeccably balanced, weave a blend of soft caramel malt, citrus and rind zest, some grapefruit and moderately peppering bitters. The finish lasts nicely, bringing back grapefruit and zest, closing with lingering pine resin. Everything about this brew is refreshing and clean. The mouthfeel is crisp and quaffable, with well-integrated carbonation levels. Very fine example of the style, and I’m so glad I picked up a case to enjoy for some time to come. Superb.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2008
12 oz. bottle on 7/19/2008

Aroma - Big blast of Northwest hops with all the citrus and pine, but underneath that assault lurks some inviting malt aromas of caramel, toffee, and fruit.

Appearance - Healthy white head over an orange/amber pour, moderate sticky lace.

Flavor - Good balance between a solid sweet malt base and a building grapefruit bitterness.

Palate - Medium body and carbonation, satisfying mouthfeel that is resinous, dry, with a lingering bitter finish.

Overall - A fine example of the the now ubiquitous West Coast IPA. If a brewery in CA, OR, or WA can’t make a respectable IPA by now, they need to shut their doors forever. Ballast Point nails this one pretty well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UmmBeer1 (2) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2008 does not count
Large frothy head. Hophead heaven it is very floral with alot of zest. Explodes a bit on the palate but finishes smooth little sticky. Beautiful orange body somewhat caramel but I found it more yeasty at the finish little citrussy. Great IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarthaPromise (21) - Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Aroma of lots of grapefruit, some caramel, and piney undertones.Poured a good finger and a half head. Medium-dark oragnge body, with light lacing throuhout. Tasted lots of hops, with zesty fruity notes, as well as a bit of bread. Palate was medium with an oily texture. Overall, a very good IPA, one of the better ones I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Pours a nice amber-copper color with frothy head that dissipates quickly. Nose of grapefruit and other citrus, caramel and roasted malts, and slight floral notes. Flavor contains lots of nice lemon and grapefruit zest, slight herbal notes, and some sweet dark fruit and slight bready malts. Tons of great cascade bitterness, but hop complexity takes this one to another level. Medium bodied and a nice dry finish. Great Ipa.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zombywoof (457) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
A first rate IPA- lots of grapefruit, orange and resiny pine. Strong aroma and vibrant zesty flavor. If you like oodles of Cascade hops then this is the beer for you.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours a golden honey-like amber, with a solid stand of white head. Sweet floral aroma with plenty of sappy citrusy and piney hops. The flavor is also sweet and floral with a nicely balanced blend of mostly aromatic hops. Generally sweet, but with a mildly dry finish; very smooth. Medium, slightly syrupy body; moderate to moderately low carbonation. Super smooth and flavorful, medium strength IPA; a standout in a crowded field.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle 66cl.
Clear medium to dark orange color with a large, frothy, excellent lancing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, grapefruit, orange. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (190508)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2008
12oz bottle. Attractive aroma of citrusy/sprucy hops and subdued malty caramel. There was also a whiff of mango. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was off white and reduced after about a minute to a lasting film. Some lace was left behind on the glass. medium bodied, delicately sweet and a little fruity with moderate hop bitterness of about 6 out of 10. Citrus fruits dominated the flavor with only a bit of caramel in the background. Good IPA.


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