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RATINGS: 1530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2005
07.22.05 Bomber thanks to DaSilky1. Bright orange-copper pour under sticky, lacy, khaki head. Juicy aroma is piney, strongly resinous, pineapple, grapefruit. Flavor has a soft caramel structure beneath a sweet and grapefruit pithy, floral hop profile. Nice balance, it reminds me of the Smuttynose IPA. Finish is sticky but thin, bitter, but refreshing and not overhopped. Good stuff, if it was local and inexpensive, I’d keep a bunch handy for sure. Thanks Todd.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
this beer was enjoyed about ten minutes after picking up the freshly brewed keg from Ballast Point. Kind of mild and not as much flavor and aftertaste as i would hope for in an ipa. much like all ballast point beers!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 orangish color with a generous off-white head. mmm Centennial hops, not overly bitter, just right, a nicely hopped IPA, has very good flavor and aroma with a good dry finish, I have tried it on draft and in bottle

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 1, 2005
yellow/orange color with big pure white head. Aroma is mildly malty with lots of resiny herbal hops. Flavor is somewhat thin, malty, with a mild bitterness that isn’t really enough to back up the hoppiness in the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1125) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
22 oz bottle thanks to darkelf (i think!) light copper with a small foamy head. nice balanced hoppy aroma and a similar body, with enough malt to make this an overall pretty good IPA. not outstanding but there’s no way i’d refuse another one!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Pellucid copper, thick bubbly head, lots of lacing. Nose of cilantro and pine tree bark, orange plus lime zest. The flavor is nicely hoppy with light alcohol and moderate body. Finishes balanced, creamy and semi-rich. I liked this one.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2005 Burnished gold color with a medium creamy head. Pleasant, if subdued, aroma of Centennial hops and fruity malt. The hops is crisp with a moderately aromatic floavor profile and the malt is slightly sweet with a bit a caramel. Nice plush mouth feel rounds out this pleasant experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5276) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Foolish_Mortal via trade. Lots of grapefruit hops and a some floral hints in the aroma. Pours a dark transparent amber with a nice white head with decent retention. Nice lacing. Very hoppy from start to finish with a caramel balance that comes into play somewhere in the middle only to fade and leave a hops to take over again in the finish and aftertaste. A very nice IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pours deep golden with a whipped white head. Big nose of orange, passion fruits and a slight pineyness. The flavor is all c-hops, pungent and beautiful. Very little maltiness but a fair amount of residual sweetness. Body is med. Clean ferment. The finish is appropriately bitter but of the harsher variety that I tend not to like. This is definitely a west-coast IPA but needs a little more balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color, frothy white head, good lacing. Aroma is a grapefruity hoppy smell, plenty pungent. Sweet malty flavor, hop bitterness is evident right after that, and there’s a hint of a piney taste in the finish, hoppiness sticks around in the mouth very well. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is a bit on the light side. Overall, a decent IPA, nothing overly special, but everyday drinkable and complemented my burger very well.


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