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RATINGS: 1540   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Honey hued amber color and moderately clear with some very slow bubbles within. Nice tall cap of ivory fluff sits on top after a medium pour. Laces very well with rings of left over patchy foam and broken sheeting, some thick, some thin. Aroma is heavenly plump with a high ended but well rounded citrus tone of lemon and orange peels surrounded by a parched and toasted grapefruit and slight piney bittered residue coating. Carries a partially sweet under tow of malts leaning in a candied melon and caramel aura. Tends to pick up a bit of grassy spices as it warms. Taste is mildly crisp and clean with a very tender and easy bitterness to its hop tone. Toasty controlled parts of citrusy hops and malts really take a step towards a quick drying parchment as it cruises across the palate leaving traces of dried lemon, grapefruit, orange peels, and lightly spicy grasses along with a high grained toastyness of added bittering bite. Maintains a fairly balanced approach in the bitterness but takes a bit of an overload of the toasted dryness. It squeezes alot of dryness in while keeping just a nudge of sweetness underneath keeping its all-together firmly set hop tone of drying bitterness from going too far. It seemed to change balance from certain sips to others with the parching dryness as it warmed. Feel is calm and smooth with a clean, unwavering medium body and a yielding tone of bitterness. Dryness is apparently the dominant characteristic, but tends to change some as it warms. Piney, parched finish with a slightly sweet and toasted background. A firm standing IPA. A pretty decent showing thats drinkable to the extent of getting use to its overall parching dryness that tends to fade in and out as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Nice and mellow nose, some sweet malts and hop aromas. Straw with slight copper hue with not much head, but good thick viscous. Rich hops fill your mouth and settle in the back and sides. Flavors of dry hops linger.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Poured from a 2005 bomber, this beer pours to a thin white quickly dissipating head atop a golden orange body. The aroma is very hoppy. Mandarin oranges, nectarines, Maris Otter malt? The flavor is tons more malty with some balanced leafy hops. Oranges and crystal malts, Maris Otter in here too? Pretty well balanced. Not really what I think of for IPA because it’s pretty malty, but this is really tasty. The palate is spicy, bitter oils, lasting mouthfeel but that’s not a bad thing in this case, medium body, chewy. This is pretty good. I’d drink it again. 8, 3, 8, 4, 16= 3.9

Resampled on Dec 4th, 2007. The beer pours to a glowing amber body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is grassy, pine, and spruce hops with a nice toasty pale malt. Seems like flaked barley was used in this one. The flavor is piney, grassy, and decently balanced with simple pale malts. Bitter resinous body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Clear, polished brass in color with a thin saliva wisp for the head and nice bubbly lacing as we go. Big heaping of fresh centennial hops leading the aroma, beefed up by accents of orange rind, grapefruit skin, peaches, nectarines and Orange Crush soda. Crisp, bracingly hoppy and well balanced. This could give some double IPAs a run for their money. Flavor nuances seem to concentrate on sour oranges, grapefruit juice, papaya enzyme and herbal roses. Bitter. A tongue chafer. Finishes like fresh cut grass and herbal potpourri. Just a well made IPA, and the first one in a while that wasn’t bottle conditioned. Thanks to tpkenned for the bomber!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 GABF ’05. Clear golden body. Orange-PNW hops with a spicy leafy element. The flavor brings about grapefruit flesh with acidic hop spiciness. Light crystal malt. Great hop taste but there’s not much else going on. Bottle shared by Blake: The flavors are about the same but they’re enjoyable; very bright and crisp.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Much better than the Yellowtail. Pours clear orange with a white, fluffy head. Aroma is all hops and grapefruit, with the advertised malt. Taste is very hoppy, but with a sweeter bitterness. It tastes liek someone added malt to the Stone IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
I was quite surprised by this brew. I tried their pale before and hated it. But they have completely redeemed themselves as a brewery with this beer. Big hoppy nose and a sweet bitterness that lingers on.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2005
#8 on the line-up at my tasting party. a very nice IPA. pours a golden anber with a quickly fading head. grapefruit & pine aroma with flavors of the same with a nice balance of caramel malt. seems to start out medium-bodied yet tails off and seems thin? overall a well done IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 Nice to find a relatively well balanced IPA like this one. The body is a very dark gold. The light aroma has oranges, bread crust and some buttery character. The taste is bitter grapefruit with some bread. There is a finish that is fairly bitter. I would still like a little more malt and caramel in this one. I tried this again and gave it the same overall score. I like it, but it is not extraordinary.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2005
22oz - (thanks Foolish_Mortal) - Aroma is strong with floral hops and a touch of malty goodness. Pours copper with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor isn’t as hoppy as the aroma leads. It is actually quite malty with the hops kicking in later. Palate is crisp and sour. Very well balanced easy drinking ipa.


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