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RATINGS: 1694   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Lots of grapefruit and orange in the aroma, with some strange malt aroma... it might be a little old. Taste is hugely orange and sweet grapefruit. Slight orange rind and grapefruit bitterness, but not enough to really say "this is bitter". Just a decent IPA. 737315 -- draft re-rate might be necessary-- Rerate 4/5/08 Aroma is orange dankness, caramel malts. Taste is initially fizzy as all get out and orange soapiness. Grainy. Very solid lingering bitterness 838416

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2008
12oz random in my gfís fridge. Pours coper with a half finger tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with a nice resin finish. Taste is sweet, hoppy and a nice bitter finish. A bit too much bitternes for me. Its clearly a good local IPA, but it Iím not sure Iíd order a pint of this, it might hit the problem zone for me and IPAs when I go out. That said its good.

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 Pointís Dorado, Iíve 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 Doradoís 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 (1432) - 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 (1184) - 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 itís 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 itís really sweet too and seems to detract from the hoppy aroma that is so wonderful in IPAís. Itís 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 (2045) - 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 (5743) - 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 (128) - 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, Iím 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 Iíd expect from a San Diego IPA - perhaps this bottle isnít 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.


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