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RATINGS: 1493   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Clear orange coloured body with a thinnish white head. Aroma of curacao, sweetness and an odd meaty scent. Medium-bodied; Hoppy taste-good malt but less hops than expected. Aftertaste clean and fresh-no reminder of the hops at all! Thanks to jeffc666 care of MilkManDan for this beer! I sampled this 65 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Ginger colour. The nose is very aromatic - packed with pine resin hop attack - and quite aggressive, but I like big hop beers, so that’s fine with me. Not surprisingly, it’s hoppy on the palate too, but more restrained than the aroma and there’s even some pale malt in the background. Consequently, the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and not at all astringent. Well balanced and quite classy. Bottle at DC gathering.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5347) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Bottle courtesy of ??. Copper body with a small off white head. Aroma is blissful! Nose is comprised of strong hoppiness, light pine, some sweetened notes and light fruit.Great hop flavor with a balanced malt sweetness coming through. Pine and orange peel coming through and even a watery brown sugar note in there. Great stuff! Mild oily feel to the bitter bodied beauty. Finish is more hops - pine and light citrus with a lighter maltiness coming out.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pour with a gargantuan head, very rocky and with much lacing. Some lime in the aroma, but rather muted for an IPA. Orange copper in color, lots of tiny bubbles. Nice flavor. The centennial hop is probably not my favorite, but is rather juicy, reminds me of biting into a cactus. Sort of an aftertaste of a margarita. The malts are certainly there, and the backbone of this brew maes it a winner. Thanks to Dark Elf for the sample.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Medium sized white head, good retention with a nice stringy lace. Clear copper color. Rather large nose of pine and citrus. Medium body brew. Lightly sweet malt notes up front followed by plenty of c-hop action! Lightly fruity. Finish is dry with some toasty malt notes. Thanks to SDbruboy for the trade!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Sparkling orange, fizzy white head. A-typical west coast aroma of strong pine, grapefruit and orange zest, with additional sweet notes of caramel and light toffee making an appearance. Standard S. Cali hops hit up front, but a nice sweet malty balance ensues. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, crisp, hopped up finish. Would make for a nice session IPA in my book....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 ReRate. Woo Hoo - a shipment just arrived in Northern VA. Like snorting/drinking liquified Centennial hops - still awesome. Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Clear amber with an off-white head and lots of suspended particles. Great citrusy hop aroma. Taste has plenty of grapefruit, pine, resin and a ton of hops backed up equally by a ton of malt. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was very full and round. Awesome IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Me likey. Lots. Clear light copper. Nose a bit soapy, but stuffed full of citrus and pine. Great hoppy character, heavily perfumed, very citric, nice bite of orange zest. Beautiful malt backbone, sugary sweet, wonderfully balanced. A great IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 #100!

Much thanks to Marc for this beer! You kick ass, man.

Poured a clear amber with a thin white head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma has a pungent kick of hops. Taste has a strong hop kick up front, but amazingly smoothes out in the mouth with a clean malty finish. There’s a slight lingering hop bitterness that stays with you. Extremely refreshing, and very delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Mildly sweet with a nice grapefruit, bitter hop bite. Very nice and refreshing.


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