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RATINGS: 1450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Slightly hazy amber color with medium off-white, thick head. Inviting aroma of caramel malts and piney, citrus hops. Complex flavor of sweet malts and a balancing of hops. Wonderful mouth feel, creamy carbonation then giving way to the intense hop finish. Really a good IPA - well balanced sweetness with the over the top hops. Now one of my favorites!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Kind of looked like the color of the sun, yellowish orange. An adequate amount of head. As anticipated it had a very nice citrus coated christmas tree aroma to it. These factors, along with some select malts are present in the overall taste, though bitterness shines through. A nice IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - APR 16, 2003
Orange amber color. Medium head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney and malty. A medium bodied IPA. A big, bold, hoppy west coat IPA. Hops are very prevalent, bitter, grapefruity and piney. Balanced by nutty and sweet malts. For a west coast IPA, its only slightly overbalanced towards the hops. Perhaps a touch too bitter, but a nice drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2490) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 Light pumpkin. Retentive, sticky, and dense dirty white foam. Phenol galore aroma, with round conifer underpinnings, dough, mint, lemon jelly, toast, and leaf. Exquisite expansive carbonation; soft and slightly resinous. Piney hops emerge before a more than substantial toasted malt backbone which, in turn, resides to a satisfyingly coarse, piney finish of startling balance with lush caramel shadows. Coniferous overload abounds each belch. Maybe the classiest example of a west coast IPA. Certainly, the most balanced. I can see how many hop heads would view this as being too simplistic, but it’s tasteful elegance is what I love about it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Cloudy orange color w/ small, rapidly-diminishing head. Malty aroma with nice citric hop qualities. Some sweet crystal malt aroma and flavor. Firm bitterness that lingers. Medium body. A nice west coast IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2662) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Nice nose. Centenial all the way. Golden color. Bitter taste. I like it. Clean, but bitter finish. Another winner from B.P.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Golden color, small head. Pretty bitter. Somewhat balanced between Malt and bitterness. Citrus flavor. I would have like to have the citrus flavor without the bitter harness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Lots of lemon & grapefruit in the nose. Clear golden color w/ a quickly diminishing head. Lots of hops up front that taper off to a smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
A nice rich and rapidly vaporizing head greets you immediately upon opening the bottle. Nice deep amber and a fairly present hop aroma. The beer goes down smooth but doesn’t have the tangy punch of other IPA’s I’ve been with. A good beer although it doesn’t make my "Great" list yet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2010 Hazy amber,lasting beige head.Salty citrus hop nose.Light earthy start,nice citrus mid.Big ctrus/bitter end lasts forever.Great balance.Good lacing


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