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RATINGS: 1712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (574) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Poured into an english pint glass. Color is a light copper with thin white head. Aroma is mild floral hops. Flavor is similar with light maltiness and mild hops. Palate is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall a nice IPA that is well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2011
12 oz. bottle from somewhere. Ar: The nose on this one opens up with a boatload of orange zest, mild pine. No bottle date found but this one smells very fresh. Ap: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a pillowy manila head that leaves excellent rings of lace. T: Nice mild sweetness up front, big hop wallop on the finish. Finish recalls the same fresh orange zest as is present in the aroma, with a bit more resin. P: Medium palate for an IPA, nice moderate level of carbonation. O: I had been craving a great IPA for some time now and this one definitely qualifies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2011
Just what I want from an Am IPA, noticeable hops in both aroma and taste, good bitterness mainly on the finish, only problem it went down quicker than I thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12048) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Sampled at 4th NoVA Summer Brewfest. Pours clear and sparkling copper with a medium, creamy cream colored head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toast, caramel, biscuit), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol and apricot. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with medium malt body and notes of alcohol. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
galensmith (29) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a light amber color, slightly cloudy, white fluffy head. Gorgeous hop aromas with hints of citrus. Then it got really good! Perfect balance of bitterness and hops, made more astounding by the fact that the beer boasts a modest 55 IBUs and 6% ABV. A true testament to craft brewing! I cannot wait to try more from Ballast!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2011
bottle...big florals and soapiness all around. heavy pine comes through in the flavor..insanely fresh and delcious

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Time to rate another SD classic. Perfect pour from bottle into regular pint glass, with 1" head bringing it exactly level to rim. Great lacing marks each sip. Aroma of pine, flowers, and honey. Mouthfeel is medium-wet to low-syrupy. Through the middle, the flavor is a tug-of-war between sweet and bitter, but in the finish, bitter wins, sticking to the palate for a while. Stage 5 clinger of a finish, wow. Kind of nice, though, and I’d probably appreciate it more with food. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark orange color with a smaller white head. Left lacing on the side of the glass as it went. Aroma was hoppy. Spruce and pines up front. Grapefruit and citrus also present. Flavor was well balanced. Floral, grass and hops. Malty backbone with a nice hop finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2011
12 oz bottle. This one pours a mostly clear, hazy golden orange color and topped by a thick mountain of cream colored foam at the end that shows great retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass nicely. The aroma shows sweet caramel and buttery toffee malts to go with the bitter grapefruit and grassy hop bitterness in the background. The flavor follows suit and is very thick with the sweet caramel and creamy, toffee malts showing up front followed by orange and grapefruit hop bitterness that cuts into some of the sweetness. Nearly full bodied and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation that leads to a lengthy, bitter finish. Nice flavor for sure, but this sits just a touch on the heavy side for me. Not sure how fresh my bottle was to know if that affected it. Still a solid ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Solid west coast IPA, but not distinctive enough to stick out amongst its sea of competitors (no pun intended. Oh hell, maybe it was.) Very dry and resinous, yet the malts are big enough to pad the hops as the beer fades into a long, loitering fade. Looks and feels well enough, but, again, I’m getting picky along with snobbish, and, as good as Big Eye may be, there’s plenty better for the same price or less. (10/08)

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